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Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; South defensive end Montez Sweat of Mississippi State (9) in the second quarter of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)
Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; South defensive end Montez Sweat of Mississippi State (9) in the second quarter of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)

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When the Giants find themselves officially on the clock at No. 6 in the 2019 NFL Draft, many experts believe GM Dave Gettleman is going to get one of the top edge rushers still on the board. This is a heavy draft class for defensive playmakers that include Nick Bosa and Josh Allen.

But those two are likely not going to be there for the Giants at No. 6. So who could the Giants select here? How about Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat?

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Feb 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Of all the Yankees currently sitting out on the Injured List, Luis Severino may be the most mind-boggling of them all. 

Severino's injury started with shoulder inflammation, an injury that usually needs rest to heal. But, after feeling more pain during his throwing program, Severino returned to New York to be reevaluated. Well, that evaluation included an MRI that revealed a lat strain, which has shut down the righty with July being his potential comeback.

But how can shoulder inflammation turn into a lat strain? Severino, who was at Yankee Stadium during the Yankees' win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night, believes that the strain actually occurred when he initially suffered an injury back on March 5.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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Nets ready for Game 3 at home 00:01:08
New York Nets center Jarrett Allen was elbowed by Joel Embiid in Game 2, Nets players express their opinions on the matter.

In Game 2 of this First Round matchup between the Nets and 76ers, Joel Embiid hit Jarrett Allen with a nasty elbow that was deemed a flagrant one. But when asked about it post game, Embiid and Ben Simmons chuckled as the big man tried to answer the question. 

As one would expect, the Nets didn't think highly of that reaction. 

Veteran forward Jared Dudley was the most outspoken of the Nets, and he didn't hold back during media availability at practice on Wednesday.

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Scott Thompson
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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants' 2019 regular-season schedule is set, as a leak was confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Wednesday. Big Blue wants to bounce back from their 5-11 record of last season, but it will be no easy task with the opponents they are set to play. 

Here's what matchups to look forward to this season...

Familiar Opener

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Mets lose series to Phillies 00:00:59
New York Mets had a shot in the 9th to possibly take the lead but fell short in the series finale to the Phillies.

It was a thriller in Philadelphia this afternoon, but the Mets came out on the losing end, 3-2, as the Phillies took the series. >> Box score

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

1) Zack Wheeler started off the day cruising out in Philadelphia, but the long ball got to him later in the game. Holding on to a 1-0 deficit, Scott Kingery launched an opposite field homer in the fifth inning for his second of the series to make it 2-0. Then, one inning later, Cesar Hernandez took Wheeler deep as well to push the lead to three. Overall, Wheeler finished the day allowing three earned on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks as well. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mets down Braves again 00:00:58
New York Mets took their second game in a row against the Braves and kicked off their scoring with Brandon Nimmo's 2-run home run.

The Mets are staying hot down in Atlanta, as they took down the Braves, 6-2, on Friday night. >> Box score

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

1) Zack Wheeler had a much better outing this time out, as he was strong through six innings. He walked a couple in the first, but managed to only leave with one run scored. Overall, he allowed two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out eight over that span. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Nimmo, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mets take down Braves 00:01:10
New York Mets showed off their power in Atlanta behind the bats of Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario to take down the Braves

The Mets handled their division rival in the Braves, 6-3, in their first meeting of the 2019 season in Atlanta on Thursday night. >> Box score

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

1) It's as simple as this: Pete Alonso is a beast. The rookie mashed his sixth homer of the season, and it was an absolute missile to deep center field -- 454 feet to be exact. The homer, which left the bat at 118.3 mph, was the hardest-hit homer in Mets history since Statcast was implemented. He also joined Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton among the top 10 hardest-hit homers in the Statcast era, as his falls tied ninth. Alonso finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and moved his average to .378. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Scott Thompson
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Syndergaard, Mets beat Twins 00:01:04
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard stifled the Twins with his arsenal and says this is the best he's felt mechanically in a 'long time.'

