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Former sports reporter and columnist Bob DiCesare is a deputy sports editor at The News. He has covered the Sabres, Bisons and college beats and served as a columnist for 10 editions of The Masters, the 2004 Athens Olympics and multiple World Series. He earned his undergraduate degree at Buffalo State and a master's in integrated marketing communications at St. Bonaventure.

This will probably come as a surprise to Tommy Quinzi Jr., but according to Bassmaster Magazine Lake Erie ain't what it used to be. Just a few weeks back Quinzi Jr., from Rochester, unofficially matched the state record with an 8 1/4-pound smallmouth bass while fishing off Buffalo with Capt. Jim Hanley. That lunker, which yanked the digital scale at 8.26 pounds, highlig…

It's no secret that deposed Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma is an avid fisherman. He grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, cultivating a hobby that accompanied him to Western New York. Photos of Bylsma on fishing excursions crossed our Outdoors desk with some frequency during his two-plus years in Buffalo. The one below was taken Tuesday, the day before General Man…

Submissions can be emailed to outdoors@buffnews.com and should include name, hometown and particulars of the catch. One photo will be selected as Catch of the Week and published on the Thurssay Outdoors page.

After slow start, West Virginia erupts Morgan State takes 10-0 lead, and then is buried by Mountaineers Da'Sean Butler, West Virginia's all-Big East swingman, once explained how current coach Bob Huggins differs from former coach John Beilein as such: Beilein teaches first and screams second. Huggins screams first, second and third and then gets down to the teaching…

Wildcats are first No. 2 seed to be eliminated   Without Shabazz Napier, Connecticut survived Saturday night. With him the Huskies thrived. Connecticut capped a day of upsets by becoming the first team to knock a No. 2 seed from the field, and they did it by overcoming a double-digit first-half deficit and the prolonged absence of its star. Napier bounced bac…

Sometimes a basketball game can be noteworthy because it follows the anticipated script. And sometimes it can be significant because it unveils the unexpected. St. Bonaventure's 79-69 victory over Niagara Saturday afternoon in the opener of the Big 4 Classic satisfied on both counts. A close game midway through the second half turned Bona's way in most predictable fashi…

Here’s hoping schools outside the Power 5 conferences follow the lead of the University of Houston. Whether they held the course is uncertain, but the Cougars were set to demand a hefty buyout clause within the contract of their new football coach – a counterattack to losing three of their last four coaches to Power 5 conferences. It makes sense. Schools residing…

For decades, The News has been publishing weekly NFL picks, made against the point spread, by a group of sports staffers. This is done for entertainment purposes only although there’s a good amount of pride at stake – and ribbing involved. Earlier this season, Jerry Sullivan sent in his picks and said they felt like 2-10. Turns out he was overconfident. He went 1-11…

The 1980s resurgence of minor league baseball in Buffalo was as noteworthy for the characters on the flanks as the players and the game. Tom Girot transformed into “Conehead” as he hawked beers up and down the steep Rockpile steps. Earl Patterson Howze Jr., aka The Earl of Bud, turned his impromptu “Tequila” dance into an event eagerly awaited come the seventh-inni…