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As the NCAA baseball tournament begins today, 11 teams will have at least one Canadian-born player on their rosters. With 12 players born north of the border, Canisius features more Canadians than any other team still in the hunt for the championship.


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The Buffalo Sabres got a solid consolation prize after losing out in the Mike Babcock sweepstakes last week. The team, on Thursday, hired Stanley Cup-winning head coach Dan Bylsma to succeed Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

Sabres hire Dan Bylsma as new head coach

May 28, 2015
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The Buffalo Sabres formally introduced Dan Bylsma as their new head coach Thursday afternoon inside First Niagara Center. 

Report: Sabres interviewing Bylsma

May 27, 2015
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A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press the Buffalo Sabres are interviewing former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma for their head-coaching vacancy.

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The National Women's Hockey League opens this fall with four franchises, including the Buffalo Beauts who will play home games at HARBORCENTER. League commissioner Dani Rylan says fans can expect an entertaining, fast-paced game.

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Sabres fans were on "Babwatch" Wednesday, awaiting word on whether celebrated Red Wings coach Mike Babcock would be coming to Buffalo to coach the blue and gold. Ultimately it wasn't meant to be, as Babcock instead took a job north of the border with Buffalo's biggest rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Sabres fans express disappointment over Babcock

May 21, 2015
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Not surprisingly, many Buffalo Sabres fans are feeling disappointed by the news that highly-sought hockey coach Mike Babcock will not be their hometown team's next bench boss.

Babcock passes on Sabres coaching job

May 20, 2015
Mike Babcock
The Hockey News

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach. Babcock chose Toronto over the Buffalo Sabres, among other teams.

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Sabres fans are hoping Stanley Cup-winning coach Mike Babcock will choose Buffalo for his next coaching gig. A reporter familiar with Babcock's time in Detroit weighed in on Wednesday's Morning Edition on WBFO.

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A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that Mike Babcock is in contract talks with the Buffalo Sabres to potentially become their next head coach.

FC Buffalo prepares for All-High homecoming

May 18, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

After winning their 2015 National Premier Soccer League season opener Saturday night in a first-ever home game outside the City of Buffalo, elite amateur men's soccer club FC Buffalo looks forward to returning to its original North Buffalo home for the first time in two years. To the team, it's deeper than just playing soccer. It's part of their mission to be "For Our City."

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Jack Eichel looks confident in the World Hockey Championships, but is he ready for the NHL?

Gus Macker hoops tournament moving to Grand Island

May 14, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A longtime 3-on-3 basketball tournament that ran for many years in downtown Buffalo is returning to Erie County for the first time in two years.

Report: Sabres pursuing Mike Babcock for coaching vacancy

May 11, 2015
photo from Detroit Red Wings website

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has left Buffalo after spending Sunday afternoon meeting with Sabres owner Terry Pegula regarding the team's coaching vacancy.

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The Niagara Falls High School football team practiced and played in mud last year. On Thursday, football players and athletes from all of the other teams at the school came out for the formal dedication of the new $18 million sports complex.


Courtesy Erin Kelly's Instagram Account

Count one of Jim Kelly's former teammates among those who was moved by the former Buffalo Bills quarterback's appearance at the National Football League Draft late last week, following a successful battle with cancer.

Hometown players lead Team USA to victory over Germany

Apr 28, 2015
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Team U-S-A is now 2-0 in the preliminary rounds of the IPC World Sled Hockey Championships at HarborCenter in Buffalo. 

Team USA starts strong in IPC World Championship

Apr 27, 2015
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Team USA jumped to an early lead as they easily handled Team Russia 6-1 in Sunday's preliminary round of the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship.

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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. 

Bills release 2015 schedule

Apr 22, 2015
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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.

Eichel earns rave reviews after freshman year

Apr 20, 2015
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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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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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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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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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.

Oats named head of UB men's basketball

Apr 11, 2015
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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.

UB campus reacts to Hurley's departure

Apr 10, 2015
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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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.

Bobby Hurley leaving UB for Arizona State

Apr 10, 2015
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.

Bills' Ryan speaks praises of Buffalo at Bisons opener

Apr 10, 2015
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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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