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Despite adversity, Boughton patient for next pro chance

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The path to the professional ranks is smooth—almost seamless—for some athletes. U.S. soccer stars like Landon Donovan and Juan Agudelo were recognized early for their talent, groomed as “saviors” of the sport.

For others, the route to a professional career is roadblocked by adversity—unexpected cuts, untimely injuries and personal setbacks can waylay the most promising of…

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FC Buffalo season preview series: The plan

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As FC Buffalo enters its third season as an amateur soccer club, the direction of the organization will continue to take shape. Given the inherent difficulties in running a minor league team—volatile rosters, feverish effort to turn a profit, the goal of community relevance—FC Buffalo has done well.

FC Buffalo’s first match is at 7 p.m. Sunday at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium.…

Grading the Bandits’ offense in 2012

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The picture outside the Bandits’ locker room after Buffalo’s 7-6 loss to Toronto was gloomy, but fitting. Head coach Darris Kilgour seemed distraught, legend John Tavares looked exhausted and goalie Anthony Cosmo was perplexed.

A tremendous effort by Cosmo (48 saves on 55 shots) was wasted by a Buffalo attack that failed to score for the game’s final 34 minutes, as forward Tracey…

Bills jersey wedding mystery solved

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Photo credit: screen grab from channel 8 newscast

A Bills fan and his wife have found their wedding photo album in Florida almost five years after their nuptials.

A Southwest Florida International Airport employee discovered the wedding album in 2008 and held on to it, trying to track down its owners. She recently contacted a local news station, hoping that the owners of the album—which included photos of a minister donning a…

Fitz’s fashion strikes again in Fred Jackson signing

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Photo courtesy of Buffalo Bills Facebook page

Usually, when tight-knit teammates celebrate the re-signing of a marquee player, a slew of congratulatory tweets and “you earned it!” messages hit social media.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Buffalo Bills’ oft-bearded quarterback, would much rather make fashion statements.

Today, the Bills extended star running back Fred Jackson for two more years on top of the one year remaining on his…

Canisius men’s lacrosse reaches NCAA Tournament

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Fortunately for the Canisius College men’s lacrosse program, the regular season doesn’t mean everything.

The Griffins, who sat at 2-7 on April 14, will now appear in the NCAA Tournament representing the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Canisius upset second-seeded Detroit on Friday night and top-seeded Siena on Sunday to complete the improbable run in winning the MAAC…

Warren Buffett battles pingpong champ - VIDEO

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Photo is a screen grab from Omaha.com video

Billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates could shake a paddle at Olympics-bound pingpong champ Ariel Hsing.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, the high school senior calls Buffett and Gate “Uncle Warren” and “Uncle Bill.”

The Buffalo News is a Berkshire Hathaway newspaper.

NLL Playoffs: Bandits vs. Rock - LIVE-BLOG

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Photo credit: Dave Marino

Post-game—John Tavares was non-committal in saying whether or not he’d return to the Bandits next season for his 22nd as a pro.

Post-game—Clarification: It was Tracey Kelusky’s foot in the crease on the would-be game-tying goal for Buffalo that was called back by an official’s review. John Tavares, whose goal was denied at the buzzer, said that Kelusky was pushed into the crease…

Trick-shot QB invited to Bills’ rookie mini-camp

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Screen shot of Alex Tanney from YouTube video

We learned of UConn Huskies’ quarterback Johnny McEntee’s trick-shot exploits before he played against the UB Bulls, but it appears that he’s been “one-upped.”

Buffalo Bills rookie mini-camp invitee Alex Tanney simply tore up Division III college football competition, setting records for the most touchdowns ever thrown in a career by a college quarterback (157) and leading D3…

Rob Ray plays ball hockey at TSN - VIDEO

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Photo courtesy of Keek.

Buffalo’s favorite “man between the benches” stopped by the Off The Record offices today and picked up a quick game of ball hockey.

Unfortunately, the former Sabres forward couldn’t take advantage of the one-on-one opportunity and was denied at goal.

When teased about his lack of scoring as an NHL player, Ray replied, “It’s not how many you get. You know what? I single handedly…

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