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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.


It's not hard to find examples of the Buffalo Bills' depth these days. Robb Riddick, Ronnie Harmon, Le on Seals, Scott Radecic, Wayne Davis -- the list of Bills reserves who contrib ute goes on and on. And one of the better examples of the team's quality depth is at wide re ceiver. That's where Trumaine Johnson has filled in for injured starter Chris Bur kett the last…

Mike McCarthy will look to rebound from two "off" weeks when Canisius Col lege closes its regular season at Alfred Saturday. "Off," as in "off the field." A concussion suffered against Brock port Oct. 15 left him with a partial loss of memory over the next several days, and it took two full weeks before he received doctors' clearance to play. Injury, however, has b…

The Buffalo Sabres' victory over the New York Rangers Wednesday evening was damp ened by the news that defenseman Mike Ramsey suffered a broken right hand and will be out indefi nitely. Ramsey, the anchor of the Sa bres defense, suffered the injury when he blocked a shot with about six minutes left in the first period, said Sabres trainer Jim Pizzutelli. After icing t…

It has been impossible for Adam Creighton to ignore the rumors. For the better part of the past two seasons, the 6-foot-5 center has been the subject of them -- trade rumors. They were there again Wednesday night. Scouts from the Chicago Black hawks, the team reported to be very interested in Creighton, were in atten dance again at Memorial Auditorium. "I've kind of j…

The hottest team in the National Hockey League will be in Memorial Auditorium tonight. To the surprise of most in the NHL, other than perhaps Phil Esposito and Michel Bergeron, that team is the New York Rangers. The Rangers, among the unlucky five which failed to get invited to the NHL's post-season party last year, bring a seven-game winning streak and the NHL's best …

If there were any doubts about it, they have been erased over the first three weeks of the season: The Buffalo Sabres have two No. 1-cal iber goaltenders, not just one. That point was driven home last weekend when Daren Puppa got the call to start both games against Boston and turned in two excel lent performances. He faced 71 shots and made 65 saves as the Sabres cam…

The Canisius College football team will be without quarterback Mike McCarthy again this week when it visits unbeaten Cortland State in a game with playoff implications. McCarthy suffered a concussion two weeks ago against Brockport State.Backup Mike Robertson will make his second straight start. Canisius coach Tom Hersey said the injury to McCarthy is not serious and …

There still are 231 days before they tee it up for the 89th U.S. Open golf tournament in Rochester, but there's no time to spare for interested fans who don't have tickets.Officials at Oak Hill Country Club report 98 per cent of the tickets for the tournament are gone, which is a reflection of the type of support the event has received thus far from the Rochester busi…

The New Jersey Devils left the Meadowlands Arena ice shaking their heads Tuesday night.Hadn't they carried the play to the Buffalo Sabres much of the game? Hadn't they been the aggressors? Hadn't they held a 32-19 edge in shots on goal?Well then, how could they figure the Sabres' 7-4 victory?"That's hockey," said Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld. "Sometimes you can do a lo…

Mark Napier sure is young-looking for an "old" man. It's a little hard to believe he's the oldest member of the Buffalo Sabres at 31 and now is in his 14th pro season. But consistent with his relatively young features, Napier has aged grace fully. For the Sabres the last season and a half, Napier has fit smoothly into a role as a utilityman. "The youngsters keep remin…

The Bills survived Monday's game against the New York Jets with no major injuries, and the Jets got good news on one of their injured players. Nuu Faaola, the Jets' reserve running back who was injured on a kickoff late in the game, was released from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York Tuesday after tests disclosed he had a sprained neck. Faaola was motionless on the grou…

The day after one of the team's most exciting and decisive victories in years, Bills coach Marv Levy and several of his players were doing their best to keep their feet on the ground. The Bills proved they're for real to a national audience with Monday night's 37-14 demolition of the New York Jets at Giants Stadium. And while Bills fans were talking about the team's t…

The first critical play of Canisi us College's football game Satur day came late in the first quarter. Canisius quarterback Mike Mc Carthy was hit handing off to full back Dave Hersey, who never got the handle and fumbled on the play. Brockport State recovered at the Canisius 21 and converted it into a touchdown. McCarthy, meanwhile, wound up sitting out most of the s…

There was no music being played in the Indianapolis Colts' locker room Sunday -- perhaps because no copies of "Taps" were available. The Colts are virtually dead as far as the AFC East title is con cerned, as a result of their 34-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Rich Stadium.Indianapolis, 1-5 and four games behind the first-place Bills, most likely can afford to lose o…

The most lasting impression of Saturday's football game between Canisius College and the University of Buffalo is that of Canisius quarterback Mike McCarthy firing spirals, evading blitzers and throwing touchdown passes.The 6-foot-4 McCarthy was a poised, polished passer and got plenty of help from his teammates in leading the Griffins to a 38-15 rout of the rival Bul…