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CeeDee Lamb/Jerry Jeudy
CeeDee Lamb/Jerry Jeudy

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Among draft experts, there is a great debate bout which wide receiver is the best in this year's NFL Draft. And that debate revolves around Alabama's Jerry Jeudy and Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb.

Both receivers check off all the boxes play evaluators and coaches alike look for. Whether its top-notch speed, route-running, ball-tracking, and sturdy hands, Jeudy and Lamb possesses the attributes necessary to translate their stellar college careers into an NFL career as a No. 1 receiver. 

And the Jets could definitely use one of those for Sam Darnold

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Derek Jeter will take his place in Cooperstown on July 26 when he's officially placed in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. And with that plaque entering the Hall, Jeter brings with him tons of iconic moments over his 20-year career with the Yankees. 

One that comes to mind right away is his heads up play against the Oakland A's back in 2001 that was eventually dubbed "The Flip Play." Throughout his career, Jeter didn't really dwell on it or break down how awe-dropping it was to everyone watching. 

But, now that he's headed to the Hall of Fame, he stopped by the MLB Network studios to do just that with Harold Reynolds. And that shock value definitely wasn't there for him when he made the flip to Jorge Posada to get Jeremy Giambi out at home plate. 

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It is the end of an era for the Giants, as long-time quarterback Eli Manning plans on announcing his retirement during a news conference on Friday, the team announced. The news conference will take place at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, NJ at 11 a.m.

As the Giants transitioned to rookie QB Daniel Jones last season, the writing was on the wall for Manning, who spent the past 16 seasons leading New York on the field. It was speculated that Manning may look elsewhere around the league to see if his services are needed.

Instead, he'll hang up his cleats and finish his illustrious career as a Giant for life. 

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It was a given after his called it quits in 2014, but Yankees legend Derek Jeter is officially set to be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26. 

All but one BBWAA voter checked off Jeter's box on their ballot (we'll get to that later), which gave him the second-best voting percentage next to former teammate Mariano Rivera's unanimous decision last year. It was a sure thing that Jeter was going to see his plaque enshrined next to the game's greats, but he admitted during the Hall of Fame presser on Wednesday that he never thought about, even after his career was finished.

"This is something that is not a part of the dream when you're playing," Jeter said in his opening remarks, sitting next to Larry Walker, who will be inducted with him. "You're playing and you're just trying to keep your job. That's first and foremost. And you're trying to compete year in and year out, and you're trying to win and when you're career is over and done with then it's up to the writers.

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The Mets have found their replacement for Carlos Beltran as manager in Luis Rojas, who is finalizing a multi-year deal with the team

And the players are very excited about the new hire. 

Some of the current Mets -- and even some of Rojas' old pupils from the minors -- have commented on the news. Here are a few reactions, starting with Pete Alonso, who was quick to share his happiness on Twitter...

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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

Baseball America has released its annual Top 100 prospect list heading into the new MLB season, and three Yankees are on it. 

Leading them is the team's top prospect in soon-to-be-17-year-old Jasson Dominguez, who comes in at No. 38 overall. He hasn't even begun his pro career yet, but his projections are through the roof, which is why many are intrigued to see what he will do in 2020. 

The publication gave Dominguez a 65 overall grade -- an insane mark for someone at his age. The switch-hitting outfielder has already shown the ability to mash plus-fastballs, and his power grade of 70 is just unheard of. MLB.com called him "a teenage Mike Trout." 

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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

As they do every year, Baseball America has released its new Top 100 prospects in the game list heading into the 2020 season. And two Mets have made the cut. 

Shortstop Ronny Mauricio and catcher Francisco Alvarez have come in at No. 66 and 67, respectively, on the list. 

The outlet already had Mauricio as its top prospect in the Mets organization, as the 18-year-old has shown tremendous progress in just two seasons of pro ball. He slashed .268/.307/.357 with four homers and 37 RBI over 116 games with Low-A Columbia last season. If he continues that growth, Mauricio has a chance to find himself in Double-A at some point this year. 

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Sep 16, 2017; Louisville, KY, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) tries to move past Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Clemson defeated Louisville 47-21. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)
Sep 16, 2017; Louisville, KY, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) tries to move past Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Clemson defeated Louisville 47-21. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)

All but two teams -- the Chiefs and 49ers -- are left to worry about their offseasons with Super Bowl LIV set for Feb. 2. While NFL free agency kicks off in March, the efforts of scouting top NFL Draft prospects will ramp up. 

The Jets have the No. 11 overall pick in this year's Draft after picking at No. 3 in 2018 and 2019. Sam Darnold and Quinnen Williams were used with those selections. 

