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If any game looked like a “trap” game, it could be St. Bonaventure’s encounter with Saint Joseph’s on Hawk Hill in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. For the Bonnies, the game lies between a key road victory over long-time rival Duquesne on Saturday and a three-game home stand starting with Friday night’s game with Davidson. Like Bona, the basketball history at Saint Jos…

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CLEVELAND – John Beilein has spent his whole life as an educator. All the way back to when he took that first big job in his hometown as a history teacher at Newfane High School in 1975. That's where his lifetime of coaching began, too. But it's safe to say he’s never endured an education like this. Beilein turned 67 last Wednesday and instead of getting his AARP dis…

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The dinner table in the Ianello house is an instruction zone for basketball. After Clarence High School's games, Denise Dove Ianello and her oldest son, Zach, go over what Zach did right and what he did wrong in each game, and where he can improve. Zach’s father, Rob, exits to the living room with their two younger children, Ashley and Courtney. But he can hear each exc…

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Jan Stenerud saw his first professional football game in Buffalo in 1963. He saw his most recent pro game last week — the Super Bowl in Miami, where he was introduced as one of the 100 greatest players in NFL history. Much of Stenerud’s story is well-known: Born in Norway. Came to the U.S. on a ski-jumping scholarship. Kicked his way into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. …

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St. Bonaventure went on a 21-6 run in the third period Sunday afternoon against Davidson and defeated the Wildcats, 68-56, at the Reilly Center in Atlantic 10 Conference women’s basketball. It was the second A-10 win in a row for the Bonnies (7-27, 4-7 A-10), who had put together back-to-back wins only once previously this season. Bona scored nonconference wins over Oak…

Sophomore Lee Lapid’s second period goal and 23 saves by freshman goalie Jacob Barczewski gave Canisius a 1-0 victory over Air Force Saturday at LECOM Harborcenter in Atlantic Hockey Association hockey. Niagara also won, completing a four-game season sweep over Mercyhurst with a 4-2 win in Erie, Pa. Lapid’s ninth goal of the season came on a breakaway in the first pe…

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Kyle Lofton of St. Bonaventure seems to know when his team needs his scoring. Lofton, who scored only five points in Wednesday night’s rout of George Washington at home, came up big with 21 points on Saturday in an 83-80 road win against Duquesne in Moon Township, Pa., outside Pittsburgh. The Bonnies (16-8, 8-3) never trailed by more than two points against their lon…

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Chad Veltri had 16 saves in net for Niagara as the Purple Eagles blanked Mercyhurst, 3-0, Friday night at the Dwyer Ice Arena. Goals were scored by Jack Billings, Ben Sokay and Eric Cooley. Billings opened the night by finishing of a backhanded pass from Cooley. Sokay and Cooley scored their goals in the third period. Sokay fired a wrist shot over Garrett Metcalf’s l…

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Three free throws with five seconds left in regulation from Rider’s Willy Nunez Jr. doomed Canisius to a 61-60 loss Friday night in Lawrenceville, N.J. Malik Johnson paced the Golden Griffins with 17 points. He broke the 1,000-point mark in the loss, becoming the 39th player to do so in Canisius history. It was the Golden Griffins’ fourth defeat in five games. They f…

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Jim Whitesell looked at the positives. The University at Buffalo men’s basketball coach almost had to do so. His team had weathered a stretch in which it dropped three of its last four games, and had just gutted out a 65-60 win against Central Michigan on Friday at Alumni Arena. “You’ve got to be happy with winning,” Whitesell said. “The other thing is, misery loves …

The Canisius women’s basketball team fell just short to the Iona Gaels, 60-57. The Griffs were tied with Iona 53-53 with just 1:14 left. D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks drove for the layup with under a minute remaining but missed. On the offensive rebound, AJ Timbers flew in, jumped up, and came down hard onto the shoulder and neck area of Iona’s Tori Lesko. Lesko went dow…

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The University at Buffalo men’s basketball coach Jim Whitesell didn’t tinker with his starting lineup for the first 20 games of the season. But with the Bulls at a crossroads as it begins February, he made a noticeable change last week. In a 77-74 win Jan. 29 at Akron, Whitesell swapped Josh Mballa for Brock Bertram as the Bulls’ starter at forward/center. Mballa had st…

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You could call it Jaren English’s coming out party at St. Bonaventure. The sophomore junior college transfer from Detroit scored a career-high 21 points Wednesday night as the Bonnies (15-8, 7-3 A-10) blew out George Washington, 72-47, in their Atlantic 10 Conference game at the Reilly Center. English, who came to Bona after helping Ranger Community College in Texas …

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In the moments after a game at Pioneer High School more than four years ago, Dominick Welch walked out of the locker room and was swarmed by teenagers who wanted his autograph. Welch politely signed for everyone. A year later, during the spring of Welch’s senior year at Cheektowaga Central, Welch sought others through basketball. Specifically, he showed up to practices …

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The University at Buffalo football team has firmed up its incoming 2020 recruiting class. UB announced that it added three players at the start of the spring signing period Wednesday: a high school signee, a junior-college transfer and a graduate transfer from Massachusetts. "This group adds what we need to fill, through graduation and rebuilding depth at safety," UB…