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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.

Heavy rain could douse Derek Jeter's final game at Yankee Stadium

newsday.com — Heavy rain is in the forecast for what almost certainly will be Derek Jeter's final game at Yankee Stadium Thursday night. That raises a question everyone around the Yankees and Major League Baseball would prefer not to answer: What happens if Jeter's last home game is rained out?

Wang court filing: Letters show no deal reached

newsday.com — Andrew Barroway sent letters to Charles Wang in May and July that indicate that Barroway did not believe he had an agreement to buy the Islanders in March, Wang's attorney says in court documents filed Thursday. Copies of Barroway's letters were submitted as evidence to a Manhattan judge as part of Wang's motion to move Barroway's lawsuit against Wang to a Nassau County court.
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Oct 22, 2014

"At this point we’re observing and reading the same press stories you are," Malkin said regarding Ratner's Barclays Arena stake for sale.

Oct 22, 2014

Wang on the reports of sale price being around $484 mil and $518 mil: "That’s not far from what it is. I would stick with that range.”

Oct 22, 2014

Wang on his future with Islanders: "Why would you want to leave? Who said I wanted to leave?”

Oct 22, 2014

I asked Wang if the sale means there's more cash for the Isles to play around with. He said no.

Oct 22, 2014

More Wang on next 2 years: "They’re good guys to work with. So far we’re doing really well with it. Then after that it’s their team to run.”

Oct 22, 2014

How will Isles be run these next two years? “For two years I run the team, okay?" Wang said. "And they’ll work with me."

Oct 22, 2014

More Wang on Isles leaving LI: "Life is such [that you] look in the front view mirror and move on.”

Oct 22, 2014

More Wang on Isles leaving LI: "That’s unbelievable. We all know it. But it wasn’t done. You can’t keep looking in the back view mirror."

Oct 22, 2014

More Charles Wang on Isles leaving Nassau: "Like any other Long Islander out here, boy, I’m pissed..."

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