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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 Bills have it darn good in Buffalo. It's worth reminding them of that fact on a week when the NFL moved the Raiders to Las Vegas. Oakland is a good football town, and it supported the Raiders through a mostly lean millennium. The Raiders are 108-164 the past 17 years, the third worst record over that stretch. They have made the playoffs four of those 17 years. Th…

The University at Buffalo football team is hoping familiarity breeds more success as it takes part in spring practice. When the Bulls convened for training camp last August, they had 42 newcomers on their 105-man roster and were rated the fourth most inexperienced team in the nation. They had only nine red-shirts from the season before joining the active roster, and the…

It was a decent year for Big 4 college basketball, and an excellent year for Western New York small college basketball. Hockey, however, tops the winter season-ending College Power 10. 1. Canisius hockey. The Golden Griffins were picked for ninth in the Atlantic Hockey Conference but won the regular-season title for the first time in their 19-year tenure in the league. …

Basketball needs fewer timeouts. Desperately. This is especially true in the NBA, where the flow of the game is interrupted far too frequently. Each NBA team gets six 60-second timeouts and two 20-second timeouts. There are “automatic” timeouts (aka media breaks) at the 6- and 3-minute marks of the first and third quarters and the 9-, 6- and 3-minute marks of the se…

Villanova coach Jay Wright had nothing to complain about Saturday after his team fell short in its bid to repeat as national champions. He watched Wisconsin stars Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig make big plays down the stretch of the Badgers’ 65-62 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. You win some, you lose some. “We’ve been on the other end of th…

If there are 12 teams in the country better than West Virginia, the NCAA Tournament is headed for some epic games over the next two weekends. The 13th-ranked Mountaineers dismantled 14th-ranked Notre Dame Saturday, 83-71, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. West Virginia beat the Irish in the paint and behind the three-point arc, on the backboards and at the …

The best take-away, keep-away matchup of the entire NCAA Tournament happens Saturday when 13th-ranked West Virginia meets 14th-ranked Notre Dame in KeyBank Center. West Virginia is the No. 1 turnover-forcing team in the nation. What’s more, the Mountaineers forced more turnovers this year than any team from a power conference in the last 15 years. Notre Dame is the…

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins doesn’t like the idea of the men's college basketball game switching from halves to quarters, and he has an idea to limit rules changes in the game. Hold the annual meetings in Buffalo instead of Palm Springs, Calif. “I think we oughta stop having our rules committee in Palm Springs,” Huggins said Friday as his team prepared to fac…

Bucknell withstood the heat of the West Virginia press reasonably well Thursday afternoon. The Bison made 15 turnovers against a Mountaineers team that forced a national-best 20.4 turnovers a game. What killed Bucknell more than turnovers in its 86-80 NCAA Tournament defeat was rebounding. West Virginia held a 17-9 edge in offensive boards and outscored the Bison, 20…

Notre Dame got down and dirty with perimeter defending on a day when its flashy offense was not flowing. The Irish took away Princeton’s best strength – its three-point shooting – and escaped with a 60-58 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t easy. Princeton missed a three-point attempt to ti…

The famed “Princeton offense” created some magical moments in the NCAA Tournament. No 16th seed ever has beaten a No. 1 seed, but Princeton came the closest in 1989 when it lost to mighty Georgetown, 50-49. And the Tigers scored a great upset in 1996 when they knocked off defending champion UCLA, 43-41. Fans at KeyBank Center won’t see Princeton running that sa…

A bunch of Princeton basketball players are busy juggling the NCAA Tournament with mid-semester exams this week. Tigers star Devin Cannady has less stress this semester because he took a summer trip to Tanzania. Cannady, a sophomore shooting guard, spent eight weeks in the eastern African nation with 14 other Princeton students as part of a university study-abroad pr…

Notre Dame junior point guard Matt Farrell has drawn comparisons with all-time NCAA assists leader Bobby Hurley for his intensity on the court and fierce competitiveness. Farrell will be one of the entertaining players to watch Thursday when Notre Dame plays Princeton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Like Hurley, Farrell is a New Jersey nativ…

ODDS TO WIN NCAA TOURNAMENT Duke   6-1 Kansas 6-1 North Carolina 7-1 Gonzaga   7-1 Villanova 7-1 Kentucky  12-1 Arizona   12-1 (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) TOP NBA PROSPECTS IN NCAAs 1. Lonzo Ball, UCLA. The 6-6 freshman point guard has NBA scouts drooling because of his size and ability to distribute. Possible No. 2 pick. 2. Josh …