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The changes continue for the Niagara men's basketball program. First-year coach Patrick Beilein confirmed Monday that Dom Fragala, a redshirt freshman, and Ousmane Diop, a freshman, have entered the transfer portal. Fragala, 6-foot point guard from Virginia, averaged 2.9 points in 28 games in 2018-19. Diop, a 6-10 forward from Senegal, did not play last season. Ke…

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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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Patrick Beilein’s week began when he looked at his phone and saw the news had broken that his father, John, was going to coach in the NBA. The first-year Niagara men’s basketball coach knew his father was getting serious about NBA coaching opportunities. But he didn’t expect to wake Monday morning to the announcement that John, who coached at Canisius from 1992 to 1997,…

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MINNEAPOLIS — Cierra Dillard did her best to put on a good face in her WNBA debut. It wasn’t much of a debut. On the bench for all of the first half, the former University at Buffalo guard sported her Minnesota Lynx warmups and her trademark headband. Dillard raised her voice when she didn’t agree with a call by the officials late in the first quarter. She cheered when …

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March 20, 1924 — May 11, 2019 Whether it was a basketball game, a lacrosse match or a swim meet, Rev. Paul J. Dugan would join the huddle of athletic teams representing Canisius College prior to their contests, and he would bless them. Each blessing ended with his trademark phrase. "St. Peter Canisius …" he would say, inviting teams to finish the statement. The…

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The Minnesota Lynx announced Saturday morning that Cierra Dillard has been cut from the WNBA team's preseason roster. Dillard, a former University at Buffalo guard, was the first player cut from the Lynx's 19-player preseason roster. Dillard was a second-round pick by the Lynx in the WNBA draft in April, and was one of seven rookies to start training camp with the Lynx.…

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Jackson Baltar, a kicker from Bishop Moore in Orlando, has committed to the University at Buffalo. Baltar announced on Twitter that he was decommitting from Temple to choose the Bulls. Listed at 5-11, 165 pounds, Baltar will enroll this summer and could be part of a competition as UB aims to replace Adam Mitcheson. Alex McNulty and Michael Cummings were the other kic…

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Niagara men's basketball coach Patrick Beilein officially has completed his staff. The Niagara athletic department on Thursday announced Beilein's coaching staff, which includes former Duke men's basketball captain Greg Paulus as an assistant coach and Madison Hahesy, a former LeMoyne women's basketball player, as Niagara's director of basketball operations. Paulus p…

Niagara will face Fairfield in an elimination bracket game at 9 a.m. today after losing to Iona, 10-7, in the opening round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference softball championship in Poughkeepsie. Iona won on a walk-off grand slam homer in the bottom of the seventh by Hailey Thompson. After falling behind 4-0, Niagara rallied, taking a 7-5 lead in the top of the …

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Less than a week after he completed a visit to the University at Buffalo, Savion Gallion made it official: He will join the Bulls for the 2019-2020 season. Gallion, a 6-foot-4-inch guard from Washington, D.C., signed a national letter of intent to join the Bulls. UB announced Gallion's signing on Wednesday, and he is the third signee in the spring signing period and in …

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Park School product Jordan Nwora, a 6-foot-8-inch sophomore forward at Louisville, has received an invitation to next week's NBA draft combine in Chicago, according to a news release. He averaged 17 points and 7.6 rebounds and shot 44.6 percent from the field this season, becoming the leading scorer and rebounder for Louisville after beginning the season on the bench. …

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In the end, Tyree Jackson popped the cork of a champagne bottle and allowed himself to celebrate. Surrounded by family, friends and his agents, the former University at Buffalo quarterback managed to find a reason to smile and laugh after an agonizing three days of watching last month’s NFL draft. “It definitely didn’t go as planned,” Jackson is captured as saying by…

Senior women's tennis player Chantal Martinez Blanco received the Clifford C. Furnas Award at the University at Buffalo. She earned the highest academic honor bestowed on a UB athlete. Over four years, Blanco led UB to 60 victories, and two Mid-American Conference Tournament titles, one MAC regular season titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances. She has a GPA just shy o…

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FREDONIA – The notification burst onto the screen of Jake Skinner’s cellphone, and he furtively checked the message in the middle of class. Skinner, a junior on the Fredonia/Brocton football team, looked at the screen of his phone and blinked, then looked at the pop-up message one more time. He had to make sure that it was, in fact, an assistant coach from the Alabama f…

Ronni Kordruple (Iroquois) and Nisa Raqib (Hutch-Tech) combined for three individual titles and earn 30 of Buffalo State's points for a fifth place finish in the SUNYAC Championships on Saturday at Brockport. Kordrupel won the 1,500-meters with a school-record time of 4:40.29, and won the 800 in 2:17.58. Raqib won the triple jump with the second-longest mark this sea…