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NBA voice Grant Napear opens up on ‘All Lives Matter’ firing

Sports | New York Post

It took three words — “All Lives Matter” — for longtime shock jock and Sacramento Kings TV play-by-play announcer Grant Napear’s career to go up in flames, but the 60-year-old’s remorse only goes so far. “I don’t want to call it a mistake,” the Syosset, Long Island, native told The Post on Wednesday in a...

June 3rd 2020, 8:54 pm

How basketball star and cop made life better for NYC kids

Sports | New York Post

There is a better way, for everyone. It takes some thinking. It takes some planning. It takes a little faith on both sides. But it can be done. Bob Breen is here to tell you that. It can absolutely be done. Back in December 1965, Breen was fresh out of the Academy, a couple of...

June 3rd 2020, 8:07 pm

Mets reopen Port St. Lucie training facility to players

Sports | New York Post

The Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., is open for business again, even as players remain unsure when and if a season will begin. “Good day today back to work,” catcher Wilson Ramos posted on Instagram, underneath an image of himself in the team’s weight room. According to a team spokesman, the facility opened...

June 3rd 2020, 8:07 pm

LeBron James leads the Drew Brees backlash after kneeling controversy erupts

Sports | New York Post

Drew Brees struck a nerve with his comments about how kneeling during the national anthem is “disrespecting the flag.” Following the release of his interview with Yahoo Sports Wednesday, the longtime Saints quarterback was met with significant backlash for his response to a question about the possibility of NFL players kneeling — as Colin Kaepernick...

June 3rd 2020, 4:37 pm

Anthony Fauci namesake loses at Belmont Park

Sports | New York Post

Fauci ended up a loser. Despite being the favorite in the third race Wednesday as horse racing returned to Belmont, the 2-year-old named after Dr. Anthony Fauci finished in second place. According to Post handicapper Vic Cangialosi, “Fauci ran a socially distant second in the rain. Prisoner won handily. Winner paid $4.60. The exacta paid...

June 3rd 2020, 4:07 pm

Knicks now know exactly where they stand for 2020 NBA Draft Lottery

Sports | New York Post

2020 is normal in one regard: the NBA playoffs will not include the Knicks. As long as the proposed 22-team restart format to the NBA season gets approved by the Board of Governors as expected on Thursday, the Knicks’ season is over. The Post previously reported this as a very likely scenario. Instead, all the...

June 3rd 2020, 4:07 pm

Giants bigwigs among limited attendees at reopened facility

Sports | New York Post

It had to start somewhere, and for the Giants, opening up their practice and training facility on Wednesday was that start. This was not a full-scale opening, as only 15-20 team employees entered the building – for the first time in almost three months during the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Dave Gettleman and members of...

June 3rd 2020, 4:07 pm

Drew Brees’ kneeling rebuke angers Saints star Michael Thomas

Sports | New York Post

When asked about the possibility of his fellow NFL players taking a knee in protest of police brutality during the 2020 season, Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.” In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Brees discussed how he...

June 3rd 2020, 4:07 pm

MLB plowing toward tiny season after rejecting players’ 114-game proposal

Sports | New York Post

MLB rejected the Players Association’s proposal for a 114-game season and is building internal consensus around implementing a season of roughly 50 games for full prorated play for players, unless the players are willing to play around 82 games at less than that, sources told The Post. The union on Sunday made a counterproposal to...

June 3rd 2020, 2:34 pm

Jay Cutler somehow listed among Chicago Bears’ most influential players

Sports | New York Post

As we approach three months without live team sports, journalists are working overtime to generate content for the rest of the media to discuss. CBS Sports recently did their part by publishing their “Franchise Five” series, lists of the five most impactful players in each franchise’s history. The Chicago Bears’ list was published on Tuesday,...

June 3rd 2020, 2:34 pm

UFC star Rachael Ostovich poses in a bikini top for ‘Quaranteen’ shoot

Sports | New York Post

Just call Rachael Ostovich the “Quaranteen Queen.” Over the weekend, the 29-year-old UFC fighter posed in a pink bikini top with a black sarong on the cover of the fictitious “Quaranteen” publication, playing off Seventeen magazine’s layout. Keeping with the quarantine theme amid the coronavirus shutdown, Ostovich’s issue teased the features, “Get the moves: Dance...

June 3rd 2020, 2:34 pm

Bill Simmons’ employees turn on him after he is championed for diversity

Sports | New York Post

Bill Simmons may have even more to apologize about. After Simmons expressed regret for participating in an admittedly tone-deaf conversation with Ryen Russillo regarding the nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd, the founder and CEO of The Ringer faced backlash from his own employees, criticizing the company’s diversity and hiring process. “Diversity...

