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Jim Calhoun hadn't even officially retired as head coach at the University of Connecticut on Thursday afternoon, yet the Huskies already had secured his successor.

Kevin Ollie, a former standout guard for Calhoun from 1991-1995 and an assistant coach under Calhoun for the last two seasons, has been named the head men's basketball coach at his alma mater.

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Tom Coughlin's post-practice media session transcript courtesy of the New York Giants.....

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Andy Martino of the Daily News says there has been no outside interest in LHP Tim Byrdak.

In 53 games this season, Byrdak is 2-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 28 1/3 innings.

In addition, while the Mets would seemingly consider moving Daniel Murphy, offers from other teams have been much lower than it would take to trade him and a club source said they wouldn't trade Murphy for a reliever.

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The Predators have announced that they have matched the Flyers offer sheet of 14 years and $110 for Shea Weber.

They have released the following statement:

In the most important hockey transaction in franchise history, Nashville Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran, President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile and CEO Jeff Cogen announced today that the team has matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet between the Philadelphia Flyers and defenseman Shea Weber, insuring that the Predators' captain will remain with the franchise for the next 14 years.

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In 2000, only five of the existing 31 NFL franchises held their training camps at their home facilities. The tradition of conducting training camps away from home is slowly becoming a thing of the past. 18 of the 32 NFL teams are now staying home for the summer.

The Giants, who stayed home last year for camp due to the lockout, will be once again making the trek up the turnpike to the University of Albany to train for the next three weeks. It will be the 16th time the Blue has held camp in the state capital, which is the most of any location.

?Albany has been an ideal summer home for our football team,? says Giants President John Mara. ?In addition to the great facilities, we have felt for 15 years that starting our season in Albany gives us the best chance to succeed each season.?

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The Mets and Braves lost last night, while the Nationals, Phillies and Marlins won.

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The Mets announced they will recall RHP Elvin Ramirez in time for tomorrow's series finale against the Dodgers.

The Mets have not yet announced a corresponding move on the active roster.

Ramirez was with the Mets earlier this season from June 1 - 22, going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in five games.

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Terry Collins said it isn't likely Dillon Gee will return this season, according to WFUV's Amit Badlani.

If Gee does begin throwing in eight weeks, his status, as well as the team's standing, will help determine whether he can come back in 2012.

However, they will not risk his career by bringing Gee back this year.

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It?s times like these you wish Santonio Holmes was a little more well-spoken, a little more careful with his language.

There was an important message he was trying to convey on that now-infamous NFL Podcast, and the delivery was completely wrong. But that doesn't mean that it is our job to forego common sense. With his words are taken at face value, Holmes is being made to look like he's asking the media to lie for the sake of the team. That's a lame stance.

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By now we've all seen the comments that Santonio Holmes made this week on the NFL.com podcast. We'll put them below, but first we would be remiss if we didn't mention that most casual fans probably think this is a non-story.

Fine.

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Dreger adds "Nashville was working on a trade and its believed several deadlines passed before Flyers grew tired of waiting. Weber signed offer sheet."

He adds "I'm trying to go back to bed. More info coming in. Philly, NYR, Detroit and San Jose were big players in Weber trade scenarios."

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Yesterday's question: Giants? seventh-round draft pick Markus Kuhn is a German national. What other current Giant was born in Germany??

The answer: Domenik Hixon, who was born in Neunkirchen am Potzberg on October 8, 1984. He grew up near Columbus, Ohio and attended the University of Akron. Hixon was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft but did not play in an NFL game until the 2007. He was released by the Broncos midway through the season and picked up by the Giants. The rest you know...

Today's question....the Conerly Trophy (named for Giants' legendary QB Charlie Conerly) was established in 1996 and is awarded annually to the best college football player in the state of Mississippi. Ole Miss QB Eli Manning won it twice (in 2001 and 2004).....what other current Giant player has won the award?

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Giants' DL Chris Canty is confident he will be ready for training camp after undergoing knee surgery this offseason. Canty stopped by studio yesterday and appeared on The Wheelhouse to talk about the team's defense and the upcoming season.

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Sandy Alderson told reporters today the Mets will be "buyers," as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.

Alderson said he does not intend to acquire a starting pitcher this month, since it is not a priority for the team at this time. However, he explained,?improving the bullpen remains his top priority, followed by looking for another right-handed bat.

