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The NHL conducts its annual draft lottery Saturday evening. Last year at this time, Buffalo Sabres fans were eagerly awaiting whether the team would draw the first or second overall pick in a draft that included two consensus "franchise players." That followed months of anticipation in what many observers called a "tank," — setting the team up to fail in the short-term in order to secure a cornerstone player.

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With the 19th pick in the NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected Shaq Lawson, All-American defensive end out of Clemson University. While the team will likely look for more defensive help, Dan Lavoie of Buffalo Rumblings.com expects the team to select a quarterback before the draft is finished.


Bills likely to think defense at 2016 NFL Draft

Apr 28, 2016

Pro football fans will be watching closely as National Football League clubs choose their first round picks in the 2016 draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday. WBFO asked its resident football analyst about where the Buffalo Bills may go with their scheduled picks.


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The Buffalo Bills have released their 2016 regular season schedule. It opens Sunday, September 11, with the Bills taking on Head Coach Rex Ryan's former team, the Baltimore Ravens, including former teammates Joe Flacco and Tyrod Taylor, in Baltimore.

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Governor Cuomo says the economics that go with professional mixed martial arts can be a knockout for New York's economy. Joined by Ultimate Fighting Championship ex-champions Ronda Rousey and Chris Weidman, Cuomo signed legislation officially ending the state's ban on the sport.

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The Buffalo Bisons play their home opener Thursday afternoon and fans attending the game will notice some new additions at Coca-Cola Field. The organization says it is committed to enhancing the fan experience, but will they knock it out of the park? WBFO’s Ryan Beiter has a preview.


On the season finale of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe recaps the recently-concluded 2015-16 season, a year that saw the team show a marked improvement on the ice. Bill talks about phenom Jack Eichel's rookie campaign, players who took their game to the next level and the club's needs heading into the offseason.

UB athletics restores "Buffalo" as main branding theme

Apr 12, 2016
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Say goodbye to the "New York" centered scheme which University at Buffalo athletes have worn for the past three years. Beginning next fall, the Bulls are putting the "Buffalo" back in UB.

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While 16 NHL teams are getting ready for the playoffs, the Buffalo Sabres are looking ahead to next year after missing the post-season for the fifth straight year. Still, General Manager Tim Murray carried an optimistic tone into Monday's season-ending press conference.

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Paige Harrington is the first player to sign a contract with the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-2017 season.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's late-season success, which has them within one game of a .500 record, and previews what to expect in the final two games of the 2015-16 campaign.


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Switch hitters aren't uncommon in baseball but switch pitchers are very rare. In fact, the rules have been changed Pat Venditte, the Buffalo Bisons pitcher who will need to inform the batter which hand he will use.


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Philadelphia's district attorney will not charge Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy in connection with a February nightclub brawl.

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When it comes to statewide popularity among New York sports fans, the Buffalo Bills don’t hold a candle to the Yankees or the Mets. That’s according to a new survey from the Siena Research Institute, whose latest poll shows the Yankees continue to be the most popular team in the state.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the promising debuts of newly-signed Hudson Fasching and Casey Nelson and how this week's losses to Pittsburgh and Detroit show the team is still a work in progress.


It has been nearly two years to the day since the New Stadium Working Group met for the first time. It was highly touted following the death of former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson as a way of keeping the team in Buffalo.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday night's comeback win in Carolina, the improvements the team has shown in the second half and the upcoming debut of one of the organization's top prospects.


On this week's edition of WBFO'S Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Wednesday's overtime loss to Montreal, the return of injured forward Ryan O'Reilly and head coach Dan Bylsma's propensity for shuffling his lines.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's difficulty scoring first, the continued emergence of Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart and the strong play of a line made up of players who were mostly unproductive early this season.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the much-hyped first matchup between Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel and this week's trade deadline, which saw forward Jamie McGinn shipped to Anaheim for a draft pick.


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The Buffalo Bills have released high-priced defensive end Mario Williams and retained the rights to left tackle Cordy Glenn by designating him their franchise player.

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The Buffalo Sabres made just one deal prior to the NHL's trade deadline Monday, sending winger Jamie McGinn to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a draft pick.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the start of the team's western road trip, Ryan O'Reilly's injury, the trade of defenseman Mike Weber and who else could be dealt prior to Monday's trade deadline.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's difficulty winning shootouts, the end of Matt Moulson's long goalless streak, the play of prospect Justin Bailey and forward Evander Kane's troubling recent transgression. 


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about an ugly loss to the Florida Panthers, the continued development of young forward Sam Reinhart and the chances the near cellar-dwelling Sabres again find themselves with a high draft pick.


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Reports out of Philadelphia indicate Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is being investigated for the alleged assault of two off-duty Philadelphia police officers at a bar there early Sunday morning. 

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Former Buffalo Bisons manager Eric Wedge has been hired by the Toronto Blue Jays as the team's Player Development Advisor.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's return from the All-Star break, the improving play of forward Zemgus Girgensons and the team's success on the road versus their continuing woes on home ice.


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Buffalo Bills fans need not be reminded how their favorite football team fared in their four-consecutive Super Bowl appearances. But this Sunday, as part of the pregame TV coverage by CBS, producers will alter history and portray the Bills as winners, in order to foster a new sense of respect for one of pro football's most resilient lineups.


On an All-Star break edition of WBFO'S Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about goalie Robin Lehner's first win as a member of the team, rookie Jack Eichel's recent resurgence, some much-needed production from forward Zemgus Girgensons, and the state of the team as it enters the NHL's unofficial second half.


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