Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The Hobart College football team was the unanimous choice to win the 2014 Liberty League in a poll of the conference's coaches. The Statesmen have won the league in each of the past three seasons, including back-to-back undefeated regular seasons.

Coming off back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, the Hobart football team is ranked in the top 25 in the nation in three prominent polls. The three-time defending Liberty League champion Statesmen begin the year at No. 12 in both the D3football.com poll and the Sporting News preseason ranking, while Lindy's Sports Annuals put Hobart at No. 17 on its list.

The William Smith College lacrosse team was named a 2014 academic honor squad by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). It's the second year in a row the Herons have earned the award.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Director of Athletic Communications Ken DeBolt recently announced the appointment of Mackenzie Larsen '12 as the assistant director of athletic communications.

Hobart College Soccer Head Coach Shawn Griffin recently announced that Dale Jordan will serve as his assistant coach for the 2014 season.

Former Hobart College faceoff specialist Bobby Dattilo '12 just finished a standout season with the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse. Dattilo played a key role in the Machine's run to earn its first ever spot in the MLL playoffs.

Hobart Head Basketball Coach Tim Sweeney announced that Mark Linebaugh will join his coaching staff for the upcoming season. Linebaugh has spent the past three seasons as the director of basketball operations at Colgate University.

ECAC Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss recently announced that William Smith Director of Athletics Deb Steward is the 2013-14 ECAC Division III Female Administrator of the Year. She will be among the honorees at the ECAC Honors Dinner at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, Mass., on Sunday, Sept. 28.

ECAC Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss announced today that Hobart basketball All-American Richie Bonney '14 is the 2013-14 ECAC Division III Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Bonney's achievements will be celebrated at the annual ECAC Honors Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 28 at the Sea Crest Hotel in North Falmouth, Massachusetts.

William Smith College's Julia Oak '14 was recently named to the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) 2014 All-Academic Sailing Team. Oak was one of 10 sailors from across the country to be named to the first team.

Auburn Doubledays

The Jammers cranked out two runs in a key seventh inning, and the Doubledays fell 4-1 to snap a three-game winning streak in front of 2,251 fans at Falcon Park.
The Auburn Doubledays stormed to walk-off wins in both ends of a doubleheader, taking the first 5-4 in nine innings, while concluding the night by winning the second 2-1 in a regulation seven frames over Jamestown.
Eleven Doubledays came to the plate, and a season-high seven of them scored to springboard the Doubledays to an 8-0 thrashing of the Williamsport Crosscutters.
Anderson Martinez (2-2), RC Orlan, and Mario Sanchez combined for a five-hit shutout as the Auburn Doubledays blanked the Williamsport Crosscutters 4-0 under the Friday night lights.
State College exploded for 13 runs over the sixth and seventh innings, and the Doubledays suffered a 14-3 defeat at the hands of the Spikes on Thursday night at Penn State University.
State College hit huge home runs in both games, and the Auburn Doubledays dropped both ends of a Sunday doubleheader to the Spikes. The Doubledays fell 4-1 in game one and 7-4 in game two.
Saturday's scheduled game between the Auburn Doubledays and State College Spikes at Falcon Park has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Sunday, August 17 with game one scheduled to begin at 1:00pm.
Nationals fourth-round pick Robbie Dickey pitched five brilliant innings, but the eighth inning reared its ugly head again, and the Doubledays fell 8-1 to State College on Friday night at Falcon Park.
Auburn Doubledays 1B Jose Marmolejos and RHP Mario Sanchez have both been named to the 2014 New York-Penn League All-Star team.
The Doubledays continued to rake on their homestand on Sunday, banging out 11 hits and scoring double-digit runs in a 10-2 rout of the Vermont Lake Monsters at Falcon Park.

