NEW YORK (Reuters) – Frustrated by watching the playoffs from the sidelines and bruised by a drop in attendance and TV ratings, the New York Yankees responded in familiar fashion – by fighting back with their bank account.
As word spread that the Bronx Bombers agreed to a seven-year, $153 million deal with fleet-footed, free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, formerly of Boston, it became clear the Yankees meant business in pursuit of the World Series champion, arch-rival Red Sox.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mexico City will be treated to an international hoops fest on Wednesday when the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves clash in an NBA regular season game that rewards fast-growing Hispanic interest in the league.
The reigning Western Conference champion Spurs (15-3) feature 10 international players and the Timberwolves (9-10) have seven on their squad amounting to a record total for a National Basketball Association (NBA) contest.
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) – The Dallas Cowboys stood tall at the finish, quieting a desperate New York Giants team with a game-winning drive at frigid MetLife Stadium on Sunday to grab a share of the NFC East lead.
The Cowboys, coming off a bye week following a lopsided loss to New Orleans, answered New York’s touchdown and two-point conversion that tied the score at 21-21 by marching from their own 20 to set up a game-winning, 35-yard field goal as time expired.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – There is a new closer on the NBA scene and the Indiana Pacers hope that emerging finisher Paul George will enable the team to take the next step and unseat the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.
George, 23, was named Most Improved Player of the 2012-13 campaign and believes he has progressed even more this season for the 10-1 Pacers, who forced Miami to a decisive seventh game in last season’s Eastern Conference Finals.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Indiana Pacers came out ice cold against a revenge-minded New York Knicks team on Wednesday but showed their class and put the NBA on notice with a hot finish that produced another notch in the win column.
Indiana missed their first seven shots and fell 13-0 behind a Knicks team eliminated from last year’s playoffs by the Pacers, and which had lost their last four home games in struggling to a disappointing 3-7 start this season.
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) – After more than a month of tunnel vision, the New York Giants have just about climbed out of their 0-6 hole with a crucial showdown against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday next on their must-do list.
The Giants, who have won two Super Bowl titles over the last six years, can hoist themselves to within one game of NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) with a fifth consecutive win, which would tie them with Dallas at 5-6.
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) – The New York Giants are desperate to take the next step in a steep climb into the playoff picture while the Green Bay Packers are striving to halt a slide in Sunday’s showdown between old rivals.
Green Bay have lost their last two games with quarterback Aaron Rodgers sidelined with a broken collarbone to slip to 5-4 in the competitive NFC North, while New York have won three in a row to stir hopes after opening 0-6 in the mediocre NFC East.
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) – Raising your record to 3-6 would not seem like much cause for celebration but such is the weakness of the NFC East, the New York Giants are still clinging to postseason hopes after beating the Oakland Raiders 24-20 on Sunday.
Sparked by the return of running back Andre Brown, who ran for 115 yards and a touchdown, the Giants scored the last 10 points to overcome a 20-14 third-quarter deficit and register their third win in a row.
By Larry Fine
(Reuters) – Bullying, racism and clubhouse culture are dominating all the talk about the National Football League (NFL) these days, but this too shall pass for the U.S. sporting juggernaut that seems impervious to controversy, experts say.
“It’s the Teflon league,” Bob Dorfman, executive creative director of San Francisco’s Baker Street Advertising, told Reuters on Thursday. “No matter what you throw at it, it doesn’t seem to stick.”
By Larry Fine
(Reuters) – From NFL clubhouses to office water coolers, the case of alleged bullying, harassment and workplace abuse involving two Miami Dolphins players has generated a major buzz in America’s most popular sport.
Miami’s 23-year-old tackle Jonathan Martin left the team last week on a leave of absence, emotionally distraught by his treatment, and linemate Richie Incognito has been suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins.