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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.


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Only six coaches in National Football League history have won more games than Andy Reid's 207. His .618 winning percentage is better than greats Chuck Noll, Bill Parcells, Mike Shanahan and Tom Landry. All Reid does is win and coach playoff teams, but the criticism of his work, going back to his years with the Philadelphia Eagles, is that he's never won it all. His team…

Bowling

When George Barnes turned in his resume to the New York State USBC Association Hall of Fame committee two years ago, it totaled nine pages. And when he didn’t forward an updated version for consideration this year, he had pretty much given up on his chances of election. Surprise. “I was very surprised,” Barnes said Saturday of his reaction after he received the ph…

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If you trust statistics, then the National Football League's two best teams are the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, and they most likely will be the opponents in the Super Bowl. Both will be on display in Saturday's divisional games of the playoffs. Statistically, they are the best balanced teams among the final eight. The 49ers are No. 2 in total defense, No.…

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It's almost universal. Every coach in quick on-field interviews after a win praises the team for overcoming the adversity it faced all season. Well, few can match the tale of woe of the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks this season. Coach Doug Pederson's Eagles and Pete Carroll's Seahawks meet Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia in the last of the f…

Bowling

Phyllis Notaro attracted national attention for her bowling, first for the 289 she shot in the 1952 Women’s International Bowling Congress championship in St. Louis and later when she was the runner-up to the great Marion Ladewig in the 1957 World Invitational Tournament in Chicago. Anybody who could challenge Ladewig, who some still insist is the greatest women’s bowle…

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There was money to be made this NFL season if you were willing to bet the under in Buffalo Bills games. Twelve times in 16 games, the Bills and opponents were under the number, a tribute to the defensive prowess of this Buffalo team and a product of its sputtering offense. In eight of their 10 victories, the Bills held the opposition under 20 points. The two exceptions …

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Hollywood sequels often don't live up to the originals. We'll see what that National Football League has to offer Sunday in a Week 17 made up entirely of sequels of earlier rematches. Three of the original games matching Week 17 opponents were decided in overtime. Four others were decided by a field goal or less. More important, 11 of the games will have a bearing on…

Bowling

It was a year when familiar names and faces made bowling news locally and nationally, and some new faces made their mark in 2019, too. Even though he won his first George A. Obenauer Masters in 1999, was runner-up in 1994 and led qualifying twice in the 1990s, Jack Jurek of Lackawanna had not won the premier local bowling event this century. In May, with his 86-year-…

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The playoff picture for the National Football League's 100th season is gradually taking shape. A few more pieces to the puzzle can be put in place on Sunday and Monday. The Baltimore Ravens will wrap up a first-round bye with a win or tie against the Browns in Cleveland. A win would assure the Ravens of home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Dallas Cow…

Bowling

Association manager Mike Pettinella of Batavia, who stepped in 10 years ago and restored credibility to a statewide bowling organization, announced recently that he has resigned as the manager of the New York State USBC Association effective next Sept. 30. The New York State USBC is now accepting resumes for the position. Regardless who eventually is hired for the po…

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It's understandable that nearly all the attention in Western New York on Saturday will be focused on the Buffalo Bills' game at the New England Patriots. Will it really signal a changing of the guard in the AFC East? However, there are two other games on the Saturday schedule for Week 16 in the National Football League and both figure heavily in the postseason picture. …

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This week's games offer some good examples of how quickly things can change in the National Football League. Consider the participants in the last four Super Bowls. Aside from New England, five teams are either on the bubble this season or already have been eliminated. The Los Angeles Rams (2019) and Philadelphia Eagles (2018) are on the edge of being eliminated. Th…

Bowling

Perhaps if he were not foreign-born and bowled with the conventional style rather than the two-handed method, Jason Belmonte would have the popularity of others who have reigned over the Professional Bowlers Association Tour since its founding in 1959. He could be the equal of Earl Anthony, Walter Ray Williams, Mark Roth, Marshall Holman, Dick and Pete Weber and Don Carter…

Bowling

Kevin Volker says he had as much fun accomplishing another bowling feat this week as he did for any of the 14 300 games he's bowled in his career. Volker converted the 7-10 split in his series in the Boulevard Produce League at the Tonawanda Bowling Center on Tuesday night. "I was probably was more excited about that as for any 300 game I bowled," said the Sweet Home…

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You could call Sunday's Week 14 games in the National Football League a moment of truth for many teams. The outcomes of five games on the schedule should serve as litmus tests for nine of the 10 teams involved. Are the Bills legitimate or the product of the way the scheduling stars aligned? Are the Ravens and Lamar Jackson a puzzle nobody can solve? Are the Pa…