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Who to watch in Senior Bowl 00:00:34
The Senior Bowl is this weekend in Mobile, Alabama. What players should Jets fans keep an eye out for?

As the Jets build their NFL Draft big board, making a stop at the Reese's Senior Bowl this week is a priority.

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan was on hand Tuesday for the drills and practice that the top seniors in college football this season participated in. According to The Athletic's Connor Hughes, he was paying very close attention to the offensive and defensive line drills.

The Jets have many needs to attend to this offseason, so with that in mind, here are a few seniors to look out for this week in Mobile, AL…

Tags: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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When Troy Tulowitzki was released by the Blue Jays back in December, it appeared his MLB career was coming to a closeHe hadn't seen a diamond in the bigs since July, 28, 2017, as recovery from heel surgery wasn't the eight weeks the Blue Jays thought it would be.  

But then there was his open showcase at Long Beach State in December that changed that narrative.

Being a five-time All-Star normally piques the interest of MLB front offices, but Tulowitzki's workout at his alma mater opened some eyes to the point where offers were put on the table. And Long Beach State head coach Troy Buckley, who helped conduct the workout, knows exactly why.

Tags: Troy Tulowitzki, Scott Thompson
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Knicks lose tight game in London 00:01:38
New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay voiced his opinion of how the Knicks faired across the pond in London against the Wizards.

The London Game looked to be in the bag for the Knicks, but a fourth-quarter slump saw the Wizards pull out a 101-100 win that came down to the buzzer on Thursday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) After Noah Vonleh buried a nifty hook shot to go up 100-99, the Wizards had 3.3 seconds to work with. They inbounded the ball to a wide open Thomas Bryant in the middle, and as he rose for a layup, Allonzo Trier was called for goaltending which gave the Wizards the lead. With 0.4 seconds left, the Knicks didn't draw up the right play as Emmanuel Mudiay threw up a shot that didn't connect at the buzzer.

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Jets dream offseason wishlist 00:00:18
SNY's New York Jets analysts pick each of their top three free agents they want the Jets to sign this offseason.

The Jets have their new head coach in place, and as Adam Gase puts together his staff, the next big step is what Gang Green will do this offseason to improve their 53-man roster. 

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan will have almost $100 million ($99,387,909 projected by OverTheCap.com) to work with in free agency, and to explore trades. 

So who should they go after? The SNY Jets crew gave their dream offseason wishlist for the Jets, as they look ahead to the free agent class and players that could be on the market:

Tags: Jamal Adams, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Mets GM on NL East: Come Get Us 00:00:19
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen says the that the Mets intend to compete for a championship, and it starts with winning the division.

Since taking over as Mets GM, Brodie Van Wagenen's words have been just as aggressive as his offseason approach. And that continued at Jed Lowrie's introductory press conference on Wednesday.

In his last introductory press conference, this one for C Wilson Ramos, Van Wagenen said "internally, we can argue we're the favorites in the division right now." Well, he didn't stray away from that mindset as he said he is anxious to show teams, especially in the NL East, what the Mets are capable of this season.

"I look forward to showing people that we're a team to be reckoned with," Van Wagenen told reporters. "Let's not be shy on wanting to be the best and I fully expect us to be competitive, to be a winning team. Our goal is to win a championship and it starts with the division. So come get us."

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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the against the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the 2018 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the against the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the 2018 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

The White Sox' lowball offer to top free agent Manny Machado doesn't appear to be true after all.

Appearing on "Baseball Night in New York," former Mets GM and SNY Mets analyst Jim Duquette reported Machado's actual offer from the White Sox was a seven-year deal worth $210 million with a $30 million club option for an eighth year. 

That proposed offer sounds much better than the seven-year, $175 million offer that ESPN's Buster Olney and USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale reported earlier on Wednesday. 

