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Why Le'Veon Bell chose Jets 00:01:05
New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell explains why deep down he wanted to choose the Jets. Jamal Adams' excellent recruiting also helped.

When Le'Veon Bell entered free agency this offseason, he always had the Jets on his list of desired teams. And once GM Mike Maccagnan came calling with the right offer, he knew he had to pull the trigger. 

"The Jets (were) just kind of the team I had in the back of my mind where I wanted to go," Bell told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano over a conference call after the Jets made the signing official Thursday night.

But the numbers Bell agreed to came under heavy scrutiny. The Steelers offered him a five-year, $70 million deal, but after sitting out a year to keep his body fresh and hopefully increase his value on the market, he agreed to a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets...

Tags: Jamal Adams, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Mar 14, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 14, 2019; Dunedin, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

It was a pitcher's duel in Dunedin on Thursday afternoon, as the Yankees and Blue Jays ended up in a 1-1 tie at the end of nine innings. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Thursday's game...

1) Luis Cessa is making it hard for the Yankees to leave him off their 25-man roster when camp breaks after another solid start. He didn't allow a run and only two hits over four innings. While moving his ERA to 0.69 this spring, he collected three strikeouts as well.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Luis Cessa, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Mar 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 13, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees had a chance to walk it off in the bottom of the ninth, but instead their spring game against the Phillies ended in a 5-5 tie on Wednesday night in Tampa. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Giancarlo Stanton enjoyed another solid night at the dish, going 2-for-3 with a solo homer for an RBI and run scored. His slugging partner in Aaron Judge didn't though, as he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Dave Gettleman - Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Dave Gettleman - Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon are officially Cleveland Browns, as the Giants' trades were made official when the new league year kicked off at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Giants GM Dave Gettleman released an official statement about the trades by first wishing both former Giants nothing but the best as the move on with their careers. 

"The New York Football Giants would like to thank Odell Beckham, Jr. for his contributions," Gettleman said. "We truly wish him well in Cleveland, and we want to wish OV the best and nothing but success for both of them."

Tags: Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Scott Thompson
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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) reacts after the offense was unable to convert a third down in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) reacts after the offense was unable to convert a third down in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The biggest trade of the offseason has been made official, as the Browns announced former Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is headed to Cleveland. 

News broke on Tuesday night that the Giants' front office decided to trade their star receiver to the Browns in exchange for the team's 2019 first-round pick (No. 17 overall) and second third-round pick (No. 95) as well as S Jabrill Peppers

Beckham, who SNY's Ralph Vacchiano heard from a source was "a little surprised" to hear from GM Dave Gettleman that the deal was done, wrote an official statement to the Browns website to show his excitement for this next chapter in his career. 

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Nov 25, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) reacts after making a play during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports (Harrison Barden)
Nov 25, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) reacts after making a play during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports (Harrison Barden)

NFL free agency will kick off this week, and every team in the league will be checking in on the top players looking for a new home to see if they could be a fit for their club in the 2019 season.

For the Giants, there have multiple holes that need filling on their 53-man roster, and they are sure to scoure the market to see who they can add at the right price. But Big Blue isn't sitting on a pile of money. Instead, they have around $25 million in cap space after their latest move - the Olivier Vernon trade to the Browns for G Kevin Zeitler - gave them an extra $1.5 million.

So, unlike their MetLife Stadium counterpart in the Jets, they will need to be cautious with how much they spend on free agency as they will have to save money for their draft picks, too. Still, there are some bargain players out there that could make an immediate impact next season.

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Scott Thompson
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

In his start against the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon, Mets RHP Zack Wheeler looked just like his second-half self from 2018. 

Wheeler pitched four scoreless innings for New York against a Red Sox lineup filled with everyday players like Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts. And he managed to only allow one hit while striking out three in the process. 

The outing was so good that Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez made it a point to cut off his postgame interview with reporters, and give him a silent handshake showing his genuine appreciation for what he watched Wheeler do on the hill.

