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As tensions between North Korean and the US heighten fears of a nuclear war, here are the times the world has come perilously close to annihilation only to be saved by smart diplomacy, incompetence or good luck. The Cuban Missile Crisis This is the clo... Continue reading
It’s no secret that baseball – and fantasy baseball, for that matter – is a numbers game. We continuously discuss batting averages, slugging percentages and strikeout rates, and the sabermetric community has inundated us with acronyms like xFIP, BABIP and ISO that take the numbers game to a whole new level. Maybe we acknowledge a tweak we... Continue reading
MIAMI — You could argue, rather effortlessly, that Jose Fernandez’s death last September instantly became the most debilitating death of a professional athlete in the history of United States sports. Consider: 1) How good a pitcher Fernandez was. 2) His dynamic personality. 3) His backstory, having been born in Cuba then defecting to the United... Continue reading
MIAMI — A military judge on Friday dismissed two relatively minor charges against the five prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center who have been accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Army Col. James Pohl accepted a defense argument that the five-year statute of limitations had run out on two non-capital charges: attacking... Continue reading
HAVANA — The sweet smell of fermenting fruit fills the streets around the modest Havana home where Orestes Estevez and his family fill glass jugs with grapes, ginger and hibiscus, then slip a condom over each glass neck to start the unusual process of winemaking in a land famed for rum. From origins as an... Continue reading
Venezuela’s Supreme Court last week unseated the country’s legislature, the National Assembly — then took the ruling back on Saturday, under orders from President Nicolas Maduro. But this still leaves the nation spiraling down into chaos. Food is increasingly scarce, with the government attempting to draft citizens into forced labor on farms. Criminal gangs range... Continue reading

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At exactly 5 p.m. Sunday, just as the words ‘New York, New York,’ were filling The Garden like helium swells a balloon, South Carolina coach Frank Martin snipped the final piece of net off the rim and waved it around it his head. His wife, Anya, a Queens native who was grinning widely, nodded her... Continue reading
As North Korea plunges ahead with its nuclear-weapons program, Vladimir Putin continues subverting Western democracies and Iran piles provocations atop one another, a pressing question in each case is whether economic sanctions work. The answer is: “sometimes.” But you won’t get an honest answer from talking heads these days. We’ve politicized strategic reality at the... Continue reading
Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday honored news anchor Ernie Anastos — who became an Internet sensation by mispronouncing the phrase “plucking that chicken.” The FOX 5 news anchor, 73, won an Emmy for his coverage of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s death in a 1999 plane crash on Cape Cod. He also covered the 9/11 attacks,... Continue reading
TAMPA — From Cuba to Cooperstown. A year ago the only thing certain in Aroldis Chapman’s life was that when the Yankees’ season opened he would begin serving a 30-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. Today? Since then, Chapman helped the Cubs win the World Series, signed a five-year deal worth $86 million... Continue reading
When it comes to visionaries, give war a chance. Several major artists and innovators of the 20th century served as volunteer ambulance drivers during World War I, shaping their experiences on the battlefield into groundbreaking works. The carnage horr... Continue reading
The five young sons of slain EMT Yadira Arroyo showed maturity beyond their years Saturday, fighting through tears to tell a crowd in the Bronx that their mom’s horrific death wasn’t only a curse— but a lesson. “Learn from this,” eldest son Jose Montes, 24, told those gathered at their mother’s Morrisania stationhouse for an... Continue reading
A provocative article about US veterans killed during a deadly 1935 hurricane in the Florida Keys brought Ernest Hemingway, journalist and best-selling author of “The Sun Also Rises” and “A Farewell to Arms,” to the attention of Soviet intelligence. The veterans had been hired by the Roosevelt administration to build a bridge, and Hemingway, a... Continue reading
Thaw out from frigid winter at one of these sultry new stays. Mexico: Hotel Esencia Since being taken over and given a modernist redecoration by Emmy-winning producer and media honcho Kevin Wendle, this Mediterranean-style boutique retreat on the Riviera Maya — with just 29 rooms, suites and villas on 50 relatively undeveloped ocean-side acres —... Continue reading