Tags: Manny Machado, Scott Thompson
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USA infielder Peter Alonso hits a two-run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
USA infielder Peter Alonso hits a two-run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets top prospect 1B Peter Alonso has repeatedly said he wants to be on the team's Opening Day roster when camp breaks in March. But, as the team introduced veteran super-utility man Jed Lowrie at Citi Field on Wednesday, we're reminded of how much competition Alonso will have to reach that goal.

In what looked like a clear path to start at first in the beginning of the offseason, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has brought in Lowrie and J.D. Davis to create a jam for Alonso. Even Todd Frazier could make the shift to first with Jeff McNeil virtually kicked out of second base after the Robinson Cano trade. 

So what do all these moves mean for the 24-year-old, who absolutely raked in the minors last season? Van Wagenen says the added pressure should provide even more motivation for Alonso.

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When it comes to the Giants' options to explore adding a new quarterback next season, the NFL Draft or free agency comes to mind right away. But a trade isn't off the table, either. 

Some teams possess backup quarterbacks that could very well start for a team next season, and Colts QB Jacoby Brissett fits that bill. The 25-year-old has some intrigue in his 17 career starts with a strong arm and mobility outside the pocket.

He was first put on the map in New England, filling in for Tom Brady back in 2016. And after being traded for Phillip Dorsett to the Colts, Brissett had 15 starts last season in place of an injured Andrew Luck. He went 4-11, but was still learning the ways of the playbook and offense as each week went along. 

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Oct 13, 2018; London, United Kingdom; General overall view of the entrance to the O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Oct 13, 2018; London, United Kingdom; General overall view of the entrance to the O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Knicks may have caught only a couple hours of sleep on their flight to London Tuesday, but they weren't thinking about the hotel beds when they landed at 10:30 a.m. They were ready to hit the London streets.

The team has an agenda for their trip to Europe to face the Wizards on Thursday, and head coach David Fizdale made it a point to include some tourist time for his squad.

"We'll try to do it in a way that doesn't have them on their feet a lot," Fizdale told The Post's Marc Berman. "But they gotta see all of that. They gotta experience it. The whole beauty of this is learning about new culture, new food, new everything. You gotta open up your mind...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray looks on prior to the 2018 Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray looks on prior to the 2018 Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

NFL Draft big boards across the league could see a change with Oklahoma QB and former Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray announcing Monday that he is declaring.

The move is procedural and doesn't preclude Murray -- who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics -- sticking with baseball. He doesn't have to forfeit his $4.66 million signing bonus with the A's yet, but if he ultimately enters the NFL, he would. The 21-year-old could very well be declaring for the draft to further his time to weigh his options. 

With Murray declaring, NFL teams will immediately add him to their list of options. And the Giants will certainly be one of those teams...

Tags: Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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Feb 8, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale during the second half against the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns 110-91. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)
Feb 8, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale during the second half against the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Phoenix Suns 110-91. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)

Following yet another rout on his home floor Friday night against the Pacers, Knicks head coach David Fizdale was asked what is wrong with his team's defense. He had a very definitive, but simple answer. 

"All of it," he told NorthJersey.com's Chris Iseman.

The Knicks are second-to-last in defensive rating in the NBA this season at 113.5, and it isn't hard to believe with the team's 10-32 record. And Fizdale doesn't believe it's lackadaisical play from his squad, but rather it is the system that he is trying to run. 

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This season, the Giants' offense usually had the spotlight shining bright on them.

How could it not with the aging Eli Manning analyzed with a fine tooth comb under center, the comeback of star WR Odell Beckham Jr., and rookie RB Saquon Barkley looking to prove he was worth the No. 2 overall pick over the top quarterbacks in his draft class (he's the top Rookie of the Year candidate, so that answers that question).

But what about the Giants' defense? They had a lot of intrigue entering the season with a new, aggressive coordinator, a few new pieces, and the goal of returning to the crew that was one of the stingiest in scoring back in 2016. But that wasn't the case at all.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Olivier Vernon, Scott Thompson
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Fizdale on loss to Pacers 00:00:28
David Fizdale talks about his team's defensive breakdowns as the Knicks fell on Friday to the Indiana Pacers, 121-106.

