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Bucky Gleason is senior sports columnist for The Buffalo News. He has covered sports on all levels since 1992. He is a terrible golfer who remains undefeated in match play on the 19th hole. He lives in Hamburg with his wife and four children.

The best thing about Luke Terry winning this year's [BN]spired Award was that he didn't intend to inspire anyone. For 17 years, he has gone about his business without a left hand knowing no other way. He never fathomed the impact he made on others because he was focused on the business of winning. Terry was determined to show off his athletic ability and never thought …

While it was out of the ordinary for a general manager of one team to revel in the championship of another – in this case, Sabres GM Jason Botterill celebrating with the Penguins after they beat the Predators for their second straight Stanley Cup – it should have been encouraged. Botterill played a major role in the Pens' success during his 10 years with the organiz…

Kyle Zurak can look back and laugh knowing the rough patches are behind him, now that everything is clear. If you watched him from the stands in previous years, he looked like any other pitcher who circled the mound between pitches. Actually, he was trying to believe the inner voice screaming at him. "THROW THE FREAKING BALL PAST PEOPLE," he would tell himself. "YOU'RE …

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Darkness was falling on what had been a long and dreary day at the ballpark. Cloudy skies had given way to heavy rain, delaying one game and pushing back the start of another, conspiring to make a miserable day worse for the University at Buffalo baseball team. With pitchers throwing 90 mph toward hitters who had trouble seeing the ball, with the f…

A look at some other UB players and how they've been affected by the elimination of the baseball program: Cashing in on opportunity Junior pitcher Caleb Jardina-Kish played two innings of baseball at Niagara-Wheatfield High. He hated school, didn't care much for baseball, had no intentions of attending a four-year college and didn't bother to take the SAT. "I wan…

Phil Mickelson could play in the U.S. Open, and his daughter certainly would have understood. Amanda Mickelson spent her childhood accustomed to her father leaving home for weeks at a time while he competed on the PGA Tour. She's well aware a win would complete his career grand slam. Mickelson is planning to skip the Open this year because it's less important than Amand…

On the day he was introduced as Bills general manager, Brandon Beane was candid about his desire to build a consistent winner from the ground up. He made a point to say people shouldn't expect big splashes in free agency, a clear message that he would take his time and do things right. But that didn't stop LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor from making strong pitches for Jer…

Dwaine Ozark still has vivid memories of being a young boy in the 1950s. Like many kids his age, he loved baseball and had a special affinity for the Brooklyn Dodgers. All these years later, he can still rattle off names of Dem Bums that became living, breathing figures in the scrapbook of his childhood. There was Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Duke Snider, …

In a statement Monday evening, hours after he was charged and released on his own recognizance, Tiger Woods took responsibility for driving under the influence earlier in the day in Florida. He emphasized that he wasn't drinking and driving, but buzzing from a concoction of prescription medication. By then, the public had examined the downtrodden man in his mugshot, rem…

Here's something to ponder while trying to figure out how many players and how many years away the Sabres remain from becoming a championship contender: You know how many times at least one team in the Stanley Cup Final failed to earn at least 100 points during an 82-game regular season? Zero. Over the past 18 seasons, only three Stanley Cup champions failed to ear…

Dan Steinberg is a sports columnist at the Washington Post and a darned good one, but he was losing me earlier this week while writing about the sorry state of teams in the District of Columbia. For a while, you would have assumed our nation's capital cornered the market on failure. I almost stopped reading. Steinberg rattled off stats supporting his argument while lead…

Halfway through his first news conference Friday after he was introduced as general manager, Brandon Beane made a point to say there would be no football czar with the Bills moving forward. He stressed the idea of a group effort to get this woebegone franchise turned in the right direction. Bills fans who had been longing for one man to serve in the highest capacity of …