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The Record, Bergen County, NJ, February 17, 2014

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Grandy Man Reports

Former Yankee Curtis Granderson and beleaguered shortstop Ruben Tejada reported early, joining the likes of David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis and Eric Young Jr. "Change is a good thing," said Granderson, the Mets' biggest off- season signing. "I'm ready to roll."

Briefs

Jose Velverde, who could inherit the closer role if Bobby Parnell is not ready, was asked about last season, when he had a 5.59 ERA before the Tigers released him. "Last year?" he said. "I don't remember last year."

Remembering Kiner

The Mets will wear commemorative patches on the right side of their jerseys this season in memory of Ralph Kiner, the Hall of Fame slugger and member of the team's TV announcing team for 52 years. Kiner, 91, died Feb. 6. A video tribute to Kiner will be part of the pregame ceremonies March 31 on opening day against the Nationals at Citi Field, where a commemorative logo will be unveiled on the left-center wall.

Baseball Notes

Dempster taking off Red Sox right-hander Ryan Dempster plans to take this season off, a decision that surprised teammates and will cost the 16-year veteran $13.25 million in salary.

Gee the Key As Kennedy Rolls to Win

PATERSON -- Alphonso Gee sent countless text messages reminding his Kennedy teammates about the importance of defense after the Knights suffered a troubling home loss to Passaic Tech on Tuesday night. The Knights' standout sophomore guard clearly got through to them.

Bergen Catholic Is the Wire-to-Wire Best

TOMS RIVER - The talk started a year ago around this time. And it wasn't in whispers. As Bergen Catholic coach Dave Bell accepted offers from teams who wanted to wrestle the Crusaders this season -- with a second consecutive Non-Public A championship trophy under his arm -- people were touting them as New Jersey's best team in 2014.

Progress Realized

TOMS RIVER - It had been 21 years since DePaul won a state wrestling championship. But the Spartans' dominating 37-point win in the Non-Public B title match was a win that was five years in the making.

A Fabulous Foursome

MAHWAH - The four basketball games at Ramapo College on Sunday showcased four different types of hoop heroes. There was the 5-foot-2-and-a-half (make sure you mention the half) defensive dynamo. The pink-shoe-wearing buzzer beater. The Glue Guy. And the talented swingman.

Focused Highlanders March On

MAHWAH -- This time, Northern Highlands left nothing to chance. The fourth-seeded Highlanders, who lost regular-season heartbreakers to all three of the other Bergen County semifinalists this season, showed a remarkable killer instinct down the stretch Sunday at Ramapo College's Bradley Center. Highlands ended the game on a 12-0 run against North Jersey's best defense, upsetting top seed Immaculate Heart, 52-42, and avenging last season's loss in the title game.

Ashby and Johnson Save 3rd Seed From Heartbreak

MAHWAH -- Two hearts are apparently better than one. Especially when they start beating together in the sort of rhythm that Faith Ashby and Milan Johnson showed for Teaneck Sunday at Ramapo College's Bradley Center. Ashby and Johnson lit a bonfire under the third-seeded Highwaywomen in the fourth quarter, sparking a remarkable comeback that ended with a 51-48 overtime victory over No. 2 Immaculate Conception in the Bergen County Tournament semifinal.

H.S. Baseball Coaches Keep Fingers Crossed

In case you missed it while shoveling snow and chipping ice the last few days, major league pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training. And though that's always a sure sign winter is on the run, all it takes is one look at the mountains of snow piled up all around North Jersey to wonder about what effects this weather will have on high school baseball. After all, practice begins in 17 days, and you don't have to work for the Weather Channel to know that it will take a major dose o...

Jefferson, St. Joseph Surprise Bc

MAHWAH -- When everything comes together, good things happen. For St. Joseph, it had a perfect storm Sunday evening against Bergen Catholic. Good defense, superb shooting and scoring from all angles at Ramapo College's Bradley Center. It spelled a 90-76 upset for the sixth-seeded Green Knights over the third-seeded Crusaders and a trip to the Jamboree semifinals for the second straight season.

Wayne Valley, Clifton Fall

TOMS RIVER - The results weren't what they were looking for. But for Wayne Valley and Clifton, the experience at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River was more than worth it. Wayne Valley, which stunned Paramus to win the first North 1, Group 3 sectional title in program history, came up short against Clearview, 36-21, in the state semifinal, while Clifton fell to powerful Phillipsburg, 46-15, in the Group 4 semifinal.

River Dell, Fair Lawn Move On in Gold Cup

WAYNE -- For River Dell/Westwood and Fair Lawn ice hockey, now come the real tests. Neither team was challenged much in Sunday's opening round of Big North Gold Cup, as the third-seeded Hawks took care of sixth-seeded Clifton, 8-2, behind Greg Rassam and Kyle Marshall's two goals a piece, while the fourth-seeded Cutters disposed of fifth-seeded Hackensack, 10-2, thanks to four goals from Brian Galvin.

Teaneck Too Fast for Gr

MAHWAH -- Teaneck accelerated the pace into the fast lane in the third quarter and Glen Rock couldn't keep up. The Highwaymen drove away to a 77-49 victory in Sunday night's Bergen Jamboree quarterfinals, and the three-time defending champions will return to Ramapo College's Bradley Center to face St. Joseph in Sunday night's semifinals.

Changes Always Welcome, Needed

As we move along in 2014, the bowling scene is also moving along. Plenty of changes have been made in every area of the game.

Mets Ace Accepting Hard Truth

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Matt Harvey feels your pain, Mets fans. Literally.

Gold Rush Begins

The preliminaries are done, and the Olympic stage is set up for a Team USA-Canada rematch. Except, that much-anticipated repeat of the 2010 gold medal game - won by Canada, 3-2 in overtime on Sidney Crosby's goal - can only happen in the semifinals of the Sochi Games.

Teixeira Promises 150 Games

TAMPA, Fla. - Hand on his heart, Mark Teixeira says there's no reason for the Yankees to panic over the lingering tightness in his right wrist, that it's the expected surcharge of last summer's surgery to repair a torn tendon sheath. Teixeira, in fact, says you can put him down for 150 games this season, even if common sense screams in protest. One hundred fifty? Seriously? Teixeira's wrist, after all, ranks among the Bombers' top three unanswered questions for 2014, right there with Masahiro...

No Letdown Allowed in This Tournament

Rangers forward Brian Boyle, a native of Hingham, Mass., offers his insight as an interested observer into Team USA's performance at the Sochi Games and the Olympic hockey tournament in general as told to staff writer Andrew Gross. On Sunday, Team USA completed preliminary-round action with a 5- 1 win over Slovenia:

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