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For thousands of youth soccer players nationwide, including those playing on dozens of teams here in Western New York, the rules are changing, with the practice of "heading" the ball being removed.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's impressive road win in Tampa Bay, the play of Tyler Ennis, Ryan Miller's return and the induction of a legendary Sabres defenseman into the Hockey Hall of Fame.


The Buffalo Bills 33-17 win over the Miami Dolphins provided a much needed boost for fans as the Bills head into Thursday night's game against the New York Jets.


The Buffalo Bills face the Miami Dolphins Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  In our latest edition of Beyond the Playbook, Football Analyst Matt Sabuda says the Bills need to stay healthy and improve Quarterback Tyrod Taylor's performance if they stand any chance of turning the season around.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the new and improved Sabres defense, improvements in offense and puck possession, and a young Swedish goaltender who appears to be the team's new starting netminder.


This week on WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about head coach Dan Bylsma's return to Pittsburgh, a good showing against the Flyers, the Evander Kane injury and one player's early season frustrations.


The Buffalo Bills loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London shows the team's true colors, according to Football Analyst Matt Sabuda.  The Jaguars toppled the Bills 34-31 after allowing Buffalo to take the lead in the fourth quarter. 

With hundreds of Bills fans taking the long road trip across the Atlantic, Buffalo is well represented in London this weekend. Analyst Matt Sabuda expects the faithful will be rewarded with a win Sunday when the Bills meet the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's struggle to score goals so far this young season, the state of the its goaltending and the emergence of one of the organization's top young talents.


Quarterback Andy Dalton threw for three touchdown passes as the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Bills 34-21 Sunday. Analyst Matt Sabuda says the Bills defense is not living up to its reputation.

The Buffalo Bills head into Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with many key players, including Sammy Watkins, Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy, dealing with injuries. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills will need them, and more, to beat the undefeated Bengals.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the first three games of the 2015-2016 season, games that included a significant injury and a spectacular Jack Eichel goal that has the hockey world buzzing.


Tyrod Taylor set a team record for quarterbacks by rushing for 77 yards in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 14-13 road win against the Tennessee Titans. Analyst Matt Sabuda says Taylor was able to shake off a slow start as the Bills overcame a 10-0 deficit.


Coming off a disappointing loss to the New York Giants, the Bills (2-2) hit the road looking for a win Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. "The Bills really need to get off to a good start without sloppy play calling and execution," said analyst Matt Sabuda on WBFO's Beyond the Playbook.


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Hope ran strong Thursday night during the Party in the Plaza, as fans readied for the opening game of the Buffalo Sabres season and the regular season debut of Jack Eichel. Eichel didn't disappoint, notching his first career goal in a 3-1 loss to Ottawa.


Buffalo Beauts women's pro hockey debuts this Sunday

Oct 9, 2015
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Western New York's thriving hockey scene adds a new team into its fabric, with the debut of the Buffalo Beauts this Sunday afternoon. It's one of four charter members of the all-new National Women's Hockey League.


It's opening night for the Buffalo Sabres and with the new season comes the return of WBFO's Behind The Bench, our weekly look at the team both on and off the ice. Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe joins WBFO's Omar Fetouh for a preview of what fans can expect from this year's squad, which has undergone a massive overhaul over the past several months.


While some argue that the Bills new aggressive attitude is behind the team’s penchant for penalties, analyst Matt Sabuda isn’t buying it.


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The Buffalo Bills have set a new record in the team's history, but this time off the field.

It appears wide receiver Sammy Watkins and running back LeSean McCoy will not be in the lineup when the Bills host the New York Giants Sunday. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills have a chance to overcome the injuries against a suspect Giants defense.


Beyond the Playbook: Bills embarrass the Dolphins

Sep 28, 2015
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Tyrod Taylor threw for 277 yards and three scores in his first NFL start on the road Sunday, as the Buffalo Bills squished the Miami Dolphins 41-14.

Sunday's loss to the Patriots may have been a huge disappointment to fans, but the Buffalo Bills need to bounce back quickly. On WBFO's Beyond the Playbook, analyst Matt Sabuda says the team has an opportunity Sunday against the injury-riddled Miami Dolphins.


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It's a busy week for USA Hockey in Buffalo. As the city prepares to host an annual game featuring the nation's top pro prospects, hopes are raised that an international tourney will soon be returning.


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Although the Bills didn't take the win against the New England Patriots on Sunday, they did honor a former member of the organization during halftime.

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The Bills are a hot ticket and perhaps no game this season is hotter than this Sunday's home game against the division rival New England Patriots.

It's a statement that may best convey the animosity Bills fans feel toward Sunday's opponent: "The Patriots are the Evil Empire of the NFL," said Matt Sabuda during WBFO's Beyond the Playbook.


Beyond the Playbook: Bills wrangle Colts

Sep 14, 2015
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Fans electrified Ralph Wilson Stadium as the Buffalo Bills emerged victorious over the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's home opener. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor led the Bills to a 27-14 win. WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with Football Analyst Matt Sabuda about the game on Morning Edition.


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The stubborn rain that drenched State College, PA Saturday gave new meaning to the name Beaver Stadium, but neither the soggy weather nor a loss to Penn State seemed to dampen the enthusiasm of many UB Bulls fans.

Beyond the Playbook: Bills prepare for home opener

Sep 11, 2015

Some are calling Sunday's game the most anticipated season opener in recent Buffalo Bills history. Beyond the Playbook analyst Matt Sabuda expects the team, and the fans, to be ready.


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The Buffalo Bills have locked up one of their key defensive players in a long-term contract.

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