Three weeks ago, after Rex Ryan was fired after 31 games, the Bills finished off another regular season with an embarrassing loss to the Jets. The players cleaned out their lockers, the general manager held a disastrous news conference and the owners sat down for a lengthy interview. Their first order of business was hiring Sean McDermott. He doesn’t move the needle t…

Even when Dmitry Kulikov gets good news, it’s accompanied by something bad. It’s been that type of season for the Buffalo defenseman. Kulikov participated in his first full practice in nearly a month Monday, but he couldn’t talk about it after getting a fat lip from a high-stick. Still, he’ll join the Sabres on their two-game road trip to Nashville and Dallas af…

When Tyler Ennis was a kid, youth tournaments were a family affair. While he’d get ready to play, his mom and dad would mingle with the other parents and swap stories. His mother gets to do it on a grander scale this week. The Sabres are holding their annual parents and mentors trip for Tuesday’s game in Nashville and Thursday’s game in Dallas. Players get to b…

Tom Brady’s return to the Super Bowl after opening the season serving a four-game suspension will resurrect the endless DeflateGate controversy during the next two weeks. Brady will be battling Roger Goodell on the undercard before the Patriots face the Falcons in the main event. Hopefully, the game is more interesting than story lines leading into it, which would be …

It's understandable if Buffalo Bills fans spent Sunday evening muttering under their breath. Not only does the Patriots' dominance of the AFC show no signs of stopping, New England got a historic performance from a former member of the Bills in punching another ticket to the Super Bowl. Receiver Chris Hogan had nine catches (on 12 targets) for 180 yards and two touch…

PREGAME PREP Canisius at Niagara 7 p.m. Monday at Gallagher Center Radio 1230, 1440. TV: Time Warner Cable. The Setup: Canisius will try to keep its high-flying offense rolling and keep pace with the league leaders at the top of the standing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Niagara has shown some signs of improvement this season after enduring three …

Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Monday 1. Boys basketball - Dunkirk at Olean, 7:30 p.m. No. 9 large school Olean (11-2, 5-1) hosts No. 10 small school Dunkirk (8-5, 5-1) in a showdown between one-loss CCAA West I teams. Both teams suffered their leag…

High schoolsBoys basketballToday’s gamesMonsignor MartinCanisius at Walsh, 6:30 p.m.ECIC IVAlden at JFK, 7 p.m.NonleagueFrewsburg at Allegany-Limestone, 6 p.m.Franklinville at Pioneer, 7 p.m.Clymer at Maple Grove, 7:30 p.m.Sherman at Silver Creek, 7:30 p.m.Charter CupGlobal Concepts at Oracle Charter, 7 p.m.Girls basketballToday’s gamesCanisius CupMiddle Early College…

Area bowlingBPAWNY Pepsi Junior Travelat The EdgeDom Germano 298-761, Ryan Reese 715, Nick Good 255-256-708, Garrett Braniecki 257-702, Brian Stone 250-686, Jonathan Augustyn 261, Ashley Len 644, Paige Bartosz 633, Kelly Normandin 606, Rachel Banning 269, Katie Gasiewicz 234.ABBOTT: Saturday Nite Mixed Nuts — Mike Coia 254.WIMBLEDON: Wild Irish Rose — Kathy Herod 300-6…

Area collegesWOMEN’S SWIMMINGNew Hampshire 182.5, Niagara 56.5MEN’S TENNISUB 5, Brown 2For informationUB: www.buffalobulls.comCanisius: www.gogriffs.comNiagara: www.purpleeagles.comBona: www.gobonnies.com

State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *–tie in points, LW – Last week. BOYS BASKETBALL LARGE SCHOOLS Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW 1 Park [6] 10-2 95 1 2 St. Francis [3] 10-3 90 5 3 Williamsville South (A) 9-2 69 2 4 Timon-St. Jude 7-3 67 3 5 Amherst (A) [1] 12-2 66 6 6 Canisius 7-5 59 4 7 Niagara Falls (AA) 8-5 25 9 8 North Tonaw…

Any conference win is welcome for a college basketball team at this time of the year – especially against opponents who are higher in the standings. So Canisius’ win over Fairfield at the Koessler Athletic Center on Sunday afternoon was welcomed by the Golden Griffins. Canisius captured a 63-49 win over the Stags before 772. The Griffins improved to 6-13 overall …

Niagara Purple Eagles guard Kahlil Dukes got caught on the spinning coaching carousel at the start of his college basketball career. The coach who recruited the former Connecticut high school scoring sensation to the University of Southern California was fired before Dukes even stepped onto the Los Angeles campus. After seeing limited time in two seasons under USC’…

The Buffalo Bills’ depth at wide receiver was put to the test in 2016. Star Sammy Watkins missed eight games. Reliable No. 2 Robert Woods dealt with knee and foot injuries that kept him out of three games and compromised his effectiveness in others. Greg Salas, who was expected to be the team’s No. 3 receiver coming out of training camp, lasted just two games. Wh…

The Sabres’ roller coaster is back to the fun part. A couple of overtime victories have boosted spirits and Buffalo’s spot in the standings. If the Sabres keep it up, they might fulfill their expectations. “At the end of the day, we’re not performing to the best of our ability as a group, and we’ve got to find a way to do that,” captain Brian Gionta said.…

There are guys who get on hot streaks, then there is Justin Bailey. The Sabres prospect was at another level recently. Bailey scored for the seventh straight game Saturday night to help Rochester to a 3-1 victory in Hartford. The Williamsville native was not able to extend the streak Sunday when the Amerks visited Bridgeport. Bailey's streak was the longest in the Am…