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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts after an error during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts after an error during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Yankees starter CC Sabathia has already voiced his frustration about the Astros sign-stealing scandal earlier this week. But, in the latest edition of his R2C2 podcast with Ryan Ruocco, he took it a few steps further. 

Sabathia didn't hold back how he felt this time, using all of his vocabulary to express his emotions about how he believes the Yankees should have won a 28th title. 

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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) signals for a pitching change against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) signals for a pitching change against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Amid all the fervor surrounding Alex Cora and the sign-stealing scandal, an old press conference video that resurfaced has gone viral, and it involves the Yankees. 

But SNY's Andy Martino reaffirmed the fact that MLB is still not investigating the Yankees. 

Following the Red Sox' beatdown by the Yankees in the inaugural London Series last year, Cora can be heard talking about then-Yankees special advisor Carlos Beltran, and he did so in an interesting way. Listen to his opening answer...

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Nov 9, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Nov 9, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

Skimming through myriad mock drafts that have surfaced ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, many believe Jets GM Joe Douglas will be targeting a No. 1 receiver for Sam Darnold. There are a few playmakers for New York to choose from, including Alabama's Jerry Jeudy, Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb, and Clemson's Tee Higgins

Having a top receiver is definitely a need for the Jets, but is that what they should be focused on with the No. 11 overall pick? What about protecting Darnold? 

While there's multiple playmakers to salivate over in the first round, there's just as many offensive linemen to bulk up that unit for the Jets. 

Tags: Brandon Shell, Jamison Crowder, Kelvin Beachum, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

The LSU Tigers may have been crowned national champions down in New Orleans Monday night, but Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons was also a winner in terms of draft stock.

And that stock might have boosted all the way up to the Giants at No. 4. 

Simmons was electric for Clemson's defense, setting the tone early by getting to LSU's Heisman Trophy-winning QB Joe Burrow. Overall, he had seven tackles -- two for loss -- a sack, and two passes defended. 

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski accepting the Browns' head coach position on Sunday, former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur could be finding his way back to Minnesota next season. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano is hearing from a source that Shurmur is expected to be a candidate to fill Stefanski's role as the team's offensive coordinator. It's the same role that he held with the Vikings in 2017 before he became the Giants' head coach. 

If Shurmur were to return to an offensive coordinator job after serving as a head coach, it would be the second time he's done so. He joined the Browns in 2011 as their new head coach, but would only last two seasons. He, then, went to Philadelphia to become the Eagles' offensive coordinator for three seasons. 

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One of the biggest questions surrounding the hiring of Joe Judge as the Giants' next head coach is whether or not he'll have any say in the players he has on his 53-man roster. 

And the reason behind that question is because of how old school GM Dave Gettleman is. But Gettleman doesn't understand where that comes from. 

"It's going to be collaborative," Gettleman told reporters after Judge was officially introduced as the 19th head coach in franchise history on Thursday. "I don't understand where that notion comes from. It's got to be coming from people who have never worked with me."

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Giants co-owner John Mara was sold on Joe Judge the second his interview to become head coach finished Monday afternoon. That's exactly what he said in his opening remarks to introduce Judge as the 19th head coach in franchise history.

After speaking with co-owner Steve Tisch on Tuesday morning, Mara said Tisch felt the exact same way. Tisch said "the more homework we did, the more Joe Judge's character stood out."

Reports surfaced that explained how Judge provided that wow factor in his interview, and Mara took it a step further with this remark:

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Freddie Kitchens
Freddie Kitchens

While breaking down who Joe Judge could add to his Giants coaching staff this season, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano pointed out the possibility that recently-fired Browns HC Freddie Kitchens could be a good match on the offensive side. 

Vacchiano heard Kitchens coming up in some circles from his sources, and ESPN's Jordan Raanan followed that up this morning saying the Giants do expect to speak with Kitchens about a spot on their staff next season. 