June 3rd 2020, 2:34 pm

Hulk Hogan’s ex-wife Linda banned by AEW after controversial tweet

Sports | New York Post

WWE legend Hulk Hogan and his ex-wife Linda are now both banned from attending AEW shows indefinitely, Tony Khan has announced. The 37-year-old, son of Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, announced the two were prohibited from appearing in his company in response to a controversial tweet from Linda Hogan about the protests that were sparked by...

June 3rd 2020, 1:30 pm

Listen to Episode 27 of ‘Up In The Blue Seats’: Origin of the Rangers feat. Stan Fischler

Sports | New York Post

It’s Wednesday, which means a brand new episode of the “Up In The Blue Seats” podcast with Ron Duguay. This week, it’s a look back into the history of the Rangers franchise. Ron opens the show talking with NY Post sportswriter Mollie Walker. She shares memories interning for Stan Fischler, what John Davidson said to...

June 3rd 2020, 1:18 pm

MLS avoids lockout with new labor agreement, return plan

Sports | New York Post

Major League Soccer and its players’ union reached an agreement that allows play to resume with a summer tournament in Florida following the break caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The deal was announced by the Major League Soccer Players Association early Wednesday following tense talks that led to some players skipping voluntary workouts and the...

June 3rd 2020, 1:00 pm

Here is the NBA’s 22-team Orlando return plan

Sports | New York Post

The NBA is crystallizing its return plan. The league will vote to ratify on Thursday a plan to return at Disney in Orlando with a 22-team format that will see each team play eight regular-season games, according to multiple reports. Should the ninth seed be four or fewer games behind the eighth seed after those...

June 3rd 2020, 12:48 pm

Oklahoma State linebacker positive for coronavirus after attending protest

Sports | New York Post

An Oklahoma State linebacker said he tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a protest, according to new reports. Amen Ogbongbemiga announced his diagnosis on Twitter Tuesday evening. “After attending a protest in Tulsa AND being well protective of myself, I have tested positive for COVID-19,” he wrote. “Please, if you are going to protest,...

June 3rd 2020, 12:48 pm

Brittney Payton, Walter Payton’s daughter, details harrowing racial incident at pharmacy

Sports | New York Post

Brittney Payton, the daughter of legendary Bears running back Walter Payton, says she was the victim of racial slurs, while sitting at the drive-thru of a Walgreens pharmacy. Payton, a local Fox anchor in Chicago, says that a white man exited the vehicle behind her, then made monkey sounds, while holding up a watermelon. “It’s...

June 3rd 2020, 12:18 pm

Yankees, Mets adding May games to awkward refund policy

Sports | New York Post

Three days into June, the Yankees and Mets finally acknowledged that their May home games will not be made up in any way, shape or form. You’re still going to have to break a sweat for that refund, though. On Wednesday, both New York baseball teams released statements on their team websites announcing the addition...

June 3rd 2020, 12:18 pm

ESPN loses another talent to Fox Sports as Jonathan Vilma jumps ship

Sports | New York Post

Fox Sports has lifted another top ESPN commentator as it continues to transform its NFL game coverage, The Post has learned. Super Bowl Champion Jonathan Vilma has decided to leave ESPN/ABC and will sign with Fox to be an NFL game analyst, according to sources. Vilma will likely work with Kenny Albert on Sundays in...

June 3rd 2020, 11:48 am

No one saw this Mets dominance coming: ‘How did they do it?’

Sports | New York Post

This was more of a coronation than a series. Four games that summed up the Mets’ stunning second-half run from also-ran to National League champions. It began with them considered the underdog to the young and powerful Cubs and ended with little doubt who was superior. The finale of the 2015 NLCS was fitting to...

June 3rd 2020, 11:48 am

UCLA furious over LAPD using Jackie Robinson Stadium as a ‘field jail’

Sports | New York Post

The Los Angeles Police Department has been using UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium as a “field jail” for people who were violating curfew at protests held in response to the police-involved killing of George Floyd, according to the university. UCLA said Tuesday night that it was unaware of how the LAPD was using its stadium, stating...

June 3rd 2020, 11:48 am

Sports media mailbag: This doomed Mike Francesa experiment is over

Sports | New York Post

You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: sports media. How much longer will the awful Francesa Radio.com experiment continue? Lots of tech issues where he’s not...

June 3rd 2020, 10:02 am

Anthony Fauci namesake is a favorite at Belmont Park

Sports | New York Post

Fauci could be a big winner Wednesday. No, not Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert, but the horse named after him which will run in the third race at Belmont Park today as racing returns to Elmont, the first sporting event in New York in 80 days. Fauci, jockeyed by Tyler Gaffalione and trained...

June 3rd 2020, 10:02 am

Jackie Robinson is the hero baseball — and this country — needs right now: Sherman

Sports | New York Post

The other day, speaking to a veteran player representative, I emphasized that I try not to be naive, try not to be corny, but that I thought baseball needed a hero right now. Someone who both players and owners trusted to broker a resolution. Someone who could make them see a bigger picture of what...

