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Lehner continues dominant play 00:00:48
Robin Lehner's play was outstanding against the Penguins. Can he keep it up, former NHL player Patrick Sharp gives his opinion.

Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner turned his life around, getting sober after abusing alcohol and drugs, and then turned his career around. His outstanding season led to Lehner becoming one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy.

He followed that up with a terrific first round as the Isles swept the Penguins in the first round. NBC Sports analyst Patrick Sharp, a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Blackhawks, breaks down Lehner's play and a potential goalie matchup against either Washington's Braden Holtby or Carolina's Petr Mrazek.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Robin Lehner, Washington Capitals
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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the NFL Draft kicking off Thursday night, rumors continue to fly left and right. And one of the latest comes from ESPN's Dianna Russini, who reports that Washington, which currently has the No. 15 pick, is targeting Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins

We do know that the Jets are looking to trade down from the No. 3 overall pick, with sources telling SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that Gang Green is "determined" to do so.

So could the Jets engage Washington on a trade for the third pick? If Washington firmly believes that Haskins is its guy, it may not want to risk waiting until No. 15 to get him.

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Apr 12, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates with goalie Robin Lehner (40) after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in game two of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 12, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates with goalie Robin Lehner (40) after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in game two of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Islanders are going to be waiting a while to find out who their next opponent is.

They know for the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs that they'll play the winner of the Washington-Carolina series, but that series is guaranteed to go until at least Monday night after the Hurricanes defeated the Capitals Thursday night in Game 4 to tie the series at 2-2. The home team has won each game, and Washington will host Game 5 on Saturday before the series shifts back to Raleigh Monday for Game 6. Had Washington won Thursday, they could've won the series on Saturday.

So it will be more than a week between games for the Isles, who clinched a sweep of the Penguins on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. 

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New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja puts up a shot in the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja puts up a shot in the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Mario Hezonja followed his triple-double by scoring a career-high 30 points as the Knicks beat the Washington Wizards 113-110 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game

1) Hezonja, who had a 16-point, 16-rebound, 11-assist triple-double in Friday's loss to the Rockets, surpassed his previous career high of 29 points, which he set last Wedesday, by making 12 of 21 field goals in 35:31.

Tags: Mario Hezonja, Mitchell Robinson, Washington Wizards
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Washington Capitals center Travis Boyd attempts to bring the puck across the blue line defended by New York Islanders center Tanner Fritz during the first period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Capitals center Travis Boyd attempts to bring the puck across the blue line defended by New York Islanders center Tanner Fritz during the first period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders' division championship drought was extended to 30 seasons Thursday night. But the Islanders can finally end another epic drought Saturday night, when they visit the Washington Capitals in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Each squad was off Friday following pivotal 2-1 wins Thursday, when the Islanders edged the host Florida Panthers in the shootout and the Capitals beat the visiting Montreal Canadiens in regulation.

The win by the Capitals (48-25-8) locked up their fourth straight Metropolitan Division championship and brought an end to one decades-long pursuit for the Islanders (47-27-7), who needed Washington to lose to have a chance to win the division Saturday night. >> Read More

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Apr 1, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders celebrates the goal by New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Apr 1, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders celebrates the goal by New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

By losing to the Maple Leafs on Monday and failing to close in on the Capitals, the Islanders left themselves open to losing control of their destiny as they hope to open the playoffs next week at Nassau Coliseum.

But the idle Isles caught two breaks on Tuesday when the Penguins, who are two points behind the Isles in third place in the Metropolitan Division, lost 4-1 to a lottery-bound Red Wings team, and the Blue Jackets fell 6-2 to the Bruins. Carolina defeated Toronto 4-1 to jump Columbus in the standings.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals
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Feb 14, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; The New York Islanders celebrate after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Feb 14, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; The New York Islanders celebrate after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The most important piece of business for the Islanders was taken care of Saturday night when they punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now they look ahead to which seed they might get and who they might face when the first round starts next week.

