The Knicks, losers of nine consecutive games, embarrassed the even-worse Nets at Barclays Center and delayed, temporarily, discussions about when they might hit rock bottom.
While imprisoned, Nelson Mandela supported the international sports boycott that helped isolate South Africa; as president, he used sports to reach across the racial divide.
The Knicks may be less woeful than their New York rivals, but they have a long way to go to match the 1990s teams that were sometimes exasperating but always exhilarating.
The Mariners have intensified their pursuit of Robinson Cano, inviting him to Seattle for direct talks and reportedly preparing to offer him a deal worth roughly $25 million a year for nine years.
With his legal status resolved and final ballots due Monday, many involved in the voting process say Jameis Winston is likely to become the second freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.