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Canisius College has completed its effort to renovate and return college-owned homes to private ownership in the neighborhood surrounding the school's Buffalo campus, as the last of 10 homes that it purchased for rehab and resale is now on the market. The school started its Hamlin Park Initiative in 2010 under President John J. Hurley to buy homes in the Hamlin Park and…

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A sportswriter once called him the "Blond Viking" after a night when he obliterated rival Niagara with a 32-point performance before a sellout crowd at Memorial Auditorium. Andy Anderson, along with John Morrison, formed what many believe to be the best guard combination in Canisius College basketball history. They each scored more than 1,000 career points in an era …

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This is the first of three parts in a series on "The State of College Sports" in Western New York. Athletic directors at the Big 4 schools face the challenge of figuring out where their athletic programs fit into a crowded sports landscape in Western New York. How can their schools connect to the sports fans in a major league city dominated by the Buffalo Bills and S…

By John J. Hurley Man’s inhumanity to man is a recurrent theme in literature and sadly, in real life. From the story of Cain and Abel in the Bible to the present day atrocities in Syria, humans continue to exhibit an astonishing depravity when it comes to their fellow man. I recalled this unfortunate theme recently as my wife and I accompanied Canisius College studen…

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Canisius College guard Isaiah Reese, who was suspended by the program Feb. 1, has declared for the NBA draft, he wrote on Twitter on Thursday. Reese was suspended for what coach Reggie Witherspoon said was conduct detrimental to the team. In a Twitter post titled, "Thankful to play the game I love," Reese wrote in part, "I am grateful for my time at Canisius College …

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The Canisius College men's basketball team won't be going to the postseason. School officials withdrew from consideration for the College Basketball Insider tournament during the weekend. The field for the tournament was announced late Sunday night. The Golden Griffins played in the CBI last season for the first time, its fifth postseason bid in six years at that poi…

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Carolina Panthers tight end Chris Manhertz became the first former Canisius College athlete to score a touchdown in professional football since Tom Colella in 1948 for the Cleveland Browns of the old All-America Football Conference. Manhertz’s 50-yard touchdown came on a trick play halfback pass from Christian McCaffrey in the Panthers’ 12-9 loss to the New Orleans Sain…

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The piece of art that put Ziarra Griffin on national television was drawn on a whim in the back seat of her mother's SUV. It happened a few weeks ago on a quiet Monday afternoon, just after the 11-year-old climbed off a First Student school bus stopped on Blaine Avenue in Buffalo. Ziarra is a sixth grader at Houghton Academy, a city school. She and her brother Zayden, 8…

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A lot of high-profile people put a lot of effort into trying to create "viral tweets." There are corporations, entertainers and politicians who craft entire strategies around shaping tweets they hope will get a running digital start, and then take off. That is one way to do it. Another way is to send a tweet so authentic, unexpected and reaffirming that people around…

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The red Ford Mustang, a gift from Andrew Sipowicz's parents, was the answer to a dream. In Orchard Park, Sipowicz was a standout pitcher on his high school baseball team. Not quite four years ago, when he was accepted by Canisius College, his dad promised he would help Sipowicz buy himself a car if his combination of scholarships covered a large enough portion of his tu…

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The University at Buffalo attained all-time highs in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of national universities. UB moved up eight spots – to No. 89 – in the national university rankings, which were released Monday as part of the magazine's 2018 edition of "America's Best Colleges." UB was also among the top 50 public universities in the country for the…

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This is part of a series highlighting this year’s class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 15-member class will be inducted Oct. 9. Tickets are available at GBSHOF.com.  Gina Castelli says she  has two people to thank for getting her to where she is now: her cousin and Sister Maria Pares. Castelli, the current women's basketball coach at Le Moyne and a 2…

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Canisius men's soccer coach Dermot McGrane will be serving as a guest correspondent for The Buffalo News during the World Cup. A two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, McGrane has been at Canisius since 2011 after nine years as coach at Niagara. McGrane is originally from Leicester, England, and has been coaching at U.S. colleges since 1995.  I r…

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The first ever meeting between Canisius and the Minnesota Golden Gophers in baseball was one to forget for the Golden Griffins. Minnesota scored five times in the second inning to take control and did not let up en route to beating Canisius, 10-1, Friday night in an NCAA Tournament contest at Siebert Field in Minneapolis. The defeat means the Griffs must win today’s …

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It's rare when a Big 4 basketball player declares for the NBA. It's even rarer when such instances happen twice in a year, let alone on consecutive days. That appears to be the case, as freshman and Buffalo native Takal Molson has become the second Canisius College player to enter his name into this year's NBA Draft. Molson made the announcement via Twitter on Thursd…