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Sabres trade captain Jason Pominville to Wild

Apr 3, 2013

The Buffalo Sabres have traded team captain Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for two prospects and two high draft picks.

Sabres trade defenseman Regehr to L.A.

Apr 2, 2013
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The Buffalo Sabres have traded defenseman Robyn Regehr to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Los Angeles’ second-round draft picks in the 2014 and 2015 NHL Entry Drafts

Sabres Leopold traded to St. Louis Blues

Mar 30, 2013
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 30, 2013) --- Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced Saturday that the Sabres have traded defenseman Jordan Leopold to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for St. Louis’ second-round draft pick and a fifth-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

UB Men's Basketball Coach Reggie Witherspoon fired

Mar 15, 2013

The University at Buffalo has relieved men's basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon of his duties.

The Buffalo Sabres made two significant roster moves Friday, involving rookie Mikhail Grigorenko and veteran defenseman T.J. Brennan.

The Buffalo Bills and Rogers Media on Tuesday announced an extension of the 'Bills in Toronto' series for another five years.

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In a hockey season shortened to 48 games because of a lockout, the Buffalo Sabres opened the season Sunday with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, which sent a lot of happy fans into bars and restaurants for the first time this season.

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The Buffalo Bisons on Friday unveiled their new uniforms for the 2013 season, the first in which the team will be affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Bills hire offensive, defensive coordinators

Jan 10, 2013

The Buffalo Bills today made official what has been reported by numerous sources this week. The team has hired the top two assistants to new coach Doug Marrone.

Buffalo Bills name Doug Marrone head coach

Jan 7, 2013
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The Buffalo Bills officially named Doug Marrone head coach Monday.  Marrone, who spent the last four years coaching Syracuse University, was formally introduced at a noon news conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.

Changes can represent hope for Buffalo Bills fans

Jan 3, 2013
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The Buffalo Bills will work to rebuild the team under the new leadership of Russ Brandon.  WBFO News reached out to a local college professor who has examined the psychology of sports.

Bills interviewing coach candidates

Jan 2, 2013

The search is on to find the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills.  Team President and CEO Russ Brandon and top officials are in Arizona for interviews with a pair of potential coaches.

Bills owner Ralph Wilson hands over power to Russ Brandon

Jan 1, 2013
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The Buffalo Bills announced Tuesday that owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. has handed over power to run the organization to Bills CEO Russ Brandon.

Bills fire Chan Gailey, entire coaching staff

Dec 31, 2012

The Buffalo Bills have fired Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey after three losing seasons.

NHL games canceled through January 14

Dec 20, 2012

The NHL has wiped out all games through Jan. 14, and if it needs to make any more cancelations, the entire season could be the next thing to go.

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The Buffalo Bisons went back to the future to find their new manager and their new logo. 

Jeanneret inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Nov 13, 2012

Longtime Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret was inducted into Hockey's Hall of Fame on Monday.

Buffalo chosen to host NCAA tournament games in 2014

Nov 12, 2012

Buffalo's First Niagara Center will once again host games in the NCAA tournament. 

AP: NHL cancels the Winter Classic

Nov 2, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)- A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the NHL has cancelled the 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.

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The National Hockey League is cancelling another batch of regular season games. 

The league says all games through November 1  have been scrubbed due to the absence of a collective bargaining agreement with the NHL Players' Association.

The players have been locked out for more than a month.  The league had already canceled the first two weeks of the regular season. The initial cancelation wiped 82 games off the schedule. That number is now up to 135.

Lockout delays start of NHL season

Oct 4, 2012

The start of the NHL's regular season has now been pushed back by the lockout.

The league canceled the first two weeks of the 2012-13 season, which was scheduled to begin next week Thursday with four games. In all, 82 games were wiped out through October 24.

Despite negotiating regularly throughout the summer, the NHL and NHL Players' Association have been unable to make much progress in collective bargaining talks. The lockout is into its 19th day and the two sides currently don't have any negotiating sessions scheduled.

