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Howie Evans

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NYC Basketball Hall of Fame inductions set to tip

The 25th New York City Basketball Hall of Fame class will be inducted Sept. 16 at the New York Athletic Club, located at 59th Street and Central Park West.

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Spoelstra shares the blame in the collapse of the Heat

Erik Spoelstra, perhaps the top young coach in the NBA, is well-liked by his peers and, most importantly, his players. But the Heat’s young coach, like his team, was blown away in the NBA Finals. He took a coaching spanking, administered by the guy on the other bench, Gregg Popovich.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver slam dunks Donald Sterling

The Tuesday, April 30 news conference was the most important news conference in the history of the National Basketball Association.

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Nets make some Brooklyn noise in the playoffs

With Jason Kidd, the Amsterdam News NBA Coach of the Year, on the sidelines, the Brooklyn Nets are possibly set to make a deep run into the 2014 NBA playoffs, which tip off April 19.

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NCAA D-1: One Final Four team returns to the Garden

After an absence of some 53 years, Madison Square Garden will host the Division I 2014 NCAA Finals

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Shout-out to the loyal Knicks fans

There are thousands and thousands of loyal Knicks fans who refuse to dump on their team—senior citizens, high school and college kids and just fans from all walks of life who are still sticking with their team.

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Raymond Felton’s off-the-court drama

Raymond Felton has had an unproductive season on the court and is now 0-1 off the court.

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St.John’s University honors legends Lou Carnesecca and Jack Kaiser

On an overcast Friday afternoon, St. John’s University honored legendary coaches Lou Carnesecca and Jack Kaiser at Antun’s, the popular Queens catering hall. It was a nostalgic afternoon of fun and great eats, and the room was filled with alumni, coaches and the honorees, Carnesecca and Kaiser.

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40th Colgate Women’s Games finals set for Dec 28

Some 10,000 preteen elementary school girls and junior high and senior high ladies shared the best indoor track in the country, along with high school, college and 30s-plus ladies, as they competed for Colgate-Palmolive Educational Grants at the Armory track.

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Colgate Women’s Games continue at the Armory

We met Fred Thompson over 40 years ago when he was waging war with the New York City Board of Education. The beef was over the almost total lack of educational and athletic sports programs for girls. Thompson, then a corporate lawyer (ABC) who was getting nowhere with the system, formed a track club for young girls, the legendary Atoms Track Club in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

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Marathons now worldwide, but none like New York City

In 1978, the great Grete Waitz won the first of her nine New York City Marathons as she became a household name around the world

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An AmNews shout-out to Brooklyn USA

In their 39th year as an organization, the Brooklyn USA Athletic Association is continuing their mission of serving the Brooklyn community and beyond

Ted Corbitt “The Marathon Man” to be inducted into New York Road Runners Hall of Fame

Ted Corbitt, who was known around the world as “The Marathon Man,” will be inducted into the New York Road Runners Hall of Fame

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Dick Barnette heads the 2013 class of Brooklyn USA Hall of Famers

Richard “Dick” Barnett, the former New York Knick who won a pair of rings as a member of their 1970 and 1973 NBA championships teams, will join Ernie Brown (Winston Salem State University), Wally Goodwin (New York Tech) and Clarence Brookins (Temple University).

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Bonita Spence passes

She was the real thing. Nothing seemed to frighten her. When Bonita Spence made her transition, she still had plenty of gas left in her tank. But somewhere, the tank hit empty, and Spence was gone—just like that.

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Metta will change the atmosphere in the locker room

One thing is for sure this coming 2013-14 Knicks season: The locker room will never be the same again. Not with Metta World Peace suiting up with his hometown team for what will be his 15th NBA season. Whew! Talk about time flying.

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A Hall of Fame night at the New York Athletic Club

The New York City Basketball Hall of Fame celebrated it’s 24th birthday

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It was a great day in Harlem for Hank Carter

Hank Carter is the first African-American to have a hospital in New York City named after him. Carter, a Vietnam veteran, began Wheelchair Charities in the early ’70s after his best friend Jada was shot while coming out of a store in Queens, resulting in permanent paralysis.

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A dream denied, a life that didn’t have to be

The demons that haunted Dean “The Dream” Meminger for the better part of his adult life have parted company with him. Lord knows he fought those demons—and often by himself.

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Cross at Gregory ‘Jocko’ Jackson Boulevard

It’s official. Greg “Jocko” Jackson, the late former New York Knick and Phoenix Suns guard, now has his own street, Gregory “Jocko” Boulevard.

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Women’s soccer supports the community

On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Monroe Mustangs women’s soccer team took some time out of their rigorous preseason training schedule to renew acquaintances with the wheelchair-bound residents of Richmond Community Services in Yonkers, N.Y.

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The complexion of the NFL is rapidly changing

He would pull up to the curb in front of the New York Amsterdam News every afternoon at a little before 5 p.m

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Bud Selig slugged the confessed drug violators

ud Selig did what he vowed to do. He was on a mission to rid his sport of the culture of enhancement drugs. The commissioner dug in, drawing a line in the dirt of every major league playing field, separating those who did from those who didn’t and those who haven’t been caught. Those who confessed to violating baseball’s drug policy of enhancement drugs were hit with 50- and 65-game suspensions.

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New Harlem health center will honor Hank Carter

“Naming this new facility [Hank J. Carter Specialty and Nursing Facility] after Hank Carter is a fitting tribute to his remarkable generosity and compassionate spirit,” said Alan D. Aviles, president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC). “Hank Carter has given the HHC family much more than valuable equipment to help our patients. He has dedicated hours of personal time to regularly walk the hallways of our facility. He knows the names of our patients and their stories of survival. And they know him as a friend and a man of faith who deeply cares for their well-being.”

