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As new Knicks president Leon Rose takes over, he'll have to go through a hard evaluation of the team's current roster and see which pieces he likes and dislikes. 

Among that list is Julius Randle: a young, talented power forward that signed a two-year deal with a third-year club option last offseason to highlight the Knicks' free agent signees. Unlike his other free-agent counterparts, Randle had that extra year for the 2020-21 season guaranteed. 

But that doesn't necessarily mean the Knicks want to keep him around. 

Tags: RJ Barrett, Scott Thompson
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Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) pitches during the seventh inning in game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) pitches during the seventh inning in game three of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The idea that the 2020 MLB season can be played solely in Arizona has gained some traction over the last 24 hours, with SNY's Andy Martino hearing from sources that "high-ranking members of the medical community" have backed the plan. 

So how do the players feel about it? 

There is sure to be mixed opinions on the matter, but Yankees RHP Adam Ottavino told the New York Post's Joel Sherman that he would be on board. 

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Feb 24, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) takes a three-point shot against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Feb 24, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) takes a three-point shot against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

The Knicks weren't able to land any high-profile free agents this past summer, which led to now ex-team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry signing a group of veterans to short, expendable deals. 

Now, with a new vision in the front office with Leon Rose acting as the team's president, those players -- and even some others -- might be on the chopping block. 

In this new series, we'll look at whether or not the Knicks should let these players stay -- or let them walk. We'll kick it off with C Bobby Portis...

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Chase Field (Joe Camporeale)
Chase Field (Joe Camporeale)

During a conference call with MLB and MLBPA on Monday, the idea of playing solely in Arizona was tossed around as both sides continue to try to find a way to have a 2020 season, according to the Associated Press

The spread of coronavirus continues around the country, but the league is still trying to make sure it can salvage some sort of season. And having it in the Phoenix area -- one that has Chase Field and 10 spring training parks for the Cactus League within 50 miles of each other -- could be the perfect landing spot. 

"It allows for immediacy of a schedule, where you might be able to begin it and televise it, provide Major League Baseball to America," agent Scott Boras said. "I think players are willing to do what's necessary because I think they understand the importance of baseball for their own livelihoods and for the interest of our country and providing a necessary product that gives all the people that are isolated enjoyment."

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NHL Logo

Is North Dakota where the NHL will head if its 2019-20 season returns? 

It's an option, says Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, who added that the NHL and NHLPA are both discussing how the logistics of a resumed season could play out. 

Other sports leagues, like the NBA, have also discussed using neutral sites that make sense for everyone involved; Las Vegas has been brought up in the basketball community. 

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Oct 23, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the press during the 2023 NB All-Star announcement at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports (Chris Nicoll)
Oct 23, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the press during the 2023 NB All-Star announcement at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports (Chris Nicoll)

Both the NBA and NBPA have been working together on potentially using blood-testing devices that could detect coronavirus within 15 minutes, which could be the key to allowing the season to resume, says ESPN's Baxter Holmes

These tests are said to be able to deliver accurate results within five to 13 minutes.

The Washington Post reported that Abbott Laboratories has been mass-producing these "diabetes-like tests," that have already been shipping across the states to help detect the virus.

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While the NBA is still trying to figure out if it will be concluding the 2019-20 season, the NBA Draft is also a matter of importance. 

Normal circumstances would see the draft process being ramped up for teams that don't see the playoffs in sight, and could land that No. 1 overall pick in the draft lottery. But, of course, these aren't normal circumstances and doing the proper evaluations and scouting of NCAA and international prospects must have a different approach. 

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the league has decided to follow suit with the NFL in that respect. Teams will reportedly be given guidelines that allow virtual meetings with prospects, however there will be no in-person workouts or live video workouts either. 

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It's been hard for small businesses around the country, since trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus has led to many closing until things return to normal. However, there are some restaurants that remain open as essential businesses. 

Well, Jets GM Joe Douglas is doing his part to keep their spirits up. 

