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10/30/2020
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The other Mets news of the day Friday: They claimed Long Island native Nick Tropeano, as well as righthanded reliever Jacob Barnes, off waivers.

10/30/2020
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The Mets now belong to the richest owner in Major League Baseball as Steve Cohen, billionaire hedge-fund giant, was approved by both the teams and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, only minutes apart.

The. Richest. Owner.

Officially.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Hello, Mets fans. Your team has new ownership today.
10/30/2020
MLB owners approve sale of Mets to Steve Cohen

Hello, Mets fans. Your team has new ownership today.

Just waiting on you, Bill de Blasio. Steve Cohen’s purchase of the Mets was approved by MLB on Friday when franchise owners accepted Cohen into their club all but finalizing his takeover of his favor

10/29/2020
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Craig Carton ended his nearly 38-month absence from WFAN with a flourish on Thursday, beginning a whirlwind day with the announcement of his return in the morning, then spending 70 minutes on the air in late afternoon.

And he was in vintage form, even as he spoke frankly about his gambling addiction and personal demons, and apologized to his family, colleagues and listeners for his behavior.

10/27/2020
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The 2000 World Series lasted only five games. But each game was close – three one-run games, two two-run games, with the Yankees’ total margin of victory for the series three runs. It is not an overstatement to say that for six days in late October of 2000, the city was swept up in Subway Series fever.

10/21/2020
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Just how underwhelming is the Jets' offense this season? Let's take a look at some numbers and charts.

10/20/2020
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"As frustrated as the fans are and I understand that, but I’m way more frustrated than you are because this is a year of my playing life that is not going the way you want it to go."

10/16/2020
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The Carolina Hurricanes have added some Long Island flavor to their roster.

10/15/2020
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Anthony DeLucia's studio was a kitchen table. His paints were stored in a cabinet nearby. And his creations — intricately designed sneakers and cleats that he painted for friends — were slowly getting traction and earning him a little bit of cash as he pursued his finance degree.

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Anthony DeLucia's studio was a kitchen table. His paints were stored in a cabinet nearby. And his creations — intricately designed sneakers and cleats that he painted for friends — were slowly getting traction and earning him a little bit of cash as he pursued his finance degree.

For more: https://nwsdy.li/3lHRK5Z

The Islanders' new $1 billion arena at Belmont Park received a crowning touch Friday, as the final structural beam was h...
10/09/2020
Final structural beam added to UBS Arena construction

The Islanders' new $1 billion arena at Belmont Park received a crowning touch Friday, as the final structural beam was hoisted up and installed, with the promise that the building was still on track to open in November 2021 despite a two-month stall because of COVID-19.

This steel beam will be carrying plenty of weight. The Islanders' new $1 billion arena at Belmont Park received a crowning touch Friday, as the final structural beam was hoisted up and installed, with

Whenever Whitey Ford strode to the mound during his lengthy Yankees career, he exuded a calm, cool cockiness no matter t...
10/09/2020
Yankees legend Whitey Ford dies at age 91

Whenever Whitey Ford strode to the mound during his lengthy Yankees career, he exuded a calm, cool cockiness no matter the stakes. The bigger the game, the better he performed, which made him not only the winningest pitcher in Yankees history but one of the most respected. He passed away Friday at age 91.

Whenever Whitey Ford strode to the mound during his lengthy Yankees career, he exuded a calm, cool cockiness no matter the stakes. The bigger the game, the better he performed, which made him not only

At Belmont Park, the evidence that the #Isles’ $1 billion new arena is taking shape is everywhere.
10/07/2020
Isles' $1 billion UBS Arena beginning to take shape

At Belmont Park, the evidence that the #Isles’ $1 billion new arena is taking shape is everywhere.

At Belmont Park, the evidence that the Islanders’ $1 billion new arena is taking shape is everywhere. A brick-and-tile facade is attached to most of the structure’s exterior. Steel beams are in place

Two games into the NBA Finals, it has become clear the Lakers are committed to the three-point shot whether or not they ...
10/03/2020
Lakers encourage LI's Green to keep firing threes

Two games into the NBA Finals, it has become clear the Lakers are committed to the three-point shot whether or not they are going down.

What that means is that, even though North Babylon’s Danny Green has been fighting an injury and struggling to find his rhythm from deep, the Lakers will keep going to him and hope he catches fire in Game 3 Sunday night.

Two games into the NBA Finals, it has become clear the Lakers are committed to the three-point shot whether or not they are going down. They shot a Finals record 47 three-point attempts, and even thou

The process of seat selection and season-ticket sales for the Isles' new UBS Arena at Belmont Park, not slated to open u...
09/30/2020
Season tickets now on sale for Isles' new UBS Arena

The process of seat selection and season-ticket sales for the Isles' new UBS Arena at Belmont Park, not slated to open until the 2021-22 season, is underway.

