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 Worth the trip: Toronto still has a chance at finishing second and getting a home game against New England in the first round of the playoffs. The Rock must beat Buffalo while the Black Wolves lose to Vancouver. Rochester's loss to Georgia ended most of the suspense in the East, as Toronto and New England clinched while Rochester was eliminated when the Knighthawks l…

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Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich and the team's fans felt sick to their stomachs when watching last week's meltdown against the Georgia Swarm. The difference between them was that the fans could leave early and try to forget about it. Dietrich had to stay and watch all 60 dispiriting minutes. "To be honest, I had a feeling of utter embarrassment," Dietr…

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This may sound familiar to Buffalo’s sports fans: Another local team will miss the playoffs. The Bandits joined their sports “cousins,” the Bills and Sabres, on the outside looking in at the postseason. They lost any hopes of reaching the playoffs in a Saturday night loss to the Georgia Swarm. But it’s the “how it happened” that left everyone in the KeyBa…

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The Buffalo Bandits' playoff hopes are officially over. The Bandits were no match for the Georgia Swarm on Saturday night, dropping a 20-7 decision in the KeyBank Center. Buffalo needed to win its last two games and get a little help to make the postseason, but those hopes were firmly buried. The Bandits were greatly outplayed in all aspects of the game. The Bandits …

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The Buffalo Bandits host the Georgia Swarm at 7:30 p.m. http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/20/bandits-cosmo-considering-retirement-season/ Live updates and observations from our staff and selected accounts are below. A Twitter List by TBNSports Check back for more on the Bandits and the NLL.

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Back in January, Georgia Swarm coach Ed Comeau had a smile on his face. His team knocked off last year's playoff finalists, Saskatchewan and Buffalo, in back-to-back weeks to open the season. Now it's late April, and Comeau still has reason to smile. The Swarm took a 11-4 record into Saturday's game with the Bandits - the best record in the league. "We try to talk ab…

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Injury problems. The Bandits' woes in this department became more serious on Saturday morning. Star forward Dhane Smith suffered a lower-body injury during the shootaround, and had to be helped off the field. It would be a surprise if he played tonight. In addition, Billy Dee Smith said he tore a hamstring and wouldn't be able to play for at least six weeks. Craig Engl…

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This season could be the last rodeo for Anthony Cosmo. The 39-year-old goalie for the Buffalo Bandits is about to finish his 17th year in the National Lacrosse League. He heads into Saturday’s home game with the Georgia Swarm (7:30 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) not knowing how many more times he’ll be playing before the enthusiastic crowds at the KeyBank Center. “My body is…

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On Friday night, the Buffalo Bandits started very slowly but went on a long run to pull away and defeat the Toronto Rock. They reversed the pattern on Saturday night. The Bandits jumped to an 8-3 lead early in the second quarter. However, Georgia took control of the game for the most part from there, and went on to a 17-16 victory in Duluth, Ga. It was a damaging …

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TORONTO - The Buffalo Bandits' playoff hopes looked all but extinguished 20 minutes into their game against the Toronto Rock on Friday night. They trailed by a 6-1 score early in the second quarter, and the offense looked dismal. Then somebody threw the switch. It might have been any member of the Bandits' defense, which turned into a dominating unit. It might have b…

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TORONTO - The Buffalo Bandits playoff hopes grew a bit in size on Friday night, thanks to one of their best wins of the season. The Bandits started slowly, but went on a 9-0 run to take control of the game against the Toronto Rock. Buffalo finished with a stunning 13-8 win in the Air Canada Centre. The Bandits don't keep a record for consecutive goals. However, they …

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The Buffalo Bandits visit the Toronto Rock at 7:30 p.m. in a must-win game for the Bandits' playoff chances. http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/14/five-things-bandits-rock-game-tonight/?utm_campaign=puma&utm_medium=social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1492174732 Live updates and observations from our staff and selected accounts are below. A Twitter List by TBNSports …

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Win or else. Yes, if the Bandits lose in Toronto their playoff hopes aren't completely, finally done. But they could see it from there. A great deal would have to break in their direction to keep them alive, and that's asking a lot. Winning this game would mean you could still hear their pulse. Remember, two losses this weekend and the Bandits' hopes are finished. B…

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The Buffalo Bandits' playoff chances are slim headed into the weekend. By late Saturday night, they could be at zero. That sums up the team's situation as it plays two games in two nights against the two best teams in the National Lacrosse League's East Division. Buffalo will be in Toronto on Friday night to take on the Rock (7:30 p.m., Radio 550 AM). Then there's a …

The Buffalo Bandits’ playoff chances took a good-sized hit on Saturday. The Calgary Roughnecks handed the Bandits a 13-8 loss – their third straight defeat – in the Scotiabank Saddledome. Buffalo faces a large hill if it hopes to return to the postseason, just a year after the team reached the National Lacrosse League finals. The Bandits had an offensive breakd…