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Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson had the three best odds to win the PGA Championship this week at Quail Hollow, no surprise considering they also had the best odds last year when 125-1 longshot Jimmy Walker captured the Wanamaker Trophy. McIlroy was at 7-1 based on his history at Quail Hollow, his success in the tournament and his recent play. He owns the …

Former pro boxer Paulie Malignaggi quit as sparring partner for Conor McGregor last week after photos were released of Malignaggi being knocked down in the ring. The ex-champ claims he was pushed and said preparations for McGregor's fight with Floyd Mayweather had become a "circus." He's right. The Aug. 26 bout between UFC superstar McGregor and Mayweather, one of the g…

On Monday, Bryce Harper became the 14th player in major league history to hit 150 home runs before his 25th birthday. He was 24 years old and 295 days when he reached the milestone, notable only because Mike Trout was the same age, to the day, when he hit No. 150 last season. A few hours later, Trout smacked a double for his 1,000th career hit and added a solo home r…

Anquan Boldin turns 37 in October. There's no telling how much the veteran wideout, who's ninth in NFL career receptions with 1,076, has left in the tank. But Boldin is a solid signing for the Bills, who have a crying need for experienced help at wide receiver. Rookie Zay Jones shows promise and Rod Streater is having a fine camp. But there's no proven commodity behind …

A quick look at the baseball standings Monday revealed 10 of the 15 teams in the American League either had the division lead or were within 3½ games of a wild-card spot about 50 games remaining. Four teams play in the AL East, and the last-place Blue Jays were only 5½ games back of the final playoff spot. It has been 23 years since Major League Baseball implemented w…

It would be unbecoming for any self-respecting person to take joy from another man's pain, but rest assured a select few (hundred thousand) Bills fans felt a jolt of optimism last Thursday when Ryan Tannehill reinjured his left knee and Tom Brady celebrated his 40th birthday. Buffalo people are known for their warm hearts (and love for food and beer), but Buffalo fans h…

During summertime, the heat and humidity are so oppressive and the mosquitoes so unforgiving near the Bayou that it's almost unbearable. Tim Roberts grew up on its fringes and frequently spent the free time of his youth swinging on ropes and dropping himself into waters heavily populated by alligators. It made for quite a feeding frenzy, as you can imagine, but not in …

No matter how clichéd, here is the cold truth when it comes to Colin Kaepernick and his inability over the past five months to land a job in the NFL: Playing professional sports is a privilege, not a right. And no matter how many or how loud his supporters, that's not going to change. Kaepernick found out the hard way after sitting and later kneeling last season during…

On the day Tim Raines was inducted into the Hall of Fame with a .294 average and 808 stolen bases, Chase Utley hit a career milestone with his 150th stolen base. According to ESPN Stats & Info, his 87.1 percent success rate is the highest among players with at least 100 attempts since 1951. It begs the question: If Utley has been that proficient, why hasn't he stole…

On Sept. 10, the Bills open the regular season at New Era Field against the Jets. That means we're headed for six long weeks of incessant and mind-numbing analysis about the local NFL team. Which obscure receiver looked good today? Will Nathan Peterman be the backup QB? Can Marcell Dareus stay healthy? Amid the daily deluge, it's refreshing to observe the happenings aro…

The moment John Urschel announced his retirement Thursday, two days after a study revealed that all but one of 111 NFL players whose brains were donated for research had suffered from CTE, many people had the same general reaction: Urschel's brain was too precious to expose to football. Urschel is a unique individual, a math savant who graduated from Penn State with thr…

PITTSFORD – On the first day of training camp, after briefly mugging for a camera, Marcell Dareus bolted for a set off doors leading to the Bills' locker room that were off limits to the media. His response when asked to stop for a brief interview: "I need to take a shower." Dareus took a more scenic route to the locker room Friday. He walked toward one end of the pra…

Sorry if you've been in withdrawal. The Mailbag was on hiatus because I took three weeks of vacation. It featured a grueling stretch in which I played golf nine times in 10 days, including two Brighton tourneys, my annual Cross Creek golf odyssey and, on the final day, the Bills media tournament. On the verge of exhaustion, I played in a two-man scramble with Bills GM B…

PITTSFORD – Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane were embarking on their first training camp in their respective positions Thursday, so naturally they weren't lacking for enthusiasm. At times, they beamed with excitement like freshmen who had been invited to practice with the varsity. You couldn't help but envy their energy and optimism, qualities that had been drained fr…