New York Teams

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets rookie Chris McCullough, who hasn't played since Jan. 11, 2015 due to a torn ACL, receives instruction during pre-game workouts. He is expected to make his NBA debut tonight vs. Denver.

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Blue Jays sluggers vs. Yankees relievers

Expect intense late-game moments when the Jays battle the vaunted trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. Good luck slipping a fastball past Josh Donaldson or Jose Bautista if you're behind in the count. Hitter vs. pitcher matchups to watch

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets rookie Chris McCullough could see some playing time tonight. Coach Tony Brown is not sure what his minutes limit will be like.

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A quick end to Derek Fisher era at MSG

On Jan. 20, the Knicks stood at .500 and were one game out of eighth place in the East. The subsequent 1-9 stretch resembled Fisher's first team, which stumbled to a 17-65 finish.

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2hAdam Rubin

Tyler Clippard nearing deal with Diamondbacks

Reliever Tyler Clippard, acquired by the New York Mets last season, is close to signing with Arizona according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Free agent reliever Tyler Clippard is getting close to a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, says a baseball source. Clippard struggled in September and in the postseason with the Mets. But he leads MLB relievers with 440 appearances since 2010, and he looks like another upgrade to an Arizona pitching staff that added starters Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller earlier this offseason.

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Nets should be sellers -- and soon

The ESPN expert panel examining East teams with the NBA trade deadline 10 days away is surprised Brooklyn hasn't already started to break up its roster. 5-on-5 (Insider)

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Giants' defense could get worse

Wholesale changes to New York's D are expected after finishing dead last in total defense in 2015. But the possible departures of Jason Pierre-Paul and Prince Amukamara could make things even dicier for Big Blue. Way-too-early Power Rankings

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle wasn't nearly as opinionated on the firing of Derek Fisher as he was after David Blatt's dismissal. "I'm disappointed for him,' Carlisle said of Fisher. "I don't know the specifics of the internal situation. There were in the midst of a pretty good turnaround until the recent stretch, and it's unfortunate. Other than that, I don't know what to tell you." Fisher played for Carlisle and the Mavs in the 2012-13 season, quitting after playing in nine games to supposedly spend more time with his family, only to join the Thunder later in the season.

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Report: Former Giant part of FBI probe

Jeremy Shockey was questioned by FBI agents this past week regarding his relationship with the alleged leader of an international drug and gambling ring. The former tight end is not the only athlete connected to the report. NFL rumors

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis says his goal is to get the team to the playoffs. Derek Fisher said a few weeks ago that he wouldn't be disappointed if the team missed the postseason. An interesting change in rhetoric.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson on why he fired Derek Fisher now: "I think it's nine losses out of the last 10 games. I think it's the business of winning. Obviously there are games in which we didn't get off to very good starts recently. But I think Derek was prepared. I think he took this business seriously. I think he was a dedicated worker. Some of that onus is on the players and I let them know that today."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis facing a throng of New York reporters during his first news conference as coach.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if Carmelo Anthony is one of Knicks' off the trade table players, Phil Jackson cites Melo's no-trade clause. Then Phil went into how he won't trade Kristaps Porzingis.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Interim head coach Kurt Rambis says Knicks defense has taken slide. Also says he has to coach his way and hold players accountable.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said Rajon Rondo's comments about not wanting to play in the triangle offense were "laughable because all players can fit in a sound offense."

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Pelton: What's the Knicks' real problem?

Phil Jackson has gotten some things right while running the Knicks. But for that to really matter, he'll have to improve in one major area, Kevin Pelton writes.