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Lou Lamoriello is taking over the Islanders in huge move

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The Islanders are turning to Lou Lamoriello to take over the franchise in some capacity — as either president of hockey operations, general manager or both — according to a report from The Athletic. Lamoriello, formerly general manager of…

Eli Apple vows to change ‘everything’ on positive Day 1


His season was an embarrassment. There is no way around it. But, did Eli Apple feel that way about his 2017 misadventures with the Giants? “Was I embarrassed? Of course,’’ Apple said Monday. “Nobody wants to go out the way I went out. I…

Ereck Flowers and Giants get a dose of their new O-line leader

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Practice was over and done with, but Ereck Flowers and Nate Solder did not come off the field. Instead, the two offensive tackles walked to the side on a sun-splashed Monday as the Giants held their first organized team activity practice…

It looks like Richie Incognito’s retirement didn’t last


ORCHARD PARK — Richie Incognito’s playing days might not be over after all. The veteran guard is free to resume his career after the Buffalo Bills released him from their reserve/retired list on Monday. The move came six weeks after…

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Olympian sues USA Swimming for alleged sexual abuse cover-up


SEATTLE — Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith sued USA Swimming on Monday, alleging the sport’s national governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor and covered it up. Kukors Smith filed the lawsuit in Superior…


It’s time for the Giants to pay Odell Beckham


The message from the top has been received by Odell Beckham Jr., and the Giants’ organizational decision to Win Now — to sign Nate Solder, to trade for Alec Ogletree, to pass on Sam Darnold, etcetera and draft Saquon Barkley — means you…

Making sense of Rays’ bizarre strategy to start a reliever


Forget about tradition in the sport that values it most. Just look at the season as a puzzle of, on average, nine innings six days a week and 1,450-ish innings over six months. Given the Astros rotation, you would be a traditionalist.…


Jets’ OTAs start with QBs, including Hackenberg’s last chance


The Jets will return to the field Tuesday for their first organized team activity practice of the spring. They will have 10 of these voluntary practices over the next three weeks, followed by a three-day mandatory minicamp on June 12-14.…


Golf tournament ends when caddie allegedly punches rival

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Marc Dull won the 37th Mid-Amateur Championship in Placida, Fla., after his opponent, Jeff Golden, withdrew from the event due to an “unfortunate injury,” according to the Florida State Golf Association. That “unfortunate injury” turned…


Charles Barkley rips Draymond Green to the wrong set of ears

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Charles Barkley has strong thoughts about Draymond Green, and he’s no longer apologizing for them. Just a few weeks after saying he would like to punch Green in the mouth, Barkley asked Kevin Durant, “Is Draymond Green as annoying in…


Didi Gregorius shows maturity with how he handled benching


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Given the choice, Didi Gregorius wouldn’t have been tethered to the bench Sunday for the second straight game. However, the easy-going and slumping shortstop understood the situation. “I am not the one who makes the…


Alex Rodriguez breaks silence on Robinson Cano’s PED ban


Alex Rodriguez knows there is life on the other side of a PED suspension and wishes the same for Robinson Cano. Rodriguez shared his thoughts during the ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast about his friend and former Yankees teammate’s…


Tom Izzo thinks Miles Bridges is a ‘weirdo’ Knicks could use


Miles Bridges’ decision to return to Michigan State for his sophomore year upset his mother, stunned his coach and made national headlines. The dynamic Big 10 Freshman of the Year was projected a mid-to-late lottery pick after what figured…

Stephen Curry has huge night as Warriors dominate Rockets


OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry shook, shimmied and screamed, letting his adoring fans and the Rockets know Oracle Arena was his house. Once the two-time MVP got his groove back, Houston was helpless. Curry scored 35 points with five 3…


Rangers will get exactly whom they wanted in David Quinn


Two observations about the Rangers’ search that yielded David Quinn as the club’s presumptive next head coach, pending an announcement of a signed-and-sealed contract that should come by Tuesday. First, it was not extensive. Ownership and…

Austin Romine turns to Torreyes for help with his Yankees mission


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Presented with a mandate by his new manager this spring, Austin Romine knew he needed wisdom to fulfill the mission. So he turned to the team’s Yoda of hitting well on long rest. “I talked to Toe,” the Yankees backup…


Surging Tyler Austin may end up a victim of Yankees’ success

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This might actually happen. If no Yankees position player suffers an injury in Texas this week, baseball’s best squad would become the first team in major league history (confirmed via weeks of imaginary research) to…

Mets like what they see from top pitching prospect they’ve waited for


Yes, Anthony Kay says, there were nerves. The former UConn star, who grew up on Long Island, who has practically lived on the rubber, felt the rush that probably shouldn’t come with a matchup against the Augusta GreenJackets with Single-A…


Ereck Flowers is biggest Giants question as practices begin


The Giants enter Phase 3 of their offseason program Monday with the first of 10 organized team activity practices, a time when the football work on the field gets ratcheted up and the coaching staff learns more about what it has, and does…

