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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 …

Come on, veteran Yankee fans, when Aaron Judge smashed that 496-foot homer on Sunday, weren't you having flashbacks to Mickey Mantle? It's early, but the parallels to the Mick are hard to miss. Not just the titanic shots. Judge's rookie numbers are reminiscent of Mantle's in his historic season of 1961. Judge is hitting .344 with 21 homers, a .450 on-base and .718 sl…

While it was out of the ordinary for a general manager of one team to revel in the championship of another – in this case, Sabres GM Jason Botterill celebrating with the Penguins after they beat the Predators for their second straight Stanley Cup – it should have been encouraged. Botterill played a major role in the Pens' success during his 10 years with the organiz…

A year ago, after the Warriors lost Game Seven to the Cavs in the NBA Finals, Draymond Green wasted no time. While sitting in his car in the parking lot, Green placed a call to his general manager, Bob Myers, telling Myers he needed to get Kevin Durant. Green then called Durant from his car and pitched the Warriors as a free-agent destination. Soon after, a bunch of War…

Kyle Zurak can look back and laugh knowing the rough patches are behind him, now that everything is clear. If you watched him from the stands in previous years, he looked like any other pitcher who circled the mound between pitches. Actually, he was trying to believe the inner voice screaming at him. "THROW THE FREAKING BALL PAST PEOPLE," he would tell himself. "YOU'RE …

CLEVELAND -- Honestly, I didn't know if the Cavaliers had this in them. They were coming off a crushing loss in Game Three two nights earlier. No NBA team had won any playoff series after falling down 3-0, and eight of the last nine to lose the first three in the Finals had been swept. You wondered if they had the will to extend the series, necessitating a plane ride t…

CLEVELAND  -- It's an interminable wait for these 9 p.m. (scheduled, anyway) starts for the NBA Finals, so I decided to pass the time by doing a little research. With the Warriors on the verge of sweeping the defending champion Cavs, I wondered how many times a team had swept an opponent in the Finals after losing to them for the championship the year before. It's happ…

CLEVELAND -- The Warriors attempt to make history tonight by sweeping the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals and completing an unprecedented 16-0 run through the playoffs. And if that happens, don't be surprised if Kevin Durant is holding the trophy for Finals MVP at the end. Durant is a solid favorite at this point, despite the overall brilliance of Steph Curry, who is averag…

CLEVELAND -- Evidently, I got some national exposure earlier this week while pressing LeBron James on the issue of pace during the off-day interview sessions before Game Three of the NBA Finals. This gave the trolls an opportunity to take shots on Twitter, as they did when I had the temerity to ask Cam Newton for elaboration on his comments about black quarterbacks befo…

CLEVELAND -- In the fall of 2015, Tristan Thompson signed a five-year, $82 million contract extension with the Cavaliers. The deal raised eyebrows around the NBA. It was a lot of money for a rebounding power forward with limited offensive skills. Thompson paid dividends last season, though. He was the Cavs' inside force in the Finals, averaging 10.3 points and 10.1 rebo…