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Aug 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a home run during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Aug 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a home run during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

Looking down the road, the Yankees will need to start extending some key players before they hit unrestricted free agency -- waters that those players might want to navigate to find a new team. 

So, while the Yankees have a roster capable of winning a World Series at the moment, GM Brian Cashman will be doing everything in his power to make sure that remains intact. To do so, it requires some big decisions. 

Let's take a look at players the Yankees could consider giving a new contract to, starting with C Gary Sanchez...

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

Giants GM Dave Gettleman knew he had holes this offseason, as New York had set another season below .500. And he did a pretty good job filling a bunch of them, both in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft. 

It should lead to some Giants having big seasons on the stat sheet. 

In a tough NFC East that got even better with their roster additions, too, Big Blue will be hoping players step up this year. The Cowboys added CeeDee Lamb to an already-stellar wideout group led by Amari Cooper. The Eagles also added some speedy wide receivers and secondary help, while the Redskins filled holes as well. 

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands the ball off to Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) against the Washington Redskins at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands the ball off to Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) against the Washington Redskins at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Jets GM Joe Douglas took initiative in the first offseason in his new role, and made some solid roster upgrades for the 2020 season. 

It should lead to some Jets having big seasons on the stat sheet. 

A revamped offensive line, new receiving pieces, and additions to the secondary are just a few moves that were made. And after Trumaine Johnson's contract finally came off the books on Tuesday, Douglas now has even more cap room to upgrade some more. 

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets have released a statement following the death of George Floyd after his arrest by a Minnesota police officer. It comes after a team meeting on Monday where players, coaches, and executives all shared potential ways they could impact their communities in a positive manner during these hard times. 

Here's the full statement:

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Tyler Soderstrom (Kim Klement)

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The Yankees own the 28th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft that will take place on June 10. Who they go with at that selection is up in the air at the moment. 

As we've looked at other directions they could go, we have yet to touch on the top-rated catchers who will be available to draft. 

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Giants RB Saquon Barkley didn't need words to voice his frustrations over the killing of George Floyd following his arrest by a Minneapolis police officer. Instead, he used a picture on his Instagram story to talk for him. 

Reposting a photoshopped picture done by graphic designer Kyle Cyr, Barkley has on a jersey that reads "I can't breathe," a phrase that was repeatedly said by Floyd as police officer Derek Chauvin was prone with his knee of his neck for roughly nine minutes.

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Feb 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; General overall view of NFL golden shield logo at the NFL Honors show at the Adrienne Arsht Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; General overall view of NFL golden shield logo at the NFL Honors show at the Adrienne Arsht Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

An NFL agent has informed SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that NFL teams are "already signaling" that pay cuts will be asked for from the players if games are played without fans during the 2020 season.

In his latest article that addresses the big questions surrounding the potential delay for the start of the season, Vacchiano reached out to sources regarding monetary issues that could arise like it has elsewhere, especially in Major League Baseball. 

And yes, that could very well be a fight the NFL and NFLPA will have to go through, too. Here's what Vacchiano wrote: 

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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts after giving up a home run to Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco (not pictured( during the first inning in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) reacts after giving up a home run to Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco (not pictured( during the first inning in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees LHP James Paxton shared some very strong words on Instagram Monday, where he called out his own "white privilege" following the death of George Floyd after his arrest by a Minneapolis police officer. 

"My white privilege has allowed me to be oblivious to the true magnitude of oppression the black community faces," Paxton said. "My silence to this point is also a product of my white privilege. I'm beginning to realize my privilege and ignorance. Time to listen, learn, and take action. #blacklivesmatter"

Paxton also posted a black square for "Blackout Tuesday," which many athletes also did on their own pages.

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Clover Park

Add the Mets to the group of teams that have reopened their spring training facilities for players on a limited basis. 