This is the Noah Syndergaard Mets fans are used to seeing. 

From the start of Syndergaard's night on the Citi Field mound against the Twins, you could feel this was one where "Thor" could go deep. His fastball was ramped up to 98-99 mph early, and he even topped 100 mph in the 1-2-3 first inning. After a quick blip in the third, where he allowed one run to cross the plate, Syndergaard cruised. 

"Mechanically, I felt probably the best I've felt in a long time," Syndergaard told reporters after his seven-inning, seven-strikeout night. "So just trying to work on continuing to make that consistent. I guess when my mechanics are spot on, I get a little more movement on my ball."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Giants extend Sterling Shepard 00:01:07
New York Giants believe they have a true #1 receiver in Sterling Shepard and show it with a $41 Million contract extension.

The Giants and WR Sterling Shepard are "working on" a contract extension that is expected to be worth $41 million over four years, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Wednesday. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal has $21.3 million in guaranteed money.

Shepard was entering a contract year, with his rookie deal expiring at the end of the season. There was no notion the Giants were interested in bringing back the Oklahoma product, let alone extension talks taking place. Rumors were floating around saying the Giants would want to shop Shepard, so they wouldn't let another talent walk into free agency like Landon Collins did this offseason. 

However, sources told Vacchiano the Giants never had any intention to trade Shepard. When Odell Beckham Jr. was dealt to the Browns, the team knew that Shepard needed to be signed long-term. Teams, like the Patriots as Garafalo points out, may have called GM Dave Gettleman to see if Shepard was available, but those talks weren't going to be anything more than that.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

As the Mets traveled north from Port St. Lucie, their bullpen looked to be a solid unit. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen landed the MLB's saves leader in closer Edwin Diaz and brought back Jeurys Familia to join Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo. Lefty Justin Wilson was also a crucial free agent pickup.

But this group has not gotten off to the start they hoped for in 2019.

As a whole, though, the seven bullpen arms - that includes Luis Avilan and Tim Peterson as well - own a combined 5.76 ERA to start the new year. Avilan has the worst ERA of the relievers, sitting at 16.20 after allowing six runs in 3.1 innings. Lugo is also struggling with a 8.10 ERA after allowing six earned over 6.2 innings.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Scott Thompson
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In Game 1 of the Opening Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Islanders picked up an exhilirating overtime win over the Penguins to kick off the series.

With the Coliseum packed to the ceiling, the Islanders looked to get on the board first in the opening minute. However, the goal was called back as an Isles player was deemed offside. But less than a minute later, Jordan Eberle potted the first goal of the night. 

Phil Kessel would tie the game up for the Penguins later in the period, but the Isles skated into the locker room with the lead after one thanks to a power play goal by Brock Nelson.  >> Box Score

Tags: Adam Pelech, Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scott Thompson
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To anyone following the NFL Draft, it is no secret that the Cardinals -- owners of the first overall selection this year -- have their sights set on Kyler Murray. That is why the prospect of Arizona trading away their first-rounder last season in Josh Rosen has swirled around NFL rumors for weeks now. 

The Giants are at the top of those rumors, being a team that needs a quarterback solution after Eli Manning and has the draft capital to make a deal happen. However, the Cardinals haven't officially put Rosen on the market, and that could be the case all the way up to or through the Draft. 

The Cardinals likely received calls already from teams looking into Rosen, and the Giants may be on that list. But what about offers thrown Arizona's way. 

Tags: Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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Nov 29, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) controls the ball as he is watched closely by Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) in the fourth quarter at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors beat the Warriors 131-128 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Nov 29, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) controls the ball as he is watched closely by Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) in the fourth quarter at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors beat the Warriors 131-128 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

With just a few games left in the NBA regular season, the highly anticipated offseason will officially kick off for half the league. Teams like the New York Knicks will be ramping up their strategy for free agency, but their crosstown rival in the Brooklyn Nets could be headed to the postseason before they think about the offseason. 