Who will join them with the latest first round selection in GM Joe Douglas' first draft? Here's what experts believe will happen...

Tags: Brandon Shell, Kelvin Beachum, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Jadeveon Clowney/Shaq Barrett/Yannick Ngakoue
Jadeveon Clowney/Shaq Barrett/Yannick Ngakoue

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman knows there is much work to do this offseason to upgrade a roster that has many holes to fill. The 2020 NFL Draft will hopefully shore up some of those, but with a little over $61 million to work with at the moment in cap space, according to Over The Cap, Gettleman can also be aggressive on the free agent market. 

Looking at the Giants roster needs and the current free agent class, adding a pass rusher (or maybe even two) is definitely in the cards for Big Blue. 

It's no secret at this point that the Giants would love to add more defensive ends or outside linebackers that can get in the backfield and disrupt the quarterback. The defensive line is solid against the run, coming in seventh in the NFL this past season, according to Football Outsiders. Rookie Dexter Lawrence teaming up with second-year men Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill showed tremendous upside in clogging up the interior. 

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Dec 7, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) reacts during the second half against the Baylor Bears in the 2019 Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Dec 7, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) reacts during the second half against the Baylor Bears in the 2019 Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The offseason continues and NFL mock drafts continue to update themselves, as the top prospects officially declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Now that the Giants coaching search is all done and Joe Judge's staff is basically complete, Giants GM Dave Gettleman has all his focus on who to select with the No. 4 overall pick. 

Here's who experts believe Gettleman will call on in Vegas this April in the first round...

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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets RHP Marcus Stroman is back on Twitter to talk about the Astros' sign-stealing scandal, and this time, he has video. 

Stroman spoke out about the situation in general last week, saying "This is crazy. Truly can't believe all this s--t coming out in baseball." But the right-hander did his research and found a clip put together by Daily Hive Toronto's Ian Hunter that shows very clearly the Astros using their sign-stealing method against Stroman. 

His reaction? 

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Oct 9, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (12) walks to the mound against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning in game three of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports (Jerry Lai)
Oct 9, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (12) walks to the mound against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning in game three of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports (Jerry Lai)

The Mets continue their search for their next manager after mutually parting ways with Carlos Beltran on Thursday. Multiple names have surfaced as potential replacements for Beltran, and with less than a month until pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie, a decision could be coming soon. 

Here is the latest on each candidate...


Hensley Meulens

The Mets bench coach is a top candidate for the position, but New York isn't the only team considering him as a replacement at the moment.

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Red Sox has showing some interest in Meulens. Alex Cora also parted ways with Boston following the Astros' sign-stealing scandal, throwing them into the manager search now as well. 

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts after an error during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts after an error during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Yankees starter CC Sabathia has already voiced his frustration about the Astros sign-stealing scandal earlier this week. But, in the latest edition of his R2C2 podcast with Ryan Ruocco, he took it a few steps further. 

Sabathia didn't hold back how he felt this time, using all of his vocabulary to express his emotions about how he believes the Yankees should have won a 28th title. 

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Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) signals for a pitching change against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) signals for a pitching change against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of game five of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Amid all the fervor surrounding Alex Cora and the sign-stealing scandal, an old press conference video that resurfaced has gone viral, and it involves the Yankees. 

But SNY's Andy Martino reaffirmed the fact that MLB is still not investigating the Yankees. 

Following the Red Sox' beatdown by the Yankees in the inaugural London Series last year, Cora can be heard talking about then-Yankees special advisor Carlos Beltran, and he did so in an interesting way. Listen to his opening answer...

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Nov 9, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Nov 9, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

Skimming through myriad mock drafts that have surfaced ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, many believe Jets GM Joe Douglas will be targeting a No. 1 receiver for Sam Darnold. There are a few playmakers for New York to choose from, including Alabama's Jerry Jeudy, Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb, and Clemson's Tee Higgins

Having a top receiver is definitely a need for the Jets, but is that what they should be focused on with the No. 11 overall pick? What about protecting Darnold? 

While there's multiple playmakers to salivate over in the first round, there's just as many offensive linemen to bulk up that unit for the Jets. 

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

The LSU Tigers may have been crowned national champions down in New Orleans Monday night, but Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons was also a winner in terms of draft stock.

And that stock might have boosted all the way up to the Giants at No. 4. 

Simmons was electric for Clemson's defense, setting the tone early by getting to LSU's Heisman Trophy-winning QB Joe Burrow. Overall, he had seven tackles -- two for loss -- a sack, and two passes defended. 

