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What should we make of Roger Goodell's latest visit to Western New York? The NFL commissioner was in the area Monday and said he supports a new Bills stadium "because I want to make sure this franchise remains stable here, and continues, and remains competitive." But there's always more to it than that. Goodell's calculated comments came at Jim Kelly's annual golf…

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BATAVIA — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he continues to believe the Buffalo Bills need a new stadium. The Jamestown native reiterated that position Monday before teeing off in the annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Tournament at Terry Hills Country Club. "The reason why I'm supportive is because I want to make sure this franchise remains stable here, and continues…

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Jim Kelly’s health challenges never seem to let up. On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills’ Hall of Fame quarterback is scheduled to undergo surgery for the removal of a cyst in his back. He said he has been in excruciating pain the past two months, and at the urging of his wife and two daughters, he finally relented to have the procedure. “They found a cyst…

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The Buffalo Bills drafted their next great hope at quarterback with the seventh overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. This is the fifth of a five-part series, "You bloom where you're planted: The cultivation of Josh Allen." (Read Part 1 here,  Part 2 here, Part 3 here and Part 4 here.)  FIREBAUGH, Calif. – Few people have experienced Wyoming football like Jerry Hill has. …

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Four years and one day later, Russ Brandon stood Monday at the very same patch of carpet upon which his bucking knees somehow kept him upright. Here, outside the Plaza Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando, is where he announced to the world Ralph Wilson had died. "For us to be standing in the exact spot," Brandon said Monday, "is quite su…

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Roger Goodell asked Robert Mueller to conduct an independent investigation of the NFL 32 months before the Justice Department appointed Mueller to conduct an independent investigation of President Trump's connections to Russia. The NFL often borrows devices implemented by our political institutions. Its outgoing executive vice president of communications and public affa…

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Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito signed off his phone call this way: "We're taking Peterman all the way to Minnesota, baby." Incognito dialed up "The Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan to discuss Wednesday's news rookie Nathan Peterman has replaced Tyrod Taylor as the starting quarterback. Incognito also tripled down on his criticism of Thursday nig…

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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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Here's a look at stories from around the league on Thursday, Sept. 7. 1. Myles Garrett has a high ankle sprain. Garrett, the defensive end whom the Browns selected first overall in the 2017 draft, suffered a high ankle sprain this week and will miss at least two games, likely more. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the injury happened when a teammate fell o…

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LAS VEGAS – Whether or not you bought into the NCAA's spook stories that Jerry Tarkanian was shady, it's a fact the legendary basketball coach relied on one particular trick to keep his UNLV recruits in the dark. The school was called Tumbleweed Tech back then. It was the early 1970s, and the glitzy Runnin' Rebels were barely a glimmer in Tarkanian's eye. So to lure …

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By most measurements, Kyle Williams wasn't supposed to make it this far. His size was a problem for NFL scouts. LSU listed him at 6-foot-2 and 295 pounds. Colleges have a tendency to exaggerate those numbers, evidenced by the fact Williams lost an inch when he turned pro. Safe bet his weight was inflated, too. Williams started for LSU's 2003 national championship tea…

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Natalie Perez-Smith didn't know what to make of the digital message she saw on an Elmwood Avenue parking meter. "dEAd." The 20-year Buffalo cop never had seen that before. So she snapped a picture to dispute the possible ticket for parking at a conked out meter. Then Perez-Smith headed into the restaurant for a spirited chat about how inoperable the NFL looks these d…

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NEW YORK – Sports gambling is evil. Forever has it been the most sinister threat to darken sports’ door. That’s what sports commissioners have warned us. Then they found a way to get in on the action. Federal legislation unwittingly permitted a daily fantasy sports eruption, bringing unforeseen sponsorship dollars and investment opportunities to leagues, teams …

NEW YORK -- The NFL's finance committee met with Terry and Kim Pegula today about buying the Buffalo Bills and unanimously recommended they become the team's next owners. Terry and Kim Pegula walked out of the NFL's headquarters at 345 Park Ave. and trotted down a few steps so NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman could introduce them to a gathering of reporters. Gru…