Balanced attack sends Nets to first win without Jeremy Lin

The Nets already lost Jeremy Lin. They made sure they didn’t lose their home opener.Hours after their floor leader had season-ending knee surgery, the Nets held off the Magic 126-121 at Barclays Center before a crowd of 16,144 — including owner Mikhail Prokhorov.After The Post had reported Prokhorov is close

Yankees’ future is bright, but that’s little consolation right now

HOUSTON — In the end, the rotation ran out of gas, the offense ran into problems away from home and Greg Bird just ran too darn slowly.Add it all up and the Yankees just weren’t good enough to survive another elimination game against a 100-plus win team on the road.Thus,

Nets guard has “earned’ chance to fill Jeremy Lin void

When the Nets found Spencer Dinwiddie last December, he was toiling in the developmental league, his confidence bruised and his psyche battered.Ten months later, he’s grown into a self-assured leader. One who’ll have to step up with the loss of point guard Jeremy Lin, and help D’Angelo Russell shoulder the

Yankees come up empty in Game 7 as season ends in a whimper

HOUSTON — In a clubhouse so quiet you heard the shower water hit the floor down the hall, the Yankees talked about next year shortly after this one ended in heartbreak and disappointment.“We are all excited for next year,’’ Aaron Judge said after the Yankees failed to win one of

Stitches: Baby Bombers put to sleep

NBA legend Michael Jordan took exception this week to players choosing sides “schoolyard style” in order to create super teams. “You’re going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage.” Garbage was scheduled to be picked

Knicks’ rebuild already stalling as benched building block stews

Throughout the summer, the Knicks spoke of their impending rebuilding around a core of young players — draft-pick point guard Frank Ntilikina, athletic free agent Tim Hardaway Jr., All-Rookie Team center Willy Hernangomez and New York’s favorite unicorn, Kristaps Porzingis.Finally, the rebuilt squad was ready for its home unveiling Saturday

How small-market experience helped Dodgers build a juggernaut

LOS ANGELES — These Dodgers are ginormous-market. The $220 million payroll, tops in baseball, makes that clear.There is a small-market philosophy, though, hidden inside the biggest of markets.For that they will be rewarded by playing in the World Series on Tuesday for the first time in 29 years. Money doesn’t

Super Bowl rematch, a QB fighting for job: 6 NFL things to watch

Volatility was the name of Week 6 in the NFL, with upsets, surprise results and crushing injuries — lowlighted by the Packers’ loss of quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone. What mayhem is in store this week? Here’s a look at the Week 7 NFL High Five:Memories of their

Newcastle transfer news: Toon boss Rafa Benitez targets £15m-rated Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli

 Magpies shortlist two South Americans as they plot a January swoop for ex-Manchester City stopper or £8m-rated Galatasaray star Fernando MusleraNEWCASTLE boss Rafa Benitez has shortlisted two South Americans in his search for a new keeper.Benitez wants to spend on a top stopper in the January transfer window. Rafa Benitez has

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry insists Granit Xhaka was not the only player at fault against Watford

 The Gunners lost 2-1 to Watford in injury time at Vicarage Road last week, as they suffered their third away Premier League defeat of the seasonGRANIT XHAKA got a lot of stick for Watford’s late winner against Arsenal last weekend.But the midfielder’s role in the goal was only the end

Lewis Hamilton discusses rivalries with Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg and reveals why he will NOT join Ferrari

 In the second of our two-part exclusive interview, Lewis Hamilton talks with SunSport’s Formula One man Ben HuntLEWIS HAMILTON is ready to inflict three more years of pain and misery on Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel.The Brit is on the verge of  winning his fourth Formula One world title and can

Real Madrid keeping tabs on Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as a potential successor for Zinedine Zidane

 Los Blancos' chiefs have been left impressed by the Argentinian since he became Spurs boss, and especially after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the Champions LeagueREAL MADRID are eyeing Mauricio Pochettino as a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane.Tottenham’s boss impressed Bernabeu chiefs with the way he