June 3rd 2020, 10:02 am

Jets will skip minicamp amid NFL return speculation

Sports | New York Post

The Jets will be wrapping up their virtual offseason program next week and will not conduct an in-person minicamp this month, according to sources. The NFL has yet to clear teams to hold minicamps, but there has been speculation that they might try to gather later this month to hold some practices. The Jets are...

June 3rd 2020, 10:02 am

How a Bronx low-life and $40,000 led to the exile of George Steinbrenner

Sports | New York Post

A series by Joel Sherman chronicles how the Yankees’ fiasco of 1990 laid the groundwork for a dynasty. Mike Tyson was the baddest man in the world when he stepped into the ring at the Tokyo Dome on Feb. 11, 1990. He was the undisputed, undefeated heavyweight champion. Yet, his reputation existed beyond those designations. He permeated...

June 3rd 2020, 8:15 am

Chris Russo: Fired NBA voice Grant Napear is not a racist

Sports | New York Post

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo said NBA announcer Grant Napear — who was fired from one job and resigned from another after his “All Lives Matter” tweet amid the George Floyd protests was met with backlash — is not a racist. Russo — who has known Napear since “1965-66” — said others who know Napear in...

June 3rd 2020, 3:55 am

Broncos coach Vic Fangio: ‘I don’t see racism at all in the NFL’

Sports | New York Post

One NFL head coach said he was “shocked, sad and angry” about the killing of George Floyd, while adding that the league doesn’t have a racism problem. “[Floyd’s death] is a societal issue that we all have to join in to correct,” Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio told reporters Tuesday, also saying that discrimination and...

June 3rd 2020, 2:25 am

Rutgers softball needs change, but not discipline, report says

Sports | New York Post

A law firm released a report Tuesday on allegations of physical and emotional abuse in Rutgers University’s softball program that described inappropriate behavior by coaches and a lack of communication on the part of administrators but stopped short of recommending discipline. The release of the report, which had been requested by Rutgers after an investigation...

June 3rd 2020, 1:25 am

Post handicapper gives his top selections for Belmont Day 1

Sports | New York Post

Move over Assiniboia Downs and Fonner Park. Belmont is back. Though not directly responsible for the irreparable damage those minor league tracks did to our racing section, we will attempt to make up for lost time by adding a daily Belmont play of the day. Race 3: Fully expecting 2-year-old Fauci to socially distance from...

June 3rd 2020, 1:25 am

Clemson assistant Danny Pearman sorry for repeating racial slur

Sports | New York Post

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson assistant coach Danny Pearman said he made a “grave mistake” when he repeated a racial slur to ex-Tigers tight end D.J. Greenlee at practice three years ago. The incident came to light Tuesday when former player Kanyon Tuttle posted about it on social media. Tuttle was responding to the school’s post...

June 3rd 2020, 1:13 am

Five Mets who could gain most from a shortened MLB season

Sports | New York Post

The 162-game marathon is headed toward becoming something more than a sprint, but much less of a grueling endurance test. Will it be 80 games? Sixty games? Even fewer? As MLB and the players association try to find common ground that will deliver a season following the layoff from the COVID-19 outbreak, the Mets await...

June 3rd 2020, 1:13 am

John Imbriale excited to finally make debut as Belmont’s No. 1 race caller

Sports | New York Post

When John Imbriale was named the New York Racing Association’s full-time race caller in January, the longtime backup thought he would be stepping into the announcer’s booth at Belmont Park for the start of its spring meet in April. “Well, then life happened,” Imbriale said. The COVID-19 pandemic struck New York and suspended racing for...

June 3rd 2020, 12:05 am

NFL, union agree to ban joint training camp practices

Sports | New York Post

The NFL and NFL Players Association agreed to ban increasingly popular joint training camp practices this summer, as first reported by The Post and confirmed in an obtained memo from commissioner Roger Goodell distributed to all 32 teams. The decision was made to mitigate coronavirus exposure risk by limiting travel and contact between players on...

June 2nd 2020, 11:54 pm

They’re off! Belmont perfect place for New York’s sporting restart

Sports | New York Post

If you listen close enough, even in the still of morning, you can hear the old thunderclaps of joy that have so often spilled out of this beautiful place, pouring out onto Hempstead Turnpike, surpassing the steady roar of the Cross Island Parkway. Listen close enough and it is June 6, 2015, and there are...

June 2nd 2020, 11:54 pm

Greg Schiano on return of Rutgers football: ‘Can’t swing and miss on this one’

Sports | New York Post

In his first seven months back coaching Rutgers football, Greg Schiano built a heralded recruiting class. He hired a staff quick to adapt to teaching through Webex meetings to players dispersed around the world. He listened to leading experts on the dangers of the coronavirus — some of whom come from Rutgers Medical School —...

