Joe Pantorno

Sports Editor

joseph.pantorno@metro.us

Mickey Callaway to be latest scapegoat for Wilpons, Mets

New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway's hot seat is only getting warmer after an embarrassing series loss to the lowly Miami Marlins over the weekend.    The Mets' seemingly-annual implosion has been ahead of schedule in 2019 as the usual June or July swoon has red flags flying in May....

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 10:13 AM

Knicks NBA trade rumors: Anthony Davis, RJ Barrett

The fallout from the NBA Draft Lottery is still avalanching its way throughout the league now that there's an idea of where some of the top youngsters are headed.    With the Pelicans winning the No. 1 pick, the idea of Zion Williamson's acquisition has many — including the team's vice...

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 11:46 AM

NFL rumors: Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan

The New York Jets announced on Wednesday morning that they fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger.    "This morning, I informed Mike that he was being relieved of his duties as General Manager of the team, effective immediately,"...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 11:42 AM

Knicks NBA rumors: RJ Barrett, Ja Morant, Anthony Davis

Tuesday night added more salt to a two-decade wound that has been New York Knicks fandom.    Tied for the highest odds to get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the league's worst team came away with the third pick.    The disappointing result was still the best...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 10:42 AM

Add another brutal night to Knicks futility

To claim that a professional sports franchise has been blessed or doomed by luck is a ridiculous concept.    Chicago Cubs fans believed they couldn't win a World Series for over 100 years because the employees at Wrigley Field denied entrance to a billy goat.    Supporters...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 9:26 PM

Knicks 2019 NBA Draft Lottery: How it works, chances at No. 1 pick

The first step of the New York Knicks' rebuilding process takes place tonight as they are on the verge of acquiring a premier young talent at the 2019 NBA Draft.    It all depends on where they're picking though.    The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery from Chicago will decipher the...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 10:02 AM

Jeff McNeil putting up all-time-great start for Mets

The New York Mets received an extra day's rest on Sunday when their matinee series finale against the Miami Marlins was rained out and rescheduled for Aug. 5.   Mickey Callaway's men took the first two games of the tilt for a much-needed series victory, only their second since Apr. 22-24...

Monday, May 13, 2019, 11:31 AM

Drama awaits 76ers after Game 7 heartbreak

With one excruciating Kawhi Leonard buzzer-beating jumper that bounced four times around the rim and in, the Philadelphia 76ers' season ended in heartbreak on Sunday night in Game 7 as the Toronto Raptors moved on to the Western Conference Final.    A season that had an Eastern-...

Monday, May 13, 2019, 10:36 AM

Legacy of James Harden tarnished after latest loss to Warriors

The Golden State Warriors continue to throw a wrench in our abilities to properly label the legacies of some of this generation's greatest NBA stars.    That's usually what happens when an era is defined by a superteam or a dynasty, or whatever you want to call them.    A...

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 7:44 AM

Kikuchi, pine tar incident proves MLB still okay with cheating: Pantorno

Seattle Mariners rookie pitcher Yusei Kikuchi continues to find his footing in Major League Baseball after coming over from Japan this winter.   The 27-year-old left-hander made mincemeat out of the New York Yankees in the Bronx during a 10-1 victory, allowing just one run on three hits in 7...

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 9:55 AM

Phillies chairman David Montgomery dies at 72

Philadelphia Phillies chairman David Montgomery died on Wednesday morning following a five-year battle with cancer, the team announced.    He was 72 years old.    "Today's a really hard day," Phillies managing partner John Middleton said through tears (h/t NBC Sports). "A...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 12:05 PM

Mets have next leader in Pete Alonso

The Mets' seemingly-annual summer descent looks as though it was happening a bit earlier in 2019.    Not if Pete Alonso has anything to say about it, though.    After calling Tuesday night's game a "must-win" following a shutout loss to the vocal Chris Paddack and San Diego...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 9:07 AM

Le'Veon Bell defends decision to skip Jets voluntary workouts

Le'Veon Bell might have gotten his big-time, multi-year contract from the New York Jets, but don't expect him to change his philosophy when it comes to his offseason-involvement with the organization.    Bell was a no-show for the Jets' voluntary minicamp, which began on Apr. 23 after...

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 9:29 AM

Islanders free-agent hopes rely on Belmont shovels

With all the talk of the Islanders' need to pick up elite-level scoring this offseason, the most important asset the organization has to lure big-name free agents in might not be money.    Despite being projected to have the fourth-most salary cap space in the NHL this offseason, the...

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 8:39 AM

Mets analyst Ron Darling diagnosed with thyroid cancer

Former New York Mets pitcher and current SNY analyst Ron Darling has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, the 58-year-old announced Monday.    "My doctors have said they are optimistic that the cancer is treatable and that I would be back on air talking baseball in the next month or so...

Monday, May 6, 2019, 2:32 PM

NHL rumors: Barry Trotz, Islanders to look for offensive upgrades

Locker cleanout day on Monday provided the New York Islanders with an opportunity to reflect on a season that surpassed all expectations while starting to look ahead.    The Islanders put up 103 points this season, the most since the 1983-84 season, and swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in...

Monday, May 6, 2019, 12:04 PM

Domingo German becoming ultimate safety blanket for Yankees

Amidst the slow start and the injuries, the New York Yankees stumbled upon yet another diamond in the rough.    With the news on Sunday that Luis Severino will be out until after the All-Star break with a lat strain that accompanied his rotator cuff issue, German shined once again...

Monday, May 6, 2019, 11:26 AM

Mets injury news: Latest on Steven Matz, Jason Vargas

The inactivity of Brodie Van Wagenen and ownership is rounding third and heading toward biting the New York Mets in the rear.    After sitting idly by and letting an affordable depth starter in Gio Gonzalez go to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Mets were hit with some injury setbacks over...

Monday, May 6, 2019, 10:40 AM

Islanders remaining calm as Game 3 approaches

Calm, cool, collected, assured. That’s the feeling around the New York Islanders locker room despite facing an 0-2 hole after dropping both home games at the Barclays Center in their second-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes. Those first two games in Brooklyn featured just one...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 4:23 PM

Nets NBA rumors: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, more

While most of the buzz around the upcoming NBA offseason is revolving around the Knicks, the other team in New York is looking make waves.    Anthony Puccio of SNY reported on Tuesday that Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Tobias Harris, "will at least consider" signing with the Brooklyn...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 9:52 AM