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Nassau Coliseum groundbreaking awaits a lengthy to-do list

newsday.com — Developer Bruce Ratner wants to break ground in less than four months on a $261 million renovation of Nassau Coliseum and the plaza around it. But before anyone sees hard hats and shovels at the site, there's a lengthy to-do list that involves everyone from county officials and labor negotiators to minor-league hockey team owners and the issuers of town building permits.

Scuffle scuttled quickly by extra police presence at Coliseum

newsday.com — What began as some taunting between two guys in Washington Capitals jerseys and a handful of Islanders fans Saturday quickly began to escalate, and it soon appeared that a fight on the Nassau Coliseum concourse was on the horizon.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says not fair to give Islanders fans 'any hope' of return to Long Island

newsday.com — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Friday downplayed any thought of the Islanders returning to Long Island because, in his view, Nassau County's track record of trying to upgrade Nassau Coliseum is "terrible."

Bettman: NHL working with Nassau Coliseum and county to increase Game 6 security

newsday.com — IslandersSports * Hockey The NHL is working with the Nassau Coliseum and Nassau County to increase security in the wake of fans stealing a "handful" of seats and reports of aggressive behavior toward the opposing fans, commissioner Gary Bettman said. The Islanders play the Washington Capitals at 3 p.m.

Mark Emmert, NCAA president, concerned about salary rise of college football coaches

newsday.com — NCAA president Mark Emmert said Thursday that the rapid rise in compensation for top-tier college football coaches is "clearly not sustainable." Emmert, speaking in Manhattan at a Q&A with Associated Press Sports Editors, also said he's concerned the increase in salaries could lead to universities dropping non-revenue sports programs. "I worry about on the expenditure side the decisions that universities will make in order to support the high profile sports," Emmert said.

The Horn Identity: Islanders fans bond through parking-lot tradition at Coliseum

newsday.com — At the end of the day, all Islanders fans really want to do is honk. In a tradition that might be as old as the Islanders, fans celebrate each victory at Nassau Coliseum by honking their car horns to the beat of the "Let's go, Is-land-ers!" chant.

Chris Mullin and Lou Carnesecca have a strong connection

newsday.com — The list of contacts in Chris Mullin's cellphone reads like a who's who from the basketball coaching fraternity. Many have "coach" next to their name, but Mullin is quick to point out that there's only one man he input simply as "Coach." In Mullin's world, there's only one guy deserving of the title.

Huge performance bonuses commonplace for NCAA basketball coaches

newsday.com — Forty-five basketball coaches from public universities in the NCAA Tournament will collect a total of $1.38 million in bonuses just for earning a spot in the 68-team field. And that's only the beginning of the extra cash available to coaches this month.

Roger Clemens reaches settlement with his ex-trainer Brian McNamee

newsday.com — Former Yankees righthander Roger Clemens reached a financial settlement Wednesday with his former personal trainer Brian McNamee in the defamation lawsuit that began seven years ago. "This puts an end to the McNamee-Clemens saga," said Earl Ward, one of McNamee's attorneys.

Mets, Leigh Castergine settle sexual discrimination lawsuit

newsday.com — The Mets and former team executive Leigh Castergine informed a federal judge in writing Friday that they have settled her sexual discrimination lawsuit out of court. In a joint statement released by the Mets, they said the lawsuit "will result in the organization being more attentive to the important issues raised by women in sports."
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May 21, 2015

Francesa says he's got his retirement date set, and adds, "it might be sooner than you think." Oh, imagine that last show.

May 21, 2015

Got to love it. Francesa is comparing his career to David Letterman's.

May 13, 2015

RT @ByTimGraham: NFL escorted draft hats into Radio City Music Hall w/special cases 2 yrs ago. Left AFC Championship balls unattended. pic.twitter.com/gmJT4yfhj9

May 07, 2015

OMG. Just watched this @cavs video that Joe and Evan are talking about. This is incredibly insensitive and tone deaf.

May 05, 2015

Uh oh, I don't know if Francesa knows he's currently on the air.

May 05, 2015

RT @bradwolverton: Tuition keeps climbing at public universities. Here's what's really behind it. bit.ly/1PlwTxO via @KellieWoodhouse

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