But even though there are just three games remaining in the NHL regular season entering their Monday night matchup against John Tavares and the Maple Leafs, the Isles can finish anywhere from first in the Metropolitan Division to the last wild-card spot.

Let's take a look at all the playoff scenarios as the Islanders, who currently occupy the No. 2 spot in the Metro, prepare for the final week of the season:

Metropolitan Division champions

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals
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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Landon Collins isn't the only former Giants player to join the division rival Redskins.

Former Giants offensive lineman Ereck Flowers will sign a one-year, $4 million deal with Washington, according to Pro Football Talk.

Flowers, the former first-round bust, joined the Jacksonville Jaguars last October after the Giants cut him midway through the 2018 season.

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

The Devils' struggles continued Friday night as they were shut out by the Capitals in D.C., 3-0. New Jersey has lost five straight and has scored just one goal in its last three games. MacKenzie Blackwood made 33 saves. >> Box Score


First Period

  • 2:40 WSH Andre Burakovsky; Assists: Michal Kempny, Travis Boyd
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 (Dennis Schneidler)
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One night after their emotional win against John Tavares and the Maple Leafs, the Islanders took a 3-1 loss Friday against the Capitals, who are now tied with the Isles atop the Metropolitan Division with 81 points. The Isles have a game in hand. 

With Thomas Greiss pulled for an extra attacker, Josh Bailey put the puck in his own empty net with 1:28 remaining, a blind pass attempt for Brock Nelson gone awry. >> Box score

 


First period:

  • 2:43 NYI Tom Kuhnhackl
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Feb 28, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammates in front of Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (91) during the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 28, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammates in front of Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (91) during the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Head coach Barry Trotz likes that the New York Islanders have gotten a preview of life in the playoffs the last several days. Good thing, because another postseason-type game awaits Trotz and the Islanders on Friday night.

The Islanders will follow up their most raucous victory of the season by trying to maintain sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division when they host the Washington Capitals.

Both teams are coming off lopsided wins. The Islanders will be completing an eventful back-to-back set at Nassau Coliseum after routing the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 Thursday night. The Capitals were off a second straight night after cruising past the visiting Ottawa Senators, 7-2, on Tuesday. >> Read More

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Feb 27, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (00) pressures Washington Wizards forward Jabari Parker (12) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Feb 27, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (00) pressures Washington Wizards forward Jabari Parker (12) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK (AP) Bradley Beal scored 31 points, Trevor Ariza had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Brooklyn Nets 125-116 on Wednesday night.

Reserve Thomas Bryant had 18 points and Bobby Portis finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards, who led by as many as 28 points. Washington had lost four straight and nine out of 12.

D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points for the Nets, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. >> Read More

 

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Feb 4, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill (3) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 4, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell (1) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill (3) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Brooklyn Nets are being presented with a good opportunity in the words of coach Kenny Atkinson "to make some money" with a string of home games before the schedule significantly increases in difficulty.

So far so good for the sixth-place Nets (32-30), who attempt to get another home win Wednesday night when they host the Washington Wizards.

Brooklyn is 18-14 at home and 15-4 in its last 19 home games since blowing a 23-point lead to Oklahoma City on Dec. 5. The Nets turned in three straight disappointing home losses against Milwaukee on Feb. 4, Chicago on Feb. 8 and Portland last Thursday before rebounding nicely with a 101-85 win over San Antonio on Monday night.

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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save on Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie in the second period at Capital One Arena. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save on Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie in the second period at Capital One Arena. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals 6-5 in overtime after Brady Skjei tied the game in the final minute of regulation on Sunday at Capital One Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:21 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad
  • 18:42 WAS Nicklas Backstrom; Assists: John Carlson, T.J. Oshie
  • 19:03 WAS Michal Kempny; Assists: Brett Connolly, Andre Burakovsky
Tags: Brady Skjei, Henrik Lundqvist, Washington Capitals
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

The Islanders had a slow start after two periods with no score, then jumped ahead on Josh Bailey's 11th goal of the season to defeat the Capitals 2-0 at Capital One Arena on Friday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • N/A
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Dec 3, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham (55) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) causing a fumble during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Dec 3, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham (55) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) causing a fumble during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Is this what redemption looks like for Mark Sanchez?

