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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.

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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.

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South Korea was nearly flawless to beat Elma native Jake Kaminski and the U.S. men's team in the archery final Saturday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. So convincing was the win that  Kaminski bowed to the Koreans after the match.

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Elma native Jake Kaminski goes for the gold again at the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, beginning with a ranking round in his team sport of archery Friday morning. Kaminski, who currently lives in Florida, is one of three U.S. archers on the men's Team USA.

During a visit to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York's senior senator joined with Olympic athletes to urge passing legislation that would eliminate the federal tax on medals and other prizes.

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The National Lacrosse League has announced the five finalists for its Class of 2016 ballot. Two new nominees, including retired Buffalo Bandit John Tavares, have been selected by the league's Hall of Fame Committee.

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The National Women’s Hockey League  has announced event details for its 2016-17 season opening weekend October 7-9 at HarborCenter.

NFL defensive guru Buddy Ryan dies

Jun 28, 2016
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Legendary football coach Buddy Ryan has died at the age of 82.


The Buffalo Sabres used the second day of the NHL draft at the First Niagara Center Saturday to engineer a trade. The Sabres traded Defenseman Mark Pysyk and the 38th and 89th selections in the draft to Florida for Panthers Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and the draft's 33rd pick.

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Fan Fest marks the start of today's NHL Draft at Canalside. The event is free, open to the public from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. and includes a viewing party when the Draft opens at 7 p.m.

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The Buffalo Sabres have hired Bob Woods to join their coaching staff as an assistant coach. Woods joins the Sabres after spending the last two seasons as general manager and head coach of the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL.

The NHL Draft is being held Friday and Saturday at Buffalo's First Niagara Center. On a special edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about whom the organization may be looking at with its first-round pick, possible trade scenarios, the rights acquisition of college standout Jimmy Vesey and rumors the team might make a play for star free agent forward Steven Stamkos.


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The Buffalo Sabres will host the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center Friday and Saturday. At a pre-draft press conference Tuesday morning, General Manager Tim Murray discussed the team’s draft strategy, the possibility of trading their first-round pick, and rumors surrounding the Sabres’ efforts to sign free agent Steven Stamkos, among other topics.

Gordie Howe, Legend Known As 'Mr. Hockey,' Dies At 88

Jun 10, 2016

Gordie Howe, whose record-setting five-decade professional hockey career earned him the nickname "Mr. Hockey," has died at 88. The Detroit Red Wings confirmed his death on Twitter.

NFL commish sees no 'Deflategate' settlement

Jun 7, 2016

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he sees no avenue right now for a settlement with Tom Brady as the star Patriots quarterback appeals his four-game "Deflategate" suspension.

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Buffalo is joining the rest of the world in mourning the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, including one local boxer.

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Hockey can be a brutal game. The injuries sustained on the ice can be life-altering, even life-ending. More attention than ever is now being paid to the effects of head injuries and concussions, on both the professional and youth levels.


Elma native Jake Kaminski will be one of four U.S. archers headed to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Kaminski secured his second trip to the Olympics after the final stage of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Archery concluded Monday in Newberry, FL.

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Many reporters and analysts are expressing their displeasure with the Buffalo Bills' strict new media policy. Among other things, the policy limits what information the media can report during training camp and practices, including plays, strategies and formations. WBFO's "Beyond the Playbook" commentator Matt Sabuda talked with Morning Edition host Howard Riedel about the policy, which has gained national attention.


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Canisius College Golden Griffins Men’s Basketball coach Jim Baron is retiring.  The 62-year-old Baron insisted he is in good health, but said he decided it was time to 'step aside' and spend more time with his family.

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The Buffalo Bills will bestow a rare honor upon one of its alumni from the Super Bowl years this September, when the team retires Bruce Smith's jersey number 78.

  

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Lisa Chesson, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics with the U.S. women's hockey team, has signed a contract with the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season. General Manager Ric Seiling announced that Chesson and the Beauts agreed to terms on a one-year, $15,000 contract.

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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