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Girl Power Part 1: Battle of the Sexes

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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 is calling "Girl Power."

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent success, which has them back within sight of a playoff spot, and this week's trade deadline. GM Jason Botterill made two deals, acquiring forward Wayne Simmonds from New Jersey for a draft pick and trading forwards Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues to Pittsburgh for Dominik Kahun. Bill breaks down each acquisition and what message was sent to the team and its fans, and why it didn't work out for Sheary, Rodrigues, or recently-departed defenseman Zach Bogosian in Buffalo.


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The Buffalo Sabres pulled off two deals prior to the NHL's trade deadline Monday afternoon.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Sabres dissapointing loss Tuesday to the Ottawa Senators, the team's outlook ahead of the trade deadline, and some of the challenges Jason Botterill is facing as General Manager.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the recent strong play of goaltender Carter Hutton, who has led the team to wins in two of their last three games; one scout's assessment of Jeff Skinner's situation and how he's still not playing with Jack Eichel; the return of old friend Ryan Miller; and which names from the past will be back in town for Thursday's night "2000s Night" at KeyBank Center.


Buffalo Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts struggles continue. After a long break, they will be back in action next weekend on the road against the Metropolitan Riveters. In the meantime, many players continue to boycott the NWHL and are working to develop the game of women's hockey as part of the Professional Women's Hockey Players' Association. Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about the current status of both organizations, recent media coverage of women's hockey and the impact its had on viewers, plus the upcoming NWHL All-Star Game and what the Beauts need to do to avoid a play-in game.

Barring a miracle, the Buffalo Sabres will miss the playoffs for their ninth consecutive season. Tuesday's ugly 6-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche was their third home loss in four games. Frustrated fans have reached a breaking point and are expressing anger, or perhaps worse, apathy. With two months left in the season, where does it all go from here? How much blame should be placed on the team's owners, general manager and head coach? And is some new blood needed in the front office?


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Buffalo State College has released results of an independent investigation into the conduct of the women's head soccer coach.

Updated at 12:15 a.m. Monday

The long wait is over for Kansas City. The Chiefs are Super Bowl champions for the first time in 50 years.

After a slow start in Super Bowl LIV, the Chiefs pulled off yet another double-digit comeback in the playoffs.

The Chiefs, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, navigated the San Francisco 49ers' defensive pressure by the fourth quarter. His two long touchdown passes took the Chiefs to a 31-20 victory Sunday over the 49ers.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about an "embarrassing" loss to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night, the first game of a make-or-break homestand for the team. If the loss wasn't bad enough, starting goalie Linus Ullmark will miss the next three to four weeks with a lower-body injury. Can Carter Hutton step up in his place and when might we see a start from Rochester Americans call-up Jonas Johansson? General Manager Jason Botterill is still looking for help at forward, but is it too late? And what impact did NBA legend Kobe Bryant have on players like Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo?


Updated at 7:35 p.m. ET Tuesday

Investigators are poring over the scene where former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people died Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. It's not clear why the aircraft went down, although weather conditions at the time were difficult. The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to the site and is now leading the investigation.

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The news of Kobe Bryant's death is sending waves of shock and sadness throughout the world of sports and beyond. In Buffalo, former Los Angeles Laker and San Diego Clipper Willie "Hutch" Jones is remembering the NBA superstar for more than his skills on the court.

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, known as "GiGi," died in a Sunday morning helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. They were among nine people on board, all of whom were killed in the crash.

The news of Bryant's death sent shock and sadness throughout the sports world and beyond. Stars from across the NBA, fans and friends poured their emotions into tributes on social media to honor one of the greatest players in basketball history.

Updated at 8:23 p.m. ET

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, Calif., the city's mayor has confirmed. Bryant was 41.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's critical upcoming schedule, which has them playing nine of their next 10 games on home ice. Curtis Lazar has been a strong contributor since coming to Buffalo from Rochester, but his road to get here has been rocky, at times. And we open up the mailbag with a question about whether two seemingly-disgruntled players will get their wishes for a trade.


