1:06 PM EST, Sat February 25, 2017
9 hours ago
Yankees righty healthy and set to make run at rotation spot

Yankees righty healthy and set to make run at rotation spot

TAMPA — The rap coming from the Yankees is there is a competition for right field and first base. The reality is Aaron Judge and Greg Bird, respectively, are prohibitive favorites to be regulars at those positions barring injury. Nevertheless, there is a bona fide competition underway for manager Joe Girardi’s final two rotation spots...
9 hours ago
Amidst Yankees’ prospect craze, don’t forget about Didi Gregorius

Amidst Yankees’ prospect craze, don’t forget about Didi Gregorius

TAMPA — When you play on the same team as Aaron Judge, you aren’t going to win too many home run derbies. “I have a regular swing,” Didi Gregorius said late Friday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “Judge has the power.” Judge dented the scoreboard in his second at-bat, slamming a mammoth home run...
9 hours ago
Michael Conforto makes big opening statement in battle for roster spot

Michael Conforto makes big opening statement in battle for roster spot

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Michael Conforto began his seemingly uphill battle to make the Mets outfield out of spring training with a bang on Friday. Conforto homered in the Mets’ 3-2 win over the Red Sox at JetBlue Park in the spring training opener for both teams. He also added a single against lefty starter...
10 hours ago
Why Sean Marks’ under-the-radar move could pay off for Nets

Why Sean Marks’ under-the-radar move could pay off for Nets

DENVER — While getting a first-round pick without dealing Brook Lopez will get the headlines, plucking K.J. McDaniels without giving up essentially anything might have been general manager Sean Marks’ shrewdest move in his first trade deadline. With loaded Houston needing cap relief for a win-now mode, Marks swiped McDaniels for the cash, which the...
10 hours ago
Henrik Lundqvist is hot, and he wants ‘to go with the flow’

Henrik Lundqvist is hot, and he wants ‘to go with the flow’

Here’s the conundrum: Henrik Lundqvist got his game back over the past month by playing a lot, and he wants to keep playing a lot to keep it going. But then there is the looming postseason, the question of him being fresh, and Rangers coach Alain Vigneault’s dictum that he wanted Lundqvist to play fewer...
11 hours ago
How Mets are trying to emulate the world champion Cubs

How Mets are trying to emulate the world champion Cubs

PORT ST. LUCIE — “Flexibility” is this year’s buzzword for the Mets. Usually, the term has applied to the front office’s battle to keep the payroll contained, without numerous long-term contracts to hamper roster maneuverability. But in 2017, the flexibility the Mets seek might be more related to moving players around the field. Over the...
11 hours ago
Back spasms worse than expected for Rangers veteran

Back spasms worse than expected for Rangers veteran

It turns out Kevin Klein’s back issue was a little more serious than first thought. The Rangers’ veteran defenseman originally hurt himself during warmups before Thursday night’s 2-1 shootout victory at Toronto. The back spams continued Friday, when he didn’t practice, and coach Alain Vigneault said he didn’t expect Klein to be available for the...
12 hours ago
Mets’ second-tier starter battling for fifth spot in starting rotation

Mets’ second-tier starter battling for fifth spot in starting rotation

FORT MYERS, Fla. — If the season goes as planned for the Mets, they won’t be looking for another starting pitcher. All that means is for Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz to stay healthy and Zack Wheeler to regain his length following Tommy John surgery. In the meantime, Seth Lugo will...
13 hours ago
Jeremy Lin makes a cameo — and the Nets get demolished

Jeremy Lin makes a cameo — and the Nets get demolished

DENVER — Jeremy Lin’s return from another long layoff — and the second-half reset the Nets had hoped for — didn’t go as planned. Lin was back after missing eight straight weeks with a hamstring injury, and the Nets were back after the All-Star break. But the season’s second half looked just like the first:...
14 hours ago
Porzingis has lamest excuse ever for weird late-night tweet

Porzingis has lamest excuse ever for weird late-night tweet

Kristaps Porzingis shed his walking boot for slippers Friday at practice. He won’t be playing against the 76ers on Saturday night, missing his ninth game of the season because of his newly sprained right ankle. Porzingis also won’t be explaining the odd diagram he posted on Twitter late Thursday night, depicting a straight path with...
15 hours ago
Aaron Judge electrifies fans, but Reggie Jackson wants fewer Ks

Aaron Judge electrifies fans, but Reggie Jackson wants fewer Ks

TAMPA — In the tunnel outside the Yankees’ clubhouse at George M. Steinbrenner Field, Reggie Jackson saw Aaron Judge. “Nice hitting,’’ the Hall of Famer said to the towering right fielder late Friday afternoon. “Reggie, I want to be like you,’’ Judge said. Talking to The Post following the exchange, Jackson was blunt. “I want...
18 hours ago
Devils shouldn’t risk trading future for faint playoff prospect

Devils shouldn’t risk trading future for faint playoff prospect

Here’s the thing about parity — it makes bad teams think they’re not that bad. There is an obvious example right here in New Jersey, where the Devils are fooling themselves if they think winning 25 of their first 60 games — sounds a lot worse than 25-25-10, doesn’t it? — should have them within...
19 hours ago
Rex Ryan stays classy with his go-to dirty joke at Yankees game

Rex Ryan stays classy with his go-to dirty joke at Yankees game

Even when he’s out of a job, former Jets and Bills coach Rex Ryan won’t let a chance for a little humor go by, even when the joke is five years old. Ryan and his brother, Rob Ryan, were guests of the Yankees for their spring training opener against the Phillies on Friday, and Rex...
20 hours ago
Derrick Rose cracking jokes as Knicks ship sinks

Derrick Rose cracking jokes as Knicks ship sinks

Derrick Rose definitely is not going to Minnesota, but he may be headed to Chicago. One day after being spared at the trade deadline, the eccentric Rose raised eyebrows when he curiously made two references he was headed back to Chicago, possibly for another family matter. The Knicks said he was joking because he had...
20 hours ago
James Dolan tries to help rescue Islanders from Barclays Center

James Dolan tries to help rescue Islanders from Barclays Center

Executives of several of New York’s more fortunate franchises are coming together in an attempt to rescue the Islanders from Barclays Center. The Wilpon family, which owns the Mets, and Knicks and Rangers owner James Dolan are involved in the pair of investment and development groups joining talks with the Islanders on a new arena...