New York Sports

Pegula seeks established GM to instill discipline in Sabres

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula is strongly leaning toward hiring a general manager with a proven track record to strengthen a franchise lacking in discipline and communication. Pegula also says accountability starts with him and he ...

Police discover Bills lineman Kouandjio wandering in field

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio was taken to the hospital for observation after police found him without any pants on in suburban Buffalo field. Erie County Sheriff's spokesman Scott Zylka said deputies were responding to a ...

O Canada: The Great White North returns to NHL playoffs

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer The hockey world has resumed revolving on its normal axis north of the border. A year after being shut out, Canada is making a return to the NHL playoffs in a big way. O Canada, is the buzz ever back across the Great White North: From Calgary's Red Mile bar ...

Sabres clean house by firing GM Murray and coach Bylsma

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — General manager Tim Murray ran out of time to rebuild the Buffalo Sabres into a contender. The team will need a new head coach, too. Sabres owner Terry Pegula cleaned house by firing Murray and coach Dan Bylsma on Thursday amid ...

Agents to AP: Eichel not pushing for Sabres coaching change

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — If Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma's job is in jeopardy, star forward Jack Eichel's representatives insist their client is not the one pushing for a change. Whether Bylsma returns for a third season won't have any effect on Eichel ...

Patriots sign Bills RB Gillislee to offer sheet

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the move confirms to The Associated Press the Buffalo Bills risk losing running back Mike Gillislee to their AFC East rival New England Patriots. The person says Gillislee signed the Patriots' two-year, ...

Vernon Downs delays start of harness racing amid losses

VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — The owner of Vernon Downs casino and race track in central New York says the seasonal start of harness racing will be delayed amid new gambling competition. Horse racing was set to start April 21. But owner Jeff Gural says opening day will be delayed as Vernon Downs ...

Bills sign quarterback T.J. Yates as backup to Tyrod Taylor

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills addressed their quarterback depth by signing free agent T.J. Yates on Monday. The sixth-year player meets the Bills' need to add an experienced backup behind returning starter Tyrod Taylor. Yates did not play a snap in his one and only season with ...

Sabres GM Murray says players need to be more accountable

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tim Murray says he can't be alone in taking full responsibility for the Buffalo Sabres' disappointing season that ended with the team extending its franchise-record playoff drought to six years. The Sabres general manager on Wednesday ...

Cormier retains light heavyweight belt, retires Johnson

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — With a vicious choke, Daniel Cormier forced Anthony Johnson into submission and retirement. Cormier's next title challenger? Pick a fighter outside of the cage. Cormier easily defeated "Rumble" Johnson for the second time in two ...

AP source: Sabres’ Eichel misses out on $2 million bonus

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The mere hair of a fraction — 0.005 to be exact — is what separated Sabres forward Jack Eichel from cashing in on a $2 million contract performance bonus clause. The second-year player would have been due the bonus had he finished ...

Bills players buying in to McDermott’s focused message

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — On his fifth coach and after 11 years of missing the playoffs, Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams acknowledged he might have needed a little nudge to return and play another season in Buffalo. One chat with Sean McDermott was all ...

Maple Leafs beat Sabres 4-2, close in on playoff spot

By JONAH BRONSTEIN, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Auston Matthews' record-setting rookie season has the Toronto Maple Leafs on the verge of returning to the playoffs. Matthews scored his 39th goal to set the record for most by an American-born rookie and the Maple Leafs beat the ...

NHL places USA’s young stars’ Olympic aspirations on hold

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Whatever aspirations Buffalo Sabres second-year center Jack Eichel had of representing the United States at the Winter Olympics have been put on indefinite hold. Same goes for the Toronto Maple Leafs' rookie-of-the-year candidate Auston ...

Sabres call up top prospect Alexander Nylander

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres' top prospect, Alexander Nylander, has been called up from the minors and is expected to make his NHL debut against his older brother. Nylander was promoted from AHL Rochester on Monday before Buffalo's home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, whose ...

Bills waive defensive lineman Crichton for failing physical

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have waived defensive lineman Scott Crichton for failing his physical. The move was announced on Wednesday, two days since the Bills claimed Crichton after he had been placed on waivers by the Minnesota Vikings. Crichton was Minnesota's ...

Bobrovsky stops 41 shots as Blue Jackets beat Sabres 3-1

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets struggled on the power-play again, but they keep finding ways to do just enough to win. The Blue Jackets managed just three shots and no goals on three power plays in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Buffalo and ...

Mets cleanup hitter Cespedes clears it up: He wants the ring

By BILL WHITEHEAD, Associated Press PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes was glad to come clean: He wants the ring. Sure, an MVP trophy would be great. But winning a World Series championship would be better. Interviews from earlier this month had the ...

Gionta scores in 1,000th game, Sabres beat Panthers 4-2

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres captain Brian Gionta was presented with a silver-plated stick before the opening faceoff of his 1,000th career game on Monday night. Afterward, Gionta received a puck to go with it: The game-winner, in fact. The 15-year NHL ...

Eichel scores 2 in Sabres 5-2 win over Maple Leafs

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres forward Jack Eichel would like to thank the thousands of Maple Leafs fans who showed up in Buffalo to provide an electric environment to what's been a difficult season. And Eichel was more than pleased to send the "Go, Leafs, ...