TAMPA — In an effort to get more familiar with left-handed pitchers, Greg Bird asked one of the best lefties in Yankees history to throw extra batting practice to him Tuesday on a back field. So after throwing batting practice on the main diamond at George M. Steinbrenner Field, Andy Pettitte set up 45 feet... Continue reading
President Trump took aim on Tuesday at his predecessor for emptying the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — allowing terrorists to return to war. “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!” Trump said in a morning tweet. It appears to reference reports... Continue reading
Accused anti-Semitic bomb hoaxer Juan Thompson has a long history of ridiculous lies and frightening threats — everything from once boasting he got a Malcolm X tattoo to vowing to smear his rivals as “racists” and ruin their careers, according to people who count themselves as his victims. “He told me I wouldn’t get a... Continue reading
Dear John: My wife and I were in the Caymans on vacation in October and met a young lady on 7 Mile Beach who was a Cuban national. She told us if we would like to visit Cuba, she would give us her father’s info, and we could call him and he would be our... Continue reading
PORT ST. LUCIE — For Yankees fans, the WBC likely is known mostly as “that spring tournament where Mark Teixeira got hurt.” That was in 2013, and the next version starts on Monday in Seoul, South Korea, with the host team facing Team Israel — a surprising entry whose roster features some familiar names, like... Continue reading
MIAMI — White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu told a Miami federal jury Wednesday that he ate a chunk of a fake passport while flying to the U.S. to cover up his illegal travel as part of a Cuban ballplayer smuggling operation. Abreu testified he ordered a beer on an Air France flight from Haiti... Continue reading
Mayor de Blasio is attempting a Soviet-style takeover of 1,200 privately-owned co-op buildings in what critics charge is a blatant effort to artificially boost his affordable-housing numbers. The Stalinesque secrecy of the plot — developed over two years behind closed doors — has alarmed some lawmakers, who wrote to the city last week to put... Continue reading
Here’s the left’s next great idea for bringing down President Trump: another women’s march. Which means another public instance of Trump haters shouting slogans to one another and mistaking it for constructive politics. What progressives need to defeat Trump is outreach, but all they have is outrage. On March 8, organizers seem to be aiming... Continue reading
The smiling British terrorist who blew himself up in a suicide attack in Iraq said he had such hatred for his American captors while being held in Guantanamo Bay that he wanted to spit in their faces. “The American soldier was taking off my chains [and] I wanted to spit in his face but you... Continue reading
NEW ORLEANS — The Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook alley-oop connection was the highlight play of the night, but Anthony Davis was the highlight of the game, making the Big Easy proud. Davis, the Pelicans center, rang up a record 52 points on 26-of-37 shooting with 10 rebounds as the Western Conference captured its third straight All-Star... Continue reading
NEW ORLEANS — Knicks general manager Steve Mills was in town for All-Star Weekend, and it doesn’t appear he was here to finalize divorce proceedings with Carmelo Anthony. According to a source who has spoken to Knicks officials, the odds are heavily against the team dealing Anthony by Thursday’s trade deadline. Anything that has been... Continue reading
“If at first you don’t succeed …” TAMPA — Not long ago, a player who led his league in homers would have been wined, dined and ultimately rewarded with a lavish contract as a free agent. The Yankees officially signed Chris Carter for $3.5 million with spring training already underway. That is what the Nationals... Continue reading
NEW ORLEANS — Late-arriving Carmelo Anthony admitted it was “a downer’’ to get Wednesday’s NBA phone call inviting him to New Orleans as an injury replacement. He had planned on “evaluating’’ his Knicks situation on a Caribbean vacation amid trade reports and a frosty feud with Phil Jackson. Anthony, given permission to report late to... Continue reading
At a 1981 press conference before New York media, a grim-faced Norman Mailer held up that day’s edition of The Post. A headline blared, “Norman Mailer Shocker: I’d Help Killer Again.” The city was aghast, Mailer lobbed a $2 million libel suit against the paper, and a law-abiding restaurant manager was dead. The headlined killer... Continue reading
