Johnette Howard

  • Columnist, ESPN and ESPNNewYork
  • Formerly at Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post
  • Author of "The Rivals"

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  • Sack TC? Giants have bigger issues

    Give coach Tom Coughlin another year as the Giants re-tool.

    Jets have no choice but to start over

    Woody Johnson must clean house now if he ever hopes to have order.

    Jets must bench Geno Smith for good

    Geno Smith had his shot. Now it's time to give Michael Vick a turn to start.

    Jets' cost of acquiring Percy Harvin

    Percy Harvin is deadly versus defenses, but will he help or hinder Geno Smith?

    Beckham takes walk in shoes of Cruz

    Odell Beckham Jr. steps into new role as Giants still mourn Victor Cruz's injury.

    Rex-Woody era coming to a close

    Rex Ryan reached the end of his rope in Sunday's loss to Peyton Manning & Co.

    Curious case of the missing Jets QBs

    Geno Smith and Michael Vick look like lost causes on and off the field.

    Odell Beckham Jr. was worth the wait

    Finally free from an achy hammy, Odell Beckham Jr. was well worth the wait.

    Is Michael Vick the Jets' savior?

    Gang Green, Geno may be headed down the drain, but Vick isn't the perfect pick.

    Geno, Jets' tart start will only worsen

    The Jets' issues run deeper than Geno, and that spells trouble for the future.

    The Derek Jeter nobody knows

    Yanks captain lets fans in Monday and reveals he's not the man we thought.

    Time for players to stand vs. violence

    What's stopping NFL players from taking up the fight against abuse?

    Giants' O problem talent, not tactics

    Don't blame new OC Ben McAdoo. The Giants' woeful O's problem is talent.

    Jets show some promise, no polish

    Geno and the Jets had better clean up Sunday's messy win quickly.

    Geno Smith is Rex Ryan's mulligan

    Geno Smith is Rex Ryan's second chance to develop a franchise QB.

    Wildcat for Vick? Think again, Rex

    Age, injury and Geno Smith's future all make the Wildcat look misguided.

    Bye, bye, Bombers ... hello playoffs?

    Pitching and defense. That is what the Yankees are about now.

    Yankees' deals all smoke and mirrors

    The Yanks underscored a fault in front office thinking Thursday.

    Eli Manning's career at a crossroads

    If we don't see an Eli revival in '14, the Giants may be forced into drastic action.

    Time to start the legend of Troy?

    Troy Tulowitzki wants to win and the Yankees need to find Jeter's successor.

    Joe Girardi is the Yankees' real MVP

    Give Joe Girardi credit for the job he has done in managing the Yankees.

    Is McCann a sign of offense to come?

    Brian McCann laid the blueprint for what the Yanks need to overtake Toronto.

    Blueshirts are better on the brink

    The Rangers staved off elimination and showed that desperation suits them best.

    Fisher first-rate on first day as Knick

    Second choice? Derek Fisher was first-rate on his first day with Knicks.

    Rangers not worth 20-year Cup wait

    In MSG's first finals game in 20 years, the Rangers' Cup chances were crippled.

    Who is California Chrome?

    Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome has brains to match his athletic ability.

    Espinoza out to put past behind him

    Rider Victor Espinoza hopes to avoid landing on the wrong side of history.

    Brothers could find themselves with opposite emotions in Triple Crown victory

    California Chrome's success is bittersweet for Delgado brothers.

    There's Moore than meets the eye

    Dominic Moore netted the winner in the Rangers' Game 6 win. How sweet?!

    Habs' kid takes King Henrik to school

    Dustin Tokarski trumps Henrik Lundqvist to turn Rangers rout into a series.

    Pierce, Garnett experiment a letdown

    Truth and KG came to the Nets with a bang, and left with barely a whisper.

    The nine lives of Fred Wilpon

    Saul Katz might want to sell his share, but don't get your hopes up, Mets fans.

    The Nets' $98M game manager

    If the Nets want a championship they need Deron Williams to be a star.

    Playoff failure is déjà boo for Rangers

    The MSG faithful turned on the Blueshirts as the stars stunk on Broadway.

    Anthony should call Jackson's bluff

    With all the cards in his favor, it's time for Carmelo Anthony to call Phil's bluff.

    Tanaka impressive, even on off night

    Masahiro Tanaka was even more impressive in a game he didn't win.

    Tanaka's stuff not lost in translation

    Given his first three starts, Masahiro Tanaka hasn't lost a thing in translation.

    Jeter, a super human, is no Superman

    Jeter has feelings, too, although he's mastered hiding them until Monday.

    You can't have it your way, Sandy

    Sandy Alderson's 90-win flip-flopping undermines talk of bold agenda-setting.

    Carmelo must be all in, or get out

    Carmelo Anthony needs to be all-in on Phil's plan from the beginning.

    Dolan's desperation fuels Phil chase

    Keeping Melo weighs heavily on James Dolan as he courts Phil Jackson.

    Marty may make Rangers forget Cally

    With old captain out, Martin St. Louis is more skilled to right the Rangers.

    Another Groundhog Day for Knicks

    Trade deadline changes nothing and the 'Bockers are still stuck selling Someday.

    Hal goes all-in on Tanaka, 2014

    Can Hal approach The Boss when it comes to gambling big?

    A complete capitulation of A-Rod

    Alex Rodriguez's last-ditch effort to play in 2014 ended with a white flag.

    Who are you calling a mutt?

