Phil Mickelson takes you inside the diet he hopes reinvents his career

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Phil Mickelson, always a serial tinkerer with his golf game, has spent a lifetime reinventing himself. Mickelson’s latest version of himself — on full display at Royal Portrush in advance of this week’s British Open — is 15 pounds lighter, with more bounce in his step and clarity in his soul after a recent retreat to Hawaii that included a six-day fast. Also a part of the 49-year-old Mickelson’s recent reinvention has been his presence on social media. He joined Twitter last year and recently has…

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Old video might force Shaq to lick Steve Kerr’s feet

Shaquille O’Neal has made many bold statements throughout his career as a player and analyst. He likely regrets this one. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr helped resurface a video of O’Neal from 2005, days after the Lakers traded him to the Heat. In the video, O’Neal touted Lakers coach Phil Jackson, claiming no coach would ever match his feat of taking a team to the NBA Finals four out of five years. Jackson did so from 1999-2004, winning three titles along the way. O’Neal’s conviction led him to make…

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Sarah Kustok staying with Nets on YES after Clippers pursuit

While the Nets and the Clippers were going strong after top free agents Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard, the two franchises were in a fight for another quasi-free agent, The Post has learned. YES analyst Sarah Kustok. The Clippers attempted to sign the fast-rising Kustok to be their new TV analyst, even making her an offer. Kustok was, in essence, a restricted free agent, as she still had one more year on her deal. YES was in their rights to not even let her talk to Los Angeles.…

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Rob Gronkowski’s post-retirement transformation continues

Rob Gronkowski isn’t sweating retirement life. The former Patriots tight end, who called it a career in March after nine seasons, appears to be switching up his workout, according to girlfriend Camille Kostek. “I talked to his girlfriend, Camille Kostek, down at that cheerleading thing. He hasn’t lifted anymore,” Scott Zolak said on Monday’s episode of “Zolak & Bertand,” via NBC Sports Boston. “And it’s not like he hasn’t lifted since he retired. She goes, ‘He has not been putting weight on his back for a while now.’ He’s been…

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Tom Brady owns Twitter troll whining about Madden rating

Tom Brady isn’t tolerating any Twitter disrespect. Madden NFL 20 released its player ratings Monday, prompting ample discussion and disagreement from fans. Brady is rated 96, the highest quarterback rating behind reigning MVP and Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes. Twitter user Matt Harrington, who uses the handle @HipposRayzer, had a problem with the rating, pointing to Brady’s well-known lack of speed. “Tom Brady can’t run 2 yards how the hell is he a 96,” Harrington tweeted. “I’m so much faster than you Matt,” Brady later responded. That came after Harrington’s back…

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Marcus Morris addition gives Knicks underwhelming top duo

There’s a bunch of starry tandems in the NBA this season: the Lakers’ LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Nets’ Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Rockets’ James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. The Knicks? They now have Julius Randle and Marcus Morris. The Knicks made it official Tuesday, snaring Morris from the Spurs’ grasp with a one-year, $14.8 million deal that uses up the final batch of their $70 million of cap space. The Knicks also…

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The timing of this Aaron Hicks breakout makes perfect sense

One-hundred at-bats. That’s how long Aaron Hicks gives himself to start feeling good at the plate each year. Most of them usually come during spring training. But Hicks didn’t have that this year. After signing a $70 million extension this offseason, Hicks missed a game early in the Grapefruit League. Then a few more. Then a cortisone shot, and a week or so later, a second cortisone shot. He missed Opening Day, then the first six weeks of the season. He didn’t return until May 15, didn’t cross that 100…

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Marlins vs. Padres: Jordan Yamamoto will keep rolling

Since May 15, the Miami Marlins are 24-26, which while not great is a far cry from their 10-31 start to the season. They have fared better thanks to young starters pitching well — particularly Jordan Yamamoto, who has been terrific since getting called up. Yamamoto is 3-0 with a 1.24 ERA while averaging just under six innings through five starts. He has yet to give up a home run. Padres starter Logan Allen also began the year in the minors and has had some early success. In three starts…

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Lakers wasted no time dousing a J.R. Smith-LeBron James reunion

Well, that didn’t last long. After failing to work out a trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers waived guard J.R. Smith before his contract for next season became guaranteed. As an unrestricted free agent, many connected Smith to a reunion with LeBron James on the Lakers, giving the team a veteran shooter and someone James is familiar with. James has a history of bringing role players with him to his new teams, but the Lakers had no interest. Just hours after Smith was released, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski poured cold water on hopes…

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How Robby Anderson can cash in with huge Jets season

As the Jets get close to training camp, I am examining the roster and giving you my top 25 players. Each weekday, we will reveal another person on the list, leading right into camp. I am not including rookies on this list because I do not feel it is possible to fully evaluate them before they play a game. No. 7: Robby Anderson Last year’s ranking: 4 Position: WR Age on Opening Day: 26 How acquired: Signed as an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2016. Years left on contract:…

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