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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey is a retired reporter and editor from The Buffalo News. He has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 40 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, and public relations staffer. Budd has had nine books published.


An Arctic Blast is coming into Buffalo tonight.No, don't head to the cellar to get the parka out of storage. This Arctic Blast is the name of Minnesota's team in Roller Hockey International.Minnesota will take on the Stampede at Memorial Auditorium at 6 p.m. in Game One of the Eastern Conference finals. Game Two will be played in Minnesota Monday (8 p.m., ESPN2). If the se…

Memorial Auditorium has hosted many different sporting events in its 54-year history. It's safe to say there haven't been many like Thursday night's roller hockey playoff game.In a game that featured a partial striptease by one of 10 ejected players as well as the throwing of a folding chair and a milk crate onto the plastic playing surface, the Buffalo Stampede defeated M…

The Buffalo Stampede did quite well Tuesday night. Imagine how the team will do with Chris McSorley behind the bench.The Buffalo head coach had to go to California on league business and missed Tuesday's 7-6 shootout win in Montreal.The Stampede will get a chance to show what it can do with a head coach tonight at 7:30 when it hosts the Montreal Roadrunners at Memorial Au…

Same story, different day.The Orchard Park girls' softball team advanced to the state championships after defeating Union-Endicott, 6-0, Tuesday at Legion Field in Eden. The Lady Quakers used the same formula that worked so well in winning the sectional title from Williamsville North on Saturday -- a two-hit shutout by pitcher Kelly Poynton.Orchard Park and three other tea…

The Maple Grove girls' softball team managed to hold down the explosive offense of Edison-Elmira Heights for six innings in their intersectional playoff game Tuesday. It wasn't enough.The Section IV Class D champion Spartans tied the score, 6-6, with a run in the top of the seventh, then scored six runs in the top of the eighth and won, 12-6. Edison (20-5) will play in t…

North Tonawanda completed its improbable run to a sectional baseball championship Saturday, thanks in part to freshman left fielder Chris Murphy.Murphy hit for the cycle as the Lumberjacks blasted Kenmore West, 13-1, in the Class A final. North Tonawanda was seeded eighth in the tournament.There were three other title games Saturday at Pilot Field. In Class B, Kenmore East…

After defeating the defending champion in the semifinals of the Western New York high school lacrosse playoffs Wednesday, the Sweet Home Panthers weren't going to let Nichols stop them from winning the championship game on Friday.Sweet Home captured its first lacrosse title since 1989 by beating the Vikings, 13-7, on the Panthers' home field. Nichols finished 10-7."We w…

Orchard Park's swim team displayed its talent and its depth during Saturday's Section VI championships at the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena.The Quakers won five of the 12 events and finished second in three others to dominate the competition. Orchard Park's most impressive accomplishment was winning all three relays."This is the way we planned it since the beginning…

If you are looking for the upset of the year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, look no further.Niagara, which was last in the conference with a 1-9 record entering the game, stunned Siena, 82-78, before 1,342 at the Gallagher Center Saturday.The loss ended a five-game winning streak by the Saints (19-5, 9-3), who dropped into second place, a half-game behind Canis…

The Buffalo State basketball team has done what it needed to do to give itself a chance to win the SUNYAC West. Now it has to take advantage of that opportunity.The Bengals defeated Fredonia State, 63-53, at the Houston Gym Tuesday night. Buffalo State improved its conference record to 13-1, one game behind Geneseo. The task in front of coach Dick Bihr and his team is cl…

The University at Buffalo played some of its best basketball of the season during the first 33 minutes of its game Saturday against Central Connecticut State. The Bulls were so good, in fact, that it didn't even matter that they gave up 19 straight points after that.The Bulls led by 31 at one point in the second half and won, 84-72, in front of 570 at Alumni Arena, impro…

With Niagara on a four-game losing streak and Iona on a five-game losing streak, something had to give when the two teams played a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Thursday night at the Gallagher Center.It turned out to be the Purple Eagles, who lost, 74-63, before 943 fans. To be more specific, it was the Niagara offense that gave out in the final 10 minutes.The …

When college basketball games are there for the taking, seniors often do the taking.That was the case Tuesday at the Niagara Falls Convention Center. Seniors Michael Reese and Tracy Bergan led a second-half comeback as Loyola of Maryland defeated Niagara, 76-61, before 917 fans.The young Purple Eagles, who fell to 3-13 overall and 0-4 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Confere…

If you are going to have people come out in arctic-like temperatures for a college basketball game, you might as well entertain them. That's what Canisius did for the 667 fans at the Koessler Athletic Center in Tuesday's 87-57 victory over Cornell."Fast breaks, dunks, threes . . . That's what the people want to see," said Darrell Barley, who led the Griffs with 22 points.…

WGR baseball announcer Greg Brown has been called up to the major leagues.The Bisons' play-by-play broadcaster has been named by the Pittsburgh Pirates as one of their announcers. He will replace former Pirates pitcher Kent Tekulve, who could not reach a contract agreement with the team.Brown, 31, had worked on WGR's Bisons broadcasts for the past five years. He also serv…