    The Westminster Dog Show finally opens up to mixed breeds, and it's about time.

    Melo scores 35, and assist from Kobe

    Carmelo Anthony needs to change, and Kobe Bryant told him how on Sunday.

    The sad truth about Alex Rodriguez

    Amid all the fire and brimstone, here's the saddest truth about A-Rod.

    NBA hits J.R. where it hurts him most

    J.R. Smith's fine hits him in the only place he seems to care about..

    Reese must lead Giant turnaround

    The Giants need improved performances from many, but especially Jerry Reese.

    Looks like the last days of Rex Ryan

    Rex Ryan's big-top circus looks like it's about to pull up stakes and leave town.

    Woody fires back -- and rightfully so

    Admist the rumors around his job, how could Dolan dislike Mike Woodson?

    'Bockers, Brooklyn tilt to own the pity

    In the battle of the Rotten Apple, we'll see who stinks more: Knicks or Nets.

    Ball don't move? Melo must adjust

    Melo owes it to himself and his sinking team to re-examine his game.

    Giants can finally see the finish line

    After 0-6 start, the Giants' season has turned around -- and they know why.

    Is Eli seeing ghosts in the pocket?

    Eli Manning has been hit hard this year, and it might have him feeling haunted.

    No more excuses for Deron Williams

    With all the talent the Nets have this year, Deron Williams is out of excuses.

    Rolle is right: Silence not only option

    Giant Antrel Rolle suggests silence wasn't Jonathon Martin's only option.

    It's on! Hoops owners battle for Apple

    The rivalry between Prokhorov and Dolan will create 82 one-game seasons.

    Reese has some explaining to do

    Of the many Giants having awful years, Jerry Reese is having the worst of all.

    Jets' D must bring A-game vs. Pats

    If Jets' D gives a Week 2 effort in Week 7, Jets just may snap the Pats' streak.

    Bilal Powell lets his feet do his talking

    Bilal Powell may be the Jets' quietest man. But he knows how to get noticed.

    Geno-Marty match lets it rip like Rex

    Finally, Jets' defense and offense share same mentality: attack, attack, attack.

    Wristband reveals Rex's true colors

    Rex Ryan's flip-flop on using a wristband suggests Ryan is scared of Old Rex.

    Manning's Teflon days running out

    Eli Manning will have to face the music if the Giants continue downward spiral.

    Mariano Rivera bids Bronx bye-bye

    Mariano Rivera's Bronx farewell played out like most of his saves.

    Mo Day dims lights on a Bronx era

    Sunday's ceremony began to close not only the chapter on Mo, but on an era

    WRs give Eli weapons to beat anyone

    Giants wide receiver trio gives Eli Manning the weapons to beat anyone.

    Nadal in all-time greatest talk

    Rafael Nadal's US Open victory means Federer and Sampras should watch out!

    Bryan brothers bested at US Open

    Bob and Mike Bryan couldn't complete a historic calendar year Grand Slam.

    Top 3 to take center stage in Flushing

    For Djokovic, Nadal and Murray, US Open title means 2013 bragging rights.

    'She freaking made it.'

    Diana Nyad's spiritual quest, not her stunt, drew us all in.

    Duval's star falls back to earth

    Open darling Victoria Duval got a reality check -- but it may be a good thing.

    Andy Murray no longer an also-ran

    Andy Murray returns to Queens with something new -- swagger.

    For Yanks, weird is the new normal

    Instead of folding under the tabloid heat, the Yankees are heating up. Huh?

    A-Rod's dream became a nightmare

    A-Rod and the Yankees: A match made in heaven that ended up in hell.

    Who are these Yankees anyway?

    A-Rod isn't the only one behaving oddly for Yanks franchise going nowhere fast.

    Yankees reeling from long weekend

    CC Sabathia can at least affect his fate. A-Rod's future might be out of his hands.

    Yanks can't shake the storm clouds

    Snakebitten Bombers can't catch break as A-Rod's quad hovers over win.

    No joke, Prokh steals the show

    With wit and bravado, Mikhail Prokhorov welcomed KG & Co. to Brooklyn.

    Tyson needs Dream to shake O woes

    Working with Hakeem is good enough for STAT & Co. -- so why not Tyson?

    Can Bargnani bar Brooklyn takeover?

    The tug for fan allegiance strengthens as Knicks vie with the Nets for the top spot.

    Sanchez video is Butt Fumble II

    By dropping trou on video, Mark Sanchez became the butt of jokes again.

    Lame lineups good news for Cano

    These low-wattage names could lead to a long-term contract for Robinson Cano.

    Coach Kidd needs D-Will to be J-Kidd

    D-Will needs to change his career arc, too, for Jason Kidd to succeed.

    Can Pats bring Tebow back to reality?

    Bill Belichick might be the one who cures Tim Tebow of his QB-only dream.

    Just pay Rodriguez to go A-way

    Bombers should yank A-Rod off team via Knicks' blueprint for buyouts.

    The old CC may be coming back

    As Friday's win showed, the old CC looks to be making his way back.

    Will the Rangers choose Messier?

    Rangers need real leadership. Nobody does that better than Mark Messier.

    (St)ranger things have happened ...

    The Rangers have a puncher's chance vs. a foe that has shown a glass jaw.

    Knicks fresh out of second chances

    Being merely good in Indy won't be good enough for the Knicks.

    Shumpert, Smith trading places

    The Knicks head into Indianapolis with one swingman lost and one found.

