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5:09 am
Wed April 22, 2015

World Sledge Hockey Championship begins this weekend at HarborCenter

Western New York native Adam Page has won the gold before with Team USA.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Eight of the world's best sled hockey teams are in Buffalo looking to win a gold medal. The IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships include a rematch between the USA and Russia. 

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4:30 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Bills release 2015 schedule

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The Buffalo Bills will open their 2015 season with a pair of home games: Sunday, September 13, against the Indianapolis Colts, and Sunday, September 20, against the New England Patriots. The team is also scheduled to play in London on October 25 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Sports
10:52 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Eichel earns rave reviews after freshman year

Credit photo courtesy of Boston University website

While they may have "lost" to the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night in the NHL Draft Lottery, a game of chance that determined who would pick first in the approaching draft, one writer believes the Buffalo Sabres will do well by picking Jack Eichel of Boston University with the second overall pick.

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6:25 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Sabres draw second pick in NHL Draft

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The season is over for the Buffalo Sabres, but local hockey fans were glued to the television screen again this weekend.

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Buffalo Sabres
6:00 am
Thu April 16, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Mission accomplished?

Bill Hoppe (r.), a Sabres beat writer, is a regular contributor to WBFO.
Credit File photo

On the season finale of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's last place finish and what it will mean for this weekend's draft lottery, the firing of head coach Ted Nolan and some possible coaching candidates, and we look back on a strange season where the goal appeared to be short-term pain for long-term gain.

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Sports
4:35 am
Tue April 14, 2015

New UB coach Oats hoping to make a name for himself

UB's new head basketball coach Nate Oats addressed the media Monday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

UB's new men's basketball coach, Nate Oats, admits he's a no-name coach but he believes he's inheriting a strong program that is poised to be build upon one of the best seasons in school history.

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Sports
5:04 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Sabres fire head coach Ted Nolan

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray fired Head Coach Ted Nolan on Sunday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The day after the Sabres finished last in the National Hockey League for a second straight year, head coach Ted Nolan paid the price by being fired from the rebuilding hockey team.

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Sports
1:25 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

Oats named head of UB men's basketball

UB Men's Basketball Assistant Coach Nate Oats
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The University at Buffalo has named Assistant Head Coach Nate Oats to the position of Head Coach of the UB Bulls Men's Basketball team.

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UB Hurley Reax
2:35 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

UB campus reacts to Hurley's departure

A mural on one of the walls within the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena features now former men's basketball coach Bobby Hurley (at left), who has accepted a similar position at Arizona State University. This past season, Hurley led the Bulls to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Credit Photo by Michael Mroziak

As the University at Buffalo begins its search for a new men's head basketball coach, those who follow the Bulls are coming to terms with the departure of Bobby Hurley, who stayed with the program for only two years but led the team to historic success.

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Sports
1:37 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Hurley departs: What's next for UB basketball?

Paul Gotham chats with Bobby Hurley
Credit Courtesy of Paul Gotham Twitter Feed

As Arizona State University introduces Bobby Hurley as its new head basketball coach Friday, the University at Buffalo is already searching for Hurley's replacement.

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5:13 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Bobby Hurley leaving UB for Arizona State

Coach Bobby Hurley with his players in March as they watched the NCAA Selection Show, which announced the school's first appearance in the the national tournament.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Less than a month after leading UB to its first appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament, head coach Bobby Hurley is leaving to take the head job at Arizona State.

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Buffalo Bisons
1:00 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Bills' Ryan speaks praises of Buffalo at Bisons opener

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan (left) and Buffalo mayor Byron Brown (far right) chat with members of the Buffalo Bisons prior to the pregame ceremonies of the baseball team's season opener Thursday afternoon in downtown Buffalo.
Credit Photo by Michael Mroziak/WBFO News

It was the Buffalo Bisons' day to celebrate, as the minor league baseball team opened its 2015 International League season by hosting Rochester Thursday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field. Helping them celebrate was Buffalo's new football coach.


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Behind The Bench
6:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Two games left

On this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what the last two games of the season will mean in the closely-watched race for 30th place. Bill also reviews Monday's win against Carolina and talks about the positive impact captain Brian Gionta has had on the last-place club.

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Behind The Bench
6:00 am
Thu April 2, 2015

'Behind The Bench': The race for 30th

Draft prospect Connor McDavid has scored 44 goals and tallied 120 points in 47 games with the Erie Otters this season.
Credit ontariohockeyleague.com

On this week's edition of WBFO's 'Behind The Bench,' Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about where the team stands in the closely-watched race for last place in the NHL, a position that will allow that team to draft one of two much-hyped prospects.

