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The Week the Mets Owners’ Madoff Mess Grabbed Headlines

The week after the Mets announced they were looking to sell a piece of the franchise, Irving Picard — the trustee for the victims of Bernie Madoff — found his name on front pages and back pages alike, thanks to the suit he filed against the Mets' owners back in December. Details of the suit were leaked to the Times. Lawyers responded in the News. And after settlement talks collapsed, the whole lawsuit was unsealed. Sandy Alderson said that none of this would affect how he does his job, though if the Mets have to go broke, this isn't a bad time to do it. But what happened this week that didn't involve potential "strategic partners"?

St. John's crushed Duke, and after we checked in on their tournament chances, survived against Rutgers.

The Garden crowd cheered Timofey Mozgov during the Knicks' win over Detroit and booed Justin Bieber during their loss to Dallas. Amar'e Stoudemire remained atop our Knicks Power Rankings.

Andy Pettitte called it a career. Meanwhile, the Yankees signed Freddy Garcia to a minor-league deal.

The Rangers lost in overtime to Pittsburgh, then lost in regulation to New Jersey.

We remembered the XFL, which played its first game ten years ago yesterday.

And we reminded you that some other football league is staging a game of some sort this weekend.

That's it for us. Have a nice weekend.

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