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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.


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…

A few days after completing his first season as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres, Darcy Regier laughed at a suggestion that Alexei Zhitnik's contract would be the team's biggest headache of the summer.Regier found humor in speculation that his most talented defenseman would be seeking a long-term deal for $3 million per season. Apparently, he thought it was funny beca…

It was the eye contact Kristen Baab-Sprague made with judge Joy Cushnan that told her Saturday's National Synchronized solo swimming title was hers.As Baab-Sprague swam to the pool's edge, she looked to Cushnan, seemingly waiting for any response that would assure her years of work had paid off. Cushnan, who sat less than a foot from the ladder that led Baab-Sprague from …

It's the identical goal that Karen and Sarah Josephson share that will force them down the same path from their hometown of Bristol, Conn., to Barcelona, Spain, site of the 1992 Olympics.The 27-year-old identical twins, regarded among the top synchronized swimmers in the world, have returned from a one-year absence in hopes of capturing the prize that eluded them in 1988 …

The National Senior Synchronized Swimming Championships will provide the sparkling Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center a fitting field for the highlight of its inaugural season this weekend.About 150 competitors will battle for individual and team titles and a spot on this year's United States National team. This is the first time Western New York spectators can see some…

Niagara Falls' Clarence Hunt and Kareem Johnson made good decisions when they decided to listen to each other's suggestions on improving their wrestling methods.Hunt and Johnson both captured their second straight Section VI titles Saturday night with relatively easy victories in the finals before a crowd of about 750 at Sweet Home High School."He (Johnson) tells me that …

La Salle knew just who to look to when it appeared Niagara might have upset on its mind Saturday night.For four years, it was All-America forward Lionel Simmons. With Simmons gone to the NBA, that someone has become Doug Overton.With Overton in command, La Salle overcame a poor first half and fought to a 77-65 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Niagara before …

Canisius knew before Thursday night's game against La Salle that there were more weapons to the Explorers' perimeter game than highly touted Doug Overton. Finding a way to stop it would be its biggest challenge.Overton, guard Randy Woods and swing man Jack Hurd combined for 73 points as La Salle coasted to an 89-74 victory over Canisius in a Metro Atlantic Conference gam…

Niagara is finding out first-hand that wins don't come easily in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.The Purple Eagles needed a 7-0 blitz over the last 2 1/2 minutes to defeat Fairfield, 81-79, in a MAAC thriller Saturday at Memorial Auditorium.It was typical of recent Niagara-Fairfield matchups."It seems every time we play Fairfield, it goes right to the end," said …

Lisa Basil has wasted no time in making her return to high school swimming known. After dominating the sport two years ago and taking a year off, Basil has come back . . . with a vengeance.The Maryvale senior returned to her form of 1988 when, as a sophomore, she won state titles in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200 individual medley.She captured both events again Satu…

Frontier has taken that final cross country leap to the top.Haunted by the boys' string of seven straight second-place finishes, the Falcons ran away with the Section VI boys and girls championships Friday afternoon before a crowd of about 1,100 at Elma Meadows Golf Course.Frontier nearly swept the boys Class A race by taking the top four places as Ken Craig outraced his b…

For a person who needs a pair of seat cushions to drive a car, Williamsville South junior Robin Rice is becoming a pretty big figure in the world of Western New York gymnastics.The 4-foot-10 Rice now sits comfortably at the top after finishing in the top two in each of the four individual events en route to the all-around girls title before a crowd of about 350 at the Sect…

If the University at Buffalo's opening series was any indication of what was to come, the Bulls should have known they were in for a tough day Saturday against Ithaca College at UB Stadium.UB threatened on its opening series, driving the ball to the 6-yard line, and it appeared early that the Bulls were going to make a game of it against the high-powered Bombers, ranked s…

Buffalo State is beginning to make believers out of preseason skeptics who thought the Bengals may be in for another long football season.Buffalo State scored 31 unanswered points over the final three quarters Saturday en route to a 31-10 victory over Mercyhurst before 606 at Coyer Field. The Bengals, who were picked to finish 15th in the 16-team Upstate New York Division…

Demske Sports Complex hasn't been a very kind home for the Canisius football team.The Golden Griffins, searching for their first win at home this season, dropped a 14-9 decision to St. Lawrence University before 1,057 at Demske.Saturday's loss stopped a three-game winning streak Canisius held over St. Lawrence and dropped the Griffs' record at Demske to 1-5 since coming to…