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8:26 am
Fri March 27, 2015

An insider's look at Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid is expected to be a top draft pick this year
Credit Courtesy WJET24, Erie, Pa

Thursday night's overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes leaves the Sabres six points behind the Coyotes with just a couple of weeks left in the season. The team that finds themselves at the very bottom of the standings when the season is over is guaranteed no worse than the second overall draft choice, meaning the Sabres could land super-prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. McDavid is currently the captain of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. Eichel is presently a center at Boston University. Both are viewed as franchise players.

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Sports
7:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

'Behind The Bench': The philosophy behind losing

Bill Hoppe's photo of Sabres practice earlier in the week of Cody McCormick.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed.

Two of the worst teams in the National Hockey League play in Buffalo Thursday night. The Sabres take on Arizona at First Niagara Center.  In this week's edition of Behind the Bench, Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley it should be an interesting matchup.

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Sports
4:45 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Bisons prepared for approaching season

The Bisons showed off some of the new food items coming to Coca-Cola Field.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Baseball fans have two more weeks to wait for the 130th season of professional baseball in Buffalo. As a sign that first pitch is warming up, the Coca-Cola Field grass was cut for the first time Wednesday.

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Sports
4:50 am
Tue March 24, 2015

UB welcomes back its winning basketball teams

UB Men's Basketball Coach Bobby Hurley and his team enjoy the moment Monday at Alumni Arena
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

UB's men's and women's basketball teams finished their seasons early in the post-season tournaments but that didn't stop the party Monday in Alumni Arena.

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Sports
3:47 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

NFL to lift blackout rules for 2015 season

Outside Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The NFL announced Monday that it will suspend the long-standing local blackout policy for the 2015 season. The league said it will “re-evaluate” the rule after the season. 

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Sports
8:26 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Concussion concerns cause hockey league to ban body checks

Checking is allowed at the Bantam Level for boys teams in Western New York, at least one league in Canada is considering a ban on checking.
Credit WBFO Photo

It's something that many hope could lead to a gradual and fundamental change in Canada's national sport: Canada's largest minor hockey league is phasing out body checking at the Bantam level. The move is being made in the face of growing medical evidence about concussions.

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7:00 am
Thu March 19, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Sabres keep trying

Sabres goalie Anders Lindback.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed.

The Buffalo Sabres return to the ice tomorrow night after a successful shootout earlier this week against Boston.  In this week's edition of 'Behind the Bench' Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe tells WBFO'S Eileen Buckley the team is not giving up despite a difficult season.

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9:14 am
Thu March 12, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Teams future needs

Sabres practice from March 10th.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed

The Buffalo Sabres lost in a 4-3 shootout Wednesday night against the Maple Leafs in Toronto. As the team continues plowing through the rest of the season, they've been dealing with changes on the ice and plenty of injuries.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley speaks with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe in this week's edition of 'Behind the Bench'. 

Sabres recall Hackett
2:28 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Sabres recall Hackett, re-assign Grigorenko and Makarov

Matt Hackett, Goaltender
Credit Buffalo Sabres / WBFO News

The Buffalo Sabres recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from the Rochester Americans, on Saturday.

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7:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Sabres trade deadline deals

Sabres practice at Harborcenter Wednesday.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed.

The NHL trade deadline was somewhat of a distraction for some members of the Buffalo Sabres.  In this week's 'Behind the Bench', WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh speaking with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe.

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2:09 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Buffalo Bills acquire Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel

Minnesota Vikings to acquire QB Matt Cassel
Credit Photo from Minnesota Vikings website

The Buffalo Bills announced the team has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings to acquire Quarterback Matt Cassel and an undisclosed draft choice in exchange for undisclosed draft choices.

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8:59 am
Thu February 26, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Sabres injuries after high scoring win

Past Sabres game at First Niagara.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Sabres face-off at First Niagara Arena Thursday night fresh off a big win Tuesday.  This week on Behind the Bench, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh speaking with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe. Hoppe said some injuries could be the next big problem for the team.

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9:54 am
Thu February 19, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Sabres post-trade

Sabres game.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Sabres are back on the road Thursday night after losing Tuesday.  This week on Behind the Bench, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh to speak with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe about what the team needs to do for a win.

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Ryan calls QB first priority; defends Incognito
4:18 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Ryan calls QB first priority; defends choice of Incognito

Rex Ryan at the NFL Combine
Credit Buffalo Bills / WBFO News

At the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Buffalo Bills Head Coach, Rex Ryan spoke about the team’s main concern, and defended the choice to add Richie Incognito to the lineup.

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Former Sabre, Montador, dead at 35
5:09 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Former Sabre, Montador, dead at 35

Steve Montador, former Buffalo Sabres defenseman
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Former Buffalo Sabres defenseman, Steve Montador, has died at age 35.

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Behind The Bench
6:00 am
Thu February 12, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Breaking down the big trade

Winger Evander Kane is one of the newest members of the Buffalo Sabres.
Credit nhl.com

On this week's edition of 'Behind The Bench," Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe shares his thoughts on a busy day at First Niagara Center which saw some familiar faces traded away.

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