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Knicks clinch fourth seed in East, completing surprising turnaround

The Knicks were not expected to be competitive during the 2020-21 NBA season.

The team was mired in a rebuild and had hired Tom Thibodeau in the offseason to be its new coach. This was the veteran’s third stop on the head coaching circuit, and it was expected that he would need time to turn things around. After all, the Knicks posted a 21-45 record during the COVID-19-shortened 2019-20 season, the seventh-worst mark in the NBA.

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They were expected to be one of the East’s worst teams again. The the Westgate

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Referee who came out as transgender makes Israeli sports history

Israeli soccer referee Sapir Berman made history on Monday, after she officiated her first game in the Israeli Premier League since coming out as transgender. One of the top referees in Israel’s marquee soccer league, Berman, 26, took the field for the game between Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Haifa, marking the first time a transgender referee officiated the sport in the country.

Sapir Berman referees an Israeli Premier League soccer match in Haifa
Sapir Berman, an Israeli transgender referee, gestures during an Israeli Premier League soccer match between Hapoel Haifa and Beitar Jerusalem, at Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa, Israel on Monday. 

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The Israeli Football Association, the

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Vikings Soar Up ‘Sporting News’ Power Rankings

On Tuesday, Bleacher Report made it crystal clear that the Minnesota Vikings aren’t a very solid squad heading into 2021. Read the full details here. The sports-reporting outfit has the Vikings pegged as the NFL’s 23rd-best team at this juncture of the offseason.

For those embroiled in Vikings day-to-day fandom, this low seeding was a jaw-dropping moment. Is this team really not that good? — was the sentiment from purple heads. The only true-blue weaknesses on Minnesota’s depth chart as of early May are the right defensive end spot and probably the kicker position (due to uncertainty).

But that’s

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Canelo Continues To Solidify His Status as Sport’s Power Player

Apparently, after a tiff about the size of the ring they will be fighting in at AT&T Stadium, Billy Joe Saunders is showing up to meet Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night. 

That’s good, because it’s what 70,000 fans are paying to see. 

But does it really matter? It could be Saunders, John Ryder, or anybody else, and the Canelo faithful will show up. Build it, and they will come.

An estimated 15,000 of them showed up to Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium in Florida to watch a drubbing of epic proportions as Alvarez, the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, dispatched

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NFL Mock Draft 2022: Predicting where Spencer Rattler, Kedon Slovis and other top prospects will go

With all the picks in the 2021 NFL Draft complete, there’s one natural thing to do next: Project what the picks might look like a year from now in the 2022 NFL Draft.

It’s never too early for a way-too-early mock draft. Consider this a watch list of top prospects, one that is bound to change several times over the next 12 months as the college football season will provide a lot more answers on the players and the NFL season will bring several more questions about every team.

For now, based on the talent we have seen and potential

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Sports stadiums asking fans for their “vaccine passports”

Top officials at the NBA and MLB hope the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is behind them as teams start to welcome fans back into stadiums. But to watch the game live, a growing number of venues are asking visitors to prove they’ve gotten their shots by displaying what’s called a “vaccine passport.”

Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, and Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, are among a longer list of sports spaces that now require digital vaccine verifications. The arenas are doing so because of health safety protocols from their respective states. Those teams

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Caitlyn Jenner says transgender girls in women’s sports is ‘unfair’

Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic champion and reality TV personality now running for governor in California, said she opposes transgender girls competing in girls’ sports at school.

Jenner, a 1976 decathlon gold medalist who came out as a transgender woman in 2015, told a TMZ reporter on Saturday that it’s “a question of fairness.”

“That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school. It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools,” Jenner said Saturday during a brief interview in a Malibu parking lot.

It was Jenner’s first comment

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Baseball’s sweetest song: Willie Mays, forever young, is 90

Willie Mays is turning 90, and no mistaking that number. It strikes with the clarity of a line drive. Mays played in a sport measured by milestones — 3,000 hits, 500 homers, signposts he passed and then some — and now here’s one more.

On Thursday, when baseball’s oldest living Hall of Famer is serenaded with renditions of “Happy Birthday to You,” it might be time to expand the playlist. A player of such infinite variety deserves as much.

There’s plenty to choose from. References to the Giants center fielder cut across the years and the genres — rock, pop,

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