Thanks to former Jets WR Rob Carpenter, an NFL Reddit post revealed that Douglas has been dishing out very generous tips while picking up food at a restaurant near his town. Check it out...

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Latrell Sprewell/James Dolan ( Adam Hunger)
Latrell Sprewell/James Dolan ( Adam Hunger)

As we all know, the Charles Oakley feud with James Dolan continues on, with the two most recently seeing their mediation canceled due to Dolan testing positive for coronavirus. But the feud itself still remains top of mind for some former players, including Chris Childs.

Childs played five seasons with the Knicks, including the tail end of Oakley's career with New York. So, while talking on CBS Sports Radio with Damon Amendolara, Childs was asked how he felt about the whole situation. In his answer, he made sure to voice his frustrations with not just Dolan, but Latrell Sprewell too. 

"To this day, we talk a lot and how they treated him when they threw him out the arena affected the way how I think about management," Childs said. "I enjoyed Steve Mills, talked with him on occasion. But the way that Dolan has treated the fans, ex-players, and having a photo op after having Oakley thrown out and have Sprewell at the game sitting by him and [Larry Johnson] at the game. That was just so disrespectful to not only Oak, but to me as well."

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Jan 25, 2020; Mobile, AL, USA; North wide receiver Chase Claypool of Notre Dame (83) warms upbefore the 2020 Senior Bowl college football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)
Jan 25, 2020; Mobile, AL, USA; North wide receiver Chase Claypool of Notre Dame (83) warms upbefore the 2020 Senior Bowl college football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)

It may not be a priority for the Giants heading into this year's NFL Draft, but the wide receiver position could use some sort of upgrade if it makes sense for Big Blue. 

In fact, one player in particular could force GM Dave Gettleman's hand at the end of the month to solidify his offensive weapons for QB Daniel Jones

Notre Dame WR Chase Claypool has been rising in mock drafts, and he very well might be on the Giants' radar when draft day comes around. The 6-foot-4, 238-pounder lit up the NFL Combine with a 4.42 40-yard dash, 40.5 vertical leap and 19 reps on the bench press.

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Dec 30, 2019; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) reacts after scoring against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Dec 30, 2019; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) reacts after scoring against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

There was a time when Lauri Markkanen caught the Knicks' eye. After a recent report, they might be able to bring that interest back. 

According to the Chicago Sun-Times' Joe Cowley, Markkanen is telling the Bulls that he'd rather play somewhere else if their rebuilding plan doesn't happen sooner. 

Chicago has been rebuilding for some time, and Markkanen was part of that effort when he was drafted seventh overall by the Timberwolves, with his rights then being traded to the Bulls shortly after. Then, the Knicks took Frank Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick.

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It took new Jets WR Breshad Perriman until his fourth NFL season to finally put up solid numbers on the stat sheet. Being a former first-round pick, it hasn't been what he expected.

But following a 2019 season that saw all career-highs, Perriman isn't holding back his expectations for 2020 with his latest team in New York. 

"I have no doubt in my mind that it will definitely be a season to remember for me, as far as production-wise," Perriman told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "I'm just really excited for the opportunities that I will get, just being in a bigger role."

Tags: Jamison Crowder, Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons sacks LSU QB Joe Burrow (Stephen Lew)
Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons sacks LSU QB Joe Burrow (Stephen Lew)

When you analyze Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons, you clearly see an extremely versatile player that can help an NFL defense immediately this upcoming season. But the biggest question for whoever decides to draft him is where exactly does he play? 

That could be the question facing Giants GM Dave Gettleman and Giants coaches at the moment, as it is very likely Simmons will be on the board for them to select at No. 4 overall on April 23 when the 2020 NFL Draft kicks off. The Giants have been looking for that defensive difference-maker, and Simmons could easily be that man -- if they can deploy him correctly. 

It would make sense for him to play at middle linebacker, but new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham doesn't have to keep him in that box. Instead, it would be much more advantageous to use him strategically where the Giants need tons of help.

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January 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Kyler Fackrell (51) before the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
January 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Kyler Fackrell (51) before the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Kyler Fackrell began his introductory conference call on Thursday by being very straight-forward. 

