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Roy, Ruff deny rumor of Connolly getting punched

Acting to end a rumor that began in the world that is Twitter, Sabres forward Derek Roy and coach Lindy Ruff denied today that a welt under Tim Connolly's eye came from a Roy punch Sunday night at Ryan Miller's "Catwalk for Charity."

"I didn’t do anything to him," Roy said. "Trust me. I would not hit a teammate at a charity event, that’s for sure. I’m the last guy in this dressing room, if you ask anybody, who would do anything like that.

"I heard it about it this morning. I’m just upset about it because I didn’t do anything. I don’t know who would smear my name like that. I didn’t do anything.

"Nothing happened. It was obviously a rumor. I don’t know who would make that stuff up. If you want to know what happened, ask him."

Connolly, who also has a groin injury, was not at practice today in HSBC Arena.

"Derek did not touch Tim Connolly," Ruff said. "What happened was [Connolly] had an incident that was related to something that he was going to perform at the charity event. It’s fairly funny. If he wants to tell you, he can go ahead. It has nothing to do with fighting. It has something to do with what he was trying to practice for part of the program, and he wasn’t very good at it, obviously."

The Roy-Connolly story began Monday night with "rumors all over Twitter." After putting on hip waders, rubber gloves, a gas mask and taking an anti-vomit pill, I ventured to the God-forsaken site and discovered what I expected to discover: One person posted the rumor, and a lot of other people copied and/or linked to the one comment, making it look like more than one person actually had an original thought.

If they had a thought, it should have been to go outside and enjoy the world rather than sit and stare at a computer screen.

---John Vogl

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