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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks kneeled during the national anthem before Thursday's preseason game against the Bills at Lincoln Financial Field, continuing the player protests against social injustice spearheaded last season by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Brooks, who played for the Bills from 2012-15, was one of a handful of Eagles to protest last se…

The Buffalo Bandits re-signed top scorer Dhane Smith to a two-year deal, the team announced Monday. The contract is pending league approval. Smith, 25, was voted the NLL's Most Valuable Player in 2016 after setting league records in goals (72) and total points (137) in 18 games. He was the Bandits' scoring leader in 2017, as well, netting 30 goals and 81 points in 14 g…

The Bills traded 2014 first-round pick Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams Friday. Here's a look back at some of the most memorable moments from his tenure in Buffalo. 1. Celebrating too early and getting caught from behind before scoring a touchdown.  The Bills visited the Jets in October 2014 when Watkins made a rookie mistake for the ages. The first-year recei…

Did you catch a glimpse of someone resembling NBA superstar Dwyane Wade yesterday? If you were near Country Club of Buffalo, it was probably him. Wade, the longtime Miami Heat star and current Chicago Bulls guard, was in town for a golf tournament put on by New Era Cap, which is headquartered on Delaware Avenue. Wade posted about his trip on Snapchat and posed for a …

The Sabres and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year deal Monday that carries an average annual value of $2.4 million. Beaulieu, acquired in a June trade with Montreal, was one of three Sabres to file for arbitration, along with goaltender Robin Lehner and forward Johan Larsson. All three agreed to contracts before Friday's deadline fo…

Canisius High School's Dan Dallas and Lancaster's LG Castillo, the 2016 and 2017 Prep Talk Players of the Year in baseball, repped for Western New York Wedneday night in an unusual spot: Phoenix, Arizona, where they crossed paths in a professional baseball game. "Not everyday you get to play against someone from back home! #716," Dallas tweeted after the game. Castil…

The Sabres fully expect forward Kyle Okposo to be ready for training camp after a medical scare late last season landed the 29-year-old in intensive care, reportedly due to a bad reaction to medication. But still, there's no substitute for doing. Okposo played (somewhat) competitive hockey for the first time since his hospitalization Wednesday night in Minnesota, mar…

The Galbani Italian Heritage Festival is back for another glorious edition, and I’m here to help you eat your way through it. The only way I could steer you wrong at the Italian Festival is by failing to remind you that the location has changed, from Hertel Avenue to the Outer Harbor. $5 will be required for admission, but think of it as a convenience fee for not havi…

Nate Oats and the UB men's basketball team have added a third big-name opponent to their 2017-18 nonconference schedule, announcing Tuesday a December 21 game at Texas A&M. Oats' Bulls also have a game at Syracuse on Dec. 19 and a meeting with Cincinnati on Nov. 21 during the Cayman Islands Classic. UB reloaded with two transfers and looks to improve on its 17-15…

The opening of NHL free agency this weekend marks 10 years since the Sabres let co-captains Danny Briere and Chris Drury get away, gutting the heart of the Sabres' Presidents' Trophy-winning, post-lockout teams. Here is a look back at News covers and stories from that week. July 1 As free agency opened, Tim Graham's story noted that Briere and Drury were thought to b…

Barstool Sports released a documentary on Bills tailgating Tuesday, simply titled, "#BillsMafia." Here are five takeaways from the nine-and-a-half minute video: (Note: We can't share the video here for obvious reasons, but it's on Barstool's Twitter page if you're interested. It definitely qualifies as "not safe for work.") 1. If the Bills are serious about wanting t…

The Sabres will head from Pegulaville to Pegula Ice Arena for a preseason game against the Penguins on Sept. 19, squaring off against the defending Stanley Cup champions at the Penn State arena named for the Sabres' owner. The Sabres will be the home team in State College, Pa., leaving three games in Buffalo on the six-game preseason slate, which was announced Monday. …

Rob Ray never backed down from a fight on the ice, but that doesn't mean he hated his fellow combatants. That level of disgust was saved for other players, like new Sabres coach Phil Housley. "I detest Phil Housley," Ray told the News in a 2003 piece that chronicled his fight card and listed five players for whom Ray harbored "special feelings." "I still hate him.…

Former Bills coaches Rex and Rob Ryan have been enjoying the scene in Nashville during the Stanley Cup Final. But things got a little heated Sunday night. Videos posted on Twitter showed the Ryan twins getting involved in a scuffle with patrons at a Nashville bar. Rex is wearing a gray Bryce Harper Washington Nationals jersey in the video while Rob is in a purple Clem…