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Tim Graham has covered the NFL since 2007 for The Buffalo News, ESPN and the Palm Beach Post. He was the Sabres beat reporter for seven years and served two terms as Boxing Writers Association of America president.

LAS VEGAS – Whether or not you bought into the NCAA's spook stories that Jerry Tarkanian was shady, it's a fact the legendary basketball coach relied on one particular trick to keep his UNLV recruits in the dark. The school was called Tumbleweed Tech back then. It was the early 1970s, and the glitzy Runnin' Rebels were barely a glimmer in Tarkanian's eye. So to lur…

UFC 210 has sold over 14,000 tickets already, with gate expected to top $1.5 million, sources told The Buffalo News. The event will be held April 8 at Buffalo's KeyBank Center. The arena's capacity is 19,200 for hosting basketball games (as it did last weekend with the NCAA Tournament), according to the facility's website. The visit by UFC is just the second time …

Notre Dame forward V.J. Beachem scored 30 points against Syracuse in January and made seven three-pointers just a month ago at North Carolina State. Villanova's Kris Jenkins and Jalen Brunson went in the NCAA Tournament the second- and third-highest scorers on the country's best team. All of the above went cold, and their seasons ended Saturday afternoon in KeyBank C…

Mike Brey spoke Friday about Fighting Irish fans crushing St. Patrick's Day in Buffalo, but joked they must make sure to get bailed out of jail in time for Saturday's 12:10 p.m. tipoff. Brey's players were the ones who looked bleary. West Virginia swung the shillelagh at Key Bank Center, pounding out a 10-0 start to clobber Notre Dame, 83-71, and advance to the Sweet…

A symbolic passing of the torch was a smidgeon from taking place with 6:29 left Thursday night in KeyBank Arena. Villanova senior guard Josh Hart, the best player on the nation's best team, stole a Mount St. Mary's inbounds pass and whipped it to freshman backup Donte DiVincenzo for a breakaway. DiVincenzo soared for the dunk. And blew it. Then, with 1:55 to play,…

Ritchie Campbell might be the greatest prep basketball player in Western New York history. I'm aware Christian Laettner, Cliff Robinson and Paul Harris also are from here, but Campbell held the WNY scoring record for 27 years. His 2,355 points for DeSales and Burgard were finally surpassed this winter by Dominick Welch, whose career at Cheektowaga began when he was in e…

Muggsy Bogues saw it, too. The shortest player in NBA history was watching Tuesday night when the smallest player in NCAA Division I basketball frustrated his opponents so badly, teammates started to choke each other. Mount St. Mary's point guard Steve Lamont "Junior" Robinson -- all 5 feet and 5 inches of him -- played every minute and scored a game-high 23 points i…

When his phone rang Tuesday morning, Bill Martin was filling out his NCAA Tournament bracket. "I'm still a junkie," said Martin, the Georgetown forward who logged more minutes than superstar center Patrick Ewing in 1984-85, their senior season. Among his first pen strokes? Drawing a line through Villanova. Doesn't matter Villanova is the defending champion, is ran…

In trying to answer the headline's question Wednesday on "The Tim Graham Show," we examined one of the biggest clues to what Donald Trump would look like as Buffalo Bills owner: his controversial USFL legacy. Trump owned the USFL's New Jersey Generals, but was the key figure behind the spring league's $1.7 billion antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. The lawsuit, propelle…

Donald Trump could have owned the Buffalo Bills. Imagine how much different the world would be. We did exactly that for two hours on "The Tim Graham Show" this week at Sports Radio 1270 The Fan. You can listen to the second part of the two-hour show, including interviews with Susan Milligan of U.S. News & World Report and local Trump compatriot Carl Paladino, …

What if Donald Trump bought the Buffalo Bills? He tried in 2014, long before anyone thought he would be in the Oval Office. Trump submitted one of the three nonbinding bids to buy the Bills after founder Ralph Wilson died. Terry and Kim Pegula's staggering $1.4 billion offer pulverized the field. Jon Bon Jovi's group, which included his Toronto backers, couldn't comp…

Baseball, you're winning me back. The favorite sport of my youth lost me in the 1990s, when it started to yak on steroids and marginalized half the game by sacrificing pitchers on a nightly basis. Charles Nagy was the ace of a playoff team in 1998, posting a 5.22 ERA for the Indians. Outfielders won Gold Gloves based on how well they played with whiplash. But base…