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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.


Ross Thompson will become the first Buffalo boxer in 31 years to fight for a world title when he challenges IBF junior middleweight champion Fernando Vargas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Aug. 26.The bout, speculated for weeks, became official Monday with an agreement by the fighters' promoters. Thompson is promoted by Don King, while Vargas is promoted …

To say the Buffalo Destroyers dreamed the impossible dream would be a tad too melodramatic.They were an 0-8 team that merely took each victory as it came, and after five in a row, they happen to find themselves on the verge of the Arena Football League playoffs.The Destroyers simplified the AFL's postseason equation by beating the Los Angeles Avengers, 60-52, Friday night …

It's not certain, but if the streaking Buffalo Destroyers win tonight, they probably will go to the Arena Football League playoffs.If the Destroyers lose, they'll have to break out a centrifuge, a slide rule and the Rosetta stone to decipher where they fit in the myriad postseason scenarios.But general manager and coach Ray Bentley is trying to block out all playoff though…

Joel Skinner considers himself a realist. Skinner's reality, however, is like fantasy for virtually everyone else.As a boy too young to realize the magnitude of his fortune, Skinner remembers walking into the St. Louis Cardinals' clubhouse and perching on the trunks of various players.Bob Gibson. Curt Flood. Lou Brock. Bill White.< Baseball history was happening all …

Manny Ramirez is in no hurry.Not only is his strained left hamstring limiting him on the basepaths, but it also is keeping him from rushing back to the Cleveland Indians.Ramirez, speaking to the media for the first time since spring training, told The Buffalo News before Sunday's rained out game with the Rochester Red Wings at Dunn Tire Park he isn't ready to return to the…

While Buffalo Bisons manager Joel Skinner is off getting a glimpse at the future, the team is dipping into its past to replace him.Jeff Datz, who managed Buffalo in 1998 and '99, donned his old uniform Saturday and will do so again for today's 2:05 p.m. game against Rochester at Dunn Tire Park.Datz is filling in for Skinner, who was selected to coach the U.S. team in today…

If ever the Buffalo Bisons needed a tidy outing, this was it.They were playing an afternoon game and coming off back-to-back doubleheaders. They were without manager Joel Skinner, and while Jeff Datz is a capable replacement, nobody likes to make tough decisions for someone else's club.So the Bisons took the field in front of 9,583 at Dunn Tire Park on Saturday and, behind…

Manny, schmanny.Who needs him?The Cleveland Indians might, but the Buffalo Bisons apparently could use a rehabbing stud pitcher instead.As long as American League All-Star Manny Ramirez is working out with the Bisons, he is sure to draw attention away from his minor league teammates.But in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Syracuse SkyChiefs at Dunn Tire …

The quarterback carousel continues to go 'round and 'round for the Buffalo Destroyers.And Browning Nagle once again finds himself atop the lead horse as the Destroyers ride into New Jersey today for a 4 p.m. game against the Red Dogs at Continental Airlines Arena (Empire, Radio 550).A victory over the Red Dogs (3-6) would give the Destroyers (2-8) their third straight and …

The Buffalo Destroyers are finally making some noise.After eight straight weeks of losing, the Destroyers find themselves with renewed enthusiasm after posting an overtime victory over the defending Arena Football League champion Albany Firebirds last week at HSBC Arena.Coach Ray Bentley claims it's a matter of various players stepping up and taking charge, a trend he want…

Before Scott Pingel, it had been some time since Westminster College had a sports superstar.The tiny Missouri school once had Hank and Bake, as in basketball coaching legend Hank Iba and former major league baseball All-Star Bake McBride.And it produced Frank Saucier, who forever will be known as the guy for whom the 3-foot, 7-inch Eddie Gaedel pinch hit.But no one accompl…

For the past two summers, Bryce Fisher has used up all his vacation time to fly in from Colorado and attend Buffalo Bills training camps.Yet he is not an avid fan. Nor does he visit Western New York to collect autographs.Fisher was one of the Bills' seventh-round picks in last year's draft. He was the defensive tackle who recorded four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble, …

Mike McKie has left the University at Buffalo men's basketball program.It wasn't an amicable parting.After the university blocked his bid to transfer to Niagara, UB's top rebounder and shot blocker from last season is attending New York City junior college Globe Institute of Technology, where he will play next winter."I decided to leave because I realized there are better …

It's a stretch of only 100 feet or so. It's a trip they've all made countless times.The jaunt from the bullpen to the mound takes mere seconds. Yet some Buffalo Bisons relievers are trying to find their way.The Bisons' relief corps, like virtually every area of the roster, has felt the effects of multiple transactions of late involving the parent Cleveland Indians and Doub…

World boxing titles have been about as routine in the Buffalo area as NFL or NHL championships.But while the Buffalo Bills and Sabres at least have gotten to the brink of glory, there has been a scarcity of area boxers who have gotten a sniff at a pro title bout.Since 1962, only two local products have challenged for a major title. Tommy Hicks was knocked out by light heav…