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Call Didi Gregorius, Yankees' new shortstop, 'Sir'

newsday.com — Derek Jeter's replacement already has an impressive title. Mariekson Julius "Didi'' Gregorius, the young Dutch shortstop acquired by the Yankees from the Arizona Diamondbacks in last week's three-team trade, said Friday that he was knighted by the Government of the Netherlands in 2011 after the national team's World Cup victory.

More sacks mean more dollars for Jason Pierre-Paul

newsday.com — If Jason Pierre-Paul has any chance of scoring the big-money contract that once seemed like a lock, he's going to have to pad his sack total. He knows it, too. Asked Friday if it felt good to finally get back in the sack column last Sunday, Pierre-Paul rocked his head back and laughed out loud.

LeBron James feels for Carmelo Anthony, but he's struggling himself

newsday.com — Friends don't like seeing friends lose in the NBA. Just ask LeBron James. The Cavaliers star said Thursday he feels bad for good friend Carmelo Anthony because of the Knicks' rough start. "I always feel for a friend of mine that goes through losing,'' James said.

LeBron James: 'Violence is not the answer'

newsday.com — LeBron James said yesterday that "violence is not the answer and retaliation isn't the solution" in the wake of recent deaths of unarmed young black men at the hands of white police officers. "As a society," he said, "we just have to do better."

Rex Ryan says he's happy for Mark Sanchez; Geno Smith might be QB rest of the season

newsday.com — FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - For the first time in a while, Rex Ryan had reason to gush about a quarterback Friday. Too bad for the Jets, it was Mark Sanchez. Ryan spent his Thanksgiving evening sitting by the television watching his former quarterback help his new team, the Philadelphia Eagles, cruise past the Dallas Cowboys.

Upped security, upped arrests at MetLife Stadium

newsday.com — Tightened security at MetLife Stadium, the home of the Jets and Giants, has generated a sharp rise in complaints for alleged criminal behavior ranging from ticket scalping to assault. In 2010, the year the new $1.6 billion stadium opened, criminal complaints at home games surged -- from 46 in 2009 to 267 in 2010.

Judge denies Roger Clemens' motion to keep emails

newsday.com — A federal judge Tuesday denied an emergency motion filed by Roger Clemens in Brooklyn federal court in an attempt to avoid having to give his former trainer Brian McNamee nearly 1,000 emails that Clemens says are covered under attorney-client privilege. U.S.

Law firm for one of A-Rod's former attorneys withdraws federal lawsuit

newsday.com — Yankees Sports * Baseball The law firm for one of Alex Rodriguez's former attorneys withdrew Friday a federal lawsuit that had been seeking more than $380,000 in unpaid legal fees. But in the court filing, the law firm of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani said it was "reserving the right to refile this action in the appropriate state jurisdiction."

Shaking off rust, Jose Calderone prepares to lead Knicks

newsday.com — Admittedly rusty in his first game of the season, José Calderón was fine with being a spectator for most of the second half. With the Knicks comfortably ahead of the hapless Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night en route to only their second win in 11 games, the point guard even joked with his new teammates about his lack of endurance, assuring everyone that the real version of him will emerge soon enough.

Carmelo Anthony, Knicks make sure 76ers don't break through with first win

newsday.com — At a time when the Knicks need any sort of positive reinforcement, their schedule Saturday night provided them the ideal opponent. Enter the winless Philadelphia 76ers on the second night of a back-to-back. Talk about fortuitous timing.
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Dec 18, 2014

Other members of the Netherlands World Cup title team that was knighted: Xander Bogaerts, Jonathon Schoop and director Robert Eenhoorn.

Dec 18, 2014

Received an email from the Dutch government this morning confirming Didi Gregorius was knighted in 2011 in Order of the Orange-Nassau.

Dec 18, 2014

Feds cut a deal w/another Biogenesis defendant, leaving five guys left including A-Rod cousin Yuri, who asked to delay his trial two months.

Dec 17, 2014

But this is important because it means one less thing for A-Rod Biogenesis wise right now. Until April, or so. If judge grants request.

Dec 17, 2014

Yuri Sucart says gov't does not oppose the motion to delay the trial by at least two months. (More time to reach a plea deal.)

Dec 17, 2014

Yuri Sucart's filing said he's been in the hospital since Dec. 3 and has not been able to adequately prepare for trial with his attorney.

Dec 17, 2014

Yuri Sucart has asked judge to delay his trial 2 months. If granted, this means A-Rod would leave NYY to testify as a witness during season.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @dkaplanSBJ: Judge has dismissed the NFL prescription painkiller lawsuit, ruling it is pre-empted by labor law

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