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Sean Hartnett

Brian Cashman (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Cashman’s Clever July Acquisitions Are Paying Off

Brandon McCarthy, Martin Prado and Chase Headley have given the Yankees a real shot in the arm at a time when they really needed it.

08/26/2014

U.S. forward Kevin Hayes plays against Switzerland during the International Ice Hockey World Championships in Minsk on May 10, 2014. (ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Newcomer Hayes Should Be Able To Crack Rangers’ Lineup Immediately

Kevin Hayes is big get for the Rangers, who have done a fine job of stockpiling highly coveted college free agents, including Union defenseman Mat Bodie, RPI winger Ryan Haggerty and University of Vermont forward Chris McCarthy.

08/20/2014

Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks downfield during a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on August 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Always One Step Ahead, Peyton Manning Is Showing No Signs Of Stopping

Peyton’s brain is always one step ahead of everyone on the gridiron. No. 18 keeps the chains moving like no one else in his profession.

08/18/2014

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reacts after striking out in the sixth inning against the visiting Cleveland Indians on Aug. 10, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Make No Mistake, The Yankees’ Once-Mighty Empire Is Crumbling

With 44 games remaining, the Yankees do not possess the fear-inducing aura of Bronx Bombers teams of recent vintage. And unless the front office changes its philosophy, it’s only going to get worse.

08/13/2014

Former New York Yankees OF Paul O'Neil waves to the fans before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game Two of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on October 29, 2009 in the Bronx. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Hartnett: ‘Warrior’ Paul O’Neill Injected Pride Back Into The Yankees

One-time AL batting champ, five-time All-Star, five-time World Series champion. Paul O’Neill was the ultimate warrior.

08/08/2014

Marc Staal (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Can’t Let Staal Slip Through Their Fingers

If the Rangers wish to make a return appearance — or two, or three — in the Stanley Cup Final, locking down Staal to a long-term extension is an absolute must.

08/06/2014

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner connects for a home run in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 3, 2014. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Red-Hot Gardner Carrying Yankees In Improbable Playoff Chase

Brett Gardner, raking at the dish, has unquestionably been the Bombers’ MVP, especially considering Masahiro Tanaka’s recent absence. But a huge test awaits.

08/04/2014

Stephen Drew (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images), Martin Prado  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Yankees Asking An Awful Lot Of Newcomers Drew And Prado

The Yankees missed an opportunity to stock their farm system at last season’s trade deadline. One year later, the decision not to trade Robinson Cano is biting the Bombers hard.

08/01/2014

Derick Brassard, left, and Mats Zuccarello celebrate. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Put Their Long-Term Faith In Improving Center Brassard

Derick Brassard loves being a New York Ranger – and the Rangers organization thinks highly of this gifted center who appears to be on the track toward NHL stardom.

07/28/2014

Lee Stempniak, then of the Pittsburgh Penguins, controls the puck against the New York Rangers during Game 6 of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Low-Cost Stempniak Could Provide High Return For Rangers

Aside from signing veteran defenseman Dan Boyle, Rangers general manager Glen Sather has spent much of the offseason perusing bargain bins for low-cost, potentially high-rewarding free agents.

07/21/2014

Derek Jeter acknowledges the crowd after being pulled in the fourth inning during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Derek Jeter, The White Knight Of Baseball, Delivers In All-Star Farewell

However Jeter’s final season ends, he will leave an enormous void to be filled — not just in the Bronx, but also as the game’s foremost statesman.

07/16/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Hartnett: Jackson’s Triangle Offense Will Bring The Best Out Of Anthony

Star forward Carmelo Anthony announced Sunday that he is remaining with the Knicks, a decision that will prove to be the best one he’s made during his stellar career.

07/14/2014

LeBron James leads the Cavs during the 2009 playoffs. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Hartnett: LeBron, Cleveland’s Prodigal Son, Out To Settle Unfinished Business

James can no longer be painted as the villain who spurned an opportunity to bring joy to the streets of Cleveland. That goal is back on his agenda.

07/11/2014

Dan Boyle (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Dan Boyle Out To Prove He’s Still Got It With Rangers

Newly signed Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle isn’t feeling the pressure ahead of the latest — and perhaps greatest — challenge of his impressive career.

07/08/2014

Dan Boyle (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Power-Play QB Dan Boyle Is A True Game-Changer For Rangers

Even considering his age and slower stride, Boyle is still a rare commodity in this league given his excellence on the power play.

07/02/2014

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