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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.


Temple's Mark Karcher did a double take when he was told how many three-pointers he shot Friday against Lafayette."I shot how many?" the 6-foot-5 junior asked, thinking he hadn't heard right.Sixteen."My God," he said, slack-jawed. "It doesn't even feel like I shot 16 threes."Taking advantage of an overmatched zone defense, Karcher broke the HSBC Arena record for three-poin…

They are two teams with polar reputations.One is a national powerhouse, seemingly with a free pass each year to the NCAA Tournament. The other is a virtually anonymous regional program that every once in a while receives an invitation.But both feel the need to make a point right now.There will be no lack of motivation tonight when Indiana plays Pepperdine in HSBC Arena in …

Bob Knight never seemed closer to the brink.Even some of those who blindly stood by for years, like those Roman busts without pupils, started to open their eyes and question the General.They wondered: Is the empire starting to crumble?Dissent flowed deeply and swiftly around the Indiana basketball program after an offseason that was tumultuous even by Knight's standards.(A…

This is different.Sure, Buffalo has hosted major sporting events before. Stanley Cup Finals games were played in Marine Midland Arena last year. Three AFC Championship games took place at Rich Stadium during the 1990s.In those instances, local teams put Buffalo in the spotlight.This time, however, the spotlight sought out Buffalo.One of the biggest events in sports tips of…

Two candidates apparently have emerged for the men's basketball coaching position at the University at Buffalo.UB interim coach Reggie Witherspoon and California-Berkeley associate coach Scott Beeten met with UB Athletic Director Bob Arkeilpane and Associate AD Bill Maher early this week.Witherspoon officially interviewed for the second time Monday. Beeten's second face-to…

The University at Buffalo men's basketball season is over, but the action is far from finished.In many ways, it's just getting started.The Bulls ended their season 5-23 after falling at Marshall, 83-66, Wednesday night in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. With no more games to be played, the program's primary focus shifts to naming a permanent coac…

The hopes of the University at Buffalo men's basketball team rested on the shoulders of its role players.Whether because of illness, academics or who knows what, several players weren't in the mix for Wednesday night's first-round Mid-American Conference tournament game at Marshall.The shorthanded Bulls played valiantly in the first half and trailed by one point. But the T…

It was just another practice Tuesday morning.For the University at Buffalo men's basketball program, that's not a good sign.The most exciting period in college sports, March Madness, is here. It's a time when almost every team in the country can forget about its past and take a shot at glory.But one wouldn't know it by watching UB's last full workout before visiting Marsha…

It was time for Rob Ray to make a statement.The Buffalo Sabres' bruiser was skating recently against the Ottawa Senators, a team scheduled to return to Marine Midland Arena less than a week later, and he intended to set a tone to last at least that long.He was out to slobber knock Ottawa's Andre Roy."He wanted to get his team fired up, scrap a little, get the crowd into th…

It was one of Canisius' best wire-to-wire performances of the season. And the Griffs still could have lost.Canisius led Loyola virtually the entire game and was up by 11 late. But the Golden Griffins never really dominated any one stretch as they held off the Greyhounds, 75-69, Sunday night at Marine Midland Arena in front of 3,251 spectators."It seemed we just couldn't pu…

Canisius men's basketball coach Mike MacDonald was hoping his players wouldn't notice.With senior forward Dale Sawyers hanging around nearby, MacDonald used ambiguous coachspeak (i.e. cliches and motivational hyperbole) while talking to a reporter about how tonight's game against Loyola College would affect Canisius' approach to the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athlet…

People have been waiting for Joe Mesi to take a big step in the boxing world. He might finally be on the verge of doing so.The undefeated heavyweight from the Town of Tonawanda, fresh off a third-round TKO of John Rainwater Friday night in Cranston, R.I., said there is a strong possibility he will fight on the proposed Mike Tyson vs. Lou Savarese card in Milan, Italy.Detai…

It wasn't exactly like going up against competition like "ER" or "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" -- or "Suddenly Susan," for that matter -- but the Canisius men's basketball program was a prime-time winner Friday night.In a game that started at the unusually late time of 8:30 p.m. because of Senior Night festivities, Canisius beat St. Peter's, 84-77, in front of 533 fans …

Niagara has decided to start March Madness by itself.While many programs finish out their regular seasons in hopes of procuring a first-round bye in their conference tournaments, the Purple Eagles have gone the other way.Based on his team's three-game losing streak, head coach Joe Mihalich has decided to add two games to the postseason.It all begins tonight when Loyola vis…

The final buzzer sounded Saturday night at Alumni Arena, and the beating the University at Buffalo men's basketball team suffered against Marshall finally was over.The Bulls shuffled off the court, heads down. Some uttered profanities. Others merely sighed. They all wanted to get out of there.All except one.Mike McKie walked toward the opposite end of the floor. He bowed h…