The Nets are the NBA's surprise this season, with it's young core -- led by the emergence of All-Star PG D'Angelo Russell -- beating some of the best teams in the league on their way to a low seed in the Eastern Conference. They currently hold the seventh seed, but with three games left, a lot can happen in this tight race. 

Playoffs or no playoffs, the Nets have certainly put themselves on the map this season, and the top free agents expected to hit the market like Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, and Kyrie Irving have taken notice, according to many reports...

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Apr 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket while New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Apr 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket while New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

The Knicks were mauled by the Rockets on Friday night, losing 120-96 down in Houston. >> Box score

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

1) A game after dropping a career-high in points, Mario Hezonja had a career-high in rebounds and assists on his way to his first career triple-double. The Croatin forward tallied 16 points, 16 rebounds, and 12 assists in a 6-for-11 shooting performance. Hezonja, who is on a one-year deal, is certainly making a case for another one this offseason.

Tags: Houston Rockets, Mario Hezonja, Mitchell Robinson, Scott Thompson
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Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a single during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) hits a single during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Coming into the new year, Yankees C Gary Sanchez has the goal of proving last season was an enigma. So far, things are trending in the right direction for The Kraken. 

Over the first seven games of the season, Sanchez has had his woes like the rest of these Yankees. He already has four throwing errors from behind the plate -- an area of his defensive game that was never a question. But he also made a nice snap throw down to first on Thursday to pick off the over-eager Rio Ruiz after a nice block on a slider. 

Though the glove needs improvement, Yankees fans are more concerned abou Sanchez' showing more production in the batter's box this season. In 2018, he hit a ghastly .186/.291/.406 with 18 homers and 53 RBI in 89 games as he couldn't find his groove all season.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Free agent DT Ndamukong Suh raised some eyebrows on Monday when he posted a video to his Twitter account of him passing MetLife Stadium. Being a free agent, Suh passing the home of the Jets and Giants would understandably spark some conversation. 

However, he said it was merely an April Fool's joke as he was "in NYC for business meetings."

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Tags: Avery Williamson, Leonard Williams, Scott Thompson
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Yankees SS Troy Tulowitzki had to leave Wednesday's game against the Tigers after suffering a Grade 1 left calf strain, according to multiple reports.

Tulowitzki came out in the top of the fourth inning, as Gleyber Torres shifted to shortstop with Tyler Wade coming in at second base. The veteran infielder had one at-bat where he popped up, and made an off-balance throw to end the third inning. It's unknown what play exactly the injury occurred on.

It's another big blow for the Yankees, who just can't seem to stay healthy early on this season. They already led the Majors with 10 players on the Injured List, including Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, and Miguel Andujar, coming into this contest. Tulowitzki officially hitting the list moves the total to 11 as the team heads to Baltimore for their first road trip on Thursday.

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Apr 3, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) shoots a three point shot over New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja (8) during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Apr 3, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) shoots a three point shot over New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja (8) during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

The Knicks could have spoiled the Magic on Wednesday night, but they dropped the ball in a 114-100 loss in Orlando. >> Box score

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

1) Playing against his former team, Mario Hezonja dropped a career-high 29 points on 11-for-22 shooting, and a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. He also had nine rebounds and five assists over 33 minutes on the floor. 

Tags: Kevin Knox, Mario Hezonja, Mitchell Robinson, Orlando Magic, Scott Thompson
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Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

With Odell Beckham Jr. ready to start his new chapter in ClevelandSterling Shepard will enter the new season with much more responsibility in the receiving game. And with his contract expiring at the end of the year, the 2019 season will be very interesting for No. 87. 

Shepard had his best season in a Giants uniform last year with with 66 receptions (107 targets) for 872 yards and four touchdowns. Eli Manning was also fond of throwing him the ball when he needed a third-down conversion, as he converted 17 of his 20 third-down receptions. 

