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6 things about Newark’s Ben Cowles, the best baseball player in Section V you haven’t heard of

One of Ben Cowles’ first memories of baseball came after one mighty swing of a bat. The pitch came and Cowles connected, driving the ball through a window of his family’s home in Newark, Wayne County. Cowles was 6 or 7 years old, and after thousands of swings and sprinting around diamonds in hundreds of games, the senior has an... more

Yankees outslugged in rocky reunion for Gray

Aaron Judge homered as part of a four-RBI performance and Gleyber Torres also went deep, but it was not enough to overcome Sonny Gray’s stumble against his former club as the Yankees lost for the second consecutive evening, dropping a 10-5 decision to the Athletics on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Facing Oakland for the first time since being shipped... more

Top 5 things we learned from Bills rookie minicamp

Coach McDermott made it clear at his press conference prior to the team’s first minicamp practice that first-round pick Tremaine Edmunds would be entrusted with running the defensive huddle and getting teammates lined up properly pre-snap during team periods. It’s all a precursor to becoming the starting middle linebacker, provided he makes steady progress between now and September. Buffalo’s 2018... more

Back-to-back HRs in 9th rescue Mets in Philly

So enthused was Mickey Callaway with Michael Conforto’s first three plate appearances Friday — a single, a lineout, a walk — that before Ruben Amaro Jr. left the dugout to coach first base in the top of the ninth inning, the Mets manager mentioned that Conforto might hit a homer. Two pitches into the at-bat, Callaway nearly felt prophetic, as... more

Pal-Mac grad Ben Reeves becomes finalist for 2018 Tewaaraton Award

The Tewaaraton Foundation announced the men’s and women’s NCAA Lacrosse finalists for the 2018 Tewaaraton Award on Thursday. Listed, as one of five male finalists, is none other than Wayne County native Ben Reeves. The highly motivated student-athlete has been playing for the Yale Bulldogs for the last four years. WHEC: Read More Congrats to Ben Reeves in becoming Yale's... more

Yankees late rally falls short in loss to Red Sox

Aaron Judge tracked J.D. Martinez’s eighth-inning drive to the right-field wall, timing a leap with precision as he pushed his glove into the crowd. He returned to the warning track with empty hands, briefly searching for the baseball before realizing that it had landed somewhere among the anguished faces in the seating area. After the Yankees rallied to tie the... more

Tyus Battle works out in California in preparation for NBA Combine

Tyus Battle is in Los Angeles these days, working on his game in preparation for the NBA Combine. Battle, who finished his sophomore season at Syracuse as his team’s leading scorer (19.2 ppg), completed his school work at SU, went home to New Jersey and then flew with his father to California, Gary Battle said. There, he continues to work... more

Mets lose again as solid Wheeler outing goes for naught

The Mets’ struggles have descended beyond mere hitting slumps and pitching slumps at this point, even beyond simple wins and losses. A sliver of the absurd played into their undoing Wednesday, when the Mets batted out of order en route to a 2-1, 10th-inning loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Reds won back-to-back games for just... more

FIRST PLACE: Yankees stand alone at top of AL East after comeback win over Sox

The internal data circulating throughout the clubhouse, digging deep into columns like exit velocity and walk rate, suggested that Brett Gardner was due for a breakout performance. The numbers crunchers had this one nailed, foreseeing his best night of the season, as Gardner highlighted a four-run eighth inning that vaulted the Yankees into first place in the American League East.... more

Where does SU’s Eric Dungey rank among CFB quarterbacks?

Last week, Athlon Sports released its ACC quarterback rankings for 2018, placing the Syracuse Orange’s Eric Dungey up at No. 4. While they’re believers (like we are) in the senior’s potential, there are also obvious concerns about his health. Dungey’s yet to complete a season under center, yet has still reset records at SU — especially since Dino Babers and... more

Yankees continue epic run with win over Boston, tied for first place in AL East

When the Red Sox rocketed to the best start in franchise history, holding a 7 1/2-game lead in the American League East as recently as April 20, the Yankees’ response could effectively have been summed up with a series of shrugs and yawns. There was no breaking news there: They knew Boston had a good team, and they expected to... more

Vargas stumbles again as Mets fall to Reds

When the Mets acquired Jason Vargas in February, they believed they were bringing stability to their rotation. Scroll-like injury histories had cast uncertainty over most other members of the Mets’ rotation, prompting the team to sign a player with enough durability to glue things together. Vargas, however, has provided nothing of the sort. The four runs Vargas allowed in four... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: LeBron, Justify & the red-hot Yankees (podcast)

Talking sports on Monday afternoon with Harold “Web Dog” Weber on Weber This Week on FingerLakes1.TV. Is LeBron James the best ever? LeBron has been tearing up the NBA Playoffs through the first two rounds, Justify captured the 144th Kentucky Derby as the favorite, and the New York Yankees have been absolutely on fire over the past 16 games. . more

Ithaca boys tennis wins 7th straight STAC title

Ithaca’s boys extended their winning streak to 91 matches and won their seventh straight Southern Tier Athletic Conference tennis title Monday with a 5-2 victory over visiting Maine-Endwell. The Little Red (10-0) clinched the match when its first doubles team of Jackson Falk and Dennis Kang defeated Spencer Terry and Brad Cook, 6-4, 6-4 on a sunny and breezy day... more

Two players confirmed for Boeheim’s Army; more should be announced this week

Eric Devendorf and Brandon Triche have signed up to play on this summer’s edition of Boeheim’s Army. The two former Syracuse guards have fully committed to the team, said general manager Kevin Belbey, and will headline a squad of at least seven players who will compete for the $2 million The Basketball Tournament winner-take-all prize money. Syracuse.com: Read More more

Syracuse-Cornell at the Dome in NCAA first round

For the first time since 2015, the Cornell lacrosse team will be back in the NCAA Tournament. After clinching an automatic bid to the championships with an Ivy League Tournament title win over No. 1 Yale earlier on Sunday, the Big Red found out it will face No. 8 seed Syracuse in the first round in the Carrier Dome on... more
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