Flashing back two seasons ago, Fackrell collected a career-high with 10.5 sacks and 42 tackles from his outside linebacker position. But the Packers went and picked up Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith after that 2018 season, which took tons of snaps away from Fackrell. 

In turn, Fackrell collected just one sack as a depth player with 23 tackles.

"It was obviously not ideal," he said.

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Aaron Judge/Gleyber Torres
Aaron Judge/Gleyber Torres

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Right now, the Yankees are simply worrying about whether or not they're going to have a season to play in 2020. But, with the hiatus, it's worth examining how this roster is set up at the moment, and more specifically, how it could change next season and in the short-term future. 

This season, the Yankees are primed to contend for a World Series title, and that was evident when GM Brian Cashman said you know what to the luxury tax threshold and paid Gerrit Cole $324 million over the next nine seasons to be his bonafide ace. That was added to the massive amount remaining on Giancarlo Stanton's contract. 

So, as of now, the Yankees are at $239 million, which is well over the $208 million threshold. A World Series would definitely suffice with that kind of spending. But what about spending for the future? 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With coronavirus continuing to spread in the United States, Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka decided it was best to fly to Japan with his family.

Tanaka tweeted out in Japanese his reasoning for returning home with his wife and 1-year-old , which NJ.com's Brendan Kuty had translated by a Japanese member of the media. 

"By entering Japan from the United States where the new coronavirus is expanding, even though we currently have no symptoms, would you still infect someone without knowing it?" Tanaka said. "Wouldn't my family get infected? There were various thoughts."

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Feb 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake (67) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake (67) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Matt Blake's first year as pitching coach of the Yankees wasn't supposed to go this way. But, nevertheless, this is how things are with the league suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Blake's pitchers were starting to hit their stride, as they prepared for Opening Day that would've been this past Thursday. But now...well, Blake is working off an online spreadsheet to track their at-home workouts all over the country. 

"There's no playbook here," Blake told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "Nobody's ever gone through it, so there's no tried-and-true recipe to fall back on."

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Chase Young/Isaiah Simmons
Chase Young/Isaiah Simmons

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I've said it before, but I'll say it again: The Giants really can't go wrong at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Giants GM Dave Gettleman has options, and he'll likely explore all of them before he has to make his pick 22 days from now. The big question at the end of the day, though, is what position he wants to fill right away and which prospect he believes will be the perfect fit. 

The Giants' "Big Board," then, will hold the answers to that question as Gettleman and his team rank the best prospects in order based off their importance to fill needs and their overall skill level. Gettleman has always been one to say you can't go into a draft looking to fill a need, so how exactly should he stack that board? 

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Oct 6, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (12) passes the ball against the New England Patriots at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Oct 6, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (12) passes the ball against the New England Patriots at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

The 33-year-old Colt McCoy knows why he was signed by the Giants to a one-year deal for the upcoming season: to serve as Daniel Jones' backup. And he doesn't need the coaching staff to publicly say Jones is the starter to realize that. 

New head coach Joe Judge has said in the past that it isn't fair for him to give any starting role to anyone without evaluating everyone personally beforehand. That statement included the No. 6 overall pick from 2019 in Jones and the clear favorite RB Saquon Barkley. Of course, this sounds a lot like coach speak, but McCoy is definitely reading between those lines. 

"I'm assuming Daniel is the starting quarterback, he was the sixth pick in the draft and he has a super bright future," McCoy said Wednesday during a conference call. 

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Jedrick Wills/Jerry Jeudy
Jedrick Wills/Jerry Jeudy

It's officially April and that means it's officially NFL Draft month.

The Jets, like the rest of the league, are conducting video conference interviews with prospects as no one is allowed to come in for official visits. And following those, Jets GM Joe Douglas and the rest of his group should have solidified their "Big Board," or the rankings of players in their eyes heading into the first round on April 23. 

What will that Big Board look like? No one really ever knows for sure, but we can always make some educated guesses. The Jets might rank each individual player even if they don't believe they will fall to No. 11 overall. 

