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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
His wife, Sara Kapfer, initiated divorce proceedings back in 2014. Continue reading
The CIA published a trove of declassified documents online for the first time this week — including reports from as far back as the 1940s on topics like the Cold War, thousands of pages of daily briefings from two presidential administrations and eerie, unexplained UFO sightings. Roughly 930,000 documents – more than 12 million pages in... Continue reading
For all President Obama’s claims to want a smooth transition to the new administration, his people have been laying plenty of landmines for Team Trump. Some are plainly Obama’s doing, from that anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution to slamming the door on Cuban refugees. But the nastier ones — the Justice Department inspector-general probe of... Continue reading
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Oman said Monday it accepted 10 inmates from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink the facility he promised to close. There was no immediate word from the U.S. Defense Department about the transfer. Oman’s Foreign Ministry said... Continue reading
A psychologist testified that the former couple should not be in a room together with their 4-year-old daughter. Continue reading
Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing Tuesday quickly devolved into a circus — with leftist protesters in KKK outfits and pink Statue of Liberty costumes getting the boot after a series of outbursts. Black Lives Matter demonstrators called Donald Trump’s attorney-general nominee a racist; red-shirted potheads decried his hard-core drug-warrior stance; and Code Pink feminists slammed... Continue reading
Kerry Washington, Naomi Campbell and Chanel Iman hit Harvey Weinstein and Netflix’s Golden Globes afterparty. Continue reading
You won’t need a passport for a trip around the world this weekend — at least a musical trip. The annual globalFEST touches down at Webster Hall on Sunday with a dozen acts on the bill, nine of them with roots in other lands. GlobalFEST organizer Shanta Thake says the event “began [in 2003] as... Continue reading
From the right: Maybe Trump Is Playing the Russians Perhaps Donald Trump is playing Vladimir Putin “as effectively as he played the U.S. media throughout 2015 and 2016,” suggests Hugh Hewitt in The Washington Post. After all, it may be “better to be thought a lightweight and dismissed by rivals if you are in fact... Continue reading
From David Bowie and Prince to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, people have lamented the many celebrity deaths in 2016. And brace yourself for more of the same in 2017. Fans publicly grieved and wrote messages on Twitter and Facebook about how 2016 seemed unnaturally cruel. The British Broadcasting Corp.’s obituaries editor Nick Serpell said... Continue reading

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De Molina left Cuba when he was 10 — and his father was imprisoned by Fidel Castro for 23 years. Continue reading
In lieu of gifts, donations were made to the Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation, which helps disabled kids to attend summer camp. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — New York real estate heir Robert Durst knew he was suspected in the Los Angeles killing of his best friend, but he never fled when he had the chance because years had passed and he didn’t think police would come after him, according to recently released court documents. Durst was asked why... Continue reading
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis brought Colombia’s president and his main political opponent together to discuss the country’s rebel peace deal Friday, making a remarkable personal intervention to seal an accord ending Latin America’s longest-running conflict. The Vatican distributed a photo of the three men sitting at Francis’ desk and said the meeting began at... Continue reading
“Jeopardy!” contestant Cindy Stowell, who died last week of cancer, turned in a winning performance on Tuesday’s show. In the episode, which was pre-taped, she finished with $22,801 in prize winnings, good enough to unseat seven-time champion Tim Aten and return in the next episode. Stowell, a science content developer from Austin, Texas, was in... Continue reading
ASIA Six Senses Bhutan Providing an alternative to the circuit of Aman hotels that has been operating in this eastern Himalayan kingdom for years, Six Senses — a Thailand-based company known for its spa resorts — will open a collection of 82 suites and villas spread across five individually designed lodges this year. After its... Continue reading
Former Major League slugger Jose Canseco is dangling himself as the home run pick for Federal Reserve chair — or at least ambassador to Cuba. The big league lobbying — presumably a joke — comes as Canseco, 52, praised President-elect Donald Trump for considering former Mets manager Bobby Valentine as the ambassador to Japan. “Hey... Continue reading
The heavyweight division has been an afterthought in boxing in recent years, but that’s slowly changing to the point at which it could be one of the most interesting in 2017. The IBF heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) of England, a young, hard slugger, defends his title against Texas veteran Eric Molina (25-3,... Continue reading
Boatloads of American tourists will soon be flooding Havana, Cuba. This week, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line received approval from the island nation’s government to sail to Havana from Miami starting in 2017. According to the International Business Times, Royal Caribbean Cruises’ 2,020-passenger Empress of the Seas would most likely be used for the... Continue reading
The commissioner of agriculture in Texas is doubling-down on his penchant for spreading fake news online, saying he’ll continue sharing stories that his 340,000 Facebook followers will need to determine whether they’re “news, satire, or something else.” Sid Miller said he had news of his own to share with the Texas Tribune and their “liberal elite... Continue reading
The White Sox’s rebuilding effort soared on Tuesday, when they landed elite prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech, along with two others, by sending starter Chris Sale to the Red Sox. While Moncada, a 22-year-old second baseman out of Cuba, has been labeled by some as the best prospect in baseball, Kopech, a right-hander with... Continue reading
Let’s face it. Not much has happened in the last few weeks outside of our next president selecting his Cabinet and really embarrassing Mitt Romney. “Hamilton” is still drawing them in on Broadway and those Cowboys keep winning. Hey, how is the celebrity set doing? Good question. We decided to check in. People The good... Continue reading
WASHINGTON – Facing a complaining China, Team Trump downplayed the President Elect’s conversation Friday with Taiwan’s president that broke with a US policy set in 1979. “It was just a phone call,” senior advisor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News Sunday. Trump is “well aware” of the “One China” policy where the US doesn’t have separate... Continue reading