    Nets consistently inconsistent to end

    The Nets went down the way they played all season. Consistently inconsistent.

    Idzik brings fresh start to rotten Jets

    New general manager John Idzik has brought a fresh start to the rotten Jets.

    Brooklyn bangs the block, stays alive

    The Nets, led by Brook Lopez, take advantage of size to force Game 6.

    Keep believing the Harvey hype

    Harvey may not be pleased, but he's still everything he's cracked up to be.

    For Melo, Knicks, it's now or never

    There's only one way for Melo to silence the critics -- just win, baby.

    Determination alone can't heal Jeter

    The Derek Jeter legend is skewing expectations against mounting evidence.

    Yankees fans weren't saying 'Hughes'

    The Boo birds were out as Phil Hughes served up three homers to the O's.

    Melo imposes his will on Knicks, NBA

    Carmelo Anthony is now imposing his will on the entire Knicks franchise.

    Mets get off to a Niese start at Citi

    Mets click on all cylinders to start season of low expectations on a high note.

    Knicks survive tough March schedule

    After the Knicks appeared to be in dire straits out West, the 'Bockers are back.

    Henrik Lundqvist roars

    Henrik Lundqvist is absolutely right with his criticism of the Rangers.

    Rex's lame-duck year getting lamer

    Rex Ryan's lame-duck contract year is looking even lamer by the hour.

    'Bockers are inspired by big stage

    The inconsistent Knicks nearly beat OKC one day after a lackluster win in Detroit.

    Back to reality after The Curry Show

    The Knicks weathered Stephen Curry's career night, but their outlook is gloomy.

    Woody's big gambit a huge gamble

    Knicks' Mike Woodson got his roster wish, and now he must make it work.

    Youkilis must embrace New York

    Kevin Youkilis needs to embrace New York, the way Johnny Damon did.

    Rick DiPietro isn't giving up

    The Isles' well-paid, oft-injured, backup goalie Rick DiPietro isn't quitting.

    Tex's message for Yankees: Uh-oh

    Spring training hasn't begun. But there's reason in Yankeeland to say, "Uh-oh."

    Hey A-Rod, just shut up already!

    A-Rod should learn from 2009 before he digs himself into a hole he can't climb.

    Is Flacco stark Raven mad? Well, no

    Joe Flacco is right. Scheduling the 2014 Super Bowl for New Jersey is a bad idea.

    One way or another, Yanks will pay

    Hal let Soriano walk. Now he will have to depend on a 43-year-old closer.

    Melo, Knicks schooled at the Garden

    The 'Bockers want what Boston has, and losing their cool isn't the way to attain it.

    Jets and Michael Vick? Run away!

    Rex loves him some Michael Vick. Be afraid, Jets fans -- be very afraid.

    Jackson, Prokhorov are perfect match

    It isn't just want. Phil Jackson and Mikhail Prokhorov need each other.

    The Jets didn't see this coming?

    The Jets didn't see this coming? They definitely should've known better.

    Melo, Knicks still No. 1 in New York

    Knicks are still kings of New York. And they proved it to Brooklyn on Tuesday.

    Giants gone soft? Don't tell Ahmad

    Ahmad Bradshaw rests his achy feet all week, then steps up on game day.

    QB benched; will anyone be sacked?

    Mark Sanchez was benched. Will his follies ultimately bring Rex Ryan down?

    Giants have RG3 on the brain

    RG3 ran a reverse on the Giants. He's in their heads, not the other way around.

    Rex has a mute button -- go figure

    Normally ready to rumble, Rex Ryan has been downright pensive.

    Jets' problem is Sanchez, not Tebow

    The Jets have a Sanchez problem more than a Tebow problem.

    Storybook end for Mets' unlikely ace

    Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey's magical 2012 ended with an NL Cy Young.

    Meet the Incredible Shrinking Jets

    Their expectations downsized, meet the Incredible Shrinking Jets.

    Coughlin offers helping hand to Eli

    Instead of barking at Eli Manning to play better, Tom Coughlin offered to help.

    If Tebow Time isn't now, then when?

    Rex Ryan still doesn't have answers for how to use Tebow or the Jets' struggles.

    Fools rush in: Rex's Jets at it again

    Return of Jets' swagger and bravado must end better than it has in the past.

    QBs duel to the (fantastic) finish

    RG3 added to the buzz about his game -- but Eli Manning added to his legend.

    Despite evidence, Yankees in denial

    Despite all the evidence, the Yanks seem content to operate in ignorance.

    Pressure's off Sanchez, for a change

    Mark Sanchez wasn't the Jets' hero against the Colts, but he did his job.

    Sanchez, Jets unready for prime time

    The Jets played the Texans close, but the truth is, they're miles apart.

    Giants now an offensive juggernaut

    The Giants win with offense now, and that was on display against the Browns.

    Raul's rally seizes day, destiny

    Thanks to Raul Ibanez, the Yanks stayed alive for the AL East title they covet.

    Rex is mad, Jets are just plain bad

    Rex Ryan was mad. His Jets were just plain bad. And the future isn't bright.

    JPP issues warning to Michael Vick

    JPP has a message for Michael Vick: Expect more of the same Sunday.

    Jets have laundry list of problems

    Losing Darrelle Revis is just one of many problems the Jets have right now.

    Ibanez stars in wild one vs. A's

    Raul Ibanez carried the Yanks in a wild, 14-inning win over the A's.