Kitchens lasted just one year as the Browns head coach after Cleveland failed to reach the high expectations placed on them. They ended up with a 6-10 mark for the season, and their offense -- full of weapons like Bradley Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry -- sputtered as the 22nd-ranked group in the NFL. 

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Joe Judge and Bill Belichick (Mark J. Rebilas)
Joe Judge and Bill Belichick (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Giants will be officially making Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Judge their 19th head coach in franchise history on Thursday, as he'll take the podium to introduce himself to the media at MetLife Stadium. 

Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch as well as GM Dave Gettleman were quick to pivot to Judge after Baylor head coach Matt Rhule signed with the Panthers to fill their head coach vacancy. This came after Judge wowed the Giants in his interview on Monday, which convinced Giants brass that he was the guy for them. 

However, Judge is still foreign to many Giants fans, who are still trying to figure out exactly who the 38-year-old is and what he brings to the table. And there's no better platform to fill in the blanks than this press conference. 

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Jan 8, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers new head coach Matt Ruhle holds up a jersey at Atrium Health Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)
Jan 8, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers new head coach Matt Ruhle holds up a jersey at Atrium Health Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

It's no secret that Matt Rhule was the Giants' top candidate to fill their head coach vacancy. And the Panthers knew that when owner David Tepper, GM Marty Hurney and communications/external affairs director Steven Drummond traveled to Waco, TX to meet with Rhule on Monday. 

The Athletic's Joseph Person chronicled the Panthers' journey that led to Rhule standing on a podium Wednesday to be introduced as the team's new head coach.

Instead of going to his home like the Panthers, Giants brass had a plane waiting for Rhule in Waco that was set to bring him to New York. Because of that, Tepper added on an extra year to his initial six-year offer, bringing it to seven years and a whopping $62 million. 

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Joe Judge/Bill Belichick (Winslow Townson)
Joe Judge/Bill Belichick (Winslow Townson)

The hiring of Joe Judge as the Giants next head coach brought many questions, the main one being how did this special teams coordinator that most haven't heard of become the next man to lead Big Blue on the field? 

When you break down Judge's coaching resume, one thing that pops out is his championship pedigree. He won two National Championships during his time with Alabama as a special teams coach. Then, during his eight seasons with the Patriots, he has three Super Bowl rings to show for his services. 

And those men that led those two powerhouse teams in Nick Saban and Bill Belichick have nothing but praise for Judge. 

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Joe Judge
Joe Judge

The Giants made the hiring of Joe Judge as their 19th head coach in franchise history official on Wednesday. The news initially broke that Judge was finalizing a deal with New York on Tuesday. 

"I am humbled and honored," Judge said in an official press release. "I want to thank John Mara, Steve Tisch, Dave Gettleman and Kevin Abrams for this opportunity. Over the past couple of days we had great conversations about where this team is and where it is headed and how we are going to get there. My job is to lead our players and coaches. The mission is clear, to win games. There is a process to reaching that objective, and we will implement that process and work that process starting today."

Judge has been a member of the Patriots staff for the past eight seasons, serving most recently as the team's special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach. Working under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who gave Judge a great recommendation to the Giants, the 38-year-old has been learning the inner workings of what it takes to build a program from one of the best to ever do it. 

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Jasson Dominguez (Richard Rodriguez on YouTube)
Jasson Dominguez (Richard Rodriguez on YouTube)

Baseball America has released its Top 10 prospects for the Yankees heading into the 2020 season, and while some prospects make perfect sense on the list, one certain omission stood out. 

Estevan Florial, once the Yankees' top prospect, has fallen off the Top 10 list. This came after a down year in High-A ball with a .237/.297/.383 slash line with eight homers and 38 RBI over 74 games. 

So, with Florial off the list, here's how it looks:

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Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge reacts on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Patriots won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge reacts on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Patriots won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

With the Giants finalizing a deal to bring in Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Judge as their next head coach, many are wondering: who exactly is Joe Judge? 

We know his coaching career began as a grad assistant at Mississippi State, he was a part of two National Championship teams at Alabama as a special teams coach, and he's been with the Patriots under Bill Belichick since 2012 -- where he's learned from a future Hall of Fame head coach. 