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Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 9, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

With a split-squad team, the Yankees handled their division rival in the Orioles in a 6-1 victory on the road Saturday night.  >> Box Score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Luis Cessa saw another successful outing on the mound, as he didn't allow a run and only one hit over four innings of work. He also had four strikeouts as he makes his bid for the 25-man roster. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luke Voit, Baltimore Orioles, Scott Thompson
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Jan 12, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Pierre Desir (35) makes an interception on a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) during the third quarter in an AFC Divisional playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
Jan 12, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Pierre Desir (35) makes an interception on a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) during the third quarter in an AFC Divisional playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

NFL free agency will kick off next week around the league, and the Giants will be active in bringing in fresh faces to bolster their roster for the 2019 season. The Giants have a few holes that need filling, especially with Olivier Vernon and Landon Collins out the door. 

Finding their replacements is a must, but there is also a hole at the cornerback position as well. The Giants seem to have faith that Janoris Jenkins will have a bounce-back year, but with questionable options behind him, some reinforcement is needed.

The Giants have supplemental round draft choice Sam Beal returning after missing out on his rookie season with season-ending surgery. There is also B.W. Webb that could come back in free agency, while Grant Haley was an intriguing player after coming off the Giants' practice squad mid-season. 

Tags: B.W. Webb, Janoris Jenkins, Scott Thompson
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Wheeler, Alonso lead rout of Sox 00:01:43
Zack Wheeler, Pete Alonso and Brandon Nimmo were among the standouts in the Mets' 10-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

The Mets' offense came out hot in Fort Myers on Saturday, while Zack Wheeler shut it down on the bump in a 10-2 win over the Red Sox. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Wheeler was nearly perfect in his start. He allowed just one hit over four innings, while striking out three Red Sox along the way. 

Tags: Jacob Rhame, Luis Guillorme, Peter Alonso, Rajai Davis, Boston Red Sox, Tyler Bashlor, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Syndergaard out of sync in start 00:00:51
Noah Syndergaard had a mediocre start but he and Mickey Callaway didn't seem too worried.

A few Mets hit the long ball on Friday afternoon, but the Marlins' offense was too potent in a 10-3 loss at First Data Field. >> Box score

Five things to know about Friday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard got the start for the Mets, and though it began well, the ending didn't have the same result. Syndergaard allowed four runs, three earned on six hits including two long balls -- one three-run jack from former Met Neil Walker and a solo shot from JT Riddle. Though Miami made the best his mistakes, Syndergaard struck out eight along the way with his slider looking good. 

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Scott Thompson
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Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) at bat in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) at bat in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Long-term extension talks for the Mets have been surrounding RHP Jacob deGrom all offseason, but that doesn't mean GM Brodie Van Wagenen isn't looking at his other core players, too.

One of those players is OF Michael Conforto, who reiterated before Friday's contest against the Marlins that he would love to sign a deal with the team that drafted him in the first round back in 2014. 

"I would love to explore it," Conforto told Newsday's Anthony Rieber. "I'm all ears to anything. I really enjoy playing here, so I'm all ears."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) controls the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) controls the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Since Dennis Smith Jr. has joined the Knicks, Frank Ntilikina has become even more of an afterthought. Head coach David Fizdale has tasked Smith with being a vocal leader for the squad despite this only being his sophomore season, and Emmanuel Mudiay has been relieving him off the bench. 

Ntilikina has been trying to work back from a groin injury, but he still isn't expected to make an impact at point guard once he returns. Fizdale wants to use him more as a wing player, and has even flirted with the idea of him playing power forward as well. And when Jason Kidd was brought in down in Phoenix by Fizdale, only Smith and Mudiay were close to his teachings with Ntilikina looking on, fortifying the notion that he won't be the floor general anytime soon.

But, with 17 games left on the Knicks' schedule, Ntilikina's health is reeling at the wrong time. And that isn't good if their reported plan involving the former first-rounder is true. 

