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8:26 am
Fri March 27, 2015

An insider's look at Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid is expected to be a top draft pick this year
Credit Courtesy WJET24, Erie, Pa

Thursday night's overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes leaves the Sabres six points behind the Coyotes with just a couple of weeks left in the season. The team that finds themselves at the very bottom of the standings when the season is over is guaranteed no worse than the second overall draft choice, meaning the Sabres could land super-prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. McDavid is currently the captain of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. Eichel is presently a center at Boston University. Both are viewed as franchise players.

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Sports
7:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

'Behind The Bench': The philosophy behind losing

Bill Hoppe's photo of Sabres practice earlier in the week of Cody McCormick.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed.

Two of the worst teams in the National Hockey League play in Buffalo Thursday night. The Sabres take on Arizona at First Niagara Center.  In this week's edition of Behind the Bench, Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley it should be an interesting matchup.

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Sports
4:45 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Bisons prepared for approaching season

The Bisons showed off some of the new food items coming to Coca-Cola Field.
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Baseball fans have two more weeks to wait for the 130th season of professional baseball in Buffalo. As a sign that first pitch is warming up, the Coca-Cola Field grass was cut for the first time Wednesday.

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Sports
4:50 am
Tue March 24, 2015

UB welcomes back its winning basketball teams

UB Men's Basketball Coach Bobby Hurley and his team enjoy the moment Monday at Alumni Arena
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UB's men's and women's basketball teams finished their seasons early in the post-season tournaments but that didn't stop the party Monday in Alumni Arena.

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Sports
3:47 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

NFL to lift blackout rules for 2015 season

Outside Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The NFL announced Monday that it will suspend the long-standing local blackout policy for the 2015 season. The league said it will “re-evaluate” the rule after the season. 

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Sports
8:26 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Concussion concerns cause hockey league to ban body checks

Checking is allowed at the Bantam Level for boys teams in Western New York, at least one league in Canada is considering a ban on checking.
Credit WBFO Photo

It's something that many hope could lead to a gradual and fundamental change in Canada's national sport: Canada's largest minor hockey league is phasing out body checking at the Bantam level. The move is being made in the face of growing medical evidence about concussions.

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Sports
7:00 am
Thu March 19, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Sabres keep trying

Sabres goalie Anders Lindback.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed.

The Buffalo Sabres return to the ice tomorrow night after a successful shootout earlier this week against Boston.  In this week's edition of 'Behind the Bench' Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe tells WBFO'S Eileen Buckley the team is not giving up despite a difficult season.

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Sports
9:14 am
Thu March 12, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Teams future needs

Sabres practice from March 10th.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed

The Buffalo Sabres lost in a 4-3 shootout Wednesday night against the Maple Leafs in Toronto. As the team continues plowing through the rest of the season, they've been dealing with changes on the ice and plenty of injuries.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley speaks with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe in this week's edition of 'Behind the Bench'. 

Sabres recall Hackett
2:28 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Sabres recall Hackett, re-assign Grigorenko and Makarov

Matt Hackett, Goaltender
Credit Buffalo Sabres / WBFO News

The Buffalo Sabres recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from the Rochester Americans, on Saturday.

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Sports
7:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Sabres trade deadline deals

Sabres practice at Harborcenter Wednesday.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed.

The NHL trade deadline was somewhat of a distraction for some members of the Buffalo Sabres.  In this week's 'Behind the Bench', WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh speaking with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe.

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Sports
2:09 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Buffalo Bills acquire Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel

Minnesota Vikings to acquire QB Matt Cassel
Credit Photo from Minnesota Vikings website

The Buffalo Bills announced the team has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings to acquire Quarterback Matt Cassel and an undisclosed draft choice in exchange for undisclosed draft choices.

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Sports
8:59 am
Thu February 26, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Sabres injuries after high scoring win

Past Sabres game at First Niagara.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Sabres face-off at First Niagara Arena Thursday night fresh off a big win Tuesday.  This week on Behind the Bench, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh speaking with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe. Hoppe said some injuries could be the next big problem for the team.

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9:54 am
Thu February 19, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Sabres post-trade

Sabres game.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Sabres are back on the road Thursday night after losing Tuesday.  This week on Behind the Bench, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh to speak with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe about what the team needs to do for a win.

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Ryan calls QB first priority; defends Incognito
4:18 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Ryan calls QB first priority; defends choice of Incognito

Rex Ryan at the NFL Combine
Credit Buffalo Bills / WBFO News

At the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Buffalo Bills Head Coach, Rex Ryan spoke about the team’s main concern, and defended the choice to add Richie Incognito to the lineup.

