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Sports writer at the Buffalo News for more than 30 years, covers college sports and writes Bills game analysis. Past president of the Pro Football Writers of America. Past selector for Pro Football Hall of Fame. Buffalo native. Buffalo State College graduate.

LEWISTON – Stanford’s Brandon Wu never stumbled or even wobbled on his march to the Porter Cup golf championship Saturday. The college junior-to-be shot a bogey-free, 6-under-par 64 on the final round to cruise to a three-shot victory. Wu finished at 11-under 269 in the 59th annual event at Niagara Falls Country Club. The 64 tied for the third-best final-round sc…

LEWISTON – It was easy to see the sentimental favorite in the Porter Cup Friday. There were a lot of burnt-orange caps and longhorn logos among the several hundred fans at Niagara Falls Country Club. They were not disappointed, because University of Texas star Gavin Hall put himself in position to win yet again. And once again, the Porter Cup is set up for a dramatic …

The Scottish cliché “nae wind, nae rain, nae golf” is the first big reason why The Open Championship – aka the British Open – is the greatest of golf’s four majors. Wind is part of the maddening challenge of the game. No major is more impacted by weather than the Open, so often played on courses by the sea. I can’t wait to watch the players at Royal Birkdal…

LEWISTON - Gavin Hall has come oh-so-close to winning the Porter Cup. As his great amateur golf career comes to a close, it would be fitting – almost justice – if he got over the hump and claimed the title in his last chance this week. The Pittsford phenom and University of Texas star has finished in the top eight of the prestigious tournament at Niagara Falls Co…

St. Bonaventure has put together a quality nonconference schedule to go along with its high hopes for the 2017-18 college basketball season. The Bonnies, who return four starters from an 18-12 team, have games against Power Conference foes Maryland and Syracuse. Bona released its 12-game nonconference slate Tuesday. "This is the most challenging nonconference schedul…

The Big 4 men's basketball season will open with rivalry games on back-to-back days in November. Niagara visits St. Bonaventure at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. Canisius College visits the University at Buffalo for a 2 p.m. game Saturday, Nov. 11, at Alumni Arena. The Big 4 meetings for the 2017-18 season were announced by the four schools Monday. As expected, there is …

University at Buffalo basketball star Blake Hamilton has signed a professional contract to play in Latvia. UB announced the 6-foot-6 California native will play for BK Ventspils, which competes in the Latvian league, the Baltic Basketball League and the European Champions League. Hamilton's standing as a UB all-time great was secured when he sank the last-second shot…

It was 6:30 p.m. on a Friday in 2012, and I walked over to the practice green well after the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship in Rochester. There were five players putting. All five were South Korean. The South Korean dominance of women’s golf reached a new high at the U.S. Women's Open Sunday. Eight of the top 10 finishers were South Korean. The win by…

LEWISTON – Two of the world’s top amateur golfers slugged it out in a memorable finish to the Porter Cup last summer. A rare sequel is on the horizon when the 59th annual golf tournament is held this week at Niagara Falls Country Club. Australia’s Harrison Endycott last year rallied from four shots down over the last seven holes to win by one over All-American …

Summer is the time to project over-under win totals in the NFL, and here are four picks for the 2017 season. The Los Angeles Chargers will go over their Las Vegas projection of 7.5 wins. The Chargers’ roster is much better than last year’s 5-11 record suggests. Phillip Rivers still is a stud, and he has a load of skill-position talent around him. We love new head co…

University at Buffalo women's basketball star JoAnna Smith has signed her first professional contract, the university announced. The Mississippi native, who finished her career in March as the No. 6 scorer in UB history. signed with Clube Uniao Sportiva Ponta Delgada of Portugal's Liga Feminina. The Portugal women's league begins play in October, and its playoffs start …

Here’s a simple request for Bills coach Sean McDermott: Take care of your side of the ball. McDermott’s Carolina defenses ranked in the top 10 from 2012 to 2015. You’d like to think the Bills defense is in great hands. You’d think this would be a no-brainer. Yet this is the Bills we’re talking about. The Drought has seen Bills head coaches repeatedly fail a…

Matt Anderson is the greatest volleyball player Western New York ever has produced. He’s a two-time U.S. Olympian. He has been playing professionally in Russia for one of the world’s best teams the past five years. Anderson was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of West Seneca West High School and went to one of the top college volleyball programs in …

NIAGARA BASKETBALL SUMMER PROSPECTUS Where the Program Stands: Coach Chris Casey is 32-96 in four years. Finally he has enjoyed a year of continuity. Niagara’s administration exhibits great patience, partly out of financial necessity. Niagara returns a veteran roster. The time to win games is now. 2016-17 Record: 10-23, 6-14 (10th in the Metro Atlantic). Players…