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Yankees bow to spirit of George Steinbrenner during Masahiro Ta…

Yankees bow to spirit of George Steinbrenner during Masahiro Tanaka presser

Hal Steinbrenner freely admits he’s not a baseball guy, so he had to be convinced by his scouts that Masahiro Tanaka’s stuff is capable of dominating in the major leagues. But the Yankee owner claims to know star presence when he sees it, and as such he…
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  • Richardson roomed with Michael Sam

    Richardson roomed with Michael Sam

    ESPN.com Feb 11
    Sheldon Richardson remembered Michael Sam as "scared and nervous" with his sexuality during their college days at Missouri. On the football field, Sam was just the opposite -- "a killer," according to Richardson. The New York Jets de…
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  • Hot Stove roundup: Mets talk interest in Drew

    Hot Stove roundup: Mets talk interest in Drew

    MLB.com Feb 11
    By Sunday, pitchers and catchers on all 30 teams will have reported to Spring Training, yet the Hot Stove remains burning with some pivotal unanswered questions.
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  • Workload May Be Takana's Top Challenge, Manager Says

    Workload May Be Takana's Top Challenge, Manager Says

    nytimes.com Feb 11
    Pitching more frequently may be New York Yankees' new $155 million-man Masahiro Tanaka's biggest adjustment as he makes the transition from Japanese baseball to the major leagues, Yankees manager Joe Girardi says.
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  • Tanaka charters Boeing 787 for trip to New York

    Tanaka charters Boeing 787 for trip to New York

    CNNSI.com Feb 11
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Masahiro Tanaka was introduced by the Yankees on Tuesday after chartering a Boeing 787 Dreamliner for his trip from Tokyo to New York.
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  • Nuno inspired by brief stint in Yanks rotation

    Nuno inspired by brief stint in Yanks rotation

    MLB.com Feb 11
    After five seasons in the Minors and a brief stint playing independent ball, Yankees left-hander Vidal Nuno, a 48th-round Draft pick in 2009, proved last year that he was capable of pitching in the Majors.
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  • Betances excited to compete for bullpen openings

    Betances excited to compete for bullpen openings

    MLB.com Feb 11
    Right-hander Dellin Betances, who was once hyped as a rotation prospect, made the journey south for spring believing he has a real chance to crack the Yankees' Opening Day roster.
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  • Romine eyes chance to learn behind McCann

    Romine eyes chance to learn behind McCann

    MLB.com Feb 11
    With Brian McCann signed to a five-year deal to be the Yankees' front-line catcher, Austin Romine will compete for the reserve role this spring -- and an opportunity to pick the All-Star catcher's brain.
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  • Alex Van Pelt looking for new ways to challenge Aaron Rodgers

    Alex Van Pelt looking for new ways to challenge Aaron Rodgers

    Some quarterback coaches are expected to do some teaching, but that won’t be the case for Alex Van Pelt with the Packers. He’s moving over from running backs coach in the wake of Ben McAdoo’s departure for the Giants, but there’s not much to teach Aaron…
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  • AFC East Free Agency Primer

    AFC East Free Agency Primer

    CNNSI.com Feb 11
    The Pats have total control of the AFC East. What do the Jets, Bills and Dolphins need to unseat them?
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  • Avs defenseman Johnson suspended two games

    Avs defenseman Johnson suspended two games

    NEW YORK (AP) - Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson has been suspended by the NHL for two games without pay on Tuesday for slashing New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen.
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  • Avs defenceman Erik Johnson suspended 2 games for slashing Isla…

    Avs defenceman Erik Johnson suspended 2 games for slashing Islanders forward Frans Nielsen

    NHL.com Feb 11
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Colorado Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson has been suspended by the NHL for two games without pay on Tuesday for slashing New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen. The incident occurred at 12:09 of the third period of Colora...
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  • NFL Story: Eli Manning Is Not Elite

    NFL Story: Eli Manning Is Not Elite

    giantsgab.com Feb 11
    Sigh… Adam Schein of NFL.com has done it again. Eli Manning is not elite. Say nothing of the 2007 greatest upset Super Bowl of all time. Pay no attention to the 2011 Super Bowl run where Eli Manning carried his team to another world championship behind …
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  • Carl Banks accused Webster of quitting

    Carl Banks accused Webster of quitting

    ESPN.com Feb 11
    Carl Banks is a former New York Giants linebacker and current Giants broadcaster who wears his Big Blue heart on his sleeve and isn't afraid to openly rip players for disappointing performances. Like a lot of fans, Banks gets bitter when things don't go…
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  • Knicks Insider: J.R.’s pain is being masked

    Knicks Insider: J.R.’s pain is being masked

    Knicks guard J.R. Smith suffered a small fracture in his left cheekbone on Sunday in Oklahoma City, but he’s expected to play Wednesday against Sacramento after being fitted for a protective face mask.
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  • Braves to wear patch saluting Aaron HR mark

    Braves to wear patch saluting Aaron HR mark

    The Atlanta Braves are planning to honor the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's record 715th home run in a pregame ceremony before their home opener against the Mets on April 8.
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  • Free Agency Focus: Prioritizing positions on defense

    Free Agency Focus: Prioritizing positions on defense

    Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comOver the next month, the Jets will be busy making adjustments to their roster by way of cuts, and then additions once free agency begins by adding players to this team for 2014. With estimations that the Jets will likely ha…
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  • Rumor Roundup: Oilers’ Gagner headed to Kings?

    Rumor Roundup: Oilers’ Gagner headed to Kings?

    In the days leading up to the Olympic roster freeze, there was growing anticipation Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner would be dealt to Los Angeles. TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun reported of ongoing negotiations between the two clubs, with Kings …
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  • Ian Thomsen: Mailbag: All-Star records, trade rumors and more

    Ian Thomsen: Mailbag: All-Star records, trade rumors and more

    CNNSI.com Feb 11
    Will Kevin Durant break the scoring record in the All-Star Game? -- Tim, Washington D.C.
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  • Video - Cashman's Expectations For Tanaka 00:22

    Cashman's Expectations For Tanaka

    Feb 11
    Yankees senior vice president and general manager Brian Cashman discusses his expectations for pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.
  • Video - Yankees Introduce Masahiro Tanaka 02:25

    Yankees Introduce Masahiro Tanaka

    Feb 11
    Buster Olney discusses the Yankees' introduction of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and how Tanaka's approach will help him in New York.

Sports Columnists

  • Clayton's mailbag -- Restricted free agent market dry

    Feb 11
    Mailbag: Restricted free agency isn't much of a market, writes John Clayton.
  • The Tuesday Mailbag

    Feb 11
    The Seahawks made a point all season to hit the strike zone—breastbone to knees—with the helmet outside the framework of the opposition, as demonstrated by Richard Sherman here. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI/The MMQB) In a season that drew so much attention for…