But what his coaching style is and what players think of him is the real question. Thanks to Bleacher Report's Stick to Football Podcast, we know at least one ex-Patriots player is very high on Judge. 

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There are always questions surrounding the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot every year, but maybe none are bigger than whether or not Derek Jeter will be a unanimous inductee when all the ballots are handed in. 

So far, that's the way things are trending. 

Thanks to Hall of Fame ballot tracker Ryan Thibodaux, we know that all 138 public ballots -- and four anonymous ballots that have been revealed -- have Jeter's name checked off on them. 

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Sep 22, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (right) shakes hands with Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien after the Patriots 27-0 win over the Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Sep 22, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (right) shakes hands with Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien after the Patriots 27-0 win over the Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

With Joe Judge finalizing a deal to become the 19th head coach in Giants history, he becomes another disciple of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to take the reins for a different organization.

There have been 10 former assistants and one former player of Belichick's that moved on to become a head coach before Judge. He is the first, however, to do so after spending time as a special teams coordinator. 

Belichick's championship pedigree is why so many focus heavily on these assistants. When Belichick gives a coach a stamp of approval, which he did for the Giants in Judge's case, it becomes a pretty big asset when looking at their resume. 

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Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar has been rehabbing his way back from his torn labrum surgery, and he looks to be right on track for the start of Spring Training.

Manager Aaron Boone said on MLB Network Radio Tuesday that Andujar is throwing and taking ground balls in the Dominican Republic at the moment, and should be good by the time Spring Training rolls around. 

"We believe he's going to be totally healthy as he enters Spring Training and good to go," Boone said. 

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Sep 20, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 20, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Sign stealing has been a big bugaboo for the MLB in the wake of the Astros cheating scandal, but as SNY's Andy Martino found out, Houston believed other teams were using technology to decode signs as well.

On Tuesday, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich reported that the Yankees biggest rival, the Red Sox, were allegedly using a video replay room to steal signs during the 2018 season.

To give some context, the Red Sox -- and the Yankees -- were both fined back in 2017 "for conduct related to electronic sign stealing." Those video replay rooms, which were implemented to help managers get information quickly in potential challenge situations, were being used to steal sign sequences.

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Joe Judge (Mark J. Rebilas)
Joe Judge (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Giants have found their guy, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed that Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge is close to finalizing a deal to become the 19th head coach in franchise history. 

It was a move that completely shocked the NFL world even more after Matt Rhule agreed to take the Panthers' head coach position at a whopping seven years for a total $70 million with incentives

So what exactly do we know about Judge and what he brings to New York as the team's new leader? Here are a few facts...

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The Knicks will take on LeBron James and the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, and Julius Randle knows very well what it feels like to be part of the roaring Staples Center atmosphere. But this time, he'll be on the other side. 

Randle spent his first four seasons in the NBA with the Lakers after they drafted him out of Kentucky in the 2014 NBA Draft. And even though he is no longer donning the purple and gold, Randle is still very fond of his time with the Lakers. 

"The fans were always amazing here. I got drafted here, so it's going to always hold a special place in my heart," he said after Knicks practice on Monday. 

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Giancarlo Stanton/Jordan Montgomery
Giancarlo Stanton/Jordan Montgomery

The 2020 MLB season is a lot closer than we think, with pitchers and catchers reporting in about a month to their respective camps to gear up for the long 162-game journey. And Yankee fans might be counting down each day until the new season after taking a look at the roster that is absolutely stacked yet again. 

Gerrit Cole might really be that one missing piece the Yankees need to make their return to the World Series. Their only omission from their starting lineup is Didi Gregorius, and his production can easily be matched by Gio Urshela if he can replicate his breakout season in 2019.

Then, there's still Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, and more making a World Series worthy team that many will be scared to face this season. 

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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa has announced that he will be entering the 2020 NFL Draft, putting another top quarterback in play for teams this April.

