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Jamie C. Harris

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Basketball pioneer Solly Walker passes

New York City basketball vanguard Solly Walker has passed. Walker transitioned last Friday at the age of 85. Services for Walker were held this past Monday at Siloam Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn.

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The Wizards must find a way to repel the force of Thomas

Isaiah Thomas may be one of the smallest players in the NBA, yet no one has a bigger heart. Still mourning the tragic death of his younger sister, 22-year-old Chyna Thomas, as a result of an auto accident, which occurred on the eve of the start of the Boston Celtics opening round of the playoffs against the Chicago Bulls, the 5-foot-9 Thomas lifted the Celtics from the depths of a 2-0 deficit to a 4-2 series win after they dropped the first two games at home.

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Forever remembering Greg Marius, basketball and entertainment visionary

There are countless people who have been saddened by the transitioning of Greg Marius this past weekend from his earthly state of being to spiritual bliss, people who barely knew him or never met him at all.

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Left tackle and tight end top the Giants’ list of needs

The seemingly only sure thing in the tenuous world of the National Football League is the New England Patriots will be a Super Bowl contender.

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Raptors look to eliminate underdog Bucks after early series struggles

The Toronto Raptors have been one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference over the past four seasons. From the 2013-14 to the 2015 season, they won the Atlantic Division title three straight years.

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Jackson’s lack of subtlety overshadows the harsh truth

Phil Jackson will never be nominated for a U.S. ambassadorship.

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Top-seeded Celtics stagger on the ropes against the Bulls

Even it was by default, the Boston Celtics claimed the top seed in the Eastern Conference entering the playoffs by finishing 53-29, two games ahead of the 51-31 Cleveland Cavaliers, who had owned the top spot in the conference the previous two regular seasons.

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African-American presence in MLB declines as Jackie Robinson is celebrated

This past Saturday, April 15, marked the 70th anniversary of the Major League Baseball debut of Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson.

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Jackson, Anthony and Porzingis will determine the Knicks’ future

The Knicks ended their long and disconcerting 2016-17 season last night at Madison Square Garden hosting the Philadelphia 76ers, one of the only handful of teams with a worst record than them.

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Is this the beginning of the end of the Cavs’ dominance?

LeBron James is acutely knowledgeable of the components needed to compose a championship team.

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Lies, rumors and reconnaissance abound as NFL Draft nears

The 82nd NFL Draft, being held in Philadelphia, is two weeks away, as the first round will take place Thursday, April 27. Which means the lies, rumors and reconnaissance that have become synonymous with the draft are in full bloom.

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The Masters and the world of golf moves on without Tiger Woods

The Masters, arguably the most venerable and prestigious golf tournament in the world, begins today at the historic Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., which is known as much for its historically elitist and exclusionary policies as it is for its spectacularly manicured greens.

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Will the Ewing effect revitalize Georgetown basketball?

After 15-years as an NBA assistant coach, Patrick Ewing has at last been afforded the opportunity to guide his own program.

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HBCU legend Ben Jobe passes, John Andariese ascends to broadcasting heaven

The transition of Ben Jobe from his earthly state of being to his next stage of existence Friday in Montgomery, Ala., at the age of 84 comes at a time when our country seemingly has minimized the profound social impact men of his standing had on America and by extension lands far away.

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The Knicks’ split personalities have them headed toward the lottery

The confounding and frustrating ride on which the Knicks have taken their fans this season has been encapsulated in their last two games.

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Bowles’ tenure with Jets in question, and WBC beats spring training

In a matter of 17 weeks, Jets head coach Todd Bowles’s fortunes dramatically changed from being a promising head coach in the NFL’s largest market to a man seemingly on borrowed time.

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Knicks won’t look back to what could have been

The Knicks’ impressive 113-105 road win over the Orlando Magic Monday was a glaring reminder that they could have been and should be in a much better tangible state than they are today. 

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Brooklyn reigns as Lincoln and Jefferson advance to PSAL finals

The dominance of Brooklyn basketball in the PSAL AA division will have another chapter written Saturday at noon when Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson meet for the city championship at Madison Square Garden.

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Knicks begin transition in the midst of homestretch

The frustration and toll of a challenging season was fixed on Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek’s face as he stood behind a podium in an interview room at Madison Square Garden Monday.

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NBA one-and-done rule is a restrictive farce

The NBA one-and-done rule, collectively bargained by the NBA owners and the NBA Players Association in 2005, is now in its 11th year.

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The Knicks’ direction remains unclear after Dolan’s avowal

If Knicks’ owner James Dolan’s word is his bond, Phil Jackson will be the franchise’s president for the next two seasons unless the Hall of Fame coach decides to voluntarily resign.

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Lincoln and Wings earn top spots in boys AA playoffs

Abraham Lincoln High School of Coney Island and Wings Academy of the South Bronx will head into the 2016-2017 Public School Athletic League playoffs as the top two seeds after their victories in the borough championships this past Saturday at Queens College.

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Silver adeptly leads NBA, Wiggins goes in on WNBA, the All-Star fiasco 

Since assuming the role of NBA commissioner Feb. 1, 2014, Adam Silver has proved to be an exceptional leader of one of the world’s most valuable and recognizable brands.

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Dolan, Oakley, Jackson and Melo: An awful reality show

The Knicks have become a reality series in which the lines between the absurd and sensible have become blurred.

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Affolder, McLeod and Bullis High shine at 110th Millrose Games

A sibling rivalry often supersedes brotherly love.

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Self-inflicted wounds cost Falcons Super Bowl title

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

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ATI heats up the Armory for the Millrose Games

The Armory Track Invitational can stand on its own as a competitive meet that attracts some of track and field’s elite international athletes.