    Giants' pass rush missing in action

    The pressure's on the Giants' defensive ends to step up against Carolina.

    Do Yankees have an identity crisis?

    Curtis Granderson & Co. keep hitting HRs. But their biggest blow was a single.

    Jets say 'told you so' -- kind of

    Jets walk the walk in the season opener, but they don't talk the talk afterward.

    Will Holmes be a hero or a horror?

    Which of Santonio Holmes' warring natures is going to win out this season?

    Anonymous Novak? Must be Djoking

    Novak Djokovic is charging through the Open. But you probably haven't noticed.

    Andy Roddick fought to the finish

    To call Andy Roddick a one-Slam wonder is to ignore his dogged chase of Federer.

    Venus victory tour? It could happen

    Venus may look like a sentimental favorite, but her journey won't be easy.

    Joe's job just got tougher -- again

    Injury to Mark Teixeira? Just another hurdle for Joe Girardi to clear.

    The new Rex a welcome sight for Jets

    Don't worry about the Jets' issues, it's Rex Ryan's response that matters most.

    Eli cracking the whip at Giants camp

    A brand new Eli Manning has emerged at Giants camp this summer.

    Welcome to the new Yankee Universe

    The Yankees have entered a new era, of payroll concerns and roster restraint.

    Harper, Strasburg recall Doc, Straw

    Nats manager Davey Johnson has guided young phenoms before -- Darryl and Doc.

    Same loss, different day for Mets

    The Mets' season feels like it's on the line, and it's not even August.

    No Santana, no Gee, no trade, please

    Despite short-handed staff, the Mets should avoid making a stop-gap trade.

    Memo to Melo: You better win

    After tanking on D'Antoni and shoving Lin out the door, Melo had better win.

    Of course Sabathia looked great

    Of course CC Sabathia looked great in his return from the DL. What did you expect?

    Nets could've scared Knicks straight

    A threat from the Nets could've scared the Knicks into finally flying straight.

    Amazin' Mets are starting to believe

    The Mets keep on winning, and they're starting to believe it's a special year.

    Knicks' only fear: the Dwight shadow

    When it comes to New York supremacy, Knicks' only fear is the Dwight shadow.

    Yanks can thrive sans Pettitte, CC

    The Yanks are poised to make a statement in final legs of first-half stretch.

    Birthday? Just another game for Jeter

    Derek Jeter doesn't mark his career a birthday at a time -- but a day at a time.

    Knuckleball doesn't break R.A.'s way

    R.A. Dickey struggled with "violent, weird, fickle" knuckler as Sunday duel fizzled.

    Soriano? No sweat. Starters? Well ...

    Brian Cashman doesn't quite trust his rotation. Sori? He's a different story.

    Owner Murray in league of his own

    Watch Bill Murray entertain a crowd and ask, how many owners really have fun?

    D-line lifts G-Men to A-plus offseason

    G-Men enjoyed an A-plus offseason by keeping their vaunted D-line trio intact.

    Double trouble for Triple Crown shot

    The Belmont Stakes is double trouble for I'll Have Another's Triple Crown dream.

    Parise to Rangers a Devilish thought

    If the hated Rangers came calling, could Zach Parise pull the trigger? Would he?

    Rangers' flaws exposed in the end

    The Rangers were a flawed team, and got exposed by the Devils in the end.

    Devils put dent in Rangers, Lundqvist

    The Devils were able to take advantage of Henrik Lundqvist in Game 5 win.

    Easy Kreider cruising through Devils

    Rangers' Easy Kreider has been too tough for the Devils to contain in the East finals.

    Torts: Go ahead, take your best shot

    Got a problem with shot-blocking? The Rangers have a message for you: tough.

    It's time for Lundqvist vs. Brodeur

    Rangers vs. Devils. Wake up the echoes. Get ready for Lundqvist vs. Brodeur.

    Rally sparks Rangers' great escape

    Game 5 was the sort of great escape a hockey team can ride for a long time.

    Fire Amare? You must be punchy

    Be angry at Amare for hurting himself, but remember: Melo & Co. need him.

    Rangers allow sleeping giant to stir

    To err is human, but letting Ovechkin heat up? That's unforgivable, Rangers.

    Yankees wait for Pettitte as panacea

    The Yankees have a plan to fix their rotation. It's called "Waiting for Andy."

    Lundqvist stands up to pressure

    With the bullets flying in Game 7, King Henrik held firm ... until it was all over.

    Holdout? Say it isn't so, Darrelle

    Darrelle Revis should be a leader and end speculation about a contract holdout.

    Are you ready for A-Rod the elder statesman? Good times!

    New zoo review: Boston is burning

    The Red Sox's inner-yet-public turmoil is straight out of The Boss' book.

    Woodson faces test with Melo, STAT

    Mike Woodson faces his biggest challenge with Amare Stoudemire.

    It's moving day for Robinson Cano

    Slowly but surely, the Yankees are turning into Robinson Cano's team.

    Carmelo Anthony makes Garden his

    Derrick Rose was in the house Sunday at MSG. But Melo made himself at home.

    Santana's outing gives Mets hope

    Johan Santana's strong start gives the Mets hope.

    Woody better watch his mouth

    Rex and the Jets are keeping quiet, but the owner continues to make waves.

    Lin injury dooms Knicks hopes

    Jeremy Lin's injury marked the end of Linsanity and the Knicks playoff hopes.

    The Book on Tim Tebow ... so far

    The news conference is Monday, so here is the skinny on Tim Tebow.

