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Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield (61) reacts after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The appearance was Sheffield's major league debut. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield (61) reacts after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The appearance was Sheffield's major league debut. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield has waited his entire baseball life to finally live what happened on Wednesday night in the Bronx. And he left his Major League debut how any rookie would want: smiling.

Sheffield was called out of the bullpen in the top of the ninth to close out a 10-1 rout of the Red Sox. Being the Yankees' No. 1 prospect, he wanted to make a good first impression in his first game donning the pinstripes, and that included his run in between innings to warm up on the mound. 

"My legs felt like jello," he told YES Network after the game. "The first thing I was thinking was, you know, don't trip running to the mound. Just don't trip. Once I got out there, I felt like when I got on the mound everything was just going to settle down a little bit. But the nerves and adrenaline was pumping. I'm glad I got to go out there and get my first one in."

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Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Near the trade deadline, rumors of the Mets dealing away some of their top-tier starters were swirling around Flushing. And rightfully so considering the Mets weren't ticketed for the postseason. 

Initially, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard were of high interest, but the Mets eventually walked that back. They didn't, however, take Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz off the table. At the end of the day, no trade was ever struck and the rotation stayed how it was. 

Pitching coach Dave Eiland was a happy camper. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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The Giants' offense has sputtered to start their 2018 campaign, even with new pieces on the roster. Rookie RB Saquon Barkley is the biggest fresh face of them all, with players like G Will Hernandez and LT Nate Solder behind him. 

However, Big Blue is facing the same problems it did last season. First and foremost, the "revamped" offensive line hasn't paid any dividends yet as it looks to be the same lackluster group of old. But, even with all their struggles, veteran QB Eli Manning isn't off the hook. 

The Giants' line play forces Manning to roam outside of the pocket, and throw on the run. But Manning can't scramble with quickness when things go awry, making him to either take a sack or force a ball where it shouldn't go. There is also the fact that he is 37, and descending into the final years of his career...

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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson (57) causes a fumble on a sack of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson (57) causes a fumble on a sack of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

This isn't how the Giants wanted to start their season again, but nonetheless, they finds themselves 0-2 for the third straight year after a loss to the Cowboys Sunday night. 

It has been the norm for the Giants of late. How many times have they started the season on the wrong note? 

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It's Year 3 for Giants WR Sterling Shepard, and though many look at that as the "breakout season," the 24-year-old has much to play for than just his stat line.

For one, Shepard is expected to play a vital role in reviving the Giants after their abysmal 3-13 season last year. He had to be the team's leading receiver when Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall went down with season-ending injuries in Week 5, and the injury bug even plagued him a bit as he missed five games as well.

Moving on this year is what the Giants aim to do with a new regime in place, but Shepard doesn't want to erase it entirely from his mind. It's the perfect motivation...

Tags: Jerell Adams, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Odell Beckham Jr heaps praise on Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey, new coach Giants coach Pat Shurmur, and Big Blue's potential on offense.

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will step on the field for his first game since Week 5 of last season this Sunday. And there is no easing him back into his role considering his matchup: Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey

Ramsey is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL, and has a knack for getting under his opponent's skin with trash talk. He recently went after several players around the league, including Giants QB Eli Manning, in an exclusive with GQ magazine. 

Beckham has an obvious past with trash-talking corners, more specifically Josh Norman. They literally went head-to-head two years ago at MetLife Stadium as both players focused more on fighting than the game itself...

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Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) throws the ball during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) throws the ball during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

All preseason, the thought of 2017 third-round choice Davis Webb backing up Eli Manning seemed obvious. The Giants didn't draft a quarterback in the first round this season. Instead, they picked up Kyle Lauletta out of Richmond in the fourth round. Then, it was journeyman Alex Tanney that joined the team at the start of camp. 

But this looked to be Webb's job to lose. Well, he did. 

The Giants' biggest shock was letting Webb go during their cuts to make the 53-man roster. Lauletta and Tanney are now Manning's backups, something experts and fans alike didn't see coming...

