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by Andy Staples, 11/20/14
As NFL teams begin slipping out of playoff contention, we look ahead to the rebuilding process. Here are the top 50 prospects for the 2015 draft.

by Jon Heyman, 11/18/14
They seem intent on bringing the old gang back together. They already re-signed outfielder Chris Young, they've tried to bring back third baseman Chase Headley, and they've considered Chris Capuano. They also will make an effort to keep Robertson, the elite closer who along with set-up man Dellin Betances comprised the team's greatest strength in 2014.


Home Grown

by Sal Maiorana, Democrat and 11/20/14
No team in the National Football League has dealt with more inclement weather through the years than the Buffalo Bills.
But what is taking place this week in western New York is unprecedented, and its ravenous fury has put Sunday's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in peril.

from Buffalo News 11/20/14
The picture in Buffalo was not pretty. We had cost overruns in virtually every area of the stadium operation. As we soon would discover, there were some things going on within the organization that really were beyond the pale. Much of it had been concealed from the Detroit office.


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Mr. Hockey's Last Shift

by Bill Pucko, 11/17/14

He hailed from an era when everyone who was anyone in hockey had a great nickname. There was "Rocket" Richard, the "Golden Jet," and "Boom Boom" Geoffrion. Gordie Howe carried the moniker "Mr. Hockey." Simply stated. Right to the point.

The 86 year old Howe is fighting for his life this week. The family says his health is failing fast following a stroke.

But what a career he had. Howe first hit National Hockey League ice with the Detroit Red Wings as an 18 year old in 1946. Three years later he had the first of what would be a 22 year run of scoring 20 or more goals. He won four Stanley Cups in Detroit in the 50s. He was the NHL MVP Hart Trophy winner six times, and the league's leading scorer six seasons.

Gordie was tough too. Scoring a goal and an assist and getting into a fight in a game, became known as the Gordie Howe Hat Trick, even though he only had two such games in his long career.

Despite posting unprecedented numbers for his era, it was Howe's longevity that really separated him. Gordie played in the NHL in five different decades, from the 40s to the 80s. His best season scoring came as a 40 year old, when he had 44 goals and 103 points for the Wings.

Howe's first professional career ended in 1971. But he was lured back into the game two years later when the upstart World Hockey Association provided him the opportunity to play with his two sons, Mark and Marty in Houston. It wasn't just a publicity stunt. Howe was the MVP that first year. Mark was rookie of the year. Dad averaged 100 points his first three seasons in the WHA and together, the Howes won two league championships.

In 1978 at the age of 50, Gordie's playing career crossed paths with a 17 year old Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky, Gordie and Mark Howe played on a line together in the last WHA All Star game.

That league folded and Howe stayed on with the Hartford Whalers, who'd been admitted to the NHL along with Gretzky's Edmonton Oilers. Gordie played in all 80 games for Harford in 1979-80 as a 52 year old. He scored 15 goals. Gretzky scored 51, on his way to breaking most of Howe's scoring records.

The "Great One" as he came to be known, didn't take everything from Gordie Howe. There's still only one "Mr. Hockey."


from 5/21/14

Tyler Ennis' game likely would have benefited from another season or two in college, but as a possible lottery pick, he probably made the right decision from a financial standpoint.

from 5/20/14
Both Toronto and Minnesota jumped five places this week, with the Blue Jays continuing an impressive rise up the rankings. Toronto is the only team in the AL East with a positive run differential, thanks in large part to the division's best offense -- the Blue Jays have scored the third-most runs in the AL and lead the league in home runs.



by Brad Evans, 11/20/14
Featured in this space a couple weeks back, Kenny Stills is once again an undervalued receiver with top-30 potential.

by Michael Fabiano, 11/18/14
First it was Montee Ball. Then it was Ronnie Hillman. Now it's C.J. Anderson, who has played well in the absence of his injured teammates. While his rushing totals were modest, he put up a solid eight catches for 86 yards and still finished with double-digit fantasy points in a loss to the St. Louis Rams.