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Column as I see 'em: Seven years ago around this time, then-Sabres general manager Darcy Regier invited a hail of ridicule by insisting that Tim Connolly and Derek Roy were two of the top 20 centermen in the NHL. At that point in their careers, Connolly and Roy were marginal No. 1 centers at best. Diminished by concussions, Connolly was out of the league in two years…

The mail was a tad light this week, maybe because it's the first week of summer. People might be golfing, or waiting anxiously for Friday night's NHL draft. I can't get terribly worked up about a bunch of 18-year-old kids I've never heard of. The looming question as the draft approached in Chicago was whether Jason Botterill would pull the trigger on a big trade. Based …

This is my 18th year as a golfer. Go ahead and laugh. I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere. My game isn't what you would call mature. It's impulsive, temperamental and still prone to throwing the occasional club. But I love it just the same. It continues to amaze me how many people care, nearly two decades after my series on trying to break 100. My wife tells me t…

Beau lieu is French for 'beautiful place.' Sabres fans can only hope that Nathan Beaulieu, the team's new defenseman, finds Buffalo a glorious change of scenery for his hockey career. GM Jason Botterrill acquired Beaulieu, 24, from the Canadiens on Saturday for a third-round pick in this week's draft. That's a modest price to pay for a veteran D who set career highs in …

LeBron James deserved every ounce of criticism he received when he left Cleveland in 2010 because it was all about him. He joined hands with ESPN, turned a decision into The Decision and thumbed his nose at Cleveland. He wasn't just disloyal to his hometown. He was disrespectful. James effectively turned Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert into a sympathetic figure who ripped L…

Time moves so swiftly in a young athlete's life. It has been nearly a year since Rio. You spend four years working toward your big Olympic moment, and then it's gone, just like that. The spotlight moves away, and it's difficult at first. But you're a competitor. Eventually, you move on, too. "For me, the hardest part was walking away from Rio," said Emily Regan, who was…

Diana Taurasi's website begins with this quote: "Individual accolades and notoriety matters not to Taurasi. Winning does." It's true, Taurasi has been one of basketball's greatest winners. But she's also a supreme individual talent. On Sunday, the Phoenix Mercury guard broke the WNBA scoring record, netting her 7,489th career point to pass Tina Thompson in a loss to th…

Father's Day makes me think of baseball, so first thing Sunday morning I turned to the MLB standings, which revealed that 26 of the 30 teams -- all but one in the AL -- were within four games of first place or a wild card. Who needs a salary cap? It's amazing how much parity exists, despite the inequity in financial resources. You could take the standings and flip them …

The mailman made a late stop after the Sabres hired Phil Housley as their new head coach. Not surprisingly, there was some skepticism. Many fans have a well-earned wariness about Buffalo's two major pro sports teams. If Terry Pegula was not moved by nostalgia in making this hire, as Mike Harrington suggests, there is good reason. Housley's career as a player doesn't ins…

Tiger Woods reportedly has entered a rehabilitation facility to treat an addiction to prescription painkillers, a response to his DUI arrest last month and the latest chapter in his fall from grace. Every day that passes is another day Woods is removed from golf greatness that once seemed to have no limits. Long gone are the days when Las Vegas took bets on tournaments,…

In an attempt to make the Olympics more appealing to women and the young, urban demographic, the IOC has added mixed relays, freestyle BMX (motocross) and 3-on-3 basketball to the 2020 Games in Tokyo. I understand the desire to attract more hip, young viewers. I'm all for including more females. Every four years, the Olympics allow women to share the spotlight and be sp…

The best thing about Luke Terry winning this year's [BN]spired Award was that he didn't intend to inspire anyone. For 17 years, he has gone about his business without a left hand knowing no other way. He never fathomed the impact he made on others because he was focused on the business of winning. Terry was determined to show off his athletic ability and never thought …