Gabrielle Lucivero

Who: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Kansas Jayhawks

What: The first meeting between the two teams.

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Who: University of Connecticut Huskies vs. Navy Midshipmen

What: This is the American Athletic Conference opener for the Huskies.

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Packers longtime area scout Lee Gissendaner is on his way the New York Jets (ESPN, May 21).

Gissendaner had been with the Packers since 1998 - an area scout since 2001 - but is headed to the Jets with the offer of a promotion to national scout.

ESPN's Rob Demovsky reported that he is the only member of Green Bay's personnel department to be leaving this spring. No word yet on a possible replacement.

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4/21/15 | 10:25PM: O'Connor will visit the Rangers next week. They are one of four teams remaining with Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa. (McKenzie)

4/20/15 | 7:10AM: If O'Connor were to sign with the Rangers the primary reason would be to work with Benoit Allaire. (NY Post)

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The Mets (8-3) face the Miami Marlins (3-8) for their third game of a four-game series at Citi Field Saturday night.

Mets First Pitch begins at 6 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

Jacob deGrom (1-1, 1.46) starts for the Mets, while Mat Latos (0-2, 17.36) pitches for Miami.

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Left-handed pitcher Matt Tracy was claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins on Saturday following a move that sent RHP Joel De La Cruz to Yankees Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier this week (Yankees).

In his first season in the majors, Tracy pitched two innings for the Yankees this season, allowing two hits and three runs against the Red Sox. Last season, the 26-year old moved from from Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he went 1-6 with a 4.45 ERA.

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Alain Vigneault insists on keeping his players minutes as even as possible, forcing every player to step up and make timely plays, and that's something Henrik Lundqvist thinks will help the Rangers find success in the playoffs (Daily News, April 13).

In fact, the Rangers leading scorer, Rick Nash with 69 points, was only 20th in the NHL. But still, 15 of the Blueshirts finished with 20 or more points and the team skated away with the Presidents' Trophy.

?We know we need to work extremely hard and have players step up at the right time,? Lundqvist said Saturday. ?And what I like about this team is we have a lot of different players who can do that. We have a lot of leaders and a lot of skill. So we don?t have to rely on just a few guys, which is important.?

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Barry Bonds might have an intrinsic need to stand up for Alex Rodriguez, but as A-Rod continues to take the heat for using performance-enhancing drugs, even as he has produced some?solid production at the plate, Bonds is wondering why fans can't just enjoy the show (Post, April 13).

?Anytime anybody in the game does something that?s a great accomplishment, the game of baseball should celebrate that, no matter what,? Bonds said. ?Baseball is benefiting from that person?s hard work, so baseball should at least celebrate.

?Why the hate? Why hate on something you?re paying to see? I don?t understand it. He?s entertaining us. I wish life wasn?t like that.?

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Deron Williams struggled Monday night as the Nets tanked against the Bulls, giving up control of their playoff destiny (Post, April 14).

Williams went 3-for-13 in Monday's game, combining for 7-for-35 from the field in his past three games, at a less than desirable time to lose his shot as the Nets battle for a playoff spot.

?We went against two good defensive teams,? Williams said. ?We struggled against a really solid defensive team. When they load up, we haven?t moved the ball. ? We can?t just play one pick-and-roll and shot against teams like this. That?s what they want you to do.?

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Knicks fans might not be happy as the team will likely finish in the second draft seed after a 112-108 victory over the Hawks on Monday, but coach Derek Fisher certainly isn't going to apologize for winning (Post, April 13).

?I?m sure people are upset with us tonight,?? Fisher said. ?But you never go out here and try not to play your best. It?s a hard thing to do. ? Despite our record and whatever probabilities and percentages are with us winning the game, in terms of our future, it has no bearings on these guys? lives.??

Another thing Fisher isn't sorry about: having Langston Galloway on the court. The rookie banked a career-high 26 points in the win, making 10-of-12 shots, including going 6-for-6 from the 3-point line.

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It might be easier said than done, but the Nets know they have to keep looking ahead if they want to extend their season to the playoffs after a 96-73 loss to the Bucks on Sunday (Post, April 12).

?We have to forget about this one,? Deron Williams said. ?We can?t think about two games. We just have to think about this next one with Chicago.

?We just have to get it. It?s as simple as that.?

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Jets CB Darrelle Revis said his Instagram was hacked, following a string of nasty comments directed at the New England Patriots fans upset he'd turned to the Jets this offseason (Daily News, April 12).

