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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."


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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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Tom Brady passed for 271 yards and a touchdown, sneaked for a third-down conversion to set up another score and threw a downfield block on another scoring drive to help the New England Patriots clinch their 11th AFC East title in a row by beating Buffalo 24-17 on Saturday.

Fans are eager for Saturday's game between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots. With a playoff spot already secured and a difficult path to winning the AFC East, analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills are "playing with house money." He says, win or lose, the Bills are in a good position heading to the postseason.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's loss in Toronto, which saw the team start slow before making the game interesting in the third period. Jack Eichel extended his point streak to 17 games and has entered the conversation for the NHL's most valuable player. Struggling youngster Casey Mittelstadt has been demoted to the AHL's Rochester Americans, where the organization hopes he will get his game back on track. And defenseman Zach Bogosian appears to want out of Buffalo, with a report that he has asked for a trade.


With their 17-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night, the Buffalo Bills are going to the playoffs for just the second time in this century. The Bills improve to 10-4 on the season and still hold an outside chance of ousting the New England Patriots from their familiar spot atop the AFC East. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes this edition of the Buffalo Bills is different from other recent teams "in the best ways possible."


It's simple for the Buffalo Bills, says analyst Matt Sabuda, win this Sunday and they clinch a spot in the playoffs.  Simple, but by no means easy. The Pittsburgh Steelers, winner of four straight games, will host the Bills Sunday night. Sabuda says the Steelers aggressive defense will test young quarterback Josh Allen who is coming off an uneven performance in last Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Oddsmakers have made the Steelers a slight favorite.


Buffalo Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts have won their past two games with an exciting comeback win against the Minnesota Whitecaps and convincing victory over the Connecticut Whale. The Beauts are off this weekend and currently hold second place in the NWHL, but will that last? Victory Press and NWHL reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about that and the yet to be announced upcoming NWHL all-star game.

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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's big win over St. Louis this week and captain Jack Eichel's hot streak, which has him on pace for a 100+ point season. Linus Ullmark has taken over as the team's top netminder but forward Casey Mittelstadt's struggles continue. And Bill shares some of his memories of Memorial Auditorium ahead of Thursday's "Aud Night" game against the Nashville Predators.


While Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills (9-3) and the Baltimore Ravens (10-2) carries playoff implications, it also features two of the five quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson. Analyst Matt Sabuda sees Jackson as the leading candidate for league MVP, but he says Allen's production is not far behind.  According to Sabuda, Jackson leads all quarterbacks with 32 total touchdowns; Allen is fifth with 24.  The game also represents the most combined rushing yards by opposing quarterbacks in NFL history.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's better play as of late, including a 7-1 drubbing of the New Jersey Devils on Monday. Head coach Ralph Krueger says he likes how the unconventional 11 forward/7 defenseman lineup has worked for the team. Goal-scorer Jeff Skinner continues to find success no matter whom he's paired with. And Linus Ullmark has been the team's best option in goal. Will he emerge as the Sabres' #1 netminder over the course of the season?


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Former Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy and his girlfriend have reached a settlement in a home invasion lawsuit she filed against him.

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Twenty years after it was launched as Flutie Mania swept Western New York, the cereal bearing the former Bills quarterback’s name is making a comeback.

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Cole Beasley savored a little extra time on the field with his former teammates after what had to be one of the most satisfying days of the Buffalo receiver's career. And to think he didn't even have the most noteworthy play for the Bills' pass-catchers.

The Buffalo Bills haven't played on Thanksgiving day in 25 years and haven't enjoyed a win on the holiday since 1975.  Analyst Matt Sabuda says tomorrow the Bills "can write their own history" with a win in Dallas over the Cowboys. Victory won't come easily. Sabuda points out the Cowboys, despite their 6-5 record, are ranked near the top of the NFL in offense and defense.


On this week's edition of Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter talks about the team's continued inconsistent play, which has resulted in just two wins in their last 12 games. The Sabres' poor special teams play is one reason for their struggles and the concussion suffered this week by defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is more bad news for a team on the ropes.


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