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Jason Wolf

Jason Wolf is a sports enterprise reporter for The Buffalo News. He is a 15-time recipient of the Associated Press Sports Editors national top-10 writing award. His work also has been honored by the Society for Features Journalism and cited in The Best American Sports Writing anthology.


Bills

A recording of the Buffalo Bills’ next two opponents playing each other is shown on monitors this week in the locker room, the unusual result of the game overshadowed by a single, increasingly familiar call. The Green Bay Packers are leading the Minnesota Vikings, 29-21, with less than two minutes remaining in regulation last Sunday, when Packers linebacker Clay Matthew…

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NFL POWER RANKINGS: WEEK 3 1. Rams (2-0). It was only a matter of time before the Rams climbed atop these rankings. Let the “Fight for L.A.” commence. (Previous: 2) 2. Jaguars (2-0). Knock, knock. Who’s there? Blake Bortles. (7) 3. Packers (1-0-1). Green Bay would be 2-0 were it not for a questionable roughing the passer call on Clay Matthews. (3) 4. C…

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Vontae Davis can save his explanation for why he ditched his teammates in the middle of a game. Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott doesn't want or need to hear it. Davis said Monday that he has not spoken with Davis since the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback left New Era Field at halftime of Sunday's 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers and later announced his retireme…

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Vontae Davis peeled off his jersey and pads, packed his belongings and walked out of the stadium at halftime, leaving his teammates and any shred of integrity behind. The two-time Pro Bowl cornerback retired from football in the middle of a game, calling it a career midway through the Buffalo Bills’ 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in the home opener on Sunday at …

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1. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0). The reigning Super Bowl champions opened the regular season the same way they opened last year’s playoff run, with Nick Foles doing enough to get by and a tremendous defensive performance against Atlanta. (1) 2. Los Angeles Rams (1-0). Todd Gurley averaged better than 5 yards per carry as L.A. cruised to victory on Monday Night Footba…

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Sean McDermott offered little insight this week about his decision to replace Nathan Peterman with Josh Allen as the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback for Sunday’s home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers at New Era Field, merely repeating that it was the “best move for our team.” “Yeah, look, I don’t feel the need, honestly, to elaborate,” the coach said. Whil…

Latest Sabres

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill had a vision as he reshaped the roster this offseason, turning to his former employer for inspiration and a player who has raised the Stanley Cup twice. Botterill laid out his expectations in a conversation with Conor Sheary, shortly after trading for the former Penguins forward this summer. “He just kind of informed me that I w…

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Nathan Peterman was the last player to leave the Buffalo Bills’ practice field Wednesday, tossing the ball to a couple of assistants days after being yanked from his disastrous season opener against the Baltimore Ravens and hours after losing his starting job to rookie quarterback Josh Allen. “I’m happy with the move,” running back LeSean McCoy said. “Nate’s a good frie…

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The attendant checking tickets in their section at the hockey game wondered why the little boy was wearing a surgical mask. A rare blood cancer, his mother said. Langerhans cell histiocytosis is an autoimmune disorder that sends the production of white blood cells into overdrive and tumors spreading across the body. But Chase Bass, then 7,  wanted to go to a Carolina…

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BALTIMORE – Tim Macauley was wearing his Eric Wood jersey as he walked through the rainy streets of Baltimore on Sunday afternoon, past the packed Cross Street Market in Federal Hill, when someone shouted that Eric Wood was in the bar. “So, we turned around, went in the bar, and one of his buddies goes, ‘Look at this! Someone’s wearing a Wood jersey!’ ” Macauley recount…

Analysis

BALTIMORE – Josh Allen picked up a first down on his fourth snap of the day, which is far more than you can say about the other guy. The Buffalo Bills’ rookie quarterback, the seventh overall pick in the draft, made his regular season debut with 11:22 remaining in the third quarter of the team’s unprecedented embarrassment of a season opener, a 47-3 loss to the Baltimor…

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PHILADELPHIA – Anthony Johnson learned Friday night at the team hotel that his best friend since elementary school had been shot and killed. On Saturday, the Buffalo senior wide receiver broke three tackles on his way to the end zone, scoring a last-minute touchdown to give the Bulls a 36-29 victory against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field. “I was going to go home, …

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Week 1 power rankings 1. Philadelphia Eagles. Carson Wentz is still recovering from a torn ACL and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles appears to have turned back into a pumpkin, but Philadelphia begins on top as a matter of principle. 2. Los Angeles Rams. Todd Gurley remains an MVP candidate and the roster is stacked on both sides of the ball. 3. Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodge…

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Forget the beef with Cam Newton. That doesn’t matter. Kelvin Benjamin says he's only concerned about the teams on the schedule, and the former Panthers first-round pick has a grand goal in his first full season as the Bills’ No. 1 wide receiver. “Win every game,” Benjamin said in earnest. “That’s possible. Other teams don’t got nothing we don’t got. They wake up and …

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Each day, Shaq Lawson plops into a chair beside new teammate Star Lotulelei in a defensive meeting room at the Bills' practice facility and begins running his mouth. "I'm a guy, I'm going to crack jokes, I've got to crack jokes everywhere," Lawson explained, the gregarious defensive end asserting that Lotulelei responds in kind. "Star actually cracks a little jokes. You…