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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.

The St. Bonaventure basketball team got great news on the point guard position Monday with the return of Jaylen Adams for his senior season. Now the Bonnies have found a backcourt star to slide into the starting lineup after Adams is gone. Bona announced the addition of former top-100 recruit Jalen Poyser, a transfer from Nevada-Las Vegas. Poyser must sit out the upc…

Niagara Falls native Matt Clingersmith has built a baseball power at Niagara County Community College. The Thunderwolves qualified for their fifth National Junior College Division III World Series appearance in nine years and stand atop this week’s College Power 10. 1. Niagara CCC baseball. Clingersmith, who played for Erie CC and Canisius College, was named Region II…

St. Bonaventure star point guard Jaylen Adams has removed his name from consideration for the NBA Draft and will return to school for his senior season. The decision, announced Monday by Adams and Bona, sets up the Bonnies for a big season in 2017-18. Bona will have four returning starters from last season’s 20-12 team. Adams had placed his name into draft consider…

It’s time for Major League Baseball to let a computer call balls and strikes. Anyone watching televised games can see the automated technology works. Its accuracy is indisputable. This is an easy call (and one I’m making at the suggestion of WNY baseball hall of famer Pat Ruggiero). The Sportsvision Pitchf/x system uses three cameras to track the trajectory of pitch…

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) 1:05 p.m. at Coca-Cola Field (Gates open noon) Weather: Forecast calls 73 degrees but a 70 percent chance of rain. The Weather Channel link Promotion: The first 3,000 fans get a Bisons license plate frame. It’s also Dog Day at the ballpark. Fans can bring their dog to the game. They must e…

Brian Johnson has overcome a year of adversity to re-establish himself as a top pitching prospect for the Boston Red Sox. Johnson, who sat out six weeks last season to battle anxiety issues, pitched brilliantly Saturday in leading Pawtucket to a 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Bisons. The 26-year-old left hander allowed two earned runs over 7 2-3 innings. It was his eig…

The Buffalo Bisons got a solid start from veteran Jarrett Grube Saturday but gave up two ninth-inning runs in a 5-3 loss to Pawtucket Saturday. Grube lasted 6 1-3 innings and 114 pitches, which was key since the Bisons’ bullpen was over-taxed this week. But Pawtucket scored two runs – one earned – off reliever John Stilson in the ninth. A run-scoring double dow…

The Canisius College basketball team has signed one of the top-ranked players in the state of Alabama and bolstered its front court with two athletic forwards. The Golden Griffins announced the signings Wednesday of point guard D.J. Heath of Anniston, Ala., along with Scott Hitchon, a 6-foot-8 forward from Thornlea School of Whitby, Ont., and Jalanni White, a 6-7 forwar…

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) vs. Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) 6:05 p.m. Wednesday at Coca-Cola Field (Gates open 5 p.m.) Weather: Forecast calls for 73 degrees and sunny. Promotion: Thursday is McDonald’s Day. The first 2,000 fans get a coupon for a free sandwich. Last game: Bisons 6, Syracuse 3. It was the second straight win for Buffalo over…

Buffalo Bisons catcher Raffy Lopez spent all offseason re-working his swing after hitting a career-low .213 in Triple-A last season. It looks like the rebuilding project was a big success. Lopez hit his third home run in nine games Tuesday in leading Buffalo to a 6-3 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs. Lopez, 29, has given the Bisons a big boost since being called up f…

The Buffalo Bisons put some pressure on Syracuse pitchers and took advantage of some gifts in rallying for three runs in the eighth inning to win Tuesday’s game at Coca-Cola Field. Buffalo’s Dwight Smith Jr. led off the inning with a bunt single down the first-base line. Then Rowdy Tellez was hit by a pitch. Raffy Lopez followed with a sharp single to load the ba…

SYRACUSE – Canisius College found out Friday why the Atlantic Coast Conference is the best women’s lacrosse league in the nation. The Golden Griffins were blitzed, 21-9, by 12th-ranked Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Boston College was the ACC’s third best team this season, and the ACC put six schools in the 26-team NCAA tournament. …

One look at University at Buffalo men’s tennis coach Lee Nickell shows that the 2017 season was a pleasant surprise. Nickell is sporting a blue Mohawk haircut, the result of a bet he made with his players. If they went unbeaten – 9-0 – on the way to the Mid-American Conference championship, he would get the radical 'do. Nickell was not scouting out prospective bar…

The Niagara Purple Eagles basketball team has signed guard Dom Fragala, a record-setting scorer from Virginia. Fragala averaged 36.9 points a game this season for Champe High School in Aldie, Va. Fragala scored 922 points as a senior, third most on Virginia's all-time season list. He was 27 points shy of the record held by Hall-of-Famer Allen Iverson, who scored 948 poi…