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Buffalo's losing streak reached eight games in miserable fashion Thursday night against Syracuse, as an Irving Falu walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth gave the Chiefs the victory. The Bisons fell to 10-24 on the road this season, twice surrendering leads in the last two innings. Bobby Meacham's squad was swept in the two series before heading to Syrac…

Multi-million dollar sports and entertainment media company Barstool Sports unveiled a 10-minute mini-documentary on #BillsMafia Tuesday, highlighting the likes of "Pinto Ron," Bills tailgaters doing Bills tailgating things and more. Barstool founder Dave Portnoy chatted with The Buffalo News about how the idea came about and what went into the production of the film. …

A slew of area runners ventured to Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals. Here's how locals fared among the best in the country, one week after competing against the best in the state of New York. Note: The "emerging elite" events are for those who just missed qualifying for the top flight. Area individuals and teams turned in …

Alex Rybakov tilted his neck back and opened his palms, eyes closed as he screamed, "ridiculous" toward the sky. The TCU star's first set was unraveling, a mis-hit putting him on the doorstep of a 5-3 deficit with Naoki Nakagawa's serve almost untouchable early on. The 20-year-old from Plainview, New York, ranked No. 911 in the world, dropped the first set to No. 3-seed…

Cal Petersen has two weeks to decide whether to join the Sabres or test the waters of free agency before playing in an NHL game. The former Notre Dame goalie, selected by the Sabres in the fifth round in the 2013 draft, announced May 31 he would forego his final season of college eligibility. Petersen had 30 days from then – giving him an end date that coincides with …

Just over three months ago, Kyle Okposo was in the Neuro Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Buffalo General Medical Center. Then-head coach Dan Bylsma was "very concerned" about his forward's health after he was admitted to the wing designated for the most seriously injured or ill patients. Okposo was in the hospital for less than a week, and it was later reported by Kris …

St. Joe's topped Canisius, 4-0, in the Niagara Cup hockey championship at KeyBank Center on Feb. 27. It was the Marauders' fifth Niagara Cup championship in seven years and 12th WNY Varsity Hockey Federation playoff title since the 1990-91 season. St. Joe's has won four of the last five Niagara Cup titles. The Marauders then went on to win the state Catholic High School…

Earlier Wednesday, the Milwaukee Brewers selected Castillo in the 17th round of the MLB Draft. A three-sport athlete in baseball, football and basketball, Castillo deemed baseball his favorite - and for good reason. The Lancaster standout hit .577 with a .622 on-base percentage and 1.028 slugging percentage, hitting nine home runs and driving in 26 runs. In basketball, …

The Red Devils won Section VI titles in girls soccer, boys soccer, boys volleyball, girls volleyball, girls basketball, wrestling and baseball, dominating across the board in the area. The Clarence girls soccer team lost in the state semifinals, the Red Devils wrestling team won the ECIC title and the Clarence football team won the Class AA North Division championship. …

Former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson is no stranger to adversity, and he imparted that message on the hundreds in attendance at Wednesday night's Prep Talk Awards at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center. Jackson, a former Division III football player at Coe College who earned a shot as the Bills' starter in 2007, first played in the United Ind…

On Wednesday, USA Hockey unveiled the special jersey the Americans will wear when they play Canada outdoors at New Era Field in the 2018 World Junior Championship. The Dec. 29 game will be the first one held outdoors in World Junior Championship history. Here's a look at the back of the Bills-esque commemorative sweater: The tournament will run Dec. 26-Jan. 5,…

A pulled hamstring sidelined Brianna McKenzie from two meets right before the Section VI track and field championships on June 2, yet the senior discus thrower from Lancaster still reached Saturday's state final as one of the top eight throwers in New York. Most of the attention centered on the running finals at Union-Endicott High School on Saturday but on a patch of…

BINGHAMTON - Brendan Wright launched his arms in the air seven steps before reaching first base. To his left, Dylan Mercado, the North Collins second baseman, buried his face in the infield dirt. The ball that bounced softly off Wright's bat headed for Mercado's glove but instead trickled between his legs with the bases loaded. The winning run crossed home, Fort Ann's t…

ENDICOTT - Nia Stevens has a chance to lead Tapestry Charter High School to an overall state title in the 4x100 relay Saturday after anchoring the group to a Division II title Friday at Union-Endicott High School. Tapestry, anchored by Stevens, turned in the best time of the 16 Division II schools with a 48.42-second mark. The victory gave Stevens her third consecutive Div…