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Buffalo Bills hire Gill Byrd to coach defensive backs

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — First-year Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott has hired Gill Byrd to oversee the team's defensive backs. Byrd has 12 years of NFL coaching experience, and was a four-time All-Pro defensive back during a 10-year playing career with the San Diego Chargers (1983-92). ...

Browns hire former Buffalo assistant David Lee to coach QBs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have hired former Buffalo assistant David Lee as their quarterbacks coach. Lee spent the past two seasons with the Bills, where he helped develop Tyrod Taylor, whose future in Buffalo is unclear as the team holds an ...

NHL leads North American sports in midseason coach firings

By The Associated Press. The 38 in-season firings of an NHL coach over the past 10 years: Anaheim Ducks: Randy Carlyle, 2011(asterisk) Boston Bruins: Claude Julien, 2017(asterisk) Buffalo Sabres: Lindy Ruff, 2013 Buffalo Sabres: Ron Rolston, 2013 Carolina Hurricanes: Peter Laviolette, ...

Corey Perry scores twice in Ducks’ 5-2 win over Sabres

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — For one night at least, Corey Perry rediscovered his scoring touch in propelling the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Antoine Vermette and the Ducks were left hoping this is a sign of things to ...

The Latest: Bus driver who stranded basketball team fired

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the Saint Louis University men's basketball team getting stranded after the driver of their team bus took off during their game at a western New York college (all times local): 4 p.m. The bus driver accused of leaving the Saint Louis University ...

Sabres rally in 3rd, Kane scores in OT to beat Sharks 5-4

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Booed off the ice after 40 minutes, Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres gave their fans something big to cheer about 1:05 into overtime against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. That's how much time had run off the clock when Eichel ...

NDSU’s elite softball program will be tested in restocking talent level

FARGO — The North Dakota State softball team lost so much from last season that you have to wonder if head coach Darren Mueller had trouble recognizing his team on the first day of practice. It will be major test for one of the top mid-major Division I programs in the country to see if it can ...

More NFL coaches going for it on 4th-down situations

ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Fourth-and-no is becoming fourth-and-go in the NFL. More coaches are going for it in situations that used to be automatic punts or field-goal attempts. Through Week 13, teams went on fourth down 350 times and converted 181 or 51.7 percent. Washington ...

Bills defensive tackle Williams questionable vs. Steelers

MARK LUDWICZAK, Associated Press ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams is questionable for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers because of a back injury. Bills coach Rex Ryan says Williams' back locked up on him Thursday night, placing his ...

FCS playoff gives Bison chance to clear lone blemish

FARGO (AP) — The only thing that's been worse than playing Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse North Dakota State in the last five years is playing the Bison more than once. Thanks in part to a playoff system that once grouped teams from the same region, the Bison have faced four ...

NY Winter Games adds broom ball, barrel jumping and more

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) — The Empire State Winter Games are expanding. Organizers announced Wednesday that a marathon skate, youth ski race, broom ball and barrel jumping will be added in 2017. The marathon skate will be staged on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, winter bike events will be at ...

Bills QB Taylor shows frustration in face of criticisms

JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor insists he's not affected by questions about his performance or long-term future in Buffalo. His actions appear to suggest differently. After answering a final question and saying "Thank you," in ...

Ristolainen seals Sabres 4-3 OT win over Oilers

JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rasmus Ristolainen had another busy night. A clutch goal made everything all right. "I feel great right now and go again tomorrow night," the defenseman said. Ristolainen scored from the left circle 57 seconds into overtime, and the ...

Eichel’s 2 goals lead Sabres to 4-3 win over Rangers

JONAH BRONSTEIN, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — With Jack Eichel back on the ice, the Buffalo Sabres are no longer struggling to score. Eichel had two goals in the third period, and the Sabres beat the New York Rangers 4-3 on Thursday night for their second straight ...

Bills receiver Watkins held out of practice due to sore foot

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins was a late scratch from practice after complaining about soreness in his surgically repaired left foot. Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold made the announcement following practice Wednesday, saying Watkins was held out when he ...

Bills are stingy in having just 6 giveaways in 11 games

JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Given his occasional ball-in-one-hand running style, LeSean McCoy acknowledges he's not the best person to turn to in pinpointing why the Buffalo Bills have committed so few turnovers this season. "I would be lying to you if I just ...

Bills look for 1st win in Oakland since 1966

The Associated Press BUFFALO (6-5) vs. OAKLAND (9-2) Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE — Raiders by 4 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Buffalo 5-5-1, Oakland 7-4 SERIES RECORD — Raiders lead 20-19 LAST MEETING — Raiders beat Bills 26-24, Dec. 21, 2014 LAST WEEK — Bills ...