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Video: Polo in its heyday

It has been a few decades since the heyday of the Knoxes and polo competition at their estate in East Aurora, when matches attracted large crowds to watch riders on horseback thundering across the polo field.

Polo is coming back to East Aurora this weekend. Get ready by watching this nine-minute lesson from the sport's heyday. The video, posted on YouTube, was taken during the 1930 Westchester Cup polo matches. The film of the competition between U.S. and England comes complete with instructions in how to appreciate the game.

Vacancy at One Bills Drive chat with Tim Graham at 2 p.m.

The News' Tim Graham will discuss his Sunday Spotlight cover story, "Vacancy at One Bills Drive," a look at what would happen if the Bills ever left town, at 2 p.m. today.

Video & audio: Sunday at the Stadium -- Oct. 10 Edition

ORCHARD PARK -- The sun was out. The sky was clear. And those who bleed Bills' colors were ready for another Sunday.

2:35 p.m.: Here's audio from Rich Szustak, the Blasdell man I quoted earlier who scored a pair of tickets for $20 apiece:

Listen to Russeau Taylor -- the Cheektowaga man who earlier said sales were "real slow" -- describe today's sales:

2:27 p.m.: The struggles of a ticket seller were hard to dispute today. Take a listen to "Junior" from Buffalo explain how ticket sales went before the game:

1:01 p.m.: Football fans might be able to question the product out on the field today at Ralph Wilson Stadium, but the one thing no one can question is the weather.

The sun is beaming through a mostly clear sky. Some fans have come in shorts and T-shirts.

With kickoff a couple minutes away, it's 63 degrees here in Orchard Park, according to the National Weather Service.


Buffalo Bills fans, from left, Sarah Smith, Nicole Layer-Pardy, Chelsey Kelchlin and Amanda Bolibrzuch enjoy the pregame festivities outside Ralph Wilson Stadium today. (John Hickey /Buffalo News)

12:20 p.m.: Many of the ticket sellers outside the stadium couldn't spare even a second to talk with a reporter today, instead dedicating their time to trying to get rid of their product.

"Cheap," one ticket seller said, when asked about how ticket sales are going.

"The bottom line is [the game's] not on TV and you can buy [tickets] at the window," another seller said.

12:14 p.m.: Make sure to get in on the live chat over at Bills Live.

12:12 p.m.: Rick Szustak of Blasdell was one of those fans who cashed in buying his tickets for today's game on the street.

Szustak scored a pair of $42-tickets for $20 apiece.

"I'm getting 'em half price," Szustak said standing along Abbott Road. "And money in my pocket is better than [giving it to] people who have more money than me."

He said he considered buying tickets on Craigslist, but didn't want to deal with the hassle of meeting up with a seller in order to complete the transaction.

A former season ticket holder, Szustak said he came because his daughter wanted to see the game.

"I got 'em half price and my daughter and I are happy," he said, "and we're going to enjoy the game."

11:04 a.m.: Anyone trying to sell tickets to today's game will probably face a little difficulty. Just ask Russeau Taylor of Cheektowaga.

"It's real slow. Hardly can't move 'em," Taylor said, standing on the curb of Abbott Road near Southwestern Boulevard.

Taylor has a pair of 300-level seats at the 50-yard line. Face value is $55 each. He says he'll take $40 apiece.

Taylor, who tries to sell tickets at every Bills home game, has his own game plan for days like today, when the game hasn't sold out.

"All we do is just see who's out here that want to buy a little less than the gate pays," he said. "We go through the parking lots to get 'em, stuff like that."

The blackout should increase ticket demand, at least a little, but Taylor's not sure if he'll be stuck with any tickets.

"You never know until the rush comes," he said. "It might be a lot, it might not be any. Like last week was terrible. Couldn't give 'em away."

10:05 a.m.: It was a chilly start to the morning, but temperatures have already escaped the 30s and are expected to peak near 70. No precipitation is expected, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service.

Stay tuned for a look at how scalpers handle a game like today's, which hasn't sold out and is blacked out on local television.

For all your need-to-know info leading up to Bills-Jaguars, check out's Bills & NFL page and on the Billboard blog.

And make sure to check out Bills Live starting at noon for a live chat that will continue throughout the game.

Here's the Bills-Jags preview from Mark Gaughan, Allen Wilson and Jerry Sullivan:

--Aaron Besecker

U.S. takes on Slovenia in World Cup match today

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A South African woman looks at U.S. soccer fans dressed as astronauts as they arrive at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg today prior the game match between the United States and Slovenia. (AP Photo / Hussein Malla) 

The United States will face Slovenia at 10 a.m. in a World Cup match that is each country's second of the tournament.

Here's the latest lineup news for today's match. has a preview of the match.

Here's an Associated Press report for those who want to know more about the country of Slovenia.

Visit's Soccer Page for all the latest World Cup news.

