What the Knicks' preseason opener said about their motivation, and potential

Jalen Brunson's calming influence on the roster wasn't the only thing that became clear in the Knicks' first preseason game.

Why we’ll learn the truth about the Giants’ defense over the next four weeks

The Giants' pass defense has played well against a relatively soft run of quarterbacks, but that is all about to change quickly.

Impending cap crunch means the time for the Islanders to spend is now

The cap crunch could limit the Islanders moves for some time. That's why this season is the time to strike if they hope to make any significant additions.

MLB

What should worry the Mets about the Padres — and what they can exploit

Joel Sherman

With the help of a scout, a coach and an executive with a lot of experience studying the Padres, let’s drill down on the challenge the Mets are facing over...

Yankees' ALDS roster likely to include hitter who's missed months

Manager Aaron Boone said of lefty-swinging Matt Carpenter on Thursday, “I expect him to be on the roster.”

Yankees eagerly awaiting their ALDS opponent

They’ll face either a hot Guardians’ team that ended up running away with the AL Central or a Rays team that has typically given the Yankees trouble.

NFL

Saquon Barkley's career goal is crystal clear

Ian O'Connor

Saquon Barkley said Thursday the "goal" is to be one of the best running backs ever.

Raiders incorrectly announced ex-running back's death

The Las Vegas Raiders announced the death of former running back Clarence Davis on Thursday. There was only one problem: Davis is still alive.

What Zach Wilson took away from Jets' comeback win

“It’s short-term memory,” Zach Wilson said Thursday when asked what gave him the belief he would lead the Jets' win over the Steelers.

NBA

Knicks new point guard ‘makes the game easy’ raves Julius Randle

Julius Randle thought his first experience playing alongside new point guard Jalen Brunson in Tuesday's preseason opener was “solid.”

NBA commish issues tanking warning for teen phenom

The NBA regular season hasn’t even started and the debate on teams tanking for Victor Wembanyama has already begun.

Nets new mantra replaces frequent one-on-one play: 'Ball movement'

Last season, the Nets’ offense devolved into a hybrid of pickup at Rucker Park and an AND1 mixtape. That's a thing of the past, the team says.

Sports Entertainment

LSU gymnast celebrates being top-ranked influencer after making millions

LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne is having a lucrative year.

Ex-WWE wrestler, 'Tough Enough' champion dead at 30

Sara Lee, winner of Season 6 of WWE's "Tough Enough" reality series, is dead at the age of 30, her mother announced Thursday.

ESPN crew has pressure of iconic Mets trio looming over wild-card round

Simply by not being Gary, Keith and Ron, ESPN’s crew of Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez and David Cone will start the Mets’ playoff series with an 0-2 count.

NHL

Rangers have experienced veteran at this key position

The Rangers are Halak’s seventh team, and his third in the past three seasons.

Islanders 'embrace' change in style

At the onset of training camp, the Islanders spoke of being more aggressive under Lane Lambert. Now, there is a better idea of what that entails.

Well-traveled veteran getting shot to stick with Rangers

Ryan Carpenter has bounced around three cities and three NHL teams since the start of last season.

College Football

Outspoken college football coach has wedding advice for sideline reporter: 'Elope'

Mike Leach has never been a man for sentimentality.

College football rankings, Heisman watch following Week 5

The Post's college football rankings and Heisman watch following Week 5.

The college football contender nobody saw coming

Learn the name Sonny Dykes. Google Max Duggan. It’s time to get to know the contender nobody saw coming.

College Basketball

Former UCLA basketball star dead at 22 after going missing in Costa Rica

Hill died recently after going missing in Costa Rica, his family said on Tuesday night. Hill was 22 years old.

Bruce Pearl rips Rep. Rashida Tlaib over fossil fuel defunding

Bruce Pearl executed a cannonball into the political pool on Thursday.

St. John's takes huge recruiting blow with top target going out west

Four-star wing Brandon Williams of Christ the King opted for UCLA over the Johnnies on Monday, passing on the chance to stay home and play for Mike Anderson. It is...

Post Action Betting

The value play for 'Thursday Night Football' tonight

What felt like a heavyweight NFL clash before the season now presents as a do-or-die game for the Broncos and Colts.

Three prop plays to consider for 'Thursday Night Football'

Here are three more prop bets to target for "Thursday Night Football."

Two touchdown scorer prop bets to target for Broncos vs. Colts

We've been hot with touchdown scorer props. Here are two more long shots for Broncos vs. Colts.