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When Frank Henry retired to Buffalo after an event-filled career as a New York City detective, he figured his wild adventures were over. It turns out he was just getting started.The NHL security representative for the Sabres is scheduled to fly to Sochi today. He will be the security rep for the United States and Latvian hockey teams, an assignment that will put him on a f…

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« Alexander Ovechkin, WashingtonThe Capitals star has reached the 40-goal mark to give him 72 goals in 102 games over the past two seasons. The Russian hopes to lead to the home team to Olympic gold.St. Louis BluesThe organization welcomed Aiden Howard-Maul, a 6-year-old who is fighting kidney cancer, and allowed him to meet the players and interview coach Ken Hitchco…

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NEW YORK — I think I speak for a lot of football fans when I say I’d love to see Peyton Manning win the Super Bowl tonight. My job as a reporter is to be objective. I won’t be disappointed at all if Seattle wins.But the Denver Broncos’ 37-year-old quarterback has been so great for so long and carried so many teams on his back, justice would be serve…

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DENVER — When Thomas Vanek started the season, his future residence was in doubt. We’re nearing the homestretch, and his hockey home remains a major question mark.One thing is certain: A lot of teams will have a say in where he goes.The first of two NHL trade deadlines comes this week, and Vanek is the top name on the market. The former Sabres forward has per…

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Alex Ovechkin didn’t need a calendar Tuesday to prove the 2014 Olympics in Sochi were just around the corner. He showed up with his usual flare while abusing the Sabres for two goals in the first five minutes, setting up the overtime winner and cranking up his game as he prepares for the Winter Games in Russia. Ovechkin fired a bazooka into the top corner and moment…

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Thirty hours after Mike Pettine was introduced as the Browns’ head coach, the Bills announced they hired Jim Schwartz to replace him. It took about 30 seconds for the news to race across the blogosphere late Friday, complete with knee-jerk reactions from people accusing the Bills of making a knee-jerk decision. If you’re looking for cheap entertainment, search…

It’s easy to look at the acres of empty seats in Florida and say no one cares about the Panthers. That’s not true, of course. The Panthers are celebrating their 20th anniversary this season, so they’ve obviously created fans along the way.Brian Skrudland, in particular, holds a special place in his heart for the organization. He was the Panthers’…

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Phil Varone prepared for the moment since he was 5, so he had enough time to plan his response. He was like many young Canadians who grew up stick-handling through imaginary opponents while fantasizing about the NHL. If he could play one game, just a single shift, his life would be complete.It was all kid stuff, a ridiculous childhood dream that came true Thursday after tw…

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Richard Sherman barely removed his helmet after the game Sunday night before going on a classic tirade in an interview with sideline reporter Erin Andrews. If you missed it, not to worry. It will be replayed about 267,000 times before the Super Bowl and again next year before the Seattle Seahawks play the San Francisco 49ers.By most accounts, Sherman is an intelligent guy.…

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Frank Reich didn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea. For a decade, he was immersed in spreading Christianity and making an impact on the lives of others. He took the steps to become a pastor before backing away in 2008. He didn’t lose faith or make a mistake or anything. He simply realized it wasn’t his calling. Reich will remain involved in ministry, ju…

Larry Bird was of sound mind but not sound body when he came to his senses and walked away from the NBA in 1992. He had back problems for years. His slow feet became slower at age 35. He had problems getting up and down the court and could no longer defend or create the way he did in his prime.It was frustrating for Bird, but his health didn’t force him into retirem…

Larry Bird was of sound mind but not sound body when he came to his senses and walked away from the NBA in 1992. He had back problems for years. His slow feet became slower at age 35. He had problems getting up and down the court and could no longer defend or create the way he did in his prime.It was frustrating for Bird, but his health didn’t force him into retireme…

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All right, so maybe it was a mild overstatement to proclaim that it’s all about the quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs.That certainly wasn’t the case on Saturday in the divisional round, when Seattle and New England won handily at home in difficult weather without needing heroic contributions from the men under center.The Seahawks and Patriots used old-fashioned…

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All right, so maybe it was a mild overstatement to proclaim that it’s all about the quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs.That certainly wasn’t the case on Saturday in the divisional round, when Seattle and New England won handily at home in difficult weather without needing heroic contributions from the men under center.The Seahawks and Patriots used old-fashioned …

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The NFL set a record for points in the 2013 season.Teams averaged 23.4 points a game, the most ever. Eleven teams scored 400 points or more, or at least 25 points a game. To put that in local perspective, the Bills have scored 400 or more points only six times in their history, the last time in 1998. Buffalo has averaged fewer than 23.4 points nine straight seasons.For th…