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, Scott Thompson
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The Yankees are three weeks away from Opening Day in the Bronx, and the battles to make the 25-man roster at Spring Training are in full swing. Everything hasn't been smooth sailing, though, as Luis Severino's rotator cuff inflammation has left a big question revolving around the Opening Day starter. 

Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 2.0...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Stephen Tarpley, Scott Thompson
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Dec 30, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams linebacker Dante Fowler (56) pressures San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)
Dec 30, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams linebacker Dante Fowler (56) pressures San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

The new league year is almost upon us, and the Jets are gearing up for what is expected to be a very busy free agency period for the organization. There are numerous holes to fix on the roster, and that includes finding more pass rushers on the defensive side of the ball.

The Jets were in the middle of the pack last season with 39 team sacks, which was a three-way tie at 16th in the league. Henry Anderson (who they could bring back in free agency) and Jordan Jenkins led the team with seven sacks, while Brandon Copeland and Leonard Williams collected five apiece. 

But being mediocre in pass rushing isn't something new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is about, so changes are sure to come to compliment his aggressive play-calling. Though many believed Williams coming aboard meant the Jets converting from a 3-4 base to a 4-3. However, head coach Adam Gase said the Jets will be sticking with the 3-4, which Williams has experience in as well...

Tags: Brandon Copeland, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Scott Thompson
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Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) fields a ground ball before throwing out a Detroit Tigers base runner in the third inning of the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) fields a ground ball before throwing out a Detroit Tigers base runner in the third inning of the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

There is no doubting veteran Robinson Cano's ability at the plate. Cano can hit to all fields with power, and is a career .304 hitter. Those abilities have yet to show a fall off from age, but what about the other side of his game in the field? 

Cano has also been known to have a sure glove at second base with a third baseman's arm to boot. But, at age 36, does he still have the effective range to make all plays in the infield? He doesn't doubt it for a second. 

"If I can play second, that's where I want to be," Cano told The Post's Dan Martin. "Trust me, if I lost my range, I'd be the first person to say, 'I think it's time for me to move' or go to DH if that happens [in the National League]." 

Tags: Robinson Cano, Scott Thompson
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Mar 2, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) look on during the third quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)
Mar 2, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) look on during the third quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)

Kristaps Porzingis made his return to New York on Monday, but it wasn't at Madison Square Garden. Instead, it was further downtown in Brooklyn where his new Mavericks squad was beaten badly by the Nets. And as the game ended, Porzingis was swift to leave the Barclays Center court as he didn't want to answer any questions regarding his departure from the Knicks last month.

After the shocking blockbuster deal just before the NBA trade deadline between the Mavs and Knicks, Porzingis left by telling Knicks fans know to "stay woke." This statement on his Instagram came after the Knicks' comments about how Porzingis was unhappy and forced the team's hand to trade him. Porzingis has yet to address any of this since shipping out to Dallas. 

Instead, Porzingis' new teammates and head coach answered for him, but one teammate that was shipped to Dallas with him in Tim Hardaway Jr. knows the Knicks made a big mistake. 

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) singles during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) singles during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees' offense was dry until Rashad Crawford brought two runs home in the bottom of the ninth to force a 2-2 tie against the Orioles on Friday night.

Things to know about Friday's game...

1) This Yankees lineup looked good on paper, but the results didn't follow. Giancarlo Stanton was the only starter to get a hit (1-for-2, BB), while players like Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, and Brett Gardner went hitless...

Tags: James Paxton, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Kyler Murray from NFL Combine 00:00:25
NFL quarterback prospect Kyler Murray envisions a very successful and 'dangerous' Giants offense if he was under center.

Kyler Murray saw a swarm of reporters and cameras flood to his podium at the NFL Combine on Friday, and though baseball-related questions saw a dejecting look from the Heisman Trophy, he did enjoy answering a question about the Giants.

