May
6
2016

Exposed Syndergaard at fork: ‘Blockhead’ move or risky tweak?

SAN DIEGO — Noah Syndergaard’s potentially fatal flaw has been exposed. Can he fix it? There is no questioning Syndergaard’s electric arsenal, which includes 100-mph heat and one of the hardest-thrown sliders ever known to the game. Mets officials are also beyond wondering about his mental makeup. But on display in Syndergaard’s most recent start…

May
6
2016

Mark Messier literally prays for hockey rink dream to come true

Hockey legend Mark Messier lived up to his Rangers nickname “The Messiah” on Thursday, joining a community prayer session outside the shuttered Kingsbridge Armory in hopes of divine intervention in his plans to build the world’s largest ice rink. Messier’s plans for the $350 million Bronx project have been put on ice by the city’s…

May
6
2016

Backfiring shift helps Mets avoid disaster in shaky deGrom loss

SAN DIEGO — Shift happens. The defensive maneuvering that had deprived the Mets of several hits in the early and middle innings Thursday night became a blessing of sorts for them with two outs in the seventh, as visions of the first no-hitter in Padres history were fluttering through Petco Park. Against an over-shifted infield,…

May
6
2016

City Council might lose senior vote after passing bag ‘tax’

These women want to bag the city’s new bag “tax.” Hours after the City Council on Thursday passed a 5-cent fee on plastic and paper shopping bags at grocery, convenience and other stores, an elderly Upper East Side woman and her daughter joined a chorus of complaints about the new law. “It’s like they can’t…

May
6
2016

Hondo gets down two it

Hondo was hit with the dreaded one-two punch Thursday night when he was betrayed by the Rangers and Nationals to lower the earnings to 774 mcauliffes. Friday night: Mr. Aitch expects Jordan to get the jump on Texas — 20 units on Zimmermann and the Tigers. Also, he will take a ride on Ventura highway…

May
6
2016

Trump urges ‘terribly treated’ Bernie to run as an independent

Donald Trump, with the GOP nomination within his grasp, egged on Bernie Sanders to run as an independent Thursday. “Bernie Sanders has been treated terribly by the Democrats — both with delegates & otherwise. He should show them, & run as an Independent,” he wrote on Twitter. Sanders has refused to concede the Democratic race…

May
6
2016

Brett Gardner’s plunking gave him a nine-inning break

BALTIMORE — Brett Gardner wasn’t in the Yankees’ starting lineup Thursday night in their 1-0, 10-inning loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards due to a bruised right arm after he was hit by a pitch Wednesday night. However, the left fielder and No. 2 hitter said the injury would not keep him sidelined long…

May
6
2016

This bullpen pickle is just about finished — but are Yankees, too?

BALTIMORE — The amazing thing was, this would be the last time the Yankees would have to face this dilemma — with luck — for the rest of the year. Nothing in the modern game of baseball can be more polarizing — and more fun to chronicle on social media — than the visiting team…

May
6
2016

Tiara-loving plane biter takes two hours to plead guilty

The tiara-loving art curator accused of biting a fellow Turkish Airlines passenger finally pleaded guilty Thursday to harassment — after waffling for more than two hours about the bizarre incident. Stacy Engman, 38, turned heads at Brooklyn federal court in sky-high stilettos, a short black feathered dress, matching feather boa and her signature tiara with…

May
6
2016

Fashion advertising becoming more and more diverse

Fashion marketers are getting more diverse when it comes to who appears in the ads they run in glossy magazines — with a 6.5 percent increase in nonwhite models in the recent March issues. But the needle is not moving very rapidly. Advertising featuring white models or celebrities still made up 78.2 percent of the…