Milt Northrop, The Buffalo News
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Milt Northrop

Began working at the Buffalo News in December of 1967 as a copy editor in sports department. Was beat reporter on Buffalo Braves 1970-78, then the Buffalo Bills 1981-1990, backup on Buffalo Sabres beat 1991-1997. Writer of the weekly bowling column since 2005. A native of New Haven, Conn. Graduated from West Haven High School where I played football, basketball and ran track. A 1959 graduate of the University of Connecticut. Was a member of the Connecticut Daily Campus newspaper for three years. Was assistant sports editor, started off covering freshman sports, then graduated to varsity soccer, swimming, baseball, football and basketball. Worked at a student assistant in sports information office for two years. First job was as a reporter, then sports editor of the Willimantic (Conn.) Chronicle before entering military service in 1960. Worked four years for the New Haven Journal-Courier and New Haven Register covering high school and college sports. In 1964 left to become sports editor of the Waterbury Republican and stayed there until hired by the Buffalo Evening News in 1967.


Troy Brady scored his sixth goal of the season 6:36 into overtime to give Canisius a 2-1 victory over Rutgers Tuesday night in Piscataway, N.J. It was the sixth win in seven games for the Golden Griffins. Hunter Walsh put the Griffs in front in the 33rd minute with an assist by Melvin Blair. Blair passed ahead to send Walsh in one-on-one against the Rutgers goalkeeper. Th…

Kyle Hoppy's third touchdown pass of the game, a 41-yard strike to Had Bryant with 57 seconds left gave Buffalo State a wild 53-48 football victory at Morrisville State Saturday in their Empire 8 Conference opener. Hoppy (Orchard Park) passed for 364 yards of the Bengals' 508 yards total offense on 18 completions in 30 attempts and had no interceptions as coach Jerry Bo…

Where’s the offense? Five NFL teams – not counting Miami and Tampa Bay, who were sidelined by Hurricane Irma – failed to score a touchdown in the opening week of the National Football League schedule. Either the defense is ahead of the offense or the offense just plain stinks. Week 2 is often viewed as the first pivotal juncture of the season, but does it make muc…

After Kansas City's shocker at New England on Thursday, if you were looking for more surprises from Sunday on Week One of the National Football League schedule there really weren't any. Some of highly touted teams such as the Falcons and Steelers didn't look so hot while winning and the Titans and Texans didn't look so hot while winning. The Colts without Andrew Luck,…

If Pete Rozelle were around today he wouldn't be comfortable. One word most associated with the late former commissioner of the National Football League was "parity." He took great pride in the unpredictability and the even competition that made the league so popular. Well, the NFL is coming off a season marked by an historic lack of parity and seems headed for anoth…

Jason Lammers, the first-year Niagara University hockey coach, announced the addition of three freshmen and one transfer to the team for the 2017-18 season. They are forwards Eric Cooley and Justin Kendall, defenseman Jack Zielinski and goaltender David Krejcik. The Purple Eagles will have 11 newcomers on their roster to join 19 returning players. Cooley, who is from…

The Buffalo Bisons game in at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse on Sunday night was rained out and will not be made up. The Bisons and Chiefs will complete their regular season with a single game at 1:05 p.m. Monday. Early Sunday night, the Chiefs announced that the game had been cancelled "due to impending rain. "The forecast calls for rain throughout the evening," the pres…

Julie Selk, Tony Dolan, Kyle Couell, Danielle Milo and Britney Gray will be honored as Greater Buffalo USBC Association Bowlers of the Year Thursday night before the start of the 51st annual Bowling Week Kick-Off Tournament at AMF Airport Lanes. The invitational event traditionally kicks off the local bowling season. Selk led the association with a 219.84 composite aver…

Thomas Navarro of Williamsville and his doubles partner, Evan Lee of Cos Cob, Conn., were second in the United States Tennis Association Boys 14s championship last weekend in Mobile, Ala. They lost in the finals to Connor Krug and Jake Krug of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., 6-1, 7-5.  The Krug brothers, who attend The Out of Door Academy in Florida are grandchildren of Dick Vitale…

Kim Kaul of Gowanda Country Club, a former champion in the tournament, leads a contingent of five Western New York golfers in the 65th New York State Women's Senior Championships which will open today at the Corning Country Club. It's the first time the championship will be held at the course which has hosted LPGA Tour events. Both the Senior and Super Senior tournaments w…

The Tonawandas USBC Association will induct five bowlers and the proprietor of Island Lanes into its Hall of Fame  on Nov. 25 at Classics V on Niagara Falls Boulevard. To be inducted for in the Outstanding Ability category area: Dan Eberl, Brad Hamilton, Gail Krywcum, Ken Pelletier and Ron Sutton. In addition, Art Mallwitz of Mallwitz's Island Lanes on Grand Island wil…

While most of us were enjoying hot dogs and fireworks on the Fourth of July, Jon Benson, known better as "Jaybird," was hitting a personal golf milestone. He was shooting his age - 70. Again. "When I was 67, I shot 66," said Benson, a former Class AA club champion in the Sheridan Park Golf Club. That's only one of out-of-the ordinary distinctions, he  can claim.…

Chesson Hadley was the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2014 before losing his Tour card, but he may be on his way  back. Hadley took the lead with an eagle on the 11th hole and capped a 7-under round of 65 with a birdie on No. 17 to win the LECOM Health Challenge Tournament Sunday at Peek'n Peak Resort at Findley Lake in Chautauqua County. Hadley needed that final birdi…

Two Canadians, one a 13-year-old, stand atop the leader board after Tuesday's opening round of the Junior International Masters Tournament at the East Aurora Country Club. Seventeen-year-old Eric Shea of Brantford, Ont., shot 1-under par 70 to lead after the first of two qualifying rounds. Nolan Piazza, 13, of Niagara Falls, Ont., is one stroke behind him. Rochester'…

Frank Coburn coached, instructed and inspired thousands of Buffalo area bowlers over the last 50 years, including three generations of champions in his own family. The man who in 2006 was rated among the top 100 bowling coaches in the nation by Bowlers Journal died on June 15. He was 96. Three years ago Coburn was elected to the Greater Buffalo USBC Association Hall of …