The e-mails to Islanders’ season-ticket holders went out around midday on Wednesday, bringing the organization one step closer to occupying the under-construction UBS Arena at Belmont Park. The proces

Trying to offer perspective on 2019-20, specifically the Islanders’ year-plus journey through it, is virtually impossibl...
09/24/2020
Gross: Offering perspective on Isles' season nearly impossible

Trying to offer perspective on 2019-20, specifically the Islanders’ year-plus journey through it, is virtually impossible. There are no comparisons, thankfully.

Perhaps, the best way to sum it up is this: The Islanders’ wild, memorable ride through uncertain times provided just a ray of the normalcy every human being is craving.

And for that, we should be appreciative.

If the NHL manages to formulate a plan to play next season given the myriad of COVID-19 pandemic health and financial concerns, then perhaps this season can be put into better context. Because trying

The film includes interviews with Carton’s former colleagues and others but primarily is built around the words of Carto...
09/23/2020
Craig Carton describes his downfall in HBO documentary

The film includes interviews with Carton’s former colleagues and others but primarily is built around the words of Carton himself, from journals he kept during his year in federal prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and interviews since his release in June.

Former WFAN host Craig Carton speaks in intimate detail about his rise, fall and personal demons in an HBO documentary, "Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth," set to premiere on Oct. 7. The f

The Islanders’ longest ever season ended with Thursday night’s 2-1 overtime loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference fin...
09/23/2020
5 questions facing the Isles this offseason

The Islanders’ longest ever season ended with Thursday night’s 2-1 overtime loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Edmonton.

Now comes an offseason of an uncertain length in uncertain times, with a salary cap that will remain flat at $81.5 million and the Islanders, like other NHL teams, possibly setting an internal budget below that.

The Islanders’ longest ever season – the playoff finale came more than a calendar year after the first of two training camps opened – ended with Thursday night’s 2-1 overtime loss in Game 6 of the Eas

"It’s really exciting to be back with the guys and see everyone on the field. We have a lot of great players back, espec...
09/23/2020
LI's Coan thrilled Big Ten football is happening

"It’s really exciting to be back with the guys and see everyone on the field. We have a lot of great players back, especially on the offensive line. I’m usually levelheaded, always working hard and taking advantage of each day. But it’s been a little stressful because we really didn’t know what the future would hold."

Wisconsin senior Jack Coan was a preseason nominee for just about every quarterback award in the nation, including the coveted Maxwell Award. But all that recognition wouldn’t have mattered if there w

Approaching their 15th event since the PGA Tour re-start in June, players agree the adjustment to playing without fans h...
09/15/2020
Lack of raucous fans could help some, hurt others at U.S. Open

Approaching their 15th event since the PGA Tour re-start in June, players agree the adjustment to playing without fans has created an eerie atmosphere.

MAMARONECK — Thanks to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the U.S. Open golf tournament was moved from its traditional Father’s Day finish in June to a mid-September date that makes it more of a "Fall Clas

LI native Steve Cohen is in agreement to buy the Mets from the Wilpon and Katz families, pending approval from MLB, the ...
09/14/2020
Steve Cohen reaches agreement to buy Mets

LI native Steve Cohen is in agreement to buy the Mets from the Wilpon and Katz families, pending approval from MLB, the team announced.

Multibillionaire Long Island native Steve Cohen is in agreement to buy the Mets from the Wilpon and Katz families, pending approval from Major League Baseball, the team announced Monday. The deal valu

Steve Nash becomes the 23rd head coach in #Nets history, as he replaces Jacque Vaughn, who took over on an interim basis...
09/03/2020
Steve Nash hired as Brooklyn Nets head coach

Steve Nash becomes the 23rd head coach in #Nets history, as he replaces Jacque Vaughn, who took over on an interim basis after Kenny Atkinson was let go.

Steve Nash, a Hall of Fame point guard, was hired as the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, the team announced Thursday morning. “After meeting with a number of highly accomplished coaching candidat

BREAKING: Mets legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver has died at age 75.
09/03/2020
Tom Seaver dead, Mets legend and Baseball Hall of Famer was 75 | Newsday

BREAKING: Mets legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver has died at age 75.

One nickname would not suffice. He was both “Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise,” but even the two combined do not fully capture what he meant to the Mets, and to their early fans. Tom Seaver died Wedne

The Mets’ Wilpon era appears to be close to ending — for real this time.
08/29/2020
Source: Steve Cohen in exclusive talks to buy Mets

The Mets’ Wilpon era appears to be close to ending — for real this time.

The Mets’ Wilpon era appears to be close to ending — for real this time. Hedge-fund multibillionaire Steve Cohen, whose first deal for the Mets fell through in February, became the last bidder standin

Approximately 100 people attended the rally where Oyster Bay councilwoman and demonstration organizer Laura Maier, Oyste...
08/27/2020
Nassau residents rally to try to bring back high school sports this fall

Approximately 100 people attended the rally where Oyster Bay councilwoman and demonstration organizer Laura Maier, Oyster Bay town supervisor Joseph Saladino and several students spoke.