The state of Florida, like many others, is allowing facilities to open up for sports teams, and the Mets told Newsday's Tim Healey on Tuesday that Clover Park in Port St. Lucie "is available for players who reside locally."

Mets C Wilson Ramos was seen there on Tuesday working out in the gym. 

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Ex-New York Giants' Amani Toomer waves before the NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams) (Henny Ray Abrams/AP)
Ex-New York Giants' Amani Toomer waves before the NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams) (Henny Ray Abrams/AP)

Former Giants WR Amani Toomer, the franchise's record holder in career receptions, isn't a big fan of the current wide receivers the team has on its roster. 

"I think it's lacking," he told the New York Post's Paul Schwartz

Toomer was a part of a great starting group that included Plaxico Burress and Steve Smith. It's a group that helped New York win Super XLII. 

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants have released a statement following the death of George Floyd after his arrest by a Minnesota police officer. It was a "senseless" act, and one that players and coaches had very strong emotions about this past week. 

Here's the full statement:

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The sports world has joined the masses in protesting and sharing their voice following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Add Jets S Jamal Adams to that group. 

Adams took to his Twitter page on Monday night to give his two cents on the matter. Here's what he had to say: 

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February 6, 2020; Pebble Beach, California, USA; Peyton Manning (left) and Eli Manning (right) walk on the third hole during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports (Michael Madrid)
February 6, 2020; Pebble Beach, California, USA; Peyton Manning (left) and Eli Manning (right) walk on the third hole during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports (Michael Madrid)

Being one of the best to ever play the quarterback position and someone who will be in Canton very soon, Peyton Manning is called upon even in retirement to address teams across the NFL. He has loads of wisdom to share with current players, and he is more than willing to pass that down. 

But during these times when coronavirus has been impacting the normalcy of NFL's offseason training leading up to the new season, Manning isn't just relying on his own tricks of the trade. 

He's dipping in to what he's learned from his brother: Giants legendary QB Eli Manning

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Feb 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks owner James Dolan watches during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks owner James Dolan watches during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

All across the United States -- and even overseas -- protests against police brutality and racial injustice have been taking place following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. The sports world has been lending their voice to the cause, with the likes of prominent athletes in LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and Derek Jeter among them.

There have also been teams doing the same. However, the Knicks and Spurs are the only two teams that haven't released an official statement on the matter. San Antonio's head coach Gregg Popovich did, however, discuss the matter in an interview. 

According to ESPN's Pablo Torre, Knicks players and employees are "furious" no statement has been made by ownership. Owner James Dolan addressed that frustration in a Madison Square Garden Company-wide e-mail that SNY has obtained, and it probably didn't help curb it. 

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It isn't news that the Jets have cut veteran CB Trumaine Johnson, but it hasn't been official. Until now. 

At end of day on June 1, New York parting ways with Johnson will be set in stone as a post-June 1 cut. In doing so, GM Joe Douglas makes a smart move to save a lot in cap room. 

Johnson's $15 million in 2020 salary was still on the team's books. But as of tomorrow, he will only count for $4 million toward the cap. In turn, the Jets will have $11 million put back on their cap. 

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MLB

The Yankees are now among the many MLB teams that have begun releasing minor leaguers, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed on Monday. 

Players were already getting calls from managers in the morning, a process that is very unfortunate during these tough times for the game. According to a source, 45 players were cut across all levels of the farm system. 

The remaining minor leaguers for the Yanks will continue receiving the $400 stipend per week through at least the month of June.

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Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)
Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets' first year in Adam Gase's offense isn't what anyone wanted to see. New York finished last in the NFL in yards per game (273.0), fourth-worst in passing yards (194.4), second-worst in rushing yards (78.6) and second-worst in points per game (17.3).

Yes, Sam Darnold did miss the chunk of the early regular season, and the Jets saw improvement when he returned. But with Le'Veon Bell struggling to get anything going in his much-awaited return and the offensive line being extremely porous among other issues, it's safe to say this group needs a massive amount of improvement in 2020.

