Knicks Morning News (2018.08.25)

  • [NYTimes] W.N.B.A.’s Stars of Old Are New Again, and Six Wins From a Title
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 10:21:46 PM)

    Breanna Stewart and Diana Taurasi headline a semifinal playoff round defined by young talents coming into their own and W.N.B.A. veterans finding new ways to win.

  • [NYDN] The Bronx has the second-highest crime rate in the city — and just 15% of NYPD surveillance cameras
    (Saturday, August 25, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    The Bronx has the city’s second-highest rate of major crimes — but the fewest NYPD surveillance cameras except for Staten Island.

    The Argus cameras the police department have deployed around the city since 2007 are a step above the ones outside bodegas or apartment buildings because they link to…

  • [NYDN] Garbage out: The Business Integrity Commission wakes up to a menace
    (Saturday, August 25, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    For ages, unions representing private sanitation workers struggled to rouse the trash industry’s corruption-buster to act against a company they alleged cheated laborers of their right to organize and created life-threatening conditions on the streets.

    Two deaths and a spree of property damage…

  • [NYDN] Betsy’s misfire: The dangerous idea to use federal grant money to have schools buy guns
    (Saturday, August 25, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    The federal government allocates $1 billion annually to local schools through what are called Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants, which are intended to improve academic achievement by helping “(1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; (2) improve school conditions…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on Trump, artificial intelligence and Uber
    (Saturday, August 25, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    The epic con by Don

    Bronx: As much as some of our citizens want Donald Trump to be impeached, he has not done anything to warrant it at this time. Mike Cohen committed his crimes at the behest of someone. As an officer (lawyer) of the court, he should not have allowed himself to be put in a trick…

  • [NYDN] Evan Engram goes down with concussion after Giants TE gets sandwiched by two Jets linebackers
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 10:20:00 PM)

    The Giants lost another top offensive weapon to injury Friday night when tight end Evan Engram went down with a concussion.

    Engram went to the locker room with 5:10 remaining in the second quarter after being sandwiched by Jets linebackers Avery Williamson and Darron Lee. Engram had nowhere to…

  • [NYDN] Jets special teams a special kind of awful with missed extra point and fumbled kickoff in loss to Giants
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 10:00:00 PM)

    The Jets’ special teams unit was a special kind of sloppy in their 22-16 preseason loss to the Giants Friday night. Gang Green gave up a punt return for a touchdown, missed an extra point and fumbled a kickoff return, prompting plenty of head scratching (and four-letter words) on the sideline.

  • [NYDN] Leonard: Despite changes Giants made, run game is still dismal and the offense is clearly stagnant without Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr.
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 9:40:00 PM)

    Nate Solder ran a 5.05-second 40-yard dash at the 2011 NFL Combine, good for fourth among all offensive linemen entering that year’s draft.

    And Solder may have been running even faster Friday night at MetLife Stadium, tracking diagonally back across the turf to impressively catch Jets defensive…

  • [NYDN] Mehta: Sam Darnold will be the week 1 starter for Jets — there should be no more debating it now after this performance against Giants
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 9:25:00 PM)

    Sam Darnold is so money… and he doesn’t even know it.

    Ok, maybe he does.

    But he’ll certainly never say what everyone was thinking after the Jets’ 22-16 preseason loss to the Giants on Friday night:

    He’s got the goods.

    Darnold had the audacity to suck all the drama out of the Jets’ quarterback competition…

  • [NYDN] Triple shooting at Florida high school football game leaves one dead and two injured
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 9:20:00 PM)

    A triple shooting at a Florida high school football game has left one person dead and two other injured, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

    The gun play happened just after 10 p.m. at Raines High School as the school played against Lee High School.

    It’s not clear if the shooting stemmed…

  • [NYDN] Daily Horoscope — August 25, 2018
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    Via Tarot Astrologers

    General Horoscope for August 25, 2018

    We are stepping into a magical day that supernaturally suspends us between the inertia of a stuck situation and the healthy pursuit of change. Contradictions are easily contained by the stabilizing Grand Earth Trine because of the superconductive…

  • [NYDN] Luke Voit homers twice, Neil Walker hits go-ahead dinger to save Yankees from embarrassment against awful Orioles
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 7:35:00 PM)

    The injury-riddled Yankees trotted out a lineup Friday night with quite a few names they never would have expected to be seeing on a late-August roster card.

    Luke Voit would be first and foremost among them, but the journeyman minor leaguer came up huge, hitting two home runs, his second in the…

  • [NYDN] Julius Thomas, former Pro Bowler, ending NFL career to study CTE and early signs of brain trauma in football players
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 5:55:00 PM)

    Julius Thomas is the latest NFL player to cut his career short — but he’s doing it to help others avoid the crippling effects of CTE.

    The former Denver Bronco is returning to school to pursue a doctorate in psychology, focusing on “the effects of contact sports on brain trauma and neurobehavioral…

  • [NYDN] Trump extends ‘warmest regards’ to Kim Jung Un, but snubs John McCain in senator’s final days
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 5:40:00 PM)

    President Trump gave a social media shout out to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Friday, but said nothing about Senator John McCain, a decorated Vietnam War vet, whose family announced hours earlier he would no longer seek treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.

    “In the meantime I would…

  • [NYDN] Body parts found by parks worker in bags in the Bronx
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 5:00:00 PM)

    A city parks worker made a grisly discovery Friday afternoon when he stumbled on two bags of human body parts near Crotona Park in the Bronx, police said.

    The bags with the unidentified remains were found about 2 p.m. near Franklin St.

    Police could not say the gender or age of the victim, nor which…

  • [NYDN] Spacey investigated in sex assault of man in Malibu two years ago, police say
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 5:00:00 PM)

    A sexual battery case against Kevin Spacey turned over to Los Angeles prosecutors this week involves an alleged assault of a man in Malibu two years ago, police said Friday.

