Scott Thompson

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

With the Rangers open to trade talks, the Yankees are among the most likely teams to land LHP Cole Hamels, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The other teams Nightengale lists are the Brewers, Cubs, Phillies, and Diamondbacks.

A starting pitcher been a need for the Yankees since the start of Spring Training, and though a combined 3.79 ERA for starters this season isn't bad, the team wouldn't mind adding depth to their rotation. 

Despite his 2-4 record, Hamels owns a 3.48 ERA in nine starts (51.2 innings) for the Rangers this season. He still possesses his crafty repertoire on the bump with 57 strikeouts as well. 

Tags: Cole Hamels, CC Sabathia, Scott Thompson
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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

Babe Ruth played some of the best individual seasons of baseball known to the history of the game. 

There was his 60-homer season, one where he outhomered 10 different teams in a single season, and the year he set the record for total bases that is still in the record books today. 

But, looking at Ruth's career with the all-around WAR statistic (wins above replacement) as ESPN's Sam Miller pointed out, his best season ever was in 1923 when he posted a 14.1 WAR. He hit .393 with 41 homers, set a career high in doubles, drew 170 walks and threw out 20 baserunners from the outfield.

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Giants QB Eli Manning had a tough time getting any offense from his 2017 squad that went 3-13 last season. It also didn't help that the balls he got off in the pocket before it collapsed weren't caught. 

According to Pro Football Focus, Manning had the most dropped passes among qualifying quarterbacks last season with 43. The closest players to him are the Raiders Derek Carr and Chargers Philip Rivers, who both at 35 drops. 

Before the 2017 season began, this was a stat that didn't look to have Manning at the top of the list. He had Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall, and rookie TE Evan Engram to work with.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Oklahoma PG Trae Young had the national spotlight on him all of last season. He was one of the most electrifying players in the league as he launched 30-foot threes at whim and dished out double-digit assists.

It's the constant eyes on Young that makes his father, Ray, confident his son would thrive in a city with the brightest of spotlights in the NBA.

New York City, of course.

Tags: Trae Young, Scott Thompson
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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Janoris Jenkins isn't giving up his Dez Bryant-to-Giants campaign.

Jenkins tweeted again on Tuesday, hinting to the Giants that the free-agent wide receiver would make the team's offense even scarier than it looks already on paper...

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Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Scott Thompson
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(Vincent Carchietta)

It has been the Yankees' best-kept secret for the past three years. Until now. 

The Yankees have been secretly sending floral arrangements to families and police departments of officers who have been killed in action. And it hasn't just been New York-based departments. It has been country-wide.

Last month, the organization sent flowers to Yarmouth, Mass. in the wake of the shooting death of officer Sean Gannon. The Yankees are considered the enemy in this part of the country, but even the Red Sox faithful give a tip of their cap to the pinstripes for their gesture. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees on win 00:00:45
Brett Gardner discusses the Yankees' winning streak against elite teams while Aaron Judge talked about the team's confidence level.

He came into the game hitting .198 with only three doubles and a single home run over the first 32 games of the season. But in a game with the AL East lead on the line, Brett Gardner finally broke out.

Gardner led the game off with a double off Rick Porcello to right center field that almost cleared the fence for a leadoff homer. He would rope another double in his next at-bat, this time splitting the gap in left center. Mitch Moreland robbed him off his third extra-base hit on the night with a nice play in the fourth. 

But it was Gardner's third extra-base hit of the night that meant the most. 

Tags: Brett Gardner, Gleyber Torres, Neil Walker, Scott Thompson
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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, a two-time NBA Champion, admits he wouldn't be the coach he is today if it wasn't for Knicks new head coach David Fizdale. 

Fizdale, who was introduced as the 29th head coach of the Knicks on Tuesday, went from Atlanta to Miami in 2008 -- the same year Spoelstra entered his first season as the Heat's head coach after 11 years as an assistant. Though counterparts, Spoelstra admitted Fizdale would get under his skin, and question him constantly. 

It was those fights that Spoelstra said ultimately made him a better coach...

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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Yanks 00:04:42
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the Yankees' stranglehold over the AL East and wonder how long they can keep this run up.

The Yankees put together yet another come-from-behind win thanks to the bats of Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge, while taking the AL East lead from the Red Sox in a 9-6 win in the Bronx. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Holder, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Scott Thompson
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees 00:03:35
The Baseball Night in New York panel joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss the Yankees' upcoming series against the Red Sox.