That's why GM Joe Douglas went out and fixed up the O-line and added a couple weapons at wide receiver in Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims. But there is one position group that could mesh everything together in this offensive rebuild. 

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Darnay Holmes
Darnay Holmes

Every NFL team does its research on prospects heading into the NFL Draft. They want to hear from coaches, players and anyone else what kind of player and person that prospect is before they make a call about whether or not to draft them.

For the Giants fourth-round pick CB Darnay Holmes, he has more than just coaches in his corner. 

He has NFL royalty. 

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Jasson Dominguez
Jasson Dominguez

MLB and the MLBPA are continuing their negotiations for the 2020 season, and though it looks to be an impasse at the moment, there is still hope that an agreement will be reached for baseball to return. 

But, for most prospects of teams, they won't be seeing baseball this season. And that includes the Yankees' top prospect,17-year-old Jasson Dominguez

The Yankees spent $5.1 million to sign Dominguez out of the Dominican Republic last year, winning the sweepstakes for easily the best international prospect in the class. Dubbed "The Martian," Dominguez is expected to be the Bombers' center fielder of the future with some even making the comparison to Mike Trout. 

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Barclays Center
Barclays Center

Cities all across the United States have been protesting against police brutality and racial injustice following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. In New York City. 

The Brooklyn Nets, with protestors right outside their front door at Barclays Center, released a joint statement with the G-League Long Island Nets and WNBA New York Liberty to address the losses of Floyd, Taylor, Arbery and many others.

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MLB

The Mets are among teams that have released minor leaguers on Thursday, per The Score's Robert Murray

The Brewers, Nationals and Mariners were also among known teams that have let go some of its prospects. 

Unfortunately, these cuts shouldn't come as a surprise as the coronavirus pandemic hasn't just been wreaking havoc in Major League Baseball, but in Minor League Baseball as well. 

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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

Giants RB Saquon Barkley was ready to take a different approach to his offseason -- that is until the coronavirus pandemic began to shut everything down across the country. 

If it hadn't, Barkley was set to help his alma mater as a coach for the Penn State football team during their spring workouts. 

Penn State head coach James Franklin spoke to the New York Post about Barkley wanting to join his staff, something that he was absolutely a fan of after the Pro Bowl running back reached out. 

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Not many MLB players working out in anticipation for whenever the 2020 season gets underway has someone working alongside of them, let alone a teammate. 

Dom Smith and Marcus Stroman have been working out together since the pandemic shut down spring training, and it has given Smith a real good look at what Stroman brings to the rubber every fifth day. 

When his stuff is on, Stroman is one of the hardest pitchers to time and hit with his deceptive delivery techniques that match his array of pitches. On the latest episode of The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom presented by Insomnia Cookies, Smith discussed what he's been doing with Stroman recently. 

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is chased by Buffalo Bills cornerback Levi Wallace (39) on a run in the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is chased by Buffalo Bills cornerback Levi Wallace (39) on a run in the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN released its annual "Football Power Index" for the first time ahead of the 2020 NFL season. It accounts for everything from Vegas Sportbooks' win totals for each team, last season's stats and much more. 

While GM Joe Douglas brought in some solid reinforcements this offseason, the power index wasn't too kind to the Jets. 

After running through the calculations, the Jets fell in at No. 25 on the list of 32 teams. They are projected to have 6.8 wins this season, and only hold a 24 percent chance of making the playoffs. 

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Saquon Barkley

ESPN released its annual "Football Power Index" for the first time ahead of the 2020 NFL season. It accounts for everything from Vegas Sportbooks' win totals for each team, last season's stats and much more. 

Well, after running through the calculations, Giants fans won't really like where they see their team sitting on the FPI before the start of training camp. 

New York currently comes in at 26, and that's not all. They also have a 12 percent chance of reaching the playoffs this year -- and that's with an extra spot for each conference. Also, the Giants are projected to win 6.1 games this season. 