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Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA pitcher Justus Sheffield (4) pitches during the second inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA pitcher Justus Sheffield (4) pitches during the second inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

With September upon us, the MLB allows all teams to activate anyone on their 40-man roster to join the big club throughout the month. While teams normally don't activate all of those players on the roster, bringing in some reinforcements to give players a break is usually taken advantage of. 

The Yankees will definitely expand their roster, especially being slated for a playoff spot come October. Here are a few players that fans can expect to see in pinstripes this month...

LHP Justus Sheffield

Tags: Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Justus Sheffield, Luis Cessa, Tyler Wade, Scott Thompson
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold throws a pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons. (AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold throws a pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons. (AP)

The Jets have traded away Teddy Bridgewater, which shows their confidence in rookie QB Sam Darnold. And though it hasn't been made official yet, head coach Todd Bowles could be starting him Week 1 against the Lions on Monday NIght Football. 

If that is the case, Darnold -- at the young age of 21 -- will be the youngest Week 1 starting quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, according to NFL research. Darnold will pass former Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe for the record by 106 days. 

Though Josh McCown -- a veteran who had a career year with the Jets last year -- is still in the quarterbacks room, the Jets seem to like what they have seen from their No. 3 overall pick. Darnold has shown results in the stat sheet as well as the intangibles like scrambling out of the pocket, making throws on the run, and staying poised in tough situations...

Tags: Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Scott Thompson
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Odell Beckham Jr. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Odell Beckham Jr. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The life of a celebrity has the glitz and glamour, but there can also be downsides to it as well. Just ask Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham isn't your normal NFL wide receiver. Outside of the game, he is a full-fledged celebrity figure, hanging out with entertainers like Drake and many others in his spare time. In doing so, he has become one of the most recognizable faces of the game. 

But having that status can be a blessing and a curse all in one. On HBO's debut episode of their new series "The Shop," which features LeBron James, Draymond Green, and other celebrities and athetles to discuss sports and culture, Beckham said too often does privacy and normal days out of the house turn sour real fast...

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Lorenzo Carter (59) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

You can see from the above picture that Giants rookie LB Lorenzo Carter has a new hairstyle. He can thank his new teammate LB Olivier Vernon for that. 

As part of "team bonding," rookies had their hair stylized by some of the Giants' veterans. And Vernon decided to take an entire bottle of orange hair dye, and give Carter a makeover. 

"They dumped the whole (dye) in my head," Carter told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "It was a lot of guys, but O.V. was the one who stood out to me because he showed me his picture of what they did to him his rookie eyar in Miami. It was a lot worse than mine. His was real bright. I was like, 'It can't be that bad.'"

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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) makes a catch against the New York Giants during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) makes a catch against the New York Giants during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It has been a long time coming for Jets WR Quincy Enunwa, as he finally stepped back betweeen the hashes on Friday for his first game action since New Year's Day in 2017. 

Enunwa was forced to miss the entire 2017 season with a neck injury, and though he has been at camp, a thumb injury kept him from playing in the Jets' first two preseason contests with the Falcons and Redskins.

He finally got the chance to show his team that he hasn't lost a step against the Giants, and after a couple receptions, Enunwa was happy with how his first game went...

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

After suffering his first NFL injuries -- a mild hamstring strain -- Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley has been watching practice from afar. Well, the sideline to be exact.

Barkley, who sat out of practice all last week while the Giants were in Detroit, returned to the field Monday. He has been mostly restricted to individual drills on the side, with a few team reps coming on Wednesday.

For any rookie, making a great first impression on their new coaches is what each one strives to do. And while Barkley wants to participate in any way he can to get ready for the regular season, he knows the Giants are being cautious with him for a reason: They don't want to see a mild injury turn into a severe one anytime soon...

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Oct 2, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) stands with former pitcher Pedro Martinez during pregame ceremonies before a game agains the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Oct 2, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) stands with former pitcher Pedro Martinez during pregame ceremonies before a game agains the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees have won four games in a row after an extra-inning win against the Marlins on Tuesday night. And though they have been slicing off a couple games in the AL East race with the Red Sox losing three straight, some don't see that competitive fire from the Bombers. 