With head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman on hand this week in Indianapolis, it is obvious they are looking at the top quarterback prospects in this year's draft to see if one could be Eli Manning's heir apparent. Murray believes he could be that guy, especially with the weapons the team currently possesses in Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley, and Evan Engram.

"Like you said, OB, Shep, Evan [Engram], Saquon -- I think me in that system or with those guys can be very dangerous," Murray said. "At the same time, I don't get to choose where I go so, if that was the case, I would love to be in that situation. Love to be in New York."

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Jacob deGrom on today's outing 00:00:54
Mechanically, everything is in line for New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, who says 'I actually feel smoother then I even did last year.'

In his second spring outing, Mets ace Jacob deGrom was allowed to go 40 pitches deep as he progresses toward Opening Day. And that is all he needed to get through three solid innings on the bump. 

DeGrom allowed just one hit while striking out four against the Tigers on Friday afternoon, and he walked away more than satisfied with his performance. 

"Felt good. My mechanics feel really good right now and I think that was a big thing I was working on," he told reporters. "Not falling that hard off to first base, and staying true through the baseball. So a lot of four-seamers today, kind of that belt and up area and got some swing and misses and that's what we're trying to work on."

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Feb 23, 2019; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners former player Kyler Murray is recognized during a time out in the game Texas Longhorns at Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Ferguson)
Feb 23, 2019; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners former player Kyler Murray is recognized during a time out in the game Texas Longhorns at Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Ferguson)

Top quarterback prospect Kyler Murray opened many eyes at the NFL Combine on Wednesday after his measurables came in. The biggest one was his height that came in at 5-foot-10, with 207 pounds reading on the scale. He weighed more than Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, who he is being compared to his draft season, and was just one half-inch shorter when Wilson came through the Combine. 

So that should settle any teams worry about Murray, right? Wrong. 

Murray has proved he can perform at the highest level on the field, even with his height serving as a "disadvantage," but what about his leadership qualities and personality off the field? That is just as important for NFL teams during this evaluation process, and former NFL executive Scot McCloughan sees that as a potential issue for Murray. 

Tags: Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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Islanders fans on Tavares return 00:00:53
New York Islanders fans sound off on former center John Tavares right before he takes the ice at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Nassau Coliseum will be buzzing on Thursday night, and not necessarily because the Islanders and Maple Leafs will face off in an important Eastern Conference battle. It's because former Islanders captain John Tavares is returning home. 

At least, it was Tavares' home for the first nine seasons of his career before making his free-agent decision to sign with the Maple Leafs on a seven-year, $77 million deal this offseason. He was once Islanders fans' pride and joy, but now, he will touch the ice as an enemy. 

Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello told WFAN on Tuesday that "I hope that he gets the right reception and is complimented by the crowd for whaty he did while he was here." But Tavares knows that his welcome will be the exact opposite from the fan base that still hasn't gotten over him leaving.

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Feb 28, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (12) hits a 3-run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 28, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (12) hits a 3-run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees saw more promising offensive production from their squad in an 8-6 win over the Pirates in Tampa on Thursday. >> Box Score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) Coming off a great performance on Wednedsay that saw a three-run homer carry over the fence in left-center, Greg Bird answered it with a solid 2-for-3 day at the plate. Bird is now 5-for-8 this spring. 

Tags: Troy Tulowitzki, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Peter Alonso (20) plays the field during a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Peter Alonso (20) plays the field during a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets did just enough on offense, while the pitching staff locked down the Cardinals on Thursday in a 3-2 win on the road. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Thursday's game

1) Pete Alonso continues to have a hot bat to start his spring, going 2-for-3 with a two-RBI single in the top of the fifth. Alonso is hitting .417 thus far. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Scott Thompson
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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) scores a touchdown during the first half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) scores a touchdown during the first half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets have issued a second-round tender to WR Robby Anderson worth $3.1 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Thursday. 

This tender doesn't necessarily mean Anderson is locked in with the Jets for the 2019 season. Teams that are interested in Anderson could issue an offer sheet that the Jets would have the chance to match. If the Jets don't match it, they would receive draft compensation.

