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The unofficial amNY Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Mike Piazza

(Credit: Mike Piazza hit 220 home runs while with the Mets. (Getty))

Full disclosure off the bat: I am not a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). I'm not eligible to cast a ballot in this year's Hall of Fame voting. But I, like many of you, have know whose names I would like to be added to Cooperstown this year.

With the results of this year's vote set to be announced at 2 p.m. Wednesday, here's my list of 10 -- the maximum allowed...

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Rematches aplenty in NFL wild card weekend

Andy Dalton

(Credit: Andy Dalton and the Bengals are in the postseason for the third consecutive year. (Getty))

Although New York is without a representative in the NFL playoffs for the second year in a row, area football fans will likely tune in this weekend to see which teams will prevail in the first step of the journey to the Super Bowl.

Here's a look at each of the four wild card weekend games.

Chiefs at Colts 4:35 p.m. Sat. on NBC/4

The Colts earned a convincing 23-7 win in Kansas...

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Four more coaches axed on NFL's 'Black Monday'

Mike Shanahan

(Credit: Mike Shanahan was fired after four years with the Redskins. (Getty))

Rex Ryan was assured Sunday that he will be back as the Jets' coach in 2014, but many of his head coaching peers weren't so lucky the following day as four were axed by their respective teams on 'Black Monday.'

The coaches -- Mike Shanahan of the Redskins, Jim Schwartz of the Lions, Greg Schiano of the Buccaneers and Leslie Frazier of the Vikings -- follow former Browns coach Rob Chudzinski,...

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2014 sports preview: Hope ahead for NYC teams

Jacoby Ellsbury

(Credit: Jacoby Ellsbury signed a seven-year deal with the Yankees this offseason. (Mike Stobe))

Fans of the Big Apple's major pro sports teams likely won't miss 2013, especially the latter half of the year.

The Yankees, Mets, Giants and Jets missed the postseason. The Knicks, Nets, Rangers and Islanders all made the playoffs in the spring, but are now in the bottom half of the NBA and NHL Eastern Conference standings.

It's pretty safe to say that 2014 offers a fresh start all around....

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College Bowl rundown: Don't miss these games

Andre Williams

(Credit: Boston College's Andre Williams (Getty))

Most college football fans didn't bother marking this week's first few bowl games, such as the Gildan New Mexico Bowl or the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The vast majority who look forward to bowl season get excited for the games around New Year's and after. With 10 of the 35 bowl games slated for New Year's Eve or Day, it's one of the busiest two-day stretches of the college football season and will...

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The saddest sports cities in the U.S.

Cleveland Browns fans

(Credit: Cleveland Browns fans haven't celebrated a championship in nearly 50 years. (Getty))

Big Apple sports fans are used to winners, so a down year -- or even a rough few months -- can be pretty agonizing. On the bright side, things could be worse -- a lot worse. Misery loves company, so here are amNewYork's most moribund sports cities in the U.S. based on past disappointments, title droughts and recent struggles.

1. CLEVELAND

This city has been through the sports wringer....

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Fantasy Football: Charles was in charge throughout season

Jamaal Charles

(Credit: Jamaal Charles erupted for five touchdowns in his last game. (Getty))

With most of the fantasy season in the rearview mirror, let's take a moment to highlight the players who has the greatest influence on the fantasy football landscape in 2013.

 

Fantasy MVP

Jamaal Charles (RB, Chiefs) was a consistent force and top RB all year. But he also managed to put up the most impressive fantasy performance in years during the peak of the fantasy playoffs...

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Jets chase playoff spot in Carolina

Muhammad Wilkerson

(Credit: Muhammad Wilkerson (96) leads the Jets with 10.0 sacks this season. (Lee S. Weissman))

The Jets' slim playoff hopes are still alive, but they've got their work cut out for them on Sunday in Carolina. Gang Green (6-7) can get back to .500 with a win, but the Panthers (9-4) are still fighting to lock up an NFC playoff spot. Here are three things that need to go right in order for the Jets to upset Carolina.

Pressure Newton

Dual-threat quarterback Cam Newton is on track for...

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Top managers of baseball's expansion era

Joe Torre

(Credit: Former Yankees manager Joe Torre will be joining the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Jim McIsaac))

The additions of Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox to the Baseball Hall of Fame by its expansion era committee were each no-brainers. The three are the winningest managers of their era (1973-present), with only fellow Hall of Famers Connie Mack and John McGraw ahead of them on the all-time list.

Of course, there’s more to measuring a manager’s success than total regular-season victories....

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Fordham travels to Towson as FSC title trek continues

Michael Nebrich

(Credit: Michael Nebrich has scored 40 total touchdowns this season. (MCT))

Fordham is among the final 16 teams vying for the FCS crown after subduing Sacred Heart last Saturday, 37-27, at home.

Next up for the Rams is a matchup with tough Towson Saturday in Maryland.

Fordham (12-1) will need another big game out of quarterback Michael Nebrich (3,986 passing yards, 481 rushing yards, 40 total touchdowns). The Rams have not lost a game which Nebrich started this...

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