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Canisius College graduate Mike Harrington began his career at The News in 1987. He has covered the Buffalo Bisons since the 1988 opening of Coca-Cola Field, Major League Baseball since 1995 and the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series -- including 18 World Series -- and was a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. He became a voter for the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the Class of 2017 and is the chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Harrington previously covered Big 4 college basketball for 15 seasons and was a Top 25 voter for 10 years.

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parenthesis. 1. Baltimore Orioles. Brach 3 for 3 in saves with Britton out. (1) 2. Houston Astros. Quickly soared to top of AL West with 8-1 run. (7) 3. Washington Nationals. Monster numbers through 16 games for Harper (.407-7-20). (8) 4. Colorado Rockies. Story slam/Blackman inside-the-parker an NL first in same …

Dean Lombardi might be a fine choice for the Sabres, either as a president of hockey operations or the general manger to replace Tim Murray. He's closely tied in with USA Hockey, just like the Sabres are now with advent of HarborCenter. And it's hard to ignore his two Stanley Cups in Los Angeles. But in the wake of sweeping Murray and Dan Bylsma out the door, what Terry…

While moves are always inevitable after a losing season, Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta said he did not expect the team to undergo the major shakeup it did Thursday as coach Dan Bylsma and General Manager Tim Murray were both fired. "Completely shocked," Gionta said Friday night, when asked for his initial reaction during an intermission appearance on NBC Sports Ne…

Terry Pegula talked a lot about character during those dozen or so minutes he took questions Friday morning. Not a bad topic to touch upon. His organization needs a lot more of it. Fast. We've seen a lot here in the last 12 months, outside of whatever shenanigans Evander Kane got himself caught up in. Players spent several months talking down and ignoring a Stanley C…

Memo to Terry Pegula: That wasn't so bad, was it? Especially now that we're hearing there's a PR consultant on the payroll, the owner of the Bills and Sabres should stand up and answer questions on his teams once a season. Some years, it may be difficult and daunting. Maybe someday it would be celebratory. But it should be done. So on that note, Friday was a good thing.…

Farewell to the kooky character we dubbed GMTM. Farewell to The Tank, as ugly a saga as there has been in the history of Buffalo sports. Hockey Heaven? Next case. The word you hear is there's plenty of interest in NHL circles to get in line and be a replacement for Tim Murray. This franchise is now so broken and so bereft of anyone with any idea how to operate it,…

Terry and Kim Pegula obviously didn't believe in Tim Murray's plan. But what plan do these owners have to fix this hockey team now? The Pegulas keep showing over and over again they don't have a clue what it takes to run a professional sports franchise and now they're left to pick up the mess from the botched tank that was sold to them as the quick-fix plan to a Stanley…

Monday is the annual Patriots Day game in Fenway Park, which brings us back to what happened on the day in 2007, when it was cold and rainy and an otherwise-routine game against the Angels had a viral moment that still has us laughing Remember the Pizza Throw? Remember, broadcaster Don Orsillo's failure to surpress his giggles that started at the 1:15 mark? It got so mu…

So when is it  no longer early in a baseball season? For the Toronto Blue Jays, it's no longer early right now. And that's a sobering thought. The Jays were off Monday and take an MLB-worst 2-10 record into Tuesday's series opener against the Red Sox. They're batting .212 with just seven home runs and one stolen base. They have bottom-of-the-barrel marks in slugging (.…

Through Friday's games. Season preview rankings in parentheses. 1. Baltimore Orioles. Britton gets back-to-back saves in Toronto six months too late, pushes streak to 54. (14) 2. Detroit Tigers. Starters and offense solid, bullpen an early concern. (17) 3. New York Mets. Miami magic: Cespedes puts on power show, D'Arnaud wins game in 16th. (9) 4. Arizona Diamon…

So sometime within the next few days, Tim Murray will hop a plane to Boca Raton, Fla., and the future of the Buffalo Sabres will be set for the start of next season. Maybe even, depending upon the anger level of Terry (and Kim) Pegula, for the next several seasons. The general manager had few definitive answers to give reporters and fans at his news conference on Wednesday…

Tim Murray had every chance to make a clear statement Wednesday. To these ears, we're still waiting. Murray danced and dodged around questions about Dan Bylsma's status. Saying "he's the coach today like I'm the GM today" is basically like saying we're all day to day in this world. In this view, Bylsma had been pretty safe. After all, you fire the coach and most of t…

TORONTO -- It was about two hours before the first pitch of the season was thrown in Rogers Centre and Jose Bautista was leaning against the padding by the Blue Jays' dugout holding court with the media. When last we checked in with the Jays, they were dropping the American League pennant here in Game Five against Cleveland last October and the end of an era seemed to be a…

Going Forward. Those were the words Dan Bylsma used Monday when I asked him point-blank if anybody has told him he's going to be the coach of the Buffalo Sabres next season. Now, the fact Bylsma was standing in front of the media was a sign nobody has told him he isn't going to be the coach either. NHL teams move fast in this area. Old friend Lindy Ruff got turfed S…