Howard Megdal

Cosmos get close to AC Milan (for a moment):

"Despite using several players who don't perform regularly, the Cosmos were in control for the greater part of the game."

Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and a contributing writer for Sports on Earth. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.

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How a Nets showdown brought out the worst in Raymond Felton

Through the first 12 games of the N.B.A. season, the New York Knicks were 9-3, thanks in large part to Raymond Felton.

Nov. 27, 2012

 
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Flashes of the old Cosmos in a potential deal with David Beckham

As the New York Cosmos, namesake of the North American Soccer League team of the 70s and 80s, prepare to return to the field in 2013 as a possible steppingstone to joining Major League Soccer, their primary opponent will be the legacy of the Cosmos themselves.

Nov. 26, 2012

 
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In a Nets bake-off between Reggie Evans and Mirza Teletovic, defense wins

One of the more interesting subplots in the 2012-13 Brooklyn Nets' season has always promised to be the battle between Mirza Teletovic and Reggie Evans for minutes on the court.

Nov. 26, 2012

 
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A good way to respond to a spanking by Jeremy Lin’s Rockets

After a pair of losses late last week to the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets, the New York Knicks appeared to get well on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, routing the Detroit Pistons, 121-100.

Nov. 26, 2012

 
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Carmelo Anthony can still beat teams by himself, you know

Generally speaking, an N.B.A. season works this way: a team shows an unstoppable offensive force early, often padding stats against lesser opponents. Teams respond to that force by designing defenses to stop it, with the better teams succeeding at it, leaving it up to the first team to adjust.

The New York Knicks have essentially experienced the exact reverse of this process with Carmelo Anthony in 2012-13.

Nov. 21, 2012

 
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Jeff Wilpon has been doing some thinking

New York Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon made some news on Tuesday, discussing negotiations with R.A. Dickey and David Wright even as he insisted the Mets weren't publicly discussing negotiations with R.A. Dickey and David Wright.

Nov. 21, 2012

 
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At Barclays, Hoyas overshadow top team and top freshman

Long before the college basketball doubleheader known as the Legends Classic tipped off at the Barclays Center late Monday afternoon, a crowd of red had gathered to see the Indiana Hoosiers battle the Georgia Bulldogs. The crowd that would gather to witness the debut of Shabazz Muhammad of U.C.L.A., the nation's top freshman making his collegiate debut in the nightcap against Georgetown, was not yet in evidence.

Nov. 21, 2012

 
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The New York Cosmos now have a real live coach

For the past few seasons, the New York Red Bulls have had company on the New York soccer scene, but merely in the shadows.

Nov. 20, 2012

 
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The Mets come up with an Opening Day surprise for the fans, after all

No one has accused the New York Mets of routinely making intelligent decisions for a long time. But the team's new pricing plan for Opening Day seems particularly ill-advised.

Nov. 20, 2012

 
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Bench production has the Nets looking playoff-bound

The Brooklyn Nets moved to 6-2 on the season, thanks to a 99-90 victory over the Sacremento Kings Sunday that never would have happened without tremendous bench production.

Nov. 19, 2012