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Buffalo amateur hockey teams, one a junior college squad and the other made up of teenagers, are gaining national attention for the wrong reason. A player is suspended from classes and facing criminal charges while a youth hockey coach familiar to Buffalo Sabres fans is suspended indefinitely as the results of their alleged behavior in weekend games.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the upcoming March 1 NHL trade deadline and whether star forward Evander Kane could be dealt to another team. If not Kane, which other Sabres might other teams be interested in (Dmitry Kulikov? Cody Franson?) and what would GM Tim Murray want in return?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Robin Lehner's critical comments following last Sunday's loss to Vancouver. Were they directed at Jack Eichel? And are certain players not buying into coach Dan Bylsma's system?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe discusses Tuesday's come-from-behind overtime win over the San Jose Sharks and a strong effort by goalie Robin Lehner in last weekend's shutout victory over Ottawa. Also, a look at the tight playoff picture and the role Tyler Ennis has played since returning from injury.


After three quarters, this game looked for all the world like a rout by the Atlanta Falcons. They were up 28-9. Their quarterback Matt Ryan, who just won the regular season MVP on Saturday night, was playing like an unstoppable Super Bowl MVP, too.

Then, something unbelievable happened: The New England Patriots came back.

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As Super Bowl mania takes the nation by storm, a new study conducted by a personal finance website places Buffalo in the top 10 percent of best football cities in the nation.

On this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe discusses Tuesday's miserable loss to the Montreal Canadiens and looks ahead at what to expect in a busy month of February as the team looks to make a playoff push in the season's second half.


After three consecutive overtime wins, the Buffalo Sabres are back in the playoff hunt. On this week's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's developing character and how the talented Sabres are "learning how to win."


The roller coaster ride that has been the 2016-17 season continues for the Buffalo Sabres, who are still struggling to find consistency in their game. On this week's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about how the team compares with their cross-border rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have undergone a similar rebuild in recent years, and how some of general manager Tim Murray's moves have left the team with holes and question marks throughout the lineup.


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Buffalo will be the site for Ultimate Fighting Championship 210 on April 8, as the Octagon sets down at KeyBank Center for the promotion's first visit here since 1995.

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Two days after announcing via social media they had hired their new head coach, the Buffalo Bills formally introduced Sean McDermott at One Bills Drive.


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The Buffalo Bills will formally introduce their new head coach on Friday. Sean McDermott comes to Buffalo after six years as defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. Bills analyst Matt Sabuda weighs in on the hire on a special edition of WBFO's Beyond The Playbook.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's current run, which has them back in the hunt for a playoff spot, and whether Anders Nilsson should be the Sabres' primary netminder in the second half of the season.


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The Buffalo Bills have found a permanent replacement for Rex Ryan. Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will take up the role of head coach.

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Professional women's soccer is leaving Western New York, bound for warmer weather, with the sale of the Elma-based Western New York Flash to the North Carolina Football Club.

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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.


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