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 The Baltimore Ravens won their 2nd franchise Super Bowl last night beating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in a great game. Joe Flacco won Super Bowl MVP (22-33 287 and 3 TD’s finishing the postseason with 11 TD’s to 0 INT’s) so he gets to go to Disney world! 13 time Pro Bowler Ray Lewis finishes his illustrious NFL career going out on top by winning his 2nd Super Bowl championship.
The first leg of the New York State Golden Gloves championships was held on January 12 at the Tralf Music Club in downtown Buffalo. Twenty two bouts were held in the sub-novice, novice and open classes. The tournament will continue at the Tralf on February 16, March 30 and April 27 with the winners in each weight and class becoming the 2013 NY State Golden Gloves champions. The open division winners will advance to the national Golden Gloves tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah May 11-18th. Four preliminary open bouts were held on the first night. Joe Shell of the Geneva Boxing Club defeated Daniel DeJesus of the Buffalo Westside Boxing Club by 5-0 decision in the 132 pound weight class. Jimmy Garcia of Syracuse Boxing also won by a 5-0 decision over Omar Osman of Roc Boxing in the 165 pound division. Lackawanna Boxing Club's Dante Palmer, a former state GG champion, advanced in the 141 pound division with a narrow 3-2 decision over Jack Grady of the UB boxing team. The main event featured the 201+ division contest between Patrick Thompson of WNY MMA trying to unseat the 2012 champion Drew Graziadei of Casal's Boxing. In what would be the fight of the evening Thompson received the 3-2 decision in a hard fought three round-three minute battle which see-sawed throughout. Thompson's body work was the difference in the very close bout and he will advance to the next round on February 16th. Other class winners are as follows: Eric Velez (Victory Gym) dec 5-0 Hamza Khan (Endicott Boys Club) 132 lb sub-nov Mitch Geles (Victory Gym) dec 5-0 Anton McKinney (St. John's) 141 lb sub nov Anthony Woodworth (Westside) rsc-1 Ryan Mitchell (Ashport, NY) 152 lb sub-nov Christian Colon (Westside) dec 4-1 Kevin Diaz (Jamestown YMCA) 141 lb sub-nov Rondy Bulls (Westside) dec 3-2 Dan Power (Team Precision) 165 lb sub-nov Alvis Colon (Westside) dec 5-0 Amos Pagan (St. Martin) 141 lb sub-nov Charles Garner (St. John's) rsc-1 (injury) Donte Ettipio (WNY MMA) 141 lb novice Kamari Hodrick (St. Martin) dec 5-0 Anthony Sciandra (NWBCC) 132 lb sub-nov Keith Linsay (Inspire Boxing) dec 3-2 Alex Dedovets (Victory) 201 lb novice Kevin Kirby (Terri's Fitness) dec 5-0 Frank White (Lackawanna Boxing) 201 lb sub-nov Mark Renza (Sweet Science) dec 4-1 Uciel Hernandez (Geneva) 152 lb novice Joe Tardibuono (Casal's) rtm-1 Najer Sanford (St. Martin) 141 lb sub-nov Petrit Daka (Team Precision) dec 3-2 Nolan Smith (Casal's) 201+ sub-nov Tim Akeredolu (UB) dec 4-1 Antwan Thomas (Thunder Boxing) 165 lb sub-nov David Rivera (DeLeon) rsc-1 John Joy (Team Precision) 165 lb novice Duane Williams (Flare) dec 5-0 Aaron Onyon (Basilio Boxing) 201+ novice Corderal Thompson (Flare) rsc-1 Angel Velasquez (Westside) 201+ sub-nov
The Friday Night Fights Invitational team tournament concluded at the LUX niteclub on November 30th. The third and final card consisted of only five bouts but each one was very competitive and exciting to witness. The team trophy for most wins over the course of the tournament (37 total) went to the Buffalo Northwest Community Center which is run by the host of the event, Don Patterson. The NWCC team won six fights and they were followed by Rochester’s St. Martin’s, the University of Buffalo Boxing Club and the Westside Boxing Club of Buffalo with four wins a piece. The results of last night’s bouts as follows: Jack Grady (UB) dec 3-0 Mike Hajdaj (NWCC) Jake Ventry (Thunder Boxing) rsc-2 Josh Latore (Eastside Boxing-Erie) Eric Plumeri (Westside) dec 2-1 Lane Thatcher (ROC Boxing) Nick Bayer (Casal’s Boxing) dec 2-1 Omar Osman (ROC Boxing) Dennis Romanowski (NWCC) rtm-2 Larry McGinn (ROC Boxing)
