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Horse Racing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Serengeti Empress overcame an outside post and held off a late closing Liora to win the $1.25 million Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks in front of a crowd of 105,719 at Churchill Downs. The Alternation filly overcame the No. 13 post and the challenge through the lane from the Wayne Catalano-trained filly by 1 3/4-lengths to capture the $705,520 first place purse.…

Horse Racing

The real awards happen in January when the Eclipse Awards are dished out at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Some fake ones will happen a week or two before that when the annual Beemies are doled out. These are neither of those, but some of the horses, tracks, trainers and owners that made an impact during my travels during the past year. Best Track Visit. Ok, so…

Bills

The numbers ultimately led to the retirement of the number. Thurman Thomas generated amazing statistics during 13 NFL seasons, all but one spent with the Buffalo Bills. There were his 12,074 rushing yards, his 4.2 yards per carry, his 65 rushing touchdowns, his 472 receptions, his 4,458 receiving yards and his 23 receiving touchdowns. Thanks to that production, the B…

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Russ Brandon resigned this week from his position as the president and managing partner of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, which oversees the Bills and Sabres, Tim Graham reported Tuesday. Brandon's resignation follows an internal investigation into allegations of inappropriate relationships with female employees. Brandon, who began his career with the Bills as executi…

Horse Racing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Trainer Tom Amoss trained horses for the late Bills owner Ralph Wilson for 10 years. On Saturday the 56-year-old conditioner will be looking to provide another NFL owner with a chance to win the Kentucky Derby. The win would have significant meaning for New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson of GMB Racing on the First Saturday in May. Amoss and D…

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Four years and one day later, Russ Brandon stood Monday at the very same patch of carpet upon which his bucking knees somehow kept him upright. Here, outside the Plaza Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando, is where he announced to the world Ralph Wilson had died. "For us to be standing in the exact spot," Brandon said Monday, "is quite su…

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LAS VEGAS – After seven seasons, O.J. Simpson was done with pro football. The NFL's greatest running back had toiled enough with the Buffalo Bills, played long enough to earn a pension and was ready to retire if not traded. He was convinced owner Ralph Wilson was more smitten with filling Rich Stadium than fielding a contender that would raise the payroll. Simpson en…

Bills

LAS VEGAS — The dishwasher was chirping, and he couldn't figure out how to turn it off. The thermostat was a mystery. A freshly discovered leak dripped from a large stain in the garage ceiling, and he couldn't locate the cause. He hunched as he moved around the house, smoothly but with a shuffle more than a glide. Reading glasses perched on his salt-and-pepper head. He …

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Jon Bon Jovi wouldn't have moved the Buffalo Bills, was going to buy a home in Western New York and pretty much would abandon his music career, but instead he slipped into a depression partly because he failed to buy the team in 2014. Those were revelations Bon Jovi made Wednesday morning to radio host Howard Stern. The interview was the first time Bon Jovi has spoken a…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Like a TV dad that walks into the kitchen to confab with his family about the coming day, Doug Marrone casually took his place behind the lectern for Thursday's news conference with a ceramic coffee mug that read #ForeverTeal. In a baggy Jacksonville Jaguars sweatshirt, he answered questions about Sunday's playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at E…

Analysis

Trust the process, they said. This time will be different, they said. I'm not ready to say Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane aren't advancing the cause, but they've fielded a team that's performing as woefully as any of the franchise's previous incarnations. Forget the .500 record. Buffalo over the past three games has been poor …

Bills

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Doug Marrone turned on a theatrical smile, crouched for added effect and would have been flashing full-fledged jazz hands had he merely wiggled his wrists. "I'm a believer!" Marrone beamed from his ta-da pose. "I'm a believer!" The Jacksonville Jaguars coach had been asked what a change of scenery could mean for his newest player, defensive tackl…

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What pills these new Buffalo general managers are. They sat in front of the cameras and droned on about infrastructure and collaboration and character and the process and my goodness ... When will one of these guys make a trade already? The Pegulas apparently have forsaken entertainment and are out to bore us. At introductory news conferences Thursday and Friday, we …