June 2nd 2020, 11:54 pm

Trent Williams: Jimmy Garoppolo one of reasons I chose 49ers

Sports | New York Post

Newly signed 49ers left tackle Trent Williams said quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was one of the most enticing parts of coming to play for the San Francisco 49ers. After longtime 49ers tackle Joe Staley retired following the 2019 season, Williams said he paid extra close attention to San Francisco as he searched for a ticket out...

June 2nd 2020, 10:51 pm

Saquon Barkley posts image of himself in ‘I can’t breathe’ jersey

Sports | New York Post

Saquon Barkley is the latest professional athlete who has spoken out on the killing of George Floyd. The Giants running back posted a Photoshop image on Instagram on Tuesday that shows him wearing a jersey that reads, “I can’t breathe.” Floyd, 46, died last week after police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, pressed his knee into...

June 2nd 2020, 10:08 pm

Giants’ search for long-term center is far from over

Sports | New York Post

At some point — most likely, at the very end of July or early in August — the Giants will assemble and hit the field. When they do, someone has to line up at center and snap the ball to Daniel Jones. The identity of that player is one of the unknown elements to a...

June 2nd 2020, 9:08 pm

Three takeaways from latest tensions in MLB-union talks

Sports | New York Post

On the bright side, no one calls baseball “boring” at the moment. These heated negotiations to restart the 2020 season continue to entertain, even as they present absolutely terrible optics to a country coping simultaneously with a social crisis and a pandemic. Here are three thoughts on the latest developments: 1. If you’re wondering whether...

June 2nd 2020, 8:51 pm

Rutgers football releases video calling for social justice

Sports | New York Post

In the sea of social justice statements flooding the sports world, Rutgers football landed maybe the most powerful team message. The idea to create a video based around players — several of them young black men — calling for changes in social justice and condemning racism stood out Monday against the more common written words...

June 2nd 2020, 8:21 pm

James Dolan tries to ‘clarify’ Knicks’ silence on George Floyd

Sports | New York Post

Knicks owner James Dolan sent a second email to staffers Tuesday to “clarify’’ his stance on why the club didn’t issue a statement regarding the police-related death of George Floyd, according to a source. Dolan attempted to pacify unrest within the organization with the Knicks just one of two NBA teams not to issue a...

June 2nd 2020, 7:37 pm

Belmont reintroduces live sports to New York as racing is back

Sports | New York Post

Riders up. Eighty days since a live sporting event was last held in New York before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the state, horse racing will be the first to return Wednesday at Belmont Park. The first post time is set for 1:15 p.m., with 10 races on the docket for the opening day of...

June 2nd 2020, 7:37 pm

NBA announcer Grant Napear fired over ‘All Lives Matter’ comment

Sports | New York Post

Grant Napear was fired by his radio station and resigned as the Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer Tuesday after his tweet Sunday saying “All Lives Matter” amid the George Floyd protests was met with backlash. Napear, a graduate of Syosset High School on Long Island, tweeted “All Lives Matter…Every Single One!” after former Kings star DeMarcus...

June 2nd 2020, 7:37 pm

NFL coach Anthony Lynn says ‘pretty’ George Floyd statements aren’t enough

Sports | New York Post

Anthony Lynn, one of four minority head coaches in the NFL, hasn’t put out a statement like so many other sports figures as protests and riots have broken out across the country following the death of George Floyd, a black man. And there is a reason for that. He wants to help make a difference,...

June 2nd 2020, 6:36 pm

Vikings players slam NFL’s George Floyd statement

Sports | New York Post

The NFL issued a statement in response to the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. But, according to two players who make their living in the city where Floyd was killed — Vikings linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks — it wasn’t good enough. The players were critical of that statement,...

June 2nd 2020, 5:36 pm

Pete Alonso calls out troll over ‘All Lives Matter’ comment

Sports | New York Post

Pete Alonso continues to speak out amid the police brutality and social inequality protests across the country that were sparked by the killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis. After posting a black-screen photo to his Instagram Tuesday for the #bblackouttuesday movement that has swept social media in solidarity with the protests, Alonso...

June 2nd 2020, 4:19 pm

Zion Williamson has to answer questions on improper Duke benefits: judge

Sports | New York Post

Zion Williamson may have to answer to the allegations that his parents requested and accepted impermissible benefits while he was at Duke. On Tuesday, a Florida judge denied his request for a stay of discovery into whether he violated NCAA rules when he played for the Blue Devils. The ruling, by Florida 11th Circuit Court...

June 2nd 2020, 4:06 pm

MMA fighter Bruno Canetti shot in chest during botched robbery

Sports | New York Post

Argentinian MMA fighter Bruno Canetti was left hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his chest after two armed thugs allegedly tried to steal his motorbike. The 29-year-old bore a bloodied wound in footage of him talking to doctors from the emergency ward of a hospital outside Buenos Aires, Argentina. Two armed robbers were said to...

