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Sweet Home Schools

An array of student-athletes in the Sweet Home school district will be out on the practice field Saturday, after the School Board decided Monday evening to hire coaches for a group of sports.

The final score, 27-17, was only part of the story in Sunday's Biils victory over the New York Jets.  Analyst Matt Sabuda says the Buffalo Bills joined several NFL teams in remaining in the locker room while the national anthem played prior to kickoff as players use their use their platforms to call for social justice.  Another facet of Sunday's story, of course, was the lack of spectators at Buffalo Bills Stadium as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact daily life.


SUNY Brockport

SUNY Brockport says that as of Saturday morning it suspended its wrestling program pending the outcome of investigations stemming from potential COVID-19 policy violations. Two wrestling physical education classes have also been canceled for the Fall semester.

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Josh Allen led three consecutive first-half touchdown drives, and the Buffalo Bills overcame their own sloppiness and injuries to two starting linebackers in a 27-17 season-opening win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Buffalo Bills

The Erie County Sheriff's Office has issued a warning that arrests will be made Sunday of people who trespass at Buffalo Bills' Stadium.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

More than 400 workers are back on their job, after Batavia Downs Gaming reopened Wednesday after being closed since the state locked down in March.

NYSPHSAA

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that football, volleyball and competitive cheer fall seasons will be postponed until March to address concerns associated with the novel coronavirus.

An assistant women's basketball coach at Niagara University who resigned last week has filed a discrimination complaint against the private Catholic university.

About 130,000 high school athletes got the green light Monday to participate in sports this fall; now their school districts are mulling whether to allow the seasons to start. All high school sports have been on hold since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that there won’t be any high school football games, wrestling matches or ice hockey contests this fall. The governor did issue new guidelines to phase in matches for other types of school sports, however.

Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins will allow up to 13,000 socially distancing fans to attend their home opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 20.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's a highly-regarded but out-of-print book detailing a century of professional baseball in Buffalo. Its author, longtime Buffalo baseball historian Joseph Overfield, died 20 years ago but his book, The 100 Seasons of Buffalo Baseball, is about to be expanded in a new edition released by his son.

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No fans. No private parking lots. That was the message Wednesday from the Erie County Health Department to the Orchard Park Town Board.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For city leaders, Buffalo hosting a major league baseball game Tuesday evening fulfills a long-ago dream by those who once sought a franchise for the city. For state leaders, having the Toronto Blue Jays call Buffalo home for the 2020 season is a show of how far New York has come in lowering its COVID curve.

Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays' highly-anticipated first game in its temporary home ballpark comes Tuesday evening. On the eve of the first pitch, Blue Jays officials explained some of the changes and realignments within Sahlen Field in order to accommodate big league ballplayers safely in an ongoing pandemic.

Buffalo Bills

Bills fans have been holding their breath for the past few days after hearing All-Pro Cornerback Tre-Davious White was considering opting out of the 2020 season. Now it's offical White will play after stating Wednesday he was undecided.  

  

NWHL

Will the NWHL be playing hockey in 2021? That's the current plan. Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about the what the league is doing now as the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S continues.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County leaders held a conference call Thursday with representatives of the Buffalo Bisons, Toronto Blue Jays and Major League Baseball to discuss ground rules for when Buffalo is scheduled to begin serving as the Blue Jays' temporary home. That meeting left local leaders feeling good about the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Buffalo. But then a short while later, the Jays announced their weekend games were postponed.

The good news for baseball fans in Buffalo is the MLB season isn't being shut down despite a recent COVID breakout throughout the Miami Marlins roster. Construction on Sahlen Field continues to move forward in preparation for the Blue Jays arrival August 11, but there are still looming problems that could pose a threat to MLB completing their season. WBFO's Nick Lippa spoke with Buffalo News Baseball Reporter Mike Harrington about the league's current state of affairs. 


 

Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

The Toronto Blue Jays' plans to play games in Buffalo beginning next month may have hit a snag, with Major League Baseball cancelling some games after word that members of the Miami Marlins have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills are giving season ticket holders the option to have their money refunded or defer any payments made toward the 2021 season.

Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

The state of Pennsylvania won't allow the Toronto Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh amid the coronavirus pandemic. That leaves Buffalo's Sahlen Field among the remaining options for the major league team.

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The Buffalo Bandits will soon have some new competition out on the floor, as the National Lacrosse League announced today they will be awarding an expansion franchise to Fort Worth, Texas starting in the 2021-2022 season.

Carlos Osorio / The Canadian Press via AP

The Canadian government has rejected a plan for the Toronto Blue Jays to play their home games in Toronto. The minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship said the move would be to risky in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York State Public High School Athletic Association

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association's COVID-19 Task Force has issued several new procedures regarding fall high school sports.

File Photo / WBFO News

The Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company is asking the Buffalo Bills to end the Orchard Park stadium naming rights contract.

Photo by Ron Kiener/Used with permission

Several sports deemed "low risk" by the state were allowed to resume play Monday, though with enforcement of added guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A local sports facility better known for winter sports is also reopening, but on a limited and restricted basis.

WBFO file photo/Michael Mroziak

Sahlen Field in Buffalo, Dwyer Park in Batavia and all minor league professional ballparks throughout the nation will stay quiet and closed this summer. Minor League Baseball on Tuesday announced the cancelation of the 2020 season for all of its leagues.

Omar Fetouh / WBFO News

As Major League Baseball plans an abbreviated 60-game season, the Toronto Blue Jays have yet to make a determination on where they will play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That has led to chatter the Jays could make Buffalo their home for the summer.


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