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Quarterback tops Buffalo Bills’ priority list entering draft

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — There's no secret to the Buffalo Bills being in the market for a quarterback. Even their players will attest to addressing that position being a priority in the days leading up to the NFL draft. "This is a quarterback-driven ...

A tale of 2 bats, and Babe Ruth’s 60th home run in 1927

By VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As part of its collection of Babe Ruth items, the Baseball Hall of Fame says it has the bat the slugger used to hit his then-record 60th home run in 1927. A private collector also claims to own the bat, and he's selling it at auction. ...

Buffalo Bills Draft

By The Associated Press BUFFALO BILLS (9-8) LAST SEASON: Front-office and major roster overhauls didn't deter Bills from exceeding extremely low expectations in making playoffs and ending 17-year postseason drought, longest in North America's four major professional sports. First-year coach ...

Fred Jackson cherishes chance to retire with Buffalo Bills

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Fred Jackson was so strapped for cash while playing professional football in Germany, he and his wife had to rely on their poker winnings to afford going out for fancy dinners. "I was broke," the former Buffalo Bills running back ...

Changing losing culture top offseason priority for Sabres GM

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Having known mostly success over the past decade with the Penguins, Jason Botterill received a sobering introduction to life at the bottom of the NHL during his first season as Buffalo Sabres general manager. "I've been here for one ...

Foligno brothers savoring first simultaneous NHL postseason

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nick Foligno sent the text message on Sunday to his family members , promising an enjoyable evening of experiencing and watching the NHL playoffs. "This is going to be a big night for the Folignos," he tapped out on his ...

McCarron unfazed by talk of Bills drafting a quarterback

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — AJ McCarron couldn't help notice the number of draft-eligible quarterback prospects the Buffalo Bills have paraded through their facility in recent days. UCLA's Josh Allen was in town Monday. Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield visited last ...

Bills open offseason workouts by signing receiver Kerley

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills began addressing their needs at receiver by signing free agent Jeremy Kerley to a one-year contract as part of a series of moves in opening their offseason conditioning program. Kerley has seven seasons of NFL ...

Jim Kelly progressing ‘remarkably well’ after cancer surgery

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer Jim Kelly is progressing so "remarkably well" two weeks after surgery to have cancer removed from his jaw, his doctor expects the Hall of Fame quarterback to be released from the hospital soon. "I'm very optimistic," said Mount Sinai head and neck surgeon ...

Bills guard Richie Incognito texts The AP he’s ‘done’

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito said he's "done" in a text The Associated Press on Tuesday amid reports he is considering retirement after 11 NFL seasons. Incognito followed up the text message with a laughing-face ...

O’Reilly: Sabres adopted mindset of ‘being OK with losing’

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ryan O'Reilly was unable to hide his dejection as he acknowledged that the Sabres' latest last-place finish led him to question his love for hockey. If that wasn't enough, the high-priced center accused the Sabres of adopting a mindset ...

Sabres clinch 31st following 4-2 loss to Senators

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Three years after bottoming out, the Buffalo Sabres found a way to achieve a new low. A 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night assured Buffalo of becoming the NHL's first team to finish 31st following this season's addition ...

New York budget includes money for ’80 Winter Olympic sites

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Aging Winter Olympic facilities in the Lake Placid area could soon be modernized. The state budget just approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York lawmakers includes $62.5 million for Lake Placid's winter sports venues. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that ...

Maple Leafs beat Sabres 5-2, tie franchise mark for points

TORONTO (AP) — William Nylander and Auston Matthews each had two goals and an assist as the playoff-bound Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Monday night. Andreas Johnsson also scored as Maple Leafs extended a franchise record with their 48th win and matched the team mark for ...

Uncommon path should ease NHL learning curve for Tolvanen

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer The secret was out pretty quickly. A week before the 2015 playoffs, the United States Hockey League's Sioux City Musketeers invited prospect Eeli Tolvanen to skate with them to see about signing him for the following season. He stood out among older players ...

Sabres D Antipin taken off ice on stretcher at Nashville

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Buffalo coach Phil Housley says Victor Antipin is doing good but the Sabres will know more Sunday about the defenseman who was taken off the ice on a stretcher to a local hospital. "As far as I know, he's doing well right now," ...

Sabres’ Antipin out indefinitely with concussion after hit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres say Victor Antipin suffered a concussion and a broken nose when he was boarded during Saturday night's game against the Nashville Predators. The Sabres say Antipin also suffered cuts to his face and dental injuries when he was hit by Predators ...

Reinhart scores 3 as Sabres stun NHL-leading Predators 7-4

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres saw defenseman Victor Antipin taken off the ice on a stretcher after being boarded. Then, they took it out on the Nashville Predators by scoring three goals on the ensuing 5-minute major. "We were able to make ...

Red Wings snap 11-game road skid with 6-3 win over Sabres

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg isn't sure how many more milestones he has left as he prepares to complete his 15th season in Detroit. The 37-year-old is eager to find out. "I hope so," Zetterberg said after picking up his 954th ...

Tanks for nothing: Some NHL teams can’t win for losing

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Eichel has difficulty accepting the sorry state of the Buffalo Sabres, who haven't had a sniff at the playoffs in the three years since his celebrated arrival. "When I got drafted, if you would've said we'd be in this position, I ...