For the Giants, the Crimson Tide standout shouldn't be on their radar, though they'll likely do their due diligence on him. Daniel Jones was selected sixth overall in last year's Draft, and after his rookie season saw solid numbers and performances, he looks to be their quarterback of the future. 

Tagovailoa's decision, however, could still impact Big Blue. 

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May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It may have hurt some Giants fans to read the news that Ohio State DE Chase Young was officially entering the 2020 NFL Draft, knowing that he will almost definitely be off the board by the time they pick at No. 4 overall. What could have been changed completely when the Giants defeated the Redskins in Week 16, with Washington moving to No. 2 in the draft order and New York falling. 

But maybe you're the Giants fan that has accepted the fact that Young likely won't don Big Blue threads next season, and you're looking forward to who GM Dave Gettleman will draft this year in the first round. There are loads of prospects to choose from other than Young, and that's where things might get tricky for the Giants. 

If the Giants were in position to take Young, they probably sit with their feet up on the war room table and simply wait to be on the clock. But now Gettleman doesn't have that courtesy, and has several options to go with at the top of the draft. 

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees couldn't return to the World Series for the first time since 2009, falling to the Astros in the ALCS once again to end their 2019 season. And it's even more disappointing than 2017 because this was supposed to be the year the Bronx Bombers took that leap forward into a new age of championships. 

Instead, GM Brian Cashman found himself heading into an offseason needing to upgrade his roster once again to ensure a World Series would be in his team's future in 2020. He delivered. 

Cashman & Co. landed the league's top free agent in Gerrit Cole with a massive nine-year, $324 million deal to give the Yankees an ace, and potentially the missing piece they needed to capture their 28th world title. And he may not even be done. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chance Adams (35) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chance Adams (35) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Yankees have sent RHP Chance Adams to the Royals via trade, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. Kansas City is sending INF Cristian Perez in return. 

Adams was the roster casualty for Gerrit Cole, being DFA'd on Wednesday after the blockbuster free agent signing became official. 

Once the Yankees' top prospect in the organization, Adams couldn't make the most of his chances in the big leagues. He pitched in three relief appearances in 2018, where he let up six earned runs on eight hits including three homers for a 7.04 ERA. And last season he had a 8.53 ERA over 25.1 innings. 

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The Giants celebrated their victory over the Redskins in Hoboken, NJ on Sunday night, and videos of Eli Manning, Daniel Jones and others enjoying themselves have gone viral. 

As such, head coach Pat Shurmur is well aware of the situation, but he doesn't see a single thing wrong with it. In fact, Shurmur wanted an invite. 

"Yeah," he said when asked if he was OK with his team out last night, "They're grown men and they look after each other. They were celebrating a victory -- should've invited me."

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Daniel Jones/Eli Manning
Daniel Jones/Eli Manning

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The Giants returned to New York after their win over the Redskins on Sunday. And they decided it was a cause for celebration. 

Several Giants players, including quarterbacks Eli Manning and Daniel Jones, were seen at Green Rock Tap and Grill in Hoboken, NJ enjoying their victory with some games of flip cup, throwing napkins to the ceiling and dancing with the other patrons. Check it out below...

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Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley (Geoff Burke)
Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley (Geoff Burke)

In an uber exciting win over the Redskins on Sunday, Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones and star RB Saquon Barkley were simply the stars of the show. And in playing that role, they set some new career accolades. 

Let's start with Jones, who returns after missing the last two games with a high ankle sprain. There was no rust at all for the neophyte, as he completed 28 of his 45 pass attempts for a career-high 352 yards which led to a career-high five touchdowns. 

Jones looked extremely poised in the pocket, and picked apart the Redskins' zone coverages the most with special attention on Golden Tate (six catches, 96 yards) and Sterling Shepard (six catches, 76 yards). He was also seen running and cutting on that ankle, which is a great sign. 

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Le'Veon Bell
Le'Veon Bell

He may not say it, but it's hard not to think that Jets RB Le'Veon Bell doesn't have some extra motivation facing his former Steelers team at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. After the escapade that led to Bell signing with the Jets following a full season off because of contract disputes in Pittsburgh, Bell would obviously love to show them what they're missing. 

