<![CDATA[NBC New York - Sports]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usThu, 21 Sep 2017 19:37:21 -0400Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:37:21 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Star WR Odell Beckham Jr's Status Remains in Question ]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:20:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ap-giants-odell-beckham.jpg

The question of the day at New York Giants practice Saturday remained: Will Odell Beckham, Jr. play Monday night against the Detroit Lions?

The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is hobbled by a high ankle sprain suffered in the second preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. He missed last Sunday's 19-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and was questionable on the team's injury report Saturday. His participation in the light practice session was once again limited, like it was all week.

Coach Ben McAdoo addressed the situation before Saturday's workout, but did not shed any light whether the star pass catcher would be able to play.

"We'll see how it goes," McAdoo said. "We'll get in there and do a little bit of work (Saturday). Then tomorrow, we'll go in and have our launch day. We'll take a look at him tomorrow and see how it goes.

"It's a medical decision. We're just seeing his level of confidence and where he is sticking his foot in the ground. Communication is a two-way street. It's visual and verbal."

McAdoo was asked if he would consider using Beckham if he wasn't 100 percent physically.

"That's tough to say," McAdoo said. "The biggest thing is you don't want to put a player out there that is going to do any harm to himself or injure himself any more than he is. It is an injury. It's a tough injury. He's fighting through it and doing everything he can to get back, but we're going to be smart with him. We're going to do what's best for the player."

Earlier in the week, Beckham called his injury a "six-to-eight week thing." The injury took place four weeks ago.

"As bad as I wanted to play (last Sunday night in Dallas), it just wasn't there," Beckham said after practice Thursday. "As much as I was trying my hardest to get out there, it just wasn't enough time. If it's hurting, the doctors are going to hold you. I want to play that bad. I'm working my best to get to 100 (percent), so once I do get there, there won't be any more problems. At the moment, we just don't know. We're just kind of day to day. It's getting better, so we're going in the right direction."

When asked Thursday if he could play Monday night, Beckham replied, "I can't tell you that right now, but I'm trying my hardest, that's for sure. I'm looking forward to it. Prime-time game on Monday night, you want to be in it."

Beckham also said he doesn't want to reinjure the ankle and have a setback.

"You can set yourself back for another five to six weeks," Beckham said. "I don't have that luxury right now. So it's a matter of getting to a point where you know you're confident, where you can go and you don't have to worry about it. Until that moment comes, we're being smart with it and staying on top of it."

Starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who practiced Saturday after dealing with hand and ankle injuries, knows how important Beckham is to the Giants' fortunes.

"I think it gives them (the Lions) a sign of relief," Jenkins said. "At the end of the day, it's about being healthy when you're on the field. Until then, we're just going to play great defense. Hopefully the offense will come along with or without Odell. We're going to control what we can control."

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul agreed that the Giants are a different team with Beckham.

"Odell is a special person," Pierre-Paul said. "He's the best wide receiver in the league. At the same time, we have to do what we have to do if he can't go. If Odell can't go, he can't go. Only Odell knows if he can go. I feel like anybody with a special talent like that lifts up the whole team. You can't look towards one guy to lift up a team. We can't depend on one guy, otherwise you'll never find yourself in the same place. Odell is a special kind of player and hopefully he is able to go, but if he's not, the next guy has to step up. That's basically what it is."

Meanwhile, starting middle linebacker B.J. Goodson didn't practice. The second-year pro, who made 18 tackles in the loss to Dallas, left Friday's practice with a lower leg injury. Goodson is questionable along with Beckham and reserve offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (shin).

The listing of the Goodson injury seemed to come out of nowhere Saturday morning.

"It's something that has been bothering him over the last couple of days," McAdoo said. "The injury happened (Friday). It got sore as practice went on, so we pulled him out."

Linebacker Keenan Robinson was ruled out of Monday's game as he goes through the concussion protocol.

Starting right tackle Bobby Hart's sprained ankle improved enough to have Hart taken off the official NFL injury report. Hart practiced fully Saturday, as did defensive tackle Jay Bromley (knee), cornerback Jenkins (hand, ankle) and wide receiver Tavarres King (ankle).

McAdoo believes his team will be ready for its home opener Monday night.