Speaking back in November, Anderson didn't want to be tendered by the Jets, as he wants to be a part of their long-term plans. 

Tags: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Scott Thompson
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Yankees first base competition 00:00:48
The New York Yankees are finding that they have two talented first basemen in Luke Voit and Greg Bird. Which one has the edge in camp?

Greg Bird sent a little message to Luke Voit during Wednesday's matchup against the Tigers: the battle at first base is just getting started. 

Voit started his Spring Training on the right foot after mashing a three-run jack on Sunday against the Rays in a 2-for-3 performance with four RBI. But Bird has been just as good to kickstart his 2019 season, as he is now 3-for-5 with three RBI that were tallied on by his own three-run homer today. 

Bird has looked different to the Yankees this spring, especially in the box. Manager Aaron Boone is hearing a better pop off the bat, and when he heard that crack when Bird connected to left-center today, he knew it was gone before the word go...

Tags: Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets designated hitter J.D. Davis (28) resounds the bases after his home run in the second inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets designated hitter J.D. Davis (28) resounds the bases after his home run in the second inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets took down their division-rival Marlins, 14-6, in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday afternoon. 

Five things to know about Wednesday's game

1) Steven Matz got his first start of the spring, and was solid in his debut. In two innings, he allowed one run on a solo homer. That was his only blip on the day, as he allowed only two other hits while striking out three and walking none. 

Tags: J.D. Davis, Amed Rosario, Anthony Kay, Peter Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Feb 26, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) shoots against Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 26, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) shoots against Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Knicks battled their way back in the second half to secure their first back-to-back wins since November in a 108-103 victory over the Magic on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Rookie C Mitchell Robinson was a force for the Knicks tonight on his way to setting a new career high with 17 points. He also collected six blocks, becoming the first Knicks rookie to record five or more in consecutive games since the 1973-74 seasons when blocks became an observed stat. Add 14 rebounds for a double-double, and Robinson's production continues to rise in what's becoming an eye-opening rookie campaign.

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Dennis Smith Jr., Mitchell Robinson, Orlando Magic, Scott Thompson
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Feb 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson (8) and guard Matthew Dellavedova (18) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Feb 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson (8) and guard Matthew Dellavedova (18) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks were dominant for most of this contest, but the Cavaliers had a fourth-quarter surge that snapped the team's win streak in New York's 125-118 loss on their home court on Thursday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Allonzo Trier was the Knicks' leading scorer, as the team had another strong performance from their bench. Trier dropoped 22 on 8-of-15 shooting with four rebounds and one assist over 32 minutes. Overall, the Knicks' bench scored 59 points as they come off a 75-point game against the Magic on Tuesday.

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Dennis Smith Jr., Mitchell Robinson, Cleveland Cavaliers, Scott Thompson
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Feb 18, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws to first base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 18, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) throws to first base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Dellin Betances is sticking to what he said from the beginning of Spring Training: No discussions about his contract situation. 

When Betances arrived in Tampa on Feb. 18 -- a few days late due to his first child being born -- he initially brought up how his agent, Jim Murray, and GM Brian Cashman have been talking about a contract extension. However, he didn't want to touch on it for the rest of spring as he looks to the start of the season. 

And that didn't change on Tuesday when Betances threw his first live BP session. 

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Sloppy Knicks lose to T-Wolves 00:01:15
Head coach David Fizdale and guard Emmanuel Mudiay on the Knicks' 115-104 loss to Minnesota in which they committed 23 turnovers

The Knicks had a strong start in their first game back from the All-Star break, but the Timberwolves gave them a 115-104 loss at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. >> Read More


Things to know about Friday's game... 

1) Coming off the bench, Derrick Rose was the leading scorer for Minnesota on the night. He had 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting, while shooting 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Anthony Tolliver was another spark plug off the bench with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including four threes. 