That really hasn't been the case so far this season, though. Bell has had trouble finding holes with his new offensive line struggling in front of him. He is only averaging 3.3 yards per carry on 204 attempts so far with a total 676 yards and three touchdowns. 

Bell saw an uptick in yardage against the Ravens surprisingly, when he tallied 87 yards on 21 carries last Thursday night. And that came against the fifth-best run defense in the league in Baltimore. Bell will have to face another Top 10 run defense this week, though, and it's one that he says has solid players from front to back.

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants linebacker Markus Golden (44) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) in the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kena Krutsinger-USA TODAY Sports (Kena Krutsinger)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants linebacker Markus Golden (44) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) in the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kena Krutsinger-USA TODAY Sports (Kena Krutsinger)

On defense, the Giants find themselves at the bottom of the heap in many categories, including sacks. With only 32 on the season, they're currently 22nd in the league.

The team's pass rush was an issue heading into the offseason, and the Giants didn't do too much to address it. GM Dave Gettleman was banking on Lorenzo Carter having a breakout sophomore season, and Oshane Ximines was a flyer in the third round of this year's Draft. 

But one free agency move in the addition of Markus Golden has been a bright spot amid the defense's struggles this season. 

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The Jets-Steelers matchup this week was one many probably circled on their calendars back when the regular season schedules were released. It is Le'Veon Bell's "revenge game," so to speak, and there's no need to explain why -- with football fans knowing about that recent feud which led to him signing with the Jets in the first place. 

Bell, though, isn't looking at things that way. 

Normally, players will use a former team on their schedule as extra motivation to perform, but Bell doesn't hold that same mindset. 

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When Yankees GM Brian Cashman wants a player, he normally gets him. And when you have the backing of Hal Steinbrenner who also wants a player bad, normally offers that can't be refused make it to the table. 

That's exactly what happened with Gerrit Cole, who was officially introduced as a Yankee on Wednesday.

It was a long time coming for a player the organization drafted out of high school in the first round, and has been following ever since he made it to the bigs. Cashman noted in his portion of the news conference that it was the right place and time to make sure Cole didn't escape them again.

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Evan Engram
Evan Engram

Giants TE Evan Engram has been working hard to get back on the field these past few weeks, but his body just wasn't cooperating. The Giants had no choice but to put him on the IR, and now we know why. 

Engram revealed on Wednesday that he is dealing with a Lisfanc injury in his foot, and that he will undergo surgery with Dr. Robert Anderson on Friday to repair it. 

"Just didn't get better. It was a tough injury, tricky injury," Engram said.

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Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones has missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain, but after practice on Wednesday, it looks like he might break that streak this week. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur said that Jones took "most" of the first-team snaps at practice, and added that he looked "fine." Jones added more to that update on himself, saying his ankle continues to progress in a positive direction.

"The ankle feels good. I'm progressing," Jones said. "Hopefully I'll continue to improve throughout the week."

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After buttoning up his new Yankees jersey for the first time, Gerrit Cole had a little surprise for everyone in attendance at his news conference to officially introduce him as a new member of the storied franchise on Wednesday.

Cole took a step to the side of the podium to reveal the sign he had in his iconic 2001 World Series picture that read "Yankee Fan, Today, Tomorrow, Forever." The letters may have faded away, but that dream of becoming a Yankee one day never did. 

A lifelong Yankee fan as the sign says, Cole could've signed with New York out of high school when they took him in the first round. But we all know how that went. Then, the Yankees tried to get to him via trade two years ago, but the Astros won that battle. 

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AJ Burnett/CC Sabathia
AJ Burnett/CC Sabathia

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman got the nod from Hal Steinbrenner to open the team's checkbook, and do whatever it took to land this year's top free agent in Gerrit Cole.

The result? The richest contract ever given to a starting pitcher in MLB history at $324 million over the next nine seasons. 