No, there won't be a ring girl holding a Round Two sign, or a bell ringing to start this heated bout.

But there will be a title belt for the winner of this three-game series between the Yankees and Red Sox that begins at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. 

Obviously, the last time these two saw each other, sparks flew in Fenway when Tyler Austin charged Joe Kelly after getting intentionally hit by a pitch in retailiation for an errant slide on Sox SS Brock Holt. This time around, though, more is at stake as the Red Sox healthy AL East lead when these two teams first faced each other has diminished to one game...

Tags: Tyler Austin, Scott Thompson
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The duo of Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar has been lighting it up in the Bronx as the Yankees rookies continue to showcase why they are among the top prospects in baseball.

And it is catching the eye of their general manager, Brian Cashman. 

Torres made headlines on Sunday after his walk-off homer against the Braves capped an 18-game stretch that saw the Yankees go 16-2. His home run made him the youngest ever in the franchise's history to hit a walk-off blast...

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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(Kim Klement)

Though the Giants' offensive acquisitions this offseason have generated the most talk, Big Blue hasn't been stingy bolstering their defense either. 

The Giants were in need of a veteran presence in their linebackers room after the departures of Devon Kennard and Jonathan Casillas, and one of GM Dave Gettleman's first moves was to trade for LB Alec Ogletree. At 26, Ogletree has five NFL seasons with the Rams under his belt, where he recently wore the headset as the defense's playcaller.

Ogletree will likely be paired with B.J. Goodson, who wore the headset for the Giants as the MIKE linebacker last season. However, Goodson could only call out plays in limited time due to injuries. This season, though, Goodson is hoping to show the Giants the potential they saw when he was drafted in the fourth round back in 2016. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, B.J. Goodson, Scott Thompson
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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Matt Harvey has been a Met his entire baseball career. But, after New York decided to designate The Dark Knight for assignment, he will no longer don the blue and orange. And among all the buzz swirling arond the news, the Mets still on the roster had a game against the Rockies Friday night (which they lost 8-7). 

So, not only did they have to deal with the loss of their fourth straight game, but they had to come to grips with the loss of a dear teammate. 

"I was shocked. I didn't think it would end this way," OF Michael Conforto, who struck out with the game-tying and game-winning run on second and third in the ninth, said after the game. "I wish him all the best. He was a good teammate, good friend. So I hope he does well in his future endeavors."

Tags: Jay Bruce, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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(Erik Williams)

It wasn't too long ago that Yankees RHP Luis Severino was trying to figure out the Astros' tough lineup in the American League Championship Series. For anyone that season, getting through them twice was an accomplishment. 

Severino ended up with a 4.15 ERA in two starts in the ALCS that the Yankees eventually lost in Game 7. New York was hoping he could have at least carried them for one game as their ace. 

But that was last year, and when Severino took the mound Wednesday night, it was a completely different narrative this time around. 

Tags: Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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Frazier on frustration with umps 00:02:01
Mets third baseman Todd Frazier voices his frustration over what he believes to be poor umpiring this season.

It was natural for the Mets to be frustrated after losing their first-place seat following another loss to the Braves, and even more so when Jacob deGrom abruptly left his start with a hyperextended right elbow. 

But Todd Frazier's frustration about Wednesday's night contest didn't stem from either of those cases. Instead, he had a bone to pick with the umpires.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Frazier was seen talking back to the home plate umpire Lance Barrett after a questionable strike call. The umpire even had to call timeout to talk with the third baseman.

Tags: Todd Frazier, Scott Thompson
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) waves to fans after an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 18-10. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) waves to fans after an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 18-10. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Turmoil. Whilrwind. Chaos.

Any synonym to those words would describe what Eli Manning and the Giants went through last season. 

For Manning, though, it was the first time in his 14-year career that he thought he was done, that his days as the Giants' quarterback were to be put to bed. He admitted to Mike Francesa, who returned to WFAN on Tuesday, that he had no clue what his future held as the Giants spiraled into an abyss last season...

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(Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Riding high on a nine-game win streak, the Yankees are currently the hottest team in baseball.

The Bronx Bombers swept the Angels on Sunday night with a close 2-1 win as they continue to heat up heading into May. They outscored the Angels 17-5 in the series, and this is a team that was 16-9 -- almost the same record as New York (15-9) -- heading into the series. 

But, before the Yankees can return home, they will make a stop in a stadium that saw them freezing cold the last time they stepped on its diamond...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Former Giants and Jets head coach Bill Parcells knows what it takes to win in New York. Two Super Bowl rings with the Giants says it all. 