    Tebow presents unusual distraction

    Tim Tebow is a great guy. But he brings an unusual distraction to the Jets.

    Tebow trade proves Ryan tone-deaf

    Rex Ryan proved he's tone-deaf to the locker room by bringing in Tim Tebow.

    Lin hitting his stride with Knicks

    Jeremy Lin is adjusting to his tweaked role, and the Knicks are winning.

    Where has this Stoudemire been?!

    If Amare keeps playing like he did Friday, Knicks won't have many more worries.

    Melo pushing D'Antoni out the door

    It's clear Melo is fed up, but the real problem is staring at him in the mirror.

    Anthony experiment still not working

    Fifty-four weeks of the same Melo-drama? Some might call that crazy!

    Lundqvist can learn from Brodeur

    Henrik Lundqvist must carry this season's form into the playoffs, just like Marty did.

    Bobby V bringing new life to old rivalry

    Bobby V's the most provocative thing to happen to Yanks-Sawx in years.

    Awesome Osi over Super Mario? Y-E-S

    The Giants are right to prioritize Osi Umenyiora over Mario Manningham.

    Melo must 'buy in' on Linsanity Knicks

    Young Jeremy Lin can't lead the Knicks as far as Carmelo Anthony can.

    Knicks fans, put aside the paranoia

    The Knicks' signing of J.R. Smith should be welcomed, not met with paranoia.

    Best. February. Ever.

    Giants, Knicks and Rangers? New York has had one awesome February so far.

    Where in the world is Mark Sanchez?

    No genuine franchise QB takes criticism lying down. So where's Mark Sanchez?

    Call 'em the N.Y. and/or N.J. Giants

    Christie's snub reignited an ancient debate -- which state is Big Blue-est?

    Knicks haven't been worth their wait

    Think Saturday's victory solved anything for the downtrodden Knicks? Um, no.

    The forgotten man of Super Bowl XLII

    Former Patriot Jarvis Green is still haunted by the David Tyree play.

    Chase Blackburn: An unlikely journey

    Chase Blackburn may be the longest long shot on this long shot Giants team.

    Meet the NFL's most dangerous duo

    Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin are the most dangerous big-game duo in the NFL.

    Giants are most fearsome of foursome

    The Giants are the most complete team remaining in the NFL playoffs.

    For Webster, patience a virtue vs. Pack

    Even without Brett Favre, Corey Webster knows one play can turn the tide.

    Peyton Manning to Jets? Won't happen

    If you really think Peyton Manning would want to join these Jets ... wake up!

    For Giants, anything seems possible

    With three win-or-go-home games under their belt, Big Blue fears nobody.

    Giants' DBs have learned to forget

    The veteran Giants' secondary has learned to forget.

    It's time for Coach Ryan to grow up

    It's high time for Rex Ryan to grow up as a head coach.

    In Giants' win, to the Victor go the spoils

    On Sunday night, Victor Cruz had an entire stadium shouting his last name.

    Giants' biggest asset? Tony Romo

    The Giants' biggest asset on Sunday will be having Tony Romo at QB for Dallas.

    Rex Ryan, this is Tom Coughlin's life

    "I don't want to be the second-best team in this city," Ryan says. Too bad, Rex.

    Sorry Gang, top WRs in N.Y. wear blue

    The Giants, not the look-at-me Jets, have the best receiving corps in town.

    The battle for a New York postseason

    Bragging rights don't matter. The Jets and Giants are fighting for survival.

    Is D'Antoni in D-nial? Does it matter?

    Signs point to Knicks' new approach on D, even if D'Antoni bristles at suggestion.

    Gang looks like mean Green machine

    Jets are bullies again. We'll be impressed if they do it to someone other than K.C.

    'Freak' Pierre-Paul leading Giants' line

    Jason Pierre-Paul is a freak. And Giants hope he can lead the line to the playoffs.

    Don't close book on wide-open offense

    There should be no turning back for the Giants and their wide-open offense.

    Coughlin not to blame for Big Blue mess

    Don't blame Coughlin if Giants collapse, this team wasn't built to contend.

    Mark Sanchez, Jets are still broken

    Sunday may have provided a Band-Aid, but Mark Sanchez is far from fixed.

    Eli finally becoming The Man for Giants

    Eli Manning returns to New Orleans on Monday playing better than ever.

    If the Giants couldn't beat Vince Young ...

    How are reeling Giants going to handle NFC's hottest QBs, starting with Brees?

    Don't trash-talk Tebow -- just beat him

    Tim Tebow and the Jets are both the talk of the NFL, for wildly different reasons.

    Sanchez shows he's not good enough

    Mark Sanchez is regressing, and it was evident in Sunday's loss to the Pats.

    Jacobs needs to shut up and play

    Brandon Jacobs needs to quit the whining and continue to produce for Big Blue.

    Giants' pass rush in Belichick's head

    This week, anyway, the Giants' pass rush is back in Bill Belichick's head. Again.

    This win was huge for Big Blue

    With a murderers' row of a schedule ahead, Sunday's Giants win was a must.

    Manning: Make your own Luck, Andrew

    Eli Manning has no regrets about his draft manipulation. Listening, Andrew Luck?

    Ground & Pound on rebound for Jets

    Ground & Pound was on the rebound in the Jets' clutch victory over Chargers.

    Jets' O needs to stick with the script

    The Gang Green offense needs to stick with its preseason script.