As Cole takes the stage at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday to don the pinstripes for the first time and officially be introduced as the Yankees' new ace, we're reminded of just how powerful this organization can be when they really want someone on their team. 

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Nov 2, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Andrew Thomas (71) during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 2, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Andrew Thomas (71) during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With two weeks left in the NFL regular season, it's about that time for draft analysts to put together their 2020 NFL mock drafts.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay revealed his predictions in his first edition, and with the Jets picking at No. 7 overall at the moment, he sees them shoring up their offensive line with one of the best available prospects in Georgia OT Andrew Thomas.

Here's what he had to say about the left tackle:

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Chase Young
Chase Young

When you watch Ohio State DE Chase Young in action, it's easy to see his game translating to the next level in 2020. If he does declare for the NFL Draft -- Young told TMZ Sports his plan is to return to Columbus for his senior year and then clarified that comment -- there's no doubt he will be considered the best prospect in the draft class. 

And that's not just this writer saying this. It's coaches, players, and experts all thinking the same thing. 

The Post's Steve Serby spoke to multiple individuals who have worked with or studied Young, and have seen the havoc he wreaks on a football field every Saturday. Former Ohio State standout and current Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins got to see it up close and personal during his college days.

Tags: Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, Oshane Ximines, Scott Thompson
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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) works out before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) works out before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

After the Giants waived Janoris Jenkins late last week, it was expected that a team would grab the veteran cornerback off waivers. 

The Saints won the bidding. 

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, New Orleans is where Jenkins will be heading next. Since the Saints are playing on Monday Night Football against the Colts, Jenkins' waiver claim will become official on Tuesday. 

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Mitch Moreland/Brandon Belt
Mitch Moreland/Brandon Belt

Heading back home from the MLB Winter Meetings, Yankees GM Brian Cashman & Co. should feel great about where there 2020 roster is looking at the moment. 

Gerrit Cole is the bonafide ace they've been searching for, and he inked a nine-year deal. Also, Brett Gardner has returned for another season in pinstripes, which shores up center field with Aaron Hicks rehabbing his way back from Tommy John surgery. 

So there's not much else that Cashman needs to search for in free agency or via trade. The Yankees have the power, depth and now the pitching in both the rotation and bullpen to capture a 2020 World Series title. But that doesn't mean Cashman is done tweaking his 26-man roster. 

Tags: Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Nov 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr (13) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman (16) in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Nov 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr (13) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman (16) in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The NBA trade deadline isn't until Feb. 6, but rumors are already starting to surface about who could be moved on the Knicks this season, including Marcus Morris

The 30-year-old has been one positive among many negatives this season, averaging 18.7 points 5.8 boards and 1.4 assists per game. He's also shooting a ridiculous 47 percent from beyond the arc. Sitting at 6-21 on the year, the Knicks could very well get a few calls about the veteran forward from a contending team. 

During his trade special with Zach Lowe, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski suggests the Clippers would be "certainly plausible" as a team that would go after Morris. 

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Oct 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts after a stop against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Oct 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts after a stop against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The results following the fan vote for the 2020 Pro Bowl have been released, and a Jet has made the cut. 

Safety Jamal Adams is in good position to continue living up to his promise, as he got the most votes for a strong safety in the AFC with 186,068. Steelers S Minkah Fitzpatrick received more votes at free safety for the AFC at 209,245. 

After not making the Pro Bowl in his rookie season, Adams made a vow that he wouldn't miss another one for the rest of his career. He lived up to the promise last season with his first nod, and could do the exact same this year if the other two legs of voting work in his favor. 

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman looks on during pregame against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman looks on during pregame against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants finally came away with a win on Sunday against the Dolphins -- their first victory since September -- which brought their season record to 3-11. It was good to see Big Blue snap its franchise-tying nine-game losing streak, and Eli Manning capturing a win in what could be his last home start of his Giants career. 

But that win also set the table for what could be a big change in the 2020 NFL Draft order this upcoming week. 

