NEW YORK -- At first glance, the streamers that fell from the roof of Madison Square Garden almost as soon as Dwyane Wade's errant three-pointer that would have eliminated the Knicks might have seemed a bit much. After all, New York's 89-87 triumph in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals was merely one win and it did little to dispel the notion that the Knicks are nothing but a speed bump in Miami's increasingly wide-open path to a second straight appearance in the NBA Finals.
Here are a few thoughts from Saturday's slate of college hoops:
Basketball's Cinderella story of Harvard graduate-turned-Knicks' savior Jeremy Lin is adding sizzle and viewership to the beleaguered New York NBA franchise.
NEW YORK -- The sparse Madison Square Garden crowd, clearly punch drunk from an 11:00 a.m. tipoff, got its first glimpse of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt late in the second half of top-ranked Baylor's win over St. John. This was the early game of the annual Maggie Dixon women's basketball doubleheader, and when the Lady Vols coach arrived at center court during an extended time out, the crowd of 2,000 or so woke up and cheered.
For most of the year London's O2 Arena, located on the south bank of the famous River Thames, plays host to the world's biggest music acts.
A quick spin through some questions during a crazy day:
A book closed last week when it was announced that the Millrose Games, the most venerable of all indoor track meets, would be moving out of Madison Square Garden (cap. 18,000), its home since 1914, to the Armory in New York's Washington Heights (cap. 5,000). The event began in 1908 when the Wanamaker department store wanted to hold a track meet and did so at a local Armory. When the meet simply grew too big, it moved to Madison Square Garden, where it would become the venue's longest standing annual event.
Madison Square Garden will be reopened Friday after an asbestos scare forced the postponement of an National Basketball Association game Tuesday night, according to a statement released by the team.
An asbestos scare at New York's Madison Square Garden has forced the postponement of Tuesday night's Knicks basketball game, according to a statement released by the team.
PURCHASE, N.Y. -- In the course of the upcoming college basketball season, dozens of men and women will coach games at Madison Square Garden without so much of a glance toward the rafters.
One question loomed large before Friday's Alice in Chains concert at Madison Square Garden: How would new singer William Duvall measure up to Layne Staley, the band's original front man, who died in 2002?
â¢ Now that's how you follow up a big show at Madison Square Garden! Robin Thicke celebrated his 33rd birthday at New York hot spot 1Oak with BeyoncÃ© and Jay-Z by his side. The singer, who opened for Alicia Keys at the arena, started the night with an intimate dinner at Abe & Arthur's with his dad Alan and pals, before continuing on to 1Oak for cake, drinks and music by DJ Sinatra.
Any coach or administrator who wants to expand the NCAA tournament to 96 teams should be forced to sit down and construct this week's bracket. We're only in mid-January and the bottom of the at-large pool already is thoroughly mediocre. Trust me, we don't need more of these teams in the mix.
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NEW YORK -- The most undeniable evidence of the athleticism gap between UConn and Duke came seven minutes and 11 seconds into Friday's NIT Season Tip-Off final at Madison Square Garden. Huskies point guard Kemba Walker -- the quickest player on either roster, by far -- stripped the ball from the Blue Devils' plodding center, Brian Zoubek, in the post, turned and whipped it upcourt to Stanley Robinson. The UConn forward known as "Sticks" proceeded to finish a one-on-none fast break with no mere dunk, but rather a windmilled, exclamatory statement that put his team up 16-14.
South Korean pop star Rain, who stars in "Ninja Assassin," releasing nationwide on Wednesday, has all the trimmings of an international superstar in the making.
NEW YORK -- About an hour before Thursday's game against No. 15 Ohio State at Madison Square Garden, North Carolina shooting guard Marcus Ginyard posted a three-word message on his Twitter account:
Country music artist Taylor Swift has told CNN she never dreamed she would shoot to stardom so quickly.
Here is the current list of the 2009 preseason basketball tournaments. It will be updated as information becomes available.
1. A Super Bowl that I care about By some stroke of luck I got to attend Super Bowl XL in 2006 as a "photo assistant" (meaning that I had to hand rolls of film to Walter Iooss Jr., who sat next to me, every several minutes). It was the Steelers versus the Seahawks. Ho hum.
From time to time (mostly in the summer when sources are all but unreachable and the news dribbles down to being as soft as the ice at Madison Square Garden), we hockey scribes tend to try and reflect a bit as to where the game is, where it's going and where it should be going.
NEW YORK -- At the NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden, all eyes were on Joe Paterno. The football legend might have been the MVP of Penn State's first national title win of any kind in basketball.
NEW YORK -- Prior to the late-night shift at Madison Square Garden Thursday, UConn senior guard A.J. Price was making sure all his co-workers were accounted for in the hallway outside the team's locker room.
We really should do something to replace this term "student-athlete." Sometimes you wonder how the college presidents, conference commissioners, television executives and all the other suits who run big-time college sports even manage to keep a straight face when they utter it. At the very least, they should reverse the order so that the phrase accurately reflects the true priorities of many of the people in charge. Maybe "athlete-student" sounds a little awkward at first, but it's far more honest.
What did you make of the matches on HBO? And how much should we read into the results? One never knows how hard the players are playing, does one? -- Barry, Arizona
Evoking A.J. Liebling at the start of a boxing column is a little like shouting the name Pavarotti as you prepare to launch into a karaoke performance: it only reminds your audience of what they're not going to get. Nonetheless, here goes: I couldn't help thinking of Liebling (the legendary author of The Sweet Science, whose coverage of the sport for The New Yorker from the 1940s into the '60s, earned him general recognition as the finest boxing writer ever) Saturday night as I sat on press row at Madison Square Garden watching the fight card that culminated with Miguel Cotto's thoroughly impressive dismantling of the overmatched Michael Jennings. Specifically, I was reminded of Liebling's classic essay Boxing With the Naked Eye, and of how far things have come since he wrote it.