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The 2020 MLB Draft is getting close, which means the Yankees will be working hard to be fully prepared for selecting 28th overall on June 10. 

While we've already looked at potential infielders and pitchers for the Yanks, outfielders are very important to this franchise, so that could be the mindset heading into this draft. Of the team's top 30 prospects, eight outfielders make the list with the top overall prospect in 17-year-old Jasson Dominguez leading the way. 

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Jul 5, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Basketball player LaMelo Ball in attendance of the New Orleans Pelicans against the New York Knicks game during the NBA Summer League at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 5, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Basketball player LaMelo Ball in attendance of the New Orleans Pelicans against the New York Knicks game during the NBA Summer League at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It's no secret the Ball family wants to see LaMelo in a Knicks uniform when the 2020 NBA Draft ends. 

LaVar Ball has made that very clear recently, saying that his son would be a perfect fit under the bright city lights in New York. 

And according to SNY's Ian Begley, LaVar isn't the only one who wants to see the 6-foot-7 guard in blue and orange next season. 

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Jun 19, 2018; Omaha, NE, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs designated hitter Jordan Westburg (11) drives in three runs with a double in the eighth inning against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Branscombe)
Jun 19, 2018; Omaha, NE, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs designated hitter Jordan Westburg (11) drives in three runs with a double in the eighth inning against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Branscombe)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When you look at the Yankees' Top 30 prospects list, you won't find a single corner infield prospect on it. 

Loaded with power arms on the mound, outfielders and middle infielders, the Yankees could certainly use this 2020 MLB Draft to secure a top corner infield prospect who could crack that list. 

And it would make sense when you look at the current roster for the Yankees. Luke Voit is the presumptive starting first baseman with Mike Ford behind him. But neither player should be leaned on to produce on a consistent basis, though Voit has been solid since being acquired via trade from the Cardinals. 

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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Whenever this 2020 MLB season gets underway, Mets ace Jacob deGrom will be going after a feat only two pitchers in MLB history have accomplished before him. 

A three-peat in Cy Young Awards has only been done by Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson -- two Hall of Fame starters who were just as dominant as deGrom has been in their primes. It's an entirely different situation this season with it being shortened. However, deGrom is still at the top of his game, and many believe he can join these two in the record books.

But does deGrom have to worry about his competition? 

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Eli Manning has recently joined the Twitterverse, and has been an absolute hit right away with his hilarious tweets. But nothing to date compares to what he's been tweeting on Sunday during "Capital One's The Match: Champions for Charity."

Manning's brother, Peyton, has been playing in a golf match with Tiger Woods against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady for coronavirus relief, and the entire world is taking the time to watch and donate to a great cause during Memorial Day weekend. Eli is definitely having fun doing so, rooting on his brother and taking shots at his playoff rival in Brady. 

Check out some of his tweets, starting with the first of the day: 

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Mar 15, 2020; Brooklyn, NY, USA; A general view of Barclays Center after the cancellation of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament due the COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 15, 2020; Brooklyn, NY, USA; A general view of Barclays Center after the cancellation of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament due the COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Nets have announced they will be opening their practice facility for players to conduct voluntary workouts starting Tuesday. 

Here's what the official statement said: "The organization will strictly follow the protocols outlined by the NBA and infectious disease experts to ensure that all precautions are taken."

This news comes after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made it known Sunday that all professional sports teams are allowed to open their facilities to begin training for the return of their seasons. Brooklyn is the first New York team to act on this. 

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Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller coaches against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 12, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller coaches against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the NBA is nearing a potential return to its 2020 season, some Knicks players have been told recently to be ready to report to train in early June, sources tell SNY's Ian Begley. However, where that exact location will be is still a mystery. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement Sunday that stated all professional sports teams are now allowed to begin training camps in the state could impact this development for the Knicks. As long as it adheres to health protocols, Cuomo is saying teams like the Knicks can restart their process of getting back to the season.

