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Mike Harrington

Canisius College graduate Mike Harrington began his career at The News in 1987. He has covered the Buffalo Bisons since the 1988 opening of Coca-Cola Field, Major League Baseball since 1995 and the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series -- including 18 World Series -- and was a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. He became a voter for the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the Class of 2017 and is the chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Harrington previously covered Big 4 college basketball for 15 seasons and was a Top 25 voter for 10 years.


Kensington's bid for its first Yale Cup basketball title since 1983 has received a setback with the announcement the first-place Knights will have to forfeit one of their remaining games.Kensington already has played 15 games, counting Monday's 66-61 loss to Bennett, and has six league contests left on its schedule. That would give the Knights a 21-game season -- one …

Canisius built a 10-point halftime lead Saturday against Loyola of Maryland, but the margin was slowly, agonizingly shrinking.It was down to two, 39-37, when junior guard Gregg Smith clanked two free throws with 14:06 to play."Come on Smith, show some leadership," bellowed a Koessler Center leather-lung.Ask and ye shall receive.Behind Smith's 17-point effort in the re…

Burgard's Ritchie Campbell garnered the 2,000th point of his basketball career Friday much like he had envisioned it would happen.An open three-point jumper from the left wing. A smooth release.Swish.Campbell scored 40 points to become the area's fourth 2,000-point man and the Bulldogs held off visiting Buffalo Arts, 95-88, in a Yale Cup series game between ranked sma…

Blake Bednarz may be graduating, but the Frontier connection will continue at Syracuse University.Frontier defensive lineman Dave Wohlabaugh announced Tuesday that he has made a verbal commitment to play for the Orangemen next year. The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Wohlabaugh will sign a national letter of intent Feb. 14, the first day high school football seniors can official…

Thanks mostly to Traditional's upset of Burgard, there was an upheaval in the small-school ranking in this week's Buffalo News Cage Polls.A similar shuffle may occur among large schools if No. 2 LaSalle can avenge its loss to No. 1 Grand Island with a win over the Vikings tonight in a Niagara Frontier League showdown.LaSalle was edged by the Vikings, 69-68, Dec. 20 in…

Twelve players from Western New York have been named to the first team of the State Sportswriters Association all-state football squad.Ten of the 12 were first-team All-WNY selections by The News. The lone exceptions are Pine Valley defensive linemen Ken Pattyson and Hinsdale defensive back Todd Tyler, who made the Class C-D first-team defense. They were honorable men…

An elite field is scheduled to compete this weekend in the Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Tournament at Niagara County Community College.Eleven of the teams from this week's Wrestling Review of Western New York large- and small-school rankings are entered in the 24-team field. Among the entrants are defending champion Niagara-Wheatfield, the No. 3 large school, …

Tired of suffering loss after loss to Burgard, Traditional senior Chris Williams took matters into his own hands Tuesday afternoon.The 6-foot-6 Williams scored 34 points and grabbed 19 rebounds as the Bulls upset the visiting Bulldogs, 93-79, in a Yale Cup game. Burgard, the No. 1 small school in The News Cage Poll, fell to 8-3 overall and 3-2 in Cup play. No. 8 Tradi…

She is overshadowed at school by three-point shooter extraordinaire Ritchie Campbell. At home, she shares the limelight with her younger sister, McKinley standout Dawn Mann.Friday afternoon, Burgard's Felice Mann decided it was her turn for some glory.Mann, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, burned the nets for 56 points in her team's 81-71 win over Traditional. The total was o…

St. Francis showed signs last year it was capable of competing with Nichols in the hockey rink. In Sunday's championship game of the Msgr. Martin Association Showcase Tournament, that promise came to fruition.Scoring six unanswered goals to wipe out a 3-0 deficit, the Red Raiders roared back to stun the Vikings, 6-4, at Fredonia State. It was their third victory of th…

A pair of second-team All-State defenders are the only repeat selections on the All-Western New York Boys Soccer Team, recently announced by the Western New York Coaches Association.Lewiston-Porter's Ron Richards and Williamsville North's Ned Bannon head the 14-man squad. North has three players on the first team and North Tonawanda has two.Richards was a three-year s…

What a bizarre week in The Buffalo News Cage Polls.The two No. 1 teams -- LaSalle and Burgard -- combine to lose four games. Previously unranked Niagara Falls beats three ranked teams. Lackawanna wins both of its starts and falls one spot.When the cheering finally stopped, a new pair was left atop the heap.Grand Island and Olean, take your bows.The Vikings (6-0) were…

LaSalle remains No. 1 among large schools in this week's Buffalo News Polls, but the Explorers have a rough week ahead.LaSalle (4-0) will take a 46-game winning streak against Western New York schools into Wednesday's 8 p.m. game at No. 2 Grand Island (5-0). The contest is the championship game of the second annual Niagara Frontier League Kickoff Invitational.As if fa…