VERO BEACH, Fla. — Yoenis Cespedes has a gaggle of Mets teammates to cheer on (and hope they avoid injury), if he so chooses, in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Yet little doubt exists as to which player intrigues the Mets’ left fielder the most. Yoelkis Cespedes, Yoenis’ 19-year-old half brother, will make his tournament... Continue reading
VERO BEACH, Fla. — The horse pen is brand stinking new — plenty of stuff stinks here, by design — made of wood panels and enclosed to grant privacy for the animal and its handler. You wouldn’t have the foggiest idea that one of baseball’s highest-paid players built this pen, or trains his horses in... Continue reading
Six percent of American young adults aren’t able to locate their own country on a map, according to a 2006 National Geographic poll. So imagine how hard it is for our fellow citizens to point out Guam on the globe. Our ignorance about our own geography — we have 16 territories beyond the 50 states,... Continue reading
FLEMINGTON, N.J. — A New Jersey woman who was the oldest American has died at age 114. Adele Dunlap died Sunday at a hospital near Flemington, according to the Martin Funeral Home. She became the country’s oldest person in July 2016 following the death of 113-year-old Goldie Michelson, of Worcester, Massachusetts. A group that tracks... Continue reading
Team USA is here. The World Baseball Classic officially announced each participating country’s roster on Wednesday for the tournament that begins March 6. Team USA, coached by Jim Leyland, will be seeking its first title. Japan won in 2006 and ’09 and the Robinson Cano-led Dominican Republic won in 2013. The United States, Japan and Dominican... Continue reading
Weep not for Austin, Texas. It still has South by Southwest. This thought crossed my mind during a dinner at the cozy, urban-rustic Oxheart — located not in Austin, but in Houston — where I was served veggie-heavy creations like toasty-brown, Mung bean crepe parcels of potato, allium and miso, and a transcendent congee-inspired porridge.... Continue reading
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Consider the power of these two words: Cespedes commitment. CC that, Mets. This is the commitment to the Mets that came with that four-year, $110 million price tag, a commitment that has been shown in the wee hours of the morning in the state-of-the-art Barwis Methods workout facility that is... Continue reading
The swagger in the outfield. The rifle shot throw to nab a baserunner. The name Cespedes on the back of the jersey. Looks awfully familiar… Yoelkis Cespedes, the 19-year-old half-brother of Mets star slugger Yoenis Cespedes, marked his debut in the Caribbean Series on Wednesday by making a highlight-reel tumbling catch in right field and... Continue reading
Yoenis Cespedes won’t be the only member of his family to have plenty of eyes on him this spring. His 19-year-old brother, Yoelkis, is slated to play for Cuba in the Caribbean Series, which begins on Feb. 1 in Mexico. Several scouts believe it’s the first time the younger Cespedes will play outside of Cuba,... Continue reading
Bieber was driven into the boards in the first half by a laughing NHL great Chris Pronger. Continue reading
Dave Matthews, Snoop Dogg and Pitbull will also play this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Continue reading
BAVARO, Dominican Republic — President Raul Castro expressed Cuba’s willingness to continue negotiations with President Donald Trump’s new administration but warned that his country would not concede any of its sovereignty. Castro made the comments at a summit of Latin American and Caribbean leaders in the Dominican Republic that was dominated by talk of Trump’s... Continue reading
Members of the New York State Assembly had a good laugh on April 18, 1882, when their youngest member showed up dressed like Prince’s great-grandfather. “He looked like the parody of a Victorian dandy: hair curled and parted in the middle, muttonchop sideburns, a thin mustache, and a monocle in one eye . . . His formal... Continue reading
I came to the United States from Cuba nearly 20 years ago to be part of the American dream. It was a dream that I thought would provide me and my family with better opportunities and give my children a brighter future. Sadly, for me and my daughter, wh... Continue reading
At a time when the nation set out to celebrate the peaceful transfer of authority, activists on the left descended on the nation’s capital to show just how fragile that can be. They rioted from the night before the inauguration until well after Donald Trump’s oath of office, all before Trump had a chance to... Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Wasting little time to fill two critical national security posts, the Republican-led Senate overwhelmingly confirmed the two retired Marine generals President Donald Trump tapped to run the Pentagon and secure America’s borders. Senators voted on Friday to approve the nomination of James Mattis to be defense secretary, 98-1, just hours after Trump’s swearing-in... Continue reading