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Mets COO Jeff Wilpon denies accusation of wrongful firing

newsday.com — Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, accused of discriminating against and firing a former senior executive for having a baby out of wedlock, denied the accusations in court papers Friday. Wilpon and the Mets, also named as defendants in the lawsuit, say in the court filings that former Mets ticket executive Leigh Castergine "was treated fairly and without regard to her gender, marital status, pregnancy or leave."

Fired up Amar'e Stoudemire prepared to start season coming off bench

newsday.com — GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Amar'e Stoudemire's words have been brimming with so much bravado and optimism this preseason, it's as if he's mentally turned back the clock to his glory years. One day he says he feels like he's 19 years old again. Another day he says he's back to being his old dominant self again.

New York Islanders' new owners learning from Charles Wang

newsday.com — The two businessmen who will own the controlling interest in the Islanders in two years said Wednesday they view their transition as an apprenticeship of sorts. It's an opportunity, they said, to learn firsthand from Charles Wang how to run a professional hockey team.

Injured Andrea Bargnani might not be ready for Knicks' opener

newsday.com — GREENBURGH, N.Y. - As Derek Fisher experiments with different lineup configurations in advance of next week's regular-season opener, the lingering absence of Andrea Bargnani has added an untimely wrinkle into the plans of the Knicks coach. Bargnani missed another practice Tuesday because of his hamstring injury and hasn't played a game since the Oct.

J.R. Smith digs sweet tweet from Dennis Rodman

newsday.com — GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Meet J.R. Smith, the new Dennis Rodman? So says the Hall of Famer himself. In a tweet from his verified account this week, Rodman said: "Sending love to the zen master @PhilJackson11 and the @nyknicks for this season. Good luck to @therealjrsmith who is the new Dennis Rodman."

Isles ownership changed, but dreams of a better arena did not

newsday.com — The last time the Islanders introduced a pair of new owners, Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar spoke optimistically about their vision of one day renovating -- or even replacing -- that antiquated barn called Nassau Coliseum. It was April 2000 and that message from the new owners, while no doubt appreciated by Islanders fans, came as no surprise to anyone.

Andrew Barroway drops lawsuit against Islanders owner Charles Wang

newsday.com — Philadelphia hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway dropped his lawsuit that accused Islanders owner Charles Wang of backing out of a deal to sell him the team for $420 million, according to a court filing on Friday. No reason was given in the papers. Barroway sued the Islanders owner on Aug.

FBS college football coaches salaries are perks are soaring: Newsday Special Report

newsday.com — The nation's 25 highest-paid college football coaches at public universities are paid an average of $3.85 million a year in guaranteed money -- more than the $3 million Jets coach Rex Ryan earned last year. The coaches' income has soared as the debate over whether college athletes should get paid to play has intensified.

Tom Cutinella is third high school football player to die in past week

newsday.com — The death of a 16-year-old Shoreham-Wading River football player Wednesday night was the nation's third reported death among high school football players in less than a week. Shoreham-Wading River junior Tom Cutinella died after collapsing on the field during a game against John Glenn High School.

Loss lowers Yankees' number for elimination to 1

newsday.com — There's a chance Derek Jeter's final game in the Bronx Thursday night will resemble a Grapefruit League game more closely than a World Series game. For a sure first-ballot Hall of Famer whose reputation was built on playing in the most meaningful of games, that bit of harsh reality has to sting.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @NewsdaySports: Here’s the court filing of #Mets COO Jeff Wilpon’s response to Leigh Castergine’s lawsuit: nwsdy.li/1DEnOul

Oct 31, 2014

Mets/Wilpon say Lou DePaoli fired Castergine “despite the long-standing support that plaintiff received from Wilpon.”

Oct 31, 2014

Castergine said in her suit she was fired 3 min after her lawyer sent email re discrimination. Mets say they fired her before getting email.

Oct 31, 2014

Wilpon & Mets say Castergine "had begun to explore other employment opportunities before Wilpon or anyone else was aware of her pregnancy."

Oct 31, 2014

Sterling Mets, also a defendant in the suit, filed papers in court with same wording defending treatment of Castergine and her dismissal.

Oct 31, 2014

Wilpon also says he treated her "fairly" and that her firing "was based on legitimate business reasons."

Oct 31, 2014

Jeff Wilpon says in court papers via lawyer that he treated Castergine "without regard to her gender, marital status, pregnancy or leave."

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Deadspin: The Kings introduced the Warriors with the "Full House" theme music: deadsp.in/pboc0L2

Oct 30, 2014

RT @CJNitkowski: Whatever. RT @JoeGiglioSports Frank Viola and Joe Panik are now linked forever. Only two St. John's players to win a World Series ring.

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