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The enduring legacy of the 2004 Pistons, the NBA’s most unlikely champion: ‘Never gonna happen again’

The enduring legacy of the 2004 Pistons, the NBA's most unlikely champion: 'Never gonna happen again'

  • By Mark Hale
  • 2

Every theory or even mandate about how an NBA championship team needs to be built is flipped by the one that celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer.

Bryce Harper high-fives teammates in the Phillies dugout; inset: Zack Wheeler, Rob Thomson

Why it feels like it's the Phillies' turn

  • By Joel Sherman

The Phillies have had success in every realm of roster-building, beginning with owner John Middleton’s financial willingness to try to win.

Pete Alonso holds the Mets' OMG sign, Grimace throws out the first pitch at Citi Field; inset: Seymour Weiner in a hot dog ad

A guide to the highs, lows and memes of a memorable Mets first half

  • By Jared Schwartz

The Mets have packed a steady stream of weird, quirky, unique, viral, horrible, incredible and “that’s so Mets” moments into this strange season.

Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller with the Rangers in 2013; insets: Jeff Gorton, Rick Middleton

It's time to reconsider what was really the worst trade in Rangers history

  • By Larry Brooks

There are divine truths one learns relatively early in life that never are questioned.

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Carlos Alcaraz of Spain kisses the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy following victory against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the Gentlemen's Singles Final during day fourteen of The Championships Wimbledon 2024 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2024 in London, England.

Why Carlos Alcaraz's dominant win over Novak Djokovic means more than just a Wimbledon trophy

  • By Ethan Sears
  • July 15, 2024
  • 7:40am

By any measure that includes eyes and ears, the 21-year-old Spaniard is a singular entity in men's tennis.

Michhael Jordan, LeBron James, Devin Booker

How does this year's loaded USA Olympics team really match up with the Dream Team?

  • By Howie Kussoy
  • July 12, 2024
  • 7:40am

In what may be the most intriguing international field ever put together, Team USA will be judged by a different team.

Pitcher Philip Humber #49 of the New York Mets throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals during their MLB game at Shea Stadium on September 26, 2007 in Flushing, New York. The Nationals defeated the Mets 12-10.

The imperfect journey of Philip Humber, the Mets’ highest draft pick this century

  • By Howie Kussoy
  • July 11, 2024
  • 2:30pm
  • 1

He was a blue-chipper turned trade chip, who transformed from bust to hero and back again, and came to hate the game he loved.

Anthony Duclair, Lou Lamoriello, Cole Eiserman

What their best offseason in years could mean for the Islanders' chances in 2024-25

  • By Ethan Sears
  • July 11, 2024
  • 8:40am
  • 2

It's early, but the Islanders can already claim with some credibility that it is their best offseason since 2018.

Pac?me Dadiet, Rokas Jokubaitis, Tyler Kolek

Which Knicks should have our attention at Summer League

  • By Stefan Bondy
  • July 11, 2024
  • 8:20am
  • 3

This version of the Summer Knicks is worth watching.

The Yankees' Juan Soto follows through on a swing; the Mets' Pete Alonso makes a play in the field.

How Juan Soto, Pete Alonso and MLB's top free agents are faring in their contract pushes

  • By Jared Schwartz
  • July 11, 2024
  • 7:40am

At the approximate halfway point, how much has their stock gone up or down this season?

Aaron Rodgers, Quinnen Williams, Sauce Gardner

Jets Top 25 countdown: Who's No. 1?

  • By Brian Costello
  • July 10, 2024
  • 8:40am
  • 1

There is a change at the top with a new No. 1 player.

The Yankees' Carlos Rodon on from the mound against the Rays; insets: Brian Cashman, Jorbit Vivas

Why timing may be the silver lining in the Yankees' latest swoon

  • By Dan Martin
  • July 10, 2024
  • 7:40am
  • 3

In each of the previous two seasons, the downfall occurred in August.

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