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For the first two weeks of the football season, UB took a place on the menu at a feast for the upper crust. Second-ranked Ohio State got its full of Bull, although the meal proved a little chewy. Not so at No. 23 Baylor, where the Buffalo meat just fell off the bone.Today it’s UB’s turn to sit down and satisfy appetites presumably heightened by the indignity of last week’s…

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This is the second in a series of Saturday stories profiling the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.By Aaron MansfieldNEWS SPORTS REPORTERIt’s all about Christmas time for Dick Diminuco.It’s the days after Dec. 25, actually, that the ball coach enjoys the most. Reflection is in the air; the pizza and calamari spread is out – his wife, Dale, takes care o…

1. The run around. UB couldn’t get the running game going at Ohio State. And it couldn’t get the running game going at Baylor. A 78-yard per-game average is troublesome for a team that considers the run its offensive identity. Have there been extenuating circumstances? Of course. The Bulls probably won’t again face an opponent with linebackers who close as fast as those o…

CollegesFriday’s resultsMEN’S SOCCER San Diego 2, Niagara 0 Delaware 3, St. Bonaventure 0Binghamton 2, UB 0WOMEN’S SOCCERCanisius 3, Albany 0C (2-5-1): Sabrina Fitzgerald gAustin Peay 3, St. Bonaventure 2UB 0, Duquesne 0UB (2-1-2): Ainsley Wheldon sho WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALLGeorgia State InvitationalUB 25-23-25-25, Davidson 21-25-16-20UB (7-0): Christine Fritsche 18 kills, 11 d…

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On the football field, senior Derek Brim’s made the most of his time at UB. He walked on from Canisius High School as a wide receiver and transitioned to the defensive secondary. When injuries came into play last year he ascended to starter at free safety. And he continues to hold that position while ranking second on the team in tackles.But Brim’s story extends beyond the…

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The weekend after Labor Day is a pigskin buffet, with the NFL season opening amid a full schedule of high school and college football games.In Niagara Falls, it’s also one of the most bountiful basketball weekends of the year.For 22 years, the Can-Am Basketball Classic has brought elite AAU teams to play at Niagara Falls High School, Niagara Catholic High School and Niagar…

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Branden Oliver remembers feelings like this once before. He didn’t like it then and he doesn’t like it now.Oliver and UB’s running game have been held in check two games into the schedule. A unit that strives for a 2,000-yard season has produced just 196, which projects to fewer than 1,200 yards over the 12-game slate. At 78 yards a game, the Bulls rank dead last in rush o…

CollegesMEN’S SOCCERCanisius 0, UB 0Buffalo State 2, Roberts Wesleyan 1BS (2-2-1): Francisco Cardillo gwgECC 3, Finger Lakes CC 1E (1-0): Matt Jones gWOMEN’S SOCCER Edinboro 1, Daemen 0Finger Lake CC 11. ECC 1WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Buffalo State 25-25-24-25University of Rochester 19-16-26-15BS (5-4): Kayla Pyc 11 kills Hilbert 25-17-26-25, Medaille 19-25-24-20H: Amanda Binder…

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The very first thing she talks about is how well her team performed over the weekend. She is beaming with pride, speaking quickly as she assesses the race her athletes ran as both a team and as individuals.That’s always been the focus of Vicki Mitchell since she transitioned from elite runner to running coach — helping her athletes improve and perform. The Amherst native w…

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The team to watch this fall season? Looks like it might be the University at Buffalo volleyball team.The Bulls, who won the Cornell Invitational with a commanding three-game sweep of Bucknell, are off to their best start since 1989. Through their first six matches, UB has dropped just one game — that to Iona.Buffalo has two wins over Niagara, and victories over Temple, Ion…

How did Lou Tepper spend his 68th birthday? He watched a Baylor offense Texas two-step through his University at Buffalo defense to the tune of 70 points and a mind-blowing 781 yards of total offense.“My mother told me they’d be days like this,” Tepper said on Tuesday.But mother never had to come up with schemes to foil teams like Baylor. The Bulls’ first two opponents pro…

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Toledo coach Matt Campbell talked during the preseason of lightening the load on David Fluellen, his talented senior running back out of Lockport. And the Rockets have gone easy on Fluellen, as a runner anyway, while making greater use of him as a receiver out of the backfield.Fluellen doubled his career high with 10 receptions good for 100 yards in Saturday’s 38-23 loss a…

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WACO, Texas — Remember the Alamo all you want. But Waco it’s best to forget.UB strolled into an ambush of historic proportions Saturday afternoon and school records tumbled on both sides as 23rd-ranked Baylor romped to a 70-13 victory that – dare it be said – was even more one-sided than the final score might suggest.The 70 points were the most any UB team has yielded in t…

WACO, Texas — University at Buffalo senior Alex Neutz missed out on an opportunity to set the school single-game record for receiving yardage when he sat out almost the entire second half of Saturday’s lopsided loss at Baylor.The record appeared at hand when Neutz piled up 197 yards on six first-half catches. However, it appeared he played only the first series after inter…

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Bottom line: Call it “Gone in 60 Seconds.” The Bears had the ball less than 10 minutes in the first half – and scored 56 points with only one defensive touchdown. For UB, it was like trying to guard the Jamaican sprint team.Turning Point: When Art Briles left Houston to coach Bears and turned this downtrodden program into an offensive juggernaut.Player of the Game: Heisman…