The LUX nightclub in downtown Buffalo hosted the second in a three card series of amateur boxing on November 9th. The Invitational tournament will conclude on Friday November 30th also at the LUX. The team with the most wins after the three Friday night cards will take home the championship trophy. The latest 15-bout show featured boxers from Rochester (Roc, Baden, St. Martin’s), Buffalo (Westside, PAL, UB, Terri’s, Northwest CC), Syracuse, Hamilton (Steeltown) Erie (Eastside) and Niagara Falls (Casal’s, Inspire, Thunder). The standings as of November 9th after 32 bouts show the Buffalo NWCC in the lead with five wins followed by Rochester St. Martin’s with four and Eastside, Westside, Steeltown and U.B. close behind with three wins apiece. Abraham Memom (165 lbs) of Erie is the individual leader with a 2-0 record. Results of the second round: Gregory O’Neal (St. Martin’s) dec 2-1 Marcus Floyd (PAL) Charles Williams (Eastside) dec 3-0 Joe Krebs (Casal’s) Sheldon Wilcox (Steeltown) dec2-1 K’Shawn Agee (Casal’s) James Canty (St. Martin’s) dec 2-1 Kyle Bennett (Thunder) Daniel DeJesus (Westside) dec 2-1 Oscar Peralta (Syracuse) Tyler Kruz (UB) dec 2-1 Austin Treat (Roc Boxing) Abraham Memon (Eastside) dec 2-1 Saadiq Muhammad (Roc Boxing) Jack Grady (UB) dec 3-0 Mike Hajdaj (NWCC) Jamal Dabney (NWCC) dec 2-1 Mike Vega (Casal’s) Eric Plumeri (Westside) dec 3-0 Brian Stevenson (Steeltown) Tim Akeredou (UB) dec 3-0 Danny Danzy (Baden) Jeremiah Jones (Syracuse) dec 3-0 Bryan Camacho (Westside) Lane Thatcher (Roc boxing) dec 3-0 Connor Smith (UB) Josh O’Reilly (Steeltown) dec 2-1 Jeffrey Ngayot (Westside) Keith Linsay (Inspire) dec 3-0 Rich Barlog (Terri’s)
Coach Dean of the University of Buffalo Boxing team belts out instructions.
 ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Oct. 17 - Former Erie Community College hockey goaltender Bryan Kalczynski has signed to play for the Cape Cod Bluefins of the Federal Hockey League, announced recently by Bluefins head coach/assistant general manager Dan Gordon. Kalczynski played in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons at ECC, leading the Kats to back-to-back NJCAA Tournament runner-up finishes. He earned NJCAA All-America honors following the 2009-10 campaign.
 Fantasy baseball By Mike Fox Fantasy baseball owners always have to be prepared for change, and this season reinforced that theory. Several age-old adages were disproved this year, and we also saw several players separate themselves from the pack to claim true elite status at their position.
Casal’s Boxing in Niagara Falls, NY pulled off yet another exciting and competitive amateur boxing card Saturday night. Thirteen fights were on the schedule and each one was just as thrilling as the next. Ten of the thirteen bouts had a member of the Casal team and seven of them had their hand raised in victory. The runner ups in each contest showed their bravery and determination that made this card, the third show brought by Ray Casal at his new gym, their best yet. The main event brought the heavyweights to the ring with Drew Graziadei going up against Erik Rogers in a rematch of the 2012 NY State Golden Glove finals. The fight did not disappoint as Graziadei and Rogers fought their hearts out and were rewarded with Fight of the Night laurels. The results: Keith Gordon (Casal’s Boxing) dec 3-0 Mike Gangemi (Roc Boxing) Joey Krebs (Casal’s Boxing) dec 3-0 J P Barone (Thunder Boxing) Brian Camacho (Westside Boxing) dec 2-1 Devon Davis (Roc Boxing) Phil Violante (Casal’s Boxing) dec 2-1 Shiaha Freeland (St. John’s Boxing) Collin Murray (Goomba Boxing) dec 3-0 Frank Saunderson (Casal’s Boxing) Dakota Witkop (Thunder Boxing) dec 2-1 Michael Reeves (Roc St. Martins) K Shawn Agee (Casal’s Boxing) dec 3-0 Sequan Anthony (Roc St Martins) Kauron Overton (Roc St Martins) dec 2-1 Jackson Krebs (Casal’s Boxing) Ahured Harad (Roc St Martins) rsc 3 Steven Guy (Roc Boxing) Mike Vega (Casal’s Boxing) dec 3-0 Mike Hajdaj (Buffalo NWCC) Donald Marshall (St John’s Boxing) dec 3-0 Shevah Sheppard (Casal’s Boxing) Kevin Bonk (Casal’s Boxing) dec 2-1 Amir Farug (Westside boxing) Drew Graziadei (Casal’s Boxing) dec 2-1 Erik Rogers (Buffalo NWCC)
The Buffalo Bills season opener tomorrow versus the NY Jets at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey may be the most important kickoff to a season for the Bill's in the last 13 years, arguably since the playoff years of 98' and 99'. For the Jets and head coach Rex Ryan, the game in some ways may overshadow the two AFC championship game appearances.