June 2nd 2020, 4:06 pm

Girlfriend of soccer star Isco says they’re ‘competitive’ with sex life

Sports | New York Post

Sara Sálamo is getting real about her sex-pectations with soccer star Isco. Appearing on the Spanish TV program “La Resistencia,” the girlfriend of the Real Madrid midfielder revealed the couple tries to get intimate daily. “He and I didn’t want to come on the show here until we could say that we did it once...

June 2nd 2020, 4:06 pm

How Rutgers football’s powerful racial justice video came to be

Sports | New York Post

In the sea of social-justice statements flooding the sports world, Rutgers football landed maybe the most powerful team message. The idea to create a video based around players – several of them young black men – calling for changes in social justice and condemning racism stood out Monday against the more common written words plastered...

June 2nd 2020, 4:06 pm

Knicks follow their players’ lead with BlackOut Tuesday post

Sports | New York Post

While the Knicks are one of two NBA teams that haven’t released statements on George Floyd’s police-related death, their players have been active. Knicks shooting guard Damyean Dotson has been the most vocal on social media, revealing a personal connection to Floyd as they both attended the same Houston high school. Dotson tweeted Sunday: “Honestly...

June 2nd 2020, 4:06 pm

Ron Rivera on Cam Newton’s NFL free agency: ‘Don’t ever bet against him’

Sports | New York Post

Redskins head coach Ron Rivera thinks former No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton has a chip on his shoulder — and that could be dangerous. “The one thing about Cam Newton with an edge for something to prove, don’t ever bet against him,” Rivera told Jay Glazer on FS1. Both he and Newton were dumped...

June 2nd 2020, 2:15 pm

Why this Royals minor leaguer wasn’t surprised by Dayton Moore’s commitment

Sports | New York Post

Last Friday, Alex Katz joined hundreds of his fellow Royals minor leaguers for a Zoom call that featured only two speakers: Dayton Moore, the team’s general manager, and J.J. Picollo, the club’s assistant GM of player personnel. “They explained the importance of being leaders,” Katz, a 25-year-old left-hander who grew up on Long Island and...

June 2nd 2020, 2:03 pm

Pedro Martinez: ‘Dirty’ side of baseball can’t be the problem now

Sports | New York Post

Pedro Martinez isn’t siding with the owners. He isn’t siding with the players. Instead, the Hall of Fame hurler is on the side of who he believes matters the most – the fans – in the midst of the dispute into starting the season amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic. “I hope that they take in...

June 2nd 2020, 12:45 pm

Jets capable of late splash with Trumaine Johnson’s $11 million off the books

Sports | New York Post

The Jets gained $11 million in salary cap space Tuesday as a chunk of Trumaine Johnson’s contract came off the books. The Jets designated Johnson as a post-June 1 cut when they released him in March. That allows them to spread the dead money from his contract over two years. He carries a $4 million...

June 2nd 2020, 12:45 pm

11-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown still eyeing Olympics after life-threatening fall

Sports | New York Post

Not even a life-threatening fall can deter 11-year-old British skateboarder Sky Brown from pursuing Olympic gold in Tokyo. Brown posted a horrifying video to her Instagram Monday of a massive fall she took while training in the United States that fractured her skull. The skating prodigy was reportedly unresponsive when she arrived at the hospital,...

June 2nd 2020, 12:34 pm

Raiders rookie Henry Ruggs III has thigh injury after freak trailer accident

Sports | New York Post

Henry Ruggs III, the first receiver taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, is on crutches after injuring his thigh while moving things into a trailer on Monday. “He was trying to move a trailer or something — move furniture or something — and the trailer just kind of pinned him against a car or a...

June 2nd 2020, 12:34 pm

How imperfect game changed much more than the lives of Armando Galarraga, Jim Joyce

Sports | New York Post

“It is going to be the first line in my obituary.” — Jim Joyce It is not this simple: Joyce missed a call and the Astros committed baseball sins that rocked the sport. It is not that kind of straight line. From there to here. A lot happened in between. And MLB was probably on...

June 2nd 2020, 12:34 pm

Anna Kalinskaya documents painful fall after Nick Kyrgios breakup

Sports | New York Post

Anna Kalinskaya has had better days. The Russian tennis star, who revealed her breakup last month from Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, shared a video of herself taking a painful tumble, likening the incident to the past year as a whole. “That’s how my 2020 is going,” Kalinskaya captioned the Instagram clip of her failed attempt to...

June 2nd 2020, 11:17 am

Wes Unseld, NBA legend with Washington Bullets, dead at 74

Sports | New York Post

Wes Unseld, an NBA legend with the Washington Bullets who led the franchise to its only championship in 1978, died Tuesday morning following health issues which included pneumonia, his family said. He was 74. “It is with profound sadness that we share that our adored husband, father and grandfather Wes Unseld passed away peacefully this...

