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USA Hockey announced the first 23 players of its 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team Monday and they will be led by a former Buffalo Sabres captain.

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The Buffalo Bills snapped the longest current non-playoff drought in North American pro sports with a 22-16 victory Sunday at Miami and Cincinnati's victory at Baltimore. The Bills hadn't made the postseason since 1999.

Nearly 10 years after the first NHL Winter Classic was played outdoors on New Era Field, the International Ice Hockey Federation is making similar history with today’s World Juniors Hockey Championship match between Team USA and Team Canada.

The Buffalo Bills take an 8-7 record on the road to meet the 6-9 Miami Dolphins, with a potential playoff berth as the prize. WBFO's Howard Riedel and analyst Matt Sabuda go Beyond the Playbook to focus their eyes on that lofty prize.

Will the new year have something more positive in store for the Buffalo Sabres?

The Buffalo Bills traveled to New England Sunday with high expectations for a playoff spot, even against the formidable Patriots. However, there was no Christmas miracle, as the Pats beat the Bills 37-16. WBFO Host Howard Riedel and football analyst Matt Sabuda talk about what the game means as the Bills prepare for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

2018 IIHF World Juniors

The world’s best youth hockey players have arrived in Buffalo. Tuesday is the start of the 2018 IIHF World Juniors.

Buffalo Bills

Tom Brady passed for a pair of touchdowns and the New England Patriots stayed on track to claim home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a 37-16 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

With victories the next two Sundays, the Buffalo Bills would qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. Analyst Matt Sabuda, however, provides some sobriety to the holiday exuberance in highlighting the difficulty of the Bills winning Sunday's road game in New England. Still, for those of us longing for a post-season present, Sabuda lays out a scenario in which the Bills lose Sunday, but still make the playoffs.


Pegulas acquire Buffalo Beauts women's hockey team

Dec 21, 2017
Buffalo Beauts

The husband-wife owners of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Bills have acquired another local sports team. Terry and Kim Pegula announced Thursday they have purchased the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women’s Hockey League.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's inability to give goalie Robin Lehner goal support at home, the continuing struggles of high draft pick Sam Reinhart, and a special night for star forward Jack Eichel that could have been more special.


The Buffalo Bills beat the Miami Dolphins 24-16 at New Era Field on Sunday, to improve their record to 8-6 and keep their playoff hopes alive. WBFO's Howard Riedel and analyst Matt Sabuda look at the last home game of the year.


There hasn’t been much to look forward to this year for Buffalo Sabres fans. Lucky for them, the 2018 NHL Winter Classic is just two weeks away.

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday that he would put his team up for sale at the end of the season after the National Football League said it was opening an investigation into accusations of workplace misconduct against him.

"I believe that it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership," Richardson, 81, said in a statement on the team's website. "Therefore, I will put the team up for sale at the end of this NFL season."

LeSean McCoy scored twice and surpassed 10,000 career-yards rushing, while helping the Buffalo Bills stay in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt with a 24-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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While the history of the Buffalo Bills is well-documented, the complex story of the driving force behind the team is less known. The producers of "Ralph," which airs tonight at 8 on WNED-TV,  explore the unique background and understated business savvy of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the man who purchased the franchise in 1959 for $25,000. His leadership not only kept the team alive in an economically-depressed area, it also successfully built a franchise that would eventually sell for $1.4 billion.


For many Bills fans, the team's rivalry with the Miami Dolphins exists only in ancient history. While the teams battled four times in the playoffs in 1990's, their collective postseason fortunes have faded in recent years. The fire could return this Sunday at New Era Field. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Bills need to beat the Dolphins in order to stay in the playoff race.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what he calls the team's "best week this season, by far," with the Sabres going 2-0-2 in their last four games. Who and what are responsible for the recent success? Bill shares his thoughts on his weekly chat about the team.


The weather earned the headlines for Sunday's game at New Era Field. The Buffalo Bills kept their playoff hopes alive with a 13-7 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts, but most observers are still talking about the heavy snow that fell throughout the game. A Wall Street Journal reporter called the contest "delightfully ugly." Most Bills fans would agree, analyst Matt Sabua points out, provided their team wins.

Buffalo Bills

LeSean McCoy scored on a 21-yard run with 1:33 left in overtime to secure the Buffalo Bills' 13-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in a wintry, white-out setting best suited for snow shoes and sled dogs.

The Buffalo Bills find themselves in a familiar spot as the 2017 season winds down. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Bills remain in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs. Of course, that "hunt" has come up empty for the Bills, who haven't appeared in a postseason game in almost 18 years. The bottom line, Sabuda says, the Bills have a small chance at the playoffs if they beat the Colts Sunday; almost no shot, if they lose.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's waiving of veteran Matt Moulson, its acquisition of Stanley Cup-winning forward Scott Wilson and Tuesday's win in Colorado, where the last-place Sabres snapped a four-game losing streak.


Empire State Winter Games

The Empire State Winter Games begin February 1. Three days earlier, a torch run will begin in Manhattan. That is just one of the changes organizers outlined today in Lake Placid, which will host the competition.

The New England Patriots dominated the Buffalo Bills in a 23-3 victory Sunday at New Era Field. The performance, however, was tainted by Rob Gronkowski's illegal hit on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White. Analyst Matt Sabuda called the play "one of the worst cheap shots I've seen in years" and believes Gronkowski deserves a suspension.


Buffalo Bills

Rex Burkhead scored twice and the New England Patriots won their eighth straight by beating the Buffalo Bills 23-3, continuing their dominance over their AFC East rival.

The New England Patriots have made themselves at home in Orchard Park in recent years. Analyst Matt Sabuda cites a laundry list  of startling statistics highlighting the Patriots dominance at the home stadium of the Buffalo Bills.  Sabuda points out that Bill Belichick has 15 wins in Orchard Park as the Patriots coach. None of the Bills full-season head coaches of this century--Gregg Williams, Mike Mularkey, Dick Jauron, Chan Gailey, Doug Marrone and Rex Ryan--had as many wins at New Era Field.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The partners who earlier this year released a report known as State of Play Western New York were in downtown Buffalo on Thursday, seeking input from community stakeholders as they plan how to advance a project designed to increase youth sports participation and, in turn, improve their health.


On this week's edition on WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks more about the team's dreadful season and a run that has seen it win just one of their last ten games. How have things gotten so bad? Are there any signs of hope on the horizon? And how much blame, if any, should coach Phil Housley shoulder?


Oddsmakers listed the Buffalo Bills as 10-point underdogs heading into Sunday's game against the Chiefs in Kansas City.  The 16-10 victory not only proved many experts wrong, it also renewed hope the Bills could end their record-setting playoff drought. Analyst Matt Sabuda advises cautious optimism, pointing out the Bills' record of 6-5 is a mark they've now reached four times over the last ten years.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The 11-Day Power Play, which made history in 2017 while raising more than $1 million for cancer research, is planning to return in 2018. But this time, members of the public will be encouraged to lace up their skates, pick up their sticks and take their turns in another 11-day hockey game.


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