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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent scoring struggles and where the team stands one-quarter into the 2015-2016 season.

UB names Allen Greene its new Athletic Director

Nov 24, 2015
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It didn't take long for the University at Buffalo to find its successor to departing athletics director Danny White. Allen Greene, who worked directly under White at UB since 2012, has been promoted to the post.

The final margin may have been close, but the Bills 20-13 loss to the Patriots once again featured critical penalties and poor clock management. "These types of mistakes are beyond tiresome. And you have to wonder how much is on coaching at this point in the season," said analyst Matt Sabuda.

Lockport native seeks world kickboxing title in WNY bout

Nov 21, 2015
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(Editor's Note: following the release of this story, the scheduled heavyweight bout mentioned in this article was canceled as a result of the champion reportedly not appearing to fight. WBFO was not advised of the cancelation in advance.)  

It's not often that the challenger in a world title fight can arrange to have the bout hosted in his hometown. But Lockport's Amer Abdallah will get to try for the World Kickboxing Association light heavyweight championship in front of a hometown crowd Saturday night.

Injuries are mounting for the New England Patriots, the Bills opponent this Monday. But as analyst Matt Sabuda points out, as long as quarterback Tom Brady is healthy, the Patriots will remain a formidable foe. 

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about how the NHL's new coach's challenge, which has reversed three Sabres goals already this season, the effectiveness of the team's goaltending tandem and the returns of two key players from injury.

UB Athletics Director Danny White heading to Central Florida

Nov 18, 2015
Photo from UB Website

The University at Buffalo is in the market for a new Athletics Director. U.B. announced today Danny White is leaving to accept a position at the University of Central Florida.

The Bills' 22-17 victory over the New York Jets Thursday night was fueled by the production of their offensive backfield. On Friday morning's Beyond the Playbook, analyst Matt Sabuda says key performances were turned in by LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams.

For thousands of youth soccer players nationwide, including those playing on dozens of teams here in Western New York, the rules are changing, with the practice of "heading" the ball being removed.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's impressive road win in Tampa Bay, the play of Tyler Ennis, Ryan Miller's return and the induction of a legendary Sabres defenseman into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Buffalo Bills 33-17 win over the Miami Dolphins provided a much needed boost for fans as the Bills head into Thursday night's game against the New York Jets.

The Buffalo Bills face the Miami Dolphins Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  In our latest edition of Beyond the Playbook, Football Analyst Matt Sabuda says the Bills need to stay healthy and improve Quarterback Tyrod Taylor's performance if they stand any chance of turning the season around.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the new and improved Sabres defense, improvements in offense and puck possession, and a young Swedish goaltender who appears to be the team's new starting netminder.

This week on WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about head coach Dan Bylsma's return to Pittsburgh, a good showing against the Flyers, the Evander Kane injury and one player's early season frustrations.

The Buffalo Bills loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London shows the team's true colors, according to Football Analyst Matt Sabuda.  The Jaguars toppled the Bills 34-31 after allowing Buffalo to take the lead in the fourth quarter. 

With hundreds of Bills fans taking the long road trip across the Atlantic, Buffalo is well represented in London this weekend. Analyst Matt Sabuda expects the faithful will be rewarded with a win Sunday when the Bills meet the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's struggle to score goals so far this young season, the state of the its goaltending and the emergence of one of the organization's top young talents.

Quarterback Andy Dalton threw for three touchdown passes as the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Bills 34-21 Sunday. Analyst Matt Sabuda says the Bills defense is not living up to its reputation.

The Buffalo Bills head into Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with many key players, including Sammy Watkins, Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy, dealing with injuries. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills will need them, and more, to beat the undefeated Bengals.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the first three games of the 2015-2016 season, games that included a significant injury and a spectacular Jack Eichel goal that has the hockey world buzzing.

Tyrod Taylor set a team record for quarterbacks by rushing for 77 yards in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 14-13 road win against the Tennessee Titans. Analyst Matt Sabuda says Taylor was able to shake off a slow start as the Bills overcame a 10-0 deficit.

Coming off a disappointing loss to the New York Giants, the Bills (2-2) hit the road looking for a win Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. "The Bills really need to get off to a good start without sloppy play calling and execution," said analyst Matt Sabuda on WBFO's Beyond the Playbook.

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Hope ran strong Thursday night during the Party in the Plaza, as fans readied for the opening game of the Buffalo Sabres season and the regular season debut of Jack Eichel. Eichel didn't disappoint, notching his first career goal in a 3-1 loss to Ottawa.

Buffalo Beauts women's pro hockey debuts this Sunday

Oct 9, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Western New York's thriving hockey scene adds a new team into its fabric, with the debut of the Buffalo Beauts this Sunday afternoon. It's one of four charter members of the all-new National Women's Hockey League.

It's opening night for the Buffalo Sabres and with the new season comes the return of WBFO's Behind The Bench, our weekly look at the team both on and off the ice. Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe joins WBFO's Omar Fetouh for a preview of what fans can expect from this year's squad, which has undergone a massive overhaul over the past several months.

While some argue that the Bills new aggressive attitude is behind the team’s penchant for penalties, analyst Matt Sabuda isn’t buying it.

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The Buffalo Bills have set a new record in the team's history, but this time off the field.

It appears wide receiver Sammy Watkins and running back LeSean McCoy will not be in the lineup when the Bills host the New York Giants Sunday. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills have a chance to overcome the injuries against a suspect Giants defense.

Beyond the Playbook: Bills embarrass the Dolphins

Sep 28, 2015
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Tyrod Taylor threw for 277 yards and three scores in his first NFL start on the road Sunday, as the Buffalo Bills squished the Miami Dolphins 41-14.

Sunday's loss to the Patriots may have been a huge disappointment to fans, but the Buffalo Bills need to bounce back quickly. On WBFO's Beyond the Playbook, analyst Matt Sabuda says the team has an opportunity Sunday against the injury-riddled Miami Dolphins.