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Wednesday was the first time to ask Bills head coach Rex Ryan about his meeting with La’el Collins. Ryan was talkative on many subject, but not about this one. Ryan meet with reporters today and this was the exchange with questions from the transcipt:...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports In an interview with ESPN The Magazine, new Bills running back LeSean McCoy explained he originally did not want to come to Buffalo because he didn't know anything about it, but then "when you sit back...
While Sabres fans await the possible jump of Jack Eichel from Boston University to the NHL next season, Sabres prospect JT Compher is staying in college for now.  Compher, who was taken by the Sabres in the second round of the 2013 draft, was a guest...
The Buffalo Bills' coaching staff has said that Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor all have an equal chance to win the quarterback competition. Taylor joined WGR on Wednesday to talk about the competition. He said it was the possibility...
Pete Carges @pcarges550 Two Western Conference NHL teams on a collision course looking to put a strangehold on their series'. Meanwhile in the NBA, the two hottest teams in the playoffs can snag their 6th W in a row. Here's...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Bills head coach Rex Ryan was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana yesterday having dinner with former LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins, who has been questioned as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of...
For the third straight year, a University at Buffalo Bull was drafted by an NFL team and five other seniors were offered invitations to minicamp.   Kristjan Sokoli was drafted in the 6th round (214th overall). The Seahawks plan to turn the...
Pete Carges @pcarges550 The weekend sports extravaganza is over but the conference semi-finals are heating up. Just one NHL game tonight but two highly anticipated openers in the NBA, here's your daily cheat sheet on all the playoff...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports The Buffalo Bills announced on Monday the siging of thirteen undrafted rookie free agents:   WR Andre Davis – South Florida TE Clay Burton - Florida OT Jermaine Barton – Illinois State...
Memo to the Buffalo Bills: Please don't trade your first round picks anymore.  It makes the draft far less interesting.  On Thursday night, I felt like someone who didn't get an invitation to the party everyone else was enjoying.  The...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Earlier today, the Bills brought in free agent defensive lineman and former Bill Alex Carrington for a visit.  By 3:30pm, he was signed to play again for the team that originally drafted him. Carrington was...
The Buffalo Bills did not have a first round pick, but they came away with two players that may have an impact right away in Florida State's Ronald Darby in the second and offensive lineman John Miller from Louisville in the third....
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Now that the 2015 draft is over, the Buffalo Bills will get back to their voluntary offseason program this week, and welcome in new rookies for their first round of workouts, as well.  Here's out the week's...
The difference between the excitement of 2014 compared to lack thereof in 2015 was noticeable over the three-day NFL draft. Without a first-round pick, the Bills sat out Thursday night, and then did not pick a flashy position on Day 2.  It...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports The Bills have yet to officially announce any 2015 undrafted free agents.  However, putting together various reports and tweets, here’s a look at what’s being reported as players they will be bringing...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports   If there's one word to describe the 2015 Buffalo Bills draft class, it’s “diverse.” The Bills went into the draft with only six elections.  They came out of it with players at six...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Now that the Bills have used their only two selections in the first three rounds of the 2015 NFL draft, they’re not scheduled to pick again until the fifth-round, number 155 overall.  Including...
With the 50th overall selection, the Bills made cornerback Ronald Darby their first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday. Darby comes to Buffalo by way of Florida State, where he started all 14 games last season and registered 43 tackles...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Now that the first round is complete and teams can reset their boards, it gives us a chance to reevaluate who is still out there and where the Bills might go with their first selection.  I still believe they’d...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Right after the conclusion of the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, Bills General Manager Doug Whaley spoke to reporters and answered questions surrounding his thoughts on day one and what day two might hold. ...
The Sabres haven’t announced their ticket increases for next season, but I have finally seen the materials sent out to season ticket holders.   Buffalo has been raising prices in other years saying it’s so they can participate in NHL revenue...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports In an exclusive one-on-one interview just hours before the 2015 NFL draft, Bills General Manager Doug Whaley told me there’s less of a sense urgency to pick a player who makes an immediate impact...
Pete Carges @pcarges550 Not worried about round one of the NFL draft? Perfect. Plenty of playoff action tonight across the sports landscape to keep you occupied. Here's your daily cheat sheet. Go ahead, drop some knowledge on your friends:...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Here is my final 2015 mock draft:   1. Tampa Bay (2-14) - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State 2. Tennessee (2-14) - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon 3. Jacksonville (3-13) - Leonard Williams, DE, USC 4. Oakland...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports   The Bills will most likely be sitting out the first-round of tonight’s NFL Draft.  They aren’t scheduled to select until pick #50 overall, Friday night.  Unless, of course, they make a...