    No joke: Eli playing like an elite QB

    Eli Manning is one of the elite QBs in the NFL right now. No joke.

    Jets need to help, not hurt Sanchez

    Mark Sanchez needs more help from the Jets now, not less.

    Go 'fourth' and prosper? Just stop it

    Loss to Seattle proved that living on edge each week is no way for Giants to play.

    Yanks beware: CC could be new A-Rod

    CC Sabathia could be the new Alex Rodriguez -- and not in a good way.

    Renee Richards: A New York original

    Renee Richards is hardly your typical NYC eye surgeon/women's tennis star.

    Yanks need CC now more than ever

    Two starts would've been nice. But the Yanks need to win CC's next one.

    Sure thing? There's no such thing

    Justin Verlander victory is no sure thing vs. CC Sabathia and the Yankees.

    A.J. Burnett is self-delusional

    A.J. Burnett is self-delusional -- and that may be a good thing for the Yankees.

    Mo's mark, legend won't be matched

    Closers come and closers go. But there's only ever been one Mariano Rivera.

    Nadal was great, Djokovic was better

    Novak Djokovic won his third Slam of 2011, and could sweep all four next year.

    For Djokovic, it's mind over Federer

    Novak Djokovic-Roger Federer should be a fascinating mind game Saturday.

    Recalling the last normal Sunday in NYC

    Ten years after 9/11, no U.S. Open has felt as innocent or as uncomplicated.

    Players ace USTA over schedule shift

    The USTA's schedule change was a stunning victory for the players.

    Fed deficit? Not in confidence

    Confident Federer sounds like Roger of old after latest U.S. Open win.

    Yankees' MVP? It's gotta be CC

    CC Sabathia as Yankees' MVP isn't mentioned much. But it should be.

    Best QB in NYC? Is there a third option?

    Who's the best quarterback in New York? Um, could we have another option?

    For Yankees, it's about the big picture

    Obsession with the rotation obscures fact that these Bombers are pretty darn good.

    Eli takes care of business versus Bears

    After an improved showing vs. Chicago, Eli Manning is ready for the Plaxico talk.

    A-Rod sure to face Jeter-like scrutiny

    Alex Rodriguez will face Derek Jeter-like scrutiny as he battles back from injury.

    Jerry Reese backpedals on best move

    Jerry Reese's playoff claim was pointless if he was going to backpedal days later.

    Joe knows Nova's earned his stripes

    Ivan Nova deserves to stay. Joe Girardi deserves praise for endorsing him.

    Umenyiora must get ugly to get his way

    Osi Umenyiora has to get ugly if he wants to get his way with the Giants.

    Risky business reaps rewards for Rex

    Where some see trouble, Rex Ryan sees opportunity. How does he make it work?

    Deadline dud a big concern for Yankees

    In standing pat, the Yankees' "win now" just became "win how"?

    Sabathia's price tag could go up, and up

    If Yanks don't land a starter, CC Sabathia's price tag is sure to go up.

    Yanks can't stand pat at trade deadline

    The Yankees can't stand pat at the trade deadline. That just isn't in their DNA.

    Struggles won't send Pelfrey out of town

    Despite his up-and-down struggles, don't expect Mike Pelfrey to leave the Mets.

    It's back to business now for Yankees

    Thanks to Jeter and CC, the Yankees head into the second half on high note.

    Don't forget what got Derek Jeter here

    It's time to revisit the easily forgotten particulars of how Derek Jeter got here.

    Take Jeter, Reyes talk with grain of salt

    Take all forthcoming Derek Jeter and Jose Reyes talk with a grain of salt.

    K-Rod, meet Yankees' David Robertson

    Everyone is noticing David Robertson, even if Francisco Rodriguez hasn't.

    Torre's return puts spotlight on Girardi

    Thanks to Joe Girardi, Joe Torre is missed, but not needed here anymore.

    Reyes taking drama out of free agency

    Reyes is doing the Mets a favor by taking the drama out of free agency.

    Yankees bend over backward for Jeter

    Tuesday's tiptoeing proves Derek Jeter still has a psychic hold on the Yanks.

    Time for Bombers to push back ... now

    Joe Girardi says the Yanks will protect their own. Now's the time to prove it.

    Simply stated, Derek Jeter can hit

    Nearing 3,000, Derek Jeter has kept a simple approach: See ball, hit ball.

    Clock ticking on struggling Jason Bay

    It's too early to call Jason Bay another Mets bust. But the clock is ticking.

    Like it or not, Isiah's not going away

    Whether you like it or not, Isiah Thomas isn't going away anytime soon.

    Isiah? Knicks should just say NO!

    Anybody but Isiah. That's who should replace Donnie Walsh as Knicks president.

    Mets deal win-win for David Einhorn

    As the Mets continue to struggle, David Einhorn still has lots to smile about.

    Cashman vindicated on Soriano opinion

    Rafael Soriano looks gone for a while, and Brian Cashman looks darn smart.

    Granderson's bat a blessing and a curse

    Curtis Granderson's bat is both a blessing and a curse for the Yankees.

    Yankees don't look ready for Red Sox

    The bumbling Bombers could -- and should -- turn up the heat on themselves.

    Phil Jackson is the new Brett Favre

    Now is not the time to write an obituary on Phil Jackson's coaching career.

    Carlos Beltran's been a healthy surprise

    He's not exactly the Iron Horse, but Carlos Beltran seems like his old self.

    Deal Jose Reyes? Make Mets an offer

    The Mets are sellers, not buyers. For Reyes, that guarantees bye-bye.

