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Bills' McKelvin fined for flight disruption

Bills' McKelvin fined for flight disruption

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The next time a flight attendant asks Leodis McKelvin to turn off his cellphone on a plane, the Buffalo Bills cornerback says he's going to listen.

McKelvin apologized on Thursday after confirming he had been ticketed $75 for refusing to follow a crew member's order during a flight from New York to Buffalo on Tuesday.

``Yeah, you've got to know what you're doing and who you are. You've got to do what you're basically told,'' McKelvin said. ``It was a misunderstanding. I apologized for it, and I'm going to pay the fine, pay my dues for what I did.''

Buffalo's WIVB-TV first reported McKelvin had been fined on Wednesday.

According to a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police report, McKelvin refused to comply with a request to turn off his cellphone and place the bag that was under his seat into an overhead compartment. He was fined upon arriving in Buffalo.

McKelvin said the bag wasn't an issue, but acknowledged he refused to follow an order to turn off his cellphone and buckle his seatbelt.

McKelvin is the Bills 2008 first-round draft pick out of Troy, and was named the AFC's special teams player of week on Wednesday. He earned the honor after scoring on a 79-yard punt return in a 19-14 win over Miami on Nov. 15.

The Bills (4-6) are preparing to play at Indianapolis (6-4) on Sunday.

After practice Thursday, coach Chan Gailey ruled out defensive end Mark Anderson (left knee) and cornerback Aaron Williams (right knee). Anderson, who is listed week to week, will miss his sixth consecutive game. Williams has been out since being hurt in a 21-9 loss at Houston on Nov. 4

Fullback Corey McIntyre and cornerback Ron Brooks are expected to play after both returned to practice Thursday. McIntyre aggravated a left knee injury early into practice Wednesday. Brooks missed practice after having emergency dental surgery.

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Cavaliers clamp down on Pitt

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Cavaliers clamp down on Pitt

PITTSBURGH -- No. 1 Virginia allowed just seven points in the first half and secured the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference title outright with a 66-37 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Freshman guard De'Andre Hunter came off the bench to lead the Cavaliers (26-2, 14-1 ACC) with 14 points in a game that didn't take big offensive efforts from Virginia's regulars. Of the five starters, only guard Ty Jerome exceeded his season average with 13 points.

The game was never competitive, as Virginia started on an 8-0 run and Pitt didn't make a field goal until Jared Wilson-Frame hit a 3-pointer at the midway point of the first half.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett rested most of his regulars in the second half. Reserve Nigel Johnson added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

Parker Stewart led Pitt (8-22, 0-17) with 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Pitt had next to no presence inside. The Panthers were outscored 28-8 in the paint and out-rebounded 36-24. Seven of Pitt's 11 made field goals were from beyond the arc.

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Sabres

3 reasons the Caps beat the Sabres

The Caps could not shake Buffalo for two periods, but a dominant finish on Saturday helped them pull away for a 5-1 win. Here's how they finally put away the Sabres.

A quick start

Strong starts go a long way towards helping a team in the middle of a slump. It's a confidence boost for a group in desperate need of one and the Caps got that boost on Saturday from Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov used his wheels to zip in behind the defense and score just 50 seconds into the game. Washington led 1-0 at the end of the first, just the second time in 19 games they have held a lead after the opening 20 minutes.

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Andre Burakovsky snapping a second period slump

It looked in the second period like the Caps were caught trying to protect the lead again, but Andre Burakovsky woke the team back up with his incredible highlight end-to-end goal. It really looked like Buffalo was going to tie the game at one, but instead, Burakovsky extended the lead to two. Going end to end the way he did shows a player who is starting to play with some confidence, something Burakovsky has lacked for much of the season.

Ovechkin's two-goal third period

Buffalo would not go away. Sam Reinhart got the Sabres on the board just 14 seconds into the third period and suddenly the Caps found themselves in a one-goal game again. But Ovechkin ended any hopes for the comeback as he struck in the top corner of the net on the power play from the office. He would later add a deflection goal to extend the lead to 5-1, giving a scuffling Washington team the dominant win they so sorely needed.