In regards to relief pitchers, Alderson later told WFAN that it has to be the right guy who can be acquired mid-season and pitch well in New York mid season. "It's a crapshoot," he said. "We need to make sure it has the best chance of working."

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Tuesday afternoon, Dillon Gee spoke with reporters during a conference call to discuss his injury, surgery and recovery from a blood clot that was in the artery of his right shoulder.

"Right now I feel good. My arm feels good. All the symptoms are gone," Gee said. "That's the positive. It's been a long week for me... Once we found out everything was going to be okay, my thoughts went from very scared to very disappointed."

Gee told reporters that he has experienced occasional numbness in his pitching arm since 2010. The amount of numbness he had on July 8, however, was the worst he had ever felt. The numbness had gone up to his shoulder and doctors could not find a pulse in his arm.

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Forbes Magazine revealed its 50 Most Valuable Sports Franchises List this week. All 32 NFL teams are on the list. The Giants placed ninth overall with an estimated worth of $1.3 billion.

English football giant Manchester United is the top rated property at $2.23 billion followed by Real Madrid ($1.88b), the Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys (both at $1.85b), the Washington Redskins ($1.56b), the LA Dodgers and New England Patriots (both $1.4b), Barcelona ($1.31b), the Giants and Arsenal ($1.29b). READ FULL


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Adam Rotter: This is a very interesting question and I think that the Rangers will be an improved team if they head into next season with basically the same lineup. In terms of players lost and replaced, I think it's pretty much a push with Jeff Halpern, Arron Asham, Taylor Pyatt and Michael Haley replacing John Mitchell, Brandon Prust and Ruslan Fedotenko.

A full season of Chris Kreider makes the Rangers better, faster and adds more scoring. Brad Richards should be better in his second season, you know what you will get from Ryan Callahan, and expect Derek Stepan to continue his progression into being a big-time center. They do need to add another scorer, whether it's a major move or not, and Marian Gaborik will miss the first few months. Rebound seasons from Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov would help fix the Rangers scoring woes.

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8:15AM: In the NY Post, Larry Brooks confirms most of these details and adds that the salary cap would now be $4 million over the mid-point, instead of eight, while the cap floor would remain at eight million under the mid-point.

He also adds that there would be no signing bonuses in the new five-year deals and that the salary would be the same every year.

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The Mets announced they have agreed to sign LHP C.J. Nitkowski to a minor league contract.

Nitkowski's deal is pending a physical, but he is expected to report to Double-A Binghamton.

Nitkowski, 39, last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2005 with Nationals. That year, he appeared in seven games and allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings. In ten big league seasons from 1995-2005, Nitkowski went 18-32 with a 5.37 ERA in 336 games and 44 starts.

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Former Giants' RB Brandon Jacobs was interviewed last night by Jim Rome on CBS Sports Network?s show ROME. In the interview he talks about why he left the Giants.....

Rome: Was it just money?

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Rodney Hampton carried the load for the Giants from 1990-1997. He is second all-time in rushing yards and third in rushing TDs. His yards per carry average was only 3.8, more of a testament to the Giants' poor offensive line than to his ability to move the ball forward.


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The Rangers have announced that they have signed Brendan Segal to a contract.

Segal, 28, had 18 goals and 18 assists in the AHL last season.

He is 6-2 and 215lbs.

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Frank Francisco threw off a mound today in Port St. Lucid today, according to MetsBlog's Michael Baron.

Collins said Francisco could begin a minor league rehab assignment this Wednesday.

Francisco has been on the disabled list since late June with a strained oblique.

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Last night, with the Mets trailing by five runs after seven innings, the Mets scored one run in the eighth and three runs in the ninth to pull within one run of the Cubs before finally falling by the score of 8-7.

In watching last night's game unfold, I couldn't help but think back to prior years - even last year while under Terry Collins - and think about how many times the Mets would appear to simply go through the motions in games like this and accept the game for what it was.

On a night when Johan Santana didn't have it, they could have easily folded the tents early and just look towards today's game. But, they didn't. Despite falling behind by five runs through the first five innings, the Mets continued to work counts, foul tough pitches off, and take quality at bats off of Travis Wood and the Cubs bullpen. As a fan, I firmly believed they had a chance to win that game - in years prior, I would've thought that game was over really early.

