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Jamie C. Harris

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Severino injury is a reminder of fragile championship expectations

The news that Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery is a reminder that championship expectations can be fragile.

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The Knicks try to balance chasing wins and developing players

For the Knicks, the simultaneous priorities of winning games and developing their young players may seem conflicting.

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The Astros cheating scandal will long linger over baseball

Major League Baseball has a glorious history. It also has many shameful acts and heinous periods that are inextricably embedded in its lore.

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The Turn 2 Us program holds its championship and award ceremony

On Feb. 7 at the Police Athletic League Polo Grounds in Harlem, the Turn 2 Us program held its annual Sports Youth Development League basketball championship and awards ceremony.

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The everlasting Kobe Bryant 1978-2020

It seems everyone has a Kobe Bryant story.

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The Everlasting Kobe Bryant 1978-2020

It seems everyone has a Kobe Bryant story.

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The NBA continues its efforts to expand basketball in Africa

The NBA’s fruitful Basketball Without Borders program concluded its 17th year in Senegal this week

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Mets shake up rotation and look towards the future

It was a forgone conclusion among followers of Major League Baseball that Long Island native Marcus Stroman would be moved by the Toronto Blue Jays before yesterday’s (Wednesday, July 31) MLB trade deadline.

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Giants begin training camp with optimism and questions marks

During the past seven seasons, the Giants have had only one postseason appearance, in 2016, losing to the Green Bay Packers 38-13 on the road in an NFC wild card game under former head coach Ben McAdoo.

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Mariano Rivera, baseball’s greatest closer, enters the Hall of Fame

Each year, the voting for Major League Baseball’s next Hall of Fame class fosters heated and exhaustive debate regarding who is deserving of enshrinement.

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NBA players have become the chief power brokers of NBA free-agency

When ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Kevin Durant had agreed to join Kyrie Irving in signing long-term contracts with the Brooklyn Nets, the news shook up the basketball world.

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Will the Knicks’ veteran free-agent signings stunt the growth of the youngsters?

This is how Knicks general manager Scott Perry presented the team’s signings of veteran forward Reggie Bullock and Marcus Morris Tuesday, July 16: “With Reggie and Marcus we are adding two more versatile, hard-nosed and accomplished players to an already improved roster,” said Perry. “We value both players’ perimeter shooting ability and their strong presence on the court and in the locker room. We’re excited to have them in New York and are confident they will excel playing for this team under Coach Fizdale.”

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The Mets’ rebuilding plan stalls again

Last July 20, the Mets were 40-55, well out of contention for the National League East title and far from being a viable wildcard entry.

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Knicks draft RJ Barrett as a building block of the franchise

The plethora of Knicks fans present at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for last Thursday’s NBA draft overwhelmingly approved of the team’s selection of RJ Barrett with the No. 3 overall pick.

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City Parks Foundation offers summer athletic programs for youth

As hundreds of thousands of New York City youth begin preparing for their summer break from school, the City Parks Foundation is once again offering free athletic programs comprising various sports in which they can engage.

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Knicks brace for disappointing free agency outcome

Sunday at 6 p.m. is the official beginning for the 2019-20 NBA season. It is the most highly anticipated summer of free agency since 2010, when LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chris Bosh decided to forgo re-signing with the Toronto Raptors to join Dwayne Wade in Miami and form a so-called super team with the Heat.

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Pressure is on the Raptors after classic Game 5 defeat

It was a classic game in what has been an NBA Finals defined by the steady brilliance of the Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard and the attrition experienced by the Golden State Warriors.

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Mets and Yanks split the season’s first subway series

The Yankees hosted the Mets this week at Yankee Stadium for the first installment of this season’s subway series.

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The Knicks must have Plans A, B and C to rebuild the team

One must forgive long-suffering Knicks fans if they subscribe to the unwavering belief the franchise is cursed.

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How will the Raptors bounce back from Game 2 loss?

On Sunday in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors squandered a fortuitous opportunity at home to put the Golden State Warriors into a 2-0 hole best-of-seven series.

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The Yankees continue to rise while the Mets’ fall persists

Every team in Major League Baseball should have the problems that are confronting the Yankees.

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Students and families turn out for the eighth annual Uptown Games

The eighth annual Uptown Games held at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in Washington Heights this past Saturday, June 1, was more than an event to promote physical activity. It provided youth from Harlem and Washington Heights in grades first through eighth a venue for their continued social-emotional development using sports as a galvanizing vehicle

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Mets’ lack of run production drops them in the NL East

It’s only May, but already there are some concerning signs the Mets may not be a viable contender for the NL East title or even a wild card spot by early summer.

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Is Eli Manning still a Giant for sentimental reasons?

Giants co-owner John Mara has been a little perturbed by the insinuation that the Giants are reluctant to move on from their longtime quarterback Eli Manning.

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Is Colin Kaepernick’s NFL career finally over after settling his lawsuit?

Last week, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid settled their collusion lawsuits with the National Football League, which could be the finality of the quarterback’s NFL career.

