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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.

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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. 


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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Western New York High School Coaches Association

One of our area's most beloved athletic figures has died.

Joshua Koester

Buffalo Rising is in the process of unveiling "Greenlight," a video series that looks to bring exposure to Buffalo basketball at a critical time for high school players.  Producers Devin Chavanne and Joshua Koester say the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted the AAU basketball season which for many players is their best hope to attract the attention of college coaches and the possibility of scholarships.

On a special edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's firing of former general manager Jason Botterill and what changed from late May, when co-owner Kim Pegula endorsed his return. Using words like "leaner" and "more efficient," the Pegulas' open checkbook era appears to be over, perhaps as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Who is new GM Kevyn Adams and why was he given the job? And why was the Rochester Americans coaching staff, one of the few bright spots in the organization in recent years, also fired? 

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Saying "our fans deserve better," Buffalo Sabres owners Kim and Terry Pegula have fired Jason Botterill and named Kevyn Adams as the team's new general manager.

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Jake Fromm apologized on social media Thursday after a text conversation in which he said only "elite white people" should own guns was made public.

For the first time in about two decades, the Buffalo Bills will not train in Pittsford, and both sides wish it wasn’t so. For the first time in team history, training camp will be held at One Bills Drive in Orchard Park.

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Jason Botterill is very much aware of the criticism he’s attracted overseeing a Buffalo Sabres team that extended its playoff drought to nine years by failing to even qualify for the NHL’s expanded 24-team format.

That doesn’t mean the general manager is going to his alter his vision in continuing to build the organizational depth and developing young talent.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the NHL's plan to resume play and how the Sabres have once again failed to make it into the postseason, even with an expanded 24-team playoff field. Also, Bill shares his thoughts on the team retaining General Manager Jason Botterill and what challenges await him in what will be an usual offseason. And what's going on with young defenseman Lawrence Pilut and his possible desire to play overseas?

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At least one more year. That is the message being sent out by Buffalo Sabres Team President and Co-Owner Kim Pegula in regard to the status of General Manager Jason Botterill. Botterill was hired by Buffalo in 2017.

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For former Buffalo News sportswriter Bob DiCesare, the outbreak of the coronavirus has forced him to continue his stay in Florida for an additional two months. He wasn't complaining, especially about the weather, but admitted, "I'm itching to get home." In an hour-long interview with WBFO, the Western New York native had plenty to say about the state of journalism, the changes at his former employer and his passion for fishing the streams, rivers and lakes of the region.

The NWHL saw hundreds of players sit out this past year due to concerns the women’s hockey league was not providing enough resources. A new report from Victory Press reveals several players who say their basic needs as workers were not being met during the 2018-19 season.

Emmie O'Leary

On Friday night, the Buffalo Bills will make their first selection in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft and when General Manager Brandon Beane calls in his choice, WBFO's own Peter Hall, co-host of Theater Talk, will be joining him via Zoom.

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Some online businesses are thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic, while others are grabbing the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. Despite a decline in school-sponsored competitions, the pandemic has helped the largest high school esports league in the nation move full throttle on its expansion plan.

Special Olympics NY goes virtual for 50th anniversary

Apr 20, 2020
Special Olympics

Spring is usually a time of intense training for New York's Special Olympics Summer Games in June. This year was to be particularly special, as the largest sports organization for people with intellectual and physical differences celebrates its 50th anniversary. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, however, Special Olympics had to get creative.

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Now, two years removed from her nearly 20-year stint as a Buffalo News sportswriter, Amy Moritz still values the “power” of stories. That theme stood out in a lengthy interview with WBFO discussing the changes in journalism. Her current story reflects the power of the moment: As her husband nurses patients on a COVID-19 unit at a local hospital, she’s “taking care of the eighty-year-olds on my end.”

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The truth hurts. Just ask Bucky Gleason. Two years after leaving his job as a Buffalo News sports columnist, he remains attuned to the wobbling foundations of journalism. In a lengthy interview with WBFO, Gleason raised important questions about what we read and why we read it.

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Often painful and dramatic, change continues for the newspaper industry. Fueled by the internet, consumers have rushed to information outlets beyond their city’s daily print publication. Sportswriter Tim Graham has worked through the whirlwind. Nominated three times for a Pulitzer Prize while at The Buffalo News, Graham’s work now exists exclusively in the digital world at The Athletic.