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What Carl Banks learned about Pat Shurmur as college teammates

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There are some things you never remember and other things you cannot forget. When a guy you used to hang with played ball in your home state, you always remember what high school he attended. So, when Carl Banks was asked about Pat Shurmur…

The behind-the-scenes tension behind John Morton firing

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Next. The Jets mowed through another offensive coordinator Wednesday, firing John Morton after just one year on the job. The decision came after Morton clashed with players, coach Todd Bowles and other assistant coaches, according to a…

Jeff Hornacek won’t question T, rips Knicks for lazy defense

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Jeff Hornacek didn’t want to hear about Courtney Lee’s late technical foul or two calls that went against Kristaps Porzingis late. The Grizzlies were without their three top starters in Marc Gasol (illness), Mike Conley (Achilles) and…

Michael Conforto won’t return to Mets until at least May

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Michael Conforto can plan on starting the season on the disabled list. As the Mets outfielder rehabs from surgery to repair the torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder, general manager Sandy Alderson is expecting the club will be…

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Vikings players can’t say enough good things about Pat Shurmur

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — When you talk to the players Pat Shurmur coaches, you hear a recurring theme about his coaching style. Shurmur, the current Vikings offensive coordinator and presumptive future Giants head coach, keeps it simple for…

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Staal, Hayes injuries may force Rangers ‘to call someone up’

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Defenseman Marc Staal will miss Thursday’s game against the Sabres after not practicing Wednesday, and center Kevin Hayes likely will be out, too. With the Rangers leaving for a four-game road trip out West on Friday, a move may have to be…

Bulls’ Kris Dunn face-plants after dunk, shatters two front teeth

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CHICAGO — The Bulls couldn’t stop the Warriors from winning their franchise-record tying 14th straight road game Wednesday night, and they may have lost their point guard for awhile after a dunk gone wrong. Kris Dunn chipped and dislocated…

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Seton Hall never had a chance in blowout loss to Creighton

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OMAHA, Neb. — Marcus Foster scored 25 points and reserve Ronnie Harrell Jr. had a career-high 18, and Creighton never trailed in an 80-63 win over No. 19 Seton Hall on Wednesday night. The Bluejays (15-4, 5-2 Big East) split the season…

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LeBron James: This season has been ‘very challenging’

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — With sweat streaking down his face and into his bushy beard, LeBron James was not in a playful mood following practice. The cold stare. The pursed lips. The focus. This is no time for frivolity. With Cleveland in the…

Courtney Lee rips refs after late tech as Knicks fall to Grizzlies

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Courtney Lee shook his head in the locker room afterward, repeatedly saying it was “unbelievable.’’ Lee’s long postgame diatribe wasn’t directed at the Knicks falling behind by 18 points to these injury-wracked, rebuilding…

Nets put up fight but no match for LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs

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Before Wednesday night’s game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich lavished praise on protégée Sean Marks, saying the Nets general manager has his team on the right track. Then the Nets took the Spurs to the wire before losing a 100-95 heartbreaker…

NFL ratings continue historic slide with no end in sight

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Quick, call the cops. Someone stole an average of 5.8 million viewers from each of the four NFL divisional playoff games last week, statistics released on Wednesday revealed. The drop-off, about 16 percent from last year’s second weekend…

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Rick Nash shows Rangers he still has what they desperately need

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It wasn’t a coincidence that the Rangers’ best performance in weeks coincided with one of Rick Nash’s most productive performances of the season. There was a connection between the eight-time 30-goal scorer snapping his 12-game scoring…

Ex-Clipper rips ‘arrogant’ Austin Rivers amid Rockets beef

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It’s safe to say Matt Barnes isn’t buying the suspensions the NBA handed down Wednesday, two days after a chippy game between the Rockets and Warriors led to a postgame standoff. The retired NBA journeyman, who played a half season with…

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Who the Mets should target as another ‘significant’ addition

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In addition to letting the Mets take a victory lap, Wednesday’s “Welcome Back Jay Bruce” news conference laid out the club’s parameters for what’s left to accomplish this offseason. Quite simply: Sandy Alderson said he has the budget room…

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Jets fire offensive coordinator

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John Morton’s time as Jets offensive coordinator lasted just one season. The team fired Morton on Wednesday in a somewhat surprising move, according to sources. It could be an indication the Jets are interested in Todd Haley, who was fired…

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Mets GM says second significant deal very possible

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They ain’t the Howells from “Gilligan’s Island,” but the Mets say they aren’t necessarily done spending this winter. At a Citi Field news conference Wednesday to announce the return of Jay Bruce, a reporter asked Mets general manager Sandy…

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Is this the contract that makes Yu Darvish a Yankee?