Taking his first NFL snaps since Jan 1, 2017, the former Jets QB came in for the Redskins Monday night against the Eagles after Colt McCoy left the game with a season-ending leg injury in the second quarter.

And it didn't take long for Sanchez to inadvertently remind the football world of the most infamous play of his career.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez passes in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez passes in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants will likely face Mark Sanchez -- yes, that Mark Sanchez -- when they take on the Washington Redskins next week.

The former Jets quarterback replaced Colt McCoy in Washington's 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night after McCoy suffered a season-ending broken fibula in the first half.

Sanchez, who hadn't appeared in a game since 2016, was 13 for 21 with 100 yards and one interception in McCoy's absence. The only touchdown drive he led was on his first play, when he handed the ball off to Adrian Peterson for a 90-yard touchdown rush.

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Knicks fall against Wizards 00:00:42
The Knicks fell short against the Wizards, losing 110-107. There were some good moments in the 1st half, but not so great in the 2nd.

The Knicks' late comeback bid fell short as they lost to the Washington Wizards 110-107 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1. New York, which led by nine at halftime, trailed 107-92 with 3:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. But after Noah Vonleh's layup capped a 12-0 run, Washington's John Wall iced the game with a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left.

2. After their three-game winning streak, the Knicks have lost three of four games and allowed at least 110 points in each game. 

Tags: Courtney Lee, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Washington Wizards
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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

For a team that hasn't looked all that tough this season, the New York Knicks could present a much stiffer chin when the Washington Wizards come to town on Monday night than they did before Saturday's overtime thriller over Eastern Conference heavyweight Milwaukee.

But there they were against the Bucks, finally flexing for perhaps the first time this season.

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Capitals F Nicklas Backstrom managed a hat trick on his home ice, as the Devils lost their fourth straight road game 6-3 in Washington. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:51 WSH Nicklas Backstrom; Assists: Alex Ovechkin, Michal Kempny
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Washington Capitals center Travis Boyd attempts to bring the puck across the blue line defended by New York Islanders center Tanner Fritz during the first period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Capitals center Travis Boyd attempts to bring the puck across the blue line defended by New York Islanders center Tanner Fritz during the first period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

In Barry Trotz's first game against his former team, the Islanders lost to the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Monday at Barclays Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:36 NYI Valtteri Filppula; Assists: Ryan Pulock, Leo Komarov
  • 2:50 WAS Tom Wilson; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom, Madison Bowey

Second period:

  • 7:58 WAS Nic Dowd; Assists: Dmitrij Jaskin, John Carlson
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New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz looks on from behind the players bench against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz looks on from behind the players bench against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals were last in the same building together June 7, when they experienced the cathartic joy of the Capitals' first Stanley Cup championship.

It didn't take long for joy to be replaced by the cold realities of business for Trotz and the Capitals, who couldn't agree on terms of a new contract before Trotz, who coached last season as a lame duck, announced he would leave the organization June 18.

Three days later, Trotz agreed to become the head coach of the New York Islanders. And on Monday night, 172 days after Washington clinched the Stanley Cup by beating the Vegas Golden Knights, Trotz will finally reunite with his former employers and players when the Islanders host the Capitals at Barclays Center.

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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

Whether the Giants will admit it or not, the Cowboys gave them something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

As SNY's Ralph Vacchiano explained before Dallas' 31-23 win over the Alex Smith-less Redskins Thursday, Big Blue had no choice but to be rooting for the 'Boys as part of New York's lofty goal of making it to the playoffs.

At 3-7 heading into Sunday's matchup with the Eagles, the Giants need to extend their winning streak to three and then some to keep their dreams of an NFC East title alive.

