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Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan said he "feels great" about hiring the NFL's first full-time female assistant coach. Kathryn Smith will serve as a Special Teams Quality Control Coach for the team. WBFO's Eileen Buckley attended a news conference with Ryan at Ralph Wilson Stadium Friday where the coach explained why he hired Smith.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent success on special teams, the play of now-healthy goalie Robin Lehner, and the dilemma GM Tim Murray faces with forward Jamie McGinn, who will be an attractive trade deadline target for contending teams.


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The Buffalo Bills have announced Kathryn Smith has been named the team's Special Teams Quality Control Coach. Smith is the first female to be named to a full-time coaching position in NFL History.

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The Buffalo Bisons are hoping the success of their big league baseball affiliate, the Toronto Blue Jays, translates into more interest in the prospects playing in Buffalo. But months before the season opener, team officials are concerned about the declining Canadian dollar and how it may affect the turnout by Ontario-based fans.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team getting off to faster starts, the returns of goalie Robin Lehner and defenseman Mark Pysyk, rookie Sam Reinhart's first career hat trick and what to expect ahead of next month's NHL trade deadline.


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The Buffalo Bills have signed general manager Doug Whaley to a contract extension.

Ryan O'Reilly will represent the Buffalo Sabres in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. It's a well-deserved recognition, said writer Bill Hoppe during WBFO's Behind the Bench. He believes O'Reilly has been among the league's best centers this year. 

In the last game of the 2015-2016 season for Buffalo and with playoff hopes on the line for the New York Jets, the Bills finished on a high note.


Volunteers gather to shovel Bills stadium

Jan 2, 2016
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Hundreds of Bills fans gathered in Orchard Park Saturday morning to shovel the Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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A person with direct knowledge of discussions has told The Associated Press that the Buffalo Bills plan to cut high-priced defensive end Mario Williams this offseason.

On the final 2015 edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Evander Kane situation, the team's struggles on the power play, a breakout game for Jack Eichel, and the pending return of the man who entered the year as the Sabres' starting goaltender.


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Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula issued a statement Wednesday regarding the failure of the team to make the playoffs.

The Buffalo Bills improved to 7-8 with 16-6 win over Dallas Cowboys at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday.


The Bills have two meaningless games left to close out the season as they continue their 16-year playoff dry spell. The first is Sunday, as Buffalo meets the Dallas Cowboys at Ralph Wilson Stadium.


On a holiday edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe makes a list, checks it twice, and reveals which players have been naughty and nice based on the first three months of the 2014-2015 season.


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
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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.


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