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Mark Gaughan

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.


When Dave Hickson and Joe Orlando decided to combine their main interests -- sports, and sales and marketing -- a new company was born.Buffalo Sports Promotions Inc. is the brainchild of the two and got off the ground Friday with the announcement of a boxing match between Ras-I Bramble and Mike Johnson to be held in Buffalo Nov. 28.The fight is the first venture for H…

Jennifer Johnson became Canisius College's first champion in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference last week when she won the first singles title at the league's women's tennis tournament.The biggest match of Johnson's season, however, came not in her march through the Metro Atlantic tournament field, but in an early season, non-conference meeting with Cornell. It al…

The showdown between No. 1 and No. 2 in The Buffalo News High School Football Poll is off.Oh, Grand Island will still meet Lockport in a long-awaited Section VI interdivisional matchup Saturday. And the game should be one of the best of the season.But the game won't be one of those One-versus-Two encounters.Grand Island held on to the No. 1 ranking among large schools…

It was no secret what the Canisius College football team would rely on Saturday against its arch rival, the University at Buffalo.As long as Tom Hersey has been coach, the Griffs pound away on the ground with a hard-running tailback. That time-tested strategy worked once again Saturday, as Mark Blecha gained 170 yards in leading the Griffs to a 31-17 victory over the …

With the help of some freshmen, it appears Jim Haslett has found the aggressive attitude he was seeking this year on defense for the University at Buffalo football team.The Bulls' defense forced three turnovers and registered nine COLLEGE NOTEBOOK sacks last week in a 17-3 victory over Hofstra University.That brought UB's sack total through five games to 20, which i…

Niagara University promoted assistant basketball coach Jack Armstrong to head coach Monday. The 26-year-old Armstrong is believed to be the youngest Division I head basketball coach in the nation.Armstrong takes over the head coaching job after one year as an assistant at Niagara, and his appointment comes just three days after the surprise resignation of Andy Walker.…

Andy Walker, whose star at Niagara University fell faster than anyone could have imagined, would shed no light Saturday on his sudden resignation as basketball coach."It was a mutual agreement between myself and the administration, and that's all I want to say now," Walker said. "I really want to leave it at that."Walker did say he does not have any job lined up. He s…

Niagara University basketball coach Andy Walker resigned Friday in a surprise move.In a news release, Niagara said Walker's decision to resign for personal reasons was accepted by the Rev. Brian J. O'Connell, university president. Walker had two years left on his contract and terms of the resignation were mutually agreeable, the release said.Sources indicated that Wal…

Any semblance of conservatism Bob Maxwell may have displayed last season went out the window this year.Prior to this season, the University at Buffalo women's volleyball coach assessed his team's talent. The conclusion? It was time to unleash the offense. Time to take the wraps completely off.Not only had every starter returned, but every reserve also was back from la…

For the first time since 1937, the Canisius College football team will play on campus Saturday.The Griffs, who for the past 10 years have played at War Memorial Stadium, will open their new Demske Sports Complex at 1:30 p.m. when they meet the University of Rochester.The Demske Complex, located on what was a field and parking lot behind the Koessler Athletic Center, w…

A minor hand injury has Jeff Parker off to a slow start this season, something he can ill afford in the Buffalo Sabres' tight battle for roster spots.Parker made his first preseason appearance Wednesday in the Sabres' 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Memorial Auditorium. With just three preseason games left, it's apparent he must make up ground fast to avoid bein…

A golf course doesn't earn national recognition overnight.Short of playing host to a national tournament, about the only way to get it is by word of mouth. The more prominent golfers and touring professionals who play and enjoy a course, the more publicity the course is likely to receive.1. Shinnecock Hills G.C.....Southampton 2. Winged Foot G.C. (West)....Mamaroneck…

It's obvious the Buffalo Sabres' perennial trouble spot, left wing, will have a new look this season. As expected, Alexander Mogilny is the most prominent new face on the left side entering the final week of the preseason.However, it appears Dave Snuggerud will be part of the left wing picture as well, which is a development that would have been considered a surprise …

Marcus Whitfield, the leading scorer in Western New York high school basketball history, has enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.Whitfield, who had hoped to go to Niagara University before his arrest on a felony cocaine-possession charge in June, plans to play basketball for the junior college this season, said Cuyahoga coach Geoff Warren.Whitfield's h…