So, when he met the Jets' newest QB Sam Darnold in Jupiter, Fla. in March, he saw that winning spirit in him.

"I really think he's interested in winning," Parcells told The Post's Brian Costello. "I say this in a complimentary way, I don't think he's ready to be a star, if you know what I mean. Some of these guys come out of the draft and they're ready to be a star. I think he's ready to be a football player."

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The newest Jets quarterback, 2018 first-rounder Sam Darnold, toured his new home on Friday as he drank in the Jets' Florham Park facility. 

Darnold joins the Jets' as their potential savior that will hopefully pull Gang Green out of the depths of "Quarterback Hell," as Giants GM Dave Gettleman would put it. But that doesn't mean he will waltz his way under center next season. 

Not as long as veteran QB Josh McCown is in the quarterbacks' room.

Tags: Sam Darnold, Josh McCown, Scott Thompson
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Giants take Lorenzo Carter 00:02:16
SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Rich Cirminiello discuss everything you need to know about new Giants LB Lorenzo Carter.

After taking two offensive players in the first and second rounds, the Giants decided to switch to defense by taking Georgia LB Lorenzo Carter

Carter was a Bulldog for four seasons, where he totaled 166 tackles (21.5 for loss) and 14 sacks. His senior season was his best year in college with 62 combined tackles (8.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks, and three fumble recoveries. 

The Giants drafted a linebacker in Clemson's B.J. Goodson with their third-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. This offseason, Big Blue needed to add a linebacker with Devon Kennard heading to the Lions.

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Giants take Will Hernandez 00:02:49
SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Rich Cirminiello discuss everything you need to know about the Giants' second-round pick, UTEP G Will Hernandez.

The Giants got some offensive line help in the second round as they drafted UTEP G Will Hernandez. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: As promised, here comes a Hog Molly!

Even though GM Dave Gettleman went with a dynamic playmaker in Round 1, he hasn't forgotten that his No. 1 job is fixing the Giants' broken offensive line. And this will help - a 6-foot-2, 327-pound road grader who can have a huge impact in the middle of the offensive line.

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Sam Darnold talks Jets with SNY 00:02:03
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano talks to San Darnold after the QB was chosen by the New York Jets with the third pick in the NFL Draft.

When this whole thing started, USC QB Sam Darnold was projected to be the No. 1 overall pick. He was the safest quarterback prospect that checked all the boxes. 

But the Browns decided to go with Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield. And the Giants steered clear of a quarterback, going with Penn State RB Saquon Barkley instead. 

So, when the Jets saw Darnold in their lap at No. 3, they called his name. 

Tags: Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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 (Troy Babbitt)
(Troy Babbitt)

The Jets have the guy who they hope will become their Quarterback of the Future. 

With the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Jets selected Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

Allen may have visited the Jets during their Top 30 visits. While Allen is viewed as a project, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano said the Jets loved the 6-foot-5, 223-pounder's "size and his cannon arm." And the Jets are now banking on his enormous potential. 

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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

The Jets have the guy who they hope is their Quarterback of the Future. 

With the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Jets selected USC QB Sam Darnold -- who many experts had going No. 1 to the Browns. 

However, he slipped down to the Jets, and they jumped on the opportunity. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported last week that Darnold could be in consideration if the Browns or Giants didn't take him first. The assumption by most was that the pick would be between UCLA's Josh Rosen or Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield

Tags: Josh McCown, Scott Thompson
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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Player Name (School Name) is selected as the number XXXX overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Player Name (School Name) is selected as the number XXXX overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: With just one day left until the 2018 NFL Draft, all eyes will be on new Giants GM Dave Gettleman to see who he takes with his No. 2 overall pick.

Whether it is one of the top quarterbacks like USC's Sam Darnold, or a top position player in Penn State RB Saquon Barkley or N.C. State's Bradley Chubb, Giants fans will hope it is the right guy at the No. 2 overall pick. 

Let's take a look at who the Giants have selected as their first-rounder in the past, and how their careers have panned out so far. 

Tags: Eli Apple, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Joe Namath, left, and Phil Simms pose for photos before Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Joe Namath, left, and Phil Simms pose for photos before Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Former Giants QB Phil Simms doesn't want the Giants to draft a quarterback, and his reasoning isn't because he wants another specific player. 

He thinks drafting one of the top-rated signal callers will be too much of a distraction. 

