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I remember the crestfallen faces of the U.S. women's hockey players after they lost the Olympic gold medal to Canada in OT in Sochi. They weren't millionaires who would soon return to their NHL jobs, but women who played mainly out of love of sport and country. Now, at least, they're better compensated. On Wednesday, the U.S. women showed up for the World Championships …

The easiest explanation for Colin Kaepernick's extended stay in the unemployment office would be pointing to politics. He refused to stand for the national anthem last season in protest of racism and police brutality, became the focus of a national controversy and scared away NFL executives in charge of building rosters. It's a neat and clean theory that's easy to compr…

On the day North Carolina State fired its basketball coach, Archie Miller's name soared up the list of candidates to replace him. He was a natural choice as a former point guard and assistant coach for the Wolfpack, and his coaching record at Dayton made him a hot commodity. N.C. State was a big-time school from a power conference, but for Miller that didn’t equate to…

This Final Four lacks star power, but it's one of the most unique fields ever. I love seeing teams break through in an event too often dominated by the established powers. South Carolina and Gonzaga got in for the first time. We haven't had two first-timers since 1979, when Indiana State, Penn and DePaul all did it. That was the year of the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird fina…

For decades, the NFL viewed Las Vegas as a city of degenerates that would infiltrate its wholesome product and compromise the sanctity of the league. It was all hogwash on many fronts, of course, starting with fears that a franchise in Sin City would lead the league into a betting scandal. NFL owners, in meetings Monday, were set to incorporate common sense – or was i…

The Sabres came up for oxygen over the weekend in their 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs, a gasp before they sink beneath the surface and drown in another lost regular season. Math soon will officially confirm what has long been obvious, that the playoffs are out of reach yet again. Buffalo teams have missed the postseason 12 consecutive times since the Pegulas' first f…

I'm actually beginning to feel sorry for Doug Whaley. Bit by bit, the Bills' general manager has seen his power and stature diminished as the Pegulas conferred unprecedented control of the football operation to their new head coach, Sean McDermott. Whaley has become a mute, emasculated figure. He's not allowed to speak for the organization anymore -- even on the rare oc…

Last week at the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo, I chatted with an FBI agent who asked if I was glad to cover sports these days and not politics. You bet, I said. Sports fans can get pretty ugly on social media. Imagine the venom if I were writing about the serious stuff. When I talk about the bloated defense budget, I'm merely referring to Marcell Dareus. On health care, I…

You know the promotional spots that universities run on TV during NCAA games? Penn State should get sophomore hockey player Andrew Sturtz to do one. Ask the guy a question and you get a testimonial about the school. You can almost hear music playing in the background. "You can try to explain it," Sturtz said by phone on Wednesday, "but until you actually experience it, …

Nine teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference were invited to the NCAA Tournament, reasonable considering its place on college basketball's landscape. The ACC was the top-rated conference based on RPI, which uses a formula calculating record, strength of schedule and other factors. Numbers don't lie, but statistics often fail to tell the whole truth in tournament play. …

Zach Brown was in Buffalo on Wednesday, reduced to peddling his services to his old team. Some people are surprised that Brown hasn't gotten a big contract in free agency. He's not pleased. He recently changed agents. But why would it be a shock that a Bills linebacker wasn't seen as some free-agent treasure? Over the final 10 weeks last season, the Bills played six eve…

A few months ago, somebody suggested tracking down people who had direct and indirect connections to the Duke-Kentucky epic in the 1992 NCAA Tournament East Region final. The greatest game in history ended with Christian Laettner taking a long pass from Grant Hill and hitting the winning shot at the buzzer. It was a natural story for Buffalo. Laettner grew up in Ango…

Am I supposed to take a stand against guys taking a seat? Last Saturday, the Cavs sat out LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in a national TV loss at the Clippers. Resting players is rampant in the NBA, which is on pace for 300 healthy scratches, far and away a record. Critics say it's unfair to fans, who pay good money to see the top players. I agree with James,…

The Bills have had enough problems identifying NFL-caliber players who played college football, so I doubt they've spent much time scouting Atlantic 10 basketball players for their next tight end. If they have any questions, they would be wise to call St. Bonaventure and inquire about Mo Alie-Cox. Alie-Cox played football his freshman year in high school before transfer…

OK, so you didn’t survive the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament without your bracket getting blown to smithereens. You're drowning in regret while bracing for co-workers who can't wait to pounce and turn you into a punchline, the way they did last year with Mary from accounting. If you're looking for someone to rub your forehead and tell you everything is going to …