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The Buffalo Bills honored the life of Ezra “Pancho Billa” Castro on Sunday ahead of the home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. During a pregame ceremony at New Era Field, team owners Terry and Kim Pegula presented game balls and No. 19 Bills jerseys with “Pancho Billa” on the back to members of Castro’s family, including his longtime partner, Veronica Borjon, their…

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From the Niagara Thruway, Buffalo's Cobblestone District looks like a neighborhood with a handful of old industrial buildings, a large casino and a bunch of parking lots. But to Carl and William Paladino, it's a land of opportunity, ripe with potential for future development by taking advantage of underused sites. That's been the case for decades, but it's even more …

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Buffalo real estate developer Carl Paladino wants Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula to locate a new football stadium in downtown Buffalo's Cobblestone District, not in a second option near the Perry Projects further east or in Orchard Park. Paladino, whose Ellicott Development Co. already owns a significant portion of land in the neighborhood, on Wednesday calle…

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PITTSFORD — Sean McDermott started his news conference Friday on a somber note. The Buffalo Bills’ head coach spoke for the entire organization in wishing the best for defensive tackle Kyle Peko and his family. Peko announced on social media Thursday that his wife, Giuliana, was diagnosed last month with cancer – specifically stage 3 Hodgkin's lymphoma. “It puts thin…

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Is there such a thing as a fiscally responsible spending spree? If there is, the best example might be Brandon Beane’s approach to free agency this offseason. Yes, the Buffalo Bills’ general manager handed out contracts to 18 unrestricted free agents that could be worth a staggering $180 million, but that’s if every player makes it through the life of their deal – a …

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Welcome to the NFL’s true offseason. The six weeks between the end of spring practices and the start of training camp is the only slow spot on the league’s calendar. With that in mind, a note of thanks to all of you who have produced such good questions week after week for the mailbag. Before I head out on my own summer vacation, here’s one last mailbag to wrap up the s…

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Terry Pegula remembers when he learned about Brian Ayrault’s competitive nature. The year was 1991, and Ayrault was a 12-year-old pitcher for the Padres in the Orchard Park Little League. He was a teammate of Pegula’s oldest son, Michael. On this particular day, Ayrault was on the mound as Pegula watched from behind the backstop. When the young umpire called a ball o…

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Ralph Krueger is expected to be named the coach of the Buffalo Sabres, the sixth to serve in that role in the last eight seasons. Here are his predecessors: Lindy Ruff Was in his 13th season as Sabres coach when Terry and Kim Pegula purchased the team in February 2011. The Sabres went 43-29-10 that season and made the playoffs, the last time the organization made …

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Jason Botterill was consumed by disappointment hours after he delivered the news to Phil Housley that the Buffalo Sabres would be making a coaching change. The 21-minute news conference that followed was Botterill's first admission of failure in less than two years as general manager. In addition to firing his first coach, Botterill acknowledged his roster did not have …

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This latest debacle of a Buffalo Sabres season doesn't rest solely on the shoulders of coach Phil Housley. Or General Manager Jason Botterill. It's not the fault of Vladimir Sobotka or Marco Scandella or Rasmus Ristolainen either, no matter how many times fans want to take those three names in vain. Like the other derailed campaigns of the recent past, it starts at the …

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When Terry and Kim Pegula speak, Buffalo stops to listen. That's true of everybody from fans of the professional sports teams they own to the people with a stake in the future of Western New York. So when the Pegulas talked about a new or renovated football stadium that would be "Buffalo style," political leaders, developers and others chimed in with their own interp…

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PHOENIX – If the Buffalo Bills end up with a new stadium, don't expect anything resembling palatial structures being built in Los Angeles or like AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. "I think the answer is probably a scaled-down version of some of these palaces that are being built around the country," Buffalo Bills co-owner Terry Pegula told reporters Tuesday …

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Buffalo Bills and Sabres owner Terry Pegula checked in at No. 424 on Forbes' annual list of the world's billionaires. The publication listed Pegula with a worth of $4.5 billion, noting how he made his fortune in fracking and then built a sports empire. He purchased the Sabres for $189 million in 2011 and bought the Bills for $1.4 billion in 2014. Stan Kroenke, who ow…

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SUNRISE, Fla. — When their team's latest disgrace was over, Buffalo Sabres owner/CEO Terry Pegula, owner/President Kim Pegula and General Manager Jason Botterill grimly and briskly walked together through a hall in BB&T Center and into a room in the team's dressing room tunnel. The owners live in nearby Boca Raton and don't always get to see the team in person. Well…

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Monday marks the eight-year anniversary of Terry Pegula's purchase of the Buffalo Sabres. The NHL approved the sale Feb. 18, 2011, and Pegula and the Sabres had a news conference Feb. 22. Below is the front page of the Buffalo News from Feb. 23 with the quote from Pegula across the top: "The Buffalo Sabres' reason for existence is to win the Stanley Cup. We will aspi…