 The Best Players from a Quarter Century at Coca-Cola Field as voted by Bisons Fans, Media and Hall of Fame Committee August 25, 2012 – The Buffalo Bisons announced the 15 names that comprise the ‘ALL 25 SEASONS’ TEAM during the team’s 25th Season Celebration on Saturday, August 25 at Coca-Cola Field. The collection of power hitters, slick fielders, dominating pitchers and true leaders on the field and off represent the best names from a quarter century of Bisons Baseball at Coca-Cola Field.
 The Best Players from a Quarter Century at Coca-Cola Field as voted by Bisons Fans, Media and Hall of Fame Committee August 25, 2012 – The Buffalo Bisons announced the 15 names that comprise the ‘ALL 25 SEASONS’ TEAM during the team’s 25th Season Celebration on Saturday, August 25 at Coca-Cola Field. The collection of power hitters, slick fielders, dominating pitchers and true leaders on the field and off represent the best names from a quarter century of Bisons Baseball at Coca-Cola Field.
 SANBORN, N.Y. — Niagara County Community College Head Women’s Soccer Coach Anthony Massop has signed three new players to play Women’s Soccer at NCCC. Christine Garrity from Tonawanda High School, Arielle Young from Tonawanda High School and Sarah Winter from Lewiston Porter High School have all signed a letter of intent to play soccer at NCCC this fall. Coach Massop stated: “These girls are fantastic players and we are really looking forward to them becoming important parts of the team for the 2012 season”.
 BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo men’s basketball head coach Reggie Witherspoon has announced the signing of Andre McPhail to a National Letter of Intent. The 6-7, 240-lb. forward will join the Bulls for the 2012-13 season. “Andre comes to us with a background of hard work and achievement. We’re really excited to have him coming into our program,” Witherspoon said. “He impressed a lot of people on his visit and he brings a tremendous temperament and skill set to our program.”
 Our Lady of Mercy High School and Robert Morris University will be announcing on Monday April 23rd at 3 pm at Our Lady of Mercy High School that Melissa Ercoli will be signing a letter of intent to play D1 soccer for the Robert Morris Colonials. Melissa has played soccer at the High School Varsity level since eighth grade. She played her first three years at Nazareth Academy under Coach Bill McKee, until it’s closing, and continued on at Our Lady of Mercy High School under Coach Donna Trost.
 BUFFALO, NY – Third-year head coach Todd Kress has announced the addition of five newcomers that will join the Buffalo volleyball program for the 2012 season. The five additions bring Buffalo’s incoming class to six altogether.
Buffalo Veteran Boxers Association Ring 44 members selected their 2012 inductees for hall of fame honors. The induction ceremony and annual dinner will be held in August at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. The five new members to be enshrined are:  
  SANBORN, N.Y. — Niagara County Community College Head Women’s Soccer and Head Men’s and Women’s Bowling Coach Anthony Massop will hold a press conference Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 3:30PM in the Athletics Building (H-building) lobby for the signing of 25 athletes to National Letters of Intent.
On April 1st, 2012 the Buffalo State Ice Hockey Arena played host to a benefit for Paradise House. Paradise House provides counseling, case management, and residential services for homeless women recovering from substance addiction. Here, Buffalo Sabres Alumni faced off against the hockey team from Daddio’s Pizza. A spirited audience enjoyed the hockey play between the teams. Sabres Alumni also provided the opportunity for an autograph session. After the game, there was a reception at the Statler Tower, with food provided by Daddio’s Pizza.
  BUFFALO, NY (March 29, 2012) --- The Buffalo Sabres Foundation, Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association & National Fuel have joined together with the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System to provide recreational on-ice services to local veterans using sled hockey and traditional stand-up hockey as a driving force for physical and emotional rehabilitation. The two new teams will be called Buffalo Sabres Sled Vets and the Buffalo Sabres Warriors.

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