Not every game has to be a nail-biter.
PITTSBURGH -- Fourth down used to be the Giants' down. It was when they were at their most dangerous, whether it was being aggressive on the game-winning touchdown against the Bengals or going for it to set up a pair of scores against the Bears.
PITTSBURGH -- Eli Manning will never admit the Giants' offense is in crisis. Ever. It's simply not in his DNA to do much else after a loss like this, other than shrug and move on to the next game.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Boss still can't get into Cooperstown.
Thomas Vanek never played for the Islanders at Barclays Center, having departed the team at the trade deadline in 2014 after turning down a seven-year, $50-million contract offer.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Tiger Woods finished his first tournament in just over 15 months, and it showed Sunday in the Hero World Challenge.
There is not a speck of doubt in Landon Collins' mind that the Giants have what it takes to make a Super Bowl run.
Quincy Enunwa didn't hesitate.
Tiger Woods started with brief run at the lead. Hideki Matsuyama ended Saturday on his way to another victory.
Marcus Stroman just broke his mother's heart.
How did Victor Cruz handle the second game this season in which he did not register a reception?
Is the triangle offense that integral to the Knicks' current offensive philosophy?
This was the sort of performance on a Sunday in December that the Islanders could overlook in recent seasons. It was OK in parts, ugly in others, and a 4-3 overtime loss to the Red Wings at Barclays Center could be seen as a decent result on a sluggish evening.
The Nets are 1-9 in their past 10 games after getting swept by the Bucks in a home-and-home set over the weekend, but in a season devoted to transforming the culture of an organization and building for the future, it's important to identify signs of progress wherever they appear.
PITTSBURGH -- The step up in class was too much for the Giants to traverse.
Alabama will play Washington and Ohio State is set to face Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals.
The annual December baseball carnival known as the Winter Meetings begins Sunday just outside of D.C., at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, another sprawling, self-contained bubble where general managers, managers, agents and maybe even some players looking for work will show up for what amounts to four-plus days of further stoking the hot stove conversations.
Dealing Brian McCann to the Astros last month put the Yankees in the market for a bat.
Colin Kaepernick has become one of the most polarizing athletes in sports history with his decision not to stand for the national anthem and, more recently, his controversial remarks expressing support for some of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro's legacy.
The Giants have won six straight games and have an 8-3 record, but it's hard to say exactly what kind of team they are. Sunday's game against the Steelers should start to put that identity into a bit more focus.
The Giants reached the Pittsburgh 3 and the Pittsburgh 9 and did not come away from either drive with points.
PITTSBURGH -- Odell Beckham Jr. wanted to make it clear that he wasn't blaming the officiating for the Giants' 24-14 loss to the Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field. But the star receiver nevertheless was furious at some of the calls, even suggesting that referee Terry McAulay's crew shouldn't work any more Giants games because of questionable officiating Sunday and in two previous games involving the Giants.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- As the Mets begin the annual winter meetings looking to trade from their surplus of outfielders, Curtis Granderson continues to generate the most interest from other teams in trade talks, sources said Sunday -- but moving Jay Bruce remains the Mets' preference.
The Jets-Colts rivalry has a long history dating to Super Bowl III, when the Colts were still in Baltimore.
The Yankees have signed outfielder Matt Holliday, acccording to multiple reports.
The name Charles Millner has been synonymous with youth hockey on Long Island for the better part of 50 years.
The two teams traded the lead 12 times down the stretch before the Bucks took control with a late 11-1 run on their way to a 112-103 victory that gave them a sweep of a home-and-home set Saturday night at the HMO Harris Bradley Center.
If you were to make an electoral-style map showing the NFL allegiances in the state of Pennsylvania, the entire western portion would be an uninterrupted sea of Pittsburgh Steelers black and gold.
The Knicks will continue their tour of John Calipari's biggest hits on Sunday night when the Sacramento Kings come to town, but this time, they'll probably do it without Friday night's secret weapon.