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The spotlight shines on fifth Yankee Hope Week

It’s a beautiful thing, helping those who sometimes can’t help themselves. That’s what the Yankees organization is doing.

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NY City Council leads the way to upgrade the Armory

This is home to City Council member Robert Jackson, the soon-to-be Manhattan borough president who is also a runner.

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Brooklyn homecoming for Kevin, Paul and Jason

They couldn’t stop grinning. And the love kept coming from a huge crowd viewing the press conference from the plaza at the main entrance of the Barclays Center on Atlantic Avenue.

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Usain Bolt wins in Paris

He recently ran a 19.73 200-meter at the Areva Diamond League Meet in Paris as a crowd of over 52,000 filled the stadium, most coming to watch the six-time Olympic champ do what he does best as the world’s premier sprinter.

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Frank Budd honored at meet named in his honor

ASBURY PARK, N.J. — On a hot and sunny day in southern New Jersey, youngsters, their parents, meet officials, track and field aficionados, high school and college coaches, as well as sports journalist Elliott Denman (Asbury Park Press Record) and John Morton joined to honor a local Asbury Park High School track and field legend, Frank Budd. Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he was the “Fastest Man in the World,” winning countless national AAU sprint events and setting a then-record 9.2 in the 100-meter in 1961. Local high school coach Ronald Lashley was on him like glue. So were all the others.

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Liberty holds on after squandering big lead

Bill Laimbeer could be seen squinting with a somewhat puzzled look on his face after his Liberty, up 19 points in the fourth, almost handed the game to Seattle. But under the leadership of Cappie Pondexter, whom Laimbeer moved to the point guard position for the first time this season, calmed her team down and led them to a 66-57 decision.

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Wilkens leads class of Trey Whitfield honorees

Lenny Wilkens—the second all-time winningest coach in NBA history, with 1,332 wins over a coaching career that began with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1969—will lead a stellar class of 2013 adult honorees at the 21st annual Trey Whitfield Foundation Dinner. The event is set for Friday, July 19 at the El Caribe Country Club.

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Serena, Sloane advance at Wimbledon; Venus out

Serena Williams beat up on Mandy Minella of Luxemborg in her Wimbledon opener. Williams led some 15 American women into the main draw, the most since 2006. But as Williams advances, she will leave behind only four American women, including Sloane Stephens, the 17th seed, who were able to advance. Williams came out swinging, losing not a point on her serve, which came across the net at 121 mph.

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Liberty loses a home court heartbreaker

The Liberty, playing their eighth game of this WNBA season against the San Antonio Silver Stars, had their four-game home winning streak come to an end this past Sunday at their Newark, N.J., Prudential Center home. They lost in heartbreaking style on a dagger-like jumper by Shenise Johnson with 36 seconds left in overtime.

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Q Serena, Sloane advance at Wimbledon; Venus out

AmNews Sports Editor Serena Williams beat up on Mandy Minella of Luxemborg in her Wimbledon...

Q Liberty loses a home court heartbreaker

AmNews Sports Editor The Liberty, playing their eighth game of this WNBA season against the...

Jason is the new Kidd on the block

Jason is the new Kidd on the block--the "block" being the grounds and neighborhood around...

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Jason is the new Kidd on the block

Jason is the new Kidd on the block—the “block” being the grounds and neighborhood around the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, which is surrounded by a thriving array of national brand and local stores. Kidd was named the Nets’ head coach and will be working spitting distance from the Long Island Railroad, the legendary Park Slope neighborhood, as well as Brooklyn’s historic Bedford-Stuyvesant community.

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WNBA New York Liberty roundball

The Liberty are fighting hard to overcome the season-ending loss of Essence Carson, who tore her ACL on June 9. They proved to themselves and head coach Bill Laimbeer that they are up to the task as they hustled to a 78-68 victory over the tough Connecticut Sun.

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Bikers at the David Walker Skyscraper Harlem Cycling Classic sets new record

Some 201 cyclists will have bragging rights for years to come for being part of a record-setting number of cyclists who competed in the 40th David Walker Skyscraper Harlem Cycling Classic at Marcus Garvey Park. Sixty-nine starters in the men’s race cycled 25 miles.

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Charles Barkley joins the Black football coach's fray

It's on now! Finally, Charles Barkley, an 11-time NBA All-Star, two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner,...

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Brooklyn's LIU Blackbirds go dancing at the NCAA tournament

The LIU Blackbirds began NCAA Division I tournament action Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio, as...

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The 106th Millrose Games get the gun at the Armory

The Millrose Games, the world's greatest indoor track and field meet, continues its legendary place...

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39th Colgate Women's games off and running

Fred Thompson is the founder and executive director of the Colgate Women's Games. Now in...

Cotto, Trout: Let's get it on at MSG

Miguel Cotto, the four-time, three-division world champion, will enter the ring at Madison Square Garden...

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Roscoe Brown to receive NFF's highest honor

Come Wednesday, Dec. 4, Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr. will receive the National Football Foundation's...

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Michigan wins NIT Season Tip

For the past 74 years, we knew it as the NIT Preseason Tip-Off. This year...

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Big time boxing returning to Brooklyn

It's been over 50 years since big-time boxing has thrown punches in Brooklyn, but that...

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Running and walking for peace in Harlem

An estimated 5,000-plus runners, walkers and Marchers For Peace filled the streets of West Harlem...

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Sports legend celebrates 20th Trey Whitfield anniversary

A room full of NBA stars, including NBA Hall of Famer Sam Jones, former St....

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Let the games begin: US Olympic team vs. the world

For the third time in the history of the Olympic Games, the city of London...

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