"What if he goes out there in the preseason and he just lights it up?" Simms told The Post's Steve Serby. "Then [Eli Manning and] the Giants start out 0-2. And what are we gonna hear? What's Steve Serby gonna write? 'Well I think it's time to see the second pick in the draft, we gotta see, we gotta see.' The fans...so there's many things...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants' new regime is officially underway with the team's three-day minicamp on Tuesday, led by new head coach Pat Shurmur. It is a fresh start after an atrocious 2017 season. 

For defensive end Olivier Vernon, the team's fresh start involves a position change under new defensive coordinator James Bettcher. Vernon will now work in a 3-4 defense, but how the team will exactly utilize the veteran lineman is yet to be seen. 

Vernon doesn't even know how the Giants will use him in this new system. 

Tags: Olivier Vernon, Scott Thompson
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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

It isn't a secret that CB Janoris Jenkins and former Cowboys WR Dez Bryant are heated rivals between the hashes. They have exchange verbal bouts over Twitter, and of course, physical ones on the field. 

But that doesn't mean Jenkins would be opposed to Bryant being his teammate next season. In fact, he has been trying to recruit him to New York. 

The Cowboys decided to release the 29-year-old veteran receiver, and he has yet to find a new home in the NFL. Like many other players around the league, Jenkins has thought about the prospect of pairing Bryant up his team's wide receivers, which in this case includes Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram.

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Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy/AP)
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy/AP)

The Browns' choices for their No. 1 pick seem to have come down to two choices just three days away from the NFL Draft: Sam Darnold or Josh Allen?

Yes, there is always the prospect of the Browns going with RB Saquon Barkley with their first overall selection, knowing they have the No. 4 pick later on. However, experts including SI's Peter King see Cleveland getting their quarterback first before addressing anywhere else. 

Recently, rumblings about Allen going No. 1 have gained some steam. But King's most trusted source says Allen is too much of a risk, and the Browns don't want to get another quarterback pick wrong.

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Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy/AP)
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy/AP)

The Browns' choices for their No. 1 pick seem to have come down to two choices just three days away from the NFL Draft: Sam Darnold or Josh Allen?

Yes, there is always the prospect of the Browns going with RB Saquon Barkley with their first overall selection, knowing they have the No. 4 pick later on. However, experts including SI's Peter King see Cleveland getting their quarterback first before addressing anywhere else. 

Recently, rumblings about Allen going No. 1 have gained some steam. But King's most trusted source says Allen is too much of a risk, and the Browns don't want to get another quarterback pick wrong.

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 (Kevin Jairaj)
(Kevin Jairaj)

Broadway Joe loves Broadway Baker. Or at least that's what could be Baker Mayfield's nickname if the Jets were to select him with their No. 3 overall pick. 

Hall of Famer and former Jets QB Joe Namath loves what he has seen from Mayfield over the years of watching him play. He recently watched the Georgia-Oklahoma College Football Playoff matchup at the Rose Bowl on New Year's Eve, and after his daughter asked if he had seen anything like the back-and-forth bout, he responded saying he wouldn't want to be going up against Mayfield...


Everything you need to know about the Jets and No. 3 >> Read more

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New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) (Winslow Townson/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) (Winslow Townson/AP)

For most players participating in the Giants' three-day minicamp that begins Tuesday, it is just another offseason workout. 

But, for backup QB Davis Webb, it may be the only opportunity to impress new head coach Pat Shurmur. 

The debate since the Giants received their No. 2 overall pick following an atrocious 3-13 campaign last season has been whether or not to take a quarterback to be Eli Manning's successor when his time is up. But many forget that Webb has yet to prove himself in a regular season game after seeing nothing but the bench in his rookie season. 

Tags: Davis Webb, Scott Thompson
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 (Kelley L Cox)
(Kelley L Cox)

He may be under contract with the Hawks, but Mike Budenholzer wants be the Knicks' next head coach. 

Budenholzer was interviewed by the Knicks on Sunday as the Hawks gave New York permission to speak with their current head coach. Though Budenholzer has two years left on his current contract with Atlanta, he wants to win the Knicks' job bad. 

"New York's his top choice," a source told The Post's Marc Berman. "If they offered him the job, he'd say yes. He wants to live in New York."

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 (Kelley L Cox)
(Kelley L Cox)

He may be under contract with the Hawks, but Mike Budenholzer wants be the Knicks' next head coach. 

Budenholzer was interviewed by the Knicks on Sunday as the Hawks gave New York permission to speak with their current head coach. Though Budenholzer has two years left on his current contract with Atlanta, he wants to win the Knicks' job bad. 