"We had a great week of practice," the second-year head coach said. "(Friday) was a tremendous day. Our tempo was good and the energy was good. We had some physicality and we had some things to clean up like we always do after practice."

Photo Credit: CSNPhilly.com]]>
<![CDATA['Racism Is as American as Baseball' Banner Unfurled at Red Sox Game]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:34:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17257032798084.jpg

A banner was quickly confiscated during Wednesday night's Red Sox game against the Oakland A's.

Four fans seated above the Green Monster dropped down a sign during the fourth inning.

The black sign with white letters read, "Racism is as American as baseball."

Security reeled the banner back within minutes and escorted the fans from their seats, according to CSNNE.

Red Sox officials confirmed the incident through a statement:

"During the fourth inning of tonight’s game, four fans unfurled a banner over the left field wall in violation of the club’s policy prohibiting signs of any kind to be hung or affixed to the ballpark. The individuals involved were escorted out of Fenway Park," said Zineb Curran, Senior Director of Corporate Communications.

A short time later, a group called Boston Antifa claimed via Twitter to be responsible for the stunt.

Fans at Wednesday night's game were quick to react to the stunt.

"Baseball represents America and racism does not. It's not OK," said one fan.

"I think it is going to end up being another one of those things that makes Boston look bad," said another man. "I don't really know what they meant by it. I guess it is up for interpretation."

This is the second time this year a controversial banner has been unfurled over the Green Monster, according to CSNNE. In June, a banner with a political message regarding the Middle East was also removed.

The Red Sox have instituted a no-tolerance policy after Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, who is black, said he heard racist remarks during a game earlier this season.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Charles Krupa
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<![CDATA[LA Officially Named as Host of 2028 Olympics]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:40:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2017-09-13+at+10.17.37+AM.png

The International Olympic Committee has officially named Los Angeles the host city for the 2028 Olympic Games.

<![CDATA[Oakley Sues Dolan, Claims 'Mental Anguish' Over MSG Fracas]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:20:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/oakley+scuffle+msg.jpg

Former Knicks star Charles Oakley has sued the team's owner James Dolan and Madison Square Garden for libel and slander over a much-publicized dispute at the New York City arena earlier this year.

The suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, accuses Dolan of defaming Oakley and also alleges assault, battery and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages for "emotional distress and/or mental anguish" and punitive damages.

The Madison Square Garden Co. called the lawsuit "frivolous" and "nothing more than another attempt by Mr. Oakley to garner attention. We will deal with this accordingly."

The lawsuit details how Oakley was treated before and after he was forcefully removed from The Garden during a February game earlier this year.

Oakley's lawyers allege in the lawsuit that in the days after the incident, Dolan and MSG launched "a coordinated and defamatory public relations campaign against Mr. Oakley, baselessly accusing him of abusing fans and staff, acting inappropriately and struggling with alcoholism." 

"By propagating these blatant lies about Mr. Oakley, Defendants Dolan and MSG have caused irreparable harm to his name and career and discriminated against him based on the false perception that he is an alcoholic, all in a transparent attempt to denigrate his standing among Knicks fans," the lawsuit claims.

On Feb. 8, Oakley sat a few rows from the Knicks owner at a game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Security approached, and a fracas ensued. Oakley was handcuffed and ejected.

Oakley was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of criminal trespass. He was accused of striking one security guard in the face with a closed fist, and when two other people tried to intervene, both were pushed and received cuts.

In August, Oakley reached a deal with prosecutors who agreed to drop the charges if he stays out of trouble for six months and complies with a condition barring him from MSG for one year, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said at the time.

The 53-year-old said then that a trial would waste time and money that should be used to "keep the streets better for kids."

His lawyer said Oakley didn't need a trial to prove his innocence.

The former NBA enforcer and rebounding machine played for the Knicks from 1988 to 1998, helping the team reach the NBA Finals. He has since had a splintered relationship with the organization because of his criticism of Dolan.

Photo Credit: Ian Schafer]]>
<![CDATA[The 'Coffee Master' of South Korea]]> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:13:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT+OLYMPIC+COFFEE+THUMB.jpg

Gangneung, South Korea, will host the ice events for the Winter Olympics, but it's known for something much warmer: coffee. There is now a huge cafe culture in the city thanks in part to Park L Choo, who has been on a 30-year quest to make the perfect cup of coffee.