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Here's another chance to curse common first names. An innocent ESPN interview Friday night with the station's Buffalo Bills beat reporter Mike Rodak has sparked social media theatrics, with a modest side of humor. Arizona Cardinals' senior vice president of media relations, Mark Dalton, spotted an error in an ESPN lower-third that claimed quarterback Josh Rosen had p…

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Mel Kiper Jr. released his third NFL mock draft on Wednesday morning with five quarterbacks going in Round 1 but the Bills selecting defensive players with their two selections. Kiper has Josh Allen at No. 1 to Cleveland, Sam Darnold at No. 2 to the Giants, Josh Rosen at No. 3 to the Jets, Baker Mayfield at No. 5 to Denver and Lamar Jackson at No. 15 to Arizona. His …

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The NFL has announced plans to expand coverage of the NFL Draft to include a simulcast of Rounds 1-3 on the NFL Network and Fox. Fox will be bringing out some of its top NFL analysts, including Troy Aikman, for the broadcasts. The NFL Draft is April 26-28 with Round 1 on April 26, Rounds 2-3 on April 27 and Rounds 4-7 on April 28. ESPN will cover all seven rounds,…

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In his latest Bracketology, ESPN's Joe Lunardi has St. Bonaventure as a No. 10 seed and University at Buffalo as a No. 13 seed for the NCAA Touranment. Lunardi projects that the Bonnies will face seventh-seeded Houston in Nashville in the West Region with the winner meeting either No. 2 North Carolina or No. 15 UC Davis. In his projections a week ago, Lunardi had St.…

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski surprised many when he would not commit to returning for the 2018 season in the moments after the Super Bowl. Gronkowski said he needed some time to reflect on the season and talk with people closest to him and that he wasn't ready to answer what it would take for him to return. “Weeks before [the AFC Championship game], …

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There was a lot of conversation on ESPN NFL Sunday Countdown about the Bills' decision to bench Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman in advance of Sunday's game at the Los Angeles Chargers. Former Bills coach Rex Ryan was among those who weighed in and said he did not understand why the switch was made, and why now. https://twitter.com/espn/status/93226988…

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Former Bills coach Rex Ryan has transitioned to a job as an analyst for ESPN and says if he's done with coaching then "so be it." But like most former coaches, Ryan isn't closing the door on the possibility of walking the sideline again. "You have to be open to any possibility," Ryan told NFL.com. "It's got to be the right situation, because I'm happy where I'm at. B…

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Former NFL official Jim Daopoulos was surprised as anyone when he saw Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in the Buffalo Bills’ 26-16 victory Sunday. Daopoulos, who spent 11 years as an on-field official and 12 as a supervisor and now works for ESPN, told The News on Monday that the call was an “overreaction.” Miller was penalized…

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After further review, Jim Rome is going to remain in the Buffalo market. According to a key source, barring a last-minute complication, Entercom has received permission to move Rome’s radio show from WGR to ESPN 1520 when John Murphy’s show on the Buffalo Bills moves from 7 p.m. nightly into Rome’s noon time slot on WGR. The move of Rome’s “Jungle” to 1520 apparently mea…

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The long-awaited, 10-hour ESPN documentary series on O.J. Simpson will have its world premiere on Jan. 22 at the Sundance Film Festival, about five months before it airs in five parts on the cable sports network.ESPN made the announcement Wednesday at the Television Critics Association meetings in Pasadena, Calif.Calling it ESPN Films’ most ambitious project to date, “OJ: …

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Not every major athlete gets featured in the mega-popular This Is SportsCenter commercials on ESPN. In fact, the 30-second clips often spotlight awkward exchanges with mascots and station anchors. But, Rob Gronkowski, a former Williamsville North student-athlete and 2015 Super Bowl-winning tight end with the New England Patriots, made his series debut, showing off his cha…

ESPN today announced it is breaking off negotiations on a new contract with Bill Simmons, and that Simmons will leave the company when his contract expires in the fall. Simmons is the founding editor of Grantland, an ESPN property. ESPN President John Skipper said Grantland will continue and can stand on its own without Simmons. “We’ve been talking to Bill and his agen…

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While Tom Brady has been caught red-handed, Rob Gronkowski is just trying to have a good time. No, this summer's antics have yet to reach the heights (depths?) of 2013, but Gronk's fun-loving "twerking" on ESPN reporter Jemele Hill at the Kentucky Derby last weekend went viral from the New York Daily Post and The Big Lead. [bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/Espngreeny/st…

The ESPN news magazine “E: 60” on Tuesday night will feature Buffalo Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin, who talks to correspondent Lisa Salters about the close relationship he has with his sister Deja, who has cerebral palsy. Deja, born 10 months after Marquise, uses a wheelchair and requires around-the-clock care. She and her brother have remained close, even as Goodwin we…