With free agency in full force, the Jets have expressed interest in a number of quarterbacks from Jay Cutler to Chase Daniel, but have yet to sign any. Their big move of the week came when they signed cornerback Morris Claiborne to a one-year, $5 million deal. Claiborne made 26 tackles and had one interception in seven games with Dallas in 2016. They did meet with free agent linebacker Dont'a Hightower but he ultimately returned to New England on a four-year deal. Quarterback Josh McCown, defensive end Howard Jones, wide receiver Quinton Patton, fullback Zach Line and tight end Mychal Rivera all visited with the Jets. Former Jet Darrelle Revis was cleared of all charges stemming from an incident in February after his friend confessed. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was suspended for two games by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
The Giants agreed on a four-year contract with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul a few weeks after placing the franchise tag on him. Just 20 months removed from a fireworks accident, Pierre-Paul has re-established himself as one of the best pass rushers in the sport. The Giants are expected to sign former Jet quarterback Geno Smith if he passes a physical. They also agreed to bring back quarterback Josh Johnson on a two-year contract. The Giants will keep running back Shane Vereen on the roster after picking up his 4500,000 bonus.
The long, winding road back to competitive baseball for David Wright got a little longer this week as it was reported that the 34-year-old captain is still at least two weeks away from resuming any kind of throwing regimen. Joining Wright on the injury report is outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who feels he will make a swift recovery after sustaining a hamstring strain while playing for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic. The Mets actually caught a glimpse of what a real recovery looks like Thursday when Zack Wheeler made his second start of the spring. Wheeler touched 97 miles per hour with his fastball while allowing two earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, striking out a pair. He is still not expected to join the rotation at the start of the season and may stay in extended Spring Training when the Mets break camp in April.
After showcasing a talent pool for most of Spring Training that points to a bright future for the Yankees, fans have been brought down off that cloud and back into the present. Highly-touted prospects, such as Clint Frazier and Jorge Mateo, made their final curtain call at big-league camp this week before being sent down to instructional ball with their respective Minor League squads. Although these prospects will need some more time to develop, the sun has not set on impressive baseball at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. Led by veteran Masahiro Tanaka, who has proved that he will be the anchor for the team's rotation this spring, the Yankees completed a combined no-hitter Friday against the Tigers. Chasen Shreve and Jordan Montgomery helped Tanaka finish the job.
The Rangers dropped two of three this week, falling to Tampa Bay and Florida at home but beating the Wild in Minnesota. They have now lost six straight games at Madison Square Garden, with their last home victory coming on Feb. 19 against Washington. Steven Kampfer netted his first goal with New York in the loss to the Lightning while Brady Skjei scored against his hometown team in the win over Minnesota. It was announced that New York will play in the 2018 Winter Classic at Citi Field against the Buffalo Sabres. The Rangers travel to New Jersey to face the Devils on Tuesday and return home to play the Islanders on Wednesday before heading out west for a trip.
The Islanders had a rough week as they dropped all three home games they played. New York won in Carolina in a shootout one night after losing to them at Barclays Center. Jean-Francois Berube and Thomas Greiss each allowed four goals in the loss. Despite also falling to Winnipeg in regulation and Columbus in a shootout, they remain in the hunt for the second Wild Card spot. Casey Cizikas was activated from the injured reserve list. The team and Barclays Center remain in talks for a deal that would not force the Islanders out after two years. New York will face the rival Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night before heading to Pittsburgh on Friday. They return home on Saturday for a match with the Bruins.
The Devils lost two of three games during the week. After having four days off to rest up, New Jersey came out and scored six goals in a win over Philadelphia. They fell to Pittsburgh the next night despite scoring four goals and lost 4-1 to Columbus on Sunday. They will face the Rangers, Hurricanes and Stars at home this week with a trip to Toronto sandwiched in between.
The top-seeded UConn Huskies dominated No. 16 Albany in the first round of the NCAA tournament, 116-55. Kia Nurse scored 24 points, hitting six three-pointers. UConn will face No. 8 Syracuse on Monday in a rematch of last year's national championship game. The Huskies have won 108 straight games overall and 37 straight postseason games.
Syracuse was knocked out of the NIT in just the second round with an 85-80 loss to Ole Miss. Tyus Battle lead the way with 17 points but the Orange could not overcome a late deficit.
Iona was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament with a 93-77 loss to No. 3 Oregon. Tyler Dorsey scored 24 points and Jordan Washington added 22 points in the loss.
Seton Hall was knocked out of the NCAA tournament after falling to Arkansas, 77-71. Angel Delgado had 12 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. It was the first time Seton Hall reached consecutive NCAA tournaments since 1991-94.
Princeton nearly knocked off Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament but fell, 60-58. Princeton had an opportunity to win on its final possession, but Devin Cannady missed a three-pointer. Spencer Weisz led the Tigers with 15 points.