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LISBON, Portugal -- Bill James and his wife couldn't decipher the television in their hotel room Tuesday night. So they tried to sleep, occasionally arising to check election returns on their computer. The votes weren't adding up to the polling models. Not even close. That troubled James for multiple reasons. Hundreds of supposedly scientific polls were wrong abou…

In the wake of what we just saw in October and November, doesn't it stand to reason that closers heading into free agency should get big money and perhaps even more bucks than what most starting pitchers get? Aroldis Chapman of the Cubs, Mark Melancon of the Nationals and Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers are among those who will be free agents and that period opens Tuesday.…

Let me get straight to the point. I’m cursed out. It’s not in the manner in which Buffalo fans unload four-letter bombs on Tom Brady every time he struts through the tunnel and resumes destroying the Bills. I’ve been cursed out that way many times, so allow me a shoutout to the master: Hi Dad! I’m suffering from sports-curse fatigue, commonly caused by overus…

According to multiple reports Friday, the Arizona Diamondbacks' new manager is going to be Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Torey Lovullo. A former star player and manager of the Bisons, Lovullo will reportedly be introduced Monday in Phoenix. Lovullo, 51, has been the bench coach for the Boston Red Sox under former Buffalo teammate John Farrell the last four years, winn…

Judging by the local ratings for the Chicago Cubs’ 8-7 victory over Cleveland in game 7 to win the World Series, there are a lot of sleepy eyes and yawns around Western New York offices today. What arguably will go down as one of the greatest games in baseball history had a 22.1 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate, over the four hours and 45 minutes. That made it …

CLEVELAND – No more billy goats. No more black cats. No more Bartman too. The best team in baseball all season finally got the job done here early Thursday morning, defying its laundry list of curses and earning a reward more than a century in the making. Here's a sentence their legions of fans from coast to coast never thought they would ever read: The Chicago Cubs a…

CLEVELAND – A baseball season that began with the promise of 30 teams under the February sun of Florida and Arizona finally ended Wednesday, during a summer-like night in November on the shores of Lake Erie. Somebody's decades-long string of futility was set to be wiped out in Progressive Field as the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs played Game Seven of the World …

CLEVELAND – Think Indians manager Terry Francona was nervous in the hours leading to Game Seven of the World Series? Think again. Before the ultimate game of the entire baseball season, and one of the most important of the veteran skipper's career, Francona regaled the national media Wednesday afternoon with a tale of a nightmare, a badly placed TV remote and peanut …

Follow updates from our Mike Harrington and several select accounts as the Cleveland Indians host the Chicago Cubs in Game Seven of the World Series. Tweets from https://twitter.com/TBNSports/lists/world-series-coverage !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js…

BALTIMORE AIRPORT -- It has been my distinct honor and pleasure to cover 87 World Series games for The Buffalo News since 1995. I have a sneaking suspicion No. 88 will be unlike anything I've ever seen. When it comes to Game Seven, I was there the night in 2001 when the Diamondbacks stunned Mariano Rivera. Same for that chilly night in 2014 in Kansas City when Madison B…

After Chicago’s 9-3 victory over Cleveland Tuesday night in game six of the World Series Tuesday night, Cubs star Kris Bryant was asked in a post-game TV interview about Wednesday night's  game 7. “You dream for this man,” said Bryant. The players were not alone in that dream after the Series was tied at three games apiece. So were executives of Fox, who ex…

Deputy Sports Editor Keith McShea gave a tour of our new site via Facebook Live at our TBN Sports Facebook page. We've recently launched a new BuffaloNews.com, which includes a new look for our home page but our sports pages as well. It's a format that adapts to both traditional desktop browsers as well as mobile browsers. The new look at our sports, [BN] Blitz and […

CLEVELAND – To get some perspective about what Kyle Schwarber is doing for the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, consider this point: On Monday night, he was playing for an outfit called the Mesa Solar Sox. That's an Arizona Fall League team. Where baseball wannabe Tim Tebow is playing. And where, oddly enough, the players on the club are jointly supplied by the Cubs…