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All eyes are on Sabres rookie Rasmus Dahlin in Buffalo

By The Associated Press BUFFALO SABRES LAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years. COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season). ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, ...

Okposo: Players need to buy in for Sabres fortunes to change

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An offseason of soul-searching led forward Kyle Okposo to realize a roster overhaul alone wasn't going to improve the Buffalo Sabres' fortunes. Okposo figured out that he and other team leaders would also have to change their approach. ...

Bills stun Vikings 27-6 in rookie Allen’s 1st road start

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback, hustling to give Buffalo an early lead in his first NFL road start. Then, the Bills turned their defense loose on Kirk Cousins and delivered a stunningly lopsided ...

Pressured by Bills D, Cousins drops ball in Vikings defeat

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Buffalo Bills unfolded an astute defensive game plan at Minnesota and unleashed their front seven on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. The most important part of their preparation and execution? Forcing Cousins to ...

Allen, Bills, 16 1-2 point underdogs, stun Vikings 27-6

By The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback for the Buffalo Bills by accounting for three touchdowns in his first road start in the NFL. Allen made Minnesota's Kirk Cousins look like the raw rookie in a stunning 27-6 upset of the ...

Underdog Bills unleash D on Cousins in 27-6 win vs. Vikings

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Minnesota facing fourth-and-1 at the Buffalo 26, Kirk Cousins pivoted left and passed to fullback C.J. Ham in the flat near the first-down marker. The throw early in the fourth quarter was on target as Ham began to head up ...

AP source: Brian Gionta set to retire after 16 NHL seasons

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Forward Brian Gionta is retiring at age 39 after 16 NHL seasons, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Gionta hasn't disclosed what he plans to ...

Jets’ Darnold loses unexpected rookie duel with Mayfield

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Just as in the NFL draft, Sam Darnold finished behind Baker Mayfield. Darnold lost an unexpected duel with Mayfield on Thursday night as Cleveland's rookie quarterback came off the bench and rallied the Cleveland Browns to a 21-17 win over ...

Baker Mayfield Era begins as rookie leads Browns past Jets

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — At some point, Baker Mayfield was going to assume Cleveland's starting job and become the franchise quarterback, the future. That moment arrived Thursday night. His days as a backup are over. Throwing a 14-yard dart to complete his first ...

Bowles insists ‘tough-minded’ Jets won’t let loss linger

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — This isn't exactly where the Jets expected to be right now. At least, not this way. Todd Bowles' bunch is 1-2 after an embarrassing flop in Cleveland, falling 21-17 on Thursday night to a Browns team that hadn't won since 2016. ...

Odell Beckham Jr. upset with losing and frequent PED tests

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. is sick of losing and frustrated with seemingly being asked to take tests every other week by the NFL for performance-enhancers. Beckham tweeted about the tests Thursday before the Giants (0-2) practiced for ...

Bills promote cornerback Ryan Lewis off practice squad

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Ryan Lewis off their practice squad to address a position depleted after Vontae Davis abruptly left the team last weekend. The Bills initially claimed Lewis off waivers on Sept. 2 after he spent last season on the New England ...

Mother of LeSean McCoy’s son alleges he was abusive

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer The mother of LeSean McCoy's young son said in a court filing Tuesday that she agreed to defend the Buffalo Bills running back against an allegation that he abused the boy even though she said she knew the accusation was true. In a three-page document filed ...

Amid banter, NHL officials get refresher course at camp

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lunch is over and before the next session of game film study begins, the jokes start flying among the 80-plus referees and linesmen assembled in a downtown hotel ballroom. "Anyone who didn't bring their glasses should move closer to the ...

Sabres sign Sam Reinhart to 2-year, $7.3 million contract

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres can finally prepare for the start of the season with their full complement of forwards after signing Sam Reinhart to a two-year, $7.3 million contract on Wednesday. Reinhart was a restricted free agent, and the team's ...

McDermott chalks up Bills struggles to ‘growing pains’

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Acknowledging the Buffalo Bills have much room to improve, coach Sean McDermott rejected the notion he is overseeing a team in turmoil following a tumultuous first two weeks. "There's growing pains going through this," McDermott ...

Renewed push to protect QBs has defenders stumped

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer Pass rushers like Clay Matthews are stumped as to what constitutes a clean hit on quarterbacks anymore. Lending a sympathetic ear is none other than Mike Zimmer, one of the biggest beneficiaries of the league's renewed emphasis on protecting the ...

Sabres list Sheary week to week with upper body injury

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Conor Sheary is in jeopardy of missing the start of the regular season with what the team calls an upper body injury. Coach Phil Housley didn't go into much detail Tuesday, saying Sheary was injured while being ...

Bills latest meltdown features Davis leaving team at half

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — As if Bills coach Sean McDermott didn't have enough to worry about in trailing the Los Angeles Chargers 28-6 at halftime on Sunday. He had to contend with veteran cornerback Vontae Davis quitting on the team. "Pulled himself out ...

Bills rookie QB Allen draws upon lessons from Philip Rivers

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Josh Allen learned plenty while working out with Los Angeles Chargers starter Philip Rivers in Southern California in March before the Buffalo Bills drafted him in the first round. Allen hopes he picked up a few more pointers ...