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Western New Yorkers were pleasantly surprised when Terry Pegula emerged to purchase the Buffalo Sabres in 2011, which led to his subsequent acquisition of the Buffalo Bills and downtown redevelopment projects. On Sunday, Pegula had another surprise for a lifelong Bills and Sabres fan when he presented retired United States Marine Corps Master Sgt. James Kozma with a servi…

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It looked like Kelvin Benjamin was going to have himself a day. The Buffalo Bills’ new receiver caught a 9-yard pass on the second play from scrimmage Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Twice more on the opening drive, Benjamin was targeted by quarterback Tyrod Taylor, although those passes fell incomplete. Things changed dramatically from that point, though, f…

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Connor McDavid is already wearing the "C" in Edmonton. In Toronto, the Leafs are going without a captain this season so they can clearly anoint Auston Matthews to the role next year. It sounds like the same thing is going on in Buffalo. There are always several leaders on any hockey team and it's easy to wonder if we make too much over who the actual captain is. That gu…

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General Manager Jason Botterill confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the Buffalo Sabres will not have a captain at the start of the season. And like the Toronto Maple Leafs, it's possible they might go all season without one. So be it. After handing out $80 million of Terry Pegula's money, Botterill knows Jack Eichel is the captain of this team -- whether he has the lette…

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You want hockey coverage? It's everywhere in today's editions of The Buffalo News and Buffalonews.com. We've got your top-line approach to Jack Eichel's contract extension and the entire 2017-18 season for both the Sabres and NHL with our annual NHL Preview Section. We'll have the latest from practice on Wednesday morning on the eve of the season opener against Montreal…

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As a rookie head coach for the New York Jets, while his dazed city and a nation recovered from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Herm Edwards would stand at the 50-yard line for "The Star-Spangled Banner" and remember his late father. Master Sgt. Herm Edwards Sr. spent 27 years in the Army, fought in World War II and the Korean War and raised his children for a whi…

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Bill Wilson was prepared to leave New Era Field and never return. Kim Wilson, his wife, braced herself and then punched Bill in his left shoulder, a reminder to watch his temper if something unsavory unfolded before them. She, too, was ready to walk away from their Buffalo Bills season tickets. In the opposite corner of the stadium, Wes Wilson wished to see the exact…

Statement from Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula: "Several of us met tonight -- players, coaches, staff, and ownership. Our goal was to provide open dialogue and communication. We listened to one another. We believe it's the best way to work through any issue we are facing -- on and off the field. "President Trump’s remarks were divisive and disrespectful t…

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NFL sideline protests had been a fading issue. A few players still kneel or raise a fist during "The Star-Spangled Banner," but the regular season began three weeks ago. Fans are watching the games, tracking their fantasy players, betting the point spreads. While Colin Kaepernick's continued unemployment after kneeling out national anthems last season remains a debate, p…

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Boston fans can go to the New England Sports Museum inside the halls of TD Garden, home of the Celtics and Bruins. The facility is celebrating its 40th year and has an annual budget of $1.4 million. In Pittsburgh, you can relive the glory of Roberto Clemente, the Steel Curtain, Mario Lemieux or high school football at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. The Green…

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Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott broke from meetings Wednesday to call "The Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan. We learned a lot about McDermott's philosophies on installing his program, sports psychology and long-range plans. Among the topics covered with me an ESPN.com's Mike Rodak: The first crucial steps to establishing a new culture Dealing …

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What pills these new Buffalo general managers are. They sat in front of the cameras and droned on about infrastructure and collaboration and character and the process and my goodness ... When will one of these guys make a trade already? The Pegulas apparently have forsaken entertainment and are out to bore us. At introductory news conferences Thursday and Friday, we …

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OK, fellas. You're in this together. One doesn't escape if the other one fails. One can't leave the other behind. And the owners can't wash their hands by rationalizing somebody else hired these people. Bills rookie head coach Sean McDermott and rookie GM Brandon Beane will win as a pair, lose as a pair. Terry and Kim Pegula are on the hook for both. One Bills.…

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When it comes to Brandon Beane and the Bills' GM vacancy, we've described his candidacy and coveted second interview as "logical" and "as expected." But those words merely refer to his link with Bills rookie head coach Sean McDermott. They worked together with the Panthers. More important, what kind of experience does Beane have compared to the Bills' other candidate…