The Oklahoma product has proven to be a reliable target with the ability to break out for the big play, which is why he is likely to start camp as the No. 1 receiver in the room. But things changed when the Giants decided to sign veteran free agent WR Golden Tate to a hefty four-year, $37.5 million contract. 

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Sep 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder (80) runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Sep 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder (80) runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Before the Jets' offseason spending spree brought on RB Le'Veon Bell for the 2019 season, New York added versatile slot receiver Jamison Crowder to the offense as well. 

The 5-foot-9, 177-pound Crowder is expected to be a very valuable asset for Sam Darnold in his sophomore season, and the Jets paid him very handsomely to be that guy with a three-year, $28.5 million deal with $17 million guaranteed.

But will the Jets have a problem with Crowder joining Quincy Enunwa in the receivers room? 

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Michigan State shocked the NCAA Tournament on Sunday when they took down No. 1-seeded Duke to move on to the Final Four. With that, Zion Williamson -- the projected No. 1 overall pick -- is likely to have played his last game for the Blue Devils as he will prepare for the NBA Draft. 

So, with Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Ja Morant all out of the tournament, who should Knicks fans look forward to seeing in the Final Four? Look no further than Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver

The 6-foot-5 sophomore guard has been the focal point of this Red Raiders team all season long, and many have him as a Top-5 talent. He is only solidifying that fact in the Tournament, where he is averaging 21.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks over his four games. Culver is also shooting just shy of 42 percent from the field...

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks off the field after a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks off the field after a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Donning a bright orange Browns cap, Odell Beckham Jr. addressed the Cleveland media for the first time since being traded by the Giants. 

Beckham sat right in between his new quarterback Baker Mayfield and his long-time friend in wide receiver Jarvis Landry, as he reflected on the moment he got the call from GM Dave Gettleman that he was traded. He said he was eating dinner when his phone rang, and he admitted "I knew something was going down."

"I defintely would say that it did," Beckham told reporters when asked if he was surprised. "It's just a lot to process. You start off in New York in your career, and the next thing you know you're here today. I think I've come to grips with everything and processed everything. To see my guys here, I'm excited about this."

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

For the most part, Zack Wheeler's season debut for the Mets on Sunday was a great start to the new year. But he really wants to take one inning back. 

Wheeler's day began relatively silent. He had two runners on first and second in the first inning, but he got out of that jam. And the second inning saw a 1-2-3 half with his third strikeout of the day to move onto the third. 

But that's where the wheels fell off a bit. In just four pitches, the Nats strung together a double, single, and a Trea Turner three-run homer to give the home team a 3-1 lead in a hurry. From there, Wheeler would let up one more run before his day ended after five frames. 

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Mar 3, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State linebacker Devin White (LB41) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 3, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State linebacker Devin White (LB41) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

The NFL Draft is less than a month away, and the Giants will be putting together official visits for some of the top prospects they're interested in adding to their Big Board at the end of April. 

One of those players is LSU LB Devin White, who told NOLA.com on Sunday that he will have a pre-draft visit with the Giants. He also mentioned the Buccaneers, who own the No. 5 pick before the Giants' sixth overall selection, and the Bengals (No. 11 pick) will host him as well.

White is considered by many to be the top linebacker in this draft class, with Michigan's Devin Bush also at the top of the heap. The Giants certainly need to upgrade their second tier, especially on the outside. White, though, is an inside linebacker that would be projected to take the starting role from B.J. Goodson if the Giants were to bring him aboard. Alec Ogletree, a defensive captain, would be next to him. 

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Nationals walk-off on Mets 00:01:29
Trea Turner belted a pair of homers, including walk-off solo shot in the 9th as the Nationals edged the Mets, 6-5

The Mets made a late comeback, but the Nationals walked it off in a 6-5 loss for New York to close out the opening series. >> Box score

Six things to know about Sunday's game...

