Scenarios for high school sports in the next school year range from no changes at all to shifting traditional fall sports like football to the spring.

The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association announced a tentative agreement Monday to return to play this season and extend their collective bargaining agreement by four years.

Niagara County Community College sophomore wrestler Jordan Bushey was recently named Region III Male Athlete of the Year following a vote of regional athletic directors.

Hubie Brown laughed when I posed the question. After all you’ve done, have you thought about how tough it will be if the pandemic prevents you from doing NBA playoff games this year?

WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins began a “thorough review” of their name Friday, a significant step toward moving on from what experts and advocates call a “dictionary-defined racial slur.”

The roar is back at New York's Thunder Road.

TORONTO — All 30 Major League Baseball teams will train at their regular-season ballparks for the pandemic-shortened season after the Toronto Blue Jays received a Canadian federal government exemption on Thursday to work out at Rogers Centre.

Soon enough, you'll see professional sports return to New York.

Officials at Ransomville Speedway are planning for a 2020 season, even as they await word from New York State on the return of racing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NFL will cut its preseason in half and push back the start of exhibition play so teams have more time to train following an all virtual offseason made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association held the second meeting of its COVID-19 Task Force on Tuesday.

The Buffalo Bills have advised season ticket holders there is a chance games may be played without fans this season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The curtain has officially fallen on Minor League Baseball.

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has set Sept. 11 as the date for members schools to begin playing games in fall sports.

NEW YORK — The New England Patriots have been fined $1.1 million by the NFL for inappropriately filming the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline during a game last season.

BOSTON — The New England Patriots have reached an agreement with free-agent quarterback Cam Newton, bringing in the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player to help the team move on from three-time MVP Tom Brady, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

TORONTO — Less than a week before Major League baseball teams resume training on July 1, the Toronto Blue Jays still haven’t been able to tell their players where to show up.

Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to walk on stage Friday night in Montreal as the top pick in the NHL draft.

As MLB and the players union haggled over a 60-game season this week, it was unclear what kind of baseball season was in store for the game’s long-suffering fans. But whatever happens, it’s bound to be a bummer for trivia buffs.

A pair of local high school seniors, Adrianna Frerichs of Wilson and Anthony Haak of Lockport, have been chosen winners of the 55th Annual Thomas E. Hewitt Sports Awards.

In its current state, the COVID-19 pandemic won't disrupt fall sports at Niagara County Community College.

Spring often means winning at Niagara Wheatfield.

The COVID-19 pandemic has already etched its place in history, making sure 2020 is a year that won't be forgotten.

High school student-athletes come up through junior varsity or modified, break through to varsity, learn from their upperclassmen, then pass those lessons on before graduating. That's the life cycle of high school sports.

Kim and Terry Pegula offered mainly dodges and platitudes in their press conference after firing Jason Botterill and bludgeoning the hockey department on Wednesday.

It was shaping up to be an exciting spring on the diamonds in Wilson.

PENDLETON — When two of the finest, collective diamond coaches tell you their teams had promise in 2020, you can take their word for it.

PENDLETON — A true ace on the hill and in the classroom, Starpoint senior Joe Dell'Oso is looking forward to even bigger and better things at Niagara University, where he'll walk on this fall as a top pitching prospect and marketing major.

Expectations were high nearly across the board this spring in the Lumber City.

Play ball! never meant more to two Western New York sports-starved cities.

With so much uncertainty, Larry Quinn can't predict just how severe the NHL's financial losses might be due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking with dozens of high school coaches over the past few weeks, there are all kinds of heartbreaking stories from a spring without sports. Nearly every coach had a senior coming off an injury or getting their first real opportunity for a big role who lost their season to COVID-19.

BUFFALO — Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula reversed course by firing general manager Jason Botterill on Tuesday as part of a drastic cost-cutting purge of front-office staff and scouts on a team preparing to sit idle for what could be the remainder of the calendar year.

ATHENS, Ga. — A former NFL player and University of Georgia football standout has been arrested and charged with raping a UGA student, authorities said.

Spring is supposed to be the season of new beginnings.

For an entire decade, Lucas Eoute, Anthony Dragone, Cooper Krawczyk, Nick Carlo and Zach Reed played baseball together in some form or another, as teammates or friendly foes. From T-ball up, they've been connected through the sport, eventually suiting up together as Lewiston-Porter Lancers.

BUFFALO — The Buffalo Sabres fired general manager Jason Botterill on Tuesday in a dramatic change-of-course three weeks after co-owner Kim Pegula said his job was secure.

ORCHARD PARK — The Buffalo Bills have their entire seven-player draft class under contract after signing running back Zack Moss to a four-year deal on Monday.

Early this week, I popped on ESPN and caught a few minutes of Korean baseball. Sorry, it didn’t cut it for me. No offense to the Koreans, but I didn’t know any of the players. I had no interest in seeing a box score. It just wasn’t real to me.

The 5-year-old Niagara Falls High School Athletic Complex still measures up to any high school facility in Western New York, but spring is when it truly shines.

Rich Meranto is certainly no stranger to Niagara Falls outdoor track and field. Will Whisker is a mostly new face to the boys tennis program.

BUFFALO — Josh Allen has hardly spent this coronavirus pandemic-altered offseason in self-isolation.

BUFFALO — Kim Pegula is staying on as Buffalo Sabres president with a continued focus on making the small-market franchise economically sustainable, while in the face of criticism the team has been mismanaged under her leadership.

LATHAM — High school athletic facilities throughout the state cannot open for student participation until Phase 4 of the state's reopening process is reached, it was stated on Wednesday by Paul Harrica, president and task force chairman of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

The NFL and the players' union sent a planner to the 32 teams Monday outlining procedures for the full reopening of their practice facilities, which were closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced a list of changes — mainly financial and in terms of scheduling — in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday after its Council of Presidents held a virtual spring meeting last week.

Seven current or former black NHL players formed the Hockey Diversity Alliance on Monday, creating another avenue to fight racism and intolerance in the sport.

Today is the 76th anniversary of D-Day, when the allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy to begin the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany in World War II.

Make that four Division I players on last year's Niagara County Community College women's basketball team.

As protests across the nation following the killing of George Floyd hit the one-week mark Tuesday — and their fourth day in Wester New York — Niagara County's two collegiate athletic departments offered their support.

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