The Knicks couldn't control the Pacers on their home floor, losing 126-106 at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) The last time Domantis Sabonis came to The Garden, he left with a perfect 12-for-12 line from the field in a monster game. He didn't produce the same rare box score this time around, but he was still the Pacers' leading scorer with 22 points on 9-of-14 from the field. He also made all four foul shot attempts. On top of that, he had a double-double with 15 rebounds and three assists.

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Indiana Pacers, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Is Adam Gase the right choice? 00:00:37
The Jets hired Adam Gase as their next head coach, former Jets QB Ray Lucas is left scratching his head.

Adam Gase is staying in the AFC East, as the Jets will hire him as the 19th head coach in franchise history, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Wednesday night. 

The move was reportedly made official as the Jets and Gase have agreed to a deal on Thursday, according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington. The terms of the deal have not yet surfaced.

After learning Baylor head coach Matt Rhule took himself out of the running, news broke minutes later that the former Dolphins head coach will replace Todd Bowles next season. Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who is a more accomplished head coach than Gase, was also in the running and only had his eyes set on the Jets' job...

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Sep 25, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Jed Lowrie (8) hits an RBI-single against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 25, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Jed Lowrie (8) hits an RBI-single against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Mets brought in another vetearn infielder this offseason, signing Jed Lowrie to a two-year deal on Thursday, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

According to Martino, the deal is worth $20 million over the two years for the 34-year-old.

Lowrie had his first All-Star season in 2018, with a .267/.353/.448 slash line, a career-high 23 homers and 99 RBI over 157 games with the Oakland A's...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Todd Frazier, Scott Thompson
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Jan 8, 2019; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) goes up for a shot against Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Sharone Wright Jr. (2) in the second half at Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Jan 8, 2019; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) goes up for a shot against Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Sharone Wright Jr. (2) in the second half at Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

As expected, the No. 1-ranked Duke Blue Devils took down Wake Forest in dominant fashion -- an 87-65 rout on the road. And though this has been the norm for this Duke team this season, what Zion Williamson posted on the stat sheet was historic.

The Demon Deacons were no match for Williamson, as he posted 30 points -- a career high -- on 13-of-16 shooting from the field. But that wasn't it. Williamson had a double-double with 10 rebounds, and he tallied five assists, four steals, and one block on the night. 

This performance, according to ESPN Stats & Info, made Williamson the only DI player to post a 30-10-5-4 line with 80 percent shooting from the field in the past 20 years. Sixers PG Ben Simmons posted the same line back when he was a freshman at LSU, but he didn't shoot 80 percent or better from the field...

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) smiles as he finishes batting practice before a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) smiles as he finishes batting practice before a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen making roster depth moves over the weekend, it looked as if he was done making the big splashes this offseason. 

But that was before news broke that the Mets and former 3B David Wright reached a contract restructure after he moved into the role of special advisor to Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon on Monday.

According to The Post's Ken Davidoff, the Mets won't be paying Wright's $15 million salary in 2019. Instead, they will pay him $9 million over the course of the year, with a lump sum of $4 million coming on Thursday and the rest of the money dispersed throughout the season.

Tags: David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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Oct 2, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws the ball during workouts one day before the 2018 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 2, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws the ball during workouts one day before the 2018 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

The Yankees received some good news about LHP CC Sabathia.

Sabathia, who underwent a heart procedure last month, passed a follow-up stress test on Tuesday. Now, the veteran is allowed to work out, which includes baseball activities. 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said during a conference call last week that he has been waiting to deal RHP Sonny Gray until he was sure Sabathia would be healthy enough to play next season. With Sabathia just getting back on the grind, Cashman may not be too hasty in sparking a trade for Gray, but it wouldn't be a surprise to hear talks have ramped up again.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray, Scott Thompson
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Before the Knicks take the Staples Center court on Friday to face off against the Lakers, let's flashback to last season for a moment. 

