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Jim Kelly had a memorable 11-year career as quarterback of the Bills. That was recognized this date 15 years ago, when he was placed on the Bills' Wall of Fame. Additionally, his No. 12 was retired by the team that day, making Kelly the first player in franchise history to receive the honor. As great and unforgettable as the Pro Football Hall of Famer was on the fiel…

During the Dunkirk football team’s uplifting, exhilarating postseason run, Mike Sarratori has found it hard to run errands without hearing positive comments about his Marauders. “Everybody is excited at home,” the Dunkirk coach said. “You can’t go to Walmart, you can’t go to the drug store without someone saying something. There are people stopping at my pra…

Ask Nick Jones what makes the Dunkirk football team's offensive line  such a dominant force, and he'll tell you discipline. Marauders coach Mike Sarratori lauded the group's athleticism and swift feet. Get all of those facets blending together perfectly and the byproduct is how Dunkirk looked Saturday night, when Alton Ingram ran for 224 yards and three touchdowns t…

Prior to the finals of Section VI girls swimming and diving championships Friday at the Flickinger Center, it seemed there wasn't much Olivia Sapio hadn't done throughout her Orchard Park career. Yet somehow, Sapio, a senior, found a way to add new impressive feats to a career full of them. Coming in, Sapio owned eight sectional titles (four as part of a relay) and …

Apparently, Clarence girls soccer goalkeeper Grace Fabian doesn't mind a challenging shot in a big moment. A little over three minutes into Monday’s Section VI Class AA finals at the Frank Constantino Sports Complex at Depew, second-seeded Williamsville North, on Halloween night, put a scare into top-seeded Clarence. Samantha Diamond’s strike from 30 yards out had k…

Going back-to-back years without a Section VI Class AA boys soccer championship felt like an eternity to Clarence. After winning at least a share of the title seven times in an 11-year stretch — making the finals in 10 of those seasons — the Red Devils entered an uncharacteristic drought, getting bounced in the semifinals in 2014 and 2015. But that painful aberra…

For a three-year stretch in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Bills were embroiled in quarterback controversy. In 1998, Buffalo welcomed a couple of new quarterbacks to the team in Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson. And for the next three years, the Bills teetered back and forth between entrusting Flutie (30 starts) and Johnson (18 starts) under center. But following th…

Five years ago, a prominent, beloved member of the Bills' Super Bowl teams of the 1990s passed away, provoking strong emotions from those who knew him well. Kent Hull, the intelligent center who many credit with being the main brain behind and backbone of Buffalo's revolutionary no-huddle offense, died on Oct. 18, 2011. A couple days later, News columnist Jerry Sulliv…

The Buffalo Braves brought professional basketball to Western New York in 1970 and they wasted no time giving their fans something to cheer about. On Oct. 14, 1970 — 46 years ago today — the Braves had a splendid debut, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 107-92, at Memorial Auditorium in their first game as a NBA franchise. The rest of the season didn’t go as wel…

Oct. 9 is a brand-new, unofficial holiday that many Western New Yorkers can appreciate. And given the region's rich food-and-drink scene, it's one that can be gladly, and easily, celebrated.  International Beer and Pizza Day honors the esteemed food-drink combination that is ever-popular with Buffalonians. It gives people around the world an excuse — albeit it a sl…

Oct. 9 is a brand-new, unofficial holiday that many Western New Yorkers can appreciate. And given the region's rich food-and-drink scene, it's one that can be gladly, and easily, celebrated.  International Beer and Pizza Day honors the esteemed food-drink combination that is ever-popular with Buffalonians. It gives people around the world an excuse — albeit it a slig…

The Buffalo Sabres’ famed French Connection line was broken up 37 years ago today. Quebec natives Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Rick Martin teamed up to form one of the most prolific forward lines ever, playing seven full seasons together for the Sabres (1972-79). But the trio’s successful run as linemates came to an end Oct. 5, 1979, when Robert, a right winger…

The Buffalo Bills are preparing to try to score a rare win Sunday at Gillette Stadium, where they've beaten its occupant, the New England Patriots, just once in the facility's 14-year history. The day also marks 11 years since the Bills were part of another uncommon occurrence. Actually, it was a first-time occurrence, as they made history with the New Orleans Saints on O…

A criminal complaint unsealed Thursday morning names nine people in a sweeping corruption case that accuses the major Buffalo Billion economic development contract being tainted by allegations of bid-rigging and bribes. From the archives of The Buffalo News, here is a look at who some of those people are. Alain Kaloyeros: Kaloyeros transformed the University at Albany…