While that might make sense for all the Knicks to return to New York, there is the ESPN report that says some teams from regions with more regulations amid this coronavirus pandemic, like the Big Apple, are wondering if they could head down to Walt Disney World in Orlando -- the proposed destination for NBA resumption -- right away. 

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Feb 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (26) tosses the ball towards second base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Feb 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (26) tosses the ball towards second base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

When you think of potential MVP candidates on the Yankees, there are quite a few: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres and a former MVP in Giancarlo Stanton come to mind. Even Gerrit Cole can make his case. 

But what about DJ LeMahieu?

Yankee fans all know that LeMahieu was the team's MVP last season, breaking out in a big way in his first season in pinstripes. His 2019 campaign was tremendous, with a triple slash of .327/.375/.518, 102 RBI and 26 homers. Overall, he had a 5.9 WAR. 

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Entering his 16th year in the NFL this season, Frank Gore likely knew he wasn't going to find a starting job anywhere around the league. So, as he decided once again to own the title of oldest running back in the NFL for another season, Gore wanted to go play for a team with a dynamic running game and a lead back he thought he could complement well.

Gore found that with the Jets and Le'Veon Bell

The five-time Pro Bowler spoke with the media on Thursday via Zoom, where he mentioned that playing for head coach Adam Gase once again -- he did so with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and earlier in his career with San Francisco when Gase was an assistant -- was a big reason why he joined Gang Green. But the prospect of working with Bell, a running back he knows very well, was intriguing. 

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Nov 24, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore (20) against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Nov 24, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore (20) against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

It has been speculation for a couple of years now, but Frank Gore doesn't listen to those who believes he is going to call it quits. He's had a great career -- Hall of Fame worthy -- but he's just not done yet. 

That's why Gore signed a one-year deal with the Jets this year, setting him up to play his 16th year in the NFL. It wasn't that hard of a decision to make, as he told media on Thursday during a Zoom conference call that he knew from his play last season he still had something left in the tank. 

His son, Frank Gore Jr., thought so as well. 

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The Yankees drafted LHP T.J. Sikkema from the University of Missouri during the Competitive Balance Round A, with the No. 38 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.

At the time, the then-20-year-old was ranked as the No. 57 prospect by MLB Pipeline, but the Yankees saw something else in him to exceed that when draft day came around. 

An uber-competitive pitcher, Sikkema is already the Yankees' 17th best prospect in their farm system with an estimated arrival time in the majors of 2022. 

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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; National Football League Hall of Fame player Lawrence Taylor talks with fans on the field before the game between his former team the New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; National Football League Hall of Fame player Lawrence Taylor talks with fans on the field before the game between his former team the New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

The Last Dance documentary about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls showed some sides of the legendary basketball player that we might not have known otherwise, with His Airness addressing some of the narratives that were all over the news during his playing days -- good and bad.

One of the bad storylines was his supposed gambling addiction that he tried to nip in the bud, but never had success doing so. Jordan's competitive nature would involve money at times whether it be playing cards with teammates on the plane, or on the golf course -- another big hobby for him outside of basketball.

Well, Giants legendary linebacker Lawrence Taylor knows a thing or two about that side of Jordan on the links from their high-stakes golf matches in the past. 

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Dec 12, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) stands on the field before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Dec 12, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) stands on the field before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

ESPN's Mike Greenberg is sick of the Sam Darnold disrespect. 

During "Get Up" on Wednesday, Greenberg asked his panelists Tim Hasselbeck and Domonique Foxworth who will be the best quarterback in the AFC East in three years. Greenberg believes there is only one true answer, but he is astounded to here something else. 

At first, Foxworth and Greeny agreed that Bills QB Josh Allen, who Hasselbeck picked, won't be that guy. He statistically was the least accurate quarterback last season with a 58.8 completion percentage.

