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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington has covered the Sabres, MLB, the Bisons, college basketball and high schools since joining The News in 1987. He is a National Baseball Hall of Fame voter, a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame and the chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.


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The Buffalo Sabres have signed center Dylan Cozens, their No. 1 pick in last month's NHL Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Monday. Cozens, taken No. 7 overall at the draft in Vancouver, signed for the entry-level maximum cap hit of $925,000 per season, plus performance bonuses that could take the total of the deal to $5.325 million. As a…

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We've already seen Beef on Weck on the run at Buffalo Bisons games — and several of his opponents get, ahem, salty with the results. Now fans can see him bobble as well as part of (716) Day in Western New York. The Beef on Weck bobblehead, holding its trademark bucket of horseradish sauce, will be given out to the first 2,000 fans at the Swan Street Gate Tuesday at S…

Bisons and Baseball

There are times where fighting off sleep to see what's happening on the West Coast has its privileges. For those of us able to do it Friday night, we got a lifetime memory. The Los Angeles Angels played Seattle Friday in their first home game since the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. As expected, it was an emotional one. All the players and coaches wore jerseys with Skag…

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It's hard to imagine an NHL general manager having a worse spring than Jason Botterill. He's hard at work trying to redeem himself and the early returns of summer are good. We're at the point now where I can't wait for his next move. This is a fascinating process to watch play out. The Big One has to be coming. And you're starting to realize it may not be simply R…

Bisons and Baseball

The All-Stars will convene in Cleveland for the Home Run Derby on Monday night and the big game on Tuesday and it's a tough first half to ponder. Six teams are already completely out of playoff contention and as many as 11 others seem to only have hopes of a wild-card berth. The Dodgers and Yankees are in complete control of their divisions while the Braves, Astros and …

Bisons and Baseball

Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers. Monster season at work: Five straight walk-offs, 60th win in Game 89, 30 HRs for Bellinger. (1) 2. New York Yankees. Best wishes for health to radio/TV voices John Sterling and Michael Kay. (6) 3. Houston Astros. Verlander is a runaway AL Cy Young leader. (6) 4. Minnesota Twins…

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The Buffalo Sabres have to learn how to walk before they can run. The public proclamations come training camp in September are expected to revolve around climbing into the playoffs for the first time since 2011, but a serious reality check is needed. The Sabres still have lots of work to do with their roster, including the major decision of keeping defensive workhors…

Bisons and Baseball

If you came to Sahlen Field on Wednesday night mostly to see fireworks and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, you also got a pretty good glimpse of what the Buffalo Bisons have been about for nearly a month. There was timely hitting. The power stroke of Patrick Kivlehan. Some solid work from the starting pitching. And a push-every-inning mentality that has thrust this …

Bisons and Baseball

In one of the stranger games of the season in Sahlen Field, catcher Reese McGuire's two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday lifted the Buffalo Bisons to a 5-4 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the opener of the teams' Independence Eve doubleheader. Lehigh Valley bounced back to earn a split by taking the nightcap, 6-4, as Austin Listi's two-…

Bisons and Baseball

The Buffalo Bisons are staging their 25th annual Independence Eve celebration tonight in Sahlen Field, featuring a post-game concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the season's largest fireworks show. But there are a few items for fans to note in the wake of Tuesday night's rainout. Here's a rundown of the late afternoon/evening: 1. Tickets remain on sale.…

Latest Sabres

Tampa Bay and Montreal swung big and missed. Florida reeled in one big fish and lost another. Toronto did an extreme makeover. The Buffalo Sabres were one of several teams to play it cool. The Atlantic Division was top-heavy last season, with Tampa Bay, Boston and Toronto all hitting 100 points, Montreal at 96 and no one else over 90.  The top of the division still look…

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The Sabres signed the first of their seven restricted free agents Tuesday, reaching agreement on a two-year, $1.4 million contract with winger C.J. Smith. Smith, 24, had 28 goals and 30 assists last season in Rochester, ranking second on the team in goals and points and third in assists. He led the Amerks with a plus-26 rating. Signed as a college free agent in 2017 …

Columns

If you were waiting for the Buffalo Sabres to make a splash as NHL free agency opened Monday, you were sorely disappointed. This is how you had to figure it was going to go. It seems clear General Manager Jason Botterill is going to build this roster methodically, through the draft and some well-placed trades. Big money for big names isn't going to be the way this organ…

Bisons and Baseball

Buffalo Bisons left-hander Thomas Pannone has been named the International League's Pitcher of the Week after posting the only two-win week for any hurler in the league. But Pannone didn't win the award just on the basis of going 2-0. In 11 innings of work, he allowed only eight hits and struck out 14 while compiling a 1.64 earned-run average. Pannone went five innings…

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The suspicion you had Friday night when the Sabres acquired defenseman Colin Miller from Vegas was that the move would hasten Rasmus Ristolainen's departure. Without remotely confirming that Saturday, it sure seemed like General Manager Jason Botterill confirmed exactly that. Botterill was using plenty of buzzwords to describe the trade. It give the Sabres "options" on …