NY Yankees

The Yankees' hit parade couldn't wait until Labor Day. New York strung together nine straight hits to begin its eight-run third inning on Wednesday night against the Tigers, chasing former American League Cy Young Award winner David Price from the game in the process.
Another ritual in the march of Derek Jeter's final season occurred Wednesday night at Comerica Park as the Tigers honored the retiring Yankees shortstop. The ceremony begged the question: Who is going to take Jeter's place as baseball's primary role model, as the game's unofficial, but leading ambassador to the rest of humanity?
Derek Jeter's season of farewells received a shot of poignancy Wednesday night as he was honored in a pregame ceremony at Comerica Park in his home state of Michigan.
Jacoby Ellsbury has found one of his best hot streaks of the season, but the Yankees' center fielder won't connect the dots between those good recent swings and a return to the leadoff spot.
The Yankees have signed outfielder Chris Young to a Minor League contract, general manager Brian Cashman confirmed on Wednesday.
Masahiro Tanaka's next hurdle will come in the form of three simulated innings off the mound at Comerica Park on Thursday morning, and if he gets through that session with no issues, the right-hander's return will seem much more plausible.
The Yankees announced on Wednesday that they have pledged $100,000 to the ALS Association, in recognition of those who bravely live with ALS, those who have passed away from the condition and those around the world who have taken part in the Ice Bucket Challenge in an effort to raise awareness and funding to find a cure.
Tigers rookie Kyle Lobstein will start a series-deciding game against another American League postseason contender in late August in his first big league start. He'll be opposed by Yankees veteran Hiroki Kuroda in Thursday's series finale in Detroit.
Beginning with leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury, nine straight batters collected hits as the Yankees took a swing at the record books in the third inning Wednesday night at Comerica Park. The resulting eight-run inning sent David Price to the showers early as New York defeated the Tigers, 8-4, to move to within 2 1/2 games of Seattle for the second AL Wild Card spot.
On a fall Michigan afternoon in 1991, Derek Jeter stood wide-eyed amongst a crowd of greater than 100,000. In Ann Arbor, at the Big House, Jeter realized there was somewhere else he could envision himself besides the infield dirt at the corner of East 161st and River Avenue in the Bronx. Perhaps at one of the parties he recalls visiting on that recruiting trip to the University of Michigan, he pictured himself as a Michigan Man -- and loved what he saw.
Brett Gardner said Tuesday that his bruised right ankle is showing signs of improvement, and the Yankees outfielder is moving closer to returning to the lineup.
Derek Jeter has been spending more time as the designated hitter of late, and while the retiring Yankees captain would prefer to be wearing his glove out to shortstop, he has been satisfied with staying in the lineup.
The Yankees' newest good-luck charm arrived via special delivery, when Shawn Kelley's travels around the Internet led him to stumble across a frightening rubber horse head. He laughed, then forked over his credit card information.
Seven Yankees prospects have been added to the preliminary rosters for this year's Arizona Fall League, which were released on Tuesday. Right-handers Caleb Cotham, Branden Pinder and Alex Smith, infielders Greg Bird and Eric Jagielo, and outfielders Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge have all been selected to play this fall with the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Brandon McCarthy didn't have razor-sharp command against the Tigers, who peppered the right-hander for nine hits over 6 1/3 innings in handing the Yankees a 5-2 loss on Tuesday night at Comerica Park in a game delayed more than an hour at the start due to rain.
As baseball sprints toward the September stretch run, there are surprising -- some inspiring -- stories here, there and everywhere. Here's my surprise players of 2014.
The Yankees won a challenge and gained a run against the Royals on Monday night. The final run of New York's four-run seventh came on a sacrifice fly by Brian McCann, but that's not initially how it was ruled.
The Royals paid tribute to Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter on Monday, in his final scheduled trip to Kauffman Stadium.
On Sunday, it was Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury nursing injuries. Mark Teixeira added his name to the list Monday, as the first baseman was not in the starting lineup for the makeup game against the Royals.
Mike Moustakas' home run was all Michael Pineda would allow over 6 1/3 innings in the Yankees' fifth straight win, an 8-1 triumph over the Royals on Monday night. Jacoby Ellsbury drove in three runs, while Derek Jeter added two RBIs in his final scheduled appearance in Kansas City.
Martin Prado and Brandon McCarthy were teammates with the last-place D-backs before being acquired by the Yankees in July. The switch to pinstripes has rejuvenated both players.
Avisail Garcia's leadoff home run in the ninth inning Sunday snapped Yankees closer David Robertson's streak of 22 straight save opportunities since June 5, marking the second longest streak in the Majors this season.
Brian McCann hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Yankees a 7-4 victory over the White Sox on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Thursday at Detroit's Comerica Park as he continues to work toward a September return to the big leagues.
Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury both started Sunday's game on the bench for injury-related reasons, but the team's concern is mostly with Gardner, who fouled a ball off of his right ankle during Saturday's 5-3 win over Chicago.
The Yankees retired Joe Torre's No. 6 on Saturday, and in years to come few will likely remember that the former NL MVP Award winner made his mark in the big leagues as a No. 9 before joining the Bronx Bombers.
With their former manager at the Stadium to have his No. 6 retired, the Yankees delivered a 5-3 victory over the White Sox on Saturday. Martin Prado had a two-run double and Carlos Beltran homered as Hiroki Kuroda tossed six innings for his ninth win.
Of all the hurdles Joe Torre had to overcome, no small part of it was his battle with what he calls "an aggressive form" of prostate cancer. Torre was diagnosed with the disease in 1999, during the zenith of his managerial tenure with the Yankees.
Joe Torre has had quite the summer, and it continued Saturday when the Yankees honored their former manager by retiring his No. 6 and recognizing his managerial success with a plaque in Monument Park.
Derek Jeter is well into the last third of what will be his final Major League season, and in case you were wondering, the Yankees captain has not felt the need to second-guess his decision.