The chants of “Let Them Play!” not only echoed through the Hicksville Athletic Center in Oyster Bay on Thursday, they reverberated around the virtual world as Nassau County residents held a demonstrat

Nassau postpones high school sports until 2021
08/26/2020
Nassau postpones high school sports until 2021

Nassau postpones high school sports until 2021

There will be no high school sports in Nassau County this fall. Nassau school superintendents voted to postpone high school sports until 2021 at an emergency meeting held Wednesday morning. The intent

Gov. Cuomo issued some guidance on the return of high school sports this fall. Details in the story below, with more to ...
08/24/2020
Cuomo issues guidelines for possible return of high school sports

Gov. Cuomo issued some guidance on the return of high school sports this fall. Details in the story below, with more to come as the day goes on.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued guidance that could open the door to the return of high school sports across Long Island next month. All his guidance will be contingent on Department of Health protoco

The #Mets will not play the Marlins on Thursday or the #Yankees on Friday after two individuals tested positive for COVI...
08/20/2020
Mets-Marlins, Subway Series Game 1 postponed after two positive tests

The #Mets will not play the Marlins on Thursday or the #Yankees on Friday after two individuals tested positive for COVID-19.

The Mets' game against the Marlins and Friday's Subway Series opener against the Yankees hav been postponed after the Mets had two individuals test positive for COVID-19, MLB announced. The Mets had p

“It's never going to be our home pitch, that's for sure,” #NYCFC coach Ronny Deila said about playing home games at Red ...
08/19/2020
What NYCFC, Red Bulls expect from Derby without fans

“It's never going to be our home pitch, that's for sure,” #NYCFC coach Ronny Deila said about playing home games at Red Bull Arena. But, alas, this time, New York City FC
will be the visitor when they face the New York Red Bulls.

In the first five years of the Hudson River Derby, NYCFC and the Red Bulls played to crowds of varying size. More than 48,000 filled Yankee Stadium for City’s first time hosting the series in 2015, an

The Islanders will be going for the sweep.
08/16/2020
Isles lead series 3-0 after Barzal's OT winner vs. Caps

The Islanders will be going for the sweep.

The Islanders will be going for the sweep. Mathew Barzal swooped over the blue line, cut to the crease and deposited a backhander at 4:28 of overtime as the Islanders beat the Capitals, 2-1, in Sunday

Time has a singular way of shaping the stories we tell ourselves about sports, of smoothing over successes or sharpening...
08/14/2020
Gooden at peace, but still thinks of what might have been

Time has a singular way of shaping the stories we tell ourselves about sports, of smoothing over successes or sharpening mistakes, of making heroes of certain players and disappointments of others. And, in the case of Dwight Gooden, doing all of the above.

Time has a singular way of shaping the stories we tell ourselves about sports, of smoothing over successes or sharpening mistakes, of making heroes of certain players and disappointments of others. An

Mark Faello is always moving, always active and always trying to get better. He’s also a fighter and a battler, for sure...
08/08/2020
13 months after cancer diagnosis, Hofstra's Faello thriving on mound

Mark Faello is always moving, always active and always trying to get better. He’s also a fighter and a battler, for sure.

Mark Faello is always moving, always active and always trying to get better. He’s also a fighter and a battler, for sure. All of Faello’s attributes were on full display as he paced in the shade behin

"We support every player's right to make this type of decision," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said. "It was surprising, wi...
08/02/2020
Mets' Cespedes opts out of season after no-showing Sunday

"We support every player's right to make this type of decision," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said. "It was surprising, without question."

The Mets did not know where Yoenis Cespedes was as of first pitch Sunday afternoon. By game's end, the club learned the slugger would be opting out of the remainder of the season. Cespedes did not sho

Levy — a Bellmore JFK High School alumnus who grew up a Jets fan — would join analysts Brian Griese and Louis Riddick in...
07/31/2020
Report: Steve Levy set to become new MNF play-by-play man

Levy — a Bellmore JFK High School alumnus who grew up a Jets fan — would join analysts Brian Griese and Louis Riddick in replacing Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland in the booth.

Steve Levy is set to become the new play-by-play man for “Monday Night Football,” Jim Miller, author of a 2011 book on ESPN’s history, reported on Twitter on Friday. Levy, a Bellmore JFK High School a

The decision by Stanton and Hicks to take a knee is notable for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are the pot...
07/26/2020
Stanton, Hicks take a knee during national anthem

The decision by Stanton and Hicks to take a knee is notable for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are the potential complications brought about by the Yankees' invitation to President Donald Trump to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before a game in August.

WASHINGTON — Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton became the first Yankees to take a knee during the national anthem, doing so before Saturday’s night’s game against the Nationals. As a prerecorded versi

A source told Newsday's Steve Popper the contract could be signed early this week with an official announcement followin...
07/25/2020
Knicks finalizing deal to make Tom Thibodeau their next coach

A source told Newsday's Steve Popper the contract could be signed early this week with an official announcement following later this week. #Knicks

The Knicks are still in need of many things to contend again, but one key piece has shifted into place as they are finalizing a five-year agreement with Tom Thibodeau to serve as the next head coach f

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