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Chris Spell is on a dual track toward two lofty goals. Play football in the NFL. Set the world record for the highest standing jump. Spell will try out next weekend for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, a step that could bring him closer to his biggest goal. He’s much closer to a Guinness World Record listing. “I wanted to time the t…

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Nick Perkins had to make a move to help the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team take control. With the No. 25 Bulls down by two points with less than 80 seconds left in the first half, Perkins pulled back and hit UB’s first 3-point shot of the game. The senior forward ultimately made a few moves in a matter of a few moments. Perkins scored eight of his car…

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The University at Buffalo women's basketball team deserves a larger TV audience for its NCAA Tournament game against Florida State at 6:30 Monday on ESPN 2 than it received for its first-round victory over South Florida early Saturday afternoon. UB's 102-79 upset of South Florida had between a 2.1 and 2.3 preliminary local rating on ESPN 2. That was about one-seventh…

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University at Buffalo coach Nate Oats was on ESPN's late edition of SportsCenter early this morning after his basketball team pulled the early upset of the NCAA men's basketball tournament over Arizona. "I've arrived, I am on 'The Scott Van Pelt Show,'" said UB's quotable coach. "You arrived because you beat Arizona," responded Van Pelt. They were both right. U…

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University at Buffalo student Kyle Hughes received Internet notoriety earlier this season after hitting a half-court shot to win ... 12 medium pizzas. SportsCenter played the clip on repeat that night. So how did Hughes respond to UB's big upset of Arizona in the NCAA Tournament? In the most Buffalo way possible: by going through a folding table, of course. Here's th…

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St. Bonaventure University and University at Buffalo fans are going to party like it is 1970 tonight as both play in televised games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Regrettably, the majority of the two games are expected to be played at the same time so fans are going to have to be creative to watch them simultaneously. They can do so by watching one of the …

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It appears that WIVB-TV (Channel 4) made a makeup call on Monday night. After the station waited 17 minutes into its 11 p.m. Sunday newscast to run the story about the University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure making the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Channel 4 led its 11 p.m. Monday newscast with the news that the UB women's team received an at-large bid into the NC…

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Since it was the first time in almost a half century since two Western New York teams qualified for the NCAA men's basketball tournament, I watched all three local newscasts at 11 p.m. to see how they covered this historic event. WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) led its newscast with video of the excitement where the University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure got the news that the te…

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A former University at Buffalo soccer star from North Tonawanda pleaded guilty this week in federal court in New Jersey to submitting phony insurance claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, defrauding benefit programs to the tune of $45 million. Steven M. Butcher, 39, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud and violating an anti-kickback law, th…

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After one season with Portland Timbers 2 in the United Soccer League, former University at Buffalo star Russell Cicerone has signed his second professional deal - this one with FC Cincinnati, a club that competed in the same second-tier league in 2017. “Russell is an incredibly talented young player,” said FCC head coach Alan Koch in a team release Tuesday. “He has the …

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Willie R. Evans, a star running back on the 1958 University at Buffalo team that rejected a Tangerine Bowl invitation because of segregation rules, has died, a spokesman for UB confirmed Thursday. Mr. Evans, 79, died Wednesday, said John Della Contrada, an associate vice president at UB. Mr. Evans was one of only two African American players on the UB football team w…

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University at Buffalo men's soccer head coach Stu Riddle joined Nick Mendola and me to discuss the Bulls' 2016 recruiting class. How will senior transfer Brian Hindle fit in as a center back? What's made Tommy Fogarty-Cameron show so well in training? Other topics include who the co-hosts would choose on their four-a-side team at Buffalo Winter Cup, which has now been mov…

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The result: The Akron Zips, the No. 4-ranked team in the country, won their eighth Mid-American Conference title in the last nine years with a narrow 1-0 victory over upstart University at Buffalo on Sunday at Akron's FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field. With the loss, the Bulls' season ends with a record of 8-7-4 and the title of MAC runners-up. The game was over when: N…

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This week, University at Buffalo head coach Stu Riddle convinced his Bulls that they were destined for the Mid-American Conference final, and his two most dynamic players rose to the occasion in UB's come-from-behind 2-1 overtime win over Western Michigan on Friday at Akron's FirstEnergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field. Newly minted conference player of the year Russell Ciceron…

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The University at Buffalo men's soccer team faces a fairly unusual scenario: its opponent in the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals, Western Michigan, is the same team the Bulls lost to in last Saturday's regular season finale. Needless to say, the foes are familiar, and the pre-match storylines run even deeper. We'll be trekking down to the University of Akron…