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I can certainly understand the public's disgust with Jason Peters for holding out of camp with three years remaining on his contract. Even in a sport where contracts aren't guaranteed, fans like to point out that a contract is a contract -- as if it were that simple. It's not. Still, it's hard to understand why the situation had to reach this point. You'd think the Bills w…

As a lifelong follower of the Red Sox, I say good riddance. The Red Sox will miss his bat to some degree, but I think it's a great move getting Jason Bay in this deal. Bay is no Manny, but he's a professional hitter and is actually having a better year than Manny. Bay is having something of a renaissance at the plate this year and will certainly help. And he's a far better…

Sorry for the long absence, but I was kicking back on the last two weeks of vacation. I'm back for good now, or at least until the end of hockey season. I'll be playing in the club championship at Brighton this weekend, then it's on to Beijing for the Summer Olympics. I'll be reporting daily from China and blogging as much as circumstances allow. I'm even scheduled to do s…

I grew up as a Red Sox fan in New England, but my best friend was a diehard Yankees fan. I think we were about 12 when he told me about this kid centerfielder who was being compared with Mickey Mantle. It must have been difficult for Bobby Murcer, carrying around those sort of expectations. Mantle was an icon for a generation of Yankee fans. Obviously, he could never live …

I just got back from 10 days of vacation. I hope someone missed me. Judging from the feedback on the Sabres' blog, most of you are content to rant and rave over in the hockey universe. I can't say I'm impressed with the Sabres' moves so far. They basically brought in a veteran defenseman, Craig Rivet. That's an upgrade -- an upgrade over the team that finished the season. …

There's been a lot of talk this week about the Sabres pursuing Darcy Tucker, whose contract was bought out by the Maple Leafs early this week. The Sabres could use a veteran with a nasty edge, as I discussed in Thursday's column in the News. Tucker fits the bill, though it's debatable how much he has left in the tank at age 33. When Ron Wilson took over as Toronto's new co…

I'm settling back in from a week of vacation and people are still buzzing about the Tiger Woods-Rocco Mediate playoff. I'm told they were packed around the TV in the newsroom last Monday to watch that amazing event. One person told me he built  his entire day around the playoff. A number of people have asked where this year's Open would rank among the best events I've…

SAN DIEGO -- We could be in for even more dramatics on the final nine holes today at Torrey Pines. The USGA has decided to shorten the par-4 14th hole to just 267 yards, making it drivable for just about every player in the field. The 14th had been playing at 435 yards and had yielded only 32 birdies through the first three days. It was the third-toughest hole after three …

SAN DIEGO -- Wow. I thought I'd seen it all from Tiger Woods, but these past two days have been amazing even by his standards. Three eagles in two days at a major. Are you kidding me? And the chip on 17. Woods said he was lucky, and the ball would have gone eight feet past if it hadn't gone in the hole. But come on, when you chip the ball directly at the hole, that's a lot…

SAN DIEGO -- Phil Mickelson broke down today and put a driver in his bag for the first time in the U.S. Open. Apparently, it's not making any difference. Lefty is 2-over through eight holes and making no move to get back into the tournament. He's now 6-over for the week and nine shots behind leader Stuart Appleby, who has yet to tee off. Mickelson is seven behind Tiger Woo…

SAN DIEGO -- Like so many Buffalonians, I was saddened by the death of Tim Russert. I've always said the Bills were our connection to the big-time in sports. Russert was our ambassador, a major player in the world of news and politics who rooted like crazy for the Buffalo sports teams and pushed behind the scenes to ensure the Bills would stay in town. Russert was a Buffa…

SAN DIEGO -- What makes Tiger great? Well, among other things, Woods has an uncanny ability to move past his rough patches and not allow bad circumstances to get the better of him. Woods said it felt like he dropped three shots on three holes to finish his front nine Friday. "I bogeyed 16 and 17 and I didn't birdie 18," he said, pointing out that the par-5 18th w…

SAN DIEGO -- Not surprisingly, Tiger Woods downplayed the condition of his surgicallly repaired left knee after shooting 30 on his back nine (the front at Torrey Pines) to shoot 68 and get within one shot of the lead in the U.S. Open. ""It's a little sore,'' Woods said after his round. ""But I'll go back home and get some treatment on it.'' Asked how …

SAN DIEGO -- Stuart Appleby just chipped in on the 18th hole to finish the day at minus-3. That moves the cutline to 7-over. Anyone within 10 shots of the leader moves on to the weekend. That's bad news for anyone in the clubhouse at plus-8. That includes the subject of tomorrow's column, Zach Johnson. Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, whic…

SAN DIEGO -- So much for the sore knee and the grimace and the two-month layoff. Tiger Woods is back in a big way. He just birdied four out of five holes at the start of his back nine (the front at Torrey Pines) to get to 1-under par and just one shot off Rocco Mediate's lead. Woods' putter is smoking hot right now. You can't say that for most of the players in the U.S. O…