The Lakers began the year with a lot of change to their team makeup. Two rookies -- PG Lonzo Ball and F Kyle Kuzma -- joined Brandon Ingram as the young core of the team, while Brook Lopez and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were also fresh faces to round out the starting five for LA. They were led by Luke Walton, who was in his second year with the team after coming over from the Warriors.

As many expected, there wasn't much success as the rebuilding project spearheaded by Magic Johnson continued to roll along. Now, there were spurts where the Lakers would beat opponents like the Rockets, Celtics, and Sixers. But most of the time, they tallied their games in the loss column.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Scott Thompson
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Antonio Brown bad for Jets 00:01:15
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has expressed he wants out. SNY's Willie Colon reveals why he would be bad for the New York Jets.

Rumors have been swirling around all week in the Steelers' camp that star WR Antonio Brown has ticked off the organization to the point where the team is willing to trade him. 

The Jets could very well be a landing spot if that was, in fact, the case. 

New York has the cap spaced (projected $100 million to work with this offseason), and Brown is just the No. 1 receiver the team is desperately looking to provide their franchise QB Sam Darnold with...

Tags: Jamal Adams, Scott Thompson
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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys 36-35 at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys 36-35 at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

During his end-of-season press conference on Wednesday, Giants GM Dave Gettleman wouldn't commit to veteran QB Eli Manning starting under center in 2019, which means all options are going to be explored before making that call.

Manning isn't sure how long that decision will take.

"I don't know," he told Mike Francesa on WFAN. "I assume I'll have conversations with Mr. Gettleman going forward and seeing what's best and what we need to do."

Tags: Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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5 facts to know: Mike McCarthy 00:00:33
Mike McCarthy coached the Packers for 13 seasons, but what else is relevant about McCarthy as he's considered for the head coaching job?

Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is a hot name on the head coaching market, and one of his former quarterbacks thinks a marriage with the Jets would be a perfect match. 

Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio, former Jets and Packers QB Brett Favre said he believes McCarthy heading to New York or Cleveland would be the best place for him. 

Why? The young quarterback situation...

Tags: Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Gettleman on Eli, Beckham Jr. 00:01:41
Giants GM Dave Gettleman was very honest in his responses about Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. and their future with the team.

For the first time since July 27, Giants GM Dave Gettleman sat in front of New York media to address the multitude of questions that have built up over his team's 2018 campaign that ended with a disappointing 5-11 record. And you can guess that one of the first questions he addressed was QB Eli Manning's future with the franchise. 

Gettleman admitted that he and Manning had an "extensive, no holds barred" conversation on Monday, but wouldn't divulge on what was discussed. However, he did say what his current stance on the quarterback position for the team will be as he enters the offseason. 

"Here's what I'm committed to do," Gettleman said. "I'm committed to making the best decision in the interest of the New York Football Giants. We're in the evaluation process. I know you wants answers now."

Tags: Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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Oct 7, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) rounds the bases on a two run home run by left fielder Chris Taylor (not pictured) against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning of game three of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Oct 7, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) rounds the bases on a two run home run by left fielder Chris Taylor (not pictured) against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning of game three of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

After making the blockbuster trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen continued his aggressive approach this offseason. Finding an everyday catcher was his next move, and he was on the hunt immediately. 

Among his list of potential candidates was free agent C Yasmani Grandal, and according to SNY's Andy Martino, the Mets were very serious about landing the former Dodger.

That seriousness resulted in the Mets making an offer worth $60 million over four years, but Grandal turned it down, The LA Times Jorge Castillo wrote. 

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Odell Beckham Jr: 'I Love Eli' 00:01:24
Odell Beckham Jr. talks about winning with Eli Manning next season, and Pat Shurmur shares his vision for success in 2019 for Big Blue.

As it was last season, Giants QB Eli Manning will enter his final regular-season game on Sunday with the question of whether or not he will start for Big Blue next season up in the air. 

Manning has support from his teammates like WR Sterling Shepard, who said "I'd love to" have the 37-year-old throwing passes to him next season. And after practice Friday, Manning has another supporter: Odell Beckham Jr.

