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April is one of the best sports months of the year. The start of baseball, the Masters, the start of the NBA and NHL playoffs (remember those, Sabres fans?) and, of course, the NFL draft. Naturally at this time of year, that topic dominates this week's mailbag. Let's get right to it ... I’Don’tTrustTheProcess asks: What is the likelihood the Bills take a flier in the…

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Tyree Jackson, that freight train of a quarterback from the University at Buffalo, the one listed at 6-foot-7-inch, 249 pounds? The prospect whose name was trending on social media after he ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash on Saturday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis? The one who recorded a 34.5-inch vertical jump? Who leapt 10 feet in the broad? Who rifled passes so hard …

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University at Buffalo football coach Lance Leipold enters 2019 with a little more job security, after agreeing to a contract extension that runs through December 2023. But Leipold and the Bulls face some uncertainty as they prepare for spring practices, which open March 3, and the 2019 season, which opens Aug. 31 when the Bulls host Robert Morris at UB Stadium. Follo…

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Western New York will be represented at the NFL scouting combine later this month in Indianapolis. The complete list of 328 players invited to the event was published Thursday and includes University at Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson and wide receiver Anthony Johnson. It's the first time in the Football Bowl Subdivision era (dating to 1999) that UB has had two player…

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Former University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Hodge has not received an invitation to the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. “I actually didn’t get extended an invite,” Hodge told The News in a text message Thursday. Hodge said he was surprised not to get an invitation to the Combine, but plans to work out at UB's pro day on March 13. "It's all in God's plan, so I'm lett…

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The hurt is still there for Khalil Hodge. The University at Buffalo senior linebacker admits he hasn’t gotten over the disappointing end to what started as a dream season for the Bulls. Losses in the Mid-American Conference championship game to Northern Illinois and the Dollar General Bowl to Troy spoiled a season that began with such promise. …

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University at Buffalo wide receiver Anthony Johnson has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl and linebacker Khalil Hodge will play in the East-West Shrine Game, UB announced Monday. Johnson leads the Bulls with 52 receptions for 944 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. In two years at UB, he is already fifth in career receiving yards with more than 2,300 an…

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Kickoff: 6 p.m. Saturday. TV: ESPN3. Radio: ESPN 1520. Records: Buffalo 0-0, Delaware State 0-0. Gameday: Tickets are $30, with Stampede Square opening at 3 p.m. Local pop singer Keith James, who appeared on the sixth season of NBC's "The Voice," will perform at 4 p.m. as part of the Tailgate Concert series. History: These teams have met only once before, a …

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The layover might have been in Chicago. He isn’t sure. He knows he was alone, and in a strange place. But what Khalil Hodge most remembers about his worst trip home, a sudden, bleary-eyed cross-country trek last December, was the anguish. “I cried a lot on that plane,” Hodge said. A day earlier, the star linebacker and his University at Buffalo teammates were furious…

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DETROIT - There are big expectations for University at Buffalo football in 2018. The Mid-American Conference media poll only reinforced that. UB was picked to finish second in the MAC East Division, trailing only Ohio, and is one of three teams in the six-team division to receive a first-place vote. Ohio is the heavy favorite to win the division, receiving 21 of the 24 …

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A stalk of celery dipped into malaise is what 2017 Buffalo sports tasted like. The year was dominated by upheaval for the Bills and Sabres, with the biggest stories involving people being fired or traded. Record playoff slumps persist. The Bandits were terrible. The Bisons finished 21 games out of first place. None of the Big Four basketball programs made the NCAA To…

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The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. Brockport football: Multiple former Section VI players came up big for Brockport again this weekend, helping propel the Golden Eagles to the Division III final four. Niagara Falls graduate DaQuan Hubbard caught five balls for 125 yards and former South Park star Tyree Br…

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The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. St. Bonaventure men's basketball: Courtney Stockard hit a layup with 3.2 seconds remaining to complete the Bonnies' upset victory against previously unbeaten Maryland Friday at the Emerald Coast Classic. Stockard, who missed the previous two games with injury, scored a c…

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As the game clock ran down to zero and the University at Buffalo clinched bowl eligibility, UB coach Lance Leipold thought about his player that wasn't gleefully leaping on the sideline with him. UB defensive end Solomon Jackson died suddenly in 2016 following an offseason workout. His memory is draped all over the program. Jackson's No. 41 is painted on the field and w…

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Kickoff: 1 p.m. Friday. TV: ESPN3. Radio: ESPN 1520. Records: Buffalo 5-6 (3-4 in MAC), Ohio 8-3 (5-2). Gameday: Tickets are $14, a decrease from the normal price for the regular season finale. Stampede Square opens at 10 a.m. Last time out: Tyree Jackson became the first UB quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in three straight games in the Bulls' 40-24 …