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Milt Northrop

Milt Northrop joined The Buffalo News in December 1967 as a copy editor in sports department. He has reported on the Braves, the Bills, the Sabres beat and bowling in the years since.


Bills

The shakeout goes on in Week Six of the National Football League seasons with five games that stand out because of their importance in division races or as barometers as to exactly which teams are live playoff contenders. The San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams game in the Los Angeles Coliseum is key in the three-way battle with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West.…

Bills

It's getting to the point in the National Football League season when we begin to learn the truth and who can handle the truth. Which teams are flashes in the pan? Which are just getting into rhythm? Monday night's Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers game is a perfect example. Was last week's win at Baltimore an indication that the Browns are ready to live up to …

Bills

The NFL spotlight can be enjoyable, especially when you've been out of it as long as the Buffalo Bills have. However, if you're not ready for prime time (or 1 p.m. on a Sunday) it offers the chance of being embarrassed in front of all those eyeballs. That's the risk confronting the Bills on Sunday against Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the …

Bills

Easily the most intriguing Week Three contest on the National Football League schedule is Sunday's Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium. Beside being the only game on the schedule matching undefeated teams, it's a prime example of the almost historic turnover in quarterbacks in the league. Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs and Lamar Jackson of…

A 98-yard return of a blocked kick on an extra point spurred Utica College to a 26-15 over Buffalo State in their nonleague game at Gaetano Stadium in Utica. The Pioneers scored all of their points in the second half after the Bengals had taken a 3-0 lead on a 33-yard field goal by Tommy Carr on the final play of the first half. Buffalo State was in position to tie t…

Bills

You've probably seen it replayed hundreds of times. Get ready for more. The defensive pass interference no-call in last January's NFC championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and Saints in New Orleans is probably the most infamous in the history of the National Football League. It will be Topic A again Sunday when the teams meet again, this time in the Los Ange…

Bills

Only three currently active quarterbacks have won the Super Bowl on the American Conference side since Tom Brady became a starting quarterback in the National Football League in 2001. One, of course, is Brady with six Lombardi Trophies on his resume. The others are Ben Roethlisberger, who has won twice. The third is Joe Flacco, now of the Denver Broncos, who guided the …

Colleges

A sportswriter once called him the "Blond Viking" after a night when he obliterated rival Niagara with a 32-point performance before a sellout crowd at Memorial Auditorium. Andy Anderson, along with John Morrison, formed what many believe to be the best guard combination in Canisius College basketball history. They each scored more than 1,000 career points in an era …

Mike Zarcone will be among the Bowler of the Year honorees in ceremonies prior to the Greater Buffalo USBC Association Kick-Off Tournament Thursday at AMF Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga. Nicole (Bongiovanni) Labombard will join Zarcone as the other adult bowler honoree, while youth winners Ryan Lent and Paige Bartosz also will receive their awards. It will be the sixth…

Don Chelf, a lineman on the original Buffalo Bills American Football League team in 1960 died in Tampa, Fla. on July 16. He was 87. Despite his connection with the Bills, Chelf was better known locally as a long-time coach and physical education teacher in Buffalo Public Schools. “He really was into coaching and was a career teacher,” said his wife, Suzanne. Chelf was d…

Golf

Two former champions will be in the field Thursday for the start of the LECOM Health Challenge at Peek'n Peak Resort in Findley Lake. The biggest name on the tournament roster, though, is former U.S. Open (2007) and Masters (2009) champion Angel Cabrera of Argentina. Most of the Korn Ferry Tour players are up-and-coming young hopefuls. However, PGA pros 48 and 49 yea…

It was no surprise when the name Lindner went on another championship cup at the Sheridan Park Golf Club last Sunday. What was news was that Bill Lindner had to defeat his older brother, John, to win the Senior Club title. Between them they have won numerous club championships, but it was the first time the brothers faced each other to determine a championship at the club…

Matt Clingersmith, who as coach at Niagara County Community College has turned the Thunderwolves into a powerhouse with five NJCAA World Series appearances, is among 12 standouts from local sandlot leagues making up the 23rd class of inductees for the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame. The inductees will be honored at the annual Hall of Fame banquet on Wednesday, S…

Bowling

Faced with an opponent who left hardly any openings, Jack Jurek made his own breaks Sunday in the championship round of the 56th George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament at AMF Lancaster Lanes. Jurek, 56, became the oldest Masters winner by edging Mike Zarcone, 623-621, in a gripping final match to win the event for the first time since 1999. It was the first time the two …

Bowling

PBA Tour veteran Jack Jurek, a three-time runner-up including last year, will bid for his second title Sunday when he takes on Lockport’s Sean Dietz in the winners bracket final of the 56th annual George A Obenauer Masters at AMF Lancaster Lanes. Hard to believe, but Jurek has not won the Obenauer in this century. His lone title came in 1999 when he defeated another Tour …