Two offensive stars of a generation ago were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday. One was nearly unanimous, while the other squeaked by in his last year of eligibility.

The Section VI Football Federation announced Monday it will delay a recent decision to return to league play—a move that would have left Buffalo teams without a league to play in.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about his takeaways from the past week's games and what's coming up ahead of an extended break. Also, a look at Zemgus Girgensons' strong season, which now has him playing on the top line. And Bill caught up with former Sabres star Pierre Turgeon, a player many believe should be enshrined in hockey's Hall of Fame, who spoke fondly of his time in Buffalo.


Despite their overtime playoff loss to the Houston Texans, the Buffalo Bills enjoyed a solid season. Analyst Matt Sabuda says several young players were at the heart of the postseason push in 2019. That group should be expected to improve in the coming season, but Sabuda believes a "few key additions" are needed. At the top of his list is a top-tier wide receiver and an impactful pass rusher. He'd also like to see the coaching staff take an aggressive step forward. "My biggest criticism this year was their tendency to take their foot off the gas when they had any kind of success."


Buffalo Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts are heading in to the last third of their season on a losing streak. After a couple of tough losses to the undefeated Boston Pride, Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about what needs to change for the Beauts to turn things around, Taylor Accursi's scoring touch, Jordan Juron's choice to come over to the NWHL, upcoming PWHPA events and more.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's acquisition of forward Michael Frolik from the Calgary Flames and how he could help make up for the losses of scorers Victor Olofsson and Jeff Skinner, who are both sidelined with injuries. Also, prospect defenseman Lawrence Pilut has been called up from the Rochester Americans. With the recent trade of Marco Scandella, could the AHL All-Star stick around in Buffalo for the long-term?


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At Riverworks in Buffalo, more than 100 women and girls ages 10 and up are part of a resurgence of the sport of roller derby. Last year, the Queen City Roller Girls junior team qualified for the national championships in Colorado.

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Some fans traveled to Houston to attend the game. Others jammed sports bars across Western New York to watch on TV. But all of Bills Nation is in shock after watching their team blow a 16 point lead in Saturday's wildcard round of the NFL playoffs. Buffalo lost to the Texans 22 to 19 in overtime.

Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans has established himself as one of the NFL's "best young quarterbacks," so says analyst Matt Sabuda. While he believes Watson and his talented teammates present a major challenge, Sabuda wonders if the Buffalo Bills can "keep their nerves in check" in Saturday's playoff game at Houston. If they do, he says the Bills have the talent to come away with their first playoff win since 1995.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the tough guy signing of Dalton Smith ahead of their loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday. Hoppe also comments on the Sabres recent scoring struggles, NHL player safety, what making the playoffs in 2020 would mean for Buffalo and more.

David Stern, a basketball Hall of Famer and former commissioner of the NBA, died on Wednesday at age 77. The NBA issued a statement saying that his death was the result of a brain hemorrhage that he suffered in mid-December.

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When fans come back to New Era Field in Orchard Park next season, it will be different: $5 million different.

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Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills can finally look ahead to making their playoff preparations knowing they're headed to Houston next weekend.

The outcome of Sunday's game with the New York Jets will not change the Buffalo Bills' position heading into next week's playoffs. Since they are sure to be the fifth seed, analyst Matt Sabuda suggests fans take a moment to enjoy the team's progress. "This is the best team that the Bills have put on the field in 20 years," Sabuda declares. The roster, highlighted by second-year quarterback Josh Allen, is full of emerging young talent, Sabuda says, and that's reason to feel confident the Bills will be in contention for the foreseeable future.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's current slump, in which they have lost four of their last five games, and the state of the team nearing the midway point of the season. What's behind forward Jeff Skinner's lack of production? The 40-goal scored has just one goal in December. And as the 2010s near their end, a look at a decade marked by failures to make the playoffs, high coaching turnover, and the general failure of the "tank" strategy.


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