Trial set in ex-Jet’s shooting death

GRETNA, La. — Trial for the suspect in last year’s shooting death of former NFL player Joe McKnight has been scheduled for Jan. 16.Fifty-five-year-old Ronald Gasser faces a second-degree murder charge in McKnight’s death on Dec. 1, 2016.Authorities have said McKnight and Gasser drove erratically and yelled at each other

Meet the one behind New York’s “athletes first’ fighting approach

Kim Sumbler isn’t afraid to say it. She didn’t hesitate when asked if she believes this is a new era in the sometimes turbulent history of the New York State Athletic Commission.“Yes, I do,” said Sumbler, who was recently appointed as the commission’s new executive director. “We put the athletes

State police chief loses pay for post on NFL “degenerates’

DETROIT — The director of the Michigan State Police will lose five days of pay for sharing a Facebook post that called NFL players who kneel during the national anthem “anti-American degenerates,” Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday.The penalty was disclosed in the second of two statements released by Snyder, who

Why baseball doesn’t need more Yasiel Puigs, it needs less

“They call me ‘Mr. Baseball,’ not because I love the game, but because of all the stitches in my head.” — Emo PhilipsIf you were raised to love baseball and to recognize the smart, winning kind from everything less, the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig is insufferable. As the sport is diminished

MMA fighter blames Vitamin Shoppe for positive steroids test

A top MMA fighter is attempting a double-leg takedown of a pharmaceutical company and the Vitamin Shoppe for selling him steroids disguised as dietary supplements that he says resulted in a six-month suspension.Manhattan resident Lyman Good, 32, was suspended in October 2016, “crushing his dream” of participating in a Nov.

People are reacting strongly to LeBron’s “equality’ shoes

Though NBA players are officially prohibited from kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality, that won’t stop them from making political statements — via fashion statements.For the Cleveland Cavalier’s season-opening game against the Boston Celtics Tuesday night, three-time NBA champ LeBron James wore a pair of black Nikes

John Smoltz warned us right away that nonsense was coming

We finally caught a break, this weekend. FOX let us know from the top, Friday night, to dig in for Yanks-Astros because we’re going to be treated like idiots.John Smoltz’s Game 1 “Lincoln [autos] Keys To The Game” seemed designed to promote public transportation.For the Yanks, as seen in a

Big-time college football is worth the road trip

It’s wishful – maybe even wistful – thinking, of course, but that doesn’t mean a fellow can’t dream. We have so much to follow in the world of sports in New York City, nine pro teams, a wealth of college basketball teams. Most of us spend our lives blissfully unaware

Sports teams are ditching Trump hotels

Professional teams across four major sports leagues that sometimes stayed in Trump hotels are apparently now finding different lodging while on the road, according to a report Thursday.An investigation by the Washington Post found that none of the 105 teams that responded from the total of 123 franchises from the

NFL owners have made millions off obscure tax break

The tax code has been very, very good to sports team owners.A little-known tweak to IRS rules in 2004 has allowed new owners to write off nearly all of the purchase price of their teams against profits over 15 years.The tax break has supercharged the increase in values of all

Three NCAA coaches charged and released on $100K bond

Three NCAA Division I basketball coaches rolled into Manhattan federal court Tuesday to face charges in one of the biggest corruption scandals ever to rock college sports.All three coaches, including former NBA star Chuck “The Rifleman” Connors Person, were released on $100,000 bond and ordered to turn in their passports

Trump praises Jerry Jones for threatening to bench anthem protesters

President Donald Trump is praising Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for his stance against players protesting during the national anthem.Trump is on Twitter offering a “big salute” to Jones, who Trump says “will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag.”Trump writes that National League Football players should “Stand for Anthem or

ESPN suspends Jemele Hill for social media “violation’

Strike 2, and she’s benched.ESPN suspended Jemele Hill on Monday, the network announced, for two weeks “for a second violation of our social media guidelines.”The Worldwide Leader did not elaborate on her offending tweet, and Hill has not tweeted since 11 a.m. Eastern on Monday. However, on Sunday she suggested

As sports get more inexplicable, broadcasts get more inscrutable

Help, please: Are sports now tougher to watch or to explain?Friday, it appeared that the only one unaware that CC Sabathia often starts poorly before rolling was Joe “By The Comic Book” Girardi, who yanked Sabathia after 77 pitches. Sabathia was pulled having retired his last 12-of-13, with an 8-3

Pence ditches Colts game after 49ers players kneel during anthem

Vice President Pence walked out of the Indianapolis Colts game on Sunday when ​some ​players from the San Francisco 49ers took a knee during the national anthem.“I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem​,”

Indians could end a Dolan family run of futility

The Dolan family is hoping to soon end its record 84-season run of futility.The Cleveland branch of the family tree — Larry Dolan, James’ uncle, and his son, Paul, own MLB’s Cleveland Indians, who are playing the Yankees in the American League playoffs and are the favorites to reach the

Austin Trout’s long wait for boxing relevance is over

Three 154-pound championships will be at stake on Oct. 14 at Barclays Center and Austin “No Doubt” Trout wants one of them.Trout, the former WBA junior middleweight champion, will challenge Jarrett Hurd for the IBF championship. In other bouts, WBC champion Jermell Charlo defends against Erickson Lubin and WBA champ

Prokhorov inches closer to selling 49 percent stake in the Nets

see also Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is getting closer to selling the Brooklyn Nets, sources told The Post.There are multiple suitors late in the process to buy a 49-percent stake in the struggling NBA team, along with the right to buy a larger stake and become the controlling owner in three

Pro lacrosse league looking to add New York franchise

The National Lacrosse League is looking to add a team in New York, a banker told The Post.The 32-year-old league — which is looking for a New York franchise owner with at least $50 million in liquid assets — in the last few months sold a franchise in San Diego

Prokhorov inches closer to selling 49 percent stake in the Nets

see also Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is getting closer to selling the Brooklyn Nets, sources told The Post.There are multiple suitors late in the process to buy a 49-percent stake in the struggling NBA team, along with the right to buy a larger stake and become the controlling owner in three

ESPNer’s life after “Monday Night Football’ disaster

Act II is coming for Sergio Dipp.Two months after the ESPN sideline reporter made his woeful “Monday Night Football” debut against the Broncos and Chargers, the ESPN Deportes personality-turned-meme will return to the MNF sidelines for the Patriots and Raiders game at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Nov. 19.Dipp,

Jerry Rice is obsessed with crashing weddings

Jerry Rice can’t live without receptions.The 13-time Pro Bowler, who holds records in most wide receiver statistical categories, is not snatching passes on Sundays anymore, but he is crashing weddings most weekends.Unlike Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in “Wedding Crashers,” Rice isn’t sneaking into receptions to hopefully get lucky. He