1) Zack Wheeler made his season debut, and it didn't go how it would've liked it to. The first two innings were painless, but the Nationals got to him in the third. On just four pitches, a double, single and home run were hit to make it a 3-0 game for the home team. Then, after a silent fourth inning, Wheeler allowed another run to come across on an Anthony Rendon RBI single in the fifth. Overall, Wheeler allowed four earned on six hits while striking out seven and walking one over five innings. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hits a double during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hits a double during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

For Yankees fans, it's easy to get lost in a lineup that features heavy hitters like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez. Even Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar have created a buzz in their rookie seasons. And we can't forget the first base battle between Luke Voit and Greg Bird

But, to Tino Martinez, all of these Yankees mentioned are not the catalyst of this loaded roster in 2019. It's a fresh face in the clubhouse, but one Martinez knows fans will come to love rather quickly.

"I would say the guy that was not talked about at Spring Training was DJ LeMahieu," Martinez told SNY at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, which was transformed into the "Judge's Chambers" on Wednesday in return of the Pepsi Zero Sugar "Judge for Yourself" campaign. "He won the batting title a couple years ago (2016), hit .348. He can play second, third and first all very well and, again, he's a great hitter. He's going to hit .300, at least 20 home runs. Very quiet guy, so you don't talk about him much but I think he's going to have the biggest impact on the team as well."

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Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Jeff McNeil and Wilson Ramos both had great days at the plate on Saturday, but Mets manager Mickey Callaway's lineup card didn't have either player on it for Sunday's series finale against the Nationals. 

McNeil didn't notch a hit in his Opening Day game, but he made up for that with a 4-for-5 performance with a triple, double, and two RBI. But, with a lefty on the mound in Patrick Corbin for the Nats today, Callaway said it was scheduled to have McNeil sit out and give the nod to Keon Broxton, who gets his first start as a Met. 

Callaway also doesn't believe in making his lineup based off what a player does the day before...

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Mar 30, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) goes to the basket against New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 30, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) goes to the basket against New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks gave the Heat a good battle, but Miami came out with a 100-92 victory in Dwyane Wade's final game at The Garden on Saturday night. >> Box score

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

1) Coming off the bench, Wade dropped 16 points on 6-for-16 from the field. He also had seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal on the night. 

Tags: Kevin Knox, Miami Heat, Mitchell Robinson, Scott Thompson
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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a second half time out against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a second half time out against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The NYPD is reportedly investigating a claim by a woman who says former Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis raped her merely hours after he suffered his torn ACL against the Bucks back on Feb. 7, 2018. 

The allegations, which cops say are "credible" according to The Post, detail Porzingis inviting the woman back to his luxury apartment at the Sky building in Midtown West Manhattan, which she agreed to. When they entered the apartment, the woman claims Porzingis held her down and raped her. 

It was discussed that Porzingis was going to offer $68,000 to pay for the woman's brother's college tuition to keep her quiet. However, that fell through. The woman admitted that she kept quiet this long because of the money Porzingis had promised. 

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Alonso keeps proving himself 00:01:18
Pete Alonso went 3-4 with 2 RBI in today's 11-8 win over the Nationals. Alonso says he had a plan while Noah Syndergaard had high praise.

"Polar Bear" was one of the Mets that led the offensive charge against the Nationals on Saturday afternoon. You know him as Pete Alonso

Noah Syndergaard, who started for the Mets in the 11-8 win, dished out some nicknames on the roster and they were all different animals. It was third base coach Gary DiSarcina that gave Alonso his nickname, and it couldn't fit any better. Polar bears possess raw power, something Alonso has been displaying since Spring Training. 

"I guess so, yeah. I'll embrace it," Alonso said of his nickname...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Scott Thompson
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Mets win wild one vs. Nats 00:01:33
Game two was the opposite of game one, but the Mets still won 11-8. They improve to 2-0. Syndergaard started and gave up 4 earned runs.

