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Niagara’s Kayla Stroman and the University at Buffalo’s Javon McCrea took home preseason player of the year honors Thursday as the inaugural All-Big Four Basketball Teams were announced at media day. The teams were selected by members of the media and the athletic communications departments of Canisius, Niagara, St. Bonaventure and the University at Buffalo. Stroman, a red…

Ohio’s No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the BCS rankings. Toledo’s was left on the brink of this week’s Top 25. Northern Illinois, which might be the best of the three, is starting to gather votes. The Mid-American Conference is flexing some muscle at the national level. None of this comes as news to UB coach Jeff Quinn. His Bulls played Ohio three weeks a…

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George Tor scored his 15th and 16th goals of the season, and Tom Austin had three assists as Medaille’s men’s soccer completed regular-season play with a 4-0 victory over Pitt-Bradford at All High Stadium Tuesday night. The Mavericks built a 3-0 first-half lead on goals by Kevin Dhillon, Tor and Pablo Ordonez as they improved their season record to 15-2-0. Tor closed the s…

When their men’s and women’s teams made an NCAA tournament run in March, it was more than a sign of success for the St. Bonaventure basketball program. It was a perfect example of how athletics can complement the life and values of the greater university community. That lesson couldn’t have come at more opportune time for Steve Watson. The NCAA tournament appearances came …

Adam Mair, a former Buffalo Sabres player and a 12-year veteran of the National Hockey League, has joined the Canisius College hockey staff as the Director of Player Development. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity that has been provided by Canisius College, [head coach] Dave Smith and the entire coaching staff where I’ll be able to learn the many aspects involved in co…

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For the second time in three weeks the final statistics in a UB football game were nothing but illusion. That they favored the Bulls meant nothing. That they suggested a UB victory deceived. The Bulls out-rushed Pitt on Saturday afternoon. They out-passed the Panthers, too. They rolled up 22 first downs to Pitt’s 13. Their offense had the ball for drives of 11, 12, 13 and …

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LEWISTON – She walked on to campus Thursday morning fresh off a flight from New York City. On Wednesday night, she was part of the annual gala put on by the Women’s Sports Foundation to celebrate the world’s best female athletes. She had just spent time emailing with Alex Rodriguez and Joe Girardi of her beloved New York Yankees, on the verge of elimination in the American…

The Canisius College men’s basketball team has announced its captains for the 2012-13 season. They are seniors Alshwan Hymes, Isaac Sosa and Harold Washington and juniors Billy Baron and Chris Manhertz. The Golden Griffins open the season at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 against Boston University at the Koessler Center.

The University at Buffalo looked nothing like a 1-5 team Wednesday afternoon. Practice was sharp. Spirits ran high. There appeared no negative residual effects from last Saturday’s smackdown at Northern Illinois. Now all the Bulls need is some of their key players back in uniform. Running back Branden Oliver remains a non-participant in full-scale practice, and he’s been j…

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Canisius is still the top team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings. But the Golden Griffins just can’t get past Niagara. In a Battle of the Bridge matchup and a key contest in MAAC volleyball, Niagara came back for a four-game win at the Gallagher Center on Wednesday night. The Griffs used a 14-1 run to take the first game, 25-19. But the three-time defendi…

The University at Buffalo traveled more than 2,700 miles over the last three weeks and finally returns to UB Stadium on Saturday to face Pittsburgh. The Bulls (1-5) could use some home cooking after consecutive road losses to Connecticut, Ohio University and Northern Illinois. UB, which has lost four in a row overall, plays its next four at home against the Panthers (2-4),…

DEKALB, Ill. – The University at Buffalo watched all the game films. The Bulls developed a plan of attack. They believed they had sound ideas on how to contain Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, the most versatile offensive force in the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls might as well have spent the week trying to decipher ‘the how?’ of a David Blaine illusion. No…

Junior defenseman Matt Williams scored the game-winner in the second period and assisted on the first Niagara goal Saturday night as the Purple Eagles opened their Atlantic Hockey schedule with a 2-1 victory over Mercyhurst in Dwyer Arena. It was the opener for the visiting Lakers. Williams and Ryan Rashid assisted as senior Giancarlo Iuorio got Niagara off to a 1-0 lead a…

DEKALB, Ill. — It looked to be the passing of an era when Northern Illinois said goodbye to its senior class at the end of last year’s MAC championship season. Quarterback Chandler Harnish was departing. So too was the nucleus of an offensive line that helped make Harnish an elite dual-threat QB. How could the Huskies suffer such losses and still maintain the momentum of c…

1. The Lynch Pin. Everything Northern Illinois does on the offensive side revolves around Jordan Lynch, below. The 6-foot, 220-pound junior quarterback is eighth in the nation in rushing at 131 yards per game and has completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,255 yards and nine TDs. He’s elusive, he’s fast and UB’s introduction to him came during his freshman year, when he s…