June 2nd 2020, 11:00 am

NHL betting starts slow, but league gets credit for having plan

Sports | New York Post

LAS VEGAS — It will be about two months before a puck drops in another meaningful hockey game, if all goes according to plan. At the least, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has a plan that gives him a head start on two other major pro leagues. Hockey is not yet back. In the midst of...

June 2nd 2020, 10:17 am

Jets’ Jamal Adams on George Floyd death: ‘Stop killing us’

Sports | New York Post

Jets star Jamal Adams took to Twitter Monday night to share his thoughts on the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the growing protests and civil unrest throughout the country. “Over the past few days I’ve been struggling with the pain from daily injustices in America,” the 24-year-old safety wrote. “It’s something...

June 2nd 2020, 10:00 am

Conor McGregor eats bees for breakfast

Sports | New York Post

You wouldn’t BEE-lieve what Conor McGregor had for breakfast Monday morning. In a video posted to his Instagram story, the UFC superstar appears to be eating dead bees straight out of a jar. McGregor, 31, shows off the peculiar snack to the camera before accidentally dropping some of them on his stomach. The label of...

June 2nd 2020, 9:47 am

Derek Jeter’s 3,000-hit milestone was torture, lies and ecstasy

Sports | New York Post

Derek Jeter needed just 74 hits to get to 3,000 when the 2011 season started, but a sluggish start and a calf injury slowed his pursuit of the milestone. Finally, on July 9, with the Yankees facing the Rays in The Bronx, Jeter singled to lead off the bottom of the first off left-hander David...

June 2nd 2020, 9:17 am

Rangers mailbag: MSG tax break may cause playoff disadvantage

Sports | New York Post

You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Rangers. Has there been any discussion about what will happen to the Rangers’ tax exemption if they are...

June 2nd 2020, 9:17 am

George Steinbrenner’s obsession with destroying Dave Winfield changed Yankees forever

Sports | New York Post

A series by Joel Sherman chronicles how the Yankees’ fiasco of 1990 laid the groundwork for a dynasty. The room was a step up from a broom closet. The visiting manager’s office at the Kingdome was hastily turned into a forum for a press conference. The Yankees brought in general manager Pete Peterson and manager...

June 2nd 2020, 8:44 am

Lenny Dykstra alleges mass Mets conspiracy in confusing Ron Darling rant

Sports | New York Post

Following a judge’s ruling to dismiss his defamation and libel lawsuit against former Mets teammate Ron Darling, Lenny Dykstra claimed Darling and Mets owners, the Wilpons, were “all-in” on conspiring against him in a series of confusing, profanity-laced videos posted to Twitter on Monday night. While filming himself on the side of a freeway, Dykstra...

June 2nd 2020, 1:57 am

Tiger Woods speaks out amid George Floyd protests

Sports | New York Post

Tiger Woods is speaking out for the first time since George Floyd’s death, saying his heart goes out to Floyd, his family and everyone who is hurting right now. The 44-year-old golfer broke his silence with a statement on his Twitter account Monday night. “I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement,”...

June 2nd 2020, 1:11 am

How Belmont Park-based horse racing show overcame coronavirus challenges

Sports | New York Post

At a time when the number of horse races in the country was shrinking because of the coronavirus pandemic, the television program centered around those races expanded. And starting Wednesday, “America’s Day at the Races” will finally be able to show the ones in its own backyard again. The broadcast produced by the New York...

June 2nd 2020, 1:11 am

Jets sign their NFL draft pick Bryce Hall

Sports | New York Post

The Jets signed fifth-round draft pick Bryce Hall on Monday. He is the first of the Jets’ nine draft picks to sign his contract. Rookie contracts are mostly a formality these days because of the slotting system. Hall signed a four-year, $3.6 million deal. The cornerback out of Virginia is recovering from a serious ankle...

June 2nd 2020, 12:11 am

Knicks players ‘furious’ over team’s George Floyd silence: report

Sports | New York Post

The Knicks are one of two NBA teams that have not put out a public statement addressing the death of George Floyd and support for the black community in the face of police brutality, and reportedly some players and employees are “furious” about it, according to ESPN. A source confirmed some Knicks employees — including...

June 2nd 2020, 12:11 am

Mets might have worthy David Wright successor in Brett Baty

Sports | New York Post

Part 4 in a series on the Mets’ top prospects. It wasn’t until after David Wright’s career was finished or near conclusion that the Mets got serious about finding their next homegrown third baseman. In Brett Baty, the organization may have found that successor. Baty, selected by the Mets in the first round of last...

