Breaking down the start of the Sabres' season:
January 25, 2013 - 2:04 PM
Breaking down the start of the Sabres' season:
January 25, 2013 - 11:59 AM
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January 24, 2013 - 2:31 PM
The Bills' new offensive line coach ought to be a favorite in South Buffalo. Pat Morris, an Irishman through and through, is a big fan of St. Patrick's Day. In fact, when he was the offensive line coach for the Lions, Morris had a clause in his contract that guaranteed him St. Paddy's Day off -- with the stipulation that he wouldn't have to resume work before noon the next day.
Morris revealed Thursday that there was no such arrangement with the Bills' new head coach, Doug Marrone.
"No, Doug didn't want to put St. Patrick's Day in my contract," Morris said with a laugh. "I didn't ask."
That doesn't mean Morris, who traces his roots to County Mayo, won't honor his favorite holiday. He has every intention of celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Knowing how hard NFL coaches work, he'll probably need a break a couple of months from now. Marrone is half-Irish on both his parents' side, so he's not likely to stand in the way of his O line coach.
"I'm in charge of the itinerary," Morris said. "I know that. I think it's on a Sunday this year. You can help me out with some of the places I need to go."
Morris asked if there was a St. Paddy's Day parade in Buffalo. I told him not to worry about that. There's a parade every year down Delaware Avenue every year. But my sources at South Park High recommend the Old Neighborhood Parade in South Buffalo.
He was right. It is on Sunday this year. Maybe I'll be Pat's host. If so, I'll have to put in with the editor for March 17 off -- straight through to noon on Monday.
January 23, 2013 - 12:37 PM
Sloane Stephens, who upset Serena Williams on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, is the daughter of the late John Stephens, who was named the NFL's offensive rookie of the year as a running back for the New England Patriots in 1988. Her dad played seven seasons in the NFL, but never approached his form of '88, when he rushed for 1,168 yards and 4 TDs on 297 carries.
Stephens, the world's 25th ranked women's tennis player, was born in Plantation, Fla. Her mother, Sybil Smith, swam at Boston University. In 1988, the same year John Stephens was an NFL rookie, Smith became the first African-American woman to earn Division I first-team all-American honors. John Stephens died in an auto accident in September of 2009.
Sloane's parents divorced when she was very young. According to news reports, Sloane had met her father just a few times. According to a New York Times story, John and his daughter began to correspond by phone after he learned he had a degenerative bone disease. The Times story also revealed that John had twice been arrested on sexual assault charges and pleaded guilty to rape in 1994.
Oh, you can add John Stephens to the list of running backs who had their breakthrough game or career high against the Bills. Stephens' first 100-yard game came in a loss to the Bills at Rich Stadium in October of '88, when he rushed 25 times for 134 yards. It was the biggest rushing day of his career.
January 18, 2013 - 1:00 PM
On the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax:
January 18, 2013 - 12:19 PM
January 18, 2013 - 11:53 AM
There was much justified celebration of LeBron James when he passed the 20,000-point and 5,000-assist barriers on the same night against Golden State earlier this week. It's an amazing feat, especially when you consider that James is still only 28. He's two-thirds of the way to 30,000 points and 7,500 assists. No player in NBA history has reached both of those milestones. He should be a lock to do it.
But what's equally remarkable is that James is still getting better. Statistically, he is having the best season of his 10-year NBA career -- and remember, he won a league championship and an MVP last season.
James is shooting 55.0 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from three-point range, which would be career highs in both. He is averaging a career-high 8.1 rebounds. His turnovers per game (2.8) are also a career low.
These are only numbers, of course. But if James wins another championship or two, he will be in the discussion for best ever.
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