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Aaron Judge/Paul O'Neill
Aaron Judge/Paul O'Neill

Aaron Judge is still working hard to recover from the rib stress fracture he suffered last season. It's been a long process, with GM Brian Cashman saying this week Judge may not be fully healed from it until "summertime."

The Yankees obviously love Judge, being that he is the face of the franchise at the moment. He projects to be a perennial All-Star -- if he stays on the field. He's missed over 100 games in the last two seasons, which begs the question of whether or not these injuries will continue to bother him throughout his career. 

Paul O'Neill, who knows a thing or two about playing in right field at Yankee Stadium, believes Judge's massive size makes it hard not to get injured when he does run into the wall or dive, which is what caused his injury.  

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Scott Thompson
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Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announces his retirement during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announces his retirement during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

With the 2020 NFL Draft behind us, CBS Sports decided to rank the No. 1 overall picks of the last 20 years. And Giants fans will love to see who's at the top of the list. 

Eli Manning was atop the throne, coming in as the best first overall draft choice in the 21st century. 

There are some great No. 1 picks who could rival Manning here, but with two Super Bowl MVP's under his belt to go along with other accolades like seventh all-time in passing yards and his 210 consecutive starts that sits third-best in NFL history, it's hard to argue against his ranking. 

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Daniel Jones/James Bradberry
Daniel Jones/James Bradberry

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The Giants find themselves with an upgraded roster heading into the 2020 season. GM Dave Gettleman made necessary changes via free agency and the NFL Draft that should have a big effect when the regular season rolls around. 

But there are a few players that stand out above the rest. It isn't just because of their talent, but more importantly, because their production will impact the team in a positive -- or negative -- way. Make or break, if you will. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Kevin Zeitler, Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, Nate Solder, Oshane Ximines, Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Scott Thompson
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Luis Rojas (Jim Rassol)
Luis Rojas (Jim Rassol)

After Mets assistant pitching coach Jeremy Accardo does his fatherly duties -- home-schooling his sons and daughters -- he goes out for his daily run. It's a run with a purpose, one that will be gracing the New York City Marathon stage on Nov. 1. 

And the reason behind his training is his daughter, Leighton.

Leighton was diagnosed with Stage 4 malignant germ cell tumors in May of 2019, and she has been undergoing chemotherapy to combat them ever since. She's also recently traveled to New York with her mom to undergo surgeries as well, per Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown.

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Bennie Fowler (18) celebrates with quarterback Daniel Jones (8) after catching a touchdown pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Bennie Fowler (18) celebrates with quarterback Daniel Jones (8) after catching a touchdown pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

After his rookie season, the Giants believe that Daniel Jones is their quarterback of the future. Despite having an up-and-down season, one could say some flashes of greatness were seen from the Duke product. 

But there was one moment off the field last season that told former Giants WR Bennie Fowler that Jones truly wanted to be great. 

Fowler recounted that moment during his The Quiet Time Podcast where Jones was the latest special guest. It was Week 5 against the Vikings and Jones suffered his first loss as a starter for Big Blue. He threw for only 185 yards with one touchdown and one interception, as one of the best defenses in the league shut him down. 

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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets pitchers Jacob deGrom (left) and Steven Matz (32) race in the outfield before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets pitchers Jacob deGrom (left) and Steven Matz (32) race in the outfield before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

A shortened season could have a big effect on Jacob deGrom three-peating as the NL Cy Young Award winner, but Mets teammate Steven Matz doesn't believe that will be the case. 

DeGrom is notorious for being locked in at all times when he toes the rubber, but fewer games means there truly is no room for error. Matz knows nothing shakes up the Mets' ace, though.