But the Cowboys gave them a welcome assist to go with their turkey and stuffing

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Aug 19, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) warms up prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Aug 19, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) warms up prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Mark Sanchez is back in the NFL. 

The former Jets quarterback was signed by the Washington Redskins on Monday to serve as Colt McCoy's backup, per Field Yates of ESPN. 

The Redskins were in need of another quarterback after Alex Smith suffered a season-ending injury, breaking his tibia and fibia, which required immediate surgery, during Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Texans. 

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New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. dribbles as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal defends during the first half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. dribbles as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal defends during the first half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

After turning a 13-point second-half deficit into a tie game, the Knicks faltered late as they lost to the Washington Wizards 108-95 on Sunday at Capital One Arena.

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. The Knicks trailed 77-64 with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter but went on an 18-5 run, capped by a Trey Burke layup, to tie the game at 82. But Washington's Jason Smith scored a layup to start a 16-4 run that would ice the game for the Wizards.

2. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored just seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, while Enes Kanter had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for New York, which fell to 3-7.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after being sacked by the Washington Redskins during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after being sacked by the Washington Redskins during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- This would be a different story if the Giants had drafted Sam Darnold. Or even if they had drafted Josh Rosen or Josh Allen. Because if they had drafted a quarterback second overall back in April this would absolutely be the time to look to the future and bench Eli Manning.

But not when the next in line is Kyle Lauletta.

And not now.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Washington Redskins, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants fall to 1-7 00:01:02
Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley comment on the Giants' offensive woes and trade rumors after their 20-13 loss to the Redskins on Sunday

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants offense is just completely non-functional. Nothing is working. It's a total disaster.

They need big changes. They need a big spark. They need something to kick this mess into gear.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Washington Redskins, Ralph Vacchiano
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Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman defends New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman defends New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME 

The Giants (1-6) vs. the Washington Redskins (4-2) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

If this game had been played 24 hours earlier, it would've been in the thick of an ugly Nor'easter. Instead, it'll be just another gray, fall day with temperatures in the low 50s, moderate winds, lots of cloud cover and perhaps a little chance of some light rain later in the game.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Washington Redskins, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Amber Searls)
(Amber Searls)

The Rangers fought hard, but couldn't pick up the golden goal in overtime as they lost to the Capitals, 4-3, in Washington D.C.  >> Box score

First period:

  • 6:09 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk
  • 14:05 WSH John Carlson; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom

Second period:

  • 3:32 WSH Alex Ovechkin (PP); Assists: John Carlson, Brett Connolly
  • 12:42 NYR Jimmy Vesey (PP); Assists: Neal Pionk, Brett Howden
  • 17:01 WSH Alex Ovechkin (PP); Assists: John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom
Tags: Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad, Washington Capitals
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Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green shoots against New York Knicks guard Kevin Knox in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green shoots against New York Knicks guard Kevin Knox in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks starters combined for 41 points as they lost their penultimate preseason game to the Washington Wizards 110-98 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Tim Hardaway Jr. and Frank Ntilikina combined for 28 points, while Alonzo Trier, Trey Burke and Mario Hezonja each scored double digits off the bench.

All five Wizards starters, led by Bradley Beal's 20 points, scored in double figures.

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, Washington Wizards
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Jets head coach Todd Bowles was upset after his team and several members of the Washington Redskins brawled and shoved each other during their joint practice on Sunday.

Reporters were not able to record video on the sidelines, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Josh Ellis, however several fans captured the fights, which reportedly involved nearly 30 players.

WATCH:

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Washington Redskins defensive tackle A.J. Francis during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. (Derik Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins defensive tackle A.J. Francis during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. (Derik Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants defensive lineman A.J. Francis called out Transportation Security Administration on Monday when agents allegedly spilled a container of his cremated mother's ashes at an airport.

Francis posted a photo to Twitter on Monday saying TSA agents went through the ashes of his mother, who died in late June, and spilled it on "all my clothes."

