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Another key injury has hit the Buffalo Sabres early in the 2016-17 campaign. Just days after star forward Jack Eichel went down, Evander Kane suffered an injury in the season opener that will sideline him for several weeks. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about that and the team's first three games on this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench.

The Buffalo Bills blew out the San Francisco 49ers, 45-16, Sunday at New Era Field, extending their winning streak to four, the team's longest since 2008. Analyst Matt Sabuda says there was a lot to like, including the behavior of fans while controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the National Anthem.

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LeSean McCoy scored three times and the Buffalo Bills extended their winning streak to four with a 45-16 victory over San Francisco and new starter Colin Kaepernick Sunday.

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A group of local racial justice activists rallied in support of San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick at Sunday's Buffalo Bills-49ers game.

After starting the season with two losses, an air of desperation surrounded the Buffalo Bills. That spirit has changed dramatically. Analyst Matt Sabuda says after three straight wins, the Bills should expect to win on Sunday against the struggling San Francisco 49ers.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Sabres hosted a packed and happy Party on the Plaza Thursday night. That mood shifted considerably after the home team lost its opening game to the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Buffalo Sabres open their 2016-2017 National Hockey League regular season tonight at home against Montreal in the recently-renamed KeyBank Center. That's just one of several changes fans will notice when they arrive.

The Buffalo Sabres open the 2016-2017 season Thursday night with a game against the Montreal Canadiens at KeyBank Center. But the team was dealt a major blow on Wednesday when young star Jack Eichel suffered a high-ankle sprain at practice. No timetable has been set for his return, but Eichel is expected to miss several weeks. WBFO's Omar Fetouh talked about the injury and the new season with Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe on the season premiere of Behind The Bench.

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Buffalo Sabres star forward Jack Eichel suffered an ankle injury in practice Wednesday morning and had to be helped off the ice.


The Buffalo Bills defeated the Los Angeles Rams on the road yesterday, 30-19, for their third straight win. Despite the impressive result, commentator Matt Sabuda is not convinced the Bills are a playoff team.


The National Women’s Hockey League is opening its second season in Buffalo this weekend with an unprecedented trio of games featuring all four of its franchises.

Over the last 15 years, winning has been the norm for the New England Patriots, who have been especially dominant on their home turf. On Sunday, the story changed dramatically as the Bills  beat the Patriots, 16-0, at Gillette Stadium. "I don't want to hear the Patriots were without Tom Brady as an excuse. They were still a three-and-oh team and are likely the team to beat in the AFC,"  analyst Matt Sabuda said. "And yesterday, the Bills beat them."

According to a report by ESPN's Adam Shefter, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins will travel to North Carolina this week for a consultation with a doctor who is expected to recommend that he have a second surgery on his foot, effectively ending his season.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While most local hockey fans are eagerly awaiting the start of the Buffalo Sabres' new season, an annual hockey event continues today inside HarborCenter. Scouts from college and professional hockey teams have come to Buffalo. What's happening there attracts as many as 200 scouts who come to look at prospects, playing under the same roof. 

Slow Roll Buffalo

Olympic Silver Medalist Nelson Vails will be leading this evening's "Slow Roll" in Buffalo.

LeSean McCoy scored twice and safety Aaron Williams returned a botched field-goal snap 53 yards for a touchdown in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 33-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. "It was one of those days when everything, and I mean everything, came together for a Bills win," said analyst Matt Sabuda during WBFO's Beyond the Playbook.

LeSean McCoy scored twice and safety Aaron Williams returned a botched field-goal snap 53 yards for a touchdown in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 33-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.  Buffalo City Hall was lit up red, white and blue overnight in honor of the team's first win of the season.

"I have to say that this is the earliest I can remember Bills fans being so distraught over the state and prospects for the team," said analyst Matt Sabuda during WBFO's Beyond the Playbook. He's troubled by the strange timing of the dismissal of offensive coordinator Greg Roman and the team's poor showing on defense.

Buffalo Sabres alum Richie Dunn dead at 59

Sep 21, 2016
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Buffalo Sabres alumni Richie Dunn has died. He was 59 years old.

The Buffalo Bills have fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman. The team announced the move in an email released on Friday, a day after Buffalo fell to 0-2 following a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets.

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Will coverage of Buffalo Bills games be focused on the exploits of players on the field, or on drunken fans in the parking lots outside the stadium this season? Tonight's home-opener against the New York Jets is an opportunity to find out.

Bills lose 13-7 to Ravens in season opener

Sep 11, 2016
Buffalo Bills

The Baltimore Ravens used a touchdown pass by Joe Flacco, two field goals and a throwback defensive performance to beat the Buffalo Bills 13-7 on Sunday in their season opener. Buffalo's home opener is on Thursday evening.

Pro golf tour event coming to Fort Erie, Ontario

Sep 2, 2016

Western New York golf fans have an opportunity to attend a pro golf tournament just across the border, when Cherry Hill Golf Club in Fort Erie hosts an event that was a late addition this summer to the Mackenzie Tour PGA Tour Canada schedule.

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As the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero came to a close Sunday, Western New York athletes could be proud of the impact they made.

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For the second week in a row, a Buffalo Bills pre-season game was overshadowed by off-the-field developments.

Karlos Williams

Two hours before the kickoff of today's preseason game against the New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills announced they have released running back Karlos Williams. An hour later, they announced that defensive tackle Marcel Dareus is entering a rehabilitation facility.

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The Buffalo Bills will formally unveil the new name of Ralph Wilson Stadium Thursday morning. Starting this season, the Orchard Park facility will be known as New Era Field.

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A Western New York native will compete Tuesday with the hopes of winning a medal at the Olympic Games in Rio. Anita Alvarez and her partner will compete in synchronized swimming. Among those who will watch closely is Alvarez's mother, who coaches a local synchronized swimming team.

Buffalo's Regan brings home rowing gold from Rio

Aug 15, 2016
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Buffalo's Emily Regan and her "unbeatable eight" U.S. women's rowing team finished more than two seconds ahead of Great Britain to win gold in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.

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Could it be a preview of what is to come in Rio? The U.S. synchronized swimming duet of Kenmore native Anita Alvarez and Mariya Koroleva found itself on the podium once again Friday - and this time it was on the top step.