NY Mets

The battery of Noah Syndergaard and Kevin Plawecki, the Mets' top two prospects, combined Wednesday to lead Triple-A Las Vegas to an 8-3 victory against Round Rock. Syndergaard struck out nine batters and held the Express to one run in 6 2/3 innings, while Plawecki led the 51s offense with two home runs.
The history of the Met's cleanup spot is rather spotty, though Dave Kingman was the Mets' cleanup man in 410 games and had as much if not more raw power than either of the two players with more cleanup starts (Darryl Strawberry, 599; Mike Piazza, 554).
Mike Minor will take the ball Thursday in the rubber match with the Mets and hope to keep his momentum from his last outing, taking on New York's Jon Niese at Citi Field.
Zack Wheeler's quality start was his 10th in his last 11 tries, but Braves starter Julio Teheran carved through a lineup missing both David Wright and Daniel Murphy, snapping Wheeler's personal six-game winning streak in a 3-2 win over the Mets on Wednesday night.
Reliever Vic Black was unavailable Wednesday after undergoing an MRI on his neck, which has pained him for the better part of a week. The right-hander said he has bone spurs growing on vertebrae in the neck, causing irritation.
Third baseman David Wright swung in an indoor batting cage Wednesday, testing his sore neck for the first time since the weekend. Though Wright is hopeful he can return to the Mets' lineup as soon as Thursday, he admitted that doctors have taken the choice "out of my hands."
In a 3-2 win Tuesday night against the Braves, Dillon Gee turned in one of his better starts of the summer, limiting Atlanta to two runs in 6 2/3 innings, as the Mets defense turned four double plays.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez gambled and lost when he challenged a close play at second base during the fourth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Mets at Citi Field.
The Mets' patchwork lineup Tuesday night against the Braves was so because two of its biggest bats -- David Wright and Daniel Murphy -- sat out with neck and calf issues, respectively.
The league announced preliminary rosters Tuesday for the Arizona Fall League, and the Mets are sending six of a possible seven players to play for the Scottsdale Scorpions, including outfielder Brandon Nimmo, the team's No. 3 prospect and 2011 first-round Draft pick.

SU Athletics

Entering its second season in the ACC, Syracuse volleyball is predicted to finish eighth in the conference in 2014. Silvi Uattara was one-of-19 ACC student-athletes chosen to the 2014 Preseason All-ACC Team.

Consecutive home games with perennial NCAA Tournament programs from Duke, Louisville and Pittsburgh highlight the ACC portion of the Syracuse scheduled announced by the conference on August 27.

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, the local TV home of Syracuse University Sports, begins its football coverage this week as the Orange kick off their schedule against Villanova. All season long, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will have live gameday programming and shows that give fans true access to the team, taking them inside the events that shape the season. Additionally, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will exclusively televise soccer, volleyball and field hockey games this fall, as well as two men's basketball exhibition games.

