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So much of the attention around the new look of the Buffalo Sabres is going to be spent on speed and offense. Can Jack Eichel become an MVP-caliber player? Can Sam Reinhart become a 30-goal man for the first time? How many points does Casey Mittelstadt pile up? How many goals for newcomers Jeff Skinner and Conor Sheary, or in a potential bounce-back season for Kyle Okpo…

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(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox.  Mookie's grand slam off 13-pitch AB vs. Jays' Happ was great theater. (2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABnabalDzIk 2. New York Yankees.  They're going to have to get another starter to survive in October.  (1) 3. Houston Astros.  Demoted closer Giles to Triple-A after he cursed…

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The Stanley Cup final may be over but there was no shortage of topics to discuss Monday morning as I chatted with Gord Stellick on Sirius XM's "Hockey This Morning" on NHL Network Radio. Talking points included the Caps finally getting over the Pittsburgh curse – and just skating by Game 3 in Columbus when it all could have fallen apart in the first round – as well as t…

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(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. New York Yankees.  Current pace is 113 wins -- and a struggle just to win AL East. (1) 2. Boston Red Sox. On pace for 109 wins and a tough wild-card game against an AL West foe.(2) 3. Seattle Mariners. Runaway MLB leader in one-run wins with 20, a streak that can't last. (6) 4. Houston Astros. Alt…

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(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. New York Yankees. With Torres leading the way, hit three homers in five straight games for first time in franchise history. (1) 2. Boston Red Sox. Said stunning goodbye to struggling Hanley. (2) 3. Houston Astros. Allowed just 126 runs through first 50 games, fewest in Live Ball era to 1920. (3) 4…

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(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. New York Yankees.  After first 17-1 burst since 1953, suffered first back-to-back losses since early April. (6) 2. Boston Red Sox.  Didn't close the deal for dominant Sale in Toronto. (1) 3. Houston Astros. Altuve on pace for 211 hits. (2) 4. Arizona Diamondbacks. Just 27 runs in going 4-6 thus fa…

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Torey Lovullo's team started ultra-fast and looked like the favorite in the National League. Dave Roberts' team was injury riddled and looking like it was dealing with a serious World Series hangover. Then came some oddly-timed bravado from Roberts. Maybe the fortunes of the two NL West managers who are Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famers are going in different directions. …

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(Through Thursday's games. Season-opening rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox. Massive start for Cora in first year as skipper. (6) 2. Houston Astros. Repeat Road very smooth: Plus-58 run differential. (1) 3. Arizona Diamondbacks. Lovullo already at work on second straight Manager of the Year nod.  (9) 4, Los Angeles Angels. Trout with 10 home runs in th…

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It's been an absurd hockey season in KeyBank Center. There are two games left for the Sabres, both on the road in Florida. Most fans in Buffalo probably want these guys to finish in Siberia rather than under the sun. The home schedule ended Wednesday night against Ottawa. We should all be thankful. The 4-2 loss to the Senators in the home finale left the Sabres 11-25…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Nashville Predators.  Franchise record point streak snapped at 15 (14-0-1) in home thrashing by Leafs. (1) 2. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Already set team mark for goals in a season (265) during 7-6 win over Islanders. (2) 3. Boston Bruins.  Chara pays homage to Orr on Instagram in advance of No. 4's 70th b…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Nashville Predators.  Stanley Cup favorite hits town here Monday night on 13-0-1 rush to the finish. (2) 2. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Concern growing that Vasilevskiy may be wearing down. (1) 3. Boston Bruins.  Just about locked into home ice vs. Leafs but can they catch Bolts? (4) 4. Vegas Golden Knig…

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The Vegas Golden Knights long ago stopped being a curiosity. They're a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, an incredible tale of hockey history unfolding before our eyes. It's really unfathomable what's going on with the NHL's newest team. But hanging around this crew the last two days, the secret to their success is a two-by-two approach. Two points after two points. Any…

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to the playoffs for the second straight year and that's enough to rile Sabres fans, be they ardent or casual. The issue this season is what happens once they get there. Under the NHL's bogus divisional playoff format, the Leafs are almost certainly going to play the Tampa Bay Lightning or Boston Bruins in the first round. That makes the…

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The Buffalo News sports department won the Triple Crown and three individual awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors during judging in St. Petersburg, Fla. The News placed in the top 10 in daily section, Sunday section and sports website for newspapers with circulation of 75,001 to 150,000. To earn a Triple Crown, news organizations must be in the top 10 in thre…

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Through Thursday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Sensational OT goal by ex-Griff Conacher is the winner in Dallas. (2)  2. Nashville Predators.  Moved atop West after outscoring foes, 29-12, in six-game winning streak. (3) 3. Vegas Golden Knights.  Swept by Kings in home-and-home for first two-game skid in more than five …