"I love Eli," Beckham told reporters on Friday. "I've been with Eli - he's the first quarterback I've ever had in the league. I threw at him, Manning Camp, high school. There's a lot of things you want in life. You can't always get what you want, but at the end of the day I want him to be able to go home and talk trash to his brothers. When it's his time to go out, I want him to go out the right way."

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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The Giants and Browns will finish their 2018 season this Sunday with no playoff hopes ahead of them. But both teams and their fanbases will be looking forward to the NFL Honors the day before the Super Bowl to see if their highly-touted rookie will win the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. 

Giants RB Saquon Barkley and Browns QB Baker Mayfield are the frontrunners to win the award, and the latest Vegas odds has Mayfield as the slight favorite to beat out Barkley. Let's break down each candidate to see who should be walking up to the stage to accept the award in the end:

The Barkley Argument

Tags: Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley answers questions during a press conference at the New York Marriott Marquis after after quarterback Kyler Murray wins the Heisman Trophy. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley answers questions during a press conference at the New York Marriott Marquis after after quarterback Kyler Murray wins the Heisman Trophy. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley was expected to be on the Jets' list to replace Todd Bowles next season. But Riley is content with staying right where he is.

Speaking at the Orange Bowl Media Day ahead of his Sooners' College Football Playoff matchup against No. 1-ranked Alabama, Riley didn't shoot down the idea that he would one day break into the NFL, but he knows right now that isn't his game plan. 

"I can't tell you how I'm gonna feel in 10 years, but no, not right now," Riley told The Post's Howie Kussoy. "If I wasn't at one of the elite programs in the country, maybe, but no, I'm very happy where I'm at right now...

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Sterling Shepard (87) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sterling Shepard (87) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the Giants play their season finale of the 2018 season on Sunday against the Cowboys, it is natural for the masses to think about whether it will be QB Eli Manning's final game starting for Big Blue. 

This was the same question at this point last season, with the Giants' draft stock in the Top 3 and five top quarterbacks to choose from. But GM Dave Gettleman went in a different direction, selecting RB Saquon Barkley at No. 2 overall as he showed his faith in the 37-year-old quarterback. 

Gettleman also said he had a win-now strategy for the Giants, and that hasn't been the case. The Giants would finish 6-10 on the season if they win Sunday, and that isn't what the front office expected, which is why Manning's status as the team's franchise quarterback is up in the air again. And he knows it.

Tags: Eli Manning, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Kevin Knox continues to develop 00:01:06
Kevin Knox is content with his progress as a rookie for the Knicks. David Fizdale is impressed with his professionalism.

This is the Kevin Knox the Knicks pictured when they drafted him in the first round back in June. 

Over his last six games, Knox has seen double digits in the points column on the stat sheet in every contest, averaging 19.6 points per game with three 20-point performances as well. He also seems to have more confidence in his jumper, pulling from beyond the arc with success (42.8 percent).

Head coach David Fizdale knows Knox was going to struggle being a rookie, and that will likely happen again later on in the season. For now, though, he's seeing that hard work pay off.

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(Gregory Fisher)

Former Mets C Mike Piazza didn't take the traditional route following his retirement and introduction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Instead, he jumped on the venture of buying a third-tier Italian soccer club in A.C. Reggiana 1919. 

But what looked to be the perfect situation for Piazza and his wife, Alicia, turned into a horribly failed investment as the club had gone bankrupt. So when The Athletic asked to interview the Piazzas about the experience, Mike knew what he had to do to get through it.

"This interview's going to be wet," Mike told author Robert Andrew Powell. "I hope that's okay with you."

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Cameron Indoor Stadium, where the Duke Blue Devils play their games, has a seating capacity of 9,314. And it is always packed to the ceiling with the "Cameron Crazies" each time the Blue Devils take the court. 

