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Joe Pantorno

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Soccer transfer rumors: Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona looks set

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has been linked with a move to La Liga rival Barcelona for the better part of the past year and it looks as though his time in the capital is coming to an end.  His current club dropped a sizeable hint that he will not be in the red and white of Atletico...

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 11:22 AM

NHL rumors: Ilya Kovalchuk, Islanders to reach out?

The NHL world awaits the return of Russian goal scorer Ilya Kovalchuk, who has spent the past five years playing professionally in his home country after a shocking retirement in the midst of a 15-year contract with the New Jersey Devils.  But after turning 35 in mid-April, Kovalchuk...

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 10:56 AM

Soccer tranfer rumors: Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United return?

With another summer approaching, rumors about Cristiano Ronaldo's unhappiness with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez are swirling yet again, which always presents the small, unlikely chance that he would move away from the Bernabeu.  This summer though, there seems to be a serious...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 2:52 PM

Soccer transfer rumors: Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid, PSG, Chelsea

Polish international Robert Lewandowski is expected to be on the move this summer, the Bayern Munich star receiving attention from giants of three different leagues.  According to Paris United, Lewandowski's agent Pini Zahavi has offered the striker to Spain's Real Madrid, France'...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 1:08 PM

Lou Lamoriello Islanders 2018 checklist, John Tavares, more

New York Islanders co-owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin made a huge move this week, officially hiring Hall-of-Fame executive Lou Lamoriello as president of hockey operations on Tuesday morning.  It's a move that immediately brings legitimacy to the Islanders front office, which has been...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 12:32 PM

MLB rumors: When is Jose Reyes time with Mets up?

Say what you want about New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway, but he is awfully loyal to some of his players.  Even to a fault.  Little represents that sheer devotion more than his almost-blind trust of veteran infielder Jose Reyes, the 34-year-old trudging through a 16th MLB season...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 11:43 AM

Soccer transfer rumors: Neymar Real Madrid, Robert Lewandowski PSG

Brazilian star Neymar does not seem content with his current club, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). In fact, he's alerted the club that signed him from Barcelona last summer that he wants to sign with Spanish giants Real Madrid, per Goal.com. It's a shocking move considering Neymar's...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 3:18 PM

On this date: Mets trade for Mike Piazza 20 years ago

Indulge me for a moment as we travel back into the late 1990s. The New York Mets were one of the up and coming teams in Major League Baseball. While they weren't necessarily a threat to seriously contend for a pennant, they were piecing together a roster that could at least scare the Atlanta...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 1:08 PM

Yankees Gary Sanchez finding his groove

All is right in Yankees land. With a half-game lead over the Boston Red Sox for the American East division lead and the best record in Major League Baseball, long forgotten are the early slumps that had so many folks worried in April.  The poster child for those struggles was Giancarlo...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 12:23 PM

Report: Rangers hire David Quinn as next head coach

While it was speculated to be a done deal over the weekend, it looks like the New York Rangers have officially hired David Quinn as their next head coach on Tuesday, per Sportsnet's John Shannon. Quinn reportedly informed Boston University, the NCAA program he had coached at for the past five...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 11:36 AM

NHL rumors: Islanders hire Lou Lamoriello, John Tavares future

Big moves like this are a rarity for the New York Islanders, which makes the reported hiring of Hall-of-Fame Lou Lamoriello to a front-office position with the team an enormous acquisition for the small-market organization.  The Islanders announced on Tuesday morning that Lamoriello's...

Monday, May 21, 2018, 11:19 PM

Soccer transfer rumors: Paul Pogba PSG possible

Paul Pogba's stay at Manchester United hasn't been the most fruitful considering he and manager Jose Mourinho have been at odds at times throughout the campaign.  The French international signed a $119 million deal with United after a successful spell with Italian giants Juventus...

Monday, May 21, 2018, 11:52 AM

Golden Knights Stanley Cup run grim reminder for Islanders, more

The Cinderella story continues to roll as the NHL's newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights advanced to the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday with a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, just 226 games after playing their first-ever regular-season game.  Technically, they are the second expansion...

Monday, May 21, 2018, 11:08 AM

NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. reports to Giants OTAs

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. still doesn't have that long-term contract that he's been coveting this offseason, but that isn't stopping him from staying with his team.  The 25-year-old Pro Bowler reported to Giants facilities on Monday for organized team...

Monday, May 21, 2018, 10:03 AM

Soccer transfer rumors: Willian to join Manchester United?

On his day, Chelsea midfielder Willian is one of his club's most dangerous players alongside Eden Hazard, providing the Blues with an attacking dynamic that could rival many of the largest clubs in Europe.  The Brazilian has played a major role with Chelsea over the past five seasons, but...

Monday, May 21, 2018, 9:10 AM

Knicks David Fizdale meeting with Kristaps Porzingis agent a big first step

David Fizdale, the new head coach of the New York Knicks, isn't wasting any time attempting to get on the good side of his star player, Kristaps Porzingis.  On Friday, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported that Fizdale met with Porzingis' older brother and agent, Janis, in...

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 12:15 PM

Mets getting nothing from Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler

The future of the New York Mets has taken a sizeable hit already during the early portions of the 2018 MLB season as the once-promising "Big 5" starting rotation of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler will be nothing more than a dream. ...

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 11:25 AM

NHL rumors: Rangers hire David Quinn as head coach

The New York Rangers have reportedly found their next head coach, though his hiring has not been made official as of yet.    Boston University head coach David Quinn alerted the school on Saturday that he plans to take the NHL team's coaching job, as first reported by ESPN's...

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 8:21 AM

NHL trade rumors: Oliver Ekman-Larsson staying or going?

There's no denying that Oliver Ekman-Larsson belongs in the crop of elite defensemen in the NHL. Though his current place of employment with the Arizona Coyotes often makes him an afterthought. The two-time All-Star has developed into a lethal two-way defenseman, recording 40 or more...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 5:32 PM

MLB trade rumors: Should Mets pursue Joey Votto?

Cincinnati Reds All-Star and 2010 National League MVP Joey Votto doesn't seem too happy with his current situation.  Earlier this week, he voiced his displeasure with the Reds after a miserable start to the season has them holding the worst record in the National League at 15-29. That...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 1:36 PM