The Mets were roping the ball in our nation's capital on Saturday afternoon, as 14 hits generated an 11-8 win over the Nationals.  >> Box score

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

1) After a three-run first inning, Noah Syndergaard came to the mound with a pretty nice cushion to work with. However, the Nationals would eventually string together four runs in his outing to tie the ball game. Overall, Syndergaard allowed seven hits (one homer to Victor Robles) while striking out seven and walking none over six innings.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Scott Thompson
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Apr 12, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) talks to assistant head coach David Fizdale during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Heat win 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Apr 12, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) talks to assistant head coach David Fizdale during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Heat win 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

Dwyane Wade's "One Last Dance" is coming to New York, and Knicks head coach David Fizdale couldn't be more honored to be a part of his final game at Madison Square Garden.

Fizdale and Wade were extremely close during the former's time in Miami as an assistant coach. They won an NBA title together, and when Fizdale took the job with the Knicks, Wade had nothing but praise for one of his good friends in the league. 

That doesn't mean Fizdale doesn't want to hand Wade and the Heat a loss on Saturday night. 

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Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Before signing with the Mets, Wilson Ramos knew exactly how tough it was to play in the NL East. And it isn't because he was traded from the Rays to the Phillies at the trade deadline last season. 

Ramos played six seasons with the Nationals from 2011-2016, and was an All-Star in his final season with the team before heading to Tampa in 2017. So, when the PA announcer called out his name during the Opening Day ceremony at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon, the Nats faithful showered him with cheers. 

"I liked playing here," Ramos told The Post's Mike Puma. "There is nothing better than you come on the field and you feel that support from the fans. I played six good years here, the fans gave me great support, so they make me feel very good every time I come back here."

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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) high fives teammates after being introduced before an opening day game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) high fives teammates after being introduced before an opening day game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Yankees OF Aaron Judge didn't need much time to make his stamp on this franchise, and the MLB as a whole. In just two full seasons, he collected a Rookie of the Year trophy, showcased success in the postseason, and most importantly, became the new face of the Yankees. 

So, as the slugger walked into camp down in Tampa, it's no surprise the 26-year-old looked extremely comfortable. And that cool demeanor resulted in an easy .316/.447/.947 slash line with six homers and 15 RBI in 17 games of Spring Training...

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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Luke Voit (45) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Luke Voit (45) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It wasn't supposed to happen, but the Yankees traveled to the Bronx from Tampa with both Luke Voit and Greg Bird on the roster. It would've been manager Aaron Boone's hardest decision if he had to choose one over the other.

Luckily, he didn't have to as both Voit and Bird found their way on to the Yankees' Opening Day lineup. And they didn't disappoint.

In his first at-bat with two runners on, Voit cranked a three-run homer to Monument Park to make the Yankee Stadium crowd go berserk, and put the Bombers on the board first. Voit also worked two walks. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 27: Yankees Legends Tino Martinez, Paul ONeill and Bernie Williams celebrate Pepsi Zero Sugar Judge for Yourself campaign at Grand Central Terminal on March 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Pepsi) (Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 27: Yankees Legends Tino Martinez, Paul ONeill and Bernie Williams celebrate Pepsi Zero Sugar Judge for Yourself campaign at Grand Central Terminal on March 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Pepsi) (Getty Images)

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As the new season rolls around, Yankees legend Tino Martinez will find himself at yet another World Series reunion. It was 20 years ago the Yankees swept the Braves to capture the third championship of the four they collected in five years, as the dynasty was in full form.

Martinez, along with his former teammates, had a reunion last season for their '98 title. And as one would expect, they never get old...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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Mar 10, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Mar 10, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

When the Knicks hired David Fizdale to be their new head coach, they knew he would be bringing aggressive basketball on both ends of the floor. Well, that clearly hasn't translated to wins for this rebuilding roster this season, but that doesn't mean his tactics won't be successful.

Fizdale knows he needs certain players around his young guns to make it work.

