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Was Trump behind 2014 effort to foil Bon Jovi’s NFL bid?

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Was Donald Trump the secret force behind the seemingly grassroots 2014 campaign to block Jon Bon Jovi from buying the NFL's Buffalo Bills? That's what those involved are saying now, three years after the billionaire and the rocker ...

Benjamin puts Panthers in his past in making move to Buffalo

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Be it clothes or memories, whatever personal items newly acquired Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin left behind in Carolina after being traded by the Panthers are going to stay there. Benjamin said he split Charlotte, North Carolina, ...

Judge reinstates 6-game suspension for Cowboys’ Elliott

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge cleared the way Monday night for the NFL to enforce a six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations. U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied the request for a ...

Dareus passes physical, completes trade from Bills to Jags

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Newly acquired defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has passed a physical with the Jacksonville Jaguars, completing his trade from the Buffalo Bills. The Jaguars (4-3) gave the Bills (4-2) a sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft for Dareus, a two-time Pro Bowl ...

First-year coach McDermott draws praise for Bills 5-2 start

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Nothing about the Buffalo Bills' impressive start to the season comes as a surprise to cornerback Leonard Johnson. Though new to Buffalo, Johnson is no stranger to Sean McDermott. And Johnson says the Bills' first-year coach ...

Bills cautious despite 5-2 start after beating Raiders 34-14

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams isn't into making predictions. No matter how good it feels for Buffalo's 12-year veteran and elder statesman to be part of a team that's off to a 5-2 start, Williams would rather stay in the ...

Opportunistic Bills rout sloppy Raiders, 34-14

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Williams is getting tired of hearing about the skeptics counting out the Buffalo Bills. Perhaps, a 34-14 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday might get the doubters to start believing. "I don't know how many times we have ...

Sloppy Raiders commit 4 turnovers in 34-14 loss to Bills

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Raiders running back DeAndre' Washington never saw Leonard Johnson coming when the Buffalo Bills cornerback hit him from behind and forced a fumble. "It happened so fast," Washington said. The same might be true of the entire ...

Jaguars acquire former Pro Bowl DT Dareus from Bills

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a chance on Marcell Dareus, hoping he can solidify the team's most glaring defensive deficiency. The Jaguars (4-3) traded a sixth-round draft pick in 2018 to the Buffalo Bills (4-2) on Friday in exchange for the 330-pound ...

Three-goal second period lifts Columbus over Buffalo, 5-1

By NICOLE KRAFT, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — All it took was a little rest for the Columbus Blue Jackets to get back to their winning ways. Seth Jones had a goal and an assist for Columbus to help the Blue Jackets, who had a three-day break between games, beat the Buffalo Sabres ...

David Stern calls for NBA changes of marijuana rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern believes medicinal marijuana use by players should be allowed, but the league says it won't allow it for recreational use. Stern was interviewed by ex-NBA player Al Harrington for the website Uninterrupted's documentary "Concept of ...

NFL expects Kaepernick invite to next players’ meeting

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart says the league expects Colin Kaepernick to be invited to the next meeting between owners and players to discuss social justice initiatives. Lockhart says the meeting probably will take place next week. The players' union and its members decide who ...

Sabres sign 2016 3rd-round pick Cliff Pu to 3-year contract

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have signed playmaking prospect Cliff Pu to a three-year, entry-level contract. Pu was selected by the Sabres in the third round of the 2016 draft. He is currently playing his fourth season in the Ontario Hockey League. The 19-year-old forward from ...

QB Taylor answers critics by rallying Bills to beat Bucs

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Rather than focus on his critics, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor said he was going to spend the week concentrating on beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was time well spent. With help from a defense that forced three turnovers, ...

Clutch plays fuel no-name Bills in getting off to 4-2 start

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — If safety Micah Hyde and the rest of the Buffalo defensive backs want to proudly refer to themselves as misfits, Sean McDermott's on board. It's a label that might well apply to the first-year coach's entire team, given how a ...

Buccaneers’ T. J. Ward frustrated by lack of playing time

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost three straight games and frustration is mounting. One veteran complained about a lack of playing time in the wake of a last-minute loss to the Buffalo Bills, another key player echoed those sentiments ...

Bills rally to beat Bucs 30-27 on late Hauschka field goal

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White didn't have much time to stew after allowing Mike Evans to score a go-ahead touchdown. The next time White took the field, he stripped the ball from Tampa Bay receiver Adam Humphries to set ...

Bills starter Tyrod Taylor acknowledges he can play better

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor doesn't need to hear from his detractors to realize his share of shortcomings. The third-year starter did the math Wednesday, when asked to evaluate his performance through five games. "Right now as ...

Johnson makes 25 saves, Sabres beat Ducks 3-1

By JEN NEALE, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Phil Housley finally got win No. 1 with the Buffalo Sabres. Chad Johnson made 25 saves, Benoit Pouliot scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the Sabres beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Sunday night for Housley's first victory ...

Bills receiver Matthews has cast removed from right thumb

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills receiver Jordan Matthews isn't going to let a broken right thumb prevent him from making a few catches when his other hand works just fine. Though not yet cleared for practice, Matthews spent time catching passes solely with ...