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Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 39 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, and public relations staffer. The Syracuse graduate joined the high school coverage team in 2015. He also covers running and the National Lacrosse League's Bandits for The News. Budd has had five books published.

Brad Self’s stay as a member of the Buffalo Bandits ended in less than a season. Self was dealt to the Colorado Mammoth on Monday in exchange for Creighton Reid and a fourth-round draft pick in 2019. Reid then was sent to Calgary for a fourth-round pick in 2017 and a second-rounder in 2019. Self, 36, was acquired from Rochester just before the 2017 National Lacross…

Buffalo Bandits goalie Anthony Cosmo didn't need to be asked to speak to the media after Saturday's 11-10 loss to the Rochester Knighthawks. In fact, he volunteered for the job even before he hit the showers. Cosmo, it seemed, had something to say about the game-winning goal by Brad Gillies. "This was a big match for both teams, and it's really going to ... when the…

ROCHESTER - Buffalo won't be returning to Rochester during the rest of the National Lacrosse League's regular season. The Bandits won't be complaining about that. Buffalo lost its second straight heart-breaker in the Blue Cross Arena. The Knighthawks rallied to earn a 11-10 win on Saturday night. The Bandits had an 8-5 lead in the fourth quarter but couldn't hold it. Br…

The Bandits play their third straight game away from home tonight. They have gone from Rochester to Vancouver to Rochester. Here's are a few facts: Buffalo comes into the game at 5-6, on the outside looking in at a playoff berth. Rochester is in a similar spot, but event a bit worse at 4-8. The Knighthawks have to run the table to have a winning record this season. …

Nick Weiss has no idea how he suffered an injury that sidelined him for more than two months this season. He’s just happy to be back in the Buffalo Bandits’ lineup. The transition player is ready to go as the Bandits play the Knighthawks on Saturday night in Rochester (7:30 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Weiss felt fine at the start of the team’s first game of the seaso…

Most road races hand out t-shirts to participants. The “Friends of Night People” organization does that at its event, but it also takes in more shirts than it hands out. That charitable aspect is one of the interesting features of the “Putting Hunger on the Run” race, which will be run for the 14th time on Sunday, April 2. The 5-kilometer run helps the organi…

TROY - Panama keeps dreaming of a girls state high school basketball championship, and Heuvelton keeps getting in the way. It happened for the third straight year at Hudson Valley Community College, as the Panthers dropped a 78-54 decision to the Lady Bulldogs. The game was for the Class D championship. "They get on this stage, and they rise up," Panama coach Jeff An…

TROY - Panama girls basketball coach Jeff Angeletti finally could take a breath after watching his team play in the state semifinals for the third straight year on Saturday. "It never gets old ... or easy," he said with a smile. There was plenty of happiness from the Panthers after this game, a 48-43 win over undefeated South Kortright of Section IV. The victory gave…

TROY − Fredonia’s girls basketball fought out of a huge hole at the beginning to get within striking distance, but couldn’t finish the sale. The Hillbillies dropped a 69-57 decision to Irvington Friday in a New York State semifinal at Hudson Valley Community College. Irvington advanced to the Class B final against Seton Catholic on Saturday afternoon. “I’m …

Steve Priolo might be one of the few people in the region who didn't enjoy his "snow day" on Tuesday. The Buffalo Bandits defenseman was ready to go to the team's usual weekly practice in Six Nations, Ont., that night, only to find out that the session was cancelled because of the snowstorm. "It's the opposite of a snow day for me," Priolo said. "I was looking forwar…

The state girls basketball championships get underway today at Hudson Valley Community Valley in Troy. Fredonia opens the action from a Section VI perspective with at 11:45 a.m. game. Since high school is supposed to be educational, here are five things about the host city you may not have known. 1 - At the beginning. Killiaen van Rensselaer was a successful Dutch me…

It didn't take long for Frewsburg girls basketball team to figure out that it probably wasn't going to be their night at the Far West Regionals at Buffalo State Sports Arena. After only three minutes, the Bears trailed South Seneca, 15-0 - discovering the hard way why the Falcons were ranked No. 1 in the state. "I just wanted to see the ball go through the hoop," Fre…

For eight minutes, the Clarence girls basketball team was on top of the world. The Red Devils came out fast in their Class AA Far West Regional game with Mercy, as they played an almost perfect first quarter. They had a 15-4 lead over the second-ranked team in the class in the state. "We came to play," coach Erin Booker of Clarence said. "It's probably was one of our…

It was close enough to dream. With 2 minutes and 20 seconds left in the Class A Far West Regionals, Amherst and Pittsford Mendon were tied, 53-53. To put it another way, Amherst was dead even with the top-ranked team in Class A in the state, as the Vikings were undefeated entering the game at 24-0. Sadly for the Tigers, the Vikings were the ones who made the plays do…

It’s time for the annual snapshot of the state of the area’s road racing. As usual, Fritz Van Leaven of Tonawanda has put together a comprehensive report on the numbers. I’m left with the task of trying to figure out what they might mean. Van Leaven’s tabulations cover races in Western New York, Southern Ontario and Northwest Pennsylvania. Here are his result…