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It’s a whiffle ball field of dreams in Valley City

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service VALLEY CITY — There’s a neighbor’s backyard beyond the outfield fence, not a field of corn so the Wiffle Ball World Series is not something for the big screen just yet. Don’t expect Kevin Costner to play the role of one of the founding members like ...

Playoff drought looms over Buffalo Bills’ latest fresh start

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Darryl Talley bit his lip so not to risk spouting a profanity. The Buffalo Bills' 17-year playoff drought roils the emotions of the franchise's proud old guard. "That's real ..." the former star linebacker said with a grunt of ...

Sabres’ coach Phil Housley hires Chris Hajt as assistant

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres rookie head coach Phil Housley has hired Chris Hajt to serve as one of his assistants. Hajt spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings' American Hockey League affiliate, including the 2014-15 Calder Cup champion ...

Key events in OJ Simpson’s fall from sports hero, movie star

LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson's story represents one of the most dramatic falls from grace in the history of American pop culture. A beloved football hero in the 1960s and '70s, he transitioned effortlessly to movie star, sports commentator and TV pitchman in the years that followed. He ...

Police release arrest video of Buffalo Bills player in Ohio

SHARONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio on Wednesday released cruiser and body cam video of the arrest of Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Adolphus Washington on a weapons charge. The Cincinnati native and former Ohio State standout is accused of improperly carrying a concealed weapon outside ...

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle arrested on weapons charge

SHARONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Adolphus Washington has been arrested in Ohio on a weapons charge. The Cincinnati native and former Ohio State standout is accused of improperly carrying a concealed weapon outside a water park in Sharonville. A police report says ...

Rangers hire Lindy Ruff as assistant coach

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have hired longtime NHL head coach Lindy Ruff as an assistant to Alain Vigneault. The Rangers announced the hire Monday. The 57-year-old Ruff was a head coach for almost 19 seasons, compiling a record of 736-554-78-125. He ranks fourth among head coaches ...

Recruit gives Bison hope of breaking longtime 7-foot high jump drought

FARGO — All eyes of North Dakota State track and field fans were on the running and throwing events at the Summit League Outdoor Championships in May. Next year, Clayton Pritchard is hoping you’ll hear from the jumping events. The signing of Kyle Alcine gives hope that a Bison high jumper ...

On Day 11, hockey players break record for longest game

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Fatigue gave way to emotion for Les Kuntar on Monday when he attempted to put into perspective spending the past 11 days playing one continuous hockey game. Standing at center ice and sipping a beer, the 47-year-old former professional ...

Sabres acquire Pominville, Scandella in trade with Wild

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Former Sabres captain Jason Pominville is returning to Buffalo after being acquired along with defenseman Marco Scandella in a four-player trade with the Minnesota Wild. In exchange, the Wild acquired forwards Tyler Ennis and Marcus ...

Buffalo Sabres hire Sexton, Greeley to assistant GM jobs

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill continued filling out his staff by hiring Randy Sexton and Steve Greeley as assistant GMs. Their responsibilities will include player development and overseeing Buffalo's minor-league affiliates, with Sexton also named GM of ...

Game on … and on: 11-day hockey marathon set for Buffalo

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — For Mike Lesakowski and 39 of his hockey-playing friends, it's game on. And on and on and on. From the opening faceoff Thursday night to the final whistle set for the morning of July 3, the group of mostly 40-something Buffalonians ...

GM Botterill expects Sabres to lose out on signing Petersen

CHICAGO (AP) — Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has all but given up on signing goalie prospect Cal Petersen. Botterill tells reporters he expects the former Notre Dame star to pursue free agency at the end of next week, and doesn't foresee him signing with Buffalo. Though ...

2017-18 Buffalo Sabres Schedule

By The Associated Press All Times Eastern Oct. 5 Montreal, 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Oct. 9 New Jersey, 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Anaheim, 9 p.m. Oct. 17 at Las Vegas, 10 p.m. Oct. 20 Vancouver, 7 p.m. Oct. 21 ...

Sabres acquire defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from Canadiens

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have acquired defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from the Montreal Canadiens for a third-round pick. Buffalo sent the 68th overall pick in the 2017 draft to Montreal for the pending restricted free agent. The teams announced the trade Saturday prior to the ...

Vegas Golden Knights may get franchise goalie, young roster

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer George McPhee can't wait to fill the white board, the one in the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft room. On Wednesday night, the staff will start adding the names of players who will become part of the expansion team for its first NHL season. "We're ...

WNBA brings back 3-point contest to All-Star Game

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is bringing back its 3-point contest to the All-Star Game. For the first time since the 2009 All-Star Game, the league will have a 3-point shootout during halftime of the game on July 22 in Seattle. "The 3-point contest is ...

Housley home-coming: Returning to Buffalo as Sabres coach

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Phil Housley still remembers high-fiving Sabres fans at Memorial Auditorium in opening his Hall of Fame career in Buffalo during the 1980s. Now, Housley is looking forward to bringing that type of excitement back to Buffalo — this ...

Sabres GM: Kyle Okposo on track for start of training camp

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is on track to report for the start of training camp in September in recovering from an undisclosed illness that placed his future in question two months ago. General manager Jason Botterill provided ...

Bills’ Dareus makes 1st pitch in bid to put troubles behind

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — It was "Marcell Dareus Day" at Buffalo's Triple-A ballpark, and the Bills defensive tackle arrived in a playful mood. In throwing out the first pitch, Dareus mugged for the cameras with Bisons' mascots Chip and Buster, ordered a ...