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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski has served as an editor and reporter at The Buffalo News since 2009. In addition to the Bills beat, he also writes a local golf column and strives to be a single-digit handicap.


There can be such a thing as too much information when it comes to analyzing injury reports emanating from spring training.With every tweaked hamstring, sore elbow or even hangnail reported on around the clock, it can be tough to decipher which injuries should send up legitimate red flags and which should be ignored come draft day.While it's impossible to know for sure whe…

Rotations are being settled. Position battles are being won. The 2009 major league season is right around the corner. That means it's time for a position-by-position breakdown of the best fantasy players on the diamond.Let's get to it:First base: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals. There's plenty of competition for the top spot here, with compelling cases to be made for Mi…

League opponents for the past five months got to suit up on the same side Saturday during the 12th annual Paul Missana Memorial Silver Hoops Classic.High school seniors from the Niagara Frontier League, all divisions of ECIC, the Yale Cup and the Monsignor Martin Association participated in three different all-star games at the Grabiarz School.The tournament, sponsored by …

Spring training is in full swing and Manny Ramirez has already missed a game with tightness in his hamstring, which means the 2009 Major League Baseball season is right around the corner.In other words, it's time to prepare for the oldest of all fantasy sports. The history of fantasy baseball dates back nearly 50 years to the days of Strat-o-Matic, before the advent of…

The advantage in recent girls basketball Far West Regionals has leaned decidedly to the east.Section V (Rochester-area schools) are 4-1 in each of the past two seasons against Western New York representatives. Section VI coaches hope to reverse that in the Regionals at Erie Community College's Flickinger Center this weekend."There's no question they're the favorite, but I …

In the first week of NFL free agency a year ago, fantasy superstar Michael Turner found a new home when he signed with the Atlanta Falcons.Of course, Turner took the league by surprise in 2008, and wasn't rated as a first-round running back (my big fantasy claim to fame last season was getting him in the middle rounds of both my leagues).So far this offseason, the list of …

Canisius boys basketball coach Kyle Husband knew from watching tape that St. John the Baptist was as good a team as the Crusaders had seen all year. On Saturday, the Cougars proved to be even better than Husband expected.St. John the Baptist< West Islip> dominated Canisius, 77-53, in the New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association Class A semifinals at Holy An…

An impressive array of local power brokers from the business, political and sports worlds came together Thursday to share their joy that the 2010 Empire State Games are slated to return to Buffalo.The very-much-in-question 2009 Games, however, were on the minds of the participants of the news conference."There's a couple of options. I think in the next couple of weeks it's…

One Cinderella was sent home and two division rivals moved on Wednesday night in Section VI Class B girls basketball at Erie Community College's Flickinger Center.A two-game crowd of about 350 watched as top-seeded Olean earned its second straight Class B-1 crown, topping No. 6 East Aurora, 48-30. In the nightcap, No. 3 Allegany-Limestone got past No. 1 City Honors, 51-30,…

With a roster featuring just two seniors and a junior, not much was expected this season of Jamestown. The Red Raiders, however, continue to defy expectations.The latest example came Tuesday night, as third-seeded Jamestown earned the right to play for the Section VI Class AA title by defeating No. 2-seed Williamsville North, 45-35, before a crowd of 400 at Williamsville E…

So far this postseason, the Section VI Class B-2 boys basketball bracket has played out exactly as planned.Top-seeded Akron and No. 2-seed Allegany-Limestone advanced to Saturday's final at Buffalo State with wins Monday night at Hilbert College. Allegany-Limestone used a huge second quarter to overcome No. 3 Wilson, 82-66, in the first semifinal, while Akron fought off a …

Whether it's the change of scenery or the thrill of joining a squad that can compete for the Stanley Cup, one thing is clear -- those players "sold" at the NHL trade deadline pay dividends for their fantasy owners.In preparing for Wednesday's deadline, I analyzed the fantasy stats of the three biggest names who changed addresses last season. In each case, fantasy numbers e…

Saturday's Canisius-Niagara game won't be remembered as a classic by any stretch, but it was still memorable for the Golden Griffins.A crowd of 1,450 inside the Koessler Center saw the host Griffins earn an easy win, 65-39, over rival Niagara in the conference finale for both teams. The win was the 22nd of the season for the Griffs, setting a school Division I record. It w…

There weren't any special words of wisdom from Williamsville South boys basketball coach Al Monaco at halftime Friday night, just calm reassurance. Turns out, that's all his team needed.The Billies exploded for a 14-0 run in the first 2:28 of the third quarter against Riverside, opening a 20-point lead, then cruised to the victory, 60-41, in a Section VI Class A-1 quarterf…

Canisius did just enough of the little things to earn a big conference win Sunday afternoon.Despite shooting just 38 percent and trailing by five points with less than two minutes to play, the Golden Griffins found a way to fight back for a 70-67 overtime victory over Iona. With the win, Canisius (21-7, 13-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) tied the school record for wi…