    Detectives with the Malibu/Lost Hills division of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department began the investigation May…

  • [NYDN] President Trump calls Rep. Jim Jordan a ‘great’ wrestler — despite his being accused of ignoring sexual abuse as a wrestling coach
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 3:55:00 PM)

    President Trump went out of his way Friday to praise Rep. Jim Jordan’s wrestling skills — even though the hardline Ohio Republican is accused of covering up sexual abuse during his time as a college wrestling coach.

    “The great Jim Jordan. How good is Jim? Where is Jim? Don’t ever wrestle him,”…

  • [NYDN] Aroldis Chapman will be re-evaluated in two weeks after receiving plasma injection
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 3:35:00 PM)

    It looks like the Yankees will be without their closer for at least the next two weeks, though they still don’t have a timeline for his return.

    Aroldis Chapman reportedly received a plasma-rich platelet injection on Friday for the knee tendinitis he has been battling all season. The Yankees said…

  • [NYDN] Georgia schools chief resigns after audio recordings expose racist tirades, repeated use of N-word
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 3:15:00 PM)

    The head of a public school system is suburban Atlanta resigned Friday after he was accused of repeatedly using the N-word in racist rants that emerged amid a discrimination lawsuit.

    Buford City Schools Superintendent Geye Hamby tendered his resignation in a short letter to the school board obtained…

  • [NYDN] NJ Transit at risk to miss deadline for critical safety technology
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 2:25:00 PM)

    NJ Transit is far behind on installing safety technology and at risk of blowing an end-of-year deadline, according to stats from the Federal Railroad Administration released Friday.

    Only a third of the hardware needed for the technology, known as Positive Train Control, which aims to prevent derailment…

  • [NYDN] Leonard: Here’s a look at the Giants players opening eyes this preseason … from starters to guys fighting for spots
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 2:00:00 PM)

    Plenty of Giants players, both starters and backups fighting for roster spots, have opened eyes this preseason even though the games don’t technically count.

    Here are some of Big Blue’s encouraging performers, some under-the-radar and some obvious but nevertheless noteworthy, with Friday night’s…

  • [NYDN] Sloane Stephens returns to the U.S. Open a star after last season’s stunning triumph
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 1:40:00 PM)

    Kids holding oversized tennis balls squealed as Sloane Stephens strode into Louis Armstrong Stadium on Friday.

    Fans clamored for autographs and selfies with Stephens as the U.S. Open allowed the public to watch media day interviews with her and other superstars including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal…

  • [NYDN] Cynthia Nixon paid wife salary, used corporation to curb her taxes, new documents show
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 1:39:00 PM)

    Before Cynthia Nixon’s wife Christine Marinoni landed on the city payroll, she got a salary from — Cynthia Nixon.

    Newly-released tax documents show that Marinoni in 2013 drew a $96,200 salary — $117,560 counting retirement contributions — from The Fickle Mermaid, a pass-through corporation Nixon…

  • [NYDN] House Democrats call for probe into President Trump’s ‘criminal conspiracy’ in light of Cohen’s guilty plea
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 1:25:00 PM)

    House Judiciary Democrats urged their Republican colleagues on Friday to take “several actions” responding to President Trump’s implication in a “criminal conspiracy,” marking a tiny step towards possible impeachment proceedings.

    The committee’s 17 Democrats signed the letter, which comes in the…

  • [NYDN] Purse snatch turns violent — elderly woman badly hurt; suspect under arrest
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM)

    A heartless mugger dragged a 71-year-old woman down a flight of brick stairs, then ran off with her shopping items as she lay bleeding on the sidewalk, authorities said.

    Clennie Joseph on Friday was being cared for in the intensive care unit at Jamaica Hospital.

    She has bleeding on the brain, a…

  • [NYDN] Coney Island to score new log flume, adventure park and ropes course
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM)

    Coney Island is hoping to make a splash with a new log flume and other attractions set to open in the next two years.

    The city announced plans to expand Brooklyn’s seaside amusement area Luna Park by nearly 50% by building on empty lots that sit near the boardwalk between W. 10th and W. 16th Sts.

  • [SNY Knicks] Ntilikina will skip FIBA World Cup qualifiers to prep for Knicks season
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 9:06:28 AM)

    In order to better prepare for his second season with the Knicks and his first under new head coach David Fizdale, point guard Frank Ntilikina told the French outlet l’Equipe he won’t play for France.

  • [SNY Knicks] Former Knicks Robinson, Stoudemire play in BIG3 for Tri-State
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 10:30:00 AM)

    Former Knicks Nate Robinson and Amar’e Stoudemire and Tri-State will play the 3-Headed Monsters on Friday at Barclays Center in the BIG3 third-place game.

  • [NYPost] Kevin Knox reminds ex-NBAer of rising Suns star — just bigger
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 1:57:28 PM)

    Ex-NBA star Jimmy Jackson, in town to call Friday’s Big3 Finals at Barclays Center for FOX at 8 p.m., glowed about Knicks lottery pick, 6-foot-9 forward Kevin Knox. “He’s a bigger version of Devin Booker,’’ Jackson said. “He’s got all the same skills but he’s taller.” Jackson was referring to another Kentucky lottery pick who…

  • [NYPost] Knicks take Twitter feud with Nets to their doorstep
    (Friday, August 24, 2018 10:31:50 AM)

    The Knicks and Nets are both expected to be near the bottom of the standings and not overly competitive on the court, but at least they’re showing a little feistiness in their trash talk game. First, Brooklyn’s Latvian rookie Rodions Kurucs spoke in June about wanting to play against countryman Kristaps Porzingis and “beat his…