"Hey you pieces of [s---] at @TSA next time you [a--h---s] feel the need to go thru my mother's ashes for no reason, make sure you close it back so her remains aren't spilled on all my clothes... the least you pieces of garbage can do is your [f---ing] job"

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Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor runs with the ball as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills attempts to make the tackle at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor runs with the ball as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills attempts to make the tackle at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets and Redskins will have joint practices from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14 ahead of their preseason game on Aug. 16, and Washington's defense seems to be ready to go after current Jet wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.

Redskins linebacker Zach Brown called out Pryor, who signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with New York after one year with the Redskins, by saying other members of Washington's defense "have it out for him."

"That's going to be something right there," Brown said on "Inside the Locker Room" on Team 980, according to NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now ... [head coach] Jay [Gruden] ain't here to protect you anymore."

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Washington Redskins defensive tackle A.J. Francis during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. (Derik Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins defensive tackle A.J. Francis during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. (Derik Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

After signing with the Giants, defensive lineman A.J. Francis called out his former team, the Washington Redskins, on Instagram by saying they didn't appreciate him and calling their logo racist.

Francis, 27, recorded 18 combined tackles in six games with Washington last year, his second with the team and third since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

The Redskins released him last Friday, and after staying in the NFC East by joining the Giants, took to Instagram to vent:

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Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen celebrates scoring a goal past New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen celebrates scoring a goal past New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Alexandar Georgiev allowed three first-period goals before he was pulled as the Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • 2:50 WAS T.J. Oshie; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom, Jakub Jerabek
  • 5:13 WAS Matt Niskanen; Assists: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Alex Ovechkin
  • 8:54 WAS Ovechkin (power play) Assists: John Carlson, Backstrom
  • 16:39 WAS Kuznetsov (short handed); Assist: Alex Chiasson

Second period:

  • 13:16 NYR Lias Andersson; Assist: Jimmy Vesey

Third period:

  • 4:26 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Filip Chytil, Rob O'Gara
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws a pass in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws a pass in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (2-13) vs. the Washington Redskins (7-8) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey,, on Sunday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

As if anyone needed a reason to stay home, it'll be 19 degrees (that's the high) with 15 mph winds (that's not even the gusts), so it will feel much colder. It'll feel really cold when the wind starts whipping around what surely will be one of the emptiest stadiums the Giants have ever experienced. It'll be much warmer in your living room, trust me.

WHAT IT MEANS

For the sentimental folks, there's at least a chance that this will be Eli Manning's final start for the Giants -- though the hiring of Dave Gettleman as GM likely means Manning will at least be given the option for more next year. For the futurists, this game is all about the 2018 draft. If the Giants lose, they lock up the No. 2 pick and will be in perfect position to grab Manning's eventual replacement. For everyone else, as far as the Giants are concerned, it means nothing. Absolutely nothing.

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Dec 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) dunks the ball over Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) dunks the ball over Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Nets were dominant from start to finish Friday night, as they crushed the Wizards, 119-84, at Barclays Center. >> Read more

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the Nets with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, as well as 11 rebounds and seven assists.  

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is sacked by Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan in the first quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is sacked by Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan in the first quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw for 113 yards, was intercepted once and was sacked four times, while New York's defense allowed a late go-ahead touchdown to Kirk Cousins in a 20-10 loss to the Washington Redskins on Thursday at FedEx Field.

Manning completed 13 of 27 passes, the last of which was intercepted by Kendall Fuller, as the Giants lost for the fourth time in the last five games. The veteran quarterback, who entered the final drive with just 77 passing yards, has thrown for at least 100 yards in each week since Oct. 28, 2007.

The Giants gave up a tie-breaking 14-yard touchdown from Cousins to Josh Doctson in the left side of the end zone that gave Washington a 17-10 lead with 3:31 left. On the ensuing drive, the Giants went three-and-out, ending with a sack on fourth-and-3 from their own 32.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Orleans Darkwa, Roger Lewis, Washington Redskins, Wayne Gallman
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New York Giants linebacker Curtis Grant works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Curtis Grant works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants linebacker Curtis Grant was carted off the field in the first quarter of Thursday's game against the Washington Redskins with a right knee injury.