In the comments section of a photo he posted from the Barclays Center on Saturday, the allegedly hacked Revis account, revislandtwo4, ?wrote, "?S--t I didn?t have to go there so basically I did bill & Tom a favor not the other way around (expletive)."

That was hardly the only expletive comment, but hours later, Revis took to Twitter to clarify,??My IG got hacked. No big deal!!!"

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If anything could light a fire under the Yankees (1-3), it would be the Red Sox (3-1). New York evened the score dramatically three times over 19 innings, but ultimately were unable to top the Sox as the fell 6-5 early Saturday morning.


With the Red Sox leading 3-2 in the ninth, new-to-the-rivalry Chase Headley boosted a two-out solo shot into right field to tie the game 3-3 and send the game into extras.

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The Mets offense came to a halt after the fourth as they dropped to 2-2 on the season with a 5-3 loss to the undefeated Atlanta Braves (4-0) on the road on Friday.


David Wright kickstarted the Mets offense with a two run homer and John Mayberry followed with a first pitch solo shot to even the score 3-3 in the fourth. But two long balls exhausted the Mets at the plate as they failed to make contact for the equalizer for the remainder of the game, ultimately falling 5-3 to Atlanta.

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Recap: The Knicks dropped their third straight as they fell 99-91 to the Milwaukee Bucks at the Garden on Friday


 

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Recap:?The Nets steamrolled over the Wizards 117-80 on their home court at Barclays Center Friday night.


 

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Knicks head coach Derek Fisher thinks his squad can turn things around in a big way next season (Post, April 9).

Inspired as the Knicks get set to face the Bucks, who turned a 15-67 disaster season into sixth place in the Eastern Conference this season, Fisher wants more.

?I guess that?s possible but we are not here trying to squeeze in, we are not here trying to go from 15 to 36. That?s just not who we are,? Fisher said. ?So it can turn around quickly. It will turn around quickly. But we don?t really have to put a number on it.

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Donnie Walsh, Pacers adviser and former Knicks president knows what it's like to try to sell players on playing in New York: you can't. So as Phil Jackson looks to convince this year's free agents to take the court in the Big Apple, Walsh has some words of wisdom (Post, April 10).

?That?s one of the most misunderstood things in the NBA, to be honest with you, that you can talk a veteran NBA player into coming to a city just by sitting down with him, talking to him and offering him the most money,? Walsh said in a radio interview. ?These guys know what they want to do. They have their own agendas, and they know whether they want to go to New York or they don?t want to go to New York. And there are a lot that want to go to New York, so it isn?t like there aren?t people out there.

?But if you pick out, let?s say, LeBron James, you don?t know like what he wants to do. If you think you can go up and talk to him for a while and he?s going to come flying down there, that?s not going to happen. They see their careers in certain ways and what they want to do, they want to do.

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Alex Rodriguez recorded his first long ball since coming back from his season-long suspension in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays (SI.com, April 9).

But even though the 39-year-old is looking more comfortable on the field, some things still feel unfamiliar.

''I felt like I needed a Google map to run the bases, it's been so long,'' said Rodriguez. ''Anything I can do this year is going to be a surprise, even for me.''

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Rutgers running back Desmon Peoples isn't ready to settle with his on field performance last season - even after his most productive year, combining for 579 yards with three touchdowns (NJ.com, April 10).

"I really wasn't satisfied with anything,'' Peoples said. "I know I could've done better. I feel like I could've produced a lot more than I did.''

The junior stepped into the starting role for four games last season after leading rusher Paul James suffered a season-ending injury in September. But he ultimately fell behind freshmen on the depth chart in the final months.

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CC Sabathia allowed five runs - four earned - in 5 2/3 innings en route to the Yankees 6-3 defeat against the Toronto Blue Jays. But Despite the tough first outing of the season, manager Joe Girardi isn't too concerned about his pitcher (ESPN, April 10).

"I thought he threw the ball a lot better than what it looks like.?If he''s going to be hit that hard every time he starts, I''ll take it," Girardi said, "because he''s not going to give up that many runs in most games. But it was just one of those nights."

It was mostly just one of those innings. A costly reflex from Sabathia deflected a key double play grounder away from shortstop Didi Gregorius, which ultimately loaded the bases and set the Blue Jays scoring into motion.

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The RU softball team is hot on a seven game winning streak after picking up a 6-2 victory over Princeton on Wednesday (Rutgers, April 8).

