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Leslie Monteiro -- syndicated columnist

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Leslie Monteiro is a syndicated sports columnist who covers Tri-State area teams for the Upstate Courier. He is based in Fort Lee, New Jersey and can be reached on Twitter @MongoGoesInSane.

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There’s no joy left in New York sports

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We have completed another sports year after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup and the Warriors won the NBA Finals. It’s another year that New York does not ...
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Shame on Knicks for not creating super team

Shame on Knicks for not creating super team
Super teams have become the rage as soon as LeBron James made the decision to sign with the Heat in 2010. Dwyane Wade recruited him and Chris Bosh ...
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Hard to take Durant seriously as a champion

Hard to take Durant seriously as a champion
When Kevin Garnett won his first championship in 2008, he showed his emotion by screaming “Anything is Possible” in what was the highlight of his career. When LeBron ...
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Cavaliers desperation outweigh Warriors excellence

Cavaliers desperation outweigh Warriors excellence
With the champagne ready to be uncorked, Larry O’Brien trophy appearing in the building and history ready to be made with a potential undefeated postseason, everything was in ...
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A sweep would be the best thing for the NBA

A sweep would be the best thing for the NBA
Game 4 becomes the interesting part of the NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors have a chance to make history by going undefeated in the postseason by winning ...
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Give NBA Finals MVP to Durant already

Give NBA Finals MVP to Durant already
Kevin Durant is so many things as a basketball player. He is unstoppable in the paint, and he can shoot from long range. His size and strength have ...
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Recalling the NBA: What it used to be

Recalling the NBA: What it used to be
This isn’t your father’s NBA anymore. The days of a player leading his team to a championship on his own was over long time ago. This is a ...
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NBA Finals leave so much to be desired

NBA Finals leave so much to be desired
The Cleveland Cavaliers played much better in Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night. They couldn’t be any worse than they showed in Game 1. It did ...
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Could this be Williams’ last hurrah?

Could this be Williams’ last hurrah?
This year’s NBA Finals have a certain New York flavor. It features several Knicks and Nets on the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers roster. The ex-Knicks that ...
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All Warriors did was win one game

All Warriors did was win one game
The Golden State Warriors played with something to prove Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. After blowing a 3-1 Finals lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers ...
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No-win situation for Durant

No-win situation for Durant
Kevin Durant was last year’s mover and shaker in sports after he made the decision to team up with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson by signing with the ...
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Harvey is at a crossroads

Harvey is at a crossroads
Happy Harvey Day! Remember when it was a phenomenon whenever Matt Harvey starts? Remember when it was an event? Nowadays, it’s more of dread than anticipation. Friday night ...
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Can the Mets really trust Familia?

Can the Mets really trust Familia?
The Mets employed closers such as John Franco, Armando Benitez, Braden Looper, Billy Wagner, Francisco Rodriguez in my 27 years of watching New York’s National League team. Those ...
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Why take the Rangers seriously about winning championship again?

Why take the Rangers seriously about winning championship again?
The hockey experts and Rangers fans thought the Rangers’ matchup against the Senators would be a slam dunk in favor of the Rangers. They cited the Rangers had ...
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Look for resilient Mets to be in race all year

Look for resilient Mets to be in race all year
It has not been a fun start to the 2017 season for Mets manager Terry Collins. The Mets have not been off to a blazing start like the ...
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Winning will become boring again for Yankees fans

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Yankee Universe feels great. Why not? The Yankees are in first place in the AL East, and they are coming off a great stretch, which they won six ...
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When did it become okay for fans to act obnoxiously?

When did it become okay for fans to act obnoxiously?
The recent news about the Fenway Faithful screaming racial epithets and throwing peanut bags at Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is not surprising. Sadly, we have become numb to ...
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Winning ugly works for Senators

Winning ugly works for Senators
Watching the Senators is not pretty. They are a defensive-first team from start to finish. They suffocate the life out of the fans and their opponents with their ...
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Onus on Vigneault to change goaltenders

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The New York Rangers dominated the Ottawa Senators for most of Saturday’s game 2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. They played like a desperate team that wanted ...
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Safe pick turns out to be right choice for Jets

Safe pick turns out to be right choice for Jets
Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan took the best player available when he made his No. 6 overall draft pick selection in the Jets war room Thursday night. It ...
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Drafting a quarterback won’t do the Jets any good

Drafting a quarterback won’t do the Jets any good
Third-year Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has received advice for months from his front office staff, his coaches, Jets fans, talking heads, football analysts and the New York ...
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Time for Yanks to dominate divisional play

Time for Yanks to dominate divisional play
The Yankees have received hosannas from their fawning fans and the New York media for their 11-7 start. One would think this would be 1996 all over again ...
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Early-season crisis puts Mets to test

Early-season crisis puts Mets to test
It’s never a good time for a team to deal with adversity, but that’s part of the deal during a long season. The Mets are going through it ...
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These NBA Playoffs Are Not Appealing

These NBA Playoffs Are Not Appealing
Did you know the NBA playoffs started Saturday? This is a serious question. Maybe if you are a NBA junkie, you know. But for the causal fans like ...
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Islanders new owners are no different than previous owners

Islanders new owners are no different than previous owners
Meet the Islanders new owners. Same as the previous owners that have sunk this once-proud franchise for two decades. That was the message Islanders owners Jon Ledecky and ...
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