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Nets served some ‘humble pie’ in brutal loss to elite Raptors

TORONTO — The last time the Nets faced the Raptors, they broke an eight-game losing skid and turned their season around. This time, Toronto did the breaking. The shorthanded Nets seemingly had their wills broken in a 122-105 blowout loss before a sellout crowd of 19,800 at Scotiabank Arena. “I...

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Knicks defenseless in blowout loss to Pacers in return to MSG

The Knicks returned home — and everything was as they had left it. Coming back from a six-game, 13-day road trip, the Knicks started the second half of the season by making a high lottery pick look like the team’s top priority, suffering their seventh straight home loss, 121-106, to the Pacers...

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The surprise fantasy football MVP came on strong late

Everyone loves getting awards. Alas, sorry, but you guys didn’t get any, though you can bask in the glory of having drafted some of those who did. Fantasy MVP: Christian McCaffrey (RB, Panthers) — It looked like Todd Gurley was going to run away with this, literally, but he stumbled down the...

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Fizdale couldn’t bear to watch Porzingis’ impressive workout

Kristaps Porzingis’ return date remains uncertain. That won’t change for some time. He is scheduled to be evaluated again in mid-February. His return from a torn ACL wouldn’t come before then. It may not even come until next season. When David Fizdale watched his star’s individual workout...

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Todd Bowles has a different look in his new Buccaneers life

It’s a fresh start for Todd Bowles in Tampa, and he looks like a new man. The former Jets coach and new Buccaneers defensive coordinator shared a couple of laughs with media in attendance at his introductory press conference on Friday, speaking about his history with boss Bruce Arians. Bowles has...

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Yankees avoid arbitration with everyone, except Luis Severino

The Yankees reached agreements with all but one of their arbitration-eligible players, but they have so far been unable to strike a deal with Luis Severino. Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Sonny Gray, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks, Tommy Kahnle, James Paxton and Austin Romine all signed one-year deals,...

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Healthy and improved Zach Britton picked Yankees’ bullpen over closing

Zach Britton said he could have been a closer again. Instead, he chose to come back to the Yankees, where he’ll be a key element to a bullpen that has Aroldis Chapman in that role. “I think the fact I had been a closer and I knew that I could do that at a high...

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DJ LeMahieu is perfect antidote to misguided Machado dreams

You win the pool if you predicted, two months ago, the best day of the Yankees’ 2018-19 offseason would entail them bringing DJ LeMahieu aboard. Nevertheless, here we are, and here Manny Machado isn’t. If the Yankees haven’t fully broken off their flirtation with Machado, in that the talented...

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Enes Kanter missed practice after ridiculous burger meal

Enes Kanter loves his cheat days. Kanter missed practice on Thursday after gorging in an insane cheat day feast at a fast-food joint. Officially, the Knicks said the 26-year-old center was out with an illness. He returned to find fake burgers placed in his locker at the Knicks’ practice facility...

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Yankees give chance to minor-league outfielder, journeyman pitcher

The Yankees have two new faces. The Bombers signed righty pitcher Drew Hutchison and outfielder Matt Lipka to minor league contracts, the team announced on Friday. The duo will also have invitations to major league spring training. Hutchison last pitched for the Rangers and has a career 5.10 ERA...

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Jordan Spieth ‘visibly has the yips’

Jordan Spieth has the yips. That’s at least according to noted swing instructor Hank Haney, who sees a loss in confidence in the 2015 Masters’ champion. “He’s got to get his putting figured out,” Haney told ESPN. “I think he will. But he has to. And I think that spilled into the rest of...

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Sergei Bobrovsky is most crucial player around NHL’s trade deadline

Maybe this is a bias from being around Henrik Lundqvist for just about a decade, but it’s very difficult to understand how a NHL team can keep plodding along without a clear-cut No. 1 goalie. With the exception of the NFL quarterback, there is not another single player on a major pro sports team...

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Jacob deGrom gets record raise in arbitration

Jacob deGrom’s historic season with the Mets has wrought a payout just as special. The National League Cy Young award winner avoided arbitration with the team Friday by agreeing to a one-year contract for 2019 worth $17 million. It’s a record increase for an arbitration-eligible player. Last...

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Russell Martin traded to Dodgers, back to where it began

Russell Martin is heading back to the West Coast. The catcher, who turns 36 in February, was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday afternoon for a pair of prospects. Martin, a four-time All-Star, was drafted by the Dodgers in the 17th round of the 2002 amateur draft...

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Yankees signing DJ Lemahieu as Manny Machado hopes fade

The Yankees added another infielder on Friday. And once again, it wasn’t Manny Machado. The team agreed to a two-year deal worth $24 million with DJ LeMahieu, a source confirmed. The 30-year-old can play all four infield positions but was the Rockies’ starting second basemen the last four...

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Chili Davis pushing Mets to old-school, controversial hitting approach

Chili Davis is ready to scrap launch angle in favor of a throwback concept: putting the ball in play. The veteran hitting coach, hired last month by the Mets as part of manager Mickey Callaway’s retooled staff, will be preaching contact this spring as he attempts to help resurrect a lineup that...

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Antonio Brown’s cryptic response to owner’s trade hint

Antonio Brown has some words — and a picture — for Art Rooney II. After the Steelers’ owner told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette it would be “hard to envision” the Pro Bowl receiver being on the team when training camp starts, Brown responded with a brief message on Twitter Thursday night....

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Matt Rhule’s side of Jets saga: I wouldn’t accept ‘arranged marriage’

After a confusing conclusion to Matt Rhule’s Jets coaching candidacy, he is providing answers. Speaking to KRZI-AM 1660 Waco on Thursday, the Baylor head coach confirmed he and the Jets could not agree on his prospective staff in New York. “At the end of the day, I’m never going to be in an...

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Former Rangers star Rick Nash forced to retire early

Rick Nash has been forced to retire from the NHL due to concussion worries. The former Rangers forward suffered his latest concussion in March with the Bruins, and despite playing in the postseason, opted not to sign a contract as a free agent this offseason. “Due to unresolved issues/symptoms...

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Armenian gang behind massive tennis match-fixing scandal

Spanish police have linked 28 professional tennis players to an Armenian criminal gang accused of fixing matches, including one who competed at the 2018 US Open. Fifteen people have been arrested and 68 others investigated, according to a statement Thursday from the Spanish Civil Guard. Authorities...

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