The Scarlet Knights are now 20-9 overall and 4-0 at home.

Junior Stephanie Huang led the Rutgers offense going 2-for-3 at the plate, including a walk and a run, while freshman Meaghan Wells tallied her first homer of her collegiate career with a two-run shot to put RU on the board in the second.

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The Jets are already talking big game, but Jace Amaro has a few examples of how they might turn things around under the direction of new head coach Todd Bowles (Pro Football Talk, April 7).

?He?s not really playing around with everyone being late. We had an issue with that last year,? Amaro said in a radio interview. ?Guys just weren?t accountable last year as much as they could be. I think that?s the biggest thing, he?s making sure everyone?s gonna be 100 percent in or he?s not going to be on the team.?

Amaro played in 14 games, with four starts, in his rookie season. He made 38 catches for 345 yards receiving with two touchdowns.

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Brook Lopez posted 32 points as the Nets topped the Trail Blazers, and his brother, Portland center Robin Lopez, 106-96 Monday night (NBC New York, April 6).

Before the game, Robin Lopez said his brother in Brooklyn was a "crappy center," but after earning Easter Conference play of the week honors twice, he knows that's a joke.

"Well, it might have been a fluke," Brook Lopez said.

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The Jets have started Phase I of their offseason strength and conditioning program, but the most important part of this stage of the offseason is coming off the field and building chemistry (Jets, April 6).

"It's good we have all the guys back so we can build that chemistry," safety?Calvin Pryor?said on Jets Talk Live. "I just love the energy in this building. It's a fresh start. We're trying not to think about the past. We're just trying to move forward."

Even Geno Smith, who is focused fighting for that starting QB spot, is excited to get to know his new teammates.

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More than a few former Rutgers players are preparing for the Giants and Jets pro days on April 9 and 10, respectively (NJ.com, April 4).

Seven former Scarlet Knights will work out for the Giants including FB Michael Burton, QB Gary Nova, WR Andrew Turzilli, OL Kaleb Johnson, OL Betim Bujari, LB Kevin Snyder and SS Lorenzo Waters.

Six will take the field for the Jets: TE Tyler Kroft, FB Michael Burton, QB Gary Nova, WR Andrew Turzilli, OL Kaleb Johnson and LB Kevin Snyder.

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The MTA announced that a city train dating back to 1917 will run to Yankee Stadium for the team's home opener on Monday (Post, April 5).

Even though the train from the past won't bring back Murderers' Row, it will bring fans from Grand Central Terminal on the Lexington Avenue uptown express track.

The train is scheduled to run at 11:30 a.m., labeled as the "Nostalgia Special". The Low-voltage cars ran on the subway's numbered lines until the early 1960s, when they were retired.

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Michael Burton, former Rutgers fullback, has been drawing interest from teams as the NFL draft approaches (NJ.com, April 2).

Burton worked out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Rutgers on Thursday morning, according to a person with knowledge of the workout. 5-foot-11, 250-pounder is scheduled to visit with the Browns on Friday.

While Burton's options are limited because only 19 of the 32 NFL teams used a fullback last season, the Long Valley native has also drawn attention from the Jets and Giants and is scheduled to work out in a local pro day for each team.

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April 2, 11:10 p.m.: Masahiro Tanaka responded to Pedro Martinez' statement that Tanaka - pitching with a partially torn UCL - won't remain healthy in 2015 (Jennings, April 2).

"I was a little bit surprised by that and kind of feel honored by that," Tanaka said in response to Martinez' words, continuing that "I know where I?m at, and I feel good. So I think that?s the most important. I feel good."

Tanaka went on to say that if he wanted to let it loose, he could, noting that "I think Pedro was looking at specifically the last game that I was pitching. And obviously...my stuff wasn?t the sharpest that day."

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Markel Brown has been spending more time on the court, earning more minutes in the past few games for the Nets.

Brown played his third consecutive games of 30+ minutes in Wednesday's 100-98 victory over the Knicks. In those games, he averaging 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

?When you start leaving Markel out there, the minutes have to be skewed for somebody,? Hollins said. ?It?s nothing more than that. I have to kind of manage the game as I see it in that moment.

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Carmelo Anthony was spotted at the Garden on Wednesday, rehabbing his surgically repaired knee and interacting with a few teammates courtside before the Knicks' game against the Nets (Daily News, April 2).

The forward isn't projected to work out on the court for four-to-six months, but coach Derek Fisher said he's enjoyed being back around his team.