The Buffalo Sabres are in the market for a coach and one potential bench boss just hit the market.  The Detroit Red Wings were eliminated from the playoffs on Wednesday night after a 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who will move on to play...
If you do a quick Google search of the words “does building through NFL Free Agency work?” you get red flags, flashing signs and guys in yellow vests waving you in the other direction. Historically – it turns out – the...
There won't be many starting spots up for grabs when the Bills hit training camp.  Quarterback for sure and left guard  too.  There's probably just one starting job open on the defensive side of the ball and it's the safety spot...
Pete Carges @pcarges550 The days are getting longer and the temperature is warming up, but for many sports fans, especially in this area, the months of April, May and June mean only one thing. Playoffs. Wasting away countless hours in front...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Here's my third mock draft, getting close to beig finalized.  The final mock will be out a few hours before the draft. Round 1 1. Tampa Bay (2-14) - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State 2. Tennessee...
Rex Ryan made it pretty clear on Day 1 of Voluntary Bills Camp that he’s having a quarterbacking competition that consists of three guys and not Jeff Tuel.   Ryan spoke on Tuesday on how good Matt Cassel looked. He liked EJ Manuel too, but wanted...
With the draft lottery putting the Sabres in position to select Jack Eichel, it's important to know as much as possible about the Boston University product.  In the weeks leading up to the lottery, we had a number of guests on our shows who spoke...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Despite one of the most talented groups in the league, ranking in the top-four in most major categories, and now one of the best defensive-minded head coaches in the NFL in charge of them, the Bills still need to...
Rex Ryan finally got his brand new football team on the field. Tuesday was the first day of Voluntary Veteran Minicamp. Obviously players don’t need to be here, but Ryan likes what he saw, “We had a really high number in attendance. We did have...
  The Buffalo Bills have exercised their 5th year option on cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.  The move comes as no surprise.  General Manager Doug Whaley said at the league’s owner’s meetings in...
Oh look, a head shot. You know the playoffs are really cooking now in the NHL. No, not because the field is almost all set for round two. I know because we had a leave your feet headshot that didn't even result in a penalty.  Here is...
The Buffalo Bills do not have a first round pick in Thursday's NFL Draft, but Bills GM Doug Whaley is busy scouting players who could be available when they are on the clock with the 50th overall pick. WKBW's Joe Buscaglia reports that...
Last night, NFL.com listed six draft trades they'd love to see. Number five hits close to home. The trade:  Washington Redskins trade Robert Griffin III to Buffalo in exchange for EJ Manuel and change. That's right,...
Former Sabres coach Marcel Pronovost has died at the age of 84.   Pronovost brought the Sabres to second place in the Adams Division in 1977-78 which was his first season.   In the first round of the playoffs, Pronovost’s team beat the...
Brian Gionta has not been used to losing in his long NHL career and has a Stanley Cup ring from New Jersey to prove it. This year took a lot out of the Sabres captain, “It’s tough, you’re a competitive guy and you want to win. With a few...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter: @SalSports   Bills General Manager Doug Whaley is already on record saying this year’s rookie class (mostly, late-round picks and undrafted free agents) will have a tougher time than most making the team, considering...
Time for some free advice for Bills General Manager Doug Whaley.  Draft a quarterback on Friday.  There are a number of people who will tell you not to do this for various reasons.  1.  This year's group of quarterbacks is underwhelming....
By Sal Capaccio Twitter @SalSports Since Mock #1 earlier the week, it’s been reported Missouri DE Shane Ray's toe injury that may require surgery.  Pitt OT T.J. Clemmings has a stress fracture in his foot that was discovered during...
Former UB guard Shannon Evans is bolting the program to join his old coach.   Evans told WKBW's Shawn Stepner that he’s transferring to Arizona State to be with former UB coach Bobby Hurley.   Evans, who’s entering his junior...
Twitter: @SalSports Every NFL draft has its strengths and weaknesses.  Last year, wide receiver was clearly one of the deepest positions going into the draft and it was proven on the field with several wideouts having huge impacts on...
Considering the Buffalo Bills hired, signed or traded for Rex Ryan, LeSean McCoy, Ritchie Incognito, Percy Harvin and Charles Clay this offseason, it's fair to say we should be prepared for surprises as long as Doug Whaley is general...
In a release the Sabres announced they’ve signed free agent forward Evan Rodrigues to a two-year, entry-level contract.   Rodrigues who will be 22 in July is 5'11", 176 lbs. He recently finished his senior season playing wing on Jack...
