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On a special June edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the hiring of new head coach Phil Housley, which player the team is likely to lose to Vegas in the NHL Expansion Draft, changes to the Sabres' blue line, trade talk surrounding star forward Evander Kane and the upcoming NHL Draft.


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Football fans in Miami Gardens' Hard Rock Stadium may be eating hot dogs from Buffalo next year. Sahlen's has completed a major deal with the Publix supermarket chain to sell their red hots.

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The Buffalo Sabres have acquired defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2017 3rd round pick.

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Hall of Fame defenseman Phil Housley is returning to Buffalo after being hired by the Sabres to be their next head coach.

The Pittsburgh Penguins shut out the Predators 2-0 Sunday night in Nashville, Tenn., to win their second straight championship.

The Penguins have won five championships — all of them on the road.

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The NHL Scouting Combine is in Buffalo this weekend. With it comes the Stanley Cup and more than 100 young players looking to impress teams before the 2017 NHL Draft later this month in Chicago.

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There's a Western New York connection to this year's Stanley Cup Finals. Calling play-by-play for the Nashville Predators in the current hockey championship is a former longtime Buffalo broadcaster who previously called local hockey and baseball games.


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Through nearly four decades, at least five presidential administrations and seemingly countless Super Bowls and World Series, NPR listeners could depend on at least one thing in the ever-unpredictable world of athletics: Frank Deford. A mainstay on Morning Edition, the Hall of Fame sportswriter was public radio's scholar of sports for some 37 years before hanging up his cleats earlier this year.

Ballpark now 100% tobacco and smoke-free

May 22, 2017
Buffalo Bisons

Going to a baseball game this season? Leave your cigarettes at home.

Play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins is set to become the first-ever female broadcaster to call an NFL game televised nationally.

A commentator for ESPN since 1994, she'll call the Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos game in ESPN's opening Monday Night Football doubleheader on Sept. 11. Former Buffalo Bills and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan will join her.

VIDEO: Bills introduce new GM Brandon Beane

May 12, 2017
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The Buffalo Bills and owner Terry Pegula introduced Brandon Beane as the team's new General Manager on Friday morning.


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Terry and Kim Pegula, owners of the Buffalo Bills, will formally welcome the football team's new general manager on Friday. The day before, the Pegulas did the same for their hockey team, the Sabres, as they introduced newly-hired Jason Botterill as that franchise's GM.


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The Buffalo Bills have named former Carolina Panthers executive Brandon Beane to be the team's new general manager.

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The NHL's pre-draft scouting combine is staying in Buffalo through 2019.

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The Buffalo Bills fired General Manager Doug Whaley and the pro and amateur scouting departments Sunday morning.

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The Buffalo Bills traded down in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, sending the 10th overall pick to Kansas City for their 27th pick, plus a third round choice this year and a first round pick next year.

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Buffalo Sabres co-owner Terry Pegula says the hockey franchise is in need of improved discipline, structure and communication. At a Friday morning news conference, he explained that is what led to the decision to fire head coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Tim Murray.


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The Buffalo Sabres fired both general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma Thursday, in a stunning move by team owners Terry and Kim Pegula.


On the season finale of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about General Manager Tim Murray's end-of-season press conference and lingering uncertainty over the future of head coach Dan Bylsma. Also, what does Murray need to do in the offseason to get the team back to the playoffs, after a sixth consecutive season on the golf course?


Sabres GM discusses disappointment in the season that was

Apr 13, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray held his end-of-season news conference Wednesday, looking back on a hockey season that he readily admitted was a disappointing one.


According to a report Friday, Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has been released from a local hospital's neurosurgical intensive care unit.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about concerns over forward Kyle Okposo's seemingly serious illness, reaction to the NHL's decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, a couple of players who made their Sabre debuts, and this week's games, which included an embarrassing loss to the rival Toronto Maple Leafs. 


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A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Associated Press that Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is in intensive care undergoing a battery of tests to determine an undisclosed illness that has sidelined him for more than a week.

Bisons postpone season opener until weekend

Apr 5, 2017
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Local baseball fans will need to wait a couple extra days for the Buffalo Bisons' season-opening home game. The International League club announced Wednesday that in anticipation of the weather expected Thursday and Friday, they will move their games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to the weekend.

The NHL won't be pausing its season to allow players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, officials announced on Monday.

Many pro players have expressed a desire to compete in the Games at Pyeongchang, South Korea. But the league says it doesn't see a benefit to the sport — and does see a risk of injuries.

The NHL has allowed players to participate in every Olympic Games since 1998.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, disputes over money played a role in the decision not to continue.

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Buffalo sports fans have been craving a championship for decades and while the Bills and Sabres have never won a Super Bowl or a Stanley Cup, one local team is celebrating its recent league crown.

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The University at Buffalo announced Monday that it is dropping four teams from its athletics program, including two which are in the midst of their now final spring seasons.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about coach Dan Bylsma's benching of forward Sam Reinhart, who violated a team policy, a special night for an veteran who reached a milestone, and a couple of players who have made an impact as the season winds toward its end.


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In less than two weeks, weather permitting, the sounds of baseball will be back in downtown Buffalo. So, too, will some new tastes and sights. The Buffalo Bisons will play their 30th season in Coca Cola Field this year. On Thursday, they hosted their annual preseason "What's New at the Ballpark" presentation at Pettibones Grille inside the stadium.


Behind the Bench: Sabres' faint playoff hopes fizzle

Mar 23, 2017

Sidney Crosby struck again against the Buffalo Sabres this week, in more ways than one. In this week's Behind the Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Sabres' slide toward the end of the season.


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