6:25 AM EDT, Thu March 23, 2017
7 hours ago
Kenny Atkinson likes newest Net’s ‘football’ mentality

Kenny Atkinson likes newest Net’s ‘football’ mentality

When the Nets signed Archie Goodwin to a 10-day contract last week, coach Kenny Atkinson stressed the 6-foot-5 combo guard filled a lot of boxes. He is athletic, young. He has talent and upside. There was something else. “Played football in high school. I like that,” Atkinson said. “Maybe that’s old school. I keep telling...
8 hours ago
Knicks rookie gets shot despite sandwich gift to Clippers fans

Knicks rookie gets shot despite sandwich gift to Clippers fans

SALT LAKE CITY — Knicks rookie center Marshall Plumlee thrilled Clippers fans at Staples Center on Monday night. Bricking two free throws with 1:09 left earned them free chicken sandwiches under a fourth-quarter fast-food promotion. It wasn’t the first time the 7-foot, 250-pound Plumlee pulled an oh-fer. In the first quarter, he barreled to the...
9 hours ago
Masahiro Tanaka is marveling everyone except himself

Masahiro Tanaka is marveling everyone except himself

CLEARWATER, Fla. — According to Masahiro Tanaka, his sparkling spring training numbers aren’t as good as they look. “I will take the results of how I did this spring thus far,” Tanaka said after throwing 5¹/₃ shutout innings in a 7-3 win over the Phillies on Wednesday at Spectrum Field. In 18²/₃ frames this spring,...
9 hours ago
Curtis Granderson’s blasts may have sealed Mets’ batting order

Curtis Granderson’s blasts may have sealed Mets’ batting order

PORT ST. LUCIE — Curtis Granderson couldn’t have cleaned up much better on Wednesday. With the Mets’ starting lineup intact for the first time in nearly three weeks, Granderson was inserted at cleanup and blasted two home runs in his team’s 15-9 loss to the Marlins at First Data Field. And manager Terry Collins later...
10 hours ago
The new Greg Bird is destructive force who’s built for Yankees

The new Greg Bird is destructive force who’s built for Yankees

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Barrel baseball is power baseball. Greg Bird has found the power. After Joe Girardi declared Bird had won the Yankees first-base battle, the lefty slugger went out and bashed two long home runs Wednesday, his fifth and sixth of the spring, in a 7-3 win over the Phillies at Spectrum Field. This...
10 hours ago
Henrik Lundqvist: Why my layoff can be great for Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist: Why my layoff can be great for Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist was back on the Garden ice on Wednesday, but not for the Rangers’ game against the Islanders. Instead, he was getting another tuneup before his expected return this weekend in California. Out since March 7 with a hip injury, Lundqvist sat again Wednesday night, as the team stuck to its plan to get...
10 hours ago
Shaky Zack Wheeler further complicates Mets’ rotation battle

Shaky Zack Wheeler further complicates Mets’ rotation battle

PORT ST. LUCIE — Zack Wheeler still can bring it, but a juiced fastball alone isn’t going to win him a job in the Mets’ starting rotation. On Wednesday, the Mets saw some of the encouraging signs that surfaced last week from Wheeler, including a fastball that sat consistently in the 94-96 mph range. But...
11 hours ago
Long shot for Yankees’ staff is creeping toward pulling this off

Long shot for Yankees’ staff is creeping toward pulling this off

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jordan Montgomery was a very long shot to make the Yankees’ pitching staff when spring training opened. Thursday, the 24-year-old left-hander will start against the Rays in Port Charlotte with a chance to force himself onto the 25-man roster. Granted, the chance is tiny, but the Yankees aren’t ruling it out. “It’s...
12 hours ago
Former Mets, Yankees manager Dallas Green dead at 82

Former Mets, Yankees manager Dallas Green dead at 82

PORT ST. LUCIE — Dallas Green, whose booming voice and striking appearance made him an unforgettable presence in the baseball world, died Wednesday, the Phillies said. He was 82. No cause of death has been revealed. Green belongs to a special quartet of men who managed both the Yankees and Mets. Yet the honest-to-a-fault Delaware...
13 hours ago
Giants’ chance on Geno Smith could cost as little as $325K

Giants’ chance on Geno Smith could cost as little as $325K

It turns out Geno Smith’s deal with the Giants is not as rich as had been reported. The actual contract is a low-risk, one-year deal by the Giants that does not even guarantee Smith’s spot on the roster. It had been reported Smith’s deal was worth $3 million, but it actually is worth at most...
13 hours ago
Angry Mo Wilkerson trying to prove he’s not out of shape

Angry Mo Wilkerson trying to prove he’s not out of shape

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson fired back at a published report that he is out of shape. Wilkerson posted a video on his Instagram account to answer the report that quoted anonymous scouts saying Wilkerson looked out of shape earlier this month while attending Temple’s pro day. In the video, Wilkerson appears to be at...
15 hours ago
Triangle is here to stay, which means Knicks’ core may not be

Triangle is here to stay, which means Knicks’ core may not be

SALT LAKE CITY – Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek sounded clear about the team’s offensive system for next training camp, but unclear on whether the club’s current Big 3 will be there to run it, saying it’s “something we’re going to really look at.’’ Hornacek, back in Utah, where a 20th anniversary reunion of his 1996-97...
15 hours ago
Yankees getting trade offers to fill sudden shortstop hole

Yankees getting trade offers to fill sudden shortstop hole

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Taking the approach that the answer is always no until you ask the question, the Reds and Tigers contacted the Yankees to see if they had an interest in acquiring a shortstop after Didi Gregorius went down with a shoulder injury. The Reds gauged the Yankees’ interest in Zack Cozart and the Tigers dangled...
18 hours ago
These NFL laughingstocks had offseasons that rivaled Patriots

These NFL laughingstocks had offseasons that rivaled Patriots

Super Bowls aren’t won in March, but teams absolutely can better themselves in the early stages of the offseason – particularly in free agency. Although the biggest spenders don’t always see their investments result in an increase in wins, holes on the roster need to be filled and there are only seven rounds in the...
20 hours ago
Mark Sanchez’s last chance? Visiting lowly Bears to be backup

Mark Sanchez’s last chance? Visiting lowly Bears to be backup

The Bears have Mike Glennon under contract and they might be looking to add a veteran presence to back up their new 27-year-old quarterback. The Bears will host former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez on Thursday, NFL Network reported. Sanchez has bounced around the league since spending his first five years in the league with the Jets, who...