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When Maple Grove’s scoring 40 points week in and week out, it’s easy to sleep on just how dominant its defense has been. Friday it was obvious how down-right suffocating it can be. Maple Grove shutout Section V’s Alexander, 28-0, in the Class D Far West Regional at New Era Field on Friday to punch its ticket to the state semifinals. Alexander could only muster 142…

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Maple Grove shutout Alexander (Section V), 28-0, to advance the Class D state semifinals last Friday night. Complete coverage of the NYSPHSAA championships -- in several sports -- here at PrepTalk.BuffaloNews.com.

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Dunkirk advanced to the state semifinals by beating Batavia, 50-48, in the Class B Far West Regional at New Era Field last Saturday. Complete coverage of the NYSPHSAA championships -- in several sports -- here at PrepTalk.BuffaloNews.com.

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On Nov. 9, 1986, Marv Levy opened his tenure as the Buffalo Bills' coach with a win — a sneak peek into a popular theme over his 11 seasons with the team. In his first game since taking over for the fired Hank Bullough, Levy led the Bills to a 16-12 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Rich Stadium. Not only was Levy’s win a milestone for him, it was historic one for the…

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After losing the sectional final two years in a row, Bennett finally got over the hump by defeating Starpoint, 28-13, at New Era Field on Friday. Complete coverage of the Section VI championships -- in several sports -- here at PrepTalk.BuffaloNews.com.

Maple Grove standouts Brad Benson and Trevor Micek had their finger prints all over last year's shocking upset of Bennett in the Section VI championships as juniors. The pair had even more in store for an estimated 500 at New Era Field as seniors. Benson and Micek combined to rush for 254 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Red Dragons to a 33-6 thumping of Ellicot…

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On Nov. 3, 1986, 30 years ago, the Buffalo Bills hired Marv Levy. After not going anywhere under head coaches Kay Stephenson and Hank Bullough, the Bills finally got their guy. The headline in The Buffalo News that day read, “Levy Era Begins as Bullough Bows Out,” but few expected it to become the greatest era in Bills history. In 12 years with the Bills, Levy guided…

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Call it bad luck. Call it a curse. Call it a series of big game chokes. Call it whatever you want, but Iroquois field hockey came up short in the Section VI championship the last three years. Each loss feeling worse than the previous. All Iroquois cares about now is that the Chiefs are back atop Section VI field hockey and that infamous streak didn’t reach four. Iroquoi…

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Like brother, like sister – the Wang family has another Section VI championship to bring home. Williamsville North eighth grader Eileen Wang won the girls tennis singles title at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville on Saturday, joining her brother Harry Wang, who won boys singles also as an eighth grader in 2013, as Section VI champions. Wang defeated Orchard…

Read stories (and see photos & videos) on everything you need to know about the Buffalo Bills' 30-19 victory at the Los Angeles Rams, a win that gave Buffalo a winning record at 3-2. Vic Carucci's analysis http://bills.buffalonews.com/2016/10/09/bills-defense-bends-doesnt-break-rams/ Jerry Sullivan's column http://bills.buffalonews.com/2016/10/09/taylors-no…

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On Oct. 10, 1970, 46 years ago, hockey was born in Buffalo. The Sabres played their first regular-season game in team history at Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena. The Sabres defeated the Penguins, 2-1, behind a game-winning goal by Gilbert Perreault. The rest of the season didn’t go so well. The team finished 24-39 and missed the final playoff spot by nine points. Perreault …

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On Oct. 10, 1987, 29 years ago, the Sweet Home girls volleyball finally lost a match, snapping its 292-match winning streak. Horseheads, an Elmira-area school in Section IV, ended the Panthers’ streak with a three-set victory in the championship game of the Eden Invitational. Nine years and 10 graduating classes later, the longest win streak in American sports history a…

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This article was originally published on Oct. 3, 2016. On Oct. 3, 1995, “The Trial of the Century” took one final bow with an entire nation anxiously watching on live television. O.J. Simpson: not guilty. Some cheered as a sports hero was rescued. Others wept at the watershed of America’s legal system. In Buffalo, the verdict was no different. In fact, O.J.’s r…