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Khalil Mack doesn’t have much to say about Buffalo these days. But he’ll make an exception for his favorite wing spot. The former University at Buffalo star and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year’s fondness for Elmo’s Bar & Restaurant will be the subject of a feature for “The NFL Today” pregame show on CBS before the Bills' game against Mack and th…

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The remodeled South High Athletic Fields at Williamsville South makes its Friday night lights debut for football against rival Williamsville East. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. but there will be a special ceremony celebrating its grand opening an hour earlier. The gala includes a ribbon cutting, remarks from school and district officials, a thank you video from students …

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A year ago, Keith Wenning lost his status as the Cincinnati Bengals' third-string quarterback. The guy who surpassed him Aug. 28, 2016, in Jacksonville? University at Buffalo grad Joe Licata took over after starter Andy Dalton and backup A.J. McCarron. Things didn't work out for Licata that night. A solid performance might've given Cincy reason to add him to the prac…

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Tyrod Taylor is in the NFL's concussion protocol, having slammed the back of his head off the M&T Bank Stadium turf Saturday night. That happened eight plays into the Buffalo Bills' preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. We don't yet know when he'll be back, let alone if he's a sure thing for the regular-season opener in two weeks. Taylor's injury gave rookie N…

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A year ago at this time, Joe Licata was an undrafted rookie quarterback in Cincinnati Bengals training camp trying to earn a job for a team that's a member of the shield. The NFL didn't quite work out for the former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo star quarterback. Perhaps that was for the best as a year later, Licata finds himself living out a different d…

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A few months ago, Joe Licata was playing basketball with Jason Rowe. There were high school kids around and Rowe kept stopping the game to show the kids something on offense, explain a tactic on defense, or help them understand a better way to react to a play on the court. "I was like 'this guy is going to make a great coach someday,'" Licata said. Fast-forward to la…

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Joe Licata has no experience as a high school administrator or head coach, but Bishop Timon-St. Jude supporters can rest peacefully knowing the Tigers are in good hands with him taking over as athletic director. He has all the qualities needed to restore order after Charlie Comerford resigned last month. For starters, Licata is among the most upright and upbeat people y…

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To replace one of the most accomplished sports figures in its history, Bishop Timon-St. Jude has turned to a young man who has already cemented legendary status in Western New York high school sports. Former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo star quarterback Joe Licata will succeed Charlie Comerford as athletic director and football coach at the South Buffal…

Ritchie Campbell might be the greatest prep basketball player in Western New York history. I'm aware Christian Laettner, Cliff Robinson and Paul Harris also are from here, but Campbell held the WNY scoring record for 27 years. His 2,355 points for DeSales and Burgard were finally surpassed this winter by Dominick Welch, whose career at Cheektowaga began when he was in e…

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Are local sports reporters too negative? Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor declared we are, and I believe that's a topic worth discussion. So that's what we did for two hours on this week's edition of "The Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan. Who better to delve into the subject than with Buffalo News senior columnist Jerry Sullivan, ESPN.com's Mike Ro…

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It didn't take long for Joe Licata to settle in Friday. The former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo quarterback had a brief moment of reflection when seeing his last name on a Buffalo Bills helmet, but after it went on, it was time to get to work. "It was cool being out there," he said. "Walking through this field house, I've been in here hundreds of times t…