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Bucky Gleason

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.


Marlon Kerner had a good day Monday. Any time he gets through practice without having some problem with his left knee, it qualifies as a good day.Kerner participated in his first full practice in more than three weeks after experiencing complications from a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained last December."I felt good out there," the fourth-year cornerback said. "I …

Every year, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his hole in Pennsylvania and casts a shadow determining whether there will be six more weeks of winter.The Buffalo Bills use a defensive end, Bruce Smith, to find out how close they are to the regular season.The 10-time Pro Bowl selection participated in his first full practice Monday, signifying that the opener …

Andre Reed certainly doesn't have any problems with his pitching arm. Unfortunately for the Buffalo Bills' receiver, the same can't be said about his left leg.Reed pulled up again Wednesday after getting tangled up with defensive back Hassan Shamsid-Deen during a passing drill. He pulled himself from the turf and chucked his helmet about 20 feet down the field."It's frustr…

The Buffalo Bills were finishing off one of their most frustrating stretches in years last season when Darick Holmes started realizing his future with the team could be in jeopardy.Not many people noticed at the time because the Bills had too many other problems. They were drowning in losses, six of them in the last seven games. The offense was in shambles. The quarterback…

Alex Van Pelt has completed his work in the classroom and watched from the sidelines for much of training camp. He has imagined how he would have reacted in certain situations.Now it's time to take his mental game on the field. Barring a setback to his injured right shoulder, the fourth-year quarterback for the Buffalo Bills will make his season debut against the Chicago B…

This is pressure: You're the 6-year-old son of a single mother who, at any time, might be knocked unconscious after another encounter with epilepsy.This is pressure: Having a loaded gun to your head because you got caught hanging around with the wrong crowd in a rough part of town.This is NOT pressure: Cutting over the middle and leaping for a pass while some hard-charging…

Robert Hicks looks like another House Ballard. He's 6-foot-7 and weighs 335 pounds. His head is big. His hands are big. The nails on his pinky fingers are big.When he arrived at minicamp last April after being selected by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the draft, Hicks could not be measured for a helmet standing up. Too big. Trainers taping his ankles said it seem…

Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed participated in his first full practice in more than two weeks Monday and came through without any problems with his left leg.Reed has been sidelined after complaining about a sore gluteus muscle before the Bills scrimmage against the Philadelphia Eagles. The team initially said Reed sustained a "tweak" in his hamstring. Reed also said he …

Now that the Buffalo Sabres have winger Paul Kruse's contract out of the way, they can begin concentrating on a new deal for defenseman Alexei Zhitnik.The Sabres avoided a decision from an arbitrator for the second time in less than a week Wednesday when they reached an agreement with Kruse on a two-year contract worth a total of $1.15 million.Kruse joined forwards Brian H…

At least once a week, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell is watching game film when the big, blue blur streaks across the screen.Cottrell has come to know there is nothing wrong with his video equipment. Nor is it the fuzzy puck used when Fox covers NHL games. It's one of his linebackers."It's the Dart," Cottrell said during training camp Tuesday. "That's wha…

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed underwent an MRI examination on a sore left knee Tuesday evening after he was sidelined for most of practice the previous two days.Reed said sore tendons behind the knee caused him to leave practice early on Monday. He participated only in light drills during the morning and afternoon sessions Tuesday.The MRI comes two weeks after the…

Damien Covington's bid to come back with the Buffalo Bills after sustaining a serious knee injury ended Monday when the fourth-year linebacker was waived.Covington was attempting to make the team as a free agent after he sustained nerve damage to his left knee last season. At the time, doctors told him he would never play football again."It was a tremendously tough injury …

Anybody who has experienced an employee evaluation knows it can be a little nerve wracking at times. The boss shows up with a straight face and a thick file, and one quickly forgets about the requested pay raise.It was Brian Holzinger's turn with the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. He wondered what they would say. Even more, he wondered what he would say.Sure, the veteran center…

Brian Holzinger agreed to a two-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres this morning, about 30 minutes before he was scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing in Toronto.Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier and Holzinger's Rochester-based agent, Steve Bartlett, moved toward an agreement late Thursday night before finalizing the deal today. Holzinger will be paid slightly les…

Donald Audette is unhappy with contract negotiations with the Buffalo Sabres because . . . they're offering him too much money on a one-year contract.The problem comes down to rules of NHL free agency.Audette, a restricted free agent, wants a one-year deal for $1.2 million because he would play his 10th season with a salary below the NHL average -- estimated at $1.3 millio…