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Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Deionte Thompson (14) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Deionte Thompson (14) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Giants have until March 5 to make the decision on whether or not they wish to franchise tag S Landon Collins. And after a confusing Wednesday that was dubbed "LockerGate," there is a strong chance the Giants let Collins walk into free agency. 

Reports surfaced that day that said Collins was giving out goodbyes around the Giants' facility, and was cleaning out his locker. Then, there were other reports -- SNY's Ralph Vacchiano was among them -- that Collins didn't clean anything out nor said goodbye. 

It looked settled from there was nothing to take from the reports, but Collins decided to tweet out that "the stuff in that locker that I have left I do not need."...

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Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The Giants are in the midst of the search for Eli Manning's potential successor this offseason, and they may have to add another player to the list. And, no, it isn't a new top prospect from the Draft or a free agent.

How about Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

It seems crazy to think, but FS1's Colin Cowherd is hearing some rumors that Wilson wants out of Seattle, and the Giants would be a perfect destination for him...

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Judge high expectations for 2019 00:01:24
Aaron Judge addressed the media and talked everything from health, expectations and batting leadoff in 2019.

Manny Machado is finally off the free-agent market, and with Bryce Harper not on the Yankees' radar, it appears their roster is set for the season barring any out-of-the-blue signings.

And Aaron Judge is perfectly fine with that. 

The Yankees made a few moves this offseason to add to their 100-win team of last year, but there was no big splash like the Giancarlo Stanton trade in 2018. GM Brian Cashman, instead, adding players like James Paxton, Adam Ottavino, and Troy Tulowitzki while re-signing Zack Britton and J.A. Happ as well...

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CC Sabathia is done after 2019 00:03:21
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia announces that 2019 will his final year on the mound and that he will retire after the season.

It has been known for months now, but the Yankees had an official press conference where veteran LHP CC Sabathia announced that 2019 will be his final season in the MLB. 

This season will be Sabathia's 19th year in the MLB, and to have the great career he's been able to put together over that time, there are a lot of people to give thanks to. During his opening comments, he started with his mother.

"I just wanted to make this announcement that 2019 will be my final season," Sabathia began. "I want to obviously thank a lot of people. I wouldn't be here today, 18 years in the big leagues without so many different people. But I want to start with my mom. She couldn't be here today, but her sacrificing so much for me as a kid to be able to get to this point to live out my dream."

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Peter Alonso talks making roster 00:01:19
New York Mets prospect Peter Alonso has a lot of hype to be the Mets next first baseman. How does he feel entering camp this spring?

At this time last year, Mets top prospect Peter Alonso wasn't prepared to compete for a job in Port St. Lucie. But that certainly isn't the case following a season where he teared through the minors. 

There is a good chance the Mets break camp with Alonso as their starting first baseman on Opening Day. And that is the obvious goal for the 24-year-old slugger, who admitted this year has a "different feel" in Spring Training.

"It's definitely a different feel from last year because last year I was a non-roster invitee, same as this year but I only had couple weeks of experience in Double-A," Alonso told the media on Saturday. "Got up to Triple-A last year and I kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. So I'm just going to work hard and see what happens."

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Luis Severino talks new contract 00:00:45
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino makes his first comments since signing a new 4-year $40 Million contract.

When the deadline passed for players to avoid arbitration, the Yankees had just one player who didn't settle on a deal for the season in RHP Luis Severino

So, before Severino could get to work down in Tampa at the Yankees' Spring Training facility, he had to go through his arbitration hearing to hopefully hammer out a deal fast to avoid wasting any time. Well, he got a long-term extension instead.

The Yankees and Severino agreed to a four-year extension worth $40 million that comes with a fifth-year club option worth $15 million. New York locked up Severino through his 20s in hopes that he becomes the consistent ace they believe him to be. 

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Cespedes gives an injury update 00:00:54
Cespedes was honest about his recovery admitting he's around 50% and doesn't know exactly when he'll be back.

