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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.


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MONTREAL -- The Buffalo Sabres got a break from the long arm of the NHL law and will have Benoit Pouliot in the lineup when they meet the Montreal Canadiens tonight in Bell Centre. After a phone hearing, the NHL's Department of Player Safety ruled there would be no supplemental discipline for Pouliot in the wake of what it initially termed an illegal check to the head a…

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TORONTO -- At the start of his Hall of Fame weekend, Dave Andreychuk spent plenty of time Friday afternoon thinking about where his NHL odyssey started. Memorial Auditorium is just a hole in the ground these days but it was the site where yet another Hall of Fame career was born. Andreychuk was taken by the Sabres at No. 16 in the 1982 draft, 10 spots after current c…

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The New York Yankees have interviewed Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Eric Wedge for their vacant managerial job, the team announced Friday. Wedge, 49, has most recently been a field coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays' minor league system and a regular visitor to Bisons' games. He had returned to live in Western New York after he was fired by the Seattle Mariners in 2…

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Come Monday night, two of the Buffalo Sabres' trio of first-round draft picks from 1982 will be members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. One is current head coach Phil Housley, who became an honored member in 2015. The other is Dave Andreychuk, who will accept induction during this year's annual ceremony in Toronto. Housley's reaction: "Well, Scotty must have known something…

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This time, there was no snow job needed by Phil Housley. The Sabres really did play well Tuesday night in a full-marks, 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. There was such a good vibe in the dressing room after the game. Robin Lehner succinctly said that's how the Sabres should play every night. All for that. The praise was universal for the way Jake McCabe jumped …

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When you sketched out the Sabres' defense to start the season, it looked like this: First pair: Marco Scandella-Rasmus Ristolainen Second pair: Jake McCabe-Zach Bogosian Third pair: Nathan Beaulieu-Victor Antipin Ready if needed: Josh Gorges, Justin Falk, Taylor Fedun Of course, it hasn't worked out that way. Bogosian hasn't played a single game after being injure…

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