Grant was caught in the bottom of a pile and had his leg rolled up on before referees blew the play dead. 

Players from both teams knelt on the field as team medical staff evaluated Grant before he was carted off. As he was helped onto the cart, players on both teams showed their respect by tapping him on the arm before he left the field. New York ruled him out for the remainder of the game.

Fellow linebacker Deontae Skinner left the game with a hamstring injury midway through the game, and the Giants were already playing without linebackers B.J. Goodson and Calvin Munson due to ankle and quad injuries, respectively.

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants ruled wide receiver Sterling Shepard out for Thursday's game against the Washington Redskins due to an illness.

Shepard, who did not play in Sunday's 12-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs due to migraine headaches, missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Offensive guard D.J. Fluker (toe), linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle), offensive lineman Justin Pugh (back), linebacker Calvin Munson (quad), cornerback Eli Apple and quarterback David Webb are also inactive.

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks center Joakim Noah will make his preseason deubt Friday when New York faces the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena, head coach Jeff Hornacek said.

Noah, who has 12 games remaining on his suspension from violating the league's substance abuse policy, is eligible to make is regular-season debut Nov. 13 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Entering the second year of a four-year, $72 million deal, Noah has been medically cleared after undergoing shoulder surgery in April, but did not suit up for the team's preseason opener on Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets.

The 32-year-old Noah averaged five points and 8.8 rebounds in 46 games last season.

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Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils acquired forward Marcus Johansson from the Washington Capitals in exchange for 2018 second- and third-round picks.

Johansson, 26, recorded 24 goals and 34 assists in 82 games during the regular season and two goals and six assists in 13 playoff games for Washington.

A first-round pick in 2009, Johansson has 102 goals and 188 assists in 501 career NHL games.

The Devils will give up Florida's second-round pick and Toronto's third-round pick next season.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stands on the field prior to the Giants' game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stands on the field prior to the Giants' game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)

The Giants will take on the Redskins in Washington D.C. on Thanksgiving night, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

The game will take place on Nov. 23, and represents New York's 15th Thanksgiving Day contest since 1926. 

The Giants last played on Thanksgiving in 2009 against the Denver Broncos.

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(Brad Penner)

The Nets take on the Wizards at 7:30 at Barclays Center on Wednesday night.

According to STATS: 

  • The Wizards have won five straight games over the Nets dating back to the start of the 2015-16 season, tied for their longest active winning streak versus any single opponent (they also have five straight victories over the Knicks).
  • The Nets have lost 10 games in a row and 21 of their last 22, tying the team's all-time record for most losses in a 22-game span (also lost 21 over a 22-game span from December 9, 2009 through January 23, 2010).
  • The Wizards fell just short Monday, losing an overtime thriller to the Cavs 140-135. Washington's 135 points were the most it has scored in a game since January 11, 2011, when they scored 136 versus the Kings.
  • The Nets are 0-8 this season in the second game of a back-to-back -- they are the only team without a victory in such games.
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New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) warms up against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Candice Ward)
New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) warms up against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Candice Ward)

The Devils (20-20-9) battle against the Washington Capitals (32-10-6) to Newark on Thursday in the final game before the All-Star break.

According to STATS:

