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Bills believe they’re improved since Week 6 loss to Chiefs

ORCHARD PARK — Quarterback Josh Allen spent the regular season leading the Bills to a franchise-record matching 13 wins and their first AFC East title in 25 years. Buffalo’s defense has done its part the past two weeks in getting the team to its first conference championship game appearance ...

A happy return

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK — Taron Johnson could’ve kept running into next week on a 101-yard interception that carried the Buffalo Bills to their first AFC championship game appearance in 27 years. Johnson’s pick-6 of Lamar Jackson’s pass with 41 seconds ...

After losing Mahomes, Chiefs hold off Browns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had lost Patrick Mahomes to a concussion and were in danger of losing the game. Then their defense and Chad Henne — their defense and Chad Henne?! — kept their hopes of a Super Bowl repeat alive, holding off the Cleveland Browns 22-17 on ...

Showdown

ORCHARD PARK — Ravens coach John Harbaugh was immediately impressed by Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen’s competitive fire following their first face-to-face encounter in an NFL setting. It happened in the 2018 season opener, when the then-raw rookie Bills quarterback was shoved into the ...

Moore named SUNYAC’s cross country coach of the decade

A Lakewood native and Southwestern Central School graduate has been honored by the State University of New York Athletic Conference in a big way. Dan Moore, the head cross country coach at Geneseo, has been named both the men’s and women’s Coach Of the Decade as nominated and voted on ...

Similarities abound for Browns, Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Despite their long and storied histories, with the Cleveland Browns having joined the NFL in 1950 and the Kansas City Chiefs with the AFL-NFL merger some 16 years later, the two franchises have rarely met — and never in the playoffs. They are certainly familiar with ...

A check of the fishing report

There are a number of people who are enjoying this mild winter. My (our) mother, Anne Pauszek, used to say that if there isn’t any snow on the ground around Christmas, look out because that usually brings sickness. In the meantime, we can enjoy the lower heating bills, lack of shoveling and ...

Bowling

Joshua Ellman rolled a 267-213-204-684 and Ricky Burgstrom hit a 220-228-233-681 to pace the Lou Nocek BII League at Lucky Lanes. The Bowlers Corner had the top team score with an 872-2,546. Scott Jagoda 258-212-652, Josh Wilmot 237-235-652, Paul Nocek 224-224-647, Mike Lucas ...

‘She’s in the game’ is all about helping female athletes

I will fully commit to being a positive change agent and a positive difference maker in as many lives as possible. — The Daily Coach Ken Ricker is not afraid to admit it. If a pandemic had occurred more than 30 years ago when he was in high school, and athletic competition had to be ...

Honoring a HOF coach and friend

Taped to a wall in the bedroom of George Barone’s West Ellicott apartment — next to plaques and other mementos commemorating a lifetime of coaching youth baseball — is a handwritten note, dated a little more than two years ago. “Thanks so much for your Christmas card. I had a great ...

Tragic accident

WILMINGTON — A SUNY Fredonia student and hockey player died from a ski crash on Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks on Tuesday. Bernard “Tanner” Kahlau, 22, of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, was skiing on the Approach trail at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center when he lost control, veered off ...

Sabres hope turnaround begins tonight against Capitals

High hopes and low expectations. The Buffalo Sabres season must be close. Ralph Krueger’s team will begin its 56-game 2021 campaign tonight against the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center. Already there are question marks around the team. The biggest surrounds Jeff Skinner. Just ...

Lofton surpasses 1,000 points in Bonnies’ victory

BRONX — Kyle Lofton earned his spot in the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball record book and the Bonnies continued their strong start to the uneven 2020-21 season with a 68-54 win during Wednesday matinee action at Fordham. Lofton became the 45th 1,000-point scorer in program history, ...

Bills brace for run-dominant, Jackson-led Ravens

ORCHARD PARK — Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes feels as if he’s back at TCU, where the Horned Frogs would open training camp prepping for the read-option offense to squeeze in extra time for what had been their annual meeting against Air Force. “Given all the misdirection, and the ...

Buttoned-down Baker: QB Mayfield showing maturity for Browns

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield answered every question with thoughtful responses, carefully choosing each word while knowing a wrong one could spark controversy. Cleveland’s quarterback has matured: buttoned-down Baker. Days before the biggest game of his NFL career and another matchup ...

Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

MOMENTUM. In their toughest test in weeks, the Buffalo Bills battle the Baltimore Ravens Saturday night in Orchard Park. Those fortunate few fans allowed in to see the game will be rewarded with a memorable viewing experience. A little snow won’t hurt Buffalo’s chances to continue to ...

Time to play

The Section VI Executive Committee met Tuesday and re-confirmed its support to move forward with low- and moderate-risk sports starting Monday. Based on sport classifications set forth by the New York State Department of Health, schools in Section VI may begin practicing and competing in ...

Could Browns finally be exorcising their longtime demons?

Forgive me if it’s taken me a few days to collect my thoughts from Sunday night. I’m in the same boat as most Cleveland Browns fans. We’re still in disbelief. We embarrassed the Pittsburgh Steelers. In Pittsburgh. On national TV. In a playoff game. It’s taken two decades, but is ...

JCC hopeful that vaccine, tuition stay will help athletics

Rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine combined with a tuition stay for the coming school year have Jamestown Community College President Dr. Daniel DeMarte optimistic about the future of Jayhawks athletics. JCC announced last week that yearly tuition rates for the 2021-22 school year will remain at ...

Bowling

Steve Dando’s 223-225-225-673 led the Frame Tuesday Night Memorial League at Lucky Laens on Dec. 29. Team Knuckles rolled the high team series with a 2,504. Rick Mazurek followed Dando with a 219-203-601. High games were turned in by: Ken Ferry (221), Jeff Griffin (214), Chuck Dye Jr. ...