New York Sports

Sabres hire Penguins’ Jason Botterill as general manager

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Botterill is leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins' bid to defend their Stanley Cup title for an opportunity to build the Buffalo Sabres into contenders as general manager. The Sabres hired the Penguins associate GM on Thursday to lead ...

Buffalo Bills hire Brandon Beane as general manager

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Carolina connection continues for the Buffalo Bills in their offseason front-office overhaul. Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane was hired on Tuesday to fill the Bills' GM vacancy in yet another indication of ...

Tebow re-ups with ESPN to be analyst for SEC Network

By The Associated Press ESPN has announced a multiyear agreement with Tim Tebow, who will continue as an analyst on the SEC Network. Tebow has worked as a studio analyst for the SEC Network since its 2014 debut. He will remain part of "SEC Nation," the network's traveling Saturday pregame ...

Bobsledders to honor Steven Holcomb in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — A memorial service for U.S. bobsledder Steven Holcomb will be held Thursday evening in Lake Placid, New York. Holcomb died unexpectedly on Saturday at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. The three-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion was 37. An ...

Germany stuns US 2-1 at ice worlds; Canada, Russia win

By JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — Winger Patrick Hager scored a late winning goal on his home ice as Germany stunned the United States with a 2-1 win on the opening day of the ice hockey world championships on Friday. Three minutes after the Americans had equalized through ...

Tim Tebow’s week includes 4 hits, wrong side of no-hitter

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tim Tebow scored on a walk-off walk and watched his Columbia Fireflies get no-hit a few days later. After his first month in pro baseball, the New York Mets prospect and former Heisman Trophy winner seems to be getting more comfortable on the baseball field. The ...

Bills decline to pick up 5th-year option on Watkins contract

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Starting receiver Sammy Watkins is going to have to stay healthy and prove his value on the field if the Buffalo Bills intend to keep their former first-round pick beyond this season. Rookie coach Sean McDermott announced that the ...

NHL extends deal for Buffalo to host combine through 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NHL's pre-draft scouting combine is staying in Buffalo through 2019. The league announced it awarded the Buffalo Sabres a two-year extension to continue hosting the combine at its downtown arena and neighboring HarborCenter hotel/rink complex. The Sabres began ...

Tim Tebow ‘feels more comfortable’ in pro baseball

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There are still too many strikeouts. His patience at the plate is a struggle. And the batting average remains below .250. But Tim Tebow believes he's making steady progress in his life as a pro baseball player. "It feels more ...

Zeke and Dak on top again – in NFL player merchandising

By The Associated Press Here's more proof that the 2016 season was a superb one for rookies: Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott topped NFL player merchandise and products sales. The Dallas Cowboys running back who led the league in rushing and the quarterback who was the Offensive Rookie of the ...

Bills sign Wright; ask Panthers to speak to Beane for GM job

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills signed veteran free agent cornerback Shareece Wright on Monday, and also began their search to replace Doug Whaley, a day after the general manager was fired. A person familiar with the search process confirmed to ...

AP sources: Sabres have interviewed 6 candidates for GM job

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have interviewed at least six general manager candidates in the first phase of a search process that is not yet completed. One person with direct knowledge of the team's search provided a list of candidates already ...

USA Hockey chooses Stauber to coach Olympic women’s team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Robb Stauber has been chosen to coach the U.S women's hockey team at the 2018 Olympics. USA Hockey made the announcement Monday. Stauber led the Americans to gold at the world championship earlier this year. The former NHL goaltender, an assistant coach for ...

Golden Knights open to making deals before expansion draft

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer General manager George McPhee says the Vegas Golden Knights are open for business to any teams seeking to protect their players in the upcoming NHL expansion draft. McPhee told The Associated Press he's already had preliminary discussions with most teams over ...

Sabres sign Stephens while search for GM/coach has begun

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have signed prospect defenseman Devante Stephens to a three-year entry-level contract. The Sabres made the signing despite working without a general manager after Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma were fired last week . ...

Bills fire GM Whaley, scouting staff 1 day after NFL draft

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Whether it was sitting together in a golf cart watching training camp or sharing dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant, Bills owner Terry Pegula and general manager Doug Whaley were nearly inseparable last summer. Some nine ...

Bills add picks and character in selecting LSU DB White

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills rookie head coach Sean McDermott filled a need in Buffalo's backfield and added two valuable picks in overseeing his first NFL draft. In using the 27th pick to select LSU cornerback Tre'Davious White on Thursday, McDermott ...

GM McPhee weighs hopes of Vegas hitting NHL lottery jackpot

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer As jackpots go in Las Vegas, George McPhee wouldn't mind little lady luck being on the side of his Golden Knights expansion franchise when the NHL holds its draft lottery on Saturday. "That would be so like Vegas in its first lottery, winning it," the Golden ...

Rookie coach McDermott’s voice gains prominence with Bills

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Don't underestimate the impact Bills rookie coach Sean McDermott has already made on Terry Pegula. When Buffalo's multi-franchise owner outlined concerns of discipline, structure and character he found lacking in his NHL's Sabres ...

Bills claim safety Elston a day after being waived by Browns

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have claimed safety Trae Elston off waivers. The Bills were awarded Elston on Friday, a day after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 193 pounds, Elston spent part of last season on the Browns' practice squad. He was then ...