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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The NCAA Tournament gets under way in about a half hour here at the Verizon Center, when Xavier takes on Georgia in a first-round game. I can't imagine Xavier is too happy with this matchup. The Musketeers went 14-2 in the Atlantic 10. They're ranked 12th in the country in both polls. And their reward is a game against the SEC tourney champions. Yes, …

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Greetings from the NCAA Tournament's West Regional. All four games that will be played here at the Verizon Center on Thursday are part of the West bracket. That's us down in the right-hand corner of your bracket sheet. You'll also find two programs that have bounced back from major NCAA violations in 2003: Georgia and Baylor. There was a third program t…

Look, I understand the excitement among Bills fans about the team's aggressive approach to free agency. If the free agents are as good as advertised, and if Marcus Stroud stays healthy, the defense will be much improved and the Bills could make a legitimate run at a playoff spot next season. But why is it that no one seems concerned about Stroud's four-game suspension for…

Last month, when Tom Golisano came out of hiding to grant interviews to some of the local, non-Buffalo News media, the Sabres owner was quick to point out Chris Drury's dismal plus-minus rating, which I believe was minus-14 at the time. It was a weak attempt by Golisano to diminish Drury's achievements and blunt criticisms of the organization for failing to lock up its sta…

Maybe Yankees fans should be relieved that the Bombers didn't get Johan Santana. Minnesota wanted Phil Hughes in the deal, and Hughes is going to be an ace some day. That day might even come sooner than people expected. Hughes, the 21-year-old righthander, threw four no-hit innings Sunday against the Twins. Hughes retired the first nine hitters and allowed only one base-ru…

I'm currently in Albany for the MAAC Tournament. I'll be weighing in on the developments on our college blog -- Campus Watch -- as long as one or more of our teams is still alive for an NCAA Tournament berth. In an hour or so, the Canisius women will take on Marist, the nation's 24th ranked women's team, in the quarterfinals. Marist went to the Sweet 16 last year, so it wo…

Don't worry, gang. I was just taking a well-deserved break to gear up for March Madness -- the best time of the year in sports. It's amazing how much can happen in a week or so. The Sabres finally traded Brian Campbell, the Bills made several big signings to address their run defense, and the McKinley fiasco continued to dominate the news pages. I'll say this much about …

After watching the Pistons drill the Suns by 30 at Phoenix on Sunday, I'm even more convinced that the Suns aren't winning anything with Shaquille O'Neal. The big guy is out of his element on that team, and they simply don't play the same dynamic style with him on the court. I know it's early and Shaq will need some time to blend in with his new teammates, but I don't see …

I checked out Vogl's blog on whether fans should boo Chris Drury on Saturday night and was amazed to find sentiment leaning squarely against one of the best leaders ever to play pro sports in this town. Apparently, fans want to believe that Drury "misled" management and never wanted to stay in Buffalo. If you buy that, fine, but remember you're talking about one …

Apparently, one of the main reasons the Falcons cut Alge Crumpler was he wasn't suited to the scheme of Atlanta's new offensive coordinator -- one Mike Mularkey. Mularkey's offense doesn't place much of a premium on the tight end in the passing game. So Crumpler, who suffered from knee problems last season, became expendable.How about Crumpler in Buffalo? The Bills have a …

Former Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas visited the Patriots on Monday in the first stop of his free agency tour. The Patriots, who love old linebackers, reportedly offered Thomas a contract. I'm sure he could contribute to the Pats, the way Junior Seau did this past season. But I've long considered Thomas one of the most overrated players in the NFL. The Bills are reported…

I didn't know quite what to expect when I saw Brian Dux for the first time since his accident on Sunday. Would he be able to carry on an interview? Would he even recognize me? Well, Dux put my fears to an immediate rest. Mentally, he is pretty much the same Brian. He has suffered some short-term memory loss, but his mind is sharp and he is making slow but steady progress i…

Brian Campbell raised hope among Sabres fans early this week when he said he expected to be a Sabre next season. But I wouldn't get too excited. Campbell's agent spoke with GM Darcy Regier in Ottawa on Tuesday, but they don't appear to have made any real progress on a new contract for Campbell, who will command a salary in the $6 million a year range as an unrestricted fre…

I tend to agree with Bucky Gleason's observations in today's News about the Sabres being a tease. They've been a remarkably streaky team this season. Early in the year, they won three in a row. Then they had three losing streaks of three games each. They had a five-game winning streak and a six-gamer. Then, just when they seemed to be turning the corner, they went winless …

At one point during his ramblings at Wednesday's press conference, Ralph Wilson described the Bills' five-year venture in Toronto as a "trial". Later, when asked what he meant, Wilson said not to read anything into his choice of words. But that's exactly how it feels -- like a trial run for an NFL franchise in Toronto. I came away from the meeting even more convi…