Check out a Buffalo News Live post from last week when the World Cup kicked off. The post includes links to the full TV schedule of matches, as well as links to more World Cup coverage.

--Aaron Besecker

World Cup kicks off in South Africa

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A soccer fan attends a fans festival at the city hall of Cape Town, South Africa, today. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) 

Do you have World Cup fever?

The first match of the month-long tournament in South Africa was scheduled to start at the top of the hour. The U.S. team plays its first match tomorrow against England at 2:30 p.m. our time.

Here's the full TV schedule for the tournament.

Check out the Soccer Page at, which will keep you up to date on all World Cup news.

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Australia's Vincenzo Grella, left, and Landon Donovan of the United States battle for the ball during their friendly soccer match at Roodenpoort in Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 5. Australia and the US will play in the tournament. The US won the match 3-1. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith) 

FIFA's website, as expected, is totally packed with info about the event. Here's the full schedule of matches.

Here's ESPN's homepage for World Cup coverage, along with the BBC's and South Africa's Mail & Guardian.

--Aaron Besecker

Video: Sabres end-of-season press conference

The Sabres Edge blog has full audio from this morning's press conference in HSBC Arena.

3:19 p.m.: Here's Lindy Ruff on the performance of the special teams during the playoffs:

11:34 a.m.: Here's a video clip from the end of the press conference when the Sabres' brass was asked a question about the City of Buffalo not having a Stanley Cup:

--Aaron Besecker

Former Buffalo athlete in baseball documentary showing Saturday

A former standout athlete at St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo has a prominent role in a documentary that's part of the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival.

Michael Barreca, who was a multi-sport star during his days here, plays William "Dummy" Hoy in "Signs of the Time," which explores the origins of the use of hand signals in baseball.

Hoy is considered the most accomplished deaf player in the history of the major leagues, and the film credits Hoy for bringing signs into the game.

It will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday on screen two at the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St.

It's narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, and features interviews with baseball greats.

1:31 p.m.: Here's Paul M. Crowley, director of student affairs and support services at St. Mary's School for the Deaf, talks about Barreca's time at the school:

1:07 p.m.: Here's the trailer:

Here's the film's page on the film festival site. The festival kicks off today and runs through April 25. Check out this overview of the festival from Staff Reporter Mark Sommer.

Check back soon for audio clips from officials at St. Mary's.

--Aaron Besecker

Sabres playoff scenarios

Playoff season in Buffalo begins either Wednesday or Thursday against Boston, Montreal or Philadelphia. (Charles Lewis / News file photo)

The Sabres will close their regular season at 5 p.m. today in New Jersey against the Devils, but the postseason is just days away with Buffalo facing off in its first playoff game Wednesday or Thursday.

The date of the first postseason game is yet to be determined since the Sabres' first round opponent and position in the Eastern Conference standings are not final.

Buffalo is one point behind the Devils and will take the No. 2 seed if it can defeat New Jersey in regulation.

The No. 3 seed will play No. 6 seed Boston and the No. 2 seed will face the No. 7 seed.

The seventh and eighth seeds will be determined when the New York Rangers play Philadelphia at 3 p.m. today. Montreal would earn the seventh spot with a Rangers victory, while a Flyers win would earn them the No. 7 spot.

--Lauren Nicole Mariacher

Bisons start season tonight

The Bisons kick off their season tonight against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees down in Moosic, Pa. It starts at 7 p.m. and can be heard on WWKB 1520 AM.

Here's Mike Harrington's season preview. Mike's also got some info at the Inside Pitch blog.

Watch The Buffalo News' Bisons season preview

Here's a rundown of concession improvements, where you can also scroll down for highlights of the promotional calendar.

The home opener at Coca-Cola Field is Wednesday against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Click here for the Bisons' full schedule.

--Aaron Besecker

Sabres playoff tickets still on sale

2:38 p.m.: Only single seats remain for the first two home playoff games, Sabres spokesman Mike Gilbert just told me.

There are about 700 tickets left for the third home game, and about 1,000 for the fourth, Gilbert said.

There were 2,000 tickets available for each of the four games of the first round when tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. today.

If the third and/or fourth games for the first round are not played, ticket buyers should return to their point of purchase to get their money refunded, Gilbert said. Tickets purchased for the third and fourth games, if not played, do not apply for the second round.

If the Sabres make it past the first round, the team will announce ticket availability, he said.

The Sabres' Tyler Ennis slips the puck past the Panthers' Tomas Vokoun during the third period of the game in HSBC Arena on Wednesday. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

1:23 p.m.: After four hours and some change, there are seats still available for the Sabres' home playoff games, according to searches of

Playoff tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. at the HSBC Arena box office and online at

Just a few minutes ago, pairs of tickets were still available in the 100 level for the first home game. Those tickets are $158 a pop.

Tickets on the 200 level are also still available for the first game.

Dates and times of the playoff games have not been determined. Ticket prices range from $58 to $173.

--Aaron Besecker

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