In particular, former MLB pitcher and current MLB Network analyst, Pedro Martinez, doesn't see any real hustle or drive from the Yankees. 

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Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Scott Thompson
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Dante Fowler (56) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Dante Fowler (56) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Pass rushing has been the Jets' bugaboo, and the team looks to be interested in making moves to bolster their front four this season to stop that trend. 

The Jets have looked into the Jaguars' interest in dealing DE Dante Fowler Jr., according to the Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Fowler has been rubbing the Jags the wrong way at camp, having returned Monday after a week-long suspension for violating team rules and "conduct unbecoming a Jaguars football player" after fights in practice. He also has off-the-field issues with three misdemeanor charges in 2017 forcing the NFL to suspend him for the first game of the season against the Giants. 

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Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) attempts a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) attempts a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater has performed well in his first two preseason games, which is why other teams have interest in trading for the 25-year-old. 

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, a team source confirmed what GM Mike Maccagnan has indicated all along -- that the Jets are willing to listen to any offers for Bridgewater. But the source stressed that "nothing is imminent."

Vacchiano noted that the Jets likely wouldn't get serious about dealing Bridgewater until after the preseason is over, when it's possible that due to injuries or poor play that some teams might be a little more desperate about their quarterback situation. The source would not confirm if any teams had already called, but said the Jets speak to teams about trade possibilities all the time and "it would make sense" that Bridgewater's name has come up, since everyone knows the Jets have a quarterback glut...

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(Evan Habeeb)

One of the best sporting events of the year kicks off in Williamsport, PA on Thursday as the Little League World Series begins. And the New York area will have a team to root for in the Mid-Island Little League team, who won the Mid-Atlantic Regional.

To get ready for their first game against the Midwest region at 3 p.m. today, here is a little background on how the Mid-Island All-Stars made it to this special tournament. 

Gregory Bruno tosses a perfect game

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Aug 15, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Aug 15, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler entered Wednesday having won five straight starts. And with a healthy lead, that number can be pushed to six after another good outing. 

Wheeler only tossed five innings due to a 95 pitch count, but he allowed just one run on five hits while striking out three and walking two. 

In the beginning, Wheeler didn't breeze through his first batters the way he has recently. Instead, Adam Jones hit a single to center to score Jonathan Villar, who got on base with a single himself to kick off the bottom of the first. 

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Mickey Callaway and Brandon Nimmo comment on the outfielder's 5-for-5 performance during the New York Mets' rout of the Baltimore Orioles.

He may not have hit the long ball, but Mets OF Brandon Nimmo did everything else on Wednesday night in Baltimore. 

Nimmo notched his first career 5-for-5 night with a triple, two doubles and three RBI. He also was hit by a pitch, making him reach base all six times he went to the plate. 

The 25-year-old brought home his first run of the night with a double in the top of the fourth. And he was part of the Mets' nine-run sixth with a two-run triple for his sixth on the season. 

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The DNL panel discusses Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey's comments that Odell Beckham Jr. aids to Eli Manning's overall success.

Giants QB Eli Manning fired back at Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey in the most Eli Manning-way possible on Wednesday.

When told of Ramsey's criticism, where Ramsey said "I won't say Eli's good," Manning first said "no" about responding before quipping, "who?" 

In an interview with GQ Magazine, Ramsey began talking about quarterbacks that he believed were great around the league, with Deshaun Watson, Kirk Cousins, and Derek Carr among them. However, he quickly took a shot in the middle of the question at Manning, saying he isn't up to par with the rest. 

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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(John E. Sokolowski)

The Yankees normally do much better when 2B Gleyber Torres is in the lineup. But the rookie hasn't shown that himself since coming off the DL. 

Torres was out for about three weeks with a right groin strain, and since his return on July 25, he has been mired in a pretty bad slump. 

How bad? Over 18 games since his return, Torres is 10-for-65 (.154) with a .308 slugging percentage and .263 on-base percentage. He also has three homers and 10 RBI over that span. 

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With the Giants' first preseason game on Thursday, head coach Pat Shurmur still hasn't said who will and will not be playing against the Browns. 

