The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has cleared 90 men's basketball schedule changes due to COVID-19 this season, announcing Monday another batch that affects each of the 11 member programs.

All right, let’s dispense with the happy stuff first. It was a magical Bills season, an emotional and unforgettable ride for the team’s devoted followers, a welcome relief from the numbing reality of COVID-19.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It took the Kansas City Chiefs five frustrating decades to make their second Super Bowl appearance.

WASHINGTON — Linus Ullmark endured a wave of emotions in less than a week since learning of his father's death at the age of 63.

Niagara University women's basketball knocked off some rust in an overtime loss Friday. But Saturday seemed to show a bit of the squad's youth.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ten years after firing Sean McDermott as his defensive coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid will stare across the field inside Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday and see his protégé trying to spoil his hopes of a Super Bowl repeat.

Niagara University women's basketball knocked off some rust in an overtime loss Friday. But Saturday seemed to show a bit of the squad's youth.

WASHINGTON — Jakub Vrana had a goal and an assist, Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves through overtime and the short-handed Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout Friday night in their home opener.

Championship Sunday is almost here, meaning we've got a Super Bowl matchup coming soon.

High-risk high school sports seem to be on the horizon.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ten years after firing Sean McDermott as his defensive coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid will stare across the field inside Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday and see his protégé trying to spoil his hopes of a Super Bowl repeat.

Two teams so absent from championship history for so long until recently face off for the AFC championship.

ORCHARD PARK — With his name plastered on election campaign-style lawns signs — “Allen-Diggs 2020” — popping up across Buffalo, receiver Stefon Diggs requires no further introduction.

ORCHARD PARK — Win or lose, and make no mistake Bruce Smith is rooting for the Bills to beat the Chiefs on Sunday, the NFL’s career leader in sacks is confident Buffalo’s future is bright.

ATLANTA — Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record and gracefully left his mark as one of baseball’s greatest all-around players, died Friday. He was 86.

Last season, the Niagara Purple Eagles were outscored by nearly four points per game in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play and finished two games under .500. This year, NU is outscoring its MAAC foes by nearly two points a game, and it's ... still two games under .500.

Chaos is a ladder, a very famous television character once said, and the Niagara Power are taking a step up.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes took the majority of first-team reps in practice Thursday, even though he remains in the NFL's concussion protocol, raising expectations that he will start in the AFC championship game against the Buffalo Bills.

ORCHARD PARK — Leslie Frazier’s faith in his Bills defense never wavered even at the lowest point of Buffalo’s season.

Ransomville Speedway is filling its slate for this summer, including a promotion never before seen at the Big R.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes remained in the NFL's concussion protocol Wednesday, but practiced in a limited capacity, raising hopes that the reigning Super Bowl MVP can play in Sunday's AFC title game against Buffalo.

PHILADELPHIA — Brian Ellliott made 40 saves, Travis Konecny scored his fourth goal in four games and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Tuesday night.

The New York State Federation of Secondary Schools Athletic Association announced the cancellation of its 2021 Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament of Champions, which were scheduled to be held at Fordham University, on Tuesday due to the impact of COVID-19. 

ORCHARD PARK — The likelihood of Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll staying in Buffalo for at least one more season has increased after he was passed over for the Los Angeles Chargers' coaching job, two people with direct knowledge of Daboll’s plans told The Associated Press.

PHILADELPHIA — Sam Reinhart and Curtis Lazar each scored two goals to lead the Buffalo Sabres to their first win of the season, 6-1 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.

Grace Fredricks did a triple take then couldn't help but laugh when she saw the photo of former Buffalo Sabre coach Lindy Ruff wearing a Bills mask.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs built a defense and signed a backup quarterback that were good enough to preserve a win.

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 …

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced sweeping changes to its men's basketball schedule on Sunday as it attempts to battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

There have been moments during the last two weeks when you really had to wonder. You’d swear there was something in the air, and I’m not talking about the winds that swirled around Bills Stadium on Saturday night.

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.

BUFFALO — Vitek Vanecek made 30 saves in his NHL debut, Tom Wilson had a goal and an assist and the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Friday night to sweep the season-opening series.

The divisional round is here leaving the NFL with eight remaining teams in the dance. The daily fantasy lineups are heating up, as players to select are trimming down and grand prizes are rising up.

Round 1 of the battle between the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's turnover kings went decisively to Manhattan.

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.

BUFFALO — T.J. Oshie had a goal and two assists in Peter Laviolette’s debut as Washington's coach and the Capitals opened the season with a 6-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

It'll be strength on strength this weekend when Niagara opens a four-game road trip with a pair of games at Manhattan.

Aside from winning the final Super Bowl before the merger in 1970, the Kansas City Chiefs’ biggest claim to fame for over half a century was team founder Lamar Hunt coining the phrase Super Bowl.

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.

All-Western New Yorkers and 1,000-point scorers. League, sectional and state champions. Division I prospects and college-bound players. And one huge what-if.

What better way to celebrate the Buffalo Bills’ return as a legitimate Super Bowl contender than with your children who weren’t alive yet to see it the last time around?

Low- and moderate-risk sports in Section VI will start Monday as planned, Section VI Executive Director Mark DiFilippo announced Tuesday.

ORCHARD PARK — The Buffalo Bills signed running back Devonta Freeman to their practice squad Tuesday to add veteran depth after placing rookie Zack Moss on injured reserve.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The celebration was at once familiar and unique. The confetti cannons sent a crimson and white shower into the air and Alabama players ran to the sideline to grab their championship hats and T-shirts.

The Buffalo Bills will once again allow 6,700 fans into Bills Stadium at 8:15 p.m. Saturday when the team hosts the Baltimore Ravens in a divisional playoff game.

ORCHARD PARK — By batting down Philip Rivers’ desperation pass as time ran out to secure Buffalo’s first playoff victory in 25 years, safety Micah Hyde and the defense pushed its bend-but-don’t-break reputation to its limits.

NEW YORK — The New York Jets' quickly growing list of head coaching candidates got a little longer Sunday.

ORCHARD PARK — It was just like the pre-coronavirus pandemic days on Saturday morning for Scott Hammond and his son Landon when they were among the first to get to their seats before a Buffalo Bills home game.

I’ll admit, I figured it would be easy when they went up 14, that they were home free. I wanted to believe that this Bills team was different from those of the past, that they could win without pushing their fans onto the ledge and driving them to nervous distraction.

NIAGARA — Kobi Nwandu had a season-high 21 points as Niagara topped Rider 66-55 on Saturday.

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