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LeSean McCoy named to Pro Bowl

Dec 23, 2015
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The NFL has selected Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy for this year’s Pro Bowl game. 

Though it appears the Buffalo Bills will miss the playoffs again this season, analyst Matt Sabuda believes the remaining games hold some importance. He wants to see if Tyrod Taylor can prove himself as the team's "franchise quarterback."


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about a busy spate of pre-Christmas break games, including two impressive wins over Detroit and LA. Bill also updates forward Cody McCormick's ongoing medical situation, which has left his NHL future in doubt.


Penalties were a big issue in the Bills 20-23 loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia Sunday. Analyst Matt Sabuda says the loss means the Bills are likely out of the playoff picture this season.


The Bills take on the Eagles in Philadelphia Sunday with Buffalo's playoff hopes hanging in the balance and running back LeSean McCoy returning to face the team that traded him away.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's poor showing on a western Canada road trip, a young goaltender struggling between the pipes and the strong play of a forward many considered to be just a throw-in in the big Ryan O'Reilly trade.


Fans can hold out hope for a Bills playoff run.  Buffalo's 30-21 win over the Houston Texans at Ralph Wilson Stadium keeps their post season hopes alive.

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It was made official Friday afternoon: the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-20 World Championship, better known as the World Junior Championship, is returning to Buffalo.


Despite a losing record, the Buffalo Bills still have hope to reach the playoffs. For that to happen, analyst Matt Sabuda points out the Bills will need help from other teams and they need to beat Houston on Sunday.


A person familiar with the decision has told The Associated Press that USA Hockey has selected Buffalo to host the 2018 World Junior Championship tournament.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent goal scoring success, the continued strong play of defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and one player's desire NOT to receive votes for this year's NHL All-Star Game.


The Bills' 30-22 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs hurt Buffalo's playoff chances and has left fans exasperated.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent scoring struggles and where the team stands one-quarter into the 2015-2016 season.


UB names Allen Greene its new Athletic Director

Nov 24, 2015
courtesy UB Athletics

It didn't take long for the University at Buffalo to find its successor to departing athletics director Danny White. Allen Greene, who worked directly under White at UB since 2012, has been promoted to the post.

The final margin may have been close, but the Bills 20-13 loss to the Patriots once again featured critical penalties and poor clock management. "These types of mistakes are beyond tiresome. And you have to wonder how much is on coaching at this point in the season," said analyst Matt Sabuda.


Lockport native seeks world kickboxing title in WNY bout

Nov 21, 2015
courtesy Lace Up Promotions

(Editor's Note: following the release of this story, the scheduled heavyweight bout mentioned in this article was canceled as a result of the champion reportedly not appearing to fight. WBFO was not advised of the cancelation in advance.)  

It's not often that the challenger in a world title fight can arrange to have the bout hosted in his hometown. But Lockport's Amer Abdallah will get to try for the World Kickboxing Association light heavyweight championship in front of a hometown crowd Saturday night.


Injuries are mounting for the New England Patriots, the Bills opponent this Monday. But as analyst Matt Sabuda points out, as long as quarterback Tom Brady is healthy, the Patriots will remain a formidable foe. 


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about how the NHL's new coach's challenge, which has reversed three Sabres goals already this season, the effectiveness of the team's goaltending tandem and the returns of two key players from injury.


UB Athletics Director Danny White heading to Central Florida

Nov 18, 2015
Photo from UB Website

The University at Buffalo is in the market for a new Athletics Director. U.B. announced today Danny White is leaving to accept a position at the University of Central Florida.

The Bills' 22-17 victory over the New York Jets Thursday night was fueled by the production of their offensive backfield. On Friday morning's Beyond the Playbook, analyst Matt Sabuda says key performances were turned in by LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams.

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.

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