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If there's anyone on the Giants that knows how new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will run his defense in his first year at the helm, it's his former linebacker Blake Martinez

During his time linebackers coach with Green Bay, Graham got to work with Martinez exclusively and you can understand why the Giants were looking to nab him in free agency this offseason. Graham only spent a year with the 26-year-old, but Martinez said their bond came immediately. 

"We had that year together and we became super close, he was my inside linebacker coach," Martinez said during his introductory conference call on Monday. "For me, what made me so excited to work with him this year and the following years is how smart he is. I think he is probably the smartest coach I've ever been around."

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Sam Darnold/David Fales
Sam Darnold/David Fales

The Jets have brought back Sam Darnold's backup for most of last season in David Fales, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Tuesday. It will be on a one-year deal. 

With many believing the Jets might dip their toes into the backup quarterback market after that position was decimated last year following Darnold suffering from mono, it simply never happened according to Vacchiano. There was no interest shown in Matt Moore, who was the best one on the market, and had a history playing for Adam Gase in Miami. 

However, it is still very possible for the Jets to bring in someone to battle with Fales for that backup role, a source told Vacchiano. 

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; General overall view of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; General overall view of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The NFL held a remote presser today to discuss a few bits of news for the upcoming NFL Draft and regular season schedule, and the draft will continue to run on schedule. 

The draft will be "held from a hub," per MSG's Madelyn Burke, where picks for all 32 teams will be able to come in and get relayed to the players. The NFL is doing this, obviously, to remain in accordance with social distancing. 

Team "war rooms" will also be limited with the amount of people in it. NFL executive Peter O'Reilly said the draft "will focus on good role modeling," according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, and that means no more than 10 people in rooms. That also includes in players' homes during Draft Day. 

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The NFL held a remote presser today to discuss a few bits of news for the upcoming NFL Draft and regular season schedule, and the current expectation of the league right now is to have the 2020-21 season start on time without a hiccup. 

"Our expectation is fully directed at playing a full season starting on schedule and having a full regular season and full set of playoffs," NFL executive VP/General Counsel Jeff Pash said via Newsday's Bob Glauber

The league has already pushed back offseason workout programs and rookie minicamps following the draft could also be in question down the road. But they feel like by the time training camp comes around, things will be back to normal and the league can run like it normally does. 

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Mar 1, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka (66) heads to the dugout after scoring a run against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Mar 1, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka (66) heads to the dugout after scoring a run against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

Kyle Higashioka was very much looking forward to last Thursday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. He was primed to be Gary Sanchez' backup with Austin Romine moving on to Detroit. 

So that Opening Day would've been the first in his career. Instead, he was in Bend, Oregon doing workouts to prepare for whenever that Opening Day comes around -- if ever -- this year. 

"Thursday would have been my first major league Opening Day," Higashioka penned in the New York Post. "But, to be honest, I didn't really think about it during the day.

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Feb 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons (LB34) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons (LB34) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Most mock drafts around the country are pegging the Giants to take an offensive tackle at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

But, according to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, that isn't the case at all. Instead, he has the Giants "zeroing in" on Clemson LB/S Isaiah Simmons with that pick. 

In the latest edition of his Stick To Football podcast, Miller said he is hearing "many NFL scouts" who believe Dave Gettleman & Co. have their eyes set on the versatile linebacker. Miller has him ranked as his fourth-best prospect in the draft, so it would be fitting. 

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The writing was on the wall the entire time when Jets GM Joe Douglas was targeting Greg Van Roten in free agency.

A kid from Long Island. Grew up a Jets fan. And his childhood team needed help on the offensive line...badly. 

So when Van Roten finally signed a three-year deal to join the Jets, it all came full circle for him.

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Tristan Wirfs/Isaiah Simmons
Tristan Wirfs/Isaiah Simmons

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The Giants and GM Dave Gettleman really are sitting pretty at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. They don't need to draft a quarterback after doing so last year at No. 6. And with a few more holes to fill, any top prospect will be an immediate help next season and after. 