After all the moves made this offseason, the Mets are positioned to be much better than their 77-85 record last season. And that's why OF Yoenies Cespedes can't help being frustrated. 

Cespedes has been in Port St. Lucie, but he hasn't been on the same workout plan as the rest of his teammates. The veteran continues his rehab regimen following double heel surgery, and the Mets are being very cautious with his progress as they don't want to rush him back. 

"We want to make sure that he's 100 percent healthy when he comes back," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said last week, "whenever that day is."

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Feb 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Feb 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Knicks got the taste of victory for the first time in a month and a half, defeating the Hawks on the road, 106-91, on Thursday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) This one felt different from the start with the Knicks getting off to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. They would finish with a solid 28-13 lead, which set the tone for the rest of this one. The Hawks would tie it up at 47 with 1:28 left in the second after an Omari Spellman three. But New York went into the half with the lead, and didn't lose it the entire second half.

Tags: Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Atlanta Hawks, Damyean Dotson, Scott Thompson
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Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) goes up for a shot against Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) and guard Ish Smith (14) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) goes up for a shot against Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) and guard Ish Smith (14) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

The matchup between the 76ers and Knicks Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden went as anyone would expect: A loss for the home team. Despite the Knicks having a fourth-quarter surge, the final 126-111 score was an outcome most would have seen coming even before both teams stepped on the hardwood. 

However, there was one matchup that Knicks fans had to love coming into this game -- Mitchell Robinson vs. Joel Embiid

Robinson, the Knicks' second-rounder that has seen a surge in production lately, did more than just hold his own against the All-Star center. While scoring 14 points (on a few lobs of course) and collecting 13 boards, Robinson also registered a game-high four blocks that included a couple forceful ones on Embiid.

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Knicks lose 18th straight game 00:01:30
New York Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was seen arguing with Ben Simmons before halftime, wants star to keep trash talk to hooping

The Knicks made a valiant effort to make a comeback, but the 76ers pulled away to beat New York, 126-111, at Madison Square Garden on Wednedsay night. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks had a poor effort on the defensive side of the ball in this one, as the Sixers shot 53.8 percent from the field. Joel Embiid and newly-acquired Tobias Harris cashed in the most, finishing with 26 and 25 points respectively. Embiid also had 14 rebounds to collect another double-double on the season. 

Tags: Philadelphia 76ers, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Damyean Dotson, Scott Thompson
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway had his ups and downs in his first year as the team's skipper in 2018. After an 11-1 start to the season, the Amazin's looked destined for the postseason. But a horrendous June month washed away that hope, even after the team put together a strong finish to the season. 

Since then, the Mets have entered a win-now mode, spearheaded by its new GM in Brodie Van Wagenen. The former agent has brought in the necessary pieces to see the Mets compete for a division title in what is expected to be a tough NL East. And they still tout arguably the best starting rotation in the game.

With Van Wagenen already stirring the pot this offseason by saying "come get us" to the Mets' rivals, Callaway has some lofty expectations on his shoulder to produce a postseason-quality club. So, with that in mind, here are some questions he should be facing from the media in his first presser down in Port St. Lucie...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Oct 2, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks at a press conference 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 manager Aaron Boone speaks at a press conference 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)

On Wednesday, Yankees pitchers and catchers will officially report to the team's Tampa complex to kick off the 2019 season. And manager Aaron Boone will also hold his first official press conference of the year. 

The Yankees enter Spring Training with virtually the same clubhouse as last season, but with a few new faces like Adam Ottavino, Troy Tulowitzki, and James Paxton. GM Brian Cashman made the necessary moves to bolster a roster that hopes to win more than their 100-game mark last year, and hopefully knock down the Red Sox and capture a World Series title for the first time since 2009. 

Those are some lofty expectations, but that was the same goal in mind for Boone and the rest of the team exactly one year ago. So, with that in mind, here are some questions Boone will likely face from the media when he steps in front of the mic...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Severino: A tale of two halves 00:01:34
BNNY looks at Yankees starter Luis Severino. He started 2018 as one of the most dominant pitchers, but it ended poorly. How will 2019 go?