  • Washington was blanked, 3-0, in Ottawa on Tuesday night, snapping its 14-game point streak in the process (12-0-2 during streak). The Capitals failed to score despite getting six power-play opportunities against the Senators two nights ago -- tied for their most PPO with lighting the lamp in any game this year.
  • New Jersey lost, 3-1, to the Kings at Prudential Center on Tuesday night, and has now dropped five straight home games overall -- tied for its longest single-season home losing streak since a seven-gamer, October 8-November 10, 2010. The Devils are 2-8-2 when allowing three or more markers at home this season (8-0-1 in all other home games).
  • The Caps and Devils have split two meetings in 2016-17, each beating the other on the road. Dating to the beginning of 2014-15, Washington has beaten New Jersey five straight times at Prudential Center by a combined score of 17-5.
  • Alex Ovechkin had his season-high eight-game point streak snapped in Tuesday night's loss. Including one of his 16 career hat tricks on February 23, 2013, Ovechkin has 10 goals and five assists in his last 15 skates against the Devils.
  • Kyle Quincey potted the Devils' lone goal Tuesday night, giving him two markers in his last five skates (had two goal in his first 42 games of the season). Quincey has lit the lamp one time in 13 career games against the Capitals.
  • The Capitals have 11 different skaters with 20+ points in 2016-17 -- tied with the Wild for most of any NHL club. New Jersey has seven players with 20 or more points this season (tied for 16th in the league).

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New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique (14) clears the puck from the Devils' zone during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Marilyn Indahl)
New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique (14) clears the puck from the Devils' zone during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Marilyn Indahl)

The Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils find themselves at opposite ends of the standings as the two Metropolitan Division rivals play their final game before the NHL All Star break Thursday night at the Prudential Center.

Sitting atop not only the division, but the entire National Hockey League, the Capitals (32-10-6) are in contention for a second consecutive President's Trophy. They own a league-best plus-51 goal differential, have allowed the fewest goals of any team (104), and are 12-1-2 in their past 15 games.

Meanwhile, the Devils (20-20-9) are tied for last place in both the division and Eastern Conference with the fifth fewest points in the league, and are desperately trying to avoid a fifth straight year out of the playoffs. The Devils have scored only 111 goals, third fewest in the NHL.

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) passes the ball during a 116-101 loss to Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) passes the ball during a 116-101 loss to Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)

The Knicks (19-24) will take on the Washington Wizards (22-19) at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

According to STATS:

  • Washington has won 10 of its last 11 meetings overall with the Knicks, including five in a row in New York. It is the Wizards' longest road win streak all-time against the Knicks.
  • Washington won its third straight game last night at home versus the Grizzlies, 104-101. It's the fourth time this season the Wizards have had a win streak reach three games, but they have yet to win four in a row.
  • New York won yesterday in Boston, 117-106 -- just the second win by the Knicks in their last 11 road games. The Knicks shot 50.5 percent from the field in the win, their highest in any game since November 6 (50.6 percent vs. Utah).
  • Derrick Rose tied a season high with 30 points last night, adding 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks. It was just his second career game with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds, with the other coming during his 2010-11 MVP season with the Bulls (Nov. 24, 2010 at Phoenix).
  • John Wall has recorded at least 20 points and 10 assists in 10 games this season, third most in the NBA (James Harden, 30; Russell Westbrook, 23). The Wizards are 8-2 in those 10 games, with wins in the last eight.
  • Marcin Gortat ranks ninth in the NBA with 11.6 rebounds per game. That would be the highest rebounding average in a season by a Wizards player since Jeff Ruland in 1983-84 (12.3).

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How long can Phil stay silent? 00:04:53
The Daily News Live discusses Phil Jackson's silence as the Knicks' struggles continue and if Melo can continue to play through the drama.

NEW YORK -- Now that the distraction surrounding Carmelo Anthony is over, at least for the near future, the New York Knicks can focus on making a run in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Fresh off their 117-106 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, the Knicks (19-24) are right back at it on Thursday when they host the Washington Wizards.

Derrick Rose matched his season high with 30 points against the Celtics, leading a New York team that was without Kristaps Porzingis, Joakim Noah and Lance Thomas.

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Running back Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants celebrates his fourth-quarter winning touchdown during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports Images)
Running back Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants celebrates his fourth-quarter winning touchdown during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports Images)

While the New York Giants are still alive in the postseason and head to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card round, their 2017 opponents became official on Sunday.

The Giants will have four road games on the West Coast next season, traveling to face the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. 

In addition to home and road games against their division rivals, New York will travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next year.

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