June 1st 2020, 11:41 pm

MLB hostility worsens as Rob Manfred’s top aide, Tony Clark trade barbs: Sherman

Sports | New York Post

MLB and the players association have now swapped financial proposals with each expressing distaste for the opposing plan. And while that keeps the sides far away from an agreement to restart the game, they do continue to heighten a war of words. The players association, represented by executive director Tony Clark and lead negotiator Bruce...

June 1st 2020, 11:11 pm

NBA announcer Grant Napear placed on leave for tweeting ‘All Lives Matter’

Sports | New York Post

Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear was placed on administrative leave by his radio station Monday after tweeting “All Lives Matter,” a controversial phrase associated with belittling the Black Lives Matter movement. “All Lives Matter… Every Single One!” the 60-year-old Napear tweeted Sunday after former Kings star Demarcus Cousins asked the KHTK radio host for...

June 1st 2020, 11:11 pm

Yankees prospect Mike King could have inside track on roster spot

Sports | New York Post

Part 5 in a series analyzing the Yankees’ top prospects Any conversation about Yankees pitching prospects these days begins with Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt. Or Clarke Schmidt and Deivi Garcia. You pick the order. Garcia, 20, pitched for Single-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last year and was mentioned as a possible September...

June 1st 2020, 10:57 pm

Patrick Ewing’s big Knicks regret was not knowing it was over

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Years later, Patrick Ewing would sit beside the long oak desk in a corner of the Georgetown basketball office. He’d spoken with great enthusiasm of this present passion, coaching his alma mater. He’d talked about the difficulty folding away in storage trunks all the memories he’d stored up as a player. “My life is a...

June 1st 2020, 9:55 pm

Boxer Mayweather to pay for George Floyd’s funeral

Sports | New York Post

Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for George Floyd’s funeral and memorial services, and the family has accepted the offer. Mayweather personally has been in touch with the family, according to Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions. He will handle costs for the funeral on June 9 in Floyd’s hometown of...

June 1st 2020, 9:55 pm

Rangers’ K’Andre Miller speaks out after being target of racist Zoom hack

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The death of George Floyd sparked Rangers prospect K’Andre Miller to speak out Monday for the first time about being the target of hundreds of racial slurs while conducting an online Q&A with fans after signing his NHL contract. “I’ve struggled for months to find the words to express my frustration and anger over the...

June 1st 2020, 8:56 pm

MLB considering tiny season as union war wages on: Sherman

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MLB and the Players Association would have difficulty reaching an agreement just because of their history of distrust and distaste and because they are navigating around those feelings during a pandemic. But accentuating the problematic relationship even further is that the sides are not even in accord on what they actually agreed to in late...

June 1st 2020, 8:56 pm

Kaapo Kakko ‘feeling great’ amid Rangers’ coronavirus concerns

Sports | New York Post

As Kaapo Kakko is on the ice in Finland preparing to rejoin the Rangers for the qualifying round against Carolina if the NHL is indeed able to stage its summer Stanley Cup tournament, president John Davidson isn’t alone in monitoring conditions that would apply to the 19-year-old who has Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease....

June 1st 2020, 7:53 pm

Alex Bregman: ‘If hating the KKK loses me fans, then I hope I lose them’

Sports | New York Post

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman chimed in on the nation-wide movement against social injustice via Twitter early Monday. Bregman declared the Klu Klux Klan “should be” considered  a terrorist organization and was then met with a tweet telling the two-time All-Star to “stick to sports, before you lose 75% of your fan base.” Bregman,...

June 1st 2020, 6:54 pm

Dak Prescott and Cowboys could drag out contract war until final hour

Sports | New York Post

It doesn’t sound like a resolution to the Dak Prescott contract war is coming any time soon. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Sunday that both Prescott and the Cowboys — who have been negotiating since last offseason —  are digging their heels in and are prepared to wait until the July 15 deadline to agree...

June 1st 2020, 6:54 pm

Clemson’s Justyn Ross out for season in possible NFL Draft 2021 blow

Sports | New York Post

If there is a college football season in the fall, Clemson’s potential first-round draft choice Justyn Ross won’t be part of it. Coach Dabo Swinney announced Monday that the rising junior wide receiver has a “congenital fusion” in his neck/spine area and is hoping to return to the field by January. If so, Ross will...

June 1st 2020, 6:10 pm

Jason Whitlock leaving Fox Sports: What could be next

Sports | New York Post

Talk show host Jason Whitlock is out at Fox Sports after the two sides could not come to an agreement on a new contract, the network announced. Whitlock, 53, is believed to be looking into starting his own direct-to-consumer business, according to sources. The recent model that mostly sidesteps traditional media has been successful for...

June 1st 2020, 5:40 pm

J.R. Smith regrets ‘stupidness’ after beating alleged car vandal

Sports | New York Post

J.R. Smith has gone from seeing red to feeling blue. One day after TMZ released a viral video showing an angry Smith beating up a man who allegedly vandalized his car on the street, the former Knicks guard says he regrets his actions in the heat of the moment. “When it happened, I seen red,”...

