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A home that puts the "grand" in Grand Island is going from an owner who was at home on a court to someone at home in one. Former UB men's hoops coach Nate Oats has sold his riverfront "dream house" to noted Buffalo attorney Paul J. Cambria Jr. for $1.6 million in a deal that closed late Monday afternoon, public records show. Oats and his wife, Crystal, had purchased …

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Former Canisius guard Isaiah Reese announced via Twitter Friday night that he has signed with the Houston Rockets to play in the NBA Summer League. Reese is the first Golden Griffin basketball player to sign a summer league contract since 2014, when Billy Baron signed with Chicago and Jordan Heath signed with Detroit. “Thank you God for blessing me with the opportuni…

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Former University at Buffalo guard CJ Massinburg posted Friday night on his personal Instagram page that he will join the Brooklyn Nets as an undrafted free agent. Massinburg was honored as the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in March after he led the Bulls with 18.2 points per game. He was named to the All-MAC first team after his junior season. He finish…

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Former University at Buffalo forward Nick Perkins will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers as an undrafted free agent and will play for their Summer League team, according to a post Friday on the Bulls' official Twitter account. Perkins was named the Mid-American Conference Sixth Man Player of the Year for the third season in a row after he averaged 14.7 points and a team-…

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Texas Tech forward Josh Mballa has verbally committed to the University at Buffalo, the school announced Friday. The 6-8 Mballa will need to sit out next season because of NCAA transfer rules but will have three years of eligibility remaining. His transfer was first reported by Evan Daniels of  247Sports. Mballa appeared in 17 games last season, including Tech's v…

Former Christian Central Academy and Cheektowaga High School standout Kenetria Redfern signed a letter of intent Saturday to play Division I basketball at Maryland-Eastern Shore. Redfern will become the first female basketball player from Niagara County Community College to play at the Division I level. She was an integral part of the Thunderwolves’ 31-2 season that …

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Another Miami Dade College product will join Niagara University’s mens hoops team next season. Forward Italo Cicotti has committed to play for the Purple Eagles, Miami Dade announced Tuesday night. Cicotti, a 6-foot-6 forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, averaged 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 22 games for the Sharks. He also logged 15 steals and eight blocks. …

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Former Park School basketball player Jordan Nwora worked out for the Los Angles Clippers on Monday, per ESPN Insider Jordan Schultz. Nwora was a two-time All-Western New York selection in boys basketball before committing to Louisville. This season he averaged 17 points and 7.6 rebounds and shot 44.6 percent from the field for the Cardinals. He was one of 66 prospect…

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Nate Oats, former head coach of the University at Buffalo men's basketball team, is putting his classic Tudor-style home on Grand Island up for sale as he departs for the Crimson Tide of Alabama. The three-story house on West Oakfield Road, which has waterfront views, a 60-foot pool and a vintage bowling alley, drew plenty of interest when Oats bought the home in August…

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When the news first broke Monday morning, it was a stunner. It seemed like Michigan was going to be the last stop on John Beilein's long and winding coaching road. At age 66, he was the program's winningest head coach with 278 wins – more than the likes of Maize and Blue legends Johnny Orr, Bill Frieder and Steve Fisher. He had job security. He had money. He also had he…

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This is another edition of What WNY is Watching, mostly sports edition: The Frozen Four not only had trouble getting college hockey fans into the seats at KeyBank Center because of high prices. It also had a problem in Western New York and nationally getting people in their comfortable seats watching at home practically for free – as part of the cost of their cable, …

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Catching up with names in the news while I was out of the country: Nancy Sanders: A local legend in media circles who has worked behind the scenes at all three local news departments, Sanders left her job as news operations manager at WIVB-TV (Channel 4) this week and is getting social media love from those she has mentored in a 45-year broadcasting career. She deser…

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My friends and relatives who know I love basketball were stunned that I left the country on vacation during March Madness. It was almost as unimaginable to them as the successful seasons that the University at Buffalo men’s and women’s basketball teams achieved that helped capture the attention of more Western New York fans than usual. Full disclosure: I tried to fin…

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Bryan Hodgson, who has been an assistant coach at the University at Buffalo for four seasons and has been one of the program's primary recruiters, told the News on Thursday that he wants to be considered for the vacancy at UB. “I want the job at Buffalo,” Hodgson said. “I can keep the continuity in recruiting.” Former UB coach Nate Oats was introduced as Alabama's co…

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University at Buffalo women's basketball star Cierra Dillard, a day removed from her performance in an NCAA Tournament loss to Connecticut, posted a lengthy heartfelt message on Twitter about her time at UB and in the city. "Buffalo will forever be in my heart and be a home," she wrote with a prayer emoji and two exclamation marks. You can read the full message below…