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Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen to receive first-team reps at minicamp

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen to receive first-team reps at minicamp

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Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen will receive his first opportunity to work with the projected starting unit this week, Bills head coach Sean McDermott said on Tuesday. Allen, who was selected by the Bills with the seventh overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, will spend most of his time with the third-team group. McDermott noted that the 6-foot-5, 237-pound Allen will get occasional snaps with the starters, however. "He's worked hard ... this has been part of the plan from the start. But give Josh credit, he's earned it," McDermott said, per Sal Capaccio of WGR 550. Quarterbacks Nathan Peterman and A.J. McCarron have taken the starting reps thus far this offseason for the Bills. McCarron, signed as a free agent in March after being a backup with the Cincinnati Bengals, is t...
Buffalo Bills release C Eric Wood with injury settlement

Buffalo Bills release C Eric Wood with injury settlement

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The Buffalo Bills are releasing veteran center Eric Wood. The team has reached an injury settlement with Wood, multiple media outlets reported Thursday. The 32-year-old Wood announced in January that he was retiring due to a neck injury that was revealed in a season-ending physical. Wood did not formally retire in January because the team was trying to work through salary-cap issues. According to the Buffalo News, if the Bills placed Wood on the reserve/retired list before June 1, his cap number would jump from its current $ 8.625 million to $ 10.39 million. A first-round pick of Buffalo (No. 28 overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft, Wood spent his entire nine-year career with the franchise, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2015. Wood started all 16 regular-season games in 2017 as well as an AFC...
Two million SSE customers to see bills rise

Two million SSE customers to see bills rise

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"Big six" energy supplier SSE is increasing prices by an average of £76 a year in a hike affecting more than two million customers. The price changes - a 5.7% rise for gas and 7.7% for electricity bills - mean a typical dual fuel customer will see an increase of £1.50 each week.SSE blamed the price hike, which comes into effect on 11 July, on rising wholesale and government policy costs and said it would impact 2.4 million customers.Households with a pre-payment meter or on fixed-price or vulnerable customer safeguard tariffs are not affected.The company also announced it will remove its £6 per fuel, per year paperless billing discount when the changes come into effect.It is the last of the largest energy companies to reveal price changes following a series ...
British Gas bills hike to hit four million customers

British Gas bills hike to hit four million customers

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The bills of millions of British Gas customers are to be hiked by an average of £60 a year.The biggest household gas and electricity supplier said it was "reluctantly" announcing the price increase of an average 5.5% for a typical dual fuel customer.British Gas owner Centrica blamed the price hike - which comes into force on 29 May - on rising wholesale and Government policy costs and said it would impact 4.1 million customers.It highlighted the smart meter roll-out, as well as schemes to reduce carbon emissions, and suggested "all Government policy costs should be paid for in a fairer way such as through general taxation".Image:A British Gas smart meter known as 'the Pebble'But Energy Minister Claire Perry said she was "disappointed" by the hike which she said was "unjustified... when cus
Ofgem imposes ban on catch-up energy bills

Ofgem imposes ban on catch-up energy bills

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Energy suppliers are to be banned from back-billing customers for gas and electricity used more than 12 months ago under new rules from Ofgem.Such charges, on average totalling £1,160 but in extreme cases more than £10,000, can arise due to problems with a supplier's billing systems or incorrect usage estimates, the regulator said.The new rules will come into effect in May for household consumers and in November for the smallest businesses.Suppliers would still be able to recoup the money beyond the 12-month period if customers have behaved unreasonably, such as by blocking access for meter readings.Rob Salter-Church, Ofgem's interim senior partner for consumers and competition, said: "Large catch-up bills can leave consumers struggling financially or even in debt to their supplier"Getting