June 1st 2020, 5:24 pm

Paige Spiranac is cashing in on death threats from pushcart ‘b—hes’

Sports | New York Post

Paige Spiranac may have heard the trolls, but now she’s seeing dollar signs. Last month, the golfer-turned-influencer revealed she had received a death threat over past comments made on her “Playing A Round” podcast, in which she said male golfers who use pushcarts are “b—hes.” “I have been getting so many DMs from very angry...

June 1st 2020, 4:54 pm

Yankees begin releasing their minor leaguers

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The Yankees released 45 minor leaguers on Monday, a source confirmed. They joined a growing list of teams that have made the move during the coronavirus shutdown, although the Royals and Twins are among the organizations that have not done so. The Yankees are expected to continue to pay their remaining minor leaguers the standard...

June 1st 2020, 4:22 pm

New NBA proposal could give next Knicks coach an advantage

Sports | New York Post

We may not have seen the last of this year’s Knicks after all. There is a chance they could be back in some form. Although the Knicks are unlikely to be part of the postponed season’s restart in Orlando, as The Post previously reported, there is dialogue that the teams not involved may return to...

June 1st 2020, 4:22 pm

Baker Mayfield’s offseason moves include wedding dance party

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Baker Mayfield looks ready for his next touchdown dance. The third-year Browns quarterback showed off his moves at a cousin’s wedding last month in South Carolina, according to video obtained by TMZ, which featured Mayfield standing at the center of a crowd. Mayfield, 25, has kept something of a low-profile this offseason, popping up on...

June 1st 2020, 3:33 pm

Michael Jordan’s 20-page love letter to Amy Hunter auctioned off for $25,000

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The world already got to see the ultimate competitor side of Michael Jordan in ESPN’s 10-part documentary “The Last Dance,” but one fan shelled out over $25,000 to see a different side of the GOAT. A 20-page love letter written by Jordan to actress Amy Hunter, who he presumably had an affair with, sold for...

June 1st 2020, 3:21 pm

Josina Anderson is out at ESPN

Sports | New York Post

Longtime NFL reporter/insider Josina Anderson is out at ESPN, The Post has learned. The move with Anderson has been anticipated since the Super Bowl when it was first reported that she and ESPN could be parting ways. The official move with Anderson is unrelated to any cutting of personnel related to the coronavirus’ economic impact...

June 1st 2020, 3:21 pm

Rutgers basketball eyes June 22 return to campus

Sports | New York Post

Rutgers men’s basketball is targeting June 22 for its return to campus, coach Steve Pikiell said Monday after participating in a call between athletic department leadership and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. The date coincides with the start of the second summer class period. The current session consists of virtual learning as campus remains closed...

June 1st 2020, 3:21 pm

Jay Cutler coping with Kristin Cavallari divorce in Montana

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Jay Cutler opted for a change of scenery amid his divorce from wife Kristin Cavallari.

June 1st 2020, 2:36 pm

Chris Beaty, former Indiana football player, shot and killed during Indianapolis riots

Sports | New York Post

Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player, was shot and killed on the street in downtown Indianapolis this weekend during one of the riots happening in cities around the country in response to the death of George Floyd. Beaty, 38, played for the Hoosiers from 2000-04 and remained actively involved in the program and...

June 1st 2020, 1:49 pm

Derek Jeter calls for ‘severe punishment’ for racism after George Floyd death

Sports | New York Post

Derek Jeter says the time is now for “severe punishment” for racism. Following other sports icons who have commented in response to the death of George Floyd, Jeter released a statement through the Miami Marlins’ Twitter account that references his future as a father and not his past as a Hall of Fame shortstop for...

June 1st 2020, 1:49 pm

Lenny Dykstra’s libel suit vs. Ron Darling tossed because he’s already ‘so tarnished’

Sports | New York Post

Lenny Dykstra’s defamation and libel lawsuit against his former Mets teammate Ron Darling was dismissed by a judge Friday. The former Mets outfielder filed a lawsuit about a year ago against Darling following the release of the pitcher’s autobiography, “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game.”...

June 1st 2020, 1:36 pm

Why Taylor Lewan now ‘feels a lot better’ about Titans not signing Tom Brady

Sports | New York Post

Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan says that Tom Brady’s pedestrian golf skills temper the sting of not signing “the best football player of all time.” “As far as Tom Brady coming, Tom Brady is the best football player of all time there’s no argument there,” Lewan told Michael Giardi of NFL Network recently. “He’s a...

June 1st 2020, 1:19 pm

Klay Thompson featured in cryptic TiKTok video amid breakup rumors

Sports | New York Post

Add Klay Thompson and Laura Harrier to the list of quarantine breakups.

June 1st 2020, 1:19 pm
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