But what truly is the right pick here? 

Of course, Gettleman could easily trade down and still get a solid prospect while collecting draft capital. Some believe that he should focus on that in the first place. In this scenario, though, let's go with what experts believe he'd do at No. 4, and that is take an offensive tackle. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Carter, Nate Solder, Oshane Ximines, Ryan Connelly, Scott Thompson
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May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former outfielder Darryl Strawberry is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former outfielder Darryl Strawberry is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Just as he did with Pete Alonso on Sunday, former MLB MVP and current MLB analyst Alex Rodriguez returned to his Instagram Live to talk to Darryl Strawberry

Here's the best of what they discussed...


Strawberry explains how Keith Hernandez-Gary Carter impacted Mets

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The NBA continues to work vigorously to figure out what the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season could look like once they're allowed to resume play and there are several options.

According to The Post's Marc Berman, executives "still cling to hope" that a 16-team playoff that is played at one site with no fans can occur. 

What about the regular season? Berman is hearing that a "five-to-seven-game" regular season is what's being suggested before the playoffs were to begin. Then, the 2020-21 season will start near Christmas. 

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New Giants inside linebacker Blake Martinez would obviously love to be in East Rutherford, signing the new $30.75 million contract he agreed to with the team during NFL free agency.

But, instead of the introductions to the front office and coaches, Martinez had to do everything virtually -- just like his introduction to the New York media on Monday. 

Martinez joined a conference call to explain that he had to talk to new head coach Joe Judge and a familiar face in defensive coordinator Patrick Graham over the phone. This is the first time Martinez has ever done anything like this being that it is his first time being a free agent and joining a new team after four years in Green Bay. 

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Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 15, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field were the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees has been canceled do to the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

As the world was looking at the NBA and their first case of coronavirus among their players, the Yankees announced that they had a minor leaguer in their camp that contracted the virus, making it the first case in MLB. 

For minor leaguer Matt Minnick, that was the moment his eyes really opened to the coronavirus pandemic. 

"It was surreal," Minnick told the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "We know what was going on in the world, but suddenly we were on a conference call with doctors talking about it. I was concerned for the player and his family. For me, I wasn't scared, I felt fine. It was just surreal."

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Former Yankee Alex Rodriguez took some time out of his day on Sunday to talk with Mets superstar 1B Pete Alonso about anything from baseball to what the reigning NL Rookie of the Year likes to cook. 

But, when A-Rod's Q&A was over, he asked Alonso if he had anything to ask and the youngster asked a very good question that had an even better answer. 

Alonso wanted to know how Rodriguez dealt with the pressure of hearing boos, specifically when he was going through his appeal process after being suspended 211 games for PED use. The Yankees were playing the Red Sox in August -- right after the suspension was slapped on him -- and the Fenway Park faithful were definitely letting Rodriguez hear it. 

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Mets 1B Pete Alonso joined former Yankee and current MLB analyst Alex Rodriguez on the latter's Instagram Live on Sunday to jump into a bunch of different topics. 

Here's the best of what the reigning NL Rookie of the Year and former MLB MVP discussed...

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Aroldis Chapman
Aroldis Chapman

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman stands at 6-foot-4, 212 pounds and has one of the most dominant fastballs in the game of baseball. And after his latest post on Instagram, we know why that's the case. 

Chapman is staying self-isolated in his home during this coronavirus pandemic, and took a picture while playing a friendly game of dominoes. But look at that left arm...

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Jedrick Wills/Henry Ruggs III
Jedrick Wills/Henry Ruggs III

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If the 2020 NFL Draft continues to remain on schedule, the Jets have less than a month to decide what they want to do with their No. 11 overall pick -- if they haven't done so already. 

Jets GM Joe Douglas is leading his first draft ever in New York, so he definitely wants to get the pick right. For awhile, it looked like a new offensive tackle to cover Sam Darnold would be the only avenue for him to explore as NFL free agency kicked off.

