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Officials with the Buffalo Bills led a tour showcasing the progress of renovations taking place at Ralph Wilson Stadium Thursday. The upgrades are contributing to a boost in season ticket sales.

USA Hockey bringing two world championships to Buffalo

May 28, 2014
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USA Hockey announced Wednesday that Buffalo will host two world championships at the soon-to-be-completed HARBORCENTER in 2015. The 8th annual International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship will be held next January and the International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey Worlds will begin in April.

The fan-generated effort to create a "Bon Jovi Free Zone" in Buffalo received some widespread publicity in the US and Canada Thursday night.  As WBFO's Mark Scott reports, the CBC's As It Happens found out why some people here are angry with the rock singer.

The Buffalo Bills have announced their choice of the investment bank and law firm to oversee the sale of the franchise.

Gus Macker tournament moving to Darien Lake

May 15, 2014
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The 2014 Gus Macker tournament is moving to a new location. The 3-on-3 basketball event will be held at Darien Lake this year.

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The Buffalo Bills Friday traded wide receiver Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers for undisclosed draft considerations. 

The Buffalo Bills made a trade to move up in the NFL draft Thursday night and selected Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Sabres raise season ticket prices 4%

May 7, 2014
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The Buffalo Sabres are raising season ticket prices by four percent. The team announced Wednesday that prices will go up $1 to $4 per game for the 2014-2015 campaign, depends on the seat location.

NYS hires law firm to help keep Bills in Buffalo

Apr 30, 2014

In an effort to keep the Buffalo Bills in western New York the Cuomo administration has retained a law firm to persuade the team's future. The Governor is expected to announce the consulting firm's appointment with the state in the next few weeks.

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The Buffalo Sabres just can't seem to catch a break in what has been a season of suffering.  The Sabres lost the lottery held in Toronto Tuesday night to determine which of the non-playoff teams would get the top draft pick in the NHL draft this June.

Niagara County being considered for Bills stadium

Apr 10, 2014
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Don't rule out Niagara Falls as a potential home of the Buffalo Bills.

Sabres remove interim tag, extend Nolan's contract

Mar 31, 2014
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The Buffalo Sabres have removed the interim tag from head coach Ted Nolan and given him a three-year contract extension.

Sabres to retire Hasek's #39 next season

Mar 28, 2014
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Former Buffalo Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek will have his #39 jersey retired next season by the team. The honor was announced Friday, one day before Hasek is set to enter the team's Hall of Fame.

A group of Buffalo Bills fans plan to celebrate team owner Ralph Wilson’s life with a tailgate party this weekend.

The NHL trade deadline has come and gone and the Buffalo Sabres were busy, as expected.

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The Buffalo Sabres traded star goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues on Friday night for goalie Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 third-round pick.

Trade talk for Miller

Feb 26, 2014
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As the National Hockey League Trade deadline approaches, Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray confirmed to reporters Tuesday night that he is looking at possible trades for goalie Ryan Miller and Steve Ott. Both are unrestricted free agents.

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Several members of the Buffalo Sabres organization are in Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics, but not all will be playing hockey.

USA Hockey Prospects Game returning to Buffalo

Jan 14, 2014
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Top young hockey talent from across the nation will be playing in Buffalo the next two years. The Sabres and First Niagara Center will be hosting USA Hockey's All-American Prospects game in 2014 and 2015.

Bisons name new manager

Jan 13, 2014

The Buffalo Bisons have announced a new manager for the 2014 season. Their parent club, the Toronto Blue Jays, have named Gary Allenson, a veteran minor league manager and former major league catcher to the post.

Sabres hire Tim Murray as new GM

Jan 9, 2014
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The Buffalo Sabres have hired former Ottawa Senators assistant GM Tim Murray to be the team's new general manager.

Report: Sabres choose Murray as new GM

Jan 8, 2014
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Media outlets are reporting that the Buffalo Sabres have decided on Tim Murray as their next general manager.

Higgins says NFL blackouts unfair to Bills fans

Dec 20, 2013
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The Buffalo Bills will play their last home game of the season Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.  But if you don't have a ticket, you won't be able to see it.  The game will be blacked out on local television after failing to sell out. 

The University at Buffalo community is gearing up for this Saturday's appearance of the UB Bulls in a college football bowl game.  UB is using the "Famous Idaho Potato Bowl" to introduce the university to a national audience.

Rocker Bon Jovi reportedly interested in buying the Bills

Nov 25, 2013
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The Buffalo Bills didn't play this weekend, but were still making headlines when a report surfaced Sunday by CBSSports. Reporter Jason La Canfora wrote rock star Jon Bon Jovi is, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, positioning himself to purchase the NFL team.

The First Niagara Center was electric Friday night.  It was the first Buffalo Sabres game with interim coach Ted Nolan behind the bench.  Plus, there was a large contingent of Toronto Maple Leafs fans in the building.  It was a successful start under the new coach as the Sabres beat the Maple Leafs 3 to 1.

Sabres fans say 'it’s about time'

Nov 14, 2013
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News of the Buffalo Sabres' big shake-up at First Niagara Center spread quickly Wednesday. WBFO's Eileen Buckley caught up with some Sabres fans happy to see the major changes.

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A longtime Buffalo sports writer has penned a brand new sports history book. 

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The newest member of the Buffalo Sabres took part in the team's morning skate in First Niagara Center. Meanwhile, reaction continues to pour in from Sunday's blockbuster trade.

Sabres trade Thomas Vanek to Islanders

Oct 28, 2013

The Buffalo Sabres have traded Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders. General Manager Darcy Regier announced the trade Sunday night.