"No, not really. Everyone will be in the same boat," Matz said, via the Mets, about deGrom winning another Cy Young. "He's still going to go out and dominate. Everyone is playing by the same set of guidelines. It doesn't matter if the season is short or long, he's just going to be himself and that will be pretty good."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Scott Thompson
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Jets GM Joe Douglas had a mission of adding not just starting offensive linemen to his roster this offseason, but having depth behind them as well. That's why Cameron Clark, a tackle out of UNC Charlotte, was taken in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

And who was one of the first people to hit him up to congratulate him? None other than the Jets' first-round pick, Mekhi Becton.

"I talked to Mekhi the day before the draft, all of us were talking. When I got drafted, he hit me up," Clark told the media on Monday during a Zoom conference call. 

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Feb 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; General overall view of NFL golden shield logo at the NFL Honors show at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; General overall view of NFL golden shield logo at the NFL Honors show at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is already taking precautions in case the coronavirus pandemic impacts the 2020-21 season. It's become an obvious concern because football is a contact sport that can't practice social distancing while on the field. 

Well, the league has been experimenting with a solution to that by partnering with Oakley to develop special facemasks using surgical or N95 material. Thom Mayer, the NFLPA's medical director told ESPN's Adam Schefter during his podcast on Monday about the collaboration.

"Back in early March, I had suggested that we should consider novel and emerging ways to handle the helmets and the facemasks and the spread of the virus," Mayer said. "And these guys, the bioengineers that we use and that the league uses -- Oakley, as you may or may not know, does all the face visors for the league under contract -- these guys got the bit between their teeth." 

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When Jets GM Joe Douglas called Mekhi Becton to say that he was being selected 11th overall, he mentioned a talk the two of them had about the Louisville product's goals in the NFL. Douglas said he was ready to work with him to get his "team and personal" ones accomplished.

It all starts next season.

During a Zoom conference call with media on Monday, Becton gave his rookie goals. It was one team goal and one personal goal. 

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Sep 16, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Sep 16, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Mets LHP Steven Matz doesn't know when he'll be able to toe the rubber in a real MLB game in 2020. But he'll remain ready until that day comes. 

Like the rest of MLB players, Matz continues to work at his home in preparation for whenever the 2020 MLB season resumes. And that includes virtual meetings with pitching coach Jeremy Hefner to make sure everything -- whether it's mechanics or pitch types -- is copasetic. 

Matz would have a few starts under his belt at this point in the season, so Hefner wants him to be working as if that was actually the case.

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Jun 15, 2019; Omaha, NE, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks shortstop Casey Martin (15) avoids a sliding Florida State Seminoles outfielder Reese Albert (23) to complete a double play in the third inning in the 2019 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Branscombe)
Jun 15, 2019; Omaha, NE, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks shortstop Casey Martin (15) avoids a sliding Florida State Seminoles outfielder Reese Albert (23) to complete a double play in the third inning in the 2019 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Branscombe)

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The Yankees have a plethora of options with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, which is still expected to take place virtually on June 10. 

New York could bolster its pitching prospects in their system, or even target a top catches. But what if they went the same direction as they did last year? 

With the 30th overall pick in the 2019 draft, the Yanks selected Anthony Volpe out of The Delbarton School in New Jersey. And when the second-round came along, LSU's Josh Smith -- another shortstop -- was taken. 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo (Jerome Miron)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Jerome Miron)

The Knicks will be among teams looking deeply into Giannis Antetokounmpo's market in free agency following the 2020-21 season. But they might have missed their shot already with arguably the best player in the NBA because of their relationship with his older brother, Thanasis. 

In 2013, the Knicks drafted Thanasis in the second round with the 51st overall pick. But the elder Antetokounmpo never made a splash in New York, playing only two games (on a 10-day contract) over two years before being released. He would quickly join his brother on the Bucks. 

Then, in 2015, Antetokounmpo was vocal about how the Knicks didn't give his brother a fair chance at making it in the league when the Bucks and Knicks were playing in London. That right there, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman, could definitely hurt the Knicks' chances at signing him. 

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