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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.


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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
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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.


Girl Power Part 5: Different Abilities, One Unified Team

Mar 30, 2020
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Despite the advancements delivered by Title IX legislation over the last 50 years, girls still participate in sports less than boys, and the disparity widens with the pressures of adulthood. Why does it matter? Because kids who compete do better in school, at work and throughout life. So WBFO's Marian Hetherly took a look at leveling the playing field in a series she's calling "Girl Power."

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What does it say about a sportswriter who retired three years ago but spent a week this winter reporting on six different sporting events? “It’s still fun to go to games,” said Budd Bailey, who retired from the Buffalo News in 2017. “As I tell people, I’d like to think I see more games in Buffalo than anybody else in town.”  While he clearly hasn’t grown tired of sports after four decades of coverage, he did share concerns over how sports journalism may be losing out in a changing marketplace. 


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High school basketball, bowling and hockey state champions will not be crowned this year. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Monday its decision to cancel the remainder of the scholastic winter state championship games, as the result of the continuing COVID-19 health crisis.

Girl Power Part 4: Buffalo Public Schools' Cecelie Owens

Mar 23, 2020
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Despite the advancements delivered by Title IX legislation over the last 50 years, girls still participate in sports less than boys, and the disparity widens with the pressures of adulthood. Why does it matter? Because kids who compete do better in school, at work and throughout life. So WBFO's Marian Hetherly took a look at leveling the playing field in a series she's calling "Girl Power."

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the NHL's decision to suspend its season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bill talks about how the situation rapidly evolved last week and what the scenarios are for a possible return at some future date. Also, how has Pegula Sports & Entertainment handled the plight of workers at KeyBank Center? And how is Bill, himself, adapting to his new reality?


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Before the spread of COVID-19, when the country was still consuming sports at its typical, voracious rate, some of the area's best-known sportswriters visited WBFO for long conversations about the future of sports journalism. Different perspectives were shared, but each individual offered keen insights into how journalism is being devalued. "Sports is sports," said Jerry Sullivan, former senior sports columnist at the Buffalo News. "It worries me more in the real realm, in the news world, the way news is being consumed."   

Girl Power Part 3: Mary Wilson, The Game Changer

Mar 16, 2020
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Despite the advancements delivered by Title IX legislation over the last 50 years, girls still participate in sports less than boys, and the disparity widens with the pressures of adulthood. Why does it matter? Because kids who compete do better in school, at work and throughout life. So WBFO's Marian Hetherly took a look at leveling the playing field in a series she's calling "Girl Power."

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By a close vote, with some 500 union members not participating, NFL players approved a new labor agreement with the league. It features a 17-game regular season, higher salaries, increased roster sizes and larger pensions for current and former players.

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Carlos Cordeiro, the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, announced late Thursday that he was stepping down as head of the governing body after a controversial court filing in a lawsuit over equal pay for the women's national team that appeared to disparage the athletic abilities of female players.

The resignation of Cordeiro, who had served as USSF president since 2018, is effective immediately. He is replaced by U.S. Soccer's vice president, Cindy Parlow Cone, a former pro player who will be the first woman to head the governing body.

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The National Hockey League is suspending the rest of its regular season, until further notice, due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's shootout win over the Washington Capitals Monday night, which snapped a six-game losing skid. It was a game that featured yet another controversial goaltender interference call that went against the Sabres. Linus Ullmark was back in net following a nearly six-week injury absence. Also, Bill talks about how the spreading coronavirus is affecting the team, the league, and his job.


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