BUFFALO — Stefon Diggs landing in Buffalo was a direct result of the new coronavirus pandemic potentially disrupting the NFL’s offseason practice schedule.

GRAND ISLAND — One of the most important points in Lydia Sweeney's remarkable, four-year varsity girls basketball career at Grand Island High School was the one she made with her remarkable coach, Kristin Wegrzyn.

Much like you or I, our families, friends and neighbors, Niagara University's athletic department is in a holding pattern during these unprecedented times.

Widely hailed as the right thing to do for student-athlete welfare, the NCAA's decision to extend spring sports athletes' eligibility a year because of the coronavirus pandemic is causing consternation for baseball coaches.

The NFL is gearing up for a normal season and playoffs — with two additional wild-card teams in the Super Bowl chase.

When life throws a global pandemic your way, you make the best of it.

The annual Scotty Bowman Showcase, which pits the best high school and prep hockey players from Buffalo and Rochester against each other, was cancelled this year, one of the many sporting events lost to the coronavirus outbreak.

The binational Lake Erie Committee, composed of fishery managers from Michigan, New York, Ohio, Ontario and Pennsylvania, set total allowable catches (TACs) for 2020 of 7.805 million pounds of yellow perch and 10.237 million walleye, it announced last week.

Like many Americans sheltering in place during the coronavirus crisis, I’ve watched my share of television. Gov. Cuomo’s daily press conferences have become must-see events. I spent much of the weekend bingeing “Tiger King,” a bizarre and mesmerizing Netflix documentary that is currently the…

I found myself in an unusual spot.

Section VI wrestling royalty is a modest term to use for Willie McDougald Jr.

Niagara's thin front line took a hit Friday.

Over the past two seasons, Aubrey Halloran helped the Niagara County Community College women’s basketball team post a 61-3 record and win a pair of regional championships.

ORCHARD PARK (AP) — Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane signed two more familiar faces Thursday, bringing back a former Bill and adding yet another former Carolina Panther.

It's the strangest of Opening Days.

Can you Digg it? Sorry, I couldn't resist.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The complete 2020 Section VI football schedule can be seen on Page 4B.

This is the complete 2020 Section VI varsity football schedule that was released this week by chairman Ken Stoldt.

In recent weeks, life has been tough for many. The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down the sports world throughout the United States, leaving athletes wondering when they’ll play again.

NEW YORK — Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard became the latest big-name pitcher to need Tommy John surgery, joining the Yankees' Luis Severino and Boston's Chris Sale.

ORCHARD PARK — The Buffalo Bills reached an agreement to re-sign receiver Isaiah McKenzie to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

Not even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the unprecedented step of postponing the world's biggest sporting event, a global extravaganza that's been cemented into the calendar for more than a century.

Niagara University's Greg Paulus was named the recipient of the 2019-20 Joe B. Hall Award on Monday night, earning recognition from CollegeInsider.com as the best first-year coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball.

LOCKPORT — With all hopes dashed for remaining winter sports high school championships in New York state this year, the deadline for determining whether there will be state high school finals in baseball and other spring sports is April 27, according to a letter issued to local coaches and a…

Marcus Hammond had reason to be optimistic heading into his sophomore season.

As of Friday, New Yorkers were being properly advised to avoid unnecessary travel because of the coronavirus pandemic. Try telling that to giddy Bills fans, who have been over the moon since early last week.

Troy Keller lives for the hunt. Mainly deer, as signified by the antlers tattooed across his back, but also turkey, duck, goose, squirrel, rabbit.

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced more positive COVID-19 tests on Saturday, and this round hit home for Niagara University.

NIAGARA FALLS — Jaemon Turner's nickname is "Mookie," but he could also go by "silent assassin."

TAMPA, Fla. — A new look for the NFL: Tom Brady in Tampa Bay pewter and red rather than Patriots red, white and blue.

The list of sporting events claimed by the COVID-19 pandemic keeps growing.

The parent company that owns the NFL's Buffalo Bills and NHL's Sabres has laid off a majority of its food services and hospitality staff as result of the new coronavirus pandemic.

Now that Niagara's basketball season has ended in unprecedented fashion, maybe looking ahead a little bit can momentarily ease the angst that the pandemic has created. There will be basketball again, count on it. March Sadness will be just an ugly memory.

Alan Nicolette tossed a perfect 300 game at Bowl-O-Drome last week, highlighting what we anticipate will be our final bowling roundup for the near future.

You'll have to excuse me. 

Two officials who worked games in the three NCAA Division I men's basketball conference tournaments, including that of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, have tested positive for COVID-19, the MAAC announced in conjunction with the Collegiate Officiating Consortium on Wednesday night.

BUFFALO — Frustrated by the Bills collapse in an AFC wild-card playoff loss at Houston, general manager Brandon Beane opened the offseason suggesting Buffalo wasn’t one player away from being a better team.

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter free agency with expectations of signing Tom Brady and bolstering a defense that will be one of the keys to helping the six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback be successful with his new team.

We live in some terrifying, confusing times don't we? With the coronavirus putting the sports world (and our entire world overall) on pause, real life needs to be set as our priority at this time. This COVID-19 scare is no joke and should be taken as seriously as our higher ups present it.

The Buffalo Bills remained active in in free agency Tuesday, even after trading for star wide receiver Stefon Diggs late Monday.

The news has been tough for Niagara County Community College athletics.

The Niagara County Community College men's and women's basketball seasons are officially over.

Stefon Diggs is a Bill, Tom Brady is no longer a Patriot, and 20 years of New England dominance never felt so distant.

For two decades, Tom Brady was the face of the Patriots, and even of the NFL. When he turns 43 in August, his home address no longer will be in New England.

BUFFALO — Stefon Diggs is headed to the Buffalo Bills in a splashy trade intended to boost quarterback Josh Allen's development.

TAMPA, Fla. — A minor leaguer for the New York Yankees tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, becoming the first known player affiliated with Major League Baseball to contract COVID-19.

Four keglers tossed perfect 300 games last week, highlighting action on the local lanes.

By a close vote, and with some 500 union members not participating, NFL players have approved a new labor agreement with the league. It features a 17-game regular season, higher salaries, increased roster sizes and larger pensions for current and former players.

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