    Posada ends awful April on a bad note

    After an awful April, Jorge Posada looks like a player reaching the end of the line.

    Criticism of Mike D'Antoni unchanged

    D'Antoni's 2008 exit from Phoenix draws some parallels to his current situation.

    Soriano's 'bad month' raising questions

    Rafael Soriano's new pinstripes are going to feel like prison bars pretty soon.

    Henrik Lundqvist at a loss for words

    Henrik Lundqvist deserved better than a heartbreaking defeat on Wednesday.

    Freddy Garcia comes to Yanks' rescue

    Freddy Garcia silenced his doubters with a wonderful performance on Saturday.

    Jeter giving stance a second thought

    It's no surprise Derek Jeter ditched parts of his new batting stance so quickly.

    Mets' new skipper still adjusting to job

    Terry Collins did not push the right buttons on Sunday at Citi Field.

    Mets magic: You can feel it in the err

    Sorry, but the atmosphere at the Mets' home opener wasn't exactly electric.

    Yanks' Posada, Martin catching on quick

    Russell Martin and Jorge Posada have given the Yankees some very good news.

    Melo's magic words, big night lift Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony delivered a night Knicks fans had envisioned since his arrival.

    Digest this: Eating deals a good sign

    Eating contracts doesn't have to be tough for the Mets' faithful to digest.

    Knicks need to be Stoudemire's team

    The past week has proved that the Knicks are better off as Amare's team.

    Is this the West Side or South Beach?

    Move over, Miami Heat -- everyone loves to hate on the new-look Knicks, too.

    The Sucker Within thirsts for more

    Fans have never been more impotent in sports. But they don't seem to mind.

    What makes Barber run back to NFL?

    What makes Tiki Barber run back to NFL? It could simply be about ego. Or not.

    For Steve Lavin, image isn't everything

    Steve Lavin has reshaped his image in less than a year on the job at St. John's.

    Knicks a team of stars and ... pinstripes?

    "We want Paul!" chant is further evidence of the Yankee-fication of the Knicks.

    Chauncey Billups points way to success

    Before making way for a younger PG, Billups can teach the Knicks how to win.

    And now the hard part ...

    Wednesday was a great start, but Melo's Knicks have plenty of work still ahead.

    Thank Amare, Knicks fans

    Who brokered the Carmelo deal? Look no further than Amare Stoudemire.

    Don't worry, Joba -- gut can lead to glory

    Tons of pitchers have been bigger yet more successful than Joba Chamberlain.

    Yanks an underdog? Just go with it, Joe

    Yankees painted as an underdog? Joe Girardi should milk it for all it's worth.

    MeloDrama is déjà vu all over again

    Mike D'Antoni agreed the Knicks' season is starting to feel like Groundhog Day.

    Learn from Yankees and get Melo now

    Hey, Knicks: Don't let Carmelo Anthony slip away. Get the deal done now.

    Knicks scorned are Knicks reborn

    While some suitors flounder, the Knicks make strides without LeBron or Melo.

    With Ryan and Sanchez, future is bright

    The Jets have a bright future with Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez leading the way.

    Scott interview becoming legendary

    Bart Scott's postgame interview has turned the LB into a YouTube sensation.

    Big Ben poses big problems for Jets' D

    Manning and Brady are gone, but Big Ben presents bigger problems in Pittsburgh.

    Jets need Holmes to deliver against Pats

    The Jets need Santonio Holmes to come up in a big way against the Patriots.

    Tom Brady is better than ever, Jets say

    The Jets agree -- Tom Brady has been even better without Randy Moss.

    Jets' 'Other Guys' must rise to occasion

    If Revis and Cromartie aren't tested, the burden will be on the Jets' 'Other Guys.'

    Gang Green thinking, talking big again

    Sunday's dominating win has the Jets confident heading into the playoffs.

    Ex-Giants: Coughlin's team lacks fire

    If the current Giants don't have any answers, some ex-Giants think they do.

    The end is near for Tom Coughlin, again

    Tom Coughlin sounded different Monday, perhaps aware the end is near.

    Rex finds new way to put foot in mouth

    Like a lot of things surrounding Rex Ryan, the regrets come too late.

    Evaluate Coughlin on next two games

    Tom Coughlin should be judged on how he finishes this season.

    Big Blue seeking smash-mouth style

    The Giants will bring their best smashmouth style on Sunday.

    Schotty play could cost Jets OC his job

    It could get ugly for Brian Schottenheimer and the Jets' O before it gets better.

    Who are the Jets? We'll see Sunday

    Are the Jets who they say they are? We'll find out against Miami on Sunday.

    Giants equipped for the stretch run

    The Giants are more than capable of finishing the season strong.

    For once, Jets keeping pace with Pats

    Bart Scott says the Pats and Jets are similar -- a theory that might be a first.

    Big Blue's D leaves Gang seeing Green

    The Jets don't have the top defense in New York right now. The Giants do.

    Time for Rex to take charge of defense

    It's time for Rex Ryan to take control of the Jets' struggling defense.

    Sanchez-to-Holmes flourishing for Jets

    Mark Sanchez to Santonio Holmes is becoming a lethal combination.

    Giants get their chance against Vick

    The Giants will have their hands full when they face Michael Vick.

    Eli shows fire ... in his own unique way

    Focused on Philly, Eli Manning gave reporters an earful in his unique way.

