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Niagara University gave up two power-play goals en route to a 4-0 conference loss to Sacred Heart University on Friday at the newly-remodeled Dwyer Arena. Austin McIlmurray had the two goals on the man-advantage for the Crusaders (1-3-1, 1-1-0). Vito Bavaro and Jordan Kaplan had the other two scores. Brian Wilson made 28 saves in net for the Purple Eagles (0-3-0, 0-1…

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Greg Paulus faced a collection of cameras and microphones on Thursday, only a few hours into his first job as a Division I men’s basketball coach. He declined to comment on the resignation earlier in the day of Patrick Beilein, the coach who hired him to be an assistant coach in the Niagara University men’s basketball program. Yet there was a understated sense that for …

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St. Bonaventure University point guard Kyle Lofton and forward/center Osun Osunniyi on Thursday were named to the preseason All-Atlantic 10 Conference teams for men’s basketball. The St. Bonaventure men were picked to finished fifth in the 14-team Atlantic 10. VCU is the preseason pick to win the conference championship. The Bonnies return five players, including thr…

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Greg Paulus was named interim men's basketball coach at Niagara University following the unexpected resignation of Patrick Beilein on Thursday. Here are five things to know about Paulus. 1. Niagara was Paulus' fifth stop as an assistant coach: He previously worked at Navy in 2010-2011, Ohio State from 2011-2016, Louisville in 2017-18 and George Washington last season. H…

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Hours after Patrick Beilein announced his resignation as men’s basketball coach at Niagara University on Thursday, the photos of Beilein had been taken down from the walls of the Gallagher Center. Beilein’s replacement, Greg Paulus, was running his first practice as the interim coach. Fifteen days before the season opener, Beilein resigned from the post he’d held for…

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The University at Buffalo men's basketball team will have one more piece to work with on its roster this season. Josh Mballa, a transfer from Texas Tech, will be eligible to play for the Bulls this season, a UB athletic department spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. Mballa received a waiver from the NCAA that grants him eligibility for this season. Mballa is a 6-foot-8…

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Canisius College guard Malik Johnson was named preseason second-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for men's basketball on Tuesday. The Canisius men were picked to finish seventh in the 11-team MAAC, while the Niagara University men were picked to finish 10th. Iona College, which has won the last four MAAC tournament titles, is the preseason pick to win the men…

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Kyle Vantrease will now run the University at Buffalo football team’s offense. UB coach Lance Leipold said Tuesday that Matt Myers, who started the Bulls’ first five games at quarterback, will no longer play this season because of injury. Vantrease will start for the Bulls (3-4, 1-2 Mid-American Conference) when they host Central Michigan (5-3, 3-1) at 3:30 p.m. Satu…

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Former Bishop Timon and University at Buffalo linebacker Demone Harris has signed with the Baltimore Ravens's practice squad. Harris announced his signing on Instagram. Harris could possibly move to the active roster as the Ravens deal with a torn triceps injury to Pernell McPhee suffered Sunday. McPhee is likely going to miss the rest of the season. Harris worked ou…

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Niagara (0-2) put Minnesota to the test again on the Golden Gophers home ice on Saturday in Minneapolis but left with a 4-2 defeat after a 3-2 loss in overtime on Friday. Dylan Mills scored for Niagara just 35 seconds into the opening period and the lead stood up until Sammy Walks scored on the power play at 10:20 of the second. Minnesota took the lead for good on Brann…

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The University at Buffalo defense came up big Saturday, leading the Bulls to a 21-0 victory over Akron at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, Ohio. Not only the did Bulls get the shutout, only their second on the road in a Mid-American Conference game since they joined the league in 1999, they also got two defensive scores in defeating the Zips and ending their two-game losing…

Despite 177 penalty yards, Buffalo State earned its first victory under interim head coach Christian Ozolins, a 13-7 win over the University of Rochester on Friday at Coyer Field. Former Kenmore West star Martin Bailey led the Bengals’ offense with 16 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Evert, a former Sweet Home Panther, had 63 yards and a touchdown receiv…

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Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, InfoCision Stadium, Akron, Ohio. TV: ESPN 3. Radio: ESPN 1520. Records: UB 2-4, 0-2 Mid-American Conference; Akron 0-6, 0-2. Last time out: Ohio defeated UB, 21-20, in overtime Oct. 5 at UB Stadium. UB quarterback Kyle Vantrease threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 16-for-23 passing in his first start in nearly two years. Ke…

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The first time Evan Finegan put weight on his right leg, he was overjoyed. The second time he did it, the University at Buffalo punter wanted to make it a habit, though he understood the restrictions. He had to be mindful of the process that would allow his tibia — his shinbone, held together by a rod and five screws — and fibula to properly heal. Nearly six weeks af…

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Jake Schum, the former Frontier Central High School and University at Buffalo punter, is heading back to pro football. Schum was selected Wednesday on the second day of the XFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Vipers. The final phase of the two-day draft was for specialists and any remaining free agents. The XFL season begins in February. Schum has been a member of the Browns,…