"Every player will receive the consideration necessary with regard to the play time," he said after practice on Tuesday. "They're all at different stages of being ready to play in Week 1. We'lljust try to balance it and make good decisions."

The obvious player that every Giants fan has an opinion on when it comes to playing in preseason games is star WR Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham's tumultuous 2017 season started to take a downfall in Week 2 of the preseason last year against the same Cleveland opponent. He suffered an ankle sprain that held him out of the season opener, and was the preempitve injury to his eventual fractured ankle in Week 5 of the regular season. 

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss whether the Knicks playing on Christmas Day is something to look forward to.

The NBA released it's annual Christmas Day schedule, and the Knicks have once again are among the teams playing. The Bucks are slated to come to town as one of the five NBA matchups for the holiday. 

But do the Knicks deserve to continually play on Christmas considering their rebuilding process?

For the past few seasons, the Knicks have not been up to par with the other NBA teams that play on Christmas Day. Just look at last season when the Sixers -- who were one of the best teams in the East -- handed them a 105-98 loss on their home court. The Celtics won 119-114 the season before as well.

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Scott Thompson
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Jun 12, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) attempts to pass during New York Jets mini camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 12, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) attempts to pass during New York Jets mini camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Currently in his 17th training camp, Jets QB Josh McCown has seen it all when it comes to quarterback battles. So, his answer to the question of why fellow quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater getting more first-team reps isn't anything out of the ordinary. 

"I'll defer to the coaches on that," McCown said after practice Monday when asked about his low rep total early on in camp. "Obviously just like we did last year, we understand the situation. This is my 17th training camp, and I've done this for a while, and we have a lot invested in the other two guys, and as far as them learning the offense and getting comfortable with things. It's good for our team for those guys to get as much work as they can. We feel really solid with our quarterback situation, and the room in general."

McCown has a large enough sample size to estimate what he is going to give the Jets. Last season, it just so happened to be a career year for the journeyman. He notched a career-high in yards (2,926), touchdowns (18), and completion percentage (67.3) in just 13 games before an injury ended his season. 

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Clint Frazier (77) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Clint Frazier (77) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

On his ESPN radio show Monday, Michael Kay called in to give his take on the Red Sox sweep. He began talking about how players like Luke Voit and Shane Robinson shouldn't be in the lineup during these games, and then pointed blame at Jacoby Ellsbury and Clint Frazier for not being healthy.

"Shame on the Yankees for not having depth, but again, shame on guys like Jacoby Ellsbury for not getting healhty. Shame on Clint Frazier for not getting healthy," Kay said. "You can't make them get healthy, but if those guys are available, it's completely different."

Frazier then responded...

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

The Giants' offensive line is once again an area of concern this season. Yes, upgrades were made, but there are still pieces that are a cause for concern given the past few seasons. 

One of those glaring questions is whether or not Ereck Flowers will turn his career around after making the shift from left to right tackle. Flowers wasn't a big fan of the move after the acquisition of veteran LT Nate Solder pushed him over. But now he claims he doesn't mind the transition.

Flowers has been working hard this offseason on re-working his technique and footwork to play on the right side. He has been seeing improvement everyday. 

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The Knicks made a few improvements this offseason, and have a new head coach in David Fizdale to lead the pack in the 2018-19 season. So why is it that Vegas believes they will virtually have the same season as last year?

New York finished 29-53 last season, and Westgate Last Vegas set their current over/under projection at 29.5 wins. That gives them the fifth-fewest wins among the 30 NBA teams. 

But Vegas may have a point in thinking the Knicks will be the same below-average squad they were a year ago.

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Scott Thompson
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Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants released their unofficial depth chart on Monday, and though it isn't set in stone, there are a few things worth noting. 

Here are the five biggest takeaways from how this roster looks early on in training camp...

