Asdrubal Cabrera wanted Mets reunion that won’t happen now


Brodie Van Wagenen has made a number of big moves in his first offseason as Mets general manager, but one move he didn’t make was to bring back popular infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. It’s a reunion Cabrera says he would have loved. Earlier this week, Cabrera posted a throwback Thursday photo on Instagram of Mets pitcher […]

Sonny Gray just wants to play in a place where he’s ‘wanted’


Sonny Gray’s time in The Bronx figures to be coming to an end soon as the Yankees continue to explore trade possibilities, and the right-hander has come to grips with it. “Ultimately, you want to play somewhere where you’re wanted,” Gray told The Tennessean on Wednesday night at an awards dinner in Nashville.“If it just […]

Ntilikina even struggling when it comes to a video-game rating


LONDON — Lottery picks Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina will be forever linked in New York — their careers compared. Each point guard is experiencing trying times in his sophomore season. Smith has been shopped by Dallas much of the year, and the latest report has him leaving the club briefly but only so […]

Saints will be limping into their biggest game of the season


Facing the Rams at full strength is hard enough. Doing so without some key contributors, as the Saints will have to do Sunday, only makes advancing to the Super Bowl more difficult. Of the four teams set to play in the highly anticipated conference championship games, the top-seeded Saints have the biggest injury problems, starting […]

Virginia will make life difficult for Duke


It is not often the nation’s top-ranked college basketball team has two losses while the challenger that comes in at No. 4 is undefeated, but that is the case in the Duke-Virginia matchup. Virginia has been a cover machine this season, going 13-3 against the spread with covers in 10 of its past 11 games. […]

St. John’s returning to their house of horrors


INDIANAPOLIS — To most visitors, Hinkle Fieldhouse is a storied building and basketball royalty, the sixth-oldest college basketball arena still in use. Nevertheless, it’s a house of horrors for St. John’s, which has lost by at least 20 points at “Indiana’s Basketball Cathedral” four straight years. “Just the atmosphere, the crowd is always involved in […]

Two champions vying for possible final UFC flyweight title


Henry Cejudo is an Olympic gold-medal winner in wrestling. Stick around him long enough and he’ll remind you of that more than a few times. Cejudo has parlayed his gold in Beijing into UFC glitter, capturing its 125-pound flyweight championship last August by ending the long reign of Demetrious Johnson. On Saturday night, Cejudo will […]

Phil Mickelson won’t be joining Tiger at Farmers Insurance Open


Tiger Woods won’t get a chance to get the better of Phil Mickelson at next week’s Farmer Insurance Open in San Diego. Mickelson, who has a two-stroke lead after two rounds in the Desert Classic, will miss the event at Torrey Pines for the first time in 28 years. Woods committed to playing in the […]

Why sharps take a deep look at third-down conversion stats


Third-down conversions proved to be an important indicator stat in last weekend’s Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. Given the relative evenness of the four remaining Super Bowl contenders, it could be again in Sunday’s conference championship games. A quick recap of last weekend’s “final scores” in this category in terms of third-down percentage: Chiefs […]

Caris LeVert ‘progressing nicely’ but Nets return remains unclear


ORLANDO, Fla. — Injured Nets guard Caris LeVert had another encouraging workout before Friday’s game in Orlando. But with the NBA All-Star break exactly a month away, coach Kenny Atkinson was noncommittal on whether LeVert might return before then. “I’m not going to speculate,” Atkinson said. “I don’t want to give you something and be […]

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