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski accepting the Browns' head coach position on Sunday, former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur could be finding his way back to Minnesota next season. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano is hearing from a source that Shurmur is expected to be a candidate to fill Stefanski's role as the team's offensive coordinator. It's the same role that he held with the Vikings in 2017 before he became the Giants' head coach. 

If Shurmur were to return to an offensive coordinator job after serving as a head coach, it would be the second time he's done so. He joined the Browns in 2011 as their new head coach, but would only last two seasons. He, then, went to Philadelphia to become the Eagles' offensive coordinator for three seasons. 

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One of the biggest questions surrounding the hiring of Joe Judge as the Giants' next head coach is whether or not he'll have any say in the players he has on his 53-man roster. 

And the reason behind that question is because of how old school GM Dave Gettleman is. But Gettleman doesn't understand where that comes from. 

"It's going to be collaborative," Gettleman told reporters after Judge was officially introduced as the 19th head coach in franchise history on Thursday. "I don't understand where that notion comes from. It's got to be coming from people who have never worked with me."

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Giants co-owner John Mara was sold on Joe Judge the second his interview to become head coach finished Monday afternoon. That's exactly what he said in his opening remarks to introduce Judge as the 19th head coach in franchise history.

After speaking with co-owner Steve Tisch on Tuesday morning, Mara said Tisch felt the exact same way. Tisch said "the more homework we did, the more Joe Judge's character stood out."

Reports surfaced that explained how Judge provided that wow factor in his interview, and Mara took it a step further with this remark:

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Freddie Kitchens
Freddie Kitchens

While breaking down who Joe Judge could add to his Giants coaching staff this season, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano pointed out the possibility that recently-fired Browns HC Freddie Kitchens could be a good match on the offensive side. 

Vacchiano heard Kitchens coming up in some circles from his sources, and ESPN's Jordan Raanan followed that up this morning saying the Giants do expect to speak with Kitchens about a spot on their staff next season. 

Kitchens lasted just one year as the Browns head coach after Cleveland failed to reach the high expectations placed on them. They ended up with a 6-10 mark for the season, and their offense -- full of weapons like Bradley Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry -- sputtered as the 22nd-ranked group in the NFL. 

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Joe Judge and Bill Belichick (Mark J. Rebilas)
Joe Judge and Bill Belichick (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Giants will be officially making Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Judge their 19th head coach in franchise history on Thursday, as he'll take the podium to introduce himself to the media at MetLife Stadium. 

Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch as well as GM Dave Gettleman were quick to pivot to Judge after Baylor head coach Matt Rhule signed with the Panthers to fill their head coach vacancy. This came after Judge wowed the Giants in his interview on Monday, which convinced Giants brass that he was the guy for them. 

However, Judge is still foreign to many Giants fans, who are still trying to figure out exactly who the 38-year-old is and what he brings to the table. And there's no better platform to fill in the blanks than this press conference. 

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Jan 8, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers new head coach Matt Ruhle holds up a jersey at Atrium Health Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)
Jan 8, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers new head coach Matt Ruhle holds up a jersey at Atrium Health Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

It's no secret that Matt Rhule was the Giants' top candidate to fill their head coach vacancy. And the Panthers knew that when owner David Tepper, GM Marty Hurney and communications/external affairs director Steven Drummond traveled to Waco, TX to meet with Rhule on Monday. 

The Athletic's Joseph Person chronicled the Panthers' journey that led to Rhule standing on a podium Wednesday to be introduced as the team's new head coach.

Instead of going to his home like the Panthers, Giants brass had a plane waiting for Rhule in Waco that was set to bring him to New York. Because of that, Tepper added on an extra year to his initial six-year offer, bringing it to seven years and a whopping $62 million. 

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Joe Judge/Bill Belichick (Winslow Townson)
Joe Judge/Bill Belichick (Winslow Townson)

The hiring of Joe Judge as the Giants next head coach brought many questions, the main one being how did this special teams coordinator that most haven't heard of become the next man to lead Big Blue on the field? 

When you break down Judge's coaching resume, one thing that pops out is his championship pedigree. He won two National Championships during his time with Alabama as a special teams coach. Then, during his eight seasons with the Patriots, he has three Super Bowl rings to show for his services. 

And those men that led those two powerhouse teams in Nick Saban and Bill Belichick have nothing but praise for Judge. 

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Joe Judge
Joe Judge

The Giants made the hiring of Joe Judge as their 19th head coach in franchise history official on Wednesday. The news initially broke that Judge was finalizing a deal with New York on Tuesday. 