NFL Network coming to Time Warner Cable

Sep 21, 2012

Time Warner Cable and the National Football League  reached an agreement Friday that will allow the cable giant to carry the league-owned NFL Network and its affiliated RedZone channel. 

The NFL Network will be available to Time Warner digital subscribers, starting this Sunday.  It will be carried in the Buffalo area on Channel 187, while the HD signal will be on Channel 1086. 

The Red Zone Channel, which switches to various games on Sundays when teams enter their opponents' 20 yard line, will be available to Sports Pass subscribers who pay an extra $6 a month. 

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Young talent from the Toronto Blue Jays organization will entertain baseball fans at Buffalo's Coca Cola Field starting next season. 

The Blue Jays, who are considered to have one of the strongest collections of prospects in all of baseball, are now officially the parent club of the Buffalo Bisons.   The Bisons will serve as the AAA farm team for the Jays for at least the next two seasons, ending a four-year relationship with the New York Mets.

Toronto players over the past four years had a much farther trek, with their AAA affiliate located in Las Vegas. 

NHL announces cancelation of preseason games

Sep 19, 2012
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The National Hockey League has announced the cancelation of the 2012 preseason schedule through Sept. 30.  

The NHL says the cancelation of the schedule was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.

In addition, the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game, scheduled for Oct. 3 in Belleville, Ontario, has been postponed to 2013.  

As a result, the following Buffalo Sabres games have been canceled: Wednesday, Sept. 26 against the Bruins and Friday, Sept. 28 against the Maple Leafs.

Bisons align with Toronto Blue Jays

Sep 18, 2012

The Buffalo Bisons today officially announced their new affiliation arrangement with the Toronto Blue Jays.  The teams have agreed to a two-year player development contract, beginning with the 2013 season. 

The Herd has served as the AAA farm team for the New York Mets for the last four years.  Toronto's farm team was in Las Vegas, which is the Mets' new affiliate.

Team owner Bob Rich, Jr. says the partnership makes sense regionally and allows the Bisons to benefit from a wealth of talent in the Toronto development system, which is considered among the best in baseball.   

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You've heard of Flutie Flakes and T.O.'s -- now there are MariO's. 

Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams is the latest local sports star to have his own breakfast cereal.  Tops Markets is now selling the limited edition, honey nut toasted oat cereal.

All of the proceeds from the cereal will go to Roswell Park's Carly's Club.  Williams, appearing at the Tops store on Orchard Park Road in West Seneca Tuesday to launch the new cereal, talked about how cancer has touched his life.

Sabres react to NHL lockout

Sep 17, 2012
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The National Hockey League is engaged in yet another work stoppage as owners opted to lockout its players at midnight Saturday after a new Collective Bargaining Agreement could not be reached.

The  Buffao Sabres prepared for life after the lockout by signing restricted free agent Tyler Ennis to a two-year contract  Saturday.

The team announced a refund process will be in place for those holding tickets to any games that may be canceled.  Another option is to leave ticket payments intact and receive 4 percent interest.  

Ralph Wilson home from hospital

Sep 5, 2012

Ralph Wilson is out of the hospital.  The Buffalo Bills sent out a Twitter message after 12 noon  Wednedsay stating that "Bills owner Ralph Wilson is home from the hospital and is doing well."

The Associated Press says reports team spokesman Scott Berchtold provided the update Wednesday after coach Chan Gailey was asked whether he had spoken to Wilson as he usually does during a game week.

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Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret is one of six new 2012 Buffalo Broadcast Hall of Fame inductees. 

Jeanneret is being recognized for a 40+ year career in sports broadcasting that started in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  He joined the Sabres broadcast team for the 1971-72-season. 

In May of 2011 Jeanneret had scaled back from working all the Sabres games.  But this season, Jeanneret will be back in the broadcast booth for all 82 Sabres games. 

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is requesting a change to a National Football League's matching loan program to free up $25 million in league revenue to help with renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium, without a penalty to the community if the team is sold.

Currently, what is known as the G-4 loan program would help the Bills pay for stadium upgrades, but it would have to be paid back immediately if the team is sold. That would permit a new owner to liquidate assets and relocate the franchise.