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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The incubator for idiocy known as Twitter rarely ceases to amaze me, but the reaction from Discovery Channel viewers who were upset because Michael Phelps raced a simulated shark rather than a real shark might have been the topper. "WE WANTED TO SEE PHELPS RACING NEXT TO A REAL SHARK," one woman wailed, according to an MSN.com compilation of tweets. "WE WERE ALL TRICKED…

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You might have missed it amid all the crucial NFL coverage, but the World Aquatic Championships are being held this week in Budapest, Hungary. American Katie Ledecky, the darling of last summer's Rio Olympics, is once again ruling the competition and affirming her status as the best swimmer in the world, and perhaps the most dominant athlete, period. On Tuesday, Lede…

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The question for me isn't whether the Bills should cut Adolphus Washington, but what they would do if it were Marcell Dareus, LeSean McCoy, or some other prized member of the roster who had who had run afoul of the law? I understand the calls for Sean McDermott to take a strong stand against Washington, who has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of improperly car…

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So Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland. He's eager to escape from LeBron James's shadow. He's tired of James dominating the ball and the organization. He wants to play for a franchise that's built around him. Reports say Irving wants to "grow his career". Never mind that playing with James got him to three straight NBA Finals. You'd think that did something for his grow…

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In this business, decisions are made every day about what and how certain events should be covered. Some are more obvious than others, but editors, reporters and columnists constantly make judgment calls. An interesting dilemma stood before me last week when O.J. Simpson was granted parole. People have been fascinated by Simpson since he was charged, and later acquitted…

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When Jordan Spieth overcame a slow start Sunday before rolling to a three-shot victory in the Open Championship, he became the first player to win 10 tournaments and three different majors before his 24th birthday. He'll celebrate his birthday Thursday with the Claret Jug he won at Royal Birkdale. Spieth would be the youngest player to capture the career grand slam if h…

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LEWISTON – The framed letter has been hanging on a wall in Gavin Hall's bedroom in Pittsford, a continuous reminder for the past seven years. He was 15 years old and coming off a second-place finish in his first Porter Cup appearance when an ordinary envelope addressed to him arrived in the mail. "It said 'great playing this summer' and explained how important it was …

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Jacob deGrom was batting .261 after going hitless in three at-bats Wednesday night in a win over the Cardinals, making him the only pitcher this season who had a batting average higher than .250 with at least 25 at-bats. For deGrom to be the best-hitting pitcher should not be a total shock. The Mets' ace played third base and shortstop at Stetson University and didn't b…

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With the trade deadline approaching and his team struggling to remain in playoff contention, Yankees GM Brian Cashman ultimately did what came naturally: He made a trade designed to give his team an immediate boost, proving he hasn't completely shed his win-now mentality. The difference Tuesday in the seven-player swap with the White Sox was that Cashman addressed the Y…

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Ted Nolan knew before he was hired to coach the Polish national team that the country was long on ambition but short on players. Talk about finding a man suited for the job. Nolan's career is defined by his ability to build teams that were greater than the sum of their parts no matter the level or location. Nolan's gift for motivating and communicating, effective with h…