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Bernhard Langer made golf history on Sunday by winning the PGA Senior Championship, capturing his record ninth career senior title to break a tie with Jack Nicklaus. At least, that's what the record book says. Gary Player won six senior majors, but that doesn't include three British Senior Opens (or simply The Open) that he won before it became an officially sanctioned …

More than nine months after Rio, the pain is still there. When Jenn Suhr was reminded of her brief, anguished moments in the interview area after the women's pole vault final, it all came rushing back to the surface. "I try not to think about it," Suhr said by phone last Friday, her voice rising. "It's still ... man, it's still hard to talk about it. That was devastatin…

A memorably dumb quote is like a bone to a sports writers. We have a hard time letting it go. So when Doug Whaley went on a national radio show early this week and bragged about leaving the Bills a "gift" of two 2018 first-round draft choices, it was a present to the media, right up there with the free food. I'll wear out Whaley's utterance, as I have other notorious Bu…

Jerry Hughes spoke rapidly, repeating his words to acknowledge the more painful realities. Of course, he feels he has something to prove this season. "Yeah, yeah, yeah," the Bills' veteran defensive end said Thursday after voluntary workouts at One Bills Drive. "Certainly, certainly. I go out there every year with something to prove. "It's not just from the money asp…

Bills head coach Sean McDermott was asked near the end of Thursday's OTA news conference about the recent comments by ex-general manager Doug Whaley, who crowed about leaving the organization a "parting gift" in the form of two first-round draft choices in 2018. "I appreciate that," McDermott said. "We appreciate it. We are going to use those to better this organizatio…

Buffalo and Nashville have a few things in common. Pete Weber has called games in both places. They were the only cities with only NHL and NFL teams among the four major sports -- until Las Vegas got its two franchises. Oh, and neither has won the Super Bowl or the Stanley Cup. We've had a lot more chances, of course. The Bills have gone 51 years without a title in the …

Here's something to ponder while trying to figure out how many players and how many years away the Sabres remain from becoming a championship contender: You know how many times at least one team in the Stanley Cup Final failed to earn at least 100 points during an 82-game regular season? Zero. Over the past 18 seasons, only three Stanley Cup champions failed to ear…

Bucky Gleason and I often commiserate about a frequent columnists' pitfall: We tend to write at the extremes, and it's often when a streak or trend is about to flip and blow up in your face. Two Februarys ago, I pointed out in this space that the Sabres were on pace for their worst-ever home record. They won at home that night and two nights later. A year later, I did a…

On Sunday, the host of a national sports radio program gave a thumbs-up to Game 3 of the Warriors-Spurs series because it "wasn't unwatchable." That's what qualifies for high praise for the NBA playoffs nowadays -- a game that demands your undivided attention for more than two hours, one that doesn't compel you to flip over to a cooking channel or go walk the dog. Ke…

On my way back from picking up this week's mail, I circled Oct. 22 on the calendar. That's the day the Bills come back from a bye to host Tampa Bay at New Era Field. Our old pal  Ryan Fitzpatrick, who signed with the Buccaneers on Friday, will be back in Buffalo. Fitzpatrick signed a one-year deal for a reported $3 million. After beating the Bills in last year's finale…

We all know people who struggle to keep their weight down and bounce from one diet to another. By the way, do I look fat in these pants? But we should all be so lucky as Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy. On Monday, Lacy tipped the scales at a robust 253 pounds -- and got a $55,000 bonus for weighing under 255 on the appointed date. Lacy earned the approximate annual …

Dan Steinberg is a sports columnist at the Washington Post and a darned good one, but he was losing me earlier this week while writing about the sorry state of teams in the District of Columbia. For a while, you would have assumed our nation's capital cornered the market on failure. I almost stopped reading. Steinberg rattled off stats supporting his argument while lead…

Fresh off a one-week vacation in Rhode Island, I stopped off at Coles on Monday evening and ran into my old buddy, Rex Carr, who was stationed alone at the end of the bar. You know Rex. He's the middle-aged grump who fancies himself the foremost Buffalo sports fan. He was scanning the local sports section from behind a pair of cheap plastic sunglasses, a happy, glowing …

Halfway through his first news conference Friday after he was introduced as general manager, Brandon Beane made a point to say there would be no football czar with the Bills moving forward. He stressed the idea of a group effort to get this woebegone franchise turned in the right direction. Bills fans who had been longing for one man to serve in the highest capacity of …

The Bills gave an unproven head coach more power than any in franchise history, so you shouldn't have been too surprised Tuesday when they hired Brandon Beane as their new general manager. Terry and Kim Pegula interviewed several candidates for the job, but now it looks like they did little more than go through the motions. Beane was their guy from Day One, assuming the…