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Willie Evans, a star runningback for the University at Buffalo's football team in the late 1950s, has died.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's win over the New York Rangers, which came on the heels of a losing stretch that has the team mired in last place. Also, a look at star forward Jack Eichel's recent locker room outburst and a local native who just scored his first NHL goal.


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Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula has full confidence in general manager Doug Whaley's ability to turn around his franchise, and outlined the reasons coach Rex Ryan was fired in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.

Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley faced a tough line of questioning in his end-of season news conference Monday, after yet another season in which the team failed to make the playoffs.

It may have been a lifeless, 30-10, loss to the New York Jets, but analyst Matt Sabuda says the season-ending game does produce a positive development: the Bills improved their draft position to tenth overall. However, Sabuda continues to doubt if the organization will make the changes necessary for future success.


Lynn frontrunner to become new Bills head coach

Jan 2, 2017
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Two people with direct knowledge of the situation have told the Associated Press that Buffalo Bills interim head Anthony Lynn is the clear favorite to take over the job permanently.

Bills end season with 30-10 loss to Jets

Jan 2, 2017
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Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes in what was likely his final game for the Jets and New York ended a dismal season on a winning note with a 30-10 over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

It appeared most Buffalo Bills fans were in favor of dismissing head coach Rex Ryan. That move, analyst Matt Sabuda points out, did little to satisfy the team's followers who are calling for more change in an organization that has failed to make the playoffs for 17 consecutive seasons.


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Video games as sport have become a world-wide phenomenon, and their popularity is growing in Buffalo - so much so that local gamers believe eSports could eventually gain the kind of fandom that would rival the Buffalo Bills.


It appeared most Buffalo Bills fans were in favor of dismissing head coach Rex Ryan. That move, analyst Matt Sabuda points out, did little to satisfy the team's followers who are calling for more change in an organization that has failed to make the playoffs for 17 consecutive seasons.


Behind the Bench: Kane is able but O'Reilly is ailing

Dec 29, 2016

The Buffalo Sabres snapped a winless skid earlier this week and prepare to face a division archrival to close out 2016. However, they've lost the services of Ryan O'Reilly, who is out following a medical emergency. Meanwhile, the World Junior Hockey tournament is happening across the border, and there's a Western New York connection. Bill Hoppe has more in this week's edition of Behind the Bench:


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He rose quickly through the ranks of the Buffalo Bills coaching staff this season and is believed by some to be a rising candidate for coaching possibilities elsewhere in the National Football League. But Anthony Lynn, who was tapped yesterday to replace fired head coach Rex Ryan on an interim basis, says his only focus now is to prepare the Bills for their season finale this weekend.


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For Buffalo Bills fans, it may be a feeling of "here we go again," but those leading fan groups tell WBFO a coaching change was in order, as they reacted to the dismissals Tuesday of head coach Rex Ryan and his brother, defensive coach Rob Ryan.


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After 31 disappointing games as the team's head coach, Rex Ryan has been relieved of his duties by the the Buffalo Bills. Immediately following that announcement on Tuesday, the Bills announced that Assistant Head Coach for Defense Rob Ryan, Rex Ryan's twin brother, was also relived of his duties.

It will likely take more than a holiday miracle, but the Buffalo Bills could still make the playoffs this year. According to analyst Matt Sabuda, there is a one percent chance of the Bills sneaking into the postseason. While the convoluted scenario involves several unlikely results, it begins with the Bills beating the Miami Dolphins on Saturday at New Era Field.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's, and goalie Robin Lehner's, struggles in shootouts this season. Also, a look at the standings, the return of a name from the past, and has Rasmus Ristolainen become one of the NHL's elite defenseman?


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Women’s ice hockey is in an entirely different place than it was only a decade ago. Across the country, leagues have formed at youth levels and more girls are playing the sport than ever.


The Buffalo Bills kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating the hapless Cleveland Browns Sunday 33-13 at New Era Field. Running back LeSean McCoy ran for two touchdowns. Coach Rex Ryan spent much of his post-game news conference addressing his uncertain job status. Bills analyst Matt Sabuda talks about the game with WBFO's Mark Scott in Monday's edition of "Beyond the Playbook."

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The bumbling Cleveland Browns are two losses short from becoming the NFL's second team to go 0-16 in one season. However, that is good news for Buffalo, as the Bills cruised past the Browns 33-13 on Sunday.

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More than five thousand fans turned out at the KeyBank Center Saturday for the Big Four Classic. All four of the region's Division One men's basketball teams played. St. Bonaventure beat Niagara in the opener, while Canisius topped UB in overtime in the second game.

Several questions about the future swirl around the Buffalo Bills as they prepare to meet the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at New Era Field. With the team on the verge of missing the playoffs again, many are calling for changes. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes those changes should start at the quarterback position.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday night's big home win over the Los Angeles Kings, a game that saw the team's best players shine in an exciting, comeback victory.


Le'Veon Bell rushed for a franchise-record 236 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Buffalo Bills, 27-20, on Sunday at New Era Field. Analyst Matt Sabuda says the final score does not reflect how the Steelers dominated the contest.

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Le'Veon Bell scored three times and set a franchise record with 236 yards rushing in finding traction on a slick, snow-covered field, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 27-20 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon.

Winners of three consecutive games, the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at New Era Field. Both teams remain in contention for the post-season, but, as analyst Matt Sabuda points out, a loss on Sunday would end the the Bills' hopes for the playoffs.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the latest "McEichel" game, the continuing impact of Jack Eichel's return on his teammates and the state of the team's blue line, which is missing three regulars.


With Sunday's 38-24 loss at Oakland, the Buffalo Bills appear destined to miss the playoffs for the 17th consecutive season. Analyst Matt Sabuda sees the loss as another sign that the organization needs to make drastic changes.


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Derek Carr threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns to rally the Oakland Raiders to their biggest comeback in 16 years with a 38-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

The playoff hopes of the Buffalo Bills will not end if they lose Sunday's road game to the Oakland Raiders. However, as analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the contest provides the Bills with a chance to make a statement that they can beat a top team when the stakes are high. It's the type of late-season game that has been missing throughout most of the Bills' playoff drought.


Jack Eichel is back and the Buffalo Sabres' franchise player made an immediate impact in his return from injury Tuesday night in Ottawa. On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Eichel's season debut and his effect on his teammates, one in particular.


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