Boston Pride defeat Connecticut Whale in PHF

The Boston Pride beat the Connecticut Whale in the Isobel Cup Final.Screenshot: PHF While NC State and UConn were producing the college basketball game of the year in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, professional women’s hockey was also having a blinder on its biggest night as well. The Boston Pride beat the Connecticut … Read more

Let’s not put Chet Holmgren in the Hall of Fame just yet

Chet Holmgreen: A solid player? Yes! One of the best ever? No! Certainly not yet, at least! What?Photo: Getty Images One of the favorite pastimes of sports enthusiasts has always been player comparisons. That’s especially true with college players heading into any professional sport. With basketball prospects, these comparisons begin in high school and follow … Read more

Knicks get look at potential life without Julius Randle

MIAMI — Earlier this week, the team-run MSG Network Twitter handle posted a video of RJ Barrett and Obi Toppin sitting on the bench together. It was entitled “The Future.” The caption was eyebrow-raising, considering Toppin plays Julius Randle’s position of power forward. Last August, Randle signed a four-year, $118 million contract extension. Neither Toppin … Read more

Heat players, coach lose it in bench scuffle in loss to Warriors

MIAMI — Jimmy Butler and Udonis Haslem were shouting at each other, fingers were pointed in various directions, some Miami players were trying to play peacemaker and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra slammed a clipboard to the floor in frustration. And that wasn’t the evening’s low point for the Heat. The short-handed Golden State Warriors made … Read more

Why Knicks giving RJ Barrett a max extension shouldn’t be a lock

CHARLOTTE — It’s been a season of beckoning promise for RJ Barrett — the only significant thing Knicks fans can cling to amid this season of darkness. But before it’s considered a fait accompli Barrett has earned a maximum rookie contract extension worth up to $181 million over five years with his dogged, attack-the-rim game, … Read more

Mayor Adams still not allowing unvaccinated Kyrie Irving to play in Brooklyn

New York Mayor Eric Adams said he is not feeling any pressure to lift vaccine mandates to allow professional athletes like Kyrie Irving to play at home.Illustration: Getty Images I know this is March Madness and NFL Free Agency season, but the NBA Playoffs start in less than 30 days. That last, and most entertaining, … Read more

Knicks still face ‘profound rebuild’ and a not quick fix

Well, this much we can say with a fair amount of confidence: It isn’t all No. 30’s fault. The wreckage of this 2021-22 Knicks season can’t be draped exclusively around Julius Randle’s shoulders, and it can’t be dumped entirely at his feet. Logically, you would think most Knicks fans understood, and understand, that. But when … Read more

Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans lose to Duke in NCAA Tournament

Tom IzzoPhoto: Getty Images The time has come to downgrade Tom Izzo’s rep. For the lack of a better word, it has turned to goo. At one point, many believed Izzo, the Michigan State basketball coach, owned March. Yes, if there was a will, Izzo would find a way to coach his players up and … Read more

Sweet 16 primer: All eyes on Peacocks after wild 1st weekend

Top seeds Gonzaga, Kansas and Arizona are in. So is little Saint Peter’s, the giant killer and only the third No. 15 seed to make it this far in the NCAA Tournament. And Coach K’s farewell tour continues as he and his Duke Blue Devils made it to the Sweet 16, too. All eight of … Read more

Knicks’ options to solve their never-ending point guard crisis

The third-quarter turnover versus Utah didn’t decide Sunday’s game but was emblematic of this melancholy Knicks’ season without a point guard. Facing his former team, starting point guard Alec Burks threw a short pass to Julius Randle on the perimeter. Juancho Hernangomez made an easy interception of the telegraphed feed, sprinted downcourt, and got fouled … Read more