But when Duke takes the court Thursday night against No. 12 Texas Tech, it won't be in Durham, NC. Instead, they will be walking into the bright lights of the mecca of basketball -- Madison Square Garden. And you can bet MSG's capacity of 19,812 will be filled to the max as well.

Of course, the Blue Devils tout a ravenous fanbase that travels with them across the country. But this group in particular is even more tantalizing to watch this season, mainly because of the greatest showman in the NCAA right now -- Zion Williamson...

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Dec 14, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) reacts after missing a possible game winning shot in the closing seconds of the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. The Knicks won in overtime 126-124. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)
Dec 14, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) reacts after missing a possible game winning shot in the closing seconds of the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. The Knicks won in overtime 126-124. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)

Down as much as 21 points, the Knicks battled back to defeat the Hornets in a thrilling overtime bout, 126-124, in Charlotte. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) Emmanuel Mudiay tallied a career high in points with 34 on the night, and he came up big for the Knicks down the stretch. He almost ended the game in regulation with a three-ball that just rimmed out. But in overtime, he had key buckets to keep the Knicks' lead as they held off a late Hornets comeback. He collected eight assists and three rebounds as well.

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

And just like that, RHP Jeurys Familia is back.

The Mets and Familia agreed to a three-year deal, worth $30 million to bring the former closer back to their bullpen, the team officially announced on Friday.

"We are excited to bring Jeurys back to Flushing," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said in an official statement. "Jeurys is a familiar face and an accomplished, elite reliever with experience that will fit well in our clubhouse."

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Scott Thompson
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OBJ thinks Giants make playoffs 00:01:09
New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. talks leg injury and reinforces why he believes team will go 8-8 and make playoffs

On Thursday, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. was off the practice field, and instead, in a doctor's office as he checked out his quad injury once again. 

Beckham's injury is being called a bruise, but after having to miss last Sunday's win over the Redskins, it appears to be more than that. And when reporters asked Thursday what exactly is ailing Beckham, the star receiver answered as straightforward as he could be.

"I don't know. It's like saying I broke my leg, well you really fractured it," Beckham said. "You know, it's just choice of words, whatever you want to call it. S--t ain't right."

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Dec 12, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)
Dec 12, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

The Knicks battled back from a 22-point deficit, but they ultimately fell short to Cavaliers, 113-106, on the road Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks made a big comeback in the second half, with rookie Kevin Knox putting them up by one with a thunderous transition dunk. But the Cavs got the lead back from a Rodney Hood floater, and would further it after the Knicks were forced to foul following a miss. The critical play of the game, though, came on an inbound following a timeout where Emmanuel Mudiay couldn't find a teammate to get the ball to in a three-point game. It ended the Knicks' chance at a comeback.

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Looking at the stat sheet after the Giants 40-16 rout of the Redskins Sunday, it would have been easy for anyone to give the game ball to rookie RB Saquon Barkley. He finished the game with 170 yards rushing with a touchdown on 14 carries to go along with four receptions for 27 yards.

But head coach Pat Shurmur handed the ball game, instead, to WR Sterling Shepard.

Shepard's stat sheet didn't jump off the page one bit with two catches for 17 yards and a touchdown. But it was what he did off the ball that had the entire locker room in agreement he deserved the game ball, and Barkley explained the one play that stood out the most. 

Tags: Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale coaches against the Milwaukee Bucks during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale coaches against the Milwaukee Bucks during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Lakers F LeBron James may have made some Knicks fans cry when he told his long-time friend and former teammate Dwyane Wade, "It was either here or The Garden" after their final meeting on Monday night

Well, Knicks head coach David Fizdale is hoping not to make his fans cry any longer over players the team could land in New York.

James is a prime example of NBA players that love playing at Madison Square Garden, but didn't see it as a fit at the time of his free agency. But, with such a loaded class in 2019 -- Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard to just name a few -- Fizdale wants to change that trend. 

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Manny Machado and his agent Dan Lozano will be making four in-person visits with teams in the coming days at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

According to Fancred Sports Jon Heyman, the Yankees, Phillies and White Sox are among them with three mystery teams -- not just one -- also meeting with the top free-agent. 