Clint Frazier gets the bad news as Yankees prep next call-up

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Clint Frazier was promoted Tuesday, the Yankees went from 13 to 12 pitchers. After Sunday’s 10-1 win over the Royals, the outfielder was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, which leaves the door open…

Monday, May 21

Mets get glimpse of the Amed Rosario they’re going to need


Sandy Alderson announced last July that Amed Rosario was coming concurrently with announcing Addison Reed was going. That was no accident, of course. The Mets wanted to change the subject from an abysmal 2017 season that had them selling…

Sunday, May 20

Gary Sanchez’s prodigious bat is his best defense


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Maybe we should establish a system. Maybe, when Gary Sanchez has a night like this, we suspend talk of his viability at catcher for, what? Two weeks? Or do we really need to run a cost-benefit analysis here? Consider The…

The defensive monster who’s slipping out of Knicks’ dreams

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CHICAGO — Harlem’s Mohamed Bamba set a wingspan record for the NBA Draft Combine, measuring at 7-foot-9¾. The shot-blocking center who played at Texas has helped his stock so dramatically the Knicks know they have no shot at Bamba falling…

The attempted redemption of a notorious ex-Giant

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There are times when Christian Peter is sharing at an Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meeting when someone will recognize him from his days with the Giants. “I know you,” they’ll say. “What’s your name again?” He doesn’t mind…

Gleyber Torres wastes no time making up for his mistake


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Gleyber Torres promised to put a bad game behind him late Friday night and be better Saturday evening, there wasn’t a hint of cockiness in the neophyte second baseman’s voice. Torres simply stated a fact. Saturday…

Saturday, May 19

Rangers closing in on hiring B.U.’s David Quinn as coach

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The foggy conditions have lifted. David Quinn, the B.U. coach who two-plus weeks ago told friends that he would remain on campus in the aftermath of interviewing for the Rangers job, over the last 48 hours all but flashed a lantern from…

Why it won’t take long for Yankees to shake off the rust


KANSAS CITY — Rust defined the Yankees’ Friday night visit to Kauffman Stadium, which felt like the first game out of the All-Star break. It’s what happens when you play five and a half innings over four days and, for bonus points, spend a…

Mistakes catch up to Yankees in lackluster effort off long layoff

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Across his Hall of Fame-worthy career, CC Sabathia has never strayed from being accountable — and that didn’t change Friday night. Provided numerous chances to alibi his way out of an ugly 5-2 loss to the hapless Royals…

Jacob deGrom puts Mets’ fears to rest in dominant performance

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The only thing hyperextended on Jacob deGrom was his middle finger, figuratively speaking, as he dared the Diamondbacks to touch his filthy pitches Friday night. Any concerns about the hyperextended right elbow that had placed deGrom on…

Friday, May 18

Juan Lagares likely done for season and Mets are scrambling

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The only thing missing was Terry Collins cracking a self-deprecating joke. Friday was straight out of last year’s injury-filled, 92-loss season. The only difference was Mickey Callaway, not Collins, trying to come to grips with losing a…

The mental fight of Greg Bird’s latest injury return


TRENTON — Greg Bird is sitting in a clubhouse more than 1,000 miles away from his Yankees teammates because he again is rehabbing an injury, nearing the end of this process for what he hopes will be the final time. Bird said he knows the…

Aaron Judge: My best is yet to come


Over his last 10 games, Aaron Judge is 12-for-36 with three doubles, four homers, 11 walks and 16 RBIs. His reaction? “I’m still trying to get hot.’’ “People keep talking about how well I’m doing, but I look at as I’m still trying to get…

Mark Teixeira ‘not surprised’ by Robinson Cano’s PED ban

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His legacy already on the ropes thanks to this week’s titanic disclosure, Robinson Cano got struck by a blunt instrument on Thursday. The blunt instrument was the guy who stood to his left at Yankee Stadium. Mark Teixeira, Cano’s Yankees…

Thursday, May 17

The Mets’ window is slamming shut right in front of their faces

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Has the Mets’ window come and gone? Is it possible the terrific 2015 NL title run and the 2016 one-and-done wild card is it? An elite rotation was supposed to fortify serial success. And Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard have given the…

ESPN’s ratings gamble on A-Rod isn’t working so far

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There was a time in Alex Rodriguez’s career when some of his major league contemporaries reportedly called him, “The Cooler.” The moniker was slapped on Rodriguez’s back because no matter how much personal glory he found, he had a tendency…

Mets’ vaunted rotation exposed as a sad myth


So many changes. Yet, so much remains the same for the self-destructing Mets. Yoenis Cespedes is back on the disabled list with a hip issue and, no matter how many changes the Mets make in medical personnel, Cespedes’ injury woes appear to…

Young bloomers are defying Yankees’ usual path

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WASHINGTON — It wasn’t too long ago when the Yankees made it easy to despise them — assuming you didn’t revere them — because of the unabashed way they would throw around a checkbook. Payroll? Let other teams and other markets worry about…