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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.


Bisons and Baseball

Rowdy Tellez was less than thrilled to return to Buffalo. The fearsome slugger thought he had left the minor leagues behind after a solid showing with the Blue Jays late last season and opening this season on Toronto’s 25-man roster. Tellez was poised to receive regular at-bats as the Blue Jays’ designated hitter and serve as the primary backup to first baseman Justi…

Bills

This is the fifth part of a series looking at 10 questions facing the Bills entering training camp, which begins July 25. Today's question: Can first-round draft pick Ed Oliver adjust quickly to the NFL?   Bills rookie defensive tackle Ed Oliver is shrugging off the lofty expectations of others as he prepares for his first NFL training camp. “I’m a new guy that don’t…

Bills

This is the third of a three-part series reviewing what the rest of the AFC East did during the offseason. The Miami Dolphins are widely projected to be the worst team in the NFL this season, with an unsettled situation at quarterback and a dearth of playmakers on defense. Josh Rosen, acquired in a trade from Arizona, becomes the third quarterback in the AFC East who…

Bills

This is the second of a three-part series reviewing what the rest of the AFC East did during the offseason. Adam Gase was fired as head coach of the Dolphins after producing a 23-25 record in three seasons. So the Jets figured they’d give him a try. A front office power struggle ensued, leading to the firing of General Manager Mike Maccagnan after he’d dished out …

Bisons and Baseball

Justin Shafer wasn’t sure why he was being called into Bisons manager Bobby Meacham’s office in the visitors’ clubhouse on that June afternoon in Pawtucket. But in the back of his mind, he knew there was a chance he was going back to the majors. “Would you be willing to play in the All-Star Game?” Shafer recalled Meacham asking. “I believe you’re going to be selected…

Bills

This is the first of a three-part series reviewing what the rest of the AFC East did during the offseason. The New England Patriots are once again defending Super Bowl champions. And they remain the cream of the AFC East, if not the conference. Tom Brady, who turns 42 in August, and Bill Belichick are pushing for their 11th consecutive division title and seventh S…

Colleges

Bill Dixon didn’t know that Rashad Evans would become one of the most fearsome mixed martial artists of his generation, that this poor kid from Niagara Falls would rise from his junior high gym class to the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title. He didn’t know that Evans would captain the wrestling team at Michigan State and earn two black belts and lan…

Bills

Matt Milano spent the offseason rehabbing his broken left leg and boning up on the playbook. A fifth-round draft pick in 2017, Milano enters his third season in the NFL and second as the Buffalo Bills’ starting weakside linebacker, beside middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, with a couple of long-standing goals in mind and a foundation in place for achieving them. “Ju…

Bisons and Baseball

Bo Bichette was still in Buffalo on that late April afternoon when his friend and teammate, Vlad Guerrero Jr., was called up to make his major league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays. “That was really cool to see,” Bichette said. Bichette, then considered the club’s No. 2 prospect behind Guerrero, knew his time was coming. He also knew it was being delayed. Bic…

Bills

Trent Murphy isn’t a patient man. The Buffalo Bills’ veteran defensive end drove five hours, in the dark, through a snowstorm one night in March 2018, rather than flying to Buffalo the next morning, because he couldn’t wait to sign his contract. He couldn’t wait to get back on the field. Just seven months earlier, Murphy blew out his left knee during a preseason g…

Bills

This is the sixth in a series previewing each position on the Buffalo Bills before the July 25 start of training camp. The Buffalo Bills lost one of the franchise’s all-time great leaders with the retirement of defensive tackle Kyle Williams. But with the addition of first-round draft pick Ed Oliver, selected with the No. 9 overall pick out of Houston, the defensive …

Latest Sabres

It was this time a year ago when Sabres fans likely first took notice of Matej Pekar. The pesky Czech forward, a fourth-round draft pick in 2018, was flattened by an open-ice hit from then-rookie Rasmus Dahlin during drills at Sabres development camp and nearly came to blows with mild-mannered Casey Mittelstadt during the event’s annual 3-on-3 tournament, the French Con…

Bisons and Baseball

Spectacular catches by Bisons outfielder Jonathan Davis have been featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter “Top 10” plays of the day twice in the last week. A leaping grab against the fence in left-center field was named the No. 1 play of the day on Friday, when Davis’ defensive highlight likely saved two runs from scoring in the fifth inning of a 2-1 victory against Norfolk. Bi…

Bills

We’re beyond the biggest waves of free agency, the draft, the voluntary offseason workouts and sailing into the calmest period of the NFL calendar. Players have scattered, some back to their hometowns and some on vacation, with instructions from their coaches to remain in shape and out of trouble. It’s a time for rest and relaxation before the start of training camp …

Latest Sabres

Peyton Krebs learned a great deal about himself last season as the 17-year-old captain for one of the worst teams in the Western Hockey League. The rebuilding Kootenay Ice, playing its final season before relocating to Winnipeg, was outscored by 143 goals and finished 21st out of 22 teams in the WHL. “I think you go back to your passion for the game,” Krebs said, rec…