But, in his typical fashion regarding these situations, Yankees GM Brian Cashman responded with "I wouldn't say" when asked if he is going to meet with the 26-year-old All-Star. 

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Network)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone addresses the media prior to Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY Network)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone indulged in a lengthy interview with the media during the Las Vegas Winter Meetings, and he touched on a lot of the hot topics surrounding the team as it gears up for the new season. 

Other than starting pitching, one of the biggest areas the Yankees need to figure out is what they are going to do at shortstop while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery. They have a couple options with winning the Manny Machado sweepstakes, and moving Gleyber Torres to shortstop -- his natural position -- among them. 

Boone didn't divulge on which option he would rather have, but he did give credit to Torres for how his versatility in the infield will help the Yankees either way...

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Scott Thompson
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Manny Machado and his agent Dan Lozano will be making four in-person visits with teams in the coming days at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

According to Fancred Sports Jon Heyman, the Yankees, Phillies and White Sox are among them with three mystery teams -- not just one -- also meeting with the top free-agent.

In the Yankees case, SNY's Andy Martino reported the team isn't "all-in" on signing the shortstop. Also, if it comes down to a bidding war for Machado, the Yankees don't appear willing to dish out that $300 million contract he is expected. 

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Jul 9, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) throws to first base to force out Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick (not pictured) in the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Jul 9, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) throws to first base to force out Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick (not pictured) in the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

In what was a shocking announcement to many, the Blue Jays announced Tuesday they have released All-Star SS Troy Tulowitzki

Tulowitzki, 34, has had many issues staying on the field in the past two seasons. He missed all of last season with bone spurs in both of his heels, and he suffered a brutal right ankle sprain in July 2017 that forced him to only play 66 games. 

However, according to Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan, Tulowitzki is currently working out at Long Beach State (his alma mater) and is "said to be in best health in a long time."

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May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Sean Chandler intercepts a pass in front of tight end Ryan O'Malley (48) during practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Sean Chandler intercepts a pass in front of tight end Ryan O'Malley (48) during practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Not only will Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. not be on the field in Washington this Sunday, but star S Landon Collins won't be able to help the defense after suffering a torn labrum during the team's Week 13 win over the Bears. 

In turn, players will need to step up in place of these two key cogs on the Giants. For the defense, veteran Michael Thomas will see some more work next to Curtis Riley to replace Collins. But a Giants rookie in S Sean Chandler will also ramp up his work load as well.

Chandler, an undrafted rookie out of Temple, has already seen more snaps on the defensive end in recent weeks. But that responsibility will only increase with Collins out for the rest of the season...

Tags: Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) walks back to the dugout after striking out to the game against the Boston Red Sox in game five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)
Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) walks back to the dugout after striking out to the game against the Boston Red Sox in game five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)

Heading into the Winter Meetings next week, the Yankees' competition for top free agent INF Manny Machado looked to be the Phillies and White Sox. However, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal is hearing that isn't the case. 

Rosenthal was told by a rival executive that "at least three other teams" have every intention to meet with Machado's agent, Dan Lozano, at some point during the meetings. Who those three teams are remain a mystery, but they will soon come to light as the meetings unfold. 

The Yankees have been linked to Machado, but the team itself hasn't made it clear that they will be aggressive toward signing him. However, SNY's Andy Martino reported rival executives thinking Cashman is just being sneaky, and the team will ultimately be in the running for him...

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Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman prior to the game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman prior to the game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Hey, Yankees fans: Can we stop hitting the panic button please?

After the Nationals signed LHP Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million deal (which is way too much), all hell broke loose on social media with fans spewing out backlash -- some even saying the entire offseason was a "failure" because GM Brian Cashman was outbid for the coveted lefty. And those knee-jerk reactions continued when Nathan Eovaldi re-signed with the division-rival Red Sox. 