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Jack Johnson set the template for today’s flamboyant athletes

If Twitter and Instagram were in existence in the early 20th century, it’s conceivable Jack Johnson would have been the most followed athlete on social media.

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Knicks’ rebuild continues as they ready for the start of training camp

The Knicks begin training camp Monday ahead of their preseason opener Oct. 1 against the Washington Wizards in the nation’s capital and the start of their regular schedule versus the Atlanta Hawks Oct. 17 at Madison Square Garden.

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Giants put disappointing Week 1 loss behind them with the Cowboys ahead

As Pat Shurmur, Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Manning entered the Giants’ postgame interview room in succession to address the media, they each carried a demeanor of both discontent and optimism.

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Yankees look over their shoulder as the A’s draw closer

The Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with a 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Will the Giants’ secondary rise again after a poor 2017 campaign?

As the Giants prepare for their second preseason game tomorrow night against the Detroit Lions—the teams held joint practices this week—on the road, head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff continue to zealously assess each position, with starting and backup roles, as well as spots on the 53-man roster expectedly unsettled with the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Met Life Stadium Sept. 9, a little over three weeks away.

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Tiger Woods composes another chapter in his legendary story

Sports fans are obsessed with lists, persistently debating who are the best five, 10 or even 50 all-time in their respective disciplines.

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Kyrie Irving-Rod Strickland Summer League concludes 21st season

Summer youth basketball has been an integral component of the social fabric of urban communities across the United States for more than eight decades.

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LeBron endeavors to address educational inequities afflicting youth

The school, which will open Monday, will focus on serving at-risk youth. It will begin with third- and fourth-graders and eventually add more grade levels. The initiative is a collaboration of the LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron School Board.

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New York City basketball legend Robert ‘Bob’ Williams transitions

Robert A. “Bob” Williams was a giant of a man. Not in his stature, although he was an imposing 6-foot-4. Bob’s eminence is defined by the many lives he influenced, boys and girls, men and women —this writer among them—who have, in turn, paid it forward by positively influencing others.  

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Giants begin training camp with a new regime and fresh start

New general manager, new coach, new system, new season. Coming off a disastrous 2017 campaign, in which they finished 3-13, the second worst record in the NFL ahead of the 0-16 Cleveland Browns, the Giants begin their training camp today at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., hopeful they will dramatically improve under its first-year regime.

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Trump’s influence has the NFL anthem issue in turmoil

When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell rolled out the league’s national anthem policy in late May, the overarching message was unambiguous: The multi-billion-dollar industry was doing what they thought was in the best interest of their bottom line.

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Decades after Jackie Robinson, MLB still lacks African-American diversity

For more than 70 years, this publication has written about and advocated for the integration of Major League Baseball, and in more modern times for the racial diversification of MLB, most ardently a respectable inclusion of African-Americans as managers and executives.

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Knicks’ strong summer league performances elicit optimism

The Knicks winning the 2018 NBA Summer League held in Las Vegas was not the primary goal of their team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry.

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Joshua sidesteps Wilder as potential epic bout is stalled

Anthony Joshua continues to delay fighting Deontay Wilder.

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Athletes’ struggles with mental health issues mirror society

This past Friday, former UCLA basketball standout Tyler Honeycutt committed suicide at his residence in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles after exchanging gunfire with officers from the Los Angeles Police Department.

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The Knicks must fill a talent gap with the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft

The NBA Draft is an exercise that engenders hope, intrigue, rumors and flat-out lies. Some fans have optimistic visions of their team acquiring a high impact player while others have little faith that their franchise’s shot callers possess the competence or creativity to design a playoff or championship contender.

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Kellen Winslow Jr.’s arrest raises more questions about CTE

The alleged criminal behavior of former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. suggests he is possibly suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, commonly known as CTE.

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Are the Negro Leagues a forgotten treasure of American history?

Less than two years from now, in 2020, baseball will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro Leagues. B

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Tiger hopes to add another major at Shinnecock Hills

It’s been 10 years since Tiger Woods won his 14th and last major at the 2007 PGA Championship. His next opportunity to end the long and once unforeseen drought begins today at the 118th U.S.

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LeBron once again shift can NBA's Balance of Power

When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010, he did so out of necessity.

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Odell Beckham Jr.’s impending contract remains a hot button issue

Odell Beckham Jr. reported to the Giants’ mandatory minicamp Tuesday at the team’s practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J., roughly seven weeks before the start of training camp

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The Eagles refuse to be bit actors in Trump's Political Theater

Donald Trump is a virtuoso at political theater. His greatest skills are a mastery of manipulation and engineering spectacles.

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The Cavaliers return home with diminished prospects

The resigned look on LeBron James' face spoke volumes as Game 2 of the NBA Finals wound down.

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Less than 60 games in and Mets fans are already in Despair

Many Mets fans have ascribed the role of clinical psychologist to this writer. For the record, I am not.

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