By Sal Capaccio Twitter: @SalSports   According to a study by two University at Buffalo industrial engineering students, from 2009-2013, NFL teams won just 44.7 percent of their games when playing opponents who had extra rest and injury-recovery...
In 2004 the Sabres took Drew Stafford in the first round. Stafford has played 589 NHL games. When you look at that draft second round pick Mike Funk played nine games, third rounder Andrej Sekera has played 486, fifth rounder Michal Valent never played in...
University at Buffalo point guard Shannon Evans is free to transfer where he wants. The athletic department has granted his full release with no restrictions.   In a statement released today, athletic director Danny White says after meeting...
I'll start this where it began for me, reading quotes from the Bills Draft Luncheon. General Manager Doug Whaley. “We don't have a proven franchise quarterback, that's obvious,” Whaley said. “But what we wanted to do is...
The NHL Draft lottery has come and gone.  The Buffalo Sabres will have the second overall pick.  Odds are, the Sabres will pick the Boston University going, Hobey Baker winning Jack Eichel. The only question left is, will Jack Eichel leave college...
This offseason, the Buffalo Bills have had major roster changes, from the blockbuster trade bringing in LeSean McCoy, the signing of Percy Harvin, along with trading for quarterback Matt Cassel. While the Bills are not ready to close the door...
Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley has said numerous times this offseason that it will be difficult for late-round picks to make the roster.   He reinforced that sentiment Monday afternoon at the Bills annual predraft luncheon at...
The Bills don’t have a first round pick this season and won’t draft until 50th overall. Buffalo’s draft board is 200 strong and begins right at the top as if they had a number one selection.   Despite not having a first...
The NFL Draft is less than two weeks away.  The Bills don’t have a first-round pick.  They’ll have to wait until pick #50, unless they make a deal.  So here’s how my first “Mock through 50” plays...
With the University at Buffalo’s official football scrimmage Saturday, the spring season has come to a close.   It was a chance to lay a foundation for the 2015 season (which kicks off against Albany Sept. 5) under new head coach Lance...
That was more nerve-racking than I thought it would be.  It wasn't bad during the day and the final hours leading up to the NHL Draft Lottery but then around 7:45 it started to hit me.  As it turns out, I was wrong. (I know...
We all knew going into Saturday’s Draft Lottery that there was an 80 percent chance that the Sabres would come home with the second overall pick. The Edmonton Oilers won the Connor McDavid lottery, leaving the Sabres with Boston University forward Jack...
Despite holding the league's worst record once again, the Buffalo Sabres will not pick first overall when the NHL Draft is held in June. Instead, they will hold the second overall selection. The Edmonton Oilers, who finished the season with the league's...
On the night before the NHL Draft lottery, Sam Reinhart reminded everyone that the Buffalo Sabres' rebuilding plan is about more than Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid. Reinhart made his debut for the Rochester Americans on Friday night playing...
On the night before the NHL Draft lottery, Sam Reinhart reminded everyone that the Buffalo Sabres' rebuilding plan is about more than Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid. Reinhart made his debut for the Rochester Americans on Friday night playing...
As you all sit and wait for tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery to see if Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel will become a Buffalo Sabre, it’s interesting to look back.   It used to be that if you won the lottery, you could only move up four places....
With the lottery upon us, WGR decided to take a look back at what we went through to get to the guarantee of Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. LISTEN to WGR's tribute to the tank Also some fun links.... In the comments, leave your favorite...
The coaching staff is set for new University at Buffalo head men’s basketball coach Nate Oats. Jim Whitesell is the new associate coach; Donyell Marshall – who averaged 11.2 points and 6.7 rebounds over a 15-year NBA career – will work...
  The NFL Draft begins two weeks from tonight.  So, let’s take a minute to refresh everyone on the details, specifically where the Bills stand.   2015 Draft dates: Round 1: Thursday, April 30th Rounds 2-3: Friday, May...
Sabres 2014 first round pick Sam Reinhart played nine games with the Sabres this season before being sent back to junior.   It was obvious from the time he stepped on the ice for the Prospects Tournament in Traverse City that Reinhart was not strong...
Boston, MA - Boston Bruins President Cam Neely announced today, Wednesday, April 15, that Peter Chiarelli has been relieved of his duties as General Manager of the Boston Bruins. An Interim General Manager will not be named at this time and the search for...
After spending $91 million in guaranteed money, signing several skill position players, re-signing pass rusher Jerry Hughes, and bringing in QBs Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor to compete for the QB job with EJ Manuel, there doesn’t appear to...