1) No surprise Saquon Barkley is lead running back

Tags: B.W. Webb, Brett Jones, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Kerry Wynn, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Odell Beckham Jr (13) Jarvis Landry (14) Mandatory Credit: Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Innerarity)
Odell Beckham Jr (13) Jarvis Landry (14) Mandatory Credit: Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Innerarity)

On Sunday, the Browns struck a deal with the Bills to trade WR Corey Coleman. With that, the Browns now have a spot open on their roster. 

So, what does this matter for the Giants? Well, Browns WR Jarvis Landry still has hopes of playing with his former college teammate Odell Beckham Jr. 

Landry lobbyed for the Browns to trade for the Pro-Bowl wideout in the past, and the same can be said now with a roster spot open in Cleveland. Also, Beckham has yet to sign a contact extension with the Giants, and the start of talks between his agent and the front office haven't been productive so far.

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Jul 25, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) blows a bubble with his bubble hum during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 25, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) blows a bubble with his bubble hum during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees are in a bit of a pinch. 

New York lost it's third straight game, and this one was mundane on all sides for the Bombers. Luis Severino struggled once again despite slowly turning things around before his exit. And Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello absolutely dominated with a one-hit masterpiece on Friday night in Fenway Park. 

The Yankees are now 18-18 -- an even .500 -- in their last 36 games. And on top of that, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez are still out of the lineup with their respective injuries. 

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Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees find their way back up in Boston this weekend, starting a four-game set with the Red Sox Thursday night at Fenway Park. But, in this fourth meeting between these two rivals, there is more at stake. 

The Red Sox currently own a healthy 5.5-game lead over the Yankees following New York's loss to the lowly Orioles on Wednesday. The Bombers, though, have a chance to cut that lead before embarking on what looks to be an easy August schedule on paper. 

So why is this particular series so big for both squads? Well, they don't meet again until Sept. 18, which means this could either spark some momentum for the Yankees heading into the home stretch, or further separate the Red Sox from the rest of the pack...

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Jul 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) high fives as they beat the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) high fives as they beat the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

As we begin another month, the Yankees continue to see themselves behind the Red Sox in the AL East standings. After today's loss to the Orioles -- the worst team in baseball -- Boston's lead picked up a half-game as it now sits at 5.5 games.

Ever since Boston took back their lead in the East, the Yankees have been fighting tooth and nail to get it back. It obviously hasn't worked out, as just when it looks like they are close to making a run, a bad game ensues. And that bad game usually comes against a bad team.

There is a trend the Yankees haven't been able to shake this season -- trouble against bad teams. This doesn't make sense considering the Yankees' status as a World Series contender. 

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Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Knicks' second-rounder C Mitchell Robinson certainly made his case for the Opening Day roster after his successful summer league campaign.

In fact, his trainer -- Marcell Scott -- thinks his showcased abilities in Las Vegas eliminated any chance of Robinson having to grow his skills in the G-League this season.

"I knew once they saw Mitchell on the court and saw all the stuff he brings to the table, the G-League would be eliminated from the conversation,'' Scott told The Post's Marc Berman. "I honestly think at the halfway mark, at the All-Star break, Mitch will be starting.''

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When it comes to this season's Giants rookies, the main spotlight shines all over first-rounder Saquon Barkley. And even second-round G Will Hernandez is expected to be an immediate impact player this season. 

But what about third-round DT B.J. Hill?

Hill has been highly impressive in the first few days of training camp, and among all rookies, he is the one getting the most first-team reps. So, a defensive tackle rotation of run-stuffing machine Damon "Snacks" HarrisonDalvin Tomlinson, and Hill seems to be what the Giants are preparing for early on in camp.

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(Isaiah J. Downing)

The long-awaited visit between Knicks head coach David Fizdale and star forward Kristaps Porzingis has come to an end. And it was everything the Knicks hoped it would be. 

Fizdale and his wife, Natasha, went overseas to visit Porzingis and his family in Latvia to get to know him on a more personal level, and develop what everyone hopes will be a healthy relationship for this season and more to come. 

"It was important for Coach Fizdale to spend time with Kristaps and his family," an NBA source told The Post's Marc Berman. "It was an opportunity for both the coach and player to get to know each other on a more personal level and also talk basketball. It's part of establishing the type of culture and interaction necessary to building a strong foundation for this team in both the short and longer term."