?I think he?s enjoying kind of being back around the group, and the guys are happy to see him kind of moving around again after being kind of holed up in his place for a few weeks,? Derek Fisher said before the Knicks loss to the Nets. ?I think the interaction has been good. I think he?s been talking to them about things that he?s seeing and he?s observing, and just continuing to encourage guys to take advantage of the opportunities that they?re getting right now.?

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Kiy Hester has transferred more than once in his high school and collegiate football career, but as he starts spring practice with the Scarlet Knights, he's showing his loyalty in a permanent way (NJ.com, April 2).

The inside of Hester's forearm is inked with a Rutgers' scarlet "Block R" logo and a No. 2 for his jersey number. On the outside of the same forearm from his elbow to his wrist is the word "Jersey," a permanent reminder of his roots.

"I transferred a lot in high school and a lot of people felt like, 'He doesn't show his loyalty,' " Hester said. "I just wanted to show that I'm staying. I'm home. This is the place I want to be. The coaches, I'm around great players, and this is where I'm going to be for the next four years."

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The Jets were out in full force at the Florida State pro day as general manager Mike Maccagnan, coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey showed up to take a look at quarterback Jameis Winston.

The Jets, who have the sixth pick, may not even have a shot at Winston, the assumed No. 1 overall pick.

He received generally positive reviews for his throwing performance at the workout on Tuesday, making 102 scripted passes, which is about 30 more than a typical quarterback on pro day.

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Adam Warren struggled through four innings in a minor league game against Tampa on Tuesday, but he's putting what turned out to be his worst outing of the spring behind him as he focuses on the regular season (ESPN, March 31).

"The results weren?t the best, but I'm just trying to get ready for the season,'' Warren said after allowing nine hits and five runs in four innings. "It?s tough out here to get the adrenaline going, so you try to lock it in, work on some things. That?s really what I try to focus on, getting ready for the season.''

Warren made 69 appearances out of the bullpen last season and he said it's definitely an adjustment to switch to a starting role.

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Thaddeus Young will be available for Tuesday's game against the Pacers, the team announced.

Young had been sidelined with a left knee sprain.

The news is music to Lionel Hollins' ears, who has come to recognize Young's?contributions to the team since suiting up earlier this season.

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Several new rules have already been put in place for this upcoming season in the hopes of speeding up the pace of baseball games, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi has another suggestion: Bluetooth (Sports Media 101, March 30).

"I'm a big fan of Bluetooth," Girardi said. "I think it's the world we live in. They do it in football. And they do it in all these other sports. And I think it could serve our game really well."

And don't worry, he's got a few ideas of how to make the system work, inspired by the secret service.

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Rutgers quarterback?Chris Laviano played in five games last season as the backup quarterback, but with Gary Nova looking for his spot in the NFL, the starting job is up for grabs this season (NJ.com, March 31).

Laviano will compete with Hayden Rettig and Giovanni Rescigno for the starting spot, but he said he thinks he has the experience to be the team leader, throwing for 107 yards on 11-for-28 passing last fall.

"Obviously I've had an entire season of getting better and taking reps with the ones and the twos,'' said Laviano. "I think that (experience) is very beneficial going into the spring. I'm the only one who has been here for spring ball so far. I know what to expect. I'm getting ready every single day to fight for the job.''

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Phil Jackson pleaded with Knicks fans to "remain optimistic" through what has turned out to be the worst season in franchise history. In a letter and video message released Monday, which served as a pitch to season ticket holders to renew for next season, Jackson said he has a "clear plan" for the 2015 off season (ESPN, March 31).

"While I know this has been a challenging season for our team on the court, I can also tell you that everyone in the organization is working tirelessly to get our Knicks back to a place where we are once again competing at the highest level," Jackson said in the video message.

The letter got a little more detailed as he outlined his reasoning behind the roster moves he has made to clear cap space.

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Joe Girardi's club has missed the playoffs in?two straight seasons and has only won the World Series once in the past 14 seasons.

But whether there's a drought or if they're reigning world champions, for the manager, a World Series win is always the one and only goal.

?That?s why we come to camp, that?s why we train, it?s the World Series, that?s our goal,?? Girardi said. ?To me it?s all or nothing. That?s why you play.??

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Rutgers President Robert Barchi can think of plenty of reasons how the school has benefited from their introduction into the Big Ten Conference, and he outlines many of them in his letter to state senator Raymond Lesniak in hopes of explaining the need to upgrade the school's athletic facilities (NJ.com, March 30).