    Jerry Jones could learn from Wilpons

    Jerry Jones could learn from the Wilpons' vow to not meddle with smart employees.

    James Dolan needs to end his silence

    James Dolan can't stand by as Isiah Thomas undermines the Knicks. Can he?

    All's quiet on the Jets-ern front

    Circus comes to several teams, but the Jets' ruckus involves ... the punter?

    Boo! Old Sanchez rears his ugly head

    Sunday was the sort of day Mark Sanchez had hoped he was beyond.

    Confident Gang says best is yet to come

    There are a lot of concrete reasons to believe the Jets' optimism is justified.

    Deon Grant details defenders' dilemma

    Deon Grant: Coaches, scouts want the full-speed aggression the NFL is banning.

    It's just another game, right CC?

    CC Sabathia must postpone the end for an imploding team. No pressure.

    Favre acknowledges successor success

    Brett Favre acknowledges the success of his Jets successor, Mark Sanchez.

    Derek Jeter needs to put his ego aside

    Are these The Captain's final days in pinstripes? Not if he's smart.

    Coughlin no longer Giants' scapegoat

    The Giants don't have Tom Coughlin to kick around anymore.

    It's officially time to panic, Yankees fans

    It's official: Feel free to worry, Yankees fans. Worry yourself sick.

    Giants' D has blueprint to beat Colts

    The Colts' O-line faltered in Week 1. The Giants' D hopes for a repeat on Sunday.

    Men's tennis is now Rafa and the rest

    This U.S. Open emphasized that men's tennis is now Rafael Nadal and the rest.

    Nadal's ascent could start Monday

    Best of all time? If Rafa Nadal completes career Grand Slam at 24, he has a case.

    Djokovic, Youzhny look to play spoilers

    Novak Djokovic and Mikhail Youzhny look to play spoilers at U.S. Open.

    Ryan is hope for future of U.S. tennis

    U.S. fans have been let down before, but Ryan Harrison looked good at the Open.

    Time is now for Gael-force wins

    His side of U.S. Open draw is wide open; can Gael Monfils ratchet up his intensity?

    Annacone there to help Roger re-Pete?

    Was Sampras' old coach hired to guide Roger Federer to a U.S. Open re-Pete?

    Murray carries hopes of a kingdom

    Andy Murray, U.S. Open finalist in '08, is out to erase Britain angst in Grand Slams.

    Not again: Mac's prattle of the sexes

    McEnroe's prattle of the sexes -- haven't we heard this type of thing from him?

    This could be Nadal's year at U.S. Open

    This could be the year Rafael Nadal finally wins his first U.S. Open crown.

    Tony Dungy, football's new Big Bother

    Do NFL fans really want Tony Dungy to be The Conscience of Football?

    Despite mess, Jose Reyes wants in

    Jose Reyes said something short and sweet but important for the Mets.

    Hey Woody, Mike, Rex? Talk is cheap

    Enough with all the talk, Woody and Rex. Just get Darrelle Revis signed, now.

    Jets are a giant chemistry experiment

    The Jets have a ton of stars on their roster; question is, can they all coexist?

    None shall pass: Jets' D eyes history

    In an increasingly pass-happy league, the Jets defense feels up to the challenge.

    BoSox battle could set tone for stretch

    The Red Sox are coming to town looking like the Rasputin of baseball.

    Kerry Wood doesn't dwell on 'what-ifs'

    Kerry Wood was born to throw a baseball. He just can't seem to stay healthy.

    Coughlin can't afford any meltdowns

    Patience is in short supply for the Giants. Tom Coughlin better get the message.

    Mets are finally finding their level

    It's time to stop pretending -- the Mets are entertaining, and that's it.

    What ails A.J.? Begin at the top

    Flighty pitcher A.J. Burnett will need to reach a state of mind over batter.

    Excited about A-Rod? Anyone? Anyone?

    Cano's dominance. A-Rod being A-Rod. PEDs. They add up to indifference.

    Steinbrenner was, most of all, The Boss

    Whether you feared or respected him, you knew Steinbrenner was in charge.

    Dolan is one constant in Knicks' failure

    The New York Knicks used Isiah Thomas to pursue free agents. Thank Jim Dolan.

    New York wins, even without LeBron

    The Knicks didn't get LeBron James, but they did profit from chasing him.

    The man, the myth, and always The Boss

    Whether you loved or hated him, George Steinbrenner always made you look.

    Hell hath no fury like New York scorned

    If he signs elsewhere, LeBron can expect the Reggie Miller treatment at MSG.

    Johan's troubles not just off the field

    "What's wrong with Santana?" is the most stupefying problem the Mets have.

    What keeps Manuel calm? His roots

    Jerry Manuel's Southern roots prepared him for life on the hot seat.

    Can big pond lure big fish LeBron?

    Does a big fish like LeBron need big pond like New York? We'll know soon enough.

    Gardner's play boosting confidence

    Despite stellar play, Brett Gardner knows monuments aren't built for good Aprils.

    St. John's coach knows he can't rest

    Steve Lavin hasn't coached since 2003. You think St. John's cares?

    Ryan restless in quest for Super Bowl

    Rex Ryan left his mark on the Jets roster -- but is a Super Bowl in the cards?

    The New England Patriots' reign is over

    Rex Ryan's Jets, not the Patriots, are now the top dogs in the AFC East.

    The F-word: Joba to 'pen ... forever?

    The Yankees sound more decisive about Joba. Just not in a feel-good way.