New York Sports

Vernon Downs delays start of harness racing amid losses

VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — The owner of Vernon Downs casino and race track in central New York says the seasonal start of harness racing will be delayed amid new gambling competition. Horse racing was set to start April 21. But owner Jeff Gural says opening day will be delayed as Vernon Downs ...

Bills sign quarterback T.J. Yates as backup to Tyrod Taylor

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills addressed their quarterback depth by signing free agent T.J. Yates on Monday. The sixth-year player meets the Bills' need to add an experienced backup behind returning starter Tyrod Taylor. Yates did not play a snap in his one and only season with ...

Sabres GM Murray says players need to be more accountable

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tim Murray says he can't be alone in taking full responsibility for the Buffalo Sabres' disappointing season that ended with the team extending its franchise-record playoff drought to six years. The Sabres general manager on Wednesday ...

Cormier retains light heavyweight belt, retires Johnson

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — With a vicious choke, Daniel Cormier forced Anthony Johnson into submission and retirement. Cormier's next title challenger? Pick a fighter outside of the cage. Cormier easily defeated "Rumble" Johnson for the second time in two ...

AP source: Sabres’ Eichel misses out on $2 million bonus

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The mere hair of a fraction — 0.005 to be exact — is what separated Sabres forward Jack Eichel from cashing in on a $2 million contract performance bonus clause. The second-year player would have been due the bonus had he finished ...

Bills players buying in to McDermott’s focused message

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — On his fifth coach and after 11 years of missing the playoffs, Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams acknowledged he might have needed a little nudge to return and play another season in Buffalo. One chat with Sean McDermott was all ...

Maple Leafs beat Sabres 4-2, close in on playoff spot

By JONAH BRONSTEIN, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Auston Matthews' record-setting rookie season has the Toronto Maple Leafs on the verge of returning to the playoffs. Matthews scored his 39th goal to set the record for most by an American-born rookie and the Maple Leafs beat the ...

NHL places USA’s young stars’ Olympic aspirations on hold

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Whatever aspirations Buffalo Sabres second-year center Jack Eichel had of representing the United States at the Winter Olympics have been put on indefinite hold. Same goes for the Toronto Maple Leafs' rookie-of-the-year candidate Auston ...

Sabres call up top prospect Alexander Nylander

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres' top prospect, Alexander Nylander, has been called up from the minors and is expected to make his NHL debut against his older brother. Nylander was promoted from AHL Rochester on Monday before Buffalo's home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, whose ...

Bills waive defensive lineman Crichton for failing physical

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have waived defensive lineman Scott Crichton for failing his physical. The move was announced on Wednesday, two days since the Bills claimed Crichton after he had been placed on waivers by the Minnesota Vikings. Crichton was Minnesota's ...

Bobrovsky stops 41 shots as Blue Jackets beat Sabres 3-1

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets struggled on the power-play again, but they keep finding ways to do just enough to win. The Blue Jackets managed just three shots and no goals on three power plays in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Buffalo and ...

Mets cleanup hitter Cespedes clears it up: He wants the ring

By BILL WHITEHEAD, Associated Press PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes was glad to come clean: He wants the ring. Sure, an MVP trophy would be great. But winning a World Series championship would be better. Interviews from earlier this month had the ...

Gionta scores in 1,000th game, Sabres beat Panthers 4-2

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres captain Brian Gionta was presented with a silver-plated stick before the opening faceoff of his 1,000th career game on Monday night. Afterward, Gionta received a puck to go with it: The game-winner, in fact. The 15-year NHL ...

Eichel scores 2 in Sabres 5-2 win over Maple Leafs

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres forward Jack Eichel would like to thank the thousands of Maple Leafs fans who showed up in Buffalo to provide an electric environment to what's been a difficult season. And Eichel was more than pleased to send the "Go, Leafs, ...

NHL suspends Sabres defenseman Ristolainen 3 games

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NHL has suspended Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen for three games following his blindside hit that led to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel sustaining a concussion. The fine costs Buffalo's top defenseman $90,000 in a ruling announced Thursday, ...

Syracuse hires Steve Stanard to coach defensive ends

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse has hired Steve Stanard as second-year coach Dino Babers fills out his staff following two departures. Stanard, who served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Wyoming the past three seasons, will coach the Orange defensive ends. Babers shifted ...

Crosby loses teeth, Penguins clinch playoff berth vs Sabres

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — After losing a pair of front teeth, Sidney Crosby wasn't available to discuss the highlight-reel, one-handed goal he scored in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth. Crosby's teammates had plenty to ...

NHL to hold hearing on Sabres’ Ristolainen’s hit on Guentzel

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NHL is considering further disciplinary action against Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen for his blindside hit that led to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel suffering a concussion. The league's Department of Player Safety will hold a hearing with ...

Eichel-led Sabres beat Red Wings 2-1 on power-play goals

By LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Writer DETROIT (AP) — Jack Eichel is making up for lost time, closing his injury-shortened season strong. Eichel scored on a power play in the first period, giving him a team-high 50 points in 52 games, to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on ...

Buffalo Bills reach deal to sign receiver Andre Holmes

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have addressed a key offseason need at receiver by agreeing to sign free agent Andre Holmes. Holmes has five seasons of NFL experience, including the past four in Oakland where he played behind starters Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Listed at ...