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Big East tourney hits Madison Square Garden

ContendersSyracuse(30-1, 17-1)OK, so it’s not exactly going out on a limb to say Syracuse, the No. 2 team in the country, is a top contender to win the Big East tournament.Fans from central New York always travel well to the Garden and, let’s face it, they have the best team.But that doesn’t mean...

Monday, March 5, 2012, 2:17 PM

Jeremy Lin latest sensation to take over Madison Square Garden

New York can be a notoriously fickle sports town. But do something great and the fans will certainly stand up and take notice. Literally.Just ask the newest Garden sensation, Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.Lin moved into the starting lineup Monday night after a star-making performance against New...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 3:51 PM

’Boys win built team

It was in Week 14 in Texas that the groundwork for Sunday’s Super Bowl win was laid down.New York had lost four straight games and were coming off an absolute embarrassment at the hands of New Orleans.The team would lose only one game for the rest of the season.“When you lose four in a row that can...

Monday, February 6, 2012, 2:59 PM

Mario Manningham makes historic, highlight-reel reception

In a game that was billed as Tom Brady vs. Eli Manning, it was a wide receiver on each side that ended up deciding the outcome.It was Giants wideout Mario Manningham who set up the winning score, while the Patriots’ Wes Welker was left to face a drop he called the biggest of his life.On second-and-...

Monday, February 6, 2012, 2:53 PM

Antrel Rolle stops just short of guaranteeing Giants victory

Just to be clear, Giants safety Antrel Rolle never used the word “guarantee” during yesterday’s Media Day. But he came awful close.“We wouldn't board that plane if we didn't feel that [we would win],” Rolle said. “We feel that way as a team. We’re not going to be denied at this point. We’re going...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 1:30 AM

Giants arrive in Indy

The Giants set down in the home of Super Bowl XLVI just before 3 p.m. yesterday. The team is healthy. Most of the game plan is in place.Now they just have to wait five more days to play the game.The team immediately boarded buses to the hotel and spoke to the media soon after.“Once you get to...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 2:48 AM

Giants vs. Saints: 3 things to watch

1. Can anyone pleaserun the ball?To call last week’s effort in the rushing game pathetic would be an understatement.They had 17 rushes for 29 yards ... as a team. A 1.7 yards per rush average is actually hard to do.Ahmad Bradshaw won’t play in tonight’s game — the fourth straight he has missed due...

Monday, November 28, 2011, 2:10 AM

Bernie Fine fired as Syracuse assistant

The Syracuse scandal got a lot uglier yesterday and it didn’t take long for the school to react.Bernie Fine, who has been accused of molesting at least two former Syracuse ball boys, was fired by the school.“At the direction of Chancellor [Nancy] Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse...

Monday, November 28, 2011, 2:04 AM

Are you ready for some payroll taxes? (In baseball, that is)

Major League Baseball?and the Player’s Association announced the details of a new collective bargaining agreement Tuesday that will keep labor peace through 2016.That’s the good news.The bad news — big market clubs like the Red Sox, Yankees and Phillies will all have some new issues to contend with...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 1:21 AM

Belichick’s Jets snub thing of past

Sports fans have very long memories. Whether it was the 86 years between Babe Ruth exiting Beantown and their next title or a certain goat in Chicago, pain tends to linger.Patriots fans might not even remember the brief history of Jan. 4, 2000, but Jets fans do.Bill Belichick was the heir apparent...

Monday, November 14, 2011, 2:42 AM

Rare sight for the NFL: Contrite Rex Ryan

It seems that even when Rex Ryan isn’t trying to be controversial, he just can’t help himself.On a conference call Wednesday, the Jets head coach tried to compliment this week’s opponent, San Diego, which passed on Ryan as its head coach four years ago.“Well, I think I would have had a couple of...

Friday, October 21, 2011, 1:44 AM

Plaxico Burress: Missing in action

He’s 6-foot-5. He caught the game-winning touchdown in one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. And he can’t make a play to save his life.When the Jets let Braylon Edwards go in the offseason they thought they’d found the perfect replacement in Burress. He was exactly the tall, rangy...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 1:14 AM

Amar’e Stoudemire asks for NBA fans to stay patient

One day after NBA?Commissioner David Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the season, New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire told fans to stay patient — even as threats of a longer holdout linger.Stoudemire appeared on multiple ESPN programs yesterday morning and, despite the call for patience...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 12:10 AM

10 things to know about Detroit

Detroit didn’t get to the playoffs by accident. The Tigers are a verygood team. Here are 10 things Yankee fans should know about them.10. Enter the Fist — Everyone was excited about Hunter Pence being traded at the deadline. Carlos Beltran as well. Both solid, but maybe Doug Fister has been the...

Friday, September 30, 2011, 3:53 AM

Giants vs. Bears: 3 storylines to watch

1. Now it’s really Jason Pierre-Paul’s timeNo need to worry about the will he, won’t he drama of Osi Umenyiora anymore.The defensive end underwent arthroscopic surgery and will be out for the rest of training camp, if not into the start of the season. That means it is all Jason Pierre-Paul for the...

Monday, August 22, 2011, 2:48 AM