"Our defense won't really, really get to where it's at until we start to really fill in the gaps with the type of guys we think can take our defense to the next level," Fizdale told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "Add maybe another forward defender or another perimeter defender that has a reputation for that. Those kind of guys are the ones that elevate your system to the next level."

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Mar 25, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) looks on from the dugout against the Washington Nationals before the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 25, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) looks on from the dugout against the Washington Nationals before the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

It's Year 2 for Giancarlo Stanton in pinstripes, and the theme thus far has been comfortability for the 6-foot-6 slugger. Stanton had an up-and-down 2018 season that still saw 38 round-trippers and 100 RBI fall on his stat sheet. 

Stanton's production didn't make it a disappointing season, but it was his .229 average at Yankee Stadium and 5-for-21 performance in his first trip to the postseason that made Yankees fans shake their heads. 

But that was last year, and Stanton has consistently alluded to it as one giant learning experience coming from Miami to New York. He reiterated that point on Wednesday after his final tune-up workout before Opening Day on Thursday.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen describes the process behind Jacob deGrom?s new contract, how David Wright helped, and final roster decisions.

Brodie Van Wagenen has preached a players-first regime since he became the Mets new GM earlier this offseason, and that was on full display Thursday in our nation's capital during Jacob deGrom's press conference to formaly announce his five-year extension. 

While teams all over were issuing extensions to essential players to lock them up for the near future, the Mets and deGrom were working diligently to get a deal done themselves. It came down to the last week of Spring Training, but ultimately, the Mets didn't want to come back north without deGrom inked long-term. 

That vigor and determination to have the Mets' ace on the team for the next five years is the exact message Van Wagenen promised, and he believes that the team and everyone around it has felt that from the start...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Peter Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) brings the ball up court against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) brings the ball up court against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Frank Ntilikina was returning to the Knicks for the final 10 games of this dismal 2018-19 regular season with a purpose: to prove he should still be in blue and orange next season. But it was short-lived when Ntilikina reaggravated his groin injury that kept him out 24 straight games against the Clippers on Sunday night.

So is that it? Does Ntilikina's season finish on this note? Head coach David Fizdale wouldn't say it officially, as the Frenchman sat out of Tuesday's practice. 

"We don't know yet on the status of how far away he is from coming back," Fizdale told The Post's Marc Berman. "I know it was a tough blow to the kid the other night. I just don't know how sever it is. I just know that it got to a point during the game where it was really bothering him. It's just been frustrating for the kid. It's been frustrating for all of us, but for him it's been tough."

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Scott Thompson
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Jan 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports  (Wendell Cruz)
Jan 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With March Madness in full effect, Kevin Knox is nostalgic as he remembers this time last year he was wearing Kentucky's blue and white trying to win a National Championship. 

"It's crazy to think this time last year I was in the [NCAA] Tournament, getting ready for the game, heart racing before the games and stuff like that," Knox told The Post's Peter Botte. "The tournament, there's no better feeling than winning, so going out there and getting some wins in and playing against a team on the road, we had some good road wins last year at Kentucky, there's no better feeling in that locker room."

The Wildcats were upset in the Sweet 16, but as Knox points out, every game had the utmost importance that created a different vibe. But things have down a 180 for Knox, as he plays on a Knicks team that has been out of the playoffs virtually since the season began. 

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Gleyber Torres crushed a three-run homer in the first to put the Yankees up early, but the Blue Jays stymied them after that in a 7-3 loss for the Bombers on Saturday afternoon in Tampa. >> Box Score

Things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Torres' homer was a line drive shot to left-center field where Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar scored. He went 1-for-2 with the three RBI and run scored on the day. 

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Oct 15, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler (70) during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Oct 15, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler (70) during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

Before the Giants and Browns struck the trade of the offseason with WR Odell Beckham Jr. heading to Cleveland, they made another deal where DE Olivier Vernon was on his way as well. In that deal, the Giants got G Kevin Zeitler in return, a right guard that would be plugged right into their offensive line next season. 

