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Bryan Scott had to stop and think.Would he do it again? Knowing what he knows now, would former Nittany Lion and current Buffalo Bills safety/linebacker – a boy who grew up just hours from State College, Pa., a teen who was recruited personally by Joe Paterno, a man who was prepped for the NFL by Jerry Sandusky – would he go to Penn State all over again?"That's such a …

When recently acquired forward Steve Ott drove into Buffalo this week from his home in Windsor, Ont., Sabres defenseman Mike Weber was along for the ride.The two became good friends while Weber billeted with the Otts when playing for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League. They had joked about someday playing together."I saw a rumor or he did about [me coming t…

Mikhail Grigorenko doesn't usually show much excitement or emotion, but the half-smile he flashed Wednesday at the First Niagara Center while living out every hockey player's dream — announcing he had signed NHL contract — showed just how much it meant to the 18-year-old."I'm so happy to finally sign a contract," said Grigorenko, whom the Sabres selected 12th overall i…

Sabres prospects all had the same thing to say last week at development camp about their chances of playing in the NHL next year: They're working hard this summer, their games are mostly ready, and although the team has an abundance of players at most positions, they just need a chance.Joel Armia was the exception. The Sabres' first-round draft pick in 2011 has no plans to…

Brayden McNabb can count. He knows the number of defensemen above him on the Sabres depth chart is greater than the number of available roster spots.But he's not letting that affect his mentality this summer as he prepares for training camp."I know I can play in the NHL and I believe in myself," McNabb said this week at Sabres development camp. "[The AHL] is not what I wan…

Luke Adam's rookie season with the Buffalo Sabres started as good as any player could have hoped for.Not only did he make the big club out of camp as a 21-year-old, he was centering Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville on the top line as the team opened the season in Europe.Adam set up Vanek for a power-play goal four minutes into the season opener against Anaheim in Finland,…

If Mike Connors was in charge of baseball, there'd be no such thing as turf fields, Pete Rose would be in the Hall of Fame, instant replay would continue and he wouldn't be opposed to seeing the designated hitter in the National League.These are thoughts Connors has entertained at ballparks across the country while he and his son became two of only seven fans who have atte…

Vusa Hove left his native Zimbabwe for Buffalo when he was 19 years old. Tennis was his ticket out.A national champion in his homeland, he posted a video on YouTube that he hoped would garner attention in tennis circles in the U.S. It led to a Division I scholarship at the University at Buffalo with coach Lee Nickell.After dealing with the initial culture shock of a foreig…

New Canisius basketball coach Jim Baron has reportedly lured a new guard to the program — his son.Billy Baron, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound point guard, told CBS Sports late Thursday night that he will transfer to Canisius.Baron averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game during his sophomore year with Rhode Island before his dad was let go March 4, hours before…

Fourteen-year-old tennis phenom Tornado Alicia Black lived up to her name at the Sargent & Collins, LLP Women's $10,000 Championships.She blew into town and destroyed everything in her path en route to the singles finals Sunday at Miller Tennis Center, taking out seven competitors —including tournament top seed Fatma Al Nabhani of Oman.Black demonstrated the power she's …

Composure is an essential attribute for golfers, one that usually culminates over time. While the players at the International Junior Masters tournament, ranging in age from 13 to 18, possess all of the physical skills of older players – with extra to spare – other parts of their game are still developing.Jake Kreuz, an 18-year-old Canisius High School graduate from Am…

James Blackwell felt exhausted, and looked it. He lagged behind his competitor after most shots and sometimes stopped to put his hands on his knees as he fought tired legs and temperatures in the 80s while surpassing his 150th hole of golf this week.He could manage to stomach only a Starburst candy and Gatorade between rounds Thursday, but his tee shots were still rocketed…

Ward Wettlaufer hasn't played a round of golf in a year and a half because his back is bothering him, but other than that, his health and mind are good.No way he's forgotten about the International Junior Masters tournament, the oldest international junior golf invitational in North America, held annually at East Aurora Country Club.As the tournament heads into its 60th ye…

Down Sheridan Drive, past Lexus and Cadillac dealers, beyond a country club, sits Miller Tennis Center, which this week will host the only women's professional tennis event in Western New York.Now in its second year, the Sargent & Collins LLP $10,000 Women's Pro Tennis Championships will bring up-and-coming professional players from all over the world to Buffalo in both si…

Like all students at Canisius High School, rower Jack Sardinia took a religion class this year, and for 40 minutes a day, the Bible verse on his teacher's podium looked back at him.It's Luke 12:48: To whom much is given, much is expected.It's an appropriate reminder for the students at the private, Jesuit school on Delaware Avenue that they're called to do more, to …