To understand what I mean, here's a look at how the top six picks shake out at the moment with each team's strength of schedule (which is the deciding factor when teams own the same record at the end of the season):

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Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) reacts after making an out against the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 2, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) reacts after making an out against the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees have landed their big fish in Gerrit Cole, but they might not be done just yet. Here's the latest from MLB Winter Meetings...


Dec. 12, 8:59 PM: 

The Yankees may have been the biggest winners at this year's Winter Meetings, as they leave San Diego with Gerrit Cole in agreement to come to New York. 

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) works out before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) works out before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins didn't help himself when reporters approached him at his locker on Thursday to discuss his inappropriate tweets at a fan on Wednesday during practice. 

For context, Jenkins -- who was not participating in practice due to an ankle injury -- went back at a fan on Twitter, calling him a "retard." Jenkins later issued an apology, but after his latest comments to the media, that apology didn't seem too heartfelt. 

Reporters asked why it took him so long to apologize and this was Jenkins' answer:

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Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Nate Hairston (21) reacts after an interception against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Nate Hairston (21) reacts after an interception against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Despite the Jets ups and downs this season, one constant throughout has been their defense. Even through the slew of injuries, this unit has remained a driving force for New York, and is a big reason why they've won four of their last five games.

So what's DC Gregg Williams' secret to his squad that's currently ranked seventh in the NFL in total yards allowed? Well, ESPN's Rich Cimini uncovered one critical piece of the defense's preparation that is fascinating. 

On normal game weeks, there is a players-only meeting that occurs in a very large room that hoists three projectors on its ceiling and a 37-foot by nine-foot screen on the wall. The Jets defense does an entire walk-through session where it looks like they're playing against their opponent. 

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The Mets added some starting pitching this offseason, and one of the new arms in their rotation is RHP Rick Porcello

Porcello is coming off a down year with the Red Sox after posting a 5.52 ERA over 32 starts. However, he brings 11 years of MLB experience to the table as a very valuable back-end rotation piece. 

So, as Porcello makes his way back to a very familiar place, here are some things you might not have known about the veteran:

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Austin Romine (Adam Hunger)
Austin Romine (Adam Hunger)

It looks like Austin Romine is going to have to make peace with Miguel Cabrera, as the catcher has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tigers, per The Post's Joel Sherman. The deal is worth $4.15 million.

Romine infamously fought Cabrera while the Yankees were in Detroit last season, but they'll likely put that aside when they both make it to Lakeland, Fla. for Spring Training. 

As for New York, they will be without the man that held the backup catcher role for the past four seasons. Romine also had his best year at the plate in 2019, slashing .281/.310/.439 with eight homers and 35 RBI over 72 games. 

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Yankees' Brett Gardner
Yankees' Brett Gardner

It has long been reported that Brett Gardner would be returning to the Yankees for his 13th season, and now it's official. 

SNY's Andy Martino confirmed that Gardner has signed a one-year deal with a club option for 2021 to stay in the Bronx. The deal is worth $12.5 million for this season, with the option set at $10 million. 

The Yankees had their efforts focused on landing Gerrit Cole, which is why Gardner was left on the backburner until now. But, as Martino had been reporting, both sides were optimistic a deal would get done. 

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Oct 1, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader (71) throws the ball during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals in the 2019 National League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Oct 1, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader (71) throws the ball during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals in the 2019 National League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

The Yankees may have landed their top free agent in Gerrit Cole, but if you think they're done looking to improve their 2020 roster, then you don't know GM Brian Cashman

Cashman has noted that maybe shoring up the bullpen some more would be in the cards, and that's exactly what he's doing in his reported calls to the Brewers on LHP Josh Hader. According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Yanks "have been the most active pursuer of Hader."

Rosenthal says, though, that a deal with anyone would be unlikely. Hader is one of the game's best, young relievers with a career 2.42 ERA over 204.2 innings over three seasons in Milwaukee, and had 37 saves in his first full season as the team's closer last year. He's only 25 years old and under team control for the next four seasons, which is why -- according to Rosenthal -- the Brewers want a top prospect in any trade package. 

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