The start to Yankees RHP Luis Severino's 2018 season was exactly what the pinstripes wanted to see. But after the All-Star break, the locamotive that steamrolled through its opponents every fifth day suddenly fell off its tracks. 

Severino owned a 2.31 ERA heading into the break, and emerged an entirely different pitcher -- or at least one that was giving up hits and runs left and right. He would end the second half with a 5.57 ERA and leave manager Aaron Boone praying for some sort of resurrection in the postseason. 

A glimpse of hope came in the AL Wild Card Game, where Severino lasted four innings allowing no runs on two hits and four walks while striking out seven. The Red Sox, then, came to the Bronx for Game 3 of the ALDS on their heels after the Yankees evened the series at one game apiece.

Tags: Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Feb 11, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) drives to the basket between New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Feb 11, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) drives to the basket between New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Knicks set a new franchise record with their longest losing streak (17 games) in franchise history after losing to the Cavaliers, 107-104, in Cleveland Monday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) The Knicks came close to forcing overtime in this one, as Luke Kornet drained back-to-back threes to bring New York within one. He had a great look after a pump fake to take the lead, but was well short on another three. In the end, the Knicks had two chances to bury a three to send the game to overtime, but Dennis Smith Jr. and Kornet were off. 

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Cleveland Cavaliers, Scott Thompson
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Feb 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It was hard fought, but the Knicks fell for the 16th straight game as the Raptors took them down, 104-99, at Madison Square Garden Saturday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Saturday's game

1) The Knicks got off to a hot start with a 14-3 run. However, the Raptors closed the first quarter with a 25-23 lead. New York made it close the rest of the way, regaining their lead at one point in the second. But Toronto, the second-best team in the Eastern Conference right now, would've let this one slip away. 

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Toronto Raptors, Scott Thompson
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Oct 3, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Manny Machado waits for his turn in the batting cage prior to game one of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Hanashiro)
Oct 3, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Manny Machado waits for his turn in the batting cage prior to game one of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

The Yankees' pursuit of Manny Machado has been slow to say the least, as GM Brian Cashman hasn't taken a real leap at the All-Star infielder. However, they have always been in the race for his services next season despite the lack of urgency.

Cashman and the Yankees, though, did discuss numbers with Machado, and former Mets GM Jim Duquette found out what the price range was. 

"What I was told here recently was the Yankees' offer -- these aren't out there not necessarily in writing, but hypothetical -- was somewhere in that seven-year, eight-year range for $220 million."

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Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) attempts a dunk against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) attempts a dunk against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

It was the same result between the Pistons and Knicks in this second leg of a home-and-home, as Detroit took down New York, 120-103, on Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) Following up a 25-point game, Dennis Smith Jr. dropped a career-high 31 points on 9-for-15 from the field with eight assists and two rebounds as well. Smith also went 11-for-19 from the charity stripe, which he didn't seem happy about having given away eight free points. Either way, he has solidified himself as the Knicks' main source of offense since the Kristaps Porzingis trade. 

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Scott Thompson
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Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

With the NBA trade deadline officially closed, the Knicks will release C Enes Kanter and newly-acquired G/F Wesley Matthews

The Knicks made Kanter's release official in a press release, and he is likely to find a new team soon. The Celtics could be a fit for the disgruntled center, as Begley pointed out earlier this week.

"From the moment he arrived in New York, Enes passionately embraced our franchise and our city," GM Scott Perry said. "He is a courageous individual and we thank him for his many contributions both on the court and in the community. We wish him the absolute best moving forward, personally and professionally."

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Well, we know one Mets pitcher that won't be happy if the MLB decides to establish a universal DH. 

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard went to Twitter to express his dislike in the best way he knew how -- a GIF.

CLICK BELOW TO SEE HIS REACTION

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