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When the news first broke Monday morning, it was a stunner. It seemed like Michigan was going to be the last stop on John Beilein's long and winding coaching road. At age 66, he was the program's winningest head coach with 278 wins – more than the likes of Maize and Blue legends Johnny Orr, Bill Frieder and Steve Fisher. He had job security. He had money. He also had he…

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Former St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams wasn’t selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft but found a landing spot less than 24 hours later. The 2018 co-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year signed a two-way contract with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. Two-way contracts, first introduced by the league last season, allow players to spend up to 45 days with the NBA franchise. Once a playe…

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This is not the first time I wished I could still make the call. For the last few days, as the nation debated and agonized over the question of what defines respect for the national anthem and the flag, as the president said the issue threatens the future of the National Football League, I kept thinking of the powerful stories, easy laugh and intense presence of Earl Lloyd…

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For a Buffalo basketball pioneer, it's one Hall of Fame down .... The big one yet to go. Leo Ferris, whose Buffalo Bisons of 1946 are now the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks, was named last week to the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame. For family members of Ferris, who went on from Buffalo to become a founder of the NBA, the significance went beyo…

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Maybe it's appropriate. In a week when the firing of yet another Buffalo Bills head football coach leaves the Western New York sports world in a tumult, we also commemorate the anniversary of an almost forgotten tale of Buffalo sports disappointment. In this case, the bad news was delivered on what’s supposed to be the most joyous day of the year. The Atlanta Hawks were b…

TORONTO -- Paul George boldly proclaimed in September he could be the NBA's most valuable player this season. "Sure, OK," people said in patronizing tones. George still hadn't proven he was back from a ghastly compound leg fracture. And besides, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who immolates on a nightly basis, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James autom…

TORONTO -- Could professional basketball be coming back to Buffalo? NBA Commissioner Adam Silver noted Saturday night aggressive expansion is planned for the NBA Development League. Buffalo could be a fit for NBA's official minor-league system. Maybe the Pegula Sports and Entertainment portfolio has room to grow. Large arenas aren't required. In the past, the University…