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Tim Graham

Tim Graham has covered the NFL since 2007 for The Buffalo News, ESPN and the Palm Beach Post. He was the Sabres beat reporter for seven years and served two terms as Boxing Writers Association of America president.


There must be some mornings when University at Buffalo football coach Craig Cirbus wakes up and feels the planets are perfectly aligned -- against him.After the Bulls finished their winless 1999 season, Cirbus started rearranging his lineup to shore up his team's biggest shortcoming. The Bulls' offensive line last year was the most experienced in the nation, but four of th…

The scorebook calls it a 34-yard touchdown reception, but that's misleading on two counts.First off, Alex Van Pelt's pass to Avion Black in Friday night's 21-20 preseason victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at Ralph Wilson Stadium was in the air for only a few yards.Secondly, Black ran a heck of a lot farther than 34 yards.When the rookie receiver corraled the pass on a sl…

He was a contender. He was somebody.What he wanted more than anything, however, was to be champion of the world.Joey Giambra never realized that dream.Maybe it was because he refused to play nice with the mob. Maybe it was because his playboy lifestyle wasn't conducive to the sacrifices required. Maybe it was because he merely couldn't catch a break.No matter the reason, G…

Ann Marsh sure can handle a blade.Thankfully for her patients, she knows when to use a scalpel at Buffalo General Hospital, where she is serving a residency in the emergency room.Unfortunately for her opponents, she also knows how to wield a sword.Marsh is the most accomplished female fencer in U.S. history. And as she prepares to enter the medical profession, she is about…

The play was nothing to get excited about: a run around right end for no gain. But to Shawn Bryson it was a dream fulfilled.Bryson took a handoff from Alex Van Pelt with a minute left in the first half of Friday night's 21-20 preseason victory over the Cincinnati Bengals for his first rushing attempt as a professional.It was the first time Bryson touched a football in live…

Ross Thompson isn't fighting for his life.He thinks his battle is more significant than that.He is fighting for three Thompson lives, all of which ended too soon.As the IBF's top-ranked junior middleweight, Thompson is on the verge of his first world title bout. The Buffalonian is in training to fight champion Fernando Vargas Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.For Thompson, a victory wo…

Ross Thompson, the IBF's top junior middleweight contender, already has started firing verbal salvos at reigning champion Fernado Vargas in advance of their Aug. 26 title fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas."I guarantee a victory," Thompson said. "This is no 'I think I'm winning.' It's 'I know I'm winning.' I'm putting it all on the line. I will win."I wan…

Disparity was all around the room when a group of college football coaches convened on Tuesday.Paul Pasqualoni of tradition-rich Syracuse sat a few feet away from Mike Kemp of start-up program Utica.Buffalo State's Jerry Boyes, entering his 15th season with the Bengals, sat one table away from Siena's Jay Bateman, who at 27 is the youngest head coach in college football.Th…

The Cleveland Indians have shown no fear of dealing players to make a run at the American League wild-card playoff spot.But the Buffalo Bisons' clubhouse was calm before Sunday afternoon's 10-0 loss to the Louisville RiverBats at Dunn Tire Park, even though the major-league trading deadline arrives today at 4 p.m."They've already made their trades," Bisons shortstop John M…

A 10-0 score generally can't be described as a pitchers' duel.But for several innings on Sunday, Buffalo Bisons' Chris Haney and Louisville RiverBats' Ed Yarnall showed major league form as they went toe to toe on the rubber.The early difference between the two pitchers was that the RiverBats capitalized on Haney's few mistakes. Then the RiverBats jumped all over Haney's s…

Bill Selby was thrilled when he got his first major league spring training invitation in three years.Imagine how he felt Friday night when he walked onto the field at Camden Yards, wearing a Cleveland Indians uniform.Selby, the Buffalo Bisons' home run and RBI leader, was called up for only the second time of his nine-year career prior to the Bisons' 8-2 victory over the L…

This qualifies, at least temporarily, as an emergency.The Buffalo Bills have one quarterback out of commission, another under the weather and two others with no legitimate experience.It might be time to hand Chris Mohr a different playbook.With Doug Flutie out for the near future and Rob Johnson still trying to recover from a stomach virus, Mohr fired pass after pass in re…

Unless someone starts banging the drum for Mike Cawley, the Buffalo Bills' quarterback controversy has indefinitely been placed on hold.Doug Flutie, the Bills' beloved backup supplanted by Rob Johnson, will miss at least the next four weeks after pulling his right groin during Thursday morning's training camp session at St. John Fisher College.No time frame was given for F…

Doug Flutie left today's Buffalo Bills' morning training camp session early after straining his right groin on a routine play.Flutie missed the afternoon practice at St. John Fisher College and was scheduled to have an MRI performed to diagnose the severity of the injury. It is uncertain how long he will be out."We don't know the extent," Bills coach Wade Phillips said.Flu…

It will be easy for the University at Buffalo football program to meet the expectations others have placed on them.That's because there aren't any.UB on Tuesday was picked by the media to finish last in the East Division at the Mid-American Conference Football Media Day. Only five of the 61 voters did not select UB to finish seventh. All dissenters chose Kent."I put as muc…