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On this week's edition WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's poor showing against the Toronto Maple Leafs and how far ahead the cross-border rivals are after both teams underwent rebuilds in recent years. Also, with former Sabre Ryan O'Reilly returning to Buffalo last weekend, how does the trade that shipped him to St. Louis look now? And Sabres prospect Alexander Nylander is showing signs why he was a first-round pick in 2016.


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Upstate New York casinos authorized to offer sports gambling could be accepting wagers by Memorial Day weekend.

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Former Denver Broncos backup quarterback Chad Kelly has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor second-degree criminal trespassing for entering a couple's suburban Denver home uninvited.

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The Buffalo Beauts fell just short in their attempt to win the National Women's Hockey League's Isobel Cup Sunday in St. Paul, MN. It was the fourth consecutive year the Beauts plated for the championship, which they won in 2017. WBFO's Omar Fetouh caught up with the team's head coach and general manager, Cody McCormick to discuss the season.

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The regional president of the New York State Amateur Hockey Association has resigned and apologized to the family of an Amherst teen hockey player who was subjected to racist taunts in a game in January.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's continued collapse, now having lost 11 of their last 13 games, as well as Jeff Skinner's goal-scoring drought, the illegal hit that led to Jack Eichel's two-game suspension, and the prospects for 2016 first-round draft pick Alexander Nylander, who is back up with the big club.


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The world of professional wrestling has lost a local veteran and ambassador for the sport. Dick "The Destroyer" Beyer died at his home in Akron.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's tendency to give up goals in bunches, often sinking otherwise-strong efforts. Many fans are calling for the ouster of head coach Phil Housley, but would firing another coach after two years be wise move? And what do defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen's horrid plus/minus numbers tell us about a player who frustrates fans and has grown frustrated himself?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's latest setbacks, losses to Toronto and Philadelphia, which have left them even further outside of a playoff position. Also a look at the two trades GM Jason Botterill made prior to Monday's deadline and how the addition of defenseman Brandon Montour is a move for both the present and the future.


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Michael Cohen said during his congressional testimony Wednesday that Donald Trump grossly overstated his wealth before becoming president, including inflating his assets during a failed bid to buy the Buffalo Bills in 2014.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about a team in turmoil, which has lost three straight games and is falling out of the playoff race. Head coach Phil Housley called his team "soft" last week, but many fans blame him for the current state of affairs. How much fault falls on the shoulders of Housley and GM Jason Botterill, who has been inactive when it comes to improving the roster? How should Botterill approach the upcoming trade deadline? And what now for Kyle Okposo, who has suffered his third concussion in two years?


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Before the Buffalo Bills open their exhibition season this summer, Erie County will be putting around $3 million into a series of projects in Orchard Park, including a new playing surface for the stadium.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's improved defense over their last three games, the strong play of the "fourth" line, and how the Sabres, who are in the thick of the playoff race, are rejecting the concept of "moral victories."


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about head coach Phil Housley's recent line-shuffling, the team's continued defensive woes, and whether it's finally time for Linus Ullmark to take over the role of number one goaltender.


In a testament to the enduring power of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots emerged victorious in Super Bowl LIII for the team's sixth championship victory since 2002.

The Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a slow-moving game with the lowest total score in Super Bowl history. That means the oldest quarterback-coach duo in Super Bowl history has defeated the youngest duo, Jared Goff and Sean McVay.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's return to action this week, splitting games in Columbus and Dallas. Could rookie forward Casey Mittelstadt be on the verge of a breakout? Also, the Sabres begin a rare seven-game homestand Friday night when they host the Chicago Blackhawks. Success over the two-week stretch is critical for the team's playoff aspirations.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about how the team's long break could help them once again find their game. How did the Sabres go from first place in the NHL to out of a playoff spot in six weeks? And could some fresh faces help the franchise end its long postseason drought?


The Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots will face off in this year's Super Bowl after winning the NFC and AFC conference championships, respectively, on Sunday.

The Rams, who overcame a 13-point deficit to beat the Saints, last played in the Super Bowl in 2002 — against none other than the Patriots. The St. Louis Rams won the NFL title two years before that.

The Patriots defeated the Chiefs to return to the Super Bowl for a third consecutive year.

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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Wednesday's much-needed win over the Calgary Flames and where the team stands just ahead of their upcoming bye week. Also, goaltender Linus Ullmark has been outperforming Carter Hutton in recent weeks. Will Ullmark take over the starter role for the Sabres' playoff push?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, which saw two Sabres rookies score their first NHL goals. Also, the pending return of star forward Jack Eichel, the return of goal-scoring dynamo Jeff Skinner to Carolina, and what to watch for in the second half of the season.


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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Jack Eichel's injury, what players need to step up in his absence, and seeing a healthy Lawrence Pilut back in the lineup. With the Sabres holding on to a wild card spot by a thread, Bill also discusses what teams could pass them in the standings.

For most of last two decades, the season finale for the Buffalo Bills has been a dreary affair, a meaningless game for a team that would again be sitting out the postseason. Of course, 2017 finished with the Bills ending their record playoff drought. While the 2018 season didn't feature a return trip to the playoffs, analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills 42-17 rout of the Miami Dolphins was full of indications the franchise could be ready to return to relevance.


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Kyle Williams, a fan favorite throughout his 13 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, will play his last game this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. His retirement announcement was released by the organization early Friday morning.

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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about a win over the Anaheim Ducks, the hot play of Linus Ullmark and how he was developed, the Ryan O' Reilly as it stands and the struggling St. Louis Blues, the Sabres raised expectations, and what young defensman you should keep an eye out for in 2019.


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The last time lacrosse was played as an official Olympic sport was 1908. That could change, given a three-year provisional acceptance into the International Olympic Committee for the Federation of International Lacrosse. It gives the sport’s governing body added resources and the option to apply for full-sport status in the future. But as lacrosse continues on track to achieve its Olympic dreams, what about those of the Native American athletes of the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team?

Losing to the New England Patriots continues to be a tradition for the Buffalo Bills. Since the turn of the century--and the arrival of Tom Brady-- the Patriots have dominated the Bills. That was the case again Sunday as New England cruised to a 24-12 win on their home field. Analyst Matt Sabuda says there's plenty of blame to be shared, from the "putrid" Bills' run defense to the inadequacies of rookie quarterback Josh Allen. But Sabuda stresses the game also highlighted the need to upgrade the team's "downright awful" unit of wide receivers.


The Buffalo Bills head into this Sunday's road game against the New England Patriots with no chance of making the playoffs. Despite that sad reality for Bills' fans, analyst Matt Sabuda believes the team has a great opportunity this weekend. The Bills could deliver a blow to the Patriots pursuit of home-field advantage in the playoffs. The game also offers rookie quarterback Josh Allen a chance to show his progress against a traditional NFL power.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's home loss to the Florida Panthers, a team the Sabres have had difficulty defeating. Also, Jack Eichel has been on a tear, continuing his ascent into one of the NHL's elite players, and a look at the situation surrounding now ex-Sabre Patrik Berglund, who was waived Wednesday after failing to report to the team last weekend.


Rookie quarterback Josh Allen ran for a touchdown and threw for another in helping the Buffalo Bills sneak past the Detroit Lions on Sunday, 14-13.  While it wasn't a great performance for Allen, analyst Matt Sabuda believes the rookie took another step forward. Sabuda is hoping for more in the team's remaining two games. 


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Josh Allen threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster early in the fourth quarter Sunday to rally the Buffalo Bills to a 14-13 win over Detroit that eliminated the Lions from playoff contention.

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