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Former Sabre, Montador, dead at 35
5:09 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Former Sabre, Montador, dead at 35

Steve Montador, former Buffalo Sabres defenseman
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Former Buffalo Sabres defenseman, Steve Montador, has died at age 35.

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Behind The Bench
6:00 am
Thu February 12, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Breaking down the big trade

Winger Evander Kane is one of the newest members of the Buffalo Sabres.
Credit nhl.com

On this week's edition of 'Behind The Bench," Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe shares his thoughts on a busy day at First Niagara Center which saw some familiar faces traded away.

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4:47 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Sabres trade Myers, Stafford, Enroth to Winnipeg, Dallas

Tyler Myers is heading to Winnipeg as part of an eight-player trade.
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The Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets pulled off a blockbuster trade Wednesday that sent two of the Sabres' highest-profile players to the Western Conference. Late in the day, the team also traded its starting goaltender.

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1:57 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Bills sign Incognito, focus of 2013 bullying scandal

Richie Incognito is the newest member of the Buffalo Bills.
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The Buffalo Bills have officially signed controversial free agent offensive guard Richie Incognito. Incognito was a central figure in a bullying scandal while he was a member of the Miami Dolphins in 2013. 

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Behind The Bench
6:00 am
Thu February 5, 2015

'Behind The Bench': The losing streak ends

Bill Hoppe (r.) talks about the latest developments with the Buffalo Sabres on this week's Behind The Bench
Credit File photo

This week's on WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the end of the team's 14-game losing streak and an eyebrow-raising comment made recently by head coach Ted Nolan.

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(716) makes fans feel at home during the big game
4:00 am
Mon February 2, 2015

(716) makes fans feel at home during the big game

(716) Food and Sport
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Choosing between staying home and going out to watch the Super Bowl can be a tough choice, but Buffalo’s (716) Food and Sport gave fans the best of both worlds on Sunday night.

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Behind The Bench
6:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

'Behind The Bench': The second half begins

Omar Fetouh and Bill Hoppe talk Sabres each Thursday morning on WBFO.
Credit File photo

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's return from an extended All-Star break and the return of the team's captain Brian Gionta.

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Behind The Bench
6:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Nolan on the hot seat?

Is Ted Nolan's job on the line?
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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe talks about the team's extended losing streak, now at 11 games, and how it might affect the future of head coach Ted Nolan.

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Sports
9:40 am
Thu January 15, 2015

'Beyond The Playbook': Meet Rex Ryan

In our first-ever video version of 'Beyond The Playbook,' WBFO's Mark Scott and Bills analyst Matt Sabuda discuss Rex Ryan's introductory press conference from Orchard Park.

Sports
6:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Struggling Sabres

Credit File photo

In this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe talks about the team's continuing struggles and the retirement of Dominik Hasek's #39 jersey.

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1:46 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Listen: Rex Ryan introduced as new Bills head coach

Credit Jerry Urban/WBFO News

The Buffalo Bills held an introductory press conference Wednesday with Rex Ryan, who was hired on Monday to succeed Doug Marrone as the team's head coach. 

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8:44 am
Wed January 14, 2015

National sports host says Rex Ryan a good fit for Buffalo

Rex Ryan is greeted with a La Nova pizza in Buffalo
Credit Courtesy of NFL Now Twitter Page

Western New Yorkers will hear from new head coach Rex Ryan when he is introduced by the Buffalo Bills at noon Wednesday in Orchard Park.

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5:11 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Roman in, Schwartz out as Bills coordinators

Greg Roman is the Buffalo Bills' new offensive coordinator
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Greg Roman is in as the Buffalo Bills new offensive coordinator, and Jim Schwartz is out as defensive coordinator.

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1:15 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Hasek joining Sabres immortals in the rafters

Credit File photo

A former Buffalo Sabre whose excellence on the ice earned him the nickname "The Dominator" will receive the team's highest honor Tuesday night.

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Sports
8:26 am
Tue January 13, 2015

U.S. women win gold at HarborCenter

U.S. Women U18 team wins gold in Women's World Hockey Championship at HarborCenter, Buffalo, NY
Credit USA Hockey Twitter Page

A sold-out crowd of 2,000 people were on hand to see the U.S. Women's Under 18 team win gold in hockey at Buffalo's HarborCenter Monday night.


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11:06 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Bills hire Rex Ryan as new head coach

Rex Ryan first look in Bills apparel
Credit Courtesy of the Buffalo Bills Official Twitter Page

The Buffalo Bills have formally announced that Rex Ryan has been named the 18th head coach in team history.

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