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Giants running back Andre Brown celebrates after scoring a touchdown during a game against the Oakland Raiders. (Nov. 10, 2013) Photo credit: Mike Stobe  
by Casey Musarra

Giants hold off Raiders for third win in a row


They say the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing and expecting different results. If that’s the case, the Giants scored one of the craziest wins ever Sunday.

They continued to bungle with the ball just as they did in the first half of the season, turning it over three times in the first half to essentially hand the Raiders 17 points. Their special teams remained atrocious, Eli Manning threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown, and the offense amassed only 251 yards, failing to produce a play that covered more than 25 yards.

For the first time this season, though, the Giants were able to overcome all of that. Andre Brown ran for 115 yards and followed Terrell Thomas’ 65-yard interception return late in the third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run for a 21-20 lead in the Giants’ 24-20 victory.

It was the third straight win for the Giants (3-6), who are tied with Washington for third place in the NFC East. The Giants trailed the first-place Cowboys by two games entering Dallas’ game against the Saints on Sunday night.

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Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (right) celebrates after scoring on Islanders goalie Kevin Pouiln (left). (Nov. 10, 213) Photo credit: AP
by jennifer.earl

Islanders fall to Canadiens, go 0-for-4 on road trip


MONTREAL — A new game, the same old set of issues and another loss for the Islanders.

They got the power play fixed, scoring twice to snap an 0-for-24 drought. But the Isles’ dismal penalty kill, which came into Sunday ranked last in the NHL, allowed two key goals in the final 3:46 of the second period in a 4-2 loss to the Canadiens.

It was the Isles’ fourth straight loss, sending them home from a weeklong road trip without a single point.

“Once those goals get going in, it’s obviously frustrating,” said Josh Bailey, who went without a point for a seventh straight game.
“But being frustrated doesn’t lead to better play. It’s a fine line you’ve got to walk where you use it as motivation and not as something to hurt you.

Michael Grabner, Bailey’s linemate for much of the game Sunday, returned from missing several minutes of the second period with a skate issue to make an alarming play that set the wheels of defeat in motion.

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Derek Dorsett celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Florida Panthers in the second period of a game at Madison Square Garden. (Nov. 10,2013) 
by Casey Musarra

Rangers beat Panthers, move above .500


This was a game that the Rangers would have lost last season. At home. Against a struggling team. Allowing them to dictate the play for stretches and forcing Henrik Lundqvist to keep them in it.

Meanwhile, the Blueshirts would miss golden opportunities from in close.

That happened with 3:42 left in the second period Sunday night, when Brad Richards — who hadn’t scored in eight-plus games — missed a wide-open tap-in with the score tied, and at the next stoppage, swung and broke his stick in two across the right post in frustration.

Neither piece went in the net.

But Richards, with a new stick, got a measure of redemption just 46 seconds into the third as he scored the go-ahead goal in the Rangers’ 4-3 win over the Panthers.

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by Casey Musarra

Knicks fall to Spurs at home as LI's Danny Green scores 24


Mike Woodson unfolded his arms more than a few times during Sunday’s game only to put his hands on his head in disbelief or disgust.

The Knicks fans who paid to attend this game felt the same watching arguably this team’s worst performance under Woodson and easily their poorest at the Garden with him on the sidelines.

The Spurs handed the Knicks their third straight home loss, a demoralizing 120-89 thumping that drew several choruses of boos, some chants of “Fire Woodson,” and had many of the fans heading to the exits early. Woodson could suffer a similar fate if the Knicks continue their uninspired play, especially at home.

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Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito looks on during a practice at the Dolphins training facility in Davie, Fla. (May 29, 2013) Photo credit: AP 
by Casey Musarra

Dolphins' Richie Incognito: I'm not a racist


Breaking his silence in the Dolphins’ alleged bullying scandal, guard Richie Incognito acknowledged in a television interview shown Sunday that he did leave a racially charged message for teammate Jonathan Martin, but that he is not a racist.

Incognito also said he regretted the situation has turned into a national controversy, and that he would hug Martin and tell him he did not intend any of his comments to be malicious. 

“When I see that voice mail, when I see those words come up across the screen, I’m embarrassed by it. I’m embarrassed by my actions,’’ Incognito told Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer. “But what I want people to know is, the way Jonathan and the rest of the offensive line and how our teammates, how we communicate, it’s vulgar. It’s, it’s not right . . . I understand why a lot of eyebrows get raised. But people don’t know how Jon and I communicate to one another.’’

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