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Two WNYers readying for Sunday's 2018 Iditarod

Feb 28, 2018
Tara Cicatello

Unique winter sports are not over now that the Olympics are done, especially for two mushers who grew up through blustery Western New York winters.

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As expected, the Buffalo Sabres traded forward Evander Kane prior to Monday's NHL trade deadline. Kane was dealt to the San Jose Sharks for a package that includes what could end up being a first-round draft pick.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Of all the events featured in the Winter Olympics, perhaps none hold quite the intrigue that curling does.

Special Olympics this weekend in Rochester

Feb 22, 2018
Special Olympics New York

The Olympics in Pyeongchang aren’t the only ones to look out for this weekend. The New York State Special Olympics will take place all day Saturday in venues across Rochester, with nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches in town to compete.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe previews Monday's NHL Trade Deadline. Most of the chatter has centered around forward Evander Kane, who will almost certainly be dealt away. But who else could be traded? And what should GM Jason Botterill be looking for in return?


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The U.S. women's hockey team owns Olympic gold for the first time in 20 years, after breaking Canada's remarkable streak of success in a gripping final at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The only previous U.S. win had come in the tournament's first year, in 1998.

When the American women finally received their gold medals, they were placed on their necks by former player Angela Ruggiero, who was on the last U.S. Olympic team to win it all.

Team USA

Athletes like Team USA's Adam Rippon are breaking barriers for LGBTQ athletes at this year’s Winter Olympics. A record number of 14 openly gay athletes are participating in this year’s games, twice as many in the 2014 games.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the injury to star forward Jack Eichel and how two players in particular, Ryan O'Reilly and Sam Reinhart, have stepped up their games, leading to wins against two top teams. Also, a look at top defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen's recent struggles.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's continuing struggles at home, where they've now lost four straight games, and their failure to execute "simple plays." Also, how the Sabres' season of misery is leading to a lot of empty seats at KeyBank Center. And we'll catch up with former Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, now playing in his 15th season, who has found comfort and contentment in Anaheim.



You'd be forgiven if you went to bed early having chalked up another win for New England.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's inability to keep the momentum going from last week's successful road trip in Tuesday's home loss the Devils. Why have the Sabres struggled so much at home this season? And are the trade rumors surrounding a slumping Evander Kane affecting his play on the ice?


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Scores of people gathered in the Buffalo Bills field house on Monday afternoon to celebrate the suddenly-ended career of Center Eric Wood. But after nearly an hour of waiting, there wasn’t much time to celebrate.


Buffalo Bills

In a big blow to the Buffalo Bills both on and off the field, center Eric Wood announced Friday he has a career-ending neck injury.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what may have the team's worst game of the season, last Saturday against the Dallas Stars, and its best, Tuesday night in Edmonton. Also, star forward Jack Eichel is red hot, the team's power play is clicking and we remember late USA Hockey general manager Jim Johannson, who gave Sabres head coach Phil Housley his first coaching job.


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Jon Bon Jovi is crediting the "evil genius" of Donald Trump for thwarting his bid to own the Buffalo Bills.

UB Athletics Director leaving for Alabama

Jan 18, 2018
University at Buffalo

Reports out of Alabama say Auburn has found its next athletic director - in Buffalo.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the mood around the team coming out of its bye week, the improving play of Kyle Okposo, and continuing trade rumors involving high-scoring forward Evander Kane.


The Buffalo Bills have hired their new offensive coordinator.

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills have fired one of their top coaches. The team announced Friday morning it has parted ways with offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about some strong words from head coach Phil Housley following Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, the team's fifth straight defeat. Also, a scuffle between two players at practice and a call-up for one of the Sabres' best prospects.


Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane says the team is taking an accusation that offensive lineman Richie Incognito used racist slurs in Sunday's playoff game seriously.

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The NFL is looking into allegations that Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito used racial slurs against a Jacksonville Jaguars player in Sunday's playoff game, according to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter.

A 10-3 playoff loss at Jacksonville may have disappointed Buffalo Bills fans, but did little to diminish their passion. Analyst Matt Sabuda was among the thousands of locals who made their way to Jacksonville to witness the Bills' first playoff appearance in nearly 18 years. Sabuda said it was great to be at the game and "even greater to be a Buffalonian."


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

All good things must come to an end. After a week of celebrating the Bills' first playoff appearance since 2000, they lost a low-scoring game to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Buffalo Bills playoff fever has been running non-stop since last weekend, when the team clinched its first National Football League postseason appearance for the first time in a generation. Given the 17 seasons during which Bills fans could only watch other teams contend, this weekend will be start of a new family tradition for many.


The Buffalo Bills are headed to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars in their first playoff appearance since 1999. WBFO's Howard Riedel previewed the game with analyst Matt Sabuda, who will be there to bring back all the details. Although the Jaguars are favored, Sabuda says the scoreboard may end favorably if the Bills can force Jacksonville into mistakes.

Daltons thank generous Bills fans in area billboards

Jan 4, 2018
The Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation

This week's adopted favorite quarterback of Buffalo Bills fans is shouting back the love.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Winter Classic, played on New Year's Day at Citi Field in New York City, a Sabres draft pick who is making a big impression in the World Junior tournament and a couple of players with Sabres ties who will be playing for Team USA in next month's Winter Olympics.


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He has never played for the Buffalo Bills, but through his role in another game that helped secured the Bills' first trip to the playoffs in a generation, Andy Dalton has become a Buffalo fan favorite. So much so, that many Bills fans are saying "thank you" with gifts to his charitable foundation. Even Dalton is surprised by the surge.


The Buffalo Bills ended their 17-season playoff drought with a 22-16 win over the Miami Dolphins. A lot of moving parts had to come together for it to happen. WBFO's Howard Riedel and analyst Matt Sabuda take a look at what the game means to fans and Western New York.

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