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Tim Graham

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.


Joel Skinner considers himself a realist. Skinner's reality, however, is like fantasy for virtually everyone else.As a boy too young to realize the magnitude of his fortune, Skinner remembers walking into the St. Louis Cardinals' clubhouse and perching on the trunks of various players.Bob Gibson. Curt Flood. Lou Brock. Bill White.< Baseball history was happening all …

Manny Ramirez is in no hurry.Not only is his strained left hamstring limiting him on the basepaths, but it also is keeping him from rushing back to the Cleveland Indians.Ramirez, speaking to the media for the first time since spring training, told The Buffalo News before Sunday's rained out game with the Rochester Red Wings at Dunn Tire Park he isn't ready to return to the…

If ever the Buffalo Bisons needed a tidy outing, this was it.They were playing an afternoon game and coming off back-to-back doubleheaders. They were without manager Joel Skinner, and while Jeff Datz is a capable replacement, nobody likes to make tough decisions for someone else's club.So the Bisons took the field in front of 9,583 at Dunn Tire Park on Saturday and, behind…

While Buffalo Bisons manager Joel Skinner is off getting a glimpse at the future, the team is dipping into its past to replace him.Jeff Datz, who managed Buffalo in 1998 and '99, donned his old uniform Saturday and will do so again for today's 2:05 p.m. game against Rochester at Dunn Tire Park.Datz is filling in for Skinner, who was selected to coach the U.S. team in today…

Manny, schmanny.Who needs him?The Cleveland Indians might, but the Buffalo Bisons apparently could use a rehabbing stud pitcher instead.As long as American League All-Star Manny Ramirez is working out with the Bisons, he is sure to draw attention away from his minor league teammates.But in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Syracuse SkyChiefs at Dunn Tire …

The quarterback carousel continues to go 'round and 'round for the Buffalo Destroyers.And Browning Nagle once again finds himself atop the lead horse as the Destroyers ride into New Jersey today for a 4 p.m. game against the Red Dogs at Continental Airlines Arena (Empire, Radio 550).A victory over the Red Dogs (3-6) would give the Destroyers (2-8) their third straight and …

The Buffalo Destroyers are finally making some noise.After eight straight weeks of losing, the Destroyers find themselves with renewed enthusiasm after posting an overtime victory over the defending Arena Football League champion Albany Firebirds last week at HSBC Arena.Coach Ray Bentley claims it's a matter of various players stepping up and taking charge, a trend he want…

Before Scott Pingel, it had been some time since Westminster College had a sports superstar.The tiny Missouri school once had Hank and Bake, as in basketball coaching legend Hank Iba and former major league baseball All-Star Bake McBride.And it produced Frank Saucier, who forever will be known as the guy for whom the 3-foot, 7-inch Eddie Gaedel pinch hit.But no one accompl…

For the past two summers, Bryce Fisher has used up all his vacation time to fly in from Colorado and attend Buffalo Bills training camps.Yet he is not an avid fan. Nor does he visit Western New York to collect autographs.Fisher was one of the Bills' seventh-round picks in last year's draft. He was the defensive tackle who recorded four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble, …

Mike McKie has left the University at Buffalo men's basketball program.It wasn't an amicable parting.After the university blocked his bid to transfer to Niagara, UB's top rebounder and shot blocker from last season is attending New York City junior college Globe Institute of Technology, where he will play next winter."I decided to leave because I realized there are better …

It's a stretch of only 100 feet or so. It's a trip they've all made countless times.The jaunt from the bullpen to the mound takes mere seconds. Yet some Buffalo Bisons relievers are trying to find their way.The Bisons' relief corps, like virtually every area of the roster, has felt the effects of multiple transactions of late involving the parent Cleveland Indians and Doub…

World boxing titles have been about as routine in the Buffalo area as NFL or NHL championships.But while the Buffalo Bills and Sabres at least have gotten to the brink of glory, there has been a scarcity of area boxers who have gotten a sniff at a pro title bout.Since 1962, only two local products have challenged for a major title. Tommy Hicks was knocked out by light heav…

The University at Buffalo men's basketball team certainly bears Reggie Witherspoon's mark now.After recruiting new faces, shuffling the roster and tinkering with the coaching staff, the resemblance to the program under former coach Tim Cohane is vague at best.UB on Wednesday announced six more recruits and confirmed Kerry Hendrickson, Rick Fox and Brian Keenan have asked f…

For the first time in a long while, the University at Buffalo baseball and softball programs can say "Wait until next year."The teams recently completed their first seasons of varsity play since the school dropped them in 1986. And although their records were far from stellar, at least they'll have a chance to improve."We made freshman mistakes," baseball coach Bill Breene…

A pair of former University at Buffalo offensive linemen have hit snags in their professional careers.Ed Ellis has been kicked out of NFL Europe and Joe Hattendorf has been released by the Cincinnati Bengals.Ellis, assigned to NFL Europe by the New England Patriots, was sent home last month by the Barcelona Dragons. According to the Boston Globe, Ellis was involved in skir…