Douglas added a few pieces to his line, an objective he had from the start. However, George Fant, a depth player with the Seahawks, being the only tackle that he brought in pointed to the fact that he might explore the deep market of first-round tackles. 

Tags: Jamison Crowder, Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Newest Giants CB James Bradberry can't introduce himself to the fans how he might want to with coronavirus not allowing him to make his way to New York. So, instead, he took some time out of his day on Sunday to answer fan questions on the team's Reddit page. 

Here are some of the highlights from the questions asked...

1) @Celestrial2: You had to match up with Julio [Jones], Mike Evans and Michael Thomas twice a year. Which of the three was hardest to guard?

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Stephon Marbury (Noah K. Murray)
Stephon Marbury (Noah K. Murray)

Former Knick Stephon Marbury is looking to give back to the city he called home growing up and for five seasons during his NBA career.

According to The Post, Marbury has "made arrangements" to have 10 million N95 masks brought to New York City for medical professionals and first responders who are on the front lines combating coronavirus. The masks have been hard to come by, and retailers have been charging $7.50 per mask. Marbury is saying he's getting them for $2.75 each from a supplier in China. 

"At the end of the day, I am from Brooklyn," Marbury said. "This is something that is close and dear to my heart as far as being able to help New York."

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Aaron Judge/Aaron Boone (Adam Hunger)
Aaron Judge/Aaron Boone (Adam Hunger)

No Opening Day baseball is a tough pill to swallow, as the coronavirus pandemic has pushed back the season indefinitely. But for Aaron Judge and manager Aaron Boone, remaining optimistic is the best thing to do in these hard times. 

Thursday was supposed to be the day the Yankees kicked off their 2020 campaign against the Orioles down in Baltimore, so it makes sense these two took the time to tweet out their disappointment about the season not starting on time. 

But that doesn't mean there won't be a season at all, with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred saying on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt on Wednesday that he hopes things can ramp up in May.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Scott Thompson
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Jets GM Joe Douglas added a familiar face in LB Patrick "Peanut" Onwuasor on Wednesday in his latest free agent move to bolster his defense. Onwuasor is a great linebacker that has played in a starting and depth role, and has had time playing next to C.J. Mosley

The only problem is Onwuasor has officially created a logjam of linebackers at One Jets Drive. 

Maybe that's exactly what Douglas wanted -- some linebacker competition when training camp kicks off. Because that's exactly what will have to occur in this position group when head coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams work together to build the defense for the 55-man roster. 

Tags: Avery Williamson, Blake Cashman, CJ Mosley, Jordan Jenkins, Neville Hewitt, Scott Thompson
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Old Yankee Stadium (Picasa 2.0)
Old Yankee Stadium (Picasa 2.0)

The Yankees were supposed to hand the ball to new ace Gerrit Cole to face the Orioles on the road Thursday, kicking off the 2020 season on Opening Day. But Cole is going to have to wait for that start now due to the coronavirus pandemic.

How long? Well there's no telling for sure. 

However, as SNY's Andy Martino pointed out earlier this week, MLB's current thinking is to salvage some sort of season this year. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred also appeared on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt on Wednesday, where he said he wants to start ramping things up in May if he can...

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Mar 2, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Georgetown Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing looks on against the Seton Hall Pirates during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 2, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Georgetown Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing looks on against the Seton Hall Pirates during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Knicks owner James Dolan and ex-Knick Charles Oakley continued their feud on Tuesday with an over-the-phone mediation that was ordered by a federal appeals court. Oakley hasn't broken his conviction in trying to get back at Dolan for ordering he be thrown out of Madison Square Garden back in 2017. 

But if it were up to one of Oakley's former Knicks teammates in Patrick Ewing, this feud would've been done a long time ago. 

Ewing has been asked about it in the past, and he always said he holds Oakley in high standards while not wanting to discuss his personal matter. However, he does want the bug squashed soon.

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Nov 3, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor (48) reacts during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Nov 3, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor (48) reacts during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

GM Joe Douglas added another former Raven to his roster, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with LB Patrick Onwuasor, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Wednesday. 