"Our athletic programs, and the university as a whole, are now receiving national attention and exposure,'' Barchi said in the letter.?"That attention and exposure is reflected across the university ? from the spirit of our fans to the achievements of our students; from the depth and richness of our research collaborations to the millions of positive media impressions and the broad introduction of our great university to families across America."

Most impressively, though, is the increase in enrollment in the university.

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With 60 defeats this season, the New York Knicks have the highest total losses in the franchise's 69-year history, so team president Phil Jackson took to Twitter to explain himself (ESPN, March 30).

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Thaddeus Young didn't return to Wednesday night's game against the Charlotte Hornets after suffering what and MRI later revealed to be a knee sprain (ESPN, March 26).

The Nets posted a 91-88 victory over Charlotte, but the power forward couldn't contribute in the final minutes after he collided with Hornets guard Gerald Henderson as the two ran toward the lane on a change of possession.

While he had to be helped up, Young limped to the locker room on his own.

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Alex Rodriguez has served his time for his PED suspension, and while he will be subject to more frequent drug testing, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is ready to put that in the past (Daily News, March 26).

?Alex served a very long suspension,? Manfred said. ?Once he served that time, baseball ought to welcome him back ? and I think we?ve done a good job.

?He?s played well. Good for him.?

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Daniel Dalton, a tight end from Marshfield, MA has already committed to Boston College, but he still plans to make the trip to visit Rutgers on Friday (NJ.com, March 26).

"I'm committed to BC, however, the recruiting process is a long journey and Rutgers has shown interest since the beginning of my process," Dalton said.

The 6-5, 230-pound junior collected 56 receptions for 765 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014 to earn him all-state selection. He's received offers from UMass and Alabama, with UConn and Delaware also showing interest. But he'll give the Scarlet Knights a fair chance, too.

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Didi Gregorius has big shoes to fill, stepping in for Derek Jeter at shortstop, but so far he's turned the heads of more than a few Yankees veterans (Fox Sports, March 25).

?Didi is unbelievable, as good a shortstop as I?ve seen,? first baseman Mark Teixeira said. ?And I?m not overexaggerating.?

Alex Rodriguez relished the moment out of the spotlight with a moment to talk about his new 25-year-old teammate, and he didn't mince words.

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Sarah Kardonsky of Division Avenue High School in Levittown, NY went all out with her prom proposal, asking the New York Jets to help her in a video (Yahoo Sports, March 25).

And of course, the Jets -- and her date -- said yes.

Kardonsky said her classmate Mike Pagano, who has autism, had asked her to prom but she already had a date.

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Yankees prospect Jose Pirela is feeling better two days after a collisions with the center field wall left him concussed (Fox Sports, March 24).

He said he had no dizziness before Tuesday night's game in Detroit.

''The only thing I have is still a little bit of soreness in my neck and in my back, my entire back,'' Pirela said through a translator.

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The Yankees are hoping to have Masahiro Tanaka on the mound for opening day, but before they can do that, he'll need to keep building his arms strength in the remainder of spring training (Post, March 25).

In his last outing on March 18 against the Braves, Tanaka topped out at 91 mph for his fastball, but before his injury last July, the 26-year-old was clocking between 94 and 96.

?We were working on a couple of things that I don?t want to get into,?? pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. ?I don?t think there is any difference in the average [from last spring]. When he is ready to go, when it matters the average will be higher. But you aren?t going to see that until he airs it out.??

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Knicks fan Anthony Rotondi was fired from his job as a trader as a result of screaming "You stink!" at Carmelo Anthony, he says (ESPN, March 24).

According to a court filing Monday, the fan alleges that Madison Square Garden's defamation of his name directly resulted in his termination from his job as a trader it ING.

The lawsuit stated that MSG vice president Courtney Jeffries told another ING employee that Rotondi was disorderly, interfered with the game and refused to leave after he was ejected during the Jan. 7, 2014 game against the Pistons.

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Rutgers women's basketball won't reach the Sweet 16 after falling 91-55 to No. 1 UConn?on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament's Albany Region (Asbury Park Press, March 23).

"That was a great team," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. "Not to say anything but admiration and respect for UConn and the well-oiled machine that they have. Great defense. Great offense. It was a lot for us to try to undertake."

The Scarlet Knights had an uphill battle from the start with starting point guard Syessence Davis out with an injury, and her replacement, Briyona Canty, gone in the first 90 seconds with two fouls.

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