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LEWISTON — Upon his arrival on Monteagle Ridge, Joe Mihalich evoked the names of the basketball coaching legends who preceded him — “Taps” Gallagher, the all-time winner for whom Niagara University’s gymnasium was renamed in honor, and the beloved Frank Layden, who coached the Purple Eagles …

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LEWISTON — Niagara got the game it wanted against Monmouth, just not the outcome.

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference season starts tonight for Niagara University men's basketball, and the Purple Eagles have a chance to make an early statement.

SANBORN — Niagara County Community College’s basketball teams opened their December slate and a three-game homestand Wednesday with a sweep of familiar foe Genesee.

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Joe Mihalich wants the folks in Niagara Falls — his true home — to know that he’s doing fine. Slowly but surely, he is making his way back from a brain hemorrhage he suffered 15 months ago at his home on the Hofstra University campus.

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Dawn Staley remembers when she was just beginning her coaching career when she'd look across the sideline and rarely see a Black female leading the opposing team.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Kyle Lofton and Jaren Holmes combined for 32 points in the second half and No. 22 St. Bonaventure rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat Clemson 68-65 Friday in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic.

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — There will be a wealth of women's basketball talent in the Bahamas over the next 10 days with seven of the top nine teams in The Associated Press poll playing in a pair of new tournaments on the island.

Mikiah Kreps improved to 2-0 on her professional boxing career Thursday night at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, cruising to a unanimous decision victory over Brittany Sims in a four-round fight.

LOS ANGELES — Fox Sports rules analyst Mike Pereira and game analyst Daryl Johnston will be part of the United States Football League's senior management team when the league debuts next spring.

OLEAN — Kyle Lofton and Jaren Holmes scored 17 points apiece and No. 23 St. Bonaventure rallied to beat Canisius 69-60 on Sunday night.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — E.J. Liddell scored a career-high 29 points as No. 17 Ohio State pulled away from Niagara in the second half for an 84-74 win on Friday night.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Hunter Dickinson scored 27 points to help No. 6 Michigan open with an 88-76 win over Buffalo on Wednesday night.

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MEDINA — The “defense wins championships” cliche is always up for debate, but defense is certainly the reason Medina High School is headed back to the Section VI Class C championship game.

It was a crowd-pleasing affair on opening night at Niagara County Community College as the Thunderwolves tipped off the local basketball season with back-to-back blowouts of visiting Corning CC.

Fans will be welcomed back in the Thunderwolvarena for tonight’s basketball double feature at Niagara County Community College.

Between college hockey and finishing up his senior year, Niagara defenseman Zac Herrmann has a lot going on.

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SANBORN — A season that hung in the balance before it began has turned out to be one of the best in school history.

There’s plenty of optimism as basketball season nears on Monteagle Ridge, but the coaches of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference don’t quite feel the same way.

Gonzaga carried a No. 1 ranking all last season before falling a win short of becoming college basketball’s first unbeaten national champion in 45 years.

AMHERST — The roller coaster ride continues for University at Buffalo football. Entering the fourth quarter down 26-10, the Bulls (3-4, 1-2 Mid-American Conference) used a 17-0 run against Ohio (1-6, 1-2) to earn their first conference win in the Maurice Linguist era.

When the Niagara Purple Eagles hockey team hits the ice this weekend in North Dakota to open the 2021-22 season against the nationally-ranked Fighting Hawks, it’ll have a different look, with a lot of new faces.

AMHERST — Kaleb Eleby threw a pair of touchdown passes to Skyy Moore and Western Michigan won its fourth straight game, defeating Buffalo 24-17 on Saturday in a Mid-American Conference opener.

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