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Aroldis Chapman (54) Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

The 2018 non-waiver trade deadline is almost here, and the Yankees have been active already. But they may not be done. 

Here are six huge deals that went down on or around past trade deadlines...

July 21, 1988: Jay Buhner traded to Mariners for Ken Phelps

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Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. looked healthy and strong during Monday's Big Blue practice, hauling in passes from Eli Manning.

The Giants' offense is already generating tons of buzz with the overload of weapons available on the depth chart. And for other teams around the league, fear is starting to set in. 

Led by star WR Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants possess above-average player at every position. Along with Beckham, Sterling Shepard will be another option in the receiving corps. At tight end, Evan Engram burst onto the scene last year as a pass-catching threat as well as one of Eli Manning's top end zone targets. And to round it all up, we all know what rookie RB Saquon Barkley is expected to bring to the table.

Looking at all of these options to work with, one AFC scout wouldn't want any defense to have to defend this group. So what should teams do?

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Sep 25, 2017; Greenburgh, NY, USA; New York Knicks general manager Scott Perry speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 25, 2017; Greenburgh, NY, USA; New York Knicks general manager Scott Perry speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Last summer, Scott Perry was ready to make the official move from Orlando to Sacramento to start his new journey as the VP of Basketball Operations with the Kings. But that's before Knicks president Steve Mills gave him a ring. 

Perry had signed on with the Kings in April, but when Mills called about the GM role he currently holds in New York, he couldn't resist.

"So I started in Sacramento April 24," Perry told NorthJersey.com's Steve Popper. "And we go through the draft, we go through the free agency. I enjoyed my time there. We were actually in Las Vegas Summer League and I hear from Steve Mills, asking did I have an interest in the general manager's job. Obviously I did."

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Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Knicks second-rounder Mitchell Robinson turned some heads during his summer league appearances after showcasing his raw athletic abilities. And this is what New York hoped would happen for Robinson, who was considered a high-risk pick when they took him 36th overall back in June. 

Why? Robinson was a bit of an unknown in this year's draft to say the least. Having not played at Western Kentucky as originally planned, Robinson worked out privately for the Draft instead. When he was selected, all fans knew about the 20-year-old was that he was 7-foot-1 with an athletic build, and would likely need some time to develop into an everyday player for the Knicks.

So, here are five other things you may not have known about the Knicks' new big man...

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(Adam Hunger)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman is expecting C Gary Sanchez to be out until late August or early September, according to the New York Post.

In the meantime, Cashman is OK with Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka at the catcher position but will also look at the market for catchers.

Sanchez has landed on the 10-day DL due to a right groin strain, the team announced Tuesday. 

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Jul 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 24, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

What RHP Masahiro Tanaka did on Tuesday night was exactly what the Yankees wanted to see. This was postseason Tanaka that shined on the mound in Tropicana Field. 

Tanaka turned in his best outing of the season, tossing a complete-game shutout as he limited the Rays to just three hits while striking out nine batters in the process. He carred a no-hitter into the fifth inning, when CJ Cron's single finally marked the first hit of the night for Tampa.

But even after a masterful performance like this, Tanaka knows he still has more starts to make down the road. The celebrating can't last too long. 

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Nick Leddy (L) Johnny Boychuk (55) Josh Bailey (12) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Islanders Josh Bailey and Johnny Boychuk are sick of hearing the team doesn't have any hope next season. And more importantly, those who believe the team will lack leadership with the exit of captain John Tavares, must think again. 

These two Islanders veterans find themselves in position to take the torch, if you will, from Tavares and lead the pack. These past five seasons have been Tavares' team, but now, it is up to the collective group to work together. 

Tavares may be gone, but that doesn't mean the Islanders should be deemed out of the running already. 

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

In 2007, Giants QB Jared Lorenzen was on the sideline in Super Bowl XLII when he watched the impossible happen. David Tyree made his famous helmet catch, and kept New York's hopes alive in the fourth quarter. 