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Ex-Giant great Michael Strahan is in the running to become Regis Philbin's replacement on Live With Kelly. Strahan has been spending a lot of time around the show, and now must fend off charges from two others vying for the job.

Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers and world-renknowned vocalist Josh Groban are the other two names in the hopper for the seat next to Kelly Ripa on the popular morning show.

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If you play in the NFL, and you go about your offseason business?that time in between New Year?s day (for non-playoff teams) and the start of preseason camp in late July?by actually taking significant amounts of time off from the game, chances are you?re not one of the truly elite players in the League. There are exceptions, of course, and plenty of guys spend their free time away from training centers, film rooms and athletic environments, choosing instead to hit up the party scene or lounge by the pool or whatever it is professional athletes do to relax these days.?There?s another portion of the NFL populace that, once the final whistle blows on game 16, spends every waking moment of every day tirelessly working to become a better player. Some of these guys are just wired that way, and it?s quite impressive.?Most Super Bowl winning teams, at least theoretically, should be composed largely of the latter category, and while it?s near impossible to calculate with any measure of accuracy a percentage of hard working players, I?d bet there are few players on the Giants roster who don?t qualify.

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SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 7, Hudson Valley Renegades 6 (11 innings)
Hi, I'm JayceIt's hard to have a better professional debut than first baseman Jayce Boyd (pictured). "I was more excited than nervous, but there was definitely a little bit of tension in there," he said post-game. "I had to sit and watch for a few days, so I was kinda getting antsy."
The Mets 6th round pick, a right-handed hitter, doubled on a ground ball down the leftfield line, on a drive inside the rightfield line, and then drilled a line drive triple to the warning track in straight-away center. Then, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning, he lined a sacrifice fly out to rightfield to bring home the winning run. He finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, a run and two RBI. His swing looked clean and balanced and he used the whole field. He's listed at 6'3", but that seems a little generous to me.
After a busy week that including traveling from Omaha, where he was playing in the College World Series with Florida State to packing up in Tallahassee and signing with the Mets, Boyd seemed relieved to be back on the field, "It's been a little hectic," he said "but [I'm] finally getting to slow down and play some baseball."
In the bottom of the 11th, the Cyclones used pinch-runner Jonathan Clark at third base for Boyd's at-bat. Boyd said that Clark, "mighta been the fastest guy I'd seen in my life so all I had to do was hit it up in the air and he was probably going to score."

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Most of the beat writers hustle-up the last few days before the break and get as many interviews as possible. They know from experience that once minicamp is over it could be six weeks before they have access to the team or players again.

The veterans we have heard from ad nauseum this year already. But how about some stories about the exciting and interesting players the Giants have picked up this spring?

Don't sweat it. SNY insider Mike Garafolo and Pat Traina of Inside Football have you covered.

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3:54PM: According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Flyers are definitely on Rick Nash's list and are very involved in talks with Columbus. He also notes that losing JVR is not the end of the Flyers' pursuit.

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UPDATE 7:44am Brodeur has resigned with the Devila according to RDS.

The deal is two years and $9 million.

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12:45PM: Garrioch notes again that the Rangers have shown interest in Winchester.

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? Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) July 1, 2012Winchester had a cap hit of $750,000 last season.

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Darren Dreger tweets that even though many team may be interested in Rick Nash, he thinks that he will end up with the Rangers, Flyers or Sharks since he has a very specific list of teams he wants to go to.

He calls SJ a long shot.

Update: Aaron Portzline picks the Rangers and Flyers as co-favorites and thinks that whichever one doesn't get Bobby Ryan will go all in for Nash.

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Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers WILL NOT trade Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider or Ryan McDonagh in a deal for Rick Nash, even if Columbus is seriously talking to other teams about Nash.



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Update: Schultz signs with Edmonton

Original Post: Bob McKenzie tweets Justin Schultz is not going to pick the Rangers and are now out the running for his services.

Darren Dreger confirms and Larry Brooks tweets the Rangers have been alerted they are out.

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Steve Zipay tweets that he hears the Rangers could be the team that Justin Schultz picks this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Andy Strickland, who last year was the first to report that Brad Richards had picked the Rangers and that Artem Anisimov had signed a new contract, tweets that Ottawa and Edmonton are the final two teams for Schultz.

Strickland notes that a third team is also in the mix

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