Dates: Nov. 24-26 Site: Lahaina Civic Center, Maui, Participants: St. Joseph's, Texas, Indiana, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Chaminade, Oregon, Alabama Official website
After over 30 years of rocking out, the English trio sings their swan song at Madison Square Garden
Well, it appears that Tiger Woods hath raised the hackles of one Mike Milbury, who is mad as hell at the iconic golfer for having the temerity to say earlier this week that he didn't give a ripe old fig about the now-concluded Stanley Cup Final, adding, "I don't think anybody really watches hockey anymore."
Lawd knows sports arenas aren't places for soothing delicate sensibilities. Ever since the boo and the jeer were invented only moments after the Dawn of Man, stadiums have been filled with the kind of language and hair-raising antics that pinken Beelzebub's cheeks. That's only natural in places where inflamed tribal passions and John Barleycorn are mixed, shaken or stirred.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- A trend of contradicting columns is emerging between my colleague, Jon Wertheim, and me. We disagreed with the state of Andy Roddick's game and character two weeks ago. This week, I take an opposing view on the health and state of tennis.
It was only Feb. 13 – but Keith Urban couldn't wait to wish his wife, Nicole Kidman, a happy Valentine's Day.
An adorable beagle named 'Uno' wins the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
CNN's John Roberts and Alina Cho talk with the owner of one of the new breeds debuting at the Westminster Dog Show.
With his son in his arms, gazing at the trophies he once cradled in his illustrious 18-year career -- the Calder, Conn Smythe, Norris, and of course, the Stanley Cup, former Ranger great Brian Leetch watched as a banner bearing his name rose into the rafters of Madison Square Garden Thursday night. But long before his number 2 lofted into Rangers immortality, it hung in a closet in a quaint Lumberton, N.J. home, where it served as daily inspiration for his No. 1 fan, a young Bobby Sanguinetti.
I caught Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon on his cell phone as he was riding with his players en route to the airport Wednesday afternoon. I had called, naturally, to get his thoughts on Thursday night's matchup with No. 6 Duke at Madison Square Garden. Apparently, I wasn't the only one. "Everybody's been calling me and talking about it," Dixon said. "For a game in December, it's been unbelievable."
As women's basketball gets ready to honor one of its own who died this weekend at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden, another heartfelt story is playing out across the country -- this one with a happy ending. After collapsing last May, first-year Washington State women's coach June Daughtery is bouncing back from her own bout with cardiac arrest
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The Big East will include all 16 conference members in its postseason basketball tournament beginning in 2009, after leaving four schools out since expanding in 2005-06.
In 1979, we helped organize five nights of concerts at Madison Square Garden and an anti-nuke rally that drew 200,000 people. These efforts and the ongoing work of many grassroots and national safe energy groups have helped to hold off the building of new nuclear reactors ever since.
Before the start of Sunday's Class AA New York City Public School Athletic League boys' basketball championship game between Brooklyn rivals Lincoln and Boys & Girls High at Madison Square Garden there were 500 security personnel from the New York City Police Department and Madison Square Garden security units spread throughout the arena, including 33 School Safety officers lining the basketball court. Still, the heavy police presence couldn't prevent a series of ugly brawls from breaking out amongst the 13,826 fans in attendance.
Such is life -- police called off the search Thursday for award-winning show dog Bohem C'est La Vie, who bolted from her travel cage at a New York airport after she took a breed award at this week's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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New York City's efforts to land the 2012 Olympics have produced one of those only-in-New-York spectacles for the city's residents.
Does anyone ever read a coffee-table book?
Delegates attending the Republican National Convention found that the theatrics weren't just on Broadway. Organized protests and spontaneous sidewalk encounters with anti-Bush demonstrators became part of their New York experience, a contrast to the unified and harmonious message found inside Madison Square Garden.
Eleven protesters from the AIDS activist group ACT UP were arrested Wednesday on the floor of Madison Square Garden after interrupting a Republican convention speech by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, the Secret Service told CNN.
Having spent two days trying to reach undecided voters, Republicans on Wednesday night will focus on revving up the base.
They may be big names back home, but at this week's convention many top Republicans will cede the limelight to President Bush while busying themselves networking, raising money and energizing themselves for their own campaigns.
The Democrats had their week in Boston. Now, it's the Republicans' turn in New York. The political stakes are enormous. That's because this is shaping up potentially as such an incredibly close contest -- perhaps even a repeat of what happened four years ago.
In the first major clampdown on protesters before the Republican National Convention, New York police arrested 264 people Friday night during a mass demonstration.
The Democrats have been here five times, but come Monday the dress rehearsals will cease and the real deal will begin for the Republicans, who will gather in New York for the first time for a party at a very patriotic-looking Madison Square Garden.
Thousands of protesters will face thousands of security officials at the Republican National Convention even before the event begins Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Anarchist, terrorist. Train, truck or bus. Whatever the threat, New York's finest say they are prepared.
Traces of explosives found in the wreckage of one of two Russian jets that crashed this week ensure that terrorism will be on the minds of some 40,000 Republicans on this side of the world as they trek to Madison Square Garden for a pre-convention weekend dominated by threats of mass protests and violence. (A tad dramatic, sure. But hey, at least we're not talking about swift boats.)
A mob of chanting "demonstrators" clashed with police Thursday in Brooklyn in a mock protest held to review arrest procedures ahead of the Republican National Convention.
A protest group planning a large anti-President Bush rally the day before the Republican National Convention opens has told the New York City Police Department that it will not use the site designated for it by the city.
Security preparations for political party conventions in New York and Boston will affect each city's residents very differently.
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