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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.


The Buffalo Bills know better than anyone else: Those Tennessee folks sure know how to return a kickoff.So it only seemed natural the Bills went back to Nashville to address that facet of their game.The Bills on Sunday made Tennessee State's Avion Black their fourth-round selection, the 121st overall, of the NFL draft. His listed position is wide receiver, but he appears t…

Based on his background, Leif Larsen seemed more suited for the "World's Strongest Man" competition, that bizarre event that gets replayed ad nauseum on late-night television, than football.The strength competition features international freaks of physical nature who lift slot machines, bend steel rods around their skulls and pull charter buses.But on Sunday Larsen's name …

Sixty minutes.That's how long the New York Jets had on Saturday. But it will take months before they know how much the four players they selected in the first round of the NFL draft will help them during the 60 minutes that truly matter -- game time.The Jets were on the clock an unprecedented four times in the first round because of a trade and NFL compensation, giving the…

For many of the first-round picks in last year's NFL draft, it was all or nothing.It was a year when the top choices either burst on the scene or were merely blips on the rookie screen. Several established themselves as future stars in the league, while others remained in obscurity.Two selections started in the Pro Bowl. All five quarterbacks taken head into the upcoming s…

The fax machines were quiet. There were no special deliveries.It mostly was an uneventful day in local basketball offices.Only one player officially committed to a Big 4 school on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period. And that player was no surprise.James Reaves signed his letter of intent to play for Niagara. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound center from Rochester'…

It appears Jim Baron is about to be passed the hot potato known as the Colorado State men's basketball coaching vacancy.CSU has received permission to speak with Baron about the opening. But Baron personally has yet to hear from the Rams about the position top candidates apparently have decided they don't want."At this point, because I haven't heard from them, there's real…

The X's and O's of football won't be taught during spring drills at Canisius.There won't be enough time.New coach Ed Argast and his players will need more minutes than most to learn about each other before they can afford to learn anything else."It's going to be important for the players to focus on their fundamental skills and understand the systems and get comfortable wi…

Niagara hockey coach Blaise MacDonald won't come out and say so directly, but it can be heard if you listen closely to his words: He doesn't want to be offered the University of Massachusetts-Amherst job.He doesn't want to have to choose between a high-profile program from his home state and the one he created from nothing.MacDonald, who last month led Niagara to the secon…

Tim Dillon had nothing to do with those dogs pulling the sleds.But aside from that he was highly influential in giving Alaska, of all places, a national sports presence.Now he hopes to make an impact at Canisius.The former Alaska Anchorage athletic director was presented as the Golden Griffins' new AD at a news conference Tuesday. Although he has started preliminary work w…

For the first spring since coach Craig Cirbus would care to remember, part of the standard equipment issued for his running backs weren't crutches.As the University at Buffalo football team trotted onto the turf at Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse to kick off spring practice on Thursday, members of the offensive backfield weren't limping."We've improved that position just through …

It says it right there on his business card. Craig Cirbus is a college football coach.There are times, however, when his job seems anything but. Architect. Recruiter. Promoter. Counselor. Baby sitter. He wears all those hats and then some.That's why Cirbus is thankful for days like these, when he is reminded that his title is not a printing error, when the sounds of the te…

The University at Buffalo men's basketball program still is likely to face some rough times, but the road is less rocky.UB on Tuesday announced assistant coach Eric "Rock" Eisenberg has resigned. The move had been expected even before UB's tumultuous 1999-2000 season ended."We wish him all the best," coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "He's someone you'll always remember your …

So many people hunger for the time of year when white powder isn't plowed so much as it's sprinkled between home plate and first base.From the moment the last out of the World Series is recorded, baseball fans suffer through the snowy months, pining for Opening Day. It's been that way almost since the sport's inception, as folks used to gather around the hot stove to talk …

Sentiment goes only so far.Temple and its venerable head coach, John Chaney, entered the NCAA Tournament as the sentimental favorites to at least reach the Final Four and possibly win it all.The ride came to an end Sunday at HSBC Arena. Temple, the second seed in the East, lost to 10th-seeded Seton Hall, 67-65, in overtime.Chaney, 68, is one of the most successful active c…

Pepe vs. Shaheen.Point and counterpoint.Assist machine against natural scorer.Don't get too caught up in the advance billing.When Temple and Seton Hall tangle this afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in HSBC Arena, the marquee matchup will be between two of the more electric point guards in the country.The showdown in the low post, however, might mean the …