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Yu Darvish, via Twitter, has indicated six teams are pursuing him in free agency, and Brian Cashman has copped that the Yankees remain among the interested. But it would take creativity for the Yankees to sign Darvish and even with the…

The war brewing on NBA courts is getting explosive

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One of the enduring images of this NBA season won’t be a poster dunk, or a monster block, or a game-winner sailing through the net. It will be Shaun Livingston, bearing an expression of pure frustration, and referee Courtney Kirkland…

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Isaiah Thomas’ simple tribute video has turned into a Celtics mess

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Isaiah Thomas had a Celtics video tribute scheduled on Feb. 11, the same night Boston planned on honoring former star Paul Pierce and retiring his No. 34. That was a problem with Pierce. The Celtics had to scrap the brief tribute to Thomas…

Wednesday, Jan 17

Pat Shurmur’s coaching style? Think Andy Reid

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If you want a glimpse into Pat Shurmur as the new head coach of the Giants, think of a slightly younger, much less round Andy Reid. With the way they think about offensive football and the manner in which they interact with players,…

Meet Blake Bortles’ biggest defender

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It started as a lark. And now it’s gone viral. With every playoff win perpetually maligned Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles is a part of — yet fails to receive credit for being a part of — the Twitter account @BortlesFacts grows in a…

Yankees and Mets target pushes himself toward the market

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Could Josh Harrison’s desire to get out of Pittsburgh get him to New York? Both the Yankees and Mets are in need of another infielder and in the wake of the Pirates trading both Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen in the last week, the 30…

What it’s like to watch Tom Coughlin watch football

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There was one minute, 45 seconds left in the game and the Jaguars had just taken a 10-point lead. Most people would be breathing a sigh of relief and getting ready for the celebration. Not Coughlin. Ben Roethlisberger threw an incomplete…

Tuesday, Jan 16

What a Knicks sell-off would look like after Hornacek clue

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As the Knicks head west to finish up what’s billed as a make-or-break, seven-game road trip, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek warned the media to slow its roll. Perhaps Hornacek’s statement should have been uttered by the new Knicks regime.…

The veteran trade that would solve a lot of Yankees’ issues

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No roster can be made bulletproof — after all, the long season will expose every weakness and create new ones via injury and/or under-performance. That does not deter clubs from trying to address vulnerable areas. The Yankees know they…

Frank Ntilikina may have busted through the dreaded wall

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The three previous games it was noticeable. Very noticeable. But the struggles for Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina extended beyond the losses to the Bulls, Timberwolves and Pelicans when he shot a combined 1 of 8, scored two points and…

The right choice for Giants is more than a Browns failure

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Here is my favorite fun fact in the entire world of professional football as of right now: Start with the Cleveland Browns assembling an 0-16 record this year, making them the second team to ever go winless in a 16-game season, the third …

Monday, Jan 15

Giants closing in on Pat Shurmur as head coach

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All along, the Giants were intrigued with Pat Shurmur’s résumé, but they needed to sit down and speak with him to really know what they needed to know. After traveling to Bloomington, Minn., on Jan. 6 for an interview with Shurmur, the…

Ranking latest punishing Knicks loss in pantheon of heartbreak

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Google Milt Palacio. Until Sunday, Palacio represented as stinging a loss as a New York-area team has experienced. Like ever. It was against the Nets, who won all of 26 games in 2000-01. But of the 56 defeats suffered that season, none…

Annoyed Jeff Hornacek threatens Knicks changes

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Forty-seven seconds into the second half, Jeff Hornacek called timeout, and proceeded to question his players’ effort. A wide-open Anthony Davis jump shot frustrated the Knicks coach, continuing a pattern of sloppy starts in the third…

Vikings pull out game-ending miracle in historically crazy finish

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MINNEAPOLIS — There wasn’t much left for Case Keenum to do but to fling the ball deep and hope for a miracle. Miracle answered. Keenum completed a last-ditch heave near the sideline Sunday on the game’s final play, and Stefon Diggs…

Sunday, Jan 14

It’s time for the Giants to pounce on their next coach

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Pat Shurmur is no rocket scientist. He has not been nurtured and developed by Bill Belichick. He does not ooze with charisma, and who the hell knows if he can be a CEO and command the room? But he is a quarterback whisperer of sorts, Sam…

Mets reach deal with veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez

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The Mets are buying low-cost insurance on Dominic Smith at first base. Adrian Gonzalez, who is attempting to resurrect his career after spending most of last season on the disabled list, agreed to terms Saturday on a one-year contract with…

Giants can’t be left at the coaching altar this time

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There was an unsettling time in Giants history when they were turned down by Tom Coughlin then Dave Wannstedt, and Dan Reeves referenced his two older sisters at the introductory press conference and said sheepishly: “I was my mother’s…

Yankees target Gerrit Cole headed to the Astros

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The Yankees’ search for a final piece to their rotation will have to exclude Gerrit Cole. After weeks of trade discussions involving the Pirates right-hander, Cole was dealt to the Astros on Saturday for Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove, Jason…

Saturday, Jan 13

Islanders throttle lifeless Rangers after long break

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If the devil is in the details, then the Rangers are finding out just how difficult the Metropolitan Division is going to be. The Blueshirts once again saw the stark reality of just exactly what they’re up against if they want to contend…

A guide for MLB free agents to thaw out the spending freeze

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Major League Baseball, land of (relative) opportunity and parity, should be thankful The Post has to reach for an NBA analogy to aptly describe this current Hot Stove league: The owners are the Warriors of recent vintage, and the players…

Tim Hardaway Jr.’s return can’t save Knicks from another road ‘L’

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MINNEAPOLIS — Twenty-five minutes of Tim Hardaway Jr. wasn’t enough to lift the Knicks out of their road doldrums. A not-so-rusty Hardaway made his long-anticipated return Friday, coming off the bench for 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting, but…

Yankees avoid embarrassing Dellin Betances battle repeat

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Dellin Betances and the Yankees still have to figure out just what went wrong in the second half of last season, when the reliever was wildly inconsistent, but at least they don’t have to worry about another arbitration battle. The two…