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Jerry Sullivan grew up in Newport, R.I., though some would dispute the grown-up part. He is a professional skeptic, thanks to 16 years as the lead columnist on the Bills. He loves the NBA, Strat-o-Matic baseball, Tom Waits and reading novels, along with the usual periodicals.

You might have missed it amid all the crucial NFL coverage, but the World Aquatic Championships are being held this week in Budapest, Hungary. American Katie Ledecky, the darling of last summer's Rio Olympics, is once again ruling the competition and affirming her status as the best swimmer in the world, and perhaps the most dominant athlete, period. On Tuesday, Lede…

The question for me isn't whether the Bills should cut Adolphus Washington, but what they would do if it were Marcell Dareus, LeSean McCoy, or some other prized member of the roster who had who had run afoul of the law? I understand the calls for Sean McDermott to take a strong stand against Washington, who has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of improperly car…

So Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland. He's eager to escape from LeBron James's shadow. He's tired of James dominating the ball and the organization. He wants to play for a franchise that's built around him. Reports say Irving wants to "grow his career". Never mind that playing with James got him to three straight NBA Finals. You'd think that did something for his grow…

Here are the answers to Jerry Sullivan's annual baseball trivia quiz. If you haven't seen the questions yet, those are here: http://buffalonews.com/2017/07/07/test-baseball-knowledge-jerry-sullivans-annual-trivia-quiz/ 1. Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson and Jim Bunning. When Bunning retired in 1971, he was second all-time in strikeouts to Walter Johnson with 2,855. He…

A few weeks ago, I was at Brennan’s, checking out the early U.S. Open golf scores while waiting for my tire to get fixed. I met a man named Todd Hannel. We got to talking sports and Todd mentioned that his late father, Earle Hannel, had been a star pitcher for the old Simon Pures. I told him I knew Earle Hannel. I met him the night he was inducted into the Western New…

Time, and the playing of actual games, will tell if Bills and Sabres fans are correct in assuming a basic competence among the men who have been newly entrusted with running the town's two major sports teams. But I can say one thing with assurance: Buffalo does not have the most dysfunctional franchise in New York State. That dubious distinction rests with the Knicks, w…

Last week on Sports Talk Sunday, Stu Boyar said that I seemed uncommonly positive, even optimistic, about the Sabres. This has to stop. I can't have people thinking I've gone soft. It's bad for my reputation as a skeptic and curmudgeon. Surely, Sunny Stu wasn't aware that I had been compiling a list of things that drive me crazy. Sure, I have a nice side, but it's ge…

Column as I see 'em: Seven years ago around this time, then-Sabres general manager Darcy Regier invited a hail of ridicule by insisting that Tim Connolly and Derek Roy were two of the top 20 centermen in the NHL. At that point in their careers, Connolly and Roy were marginal No. 1 centers at best. Diminished by concussions, Connolly was out of the league in two years…

The mail was a tad light this week, maybe because it's the first week of summer. People might be golfing, or waiting anxiously for Friday night's NHL draft. I can't get terribly worked up about a bunch of 18-year-old kids I've never heard of. The looming question as the draft approached in Chicago was whether Jason Botterill would pull the trigger on a big trade. Based …

This is my 18th year as a golfer. Go ahead and laugh. I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere. My game isn't what you would call mature. It's impulsive, temperamental and still prone to throwing the occasional club. But I love it just the same. It continues to amaze me how many people care, nearly two decades after my series on trying to break 100. My wife tells me t…

Beau lieu is French for 'beautiful place.' Sabres fans can only hope that Nathan Beaulieu, the team's new defenseman, finds Buffalo a glorious change of scenery for his hockey career. GM Jason Botterrill acquired Beaulieu, 24, from the Canadiens on Saturday for a third-round pick in this week's draft. That's a modest price to pay for a veteran D who set career highs in …

Time moves so swiftly in a young athlete's life. It has been nearly a year since Rio. You spend four years working toward your big Olympic moment, and then it's gone, just like that. The spotlight moves away, and it's difficult at first. But you're a competitor. Eventually, you move on, too. "For me, the hardest part was walking away from Rio," said Emily Regan, who was…

Diana Taurasi's website begins with this quote: "Individual accolades and notoriety matters not to Taurasi. Winning does." It's true, Taurasi has been one of basketball's greatest winners. But she's also a supreme individual talent. On Sunday, the Phoenix Mercury guard broke the WNBA scoring record, netting her 7,489th career point to pass Tina Thompson in a loss to th…

Father's Day makes me think of baseball, so first thing Sunday morning I turned to the MLB standings, which revealed that 26 of the 30 teams -- all but one in the AL -- were within four games of first place or a wild card. Who needs a salary cap? It's amazing how much parity exists, despite the inequity in financial resources. You could take the standings and flip them …

The mailman made a late stop after the Sabres hired Phil Housley as their new head coach. Not surprisingly, there was some skepticism. Many fans have a well-earned wariness about Buffalo's two major pro sports teams. If Terry Pegula was not moved by nostalgia in making this hire, as Mike Harrington suggests, there is good reason. Housley's career as a player doesn't ins…