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Girl Power Part 3: Mary Wilson, The Game Changer

Mar 16, 2020
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Despite the advancements delivered by Title IX legislation over the last 50 years, girls still participate in sports less than boys, and the disparity widens with the pressures of adulthood. Why does it matter? Because kids who compete do better in school, at work and throughout life. So WBFO's Marian Hetherly took a look at leveling the playing field in a series she's calling "Girl Power."

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Last week's NFL Scouting Combine brought draft prospects, team executives, sports agents and journalists to Indianapolis. Tim Graham of the Athletic has spent many years covering the event, an experience which has provided him with important perspective. "You need to make sure you don't get too excited about a guy because he ran a 4.3 forty (yard dash)," Graham said.


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The Buffalo Bills are committed to playing their home games at New Era Field through 2023. But Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, wanting to get a head start on preparations for future lease talks, is already putting out a call to law firms who may be interested in providing counsel when negotiations begin.

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The Buffalo Bills have informed Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz that the pro football franchise will not exercise an opt-out which could have ended its lease at New Era Field this summer.

Despite their overtime playoff loss to the Houston Texans, the Buffalo Bills enjoyed a solid season. Analyst Matt Sabuda says several young players were at the heart of the postseason push in 2019. That group should be expected to improve in the coming season, but Sabuda believes a "few key additions" are needed. At the top of his list is a top-tier wide receiver and an impactful pass rusher. He'd also like to see the coaching staff take an aggressive step forward. "My biggest criticism this year was their tendency to take their foot off the gas when they had any kind of success."


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Some fans traveled to Houston to attend the game. Others jammed sports bars across Western New York to watch on TV. But all of Bills Nation is in shock after watching their team blow a 16 point lead in Saturday's wildcard round of the NFL playoffs. Buffalo lost to the Texans 22 to 19 in overtime.

Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans has established himself as one of the NFL's "best young quarterbacks," so says analyst Matt Sabuda. While he believes Watson and his talented teammates present a major challenge, Sabuda wonders if the Buffalo Bills can "keep their nerves in check" in Saturday's playoff game at Houston. If they do, he says the Bills have the talent to come away with their first playoff win since 1995.


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When fans come back to New Era Field in Orchard Park next season, it will be different: $5 million different.

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Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills can finally look ahead to making their playoff preparations knowing they're headed to Houston next weekend.

The outcome of Sunday's game with the New York Jets will not change the Buffalo Bills' position heading into next week's playoffs. Since they are sure to be the fifth seed, analyst Matt Sabuda suggests fans take a moment to enjoy the team's progress. "This is the best team that the Bills have put on the field in 20 years," Sabuda declares. The roster, highlighted by second-year quarterback Josh Allen, is full of emerging young talent, Sabuda says, and that's reason to feel confident the Bills will be in contention for the foreseeable future.


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Tom Brady passed for 271 yards and a touchdown, sneaked for a third-down conversion to set up another score and threw a downfield block on another scoring drive to help the New England Patriots clinch their 11th AFC East title in a row by beating Buffalo 24-17 on Saturday.

Fans are eager for Saturday's game between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots. With a playoff spot already secured and a difficult path to winning the AFC East, analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills are "playing with house money." He says, win or lose, the Bills are in a good position heading to the postseason.


With their 17-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night, the Buffalo Bills are going to the playoffs for just the second time in this century. The Bills improve to 10-4 on the season and still hold an outside chance of ousting the New England Patriots from their familiar spot atop the AFC East. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes this edition of the Buffalo Bills is different from other recent teams "in the best ways possible."


It's simple for the Buffalo Bills, says analyst Matt Sabuda, win this Sunday and they clinch a spot in the playoffs.  Simple, but by no means easy. The Pittsburgh Steelers, winner of four straight games, will host the Bills Sunday night. Sabuda says the Steelers aggressive defense will test young quarterback Josh Allen who is coming off an uneven performance in last Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Oddsmakers have made the Steelers a slight favorite.


While Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills (9-3) and the Baltimore Ravens (10-2) carries playoff implications, it also features two of the five quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson. Analyst Matt Sabuda sees Jackson as the leading candidate for league MVP, but he says Allen's production is not far behind.  According to Sabuda, Jackson leads all quarterbacks with 32 total touchdowns; Allen is fifth with 24.  The game also represents the most combined rushing yards by opposing quarterbacks in NFL history.


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Former Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy and his girlfriend have reached a settlement in a home invasion lawsuit she filed against him.

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Twenty years after it was launched as Flutie Mania swept Western New York, the cereal bearing the former Bills quarterback’s name is making a comeback.

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Cole Beasley savored a little extra time on the field with his former teammates after what had to be one of the most satisfying days of the Buffalo receiver's career. And to think he didn't even have the most noteworthy play for the Bills' pass-catchers.

The Buffalo Bills haven't played on Thanksgiving day in 25 years and haven't enjoyed a win on the holiday since 1975.  Analyst Matt Sabuda says tomorrow the Bills "can write their own history" with a win in Dallas over the Cowboys. Victory won't come easily. Sabuda points out the Cowboys, despite their 6-5 record, are ranked near the top of the NFL in offense and defense.


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Former Buffalo Bills coach and Michigan State player Henry "Hank" Bullough has died at 85.

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Buffalo's four sacks in a 20-3 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday that has the Bills off to their best start in 23 years.

While it has not a been a great season for the Denver Broncos--they have a 3-7 record--their defense continues to rank among the best. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, Denver is eighth in points allowed and fourth in yards allowed. Heading into Sunday's game with the Broncos, Sabuda doesn't expect Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills to repeat last week's 37-point performance against a weak Miami team. But the Bills will need to limit their mistakes to come away with a win at New Era Field.


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Josh Allen tied a career high with three touchdown passes and ran for another score Sunday to help the Buffalo Bills complete a season sweep of the Miami Dolphins by winning 37-20.

While the Bills are enjoying one of their best records (6-3) in years, analyst Matt Sabuda feels fans are growing dissatisfied with the current state of the team. The lack of production on offense, he says, has become a "legitimate concern." In losing at Cleveland last Sunday, the offense produced only 14 points, the latest in a season full of disappointing performances. Sabuda believes quarterback Josh Allen has the talent to improve the situation, but he's running out of time to keep this year on track to contention.


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Baker Mayfield threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins with 1:44 left as the Cleveland Browns snapped a four-game losing streak — and took some pressure off first-year coach Freddie Kitchens — with a 19-16 win on Sunday over the Buffalo Bills.

Micah Hyde sees no reason why the Bills should apologize for taking advantage of a soft season-opening schedule. The Buffalo safety needed only to point to how the Bills have flipped their record, going from 2-6 a year ago to 6-2, following Sunday's 24-9 win over the Washington Redskins, who dropped to 1-8 in rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins' first career start.

The Buffalo Bills were outclassed by the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-13, last Sunday at New Era Field. It was a dispiriting game, says analyst Matt Sabuda, but all is not lost for the 2019 season. He says the schedule is giving the Bills a chance to regain confidence this Sunday against "dysfunctional" Washington, which comes into the game with a 1-6 record.


Rookie Miles Sanders scored on a career-best 65-yard touchdown run and the Philadelphia Eagles snapped a two-game skid with a 31-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Eagles have stumbled to a 3-4 record this season, but they remain a formidable opponent this Sunday for the Buffalo Bills.  As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Eagles won the Super Bowl two seasons ago featuring many of the players on their current roster.  In order to come away with a victory, Sabuda believes quarterback Josh Allen and the Bills offense will need to put together their best performance of the season.


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Miami Dolphins safety Bobby McCain will be disciplined by the team for a verbal confrontation with a 13-year-old boy and for allegedly spitting in the face of another Buffalo Bills fan at Sunday's game.

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