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The Knicks’ slide continues as Jackson channels Trump

“Build it, and he will come.” The famous quote from the movie “Field of Dreams” is often misquoted to read, “Build it, and they will come.”

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Will the Falcons finally earn their first Super Bowl title?

This Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in NRG Stadium in Houston, the 13-5 Atlanta Falcons, representing the National Football Conference, will face the 16-2 New England Patriots of the American Football Conference in Super Bowl LI for the National Football League championship.

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Sports figures reject Trump’s racist, anti-Muslim immigration ban

This past August in Rio de Janiero, Yusra Mardini and Rami Anis of Syria, as well as James Chiengjeik and Yiech Biel of South Sudan, among others, proudly represented the aptly named and first ever Refugee Olympic Team at the summer Olympic games.

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Knicks’ effort and desire not enough to gain wins

Time and circumstances are against the Knicks. Thus far, their 2016-17 season has been one of several incarnations, devolving from promising to struggling to sinking.

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Falcons stifle Rodgers and the Packers en route to Super Bowl LI

In the week leading up to the NFC championship game, the Atlanta Falcons, the most dynamic and talent-laden offense in the NFL, were persistently queried as to how they would slow down Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who had carried his team to eight straight wins, including two in the playoffs, a 38-13 spanking of the New York Giants at home in their wild card game and a gripping 34-31 win in Dallas over the Cowboys in the divisional round.

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Indoor track and field season heats up at the Armory

The New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in Washington Heights will be one of the most appealing and frequented venues in the tristate area over the next 10 weeks as it hosts several of the sport’s signature events, including the iconic Millrose Games Feb. 11 and the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet from March 10 through March 12.

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Matt Ryan and the Falcons will fly past the Packers

If 33-year-old Aaron Rodgers has been Superman the past several months, lifting the Green Bay Packers to nine straight wins, the Atlanta Falcons 31-year-old quarterback Matt Ryan has been Batman all season.

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Remembering the legends of sports

Comparing athletes and coaches from various eras is a common practice among fans and journalists.

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Giants earn wild card bid, await playoff opponent

It doesn’t matter how a team clinches its playoff spot as long as they get in. Ideally, the Giants would have celebrated their first postseason berth since the 2011 by defeating the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday on the road.

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Staying just above .500 not good enough for the Knicks

The Knicks’ Christmas Day game versus the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden served as test for a team that needs to take the next step in their evolution as a potential contender in the Eastern Conference—contender being a relative term.

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Knicks return home and preserve their winning record

Kyle O’Quinn’s voice boomed across the Knicks’ locker room at Madison Square Garden late Tuesday evening. “I told you stop messing with me,” the 6-10, 26-year-old forward from Norfolk State via Jamaica, Queens, warned Kiyan Anthony, as he playfully clutched the apologetic yet retreating youngster. But it was too late for contrition or escape.

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Journalism great and activist Howard Bingham dies at 77

Sports and sports journalism lost a giant last Thursday when Howard Bingham, best known as the longtime personal photographer and close confidant of the legendary boxer and social activist Muhammad Ali, died at the age of age 77.

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Washington helps the NFC East division rise as the best in football

It was a few days past mid-September, and the 2016 NFL season had merely reached the conclusion of 
week 2.

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Talk of triangle eases as Knicks begin to gel

Tuesday night, Knicks president Phil Jackson reclined in his customary seat at Madison Square Garden near center court, approximately 25 feet behind the scorer’s table.

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Giants prime for the Vikings after falling to Washington

The Giants were positioned to deposit Washington into a deep and perhaps lasting hole this past Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

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Knicks begin journey to the playoffs with upgraded but dubious roster

Hope springs eternal! For the Knicks this statement could indeed be one of their mantras as they commenced training camp Tuesday at the team’s training center in Greenburgh, N.Y., before continuing their preparation Tuesday at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., where they will remain until Saturday.

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After taking down the Cowboys, the Giants prime for home opener

It was only one game, but in the NFL, unlike the NBA’s 82-game schedule and Major League Baseball’s 162-game marathon, every game is crucial, especially those against division opponents. So the Giants’ 20-19 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on the road this past Sunday in the 2016 regular season opener for both teams was significant.

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Jim Robinson keeps Negro Leagues flame burning brightly

At 86-years-young, Jim Robinson remains a passionate storyteller, vividly sharing narratives and anecdotes from many decades past. 

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The Kaepernick controversy is trapped in an echo chamber

It was Aug. 26, two weeks ago, that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick carried out what on the surface was an innocuous, silent protest against what he perceives to be widespread social injustices directed at Black men and women in this country. 

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Will Black Olympians’ success inspire future generations?

Somewhere in the United States, Canada and countries thousands of miles from North America, a young girl watched Jennifer Abel, the sensational 24-year-old diver from Montreal, seemingly defy long-held laws of physics, powerfully, yet with the grace of a ballerina, tightly contort her body, rapidly twisting head over feet before causing barely a ripple as she entered the water at the Maria Lenks Aquatic Center in Rio.

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The Giants’ Sterling Shepard and his legacy of success

For NFL rookies, the regimen, expectations, competition and requisite professionalism can be overwhelming.

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The Gardiner Foundation to hold 11th annual tournament

It was July 9, 2006, a day that altered the lives of an entire family, both immediate and extended.

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Victor Cruz clings to hope as injuries persist

Victor Cruz’s arduous and circuitous journey from high school football star in Paterson, N.J., to academic casualty at the University of Massachusetts, where he ultimately found redemption, to NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver and A-list celebrity is well documented.

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