The Buffalo Sabres relieved Ted Nolan of his head coaching duties Sunday evening, along with his assistant coaches.  General Manager Tim Murray lauded Nolan's professionalism, but said the Sabres did not improve enough to warrant Nolan keeping...
Hello, how are you enjoying your day? Here, skies are bright and it's just not the weather. Not everything in life is hockey, no, but for the last couple of months I've felt like it is. I stepped, willingly, into the cauldron that was the controversial...
Risk and reward. That has been the theme of the last two seasons of decision making by Buffalo Bills’ general manager Doug Whaley. From the Sammy Watkins trade to the signing of Ritchie Incognito, Whaley has shown he is willing to take a...
Former Sabres coach Ted Nolan has released a statement through All Sports of Western New York. Nolan said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kim and Terry Pegula, Pat Lafontaine, my coaches and the Sabres management, players, medical,...
The University at Buffalo athletic department moved fast in announcing a successor to the men's basketball program, freshly off its first ever NCAA tournament appearance. The school announced Saturday that top assistant Nate Oats has been named the...
As expected five players have been sent to Rochester. Johan Larsson played 39 games in Buffalo scoring six goals and 10 assists for 16 points. Mikhail Grigorenko was in 25 games netting three goals and three assists for six points. Defenseman Chad...
          The logo is the same, but pretty much everything else surrounding the Buffalo Bills is different since quarterbacks coach David Lee was last a member of the Bills’ coaching staff. New owner, new coach...
Well that didn't take long. Less than 24 hours after the season ended, Ted Nolan's second tenure as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres also came to a close. You might say the meter was running the entire time. I know, coaches are hired to be fired...
It didn’t take long for Tim Murray to relieve Ted Nolan of his coaching duties. This has been one of the worst kept secrets for the past three or four months, but Murray said he didn’t decide until the whole evaluation process was finished which...
It was a record-breaking weekend for Jordan Spieth.  The 21-year-old broke the two-day and three-day course records at Augusta with 14-under par through two days and 16-under through three.  On Sunday, Spieth broke another record reaching 19-under...
Josh Gorges could only play 46 games this season thanks to a knee injury. Gorges said, “I had to have a microfracture surgery on my knee.”   Gorges played his last game on February 10, but he says he won’t miss any more time because...
Not everybody in the Sabres locker room is heading home.   Tyler Ennis said he will play for Team Canada at the Word Championships in the Czech Republic. The winger said, “I’m going to go to the Worlds and work on my game and hopefully win...
Friday night, following the Sabres McEichel clinching loss to Columbus, I went out with my wife to watch a local band and have a couple of drinks.  As I sat there listening to the music, I realized it was the first time I was able to completely relax...
It’s fan appreciation night as the Sabres play their final game of the season against Pittsburgh.   The players voted for the team award which always means more.   Mike Weber was chosen as the team’s unsung hero. Weber had one of...
Welcome for one final time into the First Niagara Center for the 2014-15 season. We are high atop ice level in the Ted Darling Memorial Press Box. The Sabres look to play spoliers for the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, and can help Boston make one last push...
The Sabres will wear white at home on Fan Appreciation Night as they will maybe have a chance to spoil Pittsburgh’s playoff chances.   This is what the NHL says has to happen for Pittsburgh to get in.   “They have to beat the...
Two days after losing head coach Bobby Hurley to Arizona State, the Bulls have hired Nate Oats to be their new men's basketball coach. Oats was originally named the interim coach, but per the UB athletics website athletic director Danny White said...
It's over.   At the start of the season, the Buffalo Sabres set out to accomplish a goal, and for the first time in franchise history, they’ve achieved it.   We the fans, made it through.  Whether you were on board for Game...
The Sabres didn’t start well in Columbus as they let Nick Foligno just walk down the slot wide open. The winger beat Anders Lindback far side and in just 14 seconds it was 1-0 Columbus.   Buffalo got some pressure pretty quickly after that and...
After a good, crisp practice and talking to the players the past two days, it seems like they’re determined to finish the season strong.   Buffalo has won three of five games scoring four goals in three of them, three in one and none in the other....
With Andre Benoit out, The Sabres recalled defenseman Chad Ruhwedel from Rochester. Ruhwedel joins the Sabres for his second recall of the season. In two NHL games during his first recall in March, he recorded one assist and a plus-2 rating. Ruhwedel...
Rex Ryan was the only man on the field, but he still faked a throw over to first base. The Buffalo Bills’ new head coach had an ear-to-ear grin as he came to the set, dug into the rubber and fired the ball toward home plate. Juuust a bit outside…...