"New York's his top choice," a source told The Post's Marc Berman. "If they offered him the job, he'd say yes. He wants to live in New York."

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(Dale Zanine)

Though he vowed not to pick up his clubs this season, Yoenis Cespedes may resort to golf to break his early-season slump. 

The Mets' left fielder, who was hitting .208 with 30 strikeouts entering Friday's contest against the Braves, had an RBI single in the top of the 12th to break a 3-3 tie....

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

The Knicks have set up yet another interview for their head coach vacancy, as Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer will meet with the team Sunday, per ESPN's Ian Begley.

It was reported earlier by Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Michael Cunningham that Atlanta granted the Knicks permission to speak with Budenholzer.

 

The list of candidates New York has includes former coaches, but Budenholzer makes the first current NBA head coach to receive an interview. He has been at the helm for the Hawks since Atlanta made him head coach before the 2013-14 season, where he led his team to a modest 38-44 record. However, next season saw a major change with a 60-22 record and 16 postseason games. 

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

MSG executive chairman James Dolan is currently searching for two head coaches, with the Knicks and Rangers letting Jeff Hornacek and Alain Vigneault go just hours after they completed their final regular season games. For Hornacek, in particular, Dolan says he wasn't adapting to the way players deal with coaches and management in today's game. That was the main reason the Knicks wanted to make a change. 

"I think Hornacek had the same kind of issue that Phil did in that he didn't grasp how different the players are now in the way they think and deal with management and the coaches," Dolan told The Post's Larry Brooks. "I think he was way behind on that. 

Jake Brown | Twitter | James Dolan had to react to why the Knicks needed a change from Jeff Hornacek...even though Dolan isn't the go-to guy for how to do your job. We all know Dolan is far from one of the better owners in sports, but that's another story for another day. Dolan is 100 percent right on Hornacek not being able to grasp how different players are now and how they deal with coaches. It's a completely different game from when Hornacek played in the NBA in the 90's, and Hornacek just doesn't relate with the players. He wasn't the voice that the Knicks needed. The best part about Dolan saying that about both Hornacek and Phil Jackson is that...he hired them...

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Saquon Barkley can already envision himself in the Giants' offense. And it looks scary good. 

Barkley recently spoke about the prospect of joining the Giants, which some believe is a lock next Thursday. Having his versatile skill set in the backfield to go along with Odell Beckham and Co. on the outside has a good ring to Barkley's ears. 

"I think Eli Manning definitely has a lot in the tank left," Barkley told Penn State Live. "He's still an extraordinary player. You have Odell Beckham, one of the most exciting players in the NFL for three or four years. Then you talk about Sterling Shepard and the tight ends...

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Mets on comeback win over Nats 00:06:26
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and players discuss Matz's start and the resiliency the club put on display in its nine-run eighth inning.

The Mets didn't want to get reverse swept by the Nationals on their home field. A nine-run eighth inning is definitely a way to avoid that. 

Down 4-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes got things started with back-to-back singles. After an Asdrubal Cabrera single to load the bases, it was Todd Frazier that tied the game with an RBI single smashed back up the middle off Nats reliever Ryan Madson

Now tied 4-4, Juan Lagares had the bases loaded himself with two outs. With a two-strike count, he roped a double down the right field line to score two, giving the Mets their first lead of the game...

Tags: Todd Frazier, Juan Lagares, Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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Mar 1, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 1, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

It isn't a smokescreen. Saquon Barkley appears to be the guy the Giants want at No. 2. 

At least, that's what ESPN's Todd McShay feels from the Giants' camp. News has swirled around the Giants wanting to take Barkley with their first-round selection, with fellow ESPN analyst Louis Riddick saying there is a "strong sentiment" for Barkley in New York's building. 

But McShay topped Riddick's opinion by saying it is "inevitable" the Penn State running back will be daunting a Big Blue jersey next season. 

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The Lowdown: David Fizdale 00:00:39
SNY.tv gets the lowdown on former Memphis head coach David Fizdale as a candidate for the Knicks head coaching position.

David Fizdale, who is one of the Knicks' head-coaching candidates, has one endorsement that says he will be great with whoever decides to employ him next season. 

Before becoming the head coach of the Grizzlies, Fizdale spent eight seasons with the Heat after his stint in Atlanta. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra met Fizdale in 2006, and kept him on his staff once he got the head job in 2008. 