Affectionately known as "Peanut," Onwuasor adds linebacker depth for Gregg Williams' defense that saw his first-teamers C.J. Mosley and Avery Williamson rarely on the field in 2019. Williamson was lost in the preseason to a torn ACL, and Mosley constantly battled a groin injury that forced him to miss 14 games in his first year with the Jets. 

Coming out of Arizona in 2016, Onwuasor went undrafted and Baltimore picked him up. He earned his spot on the team and quickly assumed a larger role one year later.

Tags: Avery Williamson, CJ Mosley, Jordan Jenkins, Scott Thompson
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Robby Anderson has found a new home in the NFL, signing a two-year deal with the Panthers worth $20 million over that span. And it was a tough blow to the Jets, who simply waited too long to land the man that could've been their No. 1 receiver for Sam Darnold

So, as Anderson unfortunately makes his way down to Carolina, it's only right to put together some of No. 11's best highlights in green and white. 

Here are the best moments from the self-proclaimed "Sun God" that showcase his blazing speed, which can be seen in this crazy play from just last season...

Tags: Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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As we continue to practice social distancing in the safety of our own homes, medical professionals and first responders are combating the coronavirus pandemic by fighting it on the front lines. 

That's something Mets 1B Pete Alonso wanted to acknowledge. 

Alonso sent personal videos to some of those courageous professionals who just so happen to be Mets fans as well. Check it out...

Tags: Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Apr 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (27), Aaron Hicks (31) and Aaron Judge (99) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (27), Aaron Hicks (31) and Aaron Judge (99) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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This Thursday was supposed to be Opening Day, but of course, there are far more important things to worry about right now than baseball. 

Still, as SNY's Andy Martino pointed out in his latest article, "MLB is determined to salvage some sort of baseball in 2020." If that is a case, an extremely shortened season is most likely what will occur. 

And with that, some Yankees players actually might not mind the delay. But there are others who most likely feel the opposite way. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

It's always fun to watch how the free agent market materializes over time, but that's from an outside perspective. 

As a player, it's a little more nerve-racking. 

Some players are still out there on the market, and at this moment, they're likely watching their expected price tag drop with most players already joining new teams. That includes DE Jadeveon Clowney, who isn't expected at this point to hit his $22-23 million, but he'll remain patient. 

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Robby Anderson
Robby Anderson

The Jets were waiting for Robby Anderson's price to go down, but the wide receiver didn't want to wait any longer to sign a new deal.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed that Anderson has signed a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers worth $20 million, which includes $12 million guaranteed.

Anderson was looking for a deal around the $13-14 million range per season, but Vacchiano has been reporting that the Jets weren't going to go that high to sign him. They wanted it around the $9-10 million range. Carolina, then, offering $12 million for the first year was the kicker there despite the deal being $10 million AAV. 

Tags: Robby Anderson, Scott Thompson
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XFL players are allowed to sign with NFL teams, and the Giants took advantage of that by signing DB Dravon Askew-Henry to a two-year deal, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

Askew-Henry played for the New York Guardians, so he already knows what it's like to play at MetLife Stadium. And clearly he did enough for the Giants to believe he can crack the 53-man roster next season.

The former West Virginia Mountaineer is the cousin of legendary CB Darrelle Revis, and Rapoport added that he should compete for the nickel cornerback role that Corey Ballentine is currently slated for. 

Tags: Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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GM Joe Douglas continues to bolster his secondary, re-signing S Bennett Jackson for the 2020 season, per The Athletic's Connor Hughes.

Like Arthur Maulet, who re-signed with the Jets as well, Jackson wasn't offered a tender as a restricted free agent. So the Jets signed him to a new deal. Though the details haven't been released yet, the deal should be expected to be for one year. 

Jackson's NFL story is one of trial and tribulation, but his dream of making it into an NFL regular season game became a reality in 2019 when he suited up in Week 7 with the Ravens. He'd played in three more weeks for the Ravens after that before returning to the Jets for Weeks 14 and 15. 

Tags: Bennett Jackson, Brian Poole, Scott Thompson
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