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This has been a glorious week for Bills fans around the country. Even while in the stretch run of a presidential election season, Kenmore West and University at Buffalo Wolf Blitzer took time live on CNN to gloat about the Bills' 16-0 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday. At the end of Wednesday's "Inside Politics" Show on CNN, Blitzer walked on the set…

Timbits and double-doubles may be part of the Western New York lexicon, but they are foreign terms in the original home of the English language. As Tim Hortons prepares to expand into Great Britain, the Canadian coffee and doughnut shops that are ubiquitous around Buffalo have some brand-awareness issues to address across the pond. The BBC went out on the streets of Lond…

Western New York shines brightest on the Monday after a Bills win. (Sore subject, we know.) The Town of Hamburg is hoping to make those Mondays a little better — should the Bills find a way to win on Sunday anytime soon. 18 Mile Creek Golf Course is offering half-priced greens fees on Mondays following a Bills victory this season. Unfortunately, golf season doesn't…

Like so many of us, Luigi Fagiani has a fitness goal for the new year.While the masses try to drop a few pounds, however, Fagiani is striving to lift a ton.Fagiani, 23, set United States Powerlifting Association and International Powerlifting League records for his age and weight class (220 pounds) last month at the IPL World Championships in Las Vegas with a 1,764-pound t…

Over the summer, the Niagara County Community College athletic department splurged for shiny new banners in the gymnasium to commemorate the school’s regional championship teams in wrestling, volleyball, bowling, baseball and men’s basketball.When the women’s basketball team began practicing in October, coach Nate Beutel gathered his players and pointed to a blank sp…

The Niagara County Community College men’s basketball team is off to its best start in more than 40 years, yet players and coaches went home for the holidays with a sour taste in their mouths.After rolling off 12 straight wins to start the season, the Thunderwolves were ranked No. 5 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III poll before losing to th…

The Cataract City is putting a new spin on a classic.The Niagara Falls Education Foundation will hold the inaugural Cataract Hockey Classic this weekend at Hyde Park Ice Pavilion.Spun off from the Cataract City Classic basketball showcase held at Niagara Falls High School each of the past 14 years, the hockey version will feature tripleheaders on Friday night and Saturday …

Delaney Laper had her Division I dreams dashed in one freak fall.A standout junior on North Tonawanda High School’s powerhouse girls volleyball team in 2010, Laper was already being recruited by Division II and III colleges when she tore up her knee in the sectional playoffs.The injury prevented Laper from playing club volleyball as a junior and took her off the radar of…

Tom Spanbauer has two trusted assistants coaching basketball with him at Cortland State College, but his support staff swells every time the Red Dragons play in Buffalo.“I’ve got a couple brothers who are expert coaches,” Spanbauer says. “They can figure out everything we need to do in a 40-minute time block, when we take the whole season to try and figure it out.…

As Greg Gamble helped lead Niagara Falls High School to a state championship and national prominence in 2005, Mike MacDonald was the first coach to offer him a scholarship to play college basketball.Gamble wound up attending the University at Buffalo, and his debut came against MacDonald’s Canisius College team. Gamble started the game and received a standing ovation fro…

The inventor of volleyball, William G. Morgan, spent much of his life in Lockport, yet the sport took awhile to take hold in his hometown.Lockport High School didn’t establish a boys volleyball team until 1992, nearly a century after Morgan created what he called “Mintonette” at a YMCA in Holyoke, Mass., and 50 years after he was buried in Glenwood Cemetery.And it to…

ROCHESTER — It took less than a quarter of play Friday for Randolph to reaffirm its standing as the team to beat in Class D.Four more quarters like that, and the Cardinals will cash in another state championship.Randolph, the reigning Class D champions and No. 1-ranked team in the state, dominated No. 2 Tioga, 35-6, in a New York State Public High School Athletic Associa…

ROCHESTER – Having beaten the best Western New York had to offer, Depew now believes it can take down the rest of the state.The Wildcats advanced to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B semifinals for the first time in school history Saturday with a 29-9 win over Section V (Rochester area) champion Geneva in front of 1,500 at Sahlen’s Stad…

The Sekuterski brothers walked side by side out of Ralph Wilson Stadium and into Depew football lore.Dylan Sekuterski, the Wildcats’ junior quarterback, and Derrick Sekuterski, a senior wide receiver and linebacker, played prominent roles Saturday night as Depew dethroned three-time defending Section VI Class B champion Alden, 28-26, before an estimated 1,400.In winning …

The little Bear lingered the longest in the afterglow of victory.After scoring three touchdowns, snagging a shutout-saving interception and handling his postgame interview like a seasoned spokesman, Jordan Ingerson found his father among the crowd of 400 or so in the stands at Ralph Wilson Stadium.Frewsburg’s 5-foot-8, 155-pound junior running back stood tall and shouted…