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Video: Jim Boeheim calls for gun control

After collecting his 900th victory Monday, Syracuse Orange men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim used his platform to speak in favor of gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, CT.

Linsanity returns: What does Houston think of Lin?

Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets visit Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks Monday, bring Lin back to New York for the first time. With that in mind, here is a Q&A with Patrick Harrel of SB Nation's The Dream Shake, which covers all th

ESPN cuts back on Tim Tebow coverage

Jets flexed out of Sunday Night Football slot

Chandler's game meshes with Knick 3-point barrage

Khaseem Greene Big East Defensive Player of Year

Khaseem Greene of Rutgers has been named Big East defensive Player of the Year, and Kyle Flood shares Coach of the Year honors.

Dan Snyder: 'I hate those m---- f------'

After Monday's thrilling 17-16 victory over the New York Giants, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder reportedly had some choice words for Big Blue.

Who is this week's unsung hero?

SU linebacker Marquis Spruill arrested

Syracuse Orange junior linebacker Marquis Spruill and junior running back Steve Rene were arrested early Sunday morning. Spruill, a starting linebacker, was booked on disorderly conduct and 2nd-degree harassment.

Martellus Bennett Saves Fan - The Animated Story

Giants among top NFC favorites to win Super Bowl

The Giants have solid odds to make another title run. The Jets are hanging on for dear life to playoff hopes.

Nets-Celtics brawl: Thank you, New York Daily News

D'Antoni: 'I shouldn't have gone to New York'

Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni expressed regret about his decision to leave the Suns and come to New York to coach the Knicks.

Rangers second-most valuable NHL franchise at 750M

The Rangers have the second-most valuable NHL franchise, according to Forbes.

New York Knicks top NBA merchandise sales list

The New York Knicks have sold the most merchandise of any other NBA team.

Dolan named to 'least influential' list by GQ

New York Knicks owner James Dolan is as unpopular as ever, having landed on GQ's annual list of "least influential people."

Fireman Ed hangs up his helmet

The Jets' No. 1 fan has had enough. Fireman Ed has hung up his helmet.

This week's unsung hero plays in Brooklyn

For Giants, inspiration from a teen cancer patient

A message from a teen-age cancer patient last week helped remind the New York Giants who they are.

Has Fireman Ed extinguished his love for the Jets?

Yankee Stadium to host Lafayette-Lehigh in 2014

Lafayette and Lehigh will play their 150th meeting in their college football rivalry at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 22, 2014.

Mike Tannenbaum, Mike Francesa trade barbs

WFAN host Mike Francesa pulled no punches in an interview with New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Brad Richards, NHLers to play in Sandy relief game

Brad Richards has teamed with the Flyers' Scott Hartnell to host a charity game to benefit the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Is Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib a 1st-round prospect?

The 2013 NFL Mock Draft don't have Syracuse Orange senior quarterback Ryan Nassib a first-round prospect just yet, however, the third-year starter is quickly moving up big boards. By the time its all said and done, will he be like Chandler Jones?

Mike D'Antoni discusses "trying circumstances"

Former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni discusses his time in New York.

Who is the unsung hero of the week?

Sports on TV, Nov. 11: NFL Week 11 action

The sports viewing schedule for Sunday, Nov. 11, including NFL Week 10 action and the Syracuse basketball opener.

Sports on TV, 11/10/12: College football

There will be plenty of great college football to watch on Saturday. The Alabama Crimson Tide hope to stay undefeated against No. 15 Texas A&M.

TV: Knicks, Nets play as college hoops tips in BK

Both New York NBA teams are in action Friday night, with the undefeated Knicks hosting the Mavericks and the Nets playing Orlando on the road - while their home arena is host to one of the marquee matchups of college basketball's opening night.

Sports on TV: Red Bulls try again after snowout

The New York Red Bulls will play a snow-delayed win-or-go-home playoff game against D.C. United Thursday night, plus two NBA games, an NFL game, and some college football.

Red Bulls highlight Wednesday TV schedule

The Red Bulls play the D.C. United in a decisive MLS playoff game Wednesday night.

Players poll tabs Rex Ryan as most overrated coach

Two seasons after Rex Ryan led the New York Jets to a second consecutive AFC Championship game berth, a poll of NFL players resulted in him being named the league's most overrated coach.