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Niagara University pitcher Matt Brash, drafted in the fourth round by the San Diego Padres, has signed with the team. According to Jim Callis of MLBPipeline.com, Brash signed for the full slot value of $512,400 for the 113th pick. Brash is coming off a sensational season for the Purple Eagles. The Kingston, Ont., native went 4-5 with a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conferenc…

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Junior college guard Majesty Brandon has signed a letter of intent with the Canisius men’s basketball program. The 6-foot Brandon spent the last two years at Monroe Community College in Rochester after graduating from Satellite Academy in the Bronx. He averaged 21.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists this past season as a sophomore at Monroe and shot 40.2 percent from…

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Bernard Porter, a wide receiver from Highland (Kan.) Community College, has committed to the University at Buffalo football team. Porter told The News in a text message that he plans to join the football program for the 2019 season. https://twitter.com/porter__b/status/1137882127830323200 The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Porter caught 19 passes for 228 yards and three touc…

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The Niagara women's basketball team has secured a verbal commitment from Brooklyn Jones, a 5-7 guard from Alderdice High in Pittsburgh. Jones, who was named the Pittsburgh City League Player of the Year in 2017-18, led Alderdice to a repeat as City League champions. She averaged 10 points per game this past season and was named to the City League first 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…

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University at Buffalo women's soccer coach Shawn Burke will be providing analysis of the Women's World Cup for The Buffalo News during the tournament. Burke is entering his sixth season at UB and has led the program to five consecutive Mid-American Conference tournament appearances and was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2014. An amazing summer for some of the best socce…

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Niagara University women's basketball coach Jada Pierce had her contract extended through the 2022-23 season on Thursday. “Jada has established herself as a leader in our department and on our campus in her first four years at Niagara,” NU Athletics Director Simon Gray said in a news release. “While I certainly appreciate the competitiveness on the court, I strongly val…

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Len Jankiewicz surveyed the roster of the 2019 inductees into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, and let the magnitude of the honor sink in for a few seconds. Jankiewicz coached football and was the athletic director at Lancaster High School for more than 40 years. Yet he wondered how his accomplishments in coaching and athletics administration compared to the ind…

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Niagara University junior pitcher Matthew Brash met with high-level management for the Padres last week, when he was invited to throw off the mound during a workout at Petco Park in San Diego. On Tuesday, the Padres made Brash, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound righthanded pitcher, their fourth-round pick (No. 113 overall) during the 2019 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. “I’…

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Leon Atkins wasn’t feeling well on May 24, but he refused to withdraw from a race that could earn him a spot in the NCAA Division I track and field championships. The University at Buffalo middle-distance runner was determined to qualify for the national championships in the 800 meters. So determined in fact, that he dove across the finish line to edge Michael Todd of L…

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Shooters keep shooting. It happened when the NCAA moved the Division I men's basketball 3-point line back one foot for the 2008-09 season. Canisius men's basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon expects shooters to adjust again if a proposal to move the 3-point line back again by more than a foot passes this week. "Players usually adjust, and if this passes, we probably w…

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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Alejandro Vasquez, a guard from New York City, has committed to the St. Bonaventure men's basketball program. Vasquez announced Thursday on Twitter that he will join the Bonnies. The 6-foot-4-inch, 165-pound Vasquez played at The Patrick School in Hillside, N.J., where he averaged 17.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 19 games in 2018-19, according to NJ.com. https://twitt…

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The University at Buffalo football team will open its 2019 season with two night games. The Bulls will host Robert Morris, an FCS program, at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at UB Stadium. A week later, UB will play at Penn State in a game that will be televised on Fox. Those are two of five night games scheduled for UB, as the Mid-American Conference announced a partial television a…

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The NCAA has appointed University at Buffalo Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt to the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee. His appointment will begin on July 1 and run through June 30, 2023. The Football Oversight Committee oversees the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision, enhancing the development of the sport and making recommendat…