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Quite a tease, the Sabres. They win three in a row to draw close to a playoff spot, then lose three straight, including back-to-back losses to the worst teams in the league. But all we heard was how the poor Sabres had to play at high altitude in Denver the first game back from the bye. True, the bye has hurt teams. That doesn't explain the third-period collapse in Ariz…

Tim Murray had an easy time immediately after he was named Sabres general manager in 2014 because he was taking over a team in ruins. His job called for making a terrible team worse and rebuilding the Sabres from scratch with the idea they would be better in the long run. Murray continued dismantling the roster and made sure the Sabres finished in last with a series of …

With five final words to her husband, she stayed true to her selfless spirit until drawing her last breath. John McFall is convinced his wife, Andrea, knew she was in trouble, that her organs were shutting down and the end was near, when the medical staff whisked her to the operating room. “Tell them I love them,” she said. McFall had been with his wife since the…

The decision would have been much easier when the calendar flipped to December and Evander Kane’s scoring slump reached a dozen games. He was an unproductive winger with a troubled past, making him trade bait assuming the Sabres could find a team foolish enough to take him. In truth, they had no better option. Kane’s stock had reached an all-time low after he was ch…

Several days have passed since former WNBA star Candice Wiggins revealed she was targeted by other players for being openly heterosexual (and popular) during her career. She claimed she was bullied by players who enforced different rules for her in an effort to get her to conform. Wiggins’ accusations ran Monday in the San Diego Union-Tribune. She stood by her comment…

When basketball coach Mark Gottfried was fired last Thursday by North Carolina State, he did something uncommon in sports: He continued coaching the team. The university granted his request to finish the season when he easily could have collected his $2.5 million and hit the bricks. “I don’t want to quit on my players,” Gottfried told reporters in Raleigh. “I th…

Anthony Davis scored 52 points Sunday in the NBA All-Star Game, obliterating Wilt Chamberlain’s record (42) set in 1962. Headlines blared about his “record-setting” and “history-making” performance. Indeed, the facts show he had 18 dunks against the best players in the league. The reality: Davis would have had more resistance against some seventh-grade team in…

The breaking point came Jan. 16, two days after UB coach Nate Oats delivered a blistering assessment of his team following an embarrassing loss at home to Ball State. Oats wasn’t alone in his frustration. Blake Hamilton was beyond exasperated before taking matters into his own hands. Hamilton was seeing his senior year fade away when he rapped on his coach’s door at…

Anthony Johnson remembered the first time he saw Daniel Cormier. He was watching the 2001 NCAA wrestling championships on television when Cormier lost to Cael Sanderson. Sanderson had a 159-0 record with four national titles at Iowa State before winning the gold medal in the 2004 Olympics. If Cormier didn’t gain Johnson’s respect in defeat against the greatest colle…

Column as I see 'em: The Connecticut women's basketball team won its 100th consecutive game early this week, beating sixth-ranked South Carolina, 66-55, in what qualifies as a nail-biter by the lofty standards of Geno Auriemma's remarkable program. Do you know how many of those 100 victories were decided by single digits? Two. That includes a couple of six-game runs …

You have to love the Mailbag. It's fun, it's provocative, and sometimes it's downright enlightening. Sure, there are some mean souls and vicious trolls out there on Twitter and email. I'll admit, I'm an easy man to despise. But a lot of the feedback I get from readers is brilliant. A good Mailbag question informs and entertains. It makes everyone around it better, like …

On consecutive Tuesdays, two veteran NHL head coaches lost their jobs. On Feb. 7, the Bruins fired Claude Julien. One week later, on Valentine's Day, the Canadiens whacked Michel Therrien -- and replaced him with Julien. Montreal is leading the Atlantic, six points ahead of Boston. The Bruins are six ahead of the Sabres in the division. This cannot be reassuring to Buf…

The question has been asked from Buffalo bar stools to high offices of the NFL: Are the Bills keeping Tyrod Taylor? So far, nobody has come up with a definitive answer with the deadline less than four weeks away. The decision, once final, will provide insight into a bigger question: What’s their goal? If making the playoffs is the objective after a 17-year drought, th…

The Bills haven't made the playoffs since Doug Whaley officially took over for Buddy Nix as general manager in May of 2013. But it's not for lack of spending. According to ESPN statistics, the Bills are seventh from the bottom of the NFL in available money under the salary cap. They have a bloated, top-heavy salary structure, the kind you'd expect from a team that had m…

I've had Feb. 14 circled on my calendar since late November. I always look forward to that special day, one that reminds us of the coming spring and the romance of youth. I'm talking, of course, about the day when MLB pitchers and catchers officially report to spring training. I feel younger in baseball season, more connected to a simpler time. For me, it's still the na…