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The Buffalo Sabres have won two of their past three games, but suffered some major injuries over the past week. Buffalo Hockey Beat reporter Bill Hoppe gives an update on the Sabres health, Jeff Skinner and previews their upcoming games.

  

The Buffalo Sabres have returned to playing hockey after a COVID outbreak kept the team off the ice for nearly two weeks. With the team on a losing streak, Buffalo Hockey Beat reporter Bill Hoppe recaps the Sabres status and recent struggles.

  

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With the National Football League season set to conclude Sunday, the same questions about the lack of minority head coaches are being asked. Just five of the 32 head coaching positions in the league are filled by people of color.


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Swimming, both recreational and competitive, has taken a heavy hit during the long pandemic. However, USA Swimming is trying to turn that around and get people back into the water.

COVID is impacting professional hockey across the country this week. That includes the NWHL, who suspended their season in an announcement Wednesday afternoon after multiple teams were revealed to have contracted COVID. NWHL commissioner Tyler Tumminia said the shortened 2-week season at Lake Placid was not a bubble, but a ‘restricted access environment.’  Victory press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess addresses what happened and what's next for the NWHL.

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The Buffalo Bills won't be making an appearance, but with an estimated 100 million television viewers, Sunday is one of THE days to bet on sports.

The Buffalo Sabres will have at least four postponed games after a recent COVID outbreak. Multiple Sabres are at risk after playing some weekend games against the New Jersey Devils-- a team who now has over ten of their own players on the COVID-19 list. Buffalo Hockey Beat reporter Bill Hoppe breaks down what happened this past week.

  

The Buffalo Sabres started off slow in the win column this year, but a couple of recent victories have them back up to .500. They have a rematch with the Rangers tonight after winning 3-2 Tuesday. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe explains how they’ve turned things around, who is contributing to their success and gives a general look at COVID around the NHL.

  

The NWHL’s shortened two week season got started over the weekend. All of this year’s games are being played at the historic Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid to decrease the chances of COVID impacting the league. The Buffalo Beauts got off to a slow start losing their first two games. Victory Press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa on how everything is looks so far.

  

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There was a sense of hope, steamy breathing and gradually rising noise as Buffalo Bills fans began to fill a blocked-off area of Chippewa Street in downtown Buffalo Sunday evening. Fans were willing to brave the cooling temperatures to support the Bills and Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

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Josh Allen led the Buffalo Bills to their first AFC championship game in 27 years. He and the rest of the team will need to be better to take the next step.

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Ahead of today's big AFC Championship Game, Niagara Square and all surrounding roads have been transformed in Bills Mafia Fashion.

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The Buffalo Bills fan base has developed a reputation of loyalty and generosity, even with the team losing for the good part of the past two decades. And excitement is the highest it has been in years heading into Sunday's AFC Championship game. Alan Pringle, a lecturer in mental health nursing at the University of Nottingham, has studied the impact European Football events have on a fan’s mental well-being. He spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about his research and the similarities he sees between Scotland football fans and Bills Mafia.

  

The Buffalo Sabres have started the year losing three of their first four games. But their next opponent may be missing a few players due to COVID as Buffalo heads to Washington Friday. Sabres reporter Bills Hoppe updates us on what’s next for Buffalo, goaltending concerns and more.

  

The Buffalo Bills are just one win away from playing in the Super Bowl. It's a reality, as analyst Matt Sabuda points out, that "seemed incomprehensible in recent years, and decades, really."  The defending champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, are the next challenge. This Bills team, Sabuda believes, has the potential to return to the Super Bowl for the first time in 27 years and he's encouraging fans to "enjoy the ride."

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The Orchard Park football stadium that held 6,700 fans on Saturday will look a little different when the Buffalo Bills eventually return there in late summer. Erie County has bid documents on the street for around $4 million in repair and renovations to start after the season ends.

The Buffalo Sabres start a COVID shortened season tonight, hosting the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center in front of no fans. It’s been a long time since the Sabres have made it to the playoffs. Can they start this season on a high note? Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe shares his insight on the roster, approach to COVID and more.

  

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The Buffalo Bills have been granted permission to have a limited number of fans attend their second straight home playoff game.

With their 27-24 win Saturday over the Indianapolis Colts, the Buffalo Bills have advanced to the AFC Divisional round and will host the Baltimore Ravens Saturday night. The game features an intriguing matchup, says analyst Matt Sabuda. While Ravens' quarterback Lamar Jackson is the reigning league MVP, Bills' quarterback Josh Allen has earned consideration as MVP this season. As Sabuda points out, both quarterbacks were taken in the  2018 NFL Draft which featured five quarterbacks selected in the first round.


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The Buffalo Bills earned their first playoff victory in a quarter-century on Saturday when Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes, scored another rushing, and Micah Hyde batted down Philip Rivers' desperation pass for a 27-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts in a wild-card game.

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The parking lot at the Buffalo Bills' stadium in Orchard Park will be packed Wednesday with fans planning to see the team play the Indianapolis Colts Saturday.

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Former Buffalo Sabres General Manager and Head Coach John Muckler has died. He was 86.

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The Buffalo Beauts and women’s hockey is back this month in organized play. The NWHL has been on pause for almost a year now due to COVID. The league will hold a two-week season starting Jan. 23 with games being played at the historic Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid. Among the many changes this year, semi-final and championship games will be televised on NBC sports network. Victory Press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess talks about what to watch for later this month.

  

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Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills were intent on not easing into the playoffs, while ending the Miami Dolphins' chances.

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New York State is making an exception to its restrictions on large gatherings to allow fans to attend a Buffalo Bills home playoff game in January as long as all test negative beforehand. It will be the Bills' first playoff game in 25 years and a huge test not only for the team but COVID-weary New Yorkers.

It's been over a year since fans have been allowed inside Bills Stadium to watch their team. That changes next weekend when 6,772 people will be allowed to attend the team's first home playoff game in 25 years. During a special edition of Beyond the Playbook, analyst Matt Sabuda offers perspective on what the development means for a community that enjoys a unique connection with its NFL team.


Jesse King

It’s no secret that New York state is facing a fiscal emergency in 2021. With revenues sharply down because of the coronavirus pandemic and federal relief left out of the latest COVID package, legislative leaders are discussing raising taxes on the wealthy to help plug a $15 billion shortfall.

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Bills Stadium in Orchard Park could see fans in-person for the Buffalo Bills' first home playoff game since 1996. That according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who says the NFL is working with the state on a plan to allow 6,700 fans to attend the game.

It's been a long time--25 years to be exact--since the Buffalo Bills finished first in the AFC East. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, he was just 13 years old and current Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen  wasn't born when the Bills took the 1995 AFC East title. That changed Saturday night when the Bills rode "an explosion of football energy" to pummel the Denver Broncos, 48-19, claiming the divisional title with two games remaining in the regular season.  It may not be the last title.  "This team's success is driven by legitimate and sustainable young talent," Sabuda said during this week's special edition of Beyond the Playbook.


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Bills Stadium in Orchard Park could see fans in-person for the Buffalo Bills' first home playoff game since 1996. That according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who says the NFL is working with the state on a plan to allow 6,700 fans to attend the game.

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