As Tyree walked off the field, Lorenzen -- the backup to Eli Manning -- was the first person he high-fived. In the end, the Giants would win the game, defeating the undefeated Patriots, and Lorenzen's final season in the NFL would make him a world champion.

But he went off the grid following that year. Then, in 2014, video surfaced of Lorenzen playing for an indoor league with the Northern Kentucky River Monsters. This, though, wasn't what people remembered Lorenzen looking like.

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Greg Bird (33) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Returning to the Yankees' lineup from ankle surgery, 1B Greg Bird was mired in a slump. Bird showed hints of his old self, but mostly, it was a walk back to the dugout after each at-bat. 

But Bird showed more than hints of his powerful lefty bat right before the All-Star break, and that has continued since play resumed on Friday. It appears he has turned a corner, with a main sign being his success against lefty Steven Matz on Saturday afternoon. 

Heading into the game, manager Aaron Boone didn't know what to expect from Bird as he was 4-for-29 against left-handers. But, with his hot bat, the lefty-lefty matchup favored Bird in the end. 

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Giants training camp begins on July 25, but the player everyone wants to see in East Rutherford will report on Sunday. 

Saquon Barkley will officially kick off his rookie season when he and the rest of the 2018 rookies (and select veterans) take the Quest Diagnostics Training Center field for the start of training camp.

The spotlight will consistently shine on Barkley throughout camp and the rest of the season, as he looks to prove he was worth skipping on a top-rated quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick. The pressure, though, doesn't faze him. 

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Jul 21, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) after being taken out of the game against the New York Mets after giving up three runs during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 21, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) after being taken out of the game against the New York Mets after giving up three runs during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees had a healthy 7-3 lead heading into the top of the ninth against the Mets on Saturday, and closer Aroldis Chapman came to the mound to finish off the win in his first outing since the All-Star break. 

But, what looked to be a routine outing for the flame-throwing lefty, turned into a big scare real fast. Chapman issued a walk to Kevin Plawecki to lead off the inning, and Amed Rosario followed up with a single to make it first and second with no outs. 

Then, Chapman lost the strike zone. He issued 11 straight balls, which brought home a run after the walk to Jose ReyesBrandon Nimmo had a 3-0 count before Chapman hit him to plate another and make it a two-run ball game. 

 

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This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25th.

The Rundown

The cornerbacks room was supposed to be the least of the Giants' problems last season, but we all know how that went. Guess they didn't get that memo.

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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Before the All-Star break, the Mets got to see if Noah Syndergaard was officially over his strain in his right index finger. He passed the test against the Nationals, allowing just one run over five innings. 

Well, more of the same was seen in Syndergaard's second start since coming off the DL as he shut down the Yankees' high-powered offense on Friday night. However, there was one hiccup.

In the middle of the fifth inning, manager Mickey Callaway came out to the mound with a trainer by his side to assess Syndergaard. The SNY broadcast team noticed Syndergaard looking at his throwing hand, and it was noted that his velocity on his pitches had dropped significantly. Syndergaard was pumping 98 and 99-mph fastballs, and they had dipped to around 94 mph...

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(Brad Penner)

It is no secret the Yankees need starting pitching to get a second-half push toward the top of the AL East. For now, though, they will have to try and get good outings from the middle-to-back rotation starters. 

Unfortunately, they didn't get that from one of those back-end arms as Domingo German continued to struggle on Friday against the Mets. 

German threw another dud first inning to start off his outing. After walking Brandon Nimmo to lead off the game, Asdrubal Cabrera laced a double down the right field line to bring Nimmo all the way home for the first run of the game. 

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Kevin Knox (20) Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

It is apparent Knicks' first-rounder F Kevin Knox wasn't fazed by his first taste of NBA basketball. Just look at what he did in just a few games out west in the Summer League. 

Knox was named first-team All-Summer League as he electrified the court with thunderous dunks and crafty moves to the lane. After four games, he averaged a stellar 21.3 points per game.

At 18 years old, Knox has impressed many by how mature his game has looked. But his father, Kevin Knox Sr., wasn't too surprised that his son stole the show...

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