The Syracuse field hockey team will enter the 2014 campaign ranked fifth in the nation.The Orange open the season at No. 5 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Preseason Poll for the second-straight season, after finishing the 2013 season at No. 2 following a 16-4 record in its first year in the ACC.

The wait is almost over.With the Syracuse's season opener with Villanova just two days away, head coach Scott Shafer and the rest of the Orange are eagerly awaiting running out of the tunnel for the first time in 2014."I think it's a great thing for our kids, a great thing for our community and a great thing for our University to kick things off Friday night in the Dome," Shafer said. "We've had some great memories in those situations in the past. For me, West Virginia and Louisville especially come to mind. We're just looking forward to doing more of the same and kicking off the season against Villanova.

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Syracuse head football coach Scott Shafer will host his weekly radio show at Destiny USA this season. Shafer and show host Matt Park will broadcast from the first level of the Canyon Area for the live, hour-long show. Fans are invited to watch the show in person at Destiny USA or participate via telephone (1-888-7-Go Cuse or 424-8599) or via Twitter (@SUSportsNetwork) using #AskShafe.

The Syracuse cross country teams will enter the 2014 season with similarly high expectations as both programs occupy the No. 1 spot in the Northeast Region in the USTFCCCA Preseason Poll.

Syracuse men's lacrosse was the most represented program when Major League Lacrosse (MLL) released its 2014 All-MLL Team at the end of last week. Three former Orange made the all-pro team, more than any other college program, as Florida Launch attackman Casey Powell and goalie John Galloway and LSM Joel White of the Rochester Rattlers were named to the 12-player squad in a vote of MLL coaches and general managers.

With fall sports kicking off this week and classes now underway, Syracuse University has selected Sam Rodgers and Lindsay McCabe as the first male and female Orange Scholar-Athletes of the Week for the 2014-15 calendar year.

NY Giants

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Buffalo Bills

Working and learning alongside his former coach Donnie Henderson, Pro Bowl defensive back Chris McAlister brought Super Bowl championship experience to the Bills Training Camp staff as a minority coaching fellow.
A good number of Buffalo’s starters are expected to take the field Thursday night against the Detroit Lions.
Out of thousands of entries on buffalobills.com, Scott Kelsey of Corfu, NY won the Uncle Bob’s Self Storage 2014 Bills Season Ticket Giveaway.
Listen in as Bills cornerback Nickell Robey is mic'd up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this week's edition of Wired For Sound.
Defensive lineman Corbin Bryant discusses his hunger for the game. Mark Kelso, the Bills radio color man breaks down the preseason and EJ Manuel. We talk Fantasy Football with CBS Sports' Jamey Eisenberg.
Chris Brown and John Murphy recap a busy day at One Bills Drive, including the addition of quarterback Jordan Palmer, the encouraging signs from guard Cyril Richardson, and the solid play of defensive tackle Corbin Bryant.
The Bills head coach talks about the addition of Jordan Palmer, and upgrading the backup quarterback position.
The Bills head coach talks about the quarterback situation on the roster.
The Bills head coach talks about the playing time for the quarterbacks on Thursday, what he'd like to see from the final preseason game, and the left guard situation.
The Bills quarterback talks about his relationship with Jordan Palmer, the benefit of having Palmer on the roster, and how long he may play on Thursday night.

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Time Warner Cable News is proud to unveil the inaugural Scholar Athlete Year in Review, showcasing high school students across the Rochester area.
Look at Sophomore Luke Gerster's = grades, and you'll think every class is his favorite. And his work on the volleyball court earned him Scholar Athlete of the Week honors.
From the band room to the classroom, to the basketball court, senior Alex D'Arpino has made the most of his time at Greece Arcadia High School.
It's not unusual to see McQuaid Jesuit senior David Ingraham studying, even at track meets.
Katie Rowan is proud to be a Mercy girl. She takes AP classes, is involved in student government, plays softball and indoor track.
At Rochester's East High, Ana Santiago demonstrates the path to success as this week's Scholar Athlete.
Sara Tullio is one of the many successful students at Brighton High School. She excels in academics, and two varsity sports.

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