The Buffalo Bills have announced their preseason opponents for the 2015 season. -Week 1: vs. Carolina Panthers -Week 2: at Cleveland Browns (ESPN) -Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers -Week 4: at Detroit Lions The Bills are coming...
For some today is a sad day and for others it’s a happy one as the Sabres went through their final practice of this season. Of course they will have one or two morning skates, but they are not really practices.   For Ted Nolan he said, “I...
Robert Woods has started 29 games so far in his young NFL career.  Yet, he’s already had four different quarterbacks throw him passes in games.     Now, with the Bills trading for Matt Cassel, signing Tyrod Taylor, and a...
​ Arizona State is hiring University at Buffalo men's basketball coach Bobby Hurley. News emerged earlier this week that the 43-year-old former Duke star was emerging as a frontrunner. Hurley led UB to its first NCAA tournament...
Sam Reinhart will end his 2014-15 season as a Rochester American. According to his WHL team, the Sabres have assigned their top prospect to Rochester after his junior season came to an end earlier this week. Reinhart's Kootenay Ice club was eliminated...
The Bills brought in some pretty talented offensive players with high-profile names this offseason.  Guys who want to have the football in their hands, and are used to getting it.  Now, with all of them on the same team, they may have to get...
The Sabres did a feature during the 2013 draft where Kevin Devine was so relieved that Nashville took Seth Jones at number four. Many had Jones going first overall, but that honor went to Nathan MacKinnon who was selected by Colorado.   Florida grabbed...
The longest tenured Buffalo Bill isn’t going anywhere any time soon.  And that’s just fine with him.  Because Kyle Williams loves Buffalo, and says he belongs here. Williams has been with the Bills since he was 22-years old. ...
The Bills may be in the market for a veteran safety.  The team announced Tuesday free agent Dawan Landry is visiting One Bills Drive. Landry is familiar with Rex Ryan's defense.  He played for Ryan and new Bills defensive cordinator Dennis...
Associated Press report HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus reached a plea agreement to have misdemeanor charges dropped for crashing his Jaguar into a tree near a busy suburban Buffalo intersection last year. Dareus...
Freshman Tyus Jones led all scorers with 23 points, including a key three pointer with 1:24 to play that propelled Duke to their fifth national championship in a 68-63 come-from-behind victory over Wisconsin Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis....
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The Buffalo Bills are getting closer to the unveiling of the newly renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium to the general public. The team allowed WGR Sports Radio 550 have a sneak peak to see just how far along they are with a little under three weeks to go before...
WGR's Howard Simon was in Canton on Saturday to watch as Bills reciever Andre Reed was inducted in to the 2014 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he took a few pictures to commemorate the event.  Check them out! 
Buffalo, N.Y. (wgr550.com) - Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick Sam Reinhart was in studio with Howard Simon and Jeremy White.  Here are some photos we snapped in the studio.
The Buffalo Bills honor their founder and owner, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. by opening up their Fieldhouse in Orchard Park to fans. All pictures by Joe Buscaglia
The WGR team was at the Gallagher Center Friday night for the Purple Eagles' double header.
WGR Sports Radio 550 at NOCO Express French and Borden with Sal
Amherst, N.Y. (WGR 550) -- The Buffalo Bills first round draft pick had little sleep and arrived in Buffalo early today.  Quarterback E.J. Manuel stopped in to visit with Howard SImon and Jeremy White in our WGR studios.  Here are some photos snapped...
Check out the pictures from the Transitowne event with Howard and the WGR Promo Team on March 16th!
Pictures from Sal Capaccio broadcasting live from the Labatt Pond Hockey Tournament
Sunoco sampling at the Bills tailgate at the last home game of the season on 12-30-12!
WGR's Pat Malacaro is in Ottawa for the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend.  Head inside for his photos from Media Day and the Skills Competition.
WGR Ball Girls at Westwood Country Club in Amherst for the 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament.
It's the start of a brand new era for the Buffalo Bills. With brand new helmets and uniforms for the franchise, the next new thing to be installed is the brand new A-Turf that will make up the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Some major changes to the field...
The Buffalo Bills unveiled their new uniforms Friday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Click to view the pictures!
Darth Vader was in the neighborhood, so he stopped by our studios to give Bulldog a Star Wars Bisons Jersey and to play some match game.
What chance do you give Tyrod Taylor of winning the starting job?
  I think he'll win the job
  I think he's even money with Cassel and Manuel
  I think he's a long shot
 
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