For those of you that indulged in these talks, go grab a paper bag, stress ball, or whatever makes you calm down. These two signings doesn't mean it's the end of the world for the Yankees in 2019...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Sep 28, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) bats in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Lansford)
Sep 28, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) bats in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Lansford)

It appears we can officially chalk the Nationals off free agent Bryce Harper's list. 

Nationals owner Mark Lerner already made an "aggressive" offer to their former star outfielder before he hit the free-agent market. But Lerner thinks, at this point in time, Harper is content leaving his old home behind to find a new one. 

"Well, when we met with them and we gave them the offer, we told them, 'This is the best we can do,' Lerner told 106.7 The Fan FM in Washington. "We went right to the finish line very quickly. And we said, 'If this is of interest to you, please come back to us and we'll see whether we can finish it up.' But we just couldn't afford to put more than that in and still be able to put a team together that had a chance to win the NL East or go farther than that.

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway is thrilled to Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz trade as well as how the team will now employ Jeff McNeil

A veteran All-Star infielder that has proven to be consistent at the plate, and a young shutdown closer that led the league in saves last season have been added to Mets manager Mickey Callaway's roster.

So, yeah, you can probably guess how happy he was at Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz' introductory press conference on Tuesday. 

"Obviously, I'm very excited.," Callaway told SNY's Steve Gelbs. "We have two players that are going to be in Mets uniforms that are at the top of their game. Robinson Cano, one of the most thoughtful baseball people I've ever been around. I had a chance to eat dinner with him last night and get to hear his thoughts on baseball and his love for the game and hitting. It's going to help our players tremendously."

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Van Wagenen joins Steve Gelbs after the Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz press conference. He admits he's not afraid of failing to succeed.

Mets new GM Brodie Van Wagenen has already lived up to his mission statement from his own introductory press conference: "We will win now and in the future." And on Tuesday, he addressed the press at another press conference, this time to introduce his first acquisitions in Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz

It was a move many were surprised to see as Van Wagenen's first deal in his new role. But he wants to make his team better immediately for the 2019 season, and Van Wagenen knows that is going to mean making some big decisions like this one.

"I didn't leave my previous post to be bashful or shy in this job," Van Wagenen told SNY's Steve Gelbs.

 

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Robinson Cano joined Steve Gelb after his introductory press conference. The second baseman is excited to be back in NY with the Mets.

Robinson Cano is back in New York wearing pinstripes, but with a slight color change. This time around, his No. 24 jersey will have the Mets' blue and orange, and he couldn't be happier as he donned it for the first time on Tuesday during his introductory press conference. 

But Cano doesn't want too much change from his last stint in New York, more specifically what position he plays. Speaking with SNY's Steve Gelbs, the 36-year-old said second base -- his natural position -- is where he hopes to play every game with the Mets. 

"To be honest, it's hard when you have to move around when you play second base for 14 years," he said. "Hopefully I'll be able to play second base every day."

Tags: Robinson Cano, Scott Thompson
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Oct 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes (7) hits a single in the third inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Oct 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes (7) hits a single in the third inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Mets had their eyes on a potential trade for Indians C Yan Gomes, but the Nationals jumped the gun first. 

According to Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman, the Nationals acquired Gomes through a trade with the Indians on Friday. Minor league RF Daniel Johnson was the exchange for Gomes.

The Mets may not have finalized with their Robinson Cano-Edwin Diaz trade just yet, but that doesn't mean they have stopped exploring more options to bolster their roster for 2019. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Every New York athlete says they love the city, and truly enjoy playing for it during their season. But Knicks C Enes Kanter the Big Apple life every day.

Since he was traded from Oklahoma City to New York to play for the Knicks, Kanter has fallen in love with the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Kanter would have been an intriguing free-agent candidate this past offseason had he opted out of his contract with his player option. Instead, he decided to remain a Knicks, and continue to work with the young, rebuilding squad. 

And a major impact on Kanter's decision was New York City -- a place he isn't afraid to walk around freely despite being a professional athlete in town. 

Tags: Enes Kanter, Scott Thompson
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