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United Soccer League

A Connecticut-based real estate developer and his Buffalo-based partner are announcing they have secured conditional rights to a United Soccer League franchise for Buffalo. But it comes on the condition they can get a soccer-specific stadium built.


Buffalo Bills

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.


Buffalo Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts are back on the road this weekend to face off against the undefeated Boston Pride Saturday before a quick turnaround for an early Sunday game in Connecticut. Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about what to watch for and how the Beauts home opener turnout was at their new home ice in Amherst. Also, Burgess shares her thoughts on the NWHL's presentation on Twitch, Olympic gold medalist Hilary Knight's comments referring to the NWHL as a "glorified beer league" and more.

The Buffalo Sabres are sliding down the standings, having lost five straight games. On this week's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about how the balanced scoring that led to early-season success has evaporated. The Sabres now enter a busy part of the schedule that could be critical to their playoff hopes. The team has called up Curtis Lazar to take the place of the injured Vladimir Sobotka and defenseman Zach Bogosian is back at practice after a lengthy recovery from surgery.

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Sportsnet has cut ties with "Hockey Night in Canada" broadcaster Don Cherry. Rogers Sportsnet President Bart Yabsley said in a statement Monday that after discussions with Cherry "it has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down.''

Buffalo Bills

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.

The Cleveland Browns say running back Kareem Hunt will play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills afer serving his eight-game NFL suspension. It will be his first game since being banned for two physical off-field altercations. The Bills travel to Cleveland with a 6-2 record, but are they as good as their record looks? WBFO's Howard Riedel talked with analyst Matt Sabuda, who has some concerns in this week's Beyond the Playbook.

The Buffalo Sabres are in Stockholm, Sweden for two games against the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of the NHL's Global Series. On this week's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about how the trip could be a significant bonding experience for a team that has six Swedish players on its roster.


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.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe takes stock of the team's successful first month, 13 games in which they have far exceeded expectations under new head coach Ralph Krueger. Is this a team fans can believe in and will those fans start to fill KeyBank Center if that success continues? Is their condensed schedule, ahead of next week's trip to Sweden, catching up to them? And what did former coach Phil Housley, who was back in town Monday with the Arizona Coyotes, have to say about his time in Buffalo?


Nationals Beat Astros 6-2 To Win The 2019 World Series

Oct 31, 2019

The Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 of the World Series in Houston.

It is the Nationals' first championship since the franchise moved to Washington, D.C., in 2005.

The Nationals are also the first team in MLB history to win the World Series by winning four games as the visiting team.

Washington won despite being dominated by Houston starter Zack Greinke for better than six innings. The Nationals scored all of their runs in the last three innings.

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A former college football player suffering from early dementia is among those urging New York State legislators to ban tackle football for children 12 and younger.

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.


On this week's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the 8-1-1 Sabres' continued hot start to the season including their success on home ice, the improved play of forward Casey Mittelstadt and his linemates, continued strong goaltending, and the chemistry that has come from lineup stability. Also, is Jack Eichel taking his next step toward superstardom?


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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.

Tre'Davious White forced two second-half turnovers, Micah Hyde returned an onside kick for a touchdown, and the Buffalo Bills rallied from a five-point deficit for a 31-21 victory over the winless Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

The Miami Dolphins come to New Era Field Sunday without a win. The Bills are 16-point favorites heading into the contest, the largest such spread in over two decades. Still, analyst Matt Sabuda calls it a "must win" game for the Bills. He believes if the Bills were to stumble, the result would extinguish fans' hopes which have reached new heights as the team has rolled to a 4-1 start.


The Buffalo Sabres have yet to lose a game in regulation time, upping their record to 5-0-1 following Monday's 4-0 home win over the Dallas Stars. On this week's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what's different so far this season under new head coach Ralph Krueger, the team's improved defensive play, and the comeback of forward Vladimir Sobotka.


The Buffalo Bills haven't started a season at 4-1 since 2011. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, that year slipped away quickly as the team finished at 6-10. Sabuda sees greater possibilities ahead provided the team addresses some inefficiencies. At the top of that list is the decision-making of quarterback Josh Allen.  The Bills are 8-1 in games when Allen throws one or fewer interceptions; when that number rises to two or above, the Bills are 1-6.


The Buffalo Sabres are 3-0-1 in their first four games thanks, in large part, to their stellar production on the power play. Buffalo has scored eight goals with the man advantage in 15 opportunities. But reporter Bill Hoppe thinks for the team's success to continue, they need to score more often five-on-five. Also on this week's Behind The Bench, a look at the team's forward lines—which ones are clicking and which isn't?


"A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleading Problem"

It was 2014 when a group of former Buffalo Jills filed a lawsuit seeking compensation against their managers, the Buffalo Bills and the NFL. The Jills have not performed since, but the lawsuit remains active in a battle over fair pay and employment practices.

Friday evening at Buffalo's North Park Theatre, that struggle comes to the big screen in a new film called "A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleading Problem." WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with the director, Yu Gu, who will be at the showing to answer questions from the audience.

Niagara University

Niagara University is searching for a new swimming and diving coach and assistant coach. The search comes less than three weeks after coach Ben Nigro was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by three female team members.

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Josh Allen threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns as the Buffalo Bills beat the Tennessee Titans 14-7 Sunday in a defensive showdown for their third straight win in this series.

Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans features two of the top defensive units at this stage in the NFL season. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Titans are giving up an average of 16 points per game, the fourth-best mark in the league. The Bills are second in the NFL in allowing 281 yards per game. If the Bills can avoid a letdown after last week's close loss to the Patriots, Sabuda believes they can come away with a win on Sunday.


The Buffalo Sabres start the 2019-20 season with a road game in Pittsburgh Thursday night. The Sabres have failed to make the postseason for the last eight seasons and beat reporter and WBFO analyst Bill Hoppe doesn't think that will change this year. On the season premiere of Behind The Bench, WBFO's weekly check-in on the team, Bill talks about new head coach Ralph Krueger, some of the team's new faces, expectations for rookie forward Victor Olofsson, and the ongoing saga surrounding seemingly-disgruntled defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.


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For the University at Buffalo's men's basketball team, Sunday was opening day, as new head coach Jim Whitesell and his players had their first official practice in the new season.

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Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins forced Buffalo's fourth turnover by intercepting backup Matt Barkley's pass with 1:27 remaining to seal New England's 16-10 win over the Bills on Sunday.

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