Zeitler didn't think he would be making the move, though. There was some speculation that the Browns had him on the trade market, but after signing a five-year, $60 million deal back in 2017 with Cleveland, he thought he would be there for the long haul. 

Instead, he saw his phone blow up during a workout, and the shock set in.

Tags: Kevin Zeitler, Eli Manning, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Scott Thompson
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Mar 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated by right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after his two run home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Mar 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated by right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after his two run home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Giancarlo Stanton mashed the Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Phillies on Friday night in Tampa. >> Box Score

Things to know about Friday's game...

1) Stanton is having a strong finish to his spring, and that included two home runs on Friday. His first was a solo shot in the bottom of the third inning, and in his next at-bat, he struck at two-run homer over the left field wall. Stanton is hitting .342 this spring. 

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 (Robert Deutsch)
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From the very start of the season, Knicks fans were eyeing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. And that is exactly what the team could be looking at, holding the worst record in the NBA by 2.5 games with only a few to go. 

But, of course, the NBA Draft lottery only allows a 14 percent chance for New York to get that first selection. The second- and third-worst teams in the league also have the same percentage to land the pick that would more likely than not be spent on Duke's freshman sensation Zion Williamson. The only perk for landing the league's worst record is not falling further than No. 5 when the ping pong balls are chosen. 

That worst case scenario for the Knicks is nightmare fuel for fans, but what about falling into the second or third slot after the lottery? Would it be that much of a loss for the franchise?

Tags: Ja Morant, R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, Scott Thompson
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The Yankees are exactly one week away from opening their 2019 season against the Orioles in the Bronx, and the battles to make the 25-man roster when camp breaks are coming down to the wire. Injuries continue to plague this squad, with Greg Bird the latest to receive medical attention after he was hit by a pitch in the elbow. Luckily, that isn't expected to be a big deal, but other Yankees may not be so lucky when the season kicks off.

Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

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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Mar 21, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (63) takes a moment during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 21, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (63) takes a moment during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Cardinals' offense was too potent for the Yankees on Thursday afternoon, as the Bombers fell 11-3 to St. Louis.>> Box Score

Things to know about Thursday's game...

1) Domingo German got the start today, and it was one he'd like to re-do. He allowed six hits -- three of them homers -- for a total five earned runs over 3.2 innings. He did strike out four hitters, but his ERA rose to 4.11. 

Tags: Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, St. Louis Cardinals, Scott Thompson
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Mike Maccagnan
Mike Maccagnan

As expected, the Jets have been extremely busy in free agency as the lead into the NFL Draft. And when late April comes around, New York has great position at No. 3 to add another immediate impact player for next season. 

But with that high draft pick and the Jets already settled in the quarterback department, GM Mike Maccagnan will certainly be listening to phone calls to potentially make a trade to move down. 

The Jets will likely be looking for a defensive playmaker with that third overall selection, and though players like DE Josh Allen and DE Nick Bosa are in the conversation in the Top 3, there are still plenty more elite prospects to choose from. But, if all signs point to the Cardinals selecting QB Kyler Murray first overall, the Jets would likely keep that No. 3 pick to get either Allen or Bosa.

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Mar 20, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Holder (56) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 20, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Holder (56) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Astros and Yankees were stuck in a pitcher's duel on Wednesday afternoon, but it was Houston coming away with the 2-1 win in the end. >> Box Score

Things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) The Yankees, once again, went with an opener as Jonathan Holder got the ball for the first two innings. He was stellar, allowing no hits and only one walk to move his spring ERA to 0.87. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Houston Astros, Jonathan Holder, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

When Giants GM Dave Gettleman faced the media over a conference call on Monday to discuss the Odell Beckham Jr. trade, he simply said the move was "purely a football decision."

"We didn't sign him to trade him, but obviously things changed," Gettleman said. "Another team made us an offer we couldn't refuse."

So what does his head coach Pat Shurmur think about one of his most lethal offensive weapons moving on to Cleveland? He is on Gettleman's side.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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