New York Sports

Sabres GM: Kyle Okposo on track for start of training camp

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is on track to report for the start of training camp in September in recovering from an undisclosed illness that placed his future in question two months ago. General manager Jason Botterill provided ...

Bills’ Dareus makes 1st pitch in bid to put troubles behind

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — It was "Marcell Dareus Day" at Buffalo's Triple-A ballpark, and the Bills defensive tackle arrived in a playful mood. In throwing out the first pitch, Dareus mugged for the cameras with Bisons' mascots Chip and Buster, ordered a ...

NHL turns to Vegas expansion draft, unpredictable offseason

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer The first expansion draft in the salary-cap era has even the most seasoned NHL general managers unsure of what is going to happen over the next few weeks. "You expect the unexpected," Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello said. The most unpredictable and ...

Sabres re-sign goalie Ullmark to 2-year contract extension

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed goalie Linus Ullmark to a two-year, $1.5 million contract extension. Ullmark completed the final year of his rookie contract and was eligible to become a restricted free agent next month. Though spending much of the past two seasons ...

Sabres GM Botterill hopes to hire coach by early next week

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres' coaching search has resumed, with general manager Jason Botterill telling The Associated Press he hopes to make a decision by early next week. Botterill declined to reveal what candidates from the two Stanley Cup ...

NFL suspends Buffalo Bills receiver Walt Powell for 4 games

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The NFL has suspended Buffalo Bills backup receiver Walt Powell for the first four games of the season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances. Without revealing the substance, Powell issued a statement through the team saying he ...

Bills’ Watkins takes next step recovering from foot surgery

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins has begun participating in individual drills at practice as he recovers from offseason surgery to repair a broken left foot. Coach Sean McDermott says Watkins has been on the field since ...

Bills host free-agent receiver Jeremy Maclin for a visit

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — With prompting from running back LeSean McCoy, free-agent receiver Jeremy Maclin is making the Buffalo Bills the first stop in his bid to land a new job. The Bills announced they were hosting Maclin for a visit on Tuesday, four days after the seven-year veteran was ...

Buffalo Bills sign receiver Ross; release receiver Listenbee

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have exchanged one speedy receiver for another by signing Rashad Ross and cutting Kolby Listenbee. Nicknamed "The Rocket," Ross was a track standout at Arizona State and has appeared in 22 NFL games split between Chicago and Washington over the ...

Tebow Watch: Tebow showing some consistency at the plate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tim Tebow has had hits in four of his last six games and might be developing some consistency at the plate with the Columbia Fireflies. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback played in seven games this week for the New York Mets' Class A South Atlantic ...

Sabres sign defenseman Victor Antipin to 1-year deal

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Victor Antipin to a one-year, entry-level contract. New general manager Jason Botterill announced the deal Thursday. The Sabres had been linked to the 24-year-old free agent for some time. Antipin, a native of Kazakhstan who ...

Airlines have rules about taking photos, video on planes

By DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer DALLAS (AP) — Without the shocking video, it's unlikely that the world would have learned or cared about the violent manhandling of a 69-year-old man on a plane last month. The outrage on social media, the mea culpa by an airline CEO, the promise to ...

Crawford stays unbeaten with 10-round rout of Diaz

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Terence Crawford patted Felix Diaz on the head and pounded uppercuts into his eye in his latest dominant victory. His next fight could bring him all four 140-pound belts. Or it could bring him Manny Pacquiao. Crawford remained unbeaten ...

Bills sign 1st-round pick White as part of eventful day

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White already knows how he's going to spend a portion of his first paycheck. Buffalo's rookie first-round draft pick is going to buy his mother, LaShawnita Ruffins, a house. "She's been renting homes ...

Bills sign 2nd-round pick, offensive lineman Dion Dawkins

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Bills have signed offensive lineman Dion Dawkins, the second of Buffalo's two second-round draft picks. The 23-year-old out of Temple is listed at 6-foot-4 and 314 pounds and was selected 63rd overall. Dawkins was a three-year starter mostly at left tackle, but ...

NHL’s 20 greatest teams filled with Stanley Cup dynasties

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer The "Great One" thinks the 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers are the greatest team he played on, but there's no shortage of debate over whether that's the best team of all-time. Four of Wayne Gretzky's 1980s Oilers dynasty teams are among the 20 "Greatest NHL teams" ...

US comes back to beat Russia 5-3 at ice hockey worlds

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — The United States came back three times to hand Russia its first defeat 5-3 and top Group A with its sixth straight win at the ice hockey world championship on Tuesday. Kevin Hayes scored two goals in his second game at the tournament, and Anders Lee earned the ...

ESPN’s Mowins set to be 1st woman to call NFL game since ’87

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN has tapped Beth Mowins to call the second part of a season-opening "Monday Night Football" doubleheader in September, making her the first woman do play-by-play duties on an NFL game in 30 years. The network says Mowins will team with former NFL Coach Rex Ryan when ...

Bills new GM Brandon Beane foresees smooth transition

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Though he still has a scouting staff to hire, Brandon Beane foresees making a smooth transition into his new role as the Buffalo Bills general manager. The biggest plus Beane outlined during his inaugural news conference on Friday ...

Jason Botterill leaves Penguins to take over as Sabres’ GM

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Botterill has no second thoughts over leaving the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins while they are in the midst of yet another playoff run. The lure of returning to the Buffalo Sabres, an organization with which Botterill ...