Spolestra had nothing but praises for one of his "best friends" when asked what he brings to the table for any team looking for a new head coach next season. 

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(Kim Klement)

It isn't an "if" Gleyber Torres will be called up to the Yankees. With infield struggling continuing, it's turned into "when."

Torres has been raking with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 21-year-old returned to the lineup Tuesday after back tightness had him out a couple games, and he didn't miss a beat going 1-for-2 with two walks and a sac fly. 

The 21-year-old is hitting .372 with a homer, triple, three double, and 11 RBI over 12 games so far this season, which begs the question of when New York's top prospect will see his major league debut. 

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Scott Thompson
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Dan Graca and Jon Hein review the reports of Dez Bryant's interest in signing with the Giants and discuss whether they'd be a good match.

Brandon Marshall isn't too keen on all the Dez Bryant-to-the-Giants talk. 

The now former Cowboys receiver said he wants to stay in division next season, and he has been hinting that the Giants could be a good destination for him. The social-media savvy Bryant has been on Twitter regularly since being released by the Cowboys last weekend, and the Giants are among the teams he has flirted with on his page. 

Giants players have expressed their own interest in Bryant as their teammate next season, with one being CB Janoris Jenkins

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Scott Thompson
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(Andrew Innerarity)

Following his appearance at the Giants' facility for voluntary offseason workouts, the Odell Beckham Jr. trade talks have died down. 

That is why Beckham's best friend and former LSU teammate in Browns WR Jarvis Landry is done trying to orchestrate a reunion. He believes Beckham will be in a Giants jersey at least for one more season. 

"You know what, I think that period is over," Landry told ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi on lobbying with the Browns to trade for Beckham. "He's gonna be a Giant for another year."

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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(Carlos Osorio)

After all the great minds he has been mentored by and the years of NBA playing time under his belt, coaching has always been in Jerry Stackhouse's future. 

At least, that is what former NBA head coach and current Alabama head coach Avery Johnson saw in his former player.

Stackhouse is in town this week to meet with Knicks execs as the first head coaching candidate for the vacant position in Madison Square Garden. And though he may not have NBA head coaching experience, Johnson says not to underestimate his coaching prowess.

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Free-agent WR Dez Bryant continues to hint that he wants to stay in the NFC East, and the Giants may very well be the team he wants to sign with. 

"The Giants got a helluva defense, they're going to pay OBJ (Odell Beckham Jr.)" Bryant told Mike Fisher of CBS Sports on Monday. "Playing with him, Sterling (Shepard) ... the tight end (Evan Engram), (QB Eli) Manning? Crazy. They draft (Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick)? That'd be crazy!''

Bryant also discussed the potential of joining the Texans and Rams, though Fisher views the Giants as Bryant's top choice.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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The Giants are less than two weeks away from choosing their first-rounder with the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft. And though many believe drafting Eli Manning's successor is in order for Big Blue, GM Dave Gettleman's "win now" mindset may not warrant a gunslinger in the end.

New York has been setting up private workouts with the top quarterback prospects in Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, and Baker Mayfield, with Darnold visiting the team on Monday followed by Allen Tuesday. But all the quarterback visits may be smoke and mirrors if the Giants have their heart set on another position instead.

"You got to do your due diligence when you're there at second," a source told The Post's Paul Schwartz," if you don't do to these workouts at No. 2 and you really don't have an interest in these guys, then you're tipping your hand."

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(Raj Mehta)

In his second game off the DL, Aaron Hicks led the Yankess with three RBI on two homers in 8-6 win over the Tigers on Friday.<< Box score


Gray lasted just three-plus innings against the Red Sox, giving up six runs on seven hits. He was able to escape a pair of runners on in the first inning but gave up four runs in the second and another two in the third.

In the second inning, Mookie Betts (RBI sacrifice fly) and Andrew Benintendi (RBI fielder's choice) each traded a run for an out or the damage could've been worse. Gray was lifted one batter into the fourth...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Scott Thompson
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(Winslow Townson)

If there ever was a time to awake the bats of Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez, it is against the Yankees' biggest rival. 

It obviously wasn't the biggest storyline of Wednesday night's brawl-filled fiasco at Fenway Park, but maybe it is the intensity of the rivalry that has sparked some offense from the Yanks' key power hitters. 

Both sluggers entered the series in major slumps. However, it wasn't something that the two were utterly concerned with. For example, general manager Brian Cashman said the way Stanton is handling the media's bombardment of questions shows he isn't worried in the slightest. 

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Scott Thompson
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