"I am humbled and honored," Judge said in an official press release. "I want to thank John Mara, Steve Tisch, Dave Gettleman and Kevin Abrams for this opportunity. Over the past couple of days we had great conversations about where this team is and where it is headed and how we are going to get there. My job is to lead our players and coaches. The mission is clear, to win games. There is a process to reaching that objective, and we will implement that process and work that process starting today."

Judge has been a member of the Patriots staff for the past eight seasons, serving most recently as the team's special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach. Working under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who gave Judge a great recommendation to the Giants, the 38-year-old has been learning the inner workings of what it takes to build a program from one of the best to ever do it. 

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Jasson Dominguez (Richard Rodriguez on YouTube)
Jasson Dominguez (Richard Rodriguez on YouTube)

Baseball America has released its Top 10 prospects for the Yankees heading into the 2020 season, and while some prospects make perfect sense on the list, one certain omission stood out. 

Estevan Florial, once the Yankees' top prospect, has fallen off the Top 10 list. This came after a down year in High-A ball with a .237/.297/.383 slash line with eight homers and 38 RBI over 74 games. 

So, with Florial off the list, here's how it looks:

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Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge reacts on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Patriots won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge reacts on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Patriots won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

With the Giants finalizing a deal to bring in Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Judge as their next head coach, many are wondering: who exactly is Joe Judge? 

We know his coaching career began as a grad assistant at Mississippi State, he was a part of two National Championship teams at Alabama as a special teams coach, and he's been with the Patriots under Bill Belichick since 2012 -- where he's learned from a future Hall of Fame head coach. 

But what his coaching style is and what players think of him is the real question. Thanks to Bleacher Report's Stick to Football Podcast, we know at least one ex-Patriots player is very high on Judge. 

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There are always questions surrounding the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot every year, but maybe none are bigger than whether or not Derek Jeter will be a unanimous inductee when all the ballots are handed in. 

So far, that's the way things are trending. 

Thanks to Hall of Fame ballot tracker Ryan Thibodaux, we know that all 138 public ballots -- and four anonymous ballots that have been revealed -- have Jeter's name checked off on them. 

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Sep 22, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (right) shakes hands with Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien after the Patriots 27-0 win over the Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Sep 22, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (right) shakes hands with Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien after the Patriots 27-0 win over the Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

With Joe Judge finalizing a deal to become the 19th head coach in Giants history, he becomes another disciple of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to take the reins for a different organization.

There have been 10 former assistants and one former player of Belichick's that moved on to become a head coach before Judge. He is the first, however, to do so after spending time as a special teams coordinator. 

Belichick's championship pedigree is why so many focus heavily on these assistants. When Belichick gives a coach a stamp of approval, which he did for the Giants in Judge's case, it becomes a pretty big asset when looking at their resume. 

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Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar has been rehabbing his way back from his torn labrum surgery, and he looks to be right on track for the start of Spring Training.

Manager Aaron Boone said on MLB Network Radio Tuesday that Andujar is throwing and taking ground balls in the Dominican Republic at the moment, and should be good by the time Spring Training rolls around. 

"We believe he's going to be totally healthy as he enters Spring Training and good to go," Boone said. 

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Sep 20, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 20, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Sign stealing has been a big bugaboo for the MLB in the wake of the Astros cheating scandal, but as SNY's Andy Martino found out, Houston believed other teams were using technology to decode signs as well.

On Tuesday, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich reported that the Yankees biggest rival, the Red Sox, were allegedly using a video replay room to steal signs during the 2018 season.

To give some context, the Red Sox -- and the Yankees -- were both fined back in 2017 "for conduct related to electronic sign stealing." Those video replay rooms, which were implemented to help managers get information quickly in potential challenge situations, were being used to steal sign sequences.

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Joe Judge (Mark J. Rebilas)
Joe Judge (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Giants have found their guy, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed that Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge is close to finalizing a deal to become the 19th head coach in franchise history. 

It was a move that completely shocked the NFL world even more after Matt Rhule agreed to take the Panthers' head coach position at a whopping seven years for a total $70 million with incentives

So what exactly do we know about Judge and what he brings to New York as the team's new leader? Here are a few facts...

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The Knicks will take on LeBron James and the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, and Julius Randle knows very well what it feels like to be part of the roaring Staples Center atmosphere. But this time, he'll be on the other side. 

Randle spent his first four seasons in the NBA with the Lakers after they drafted him out of Kentucky in the 2014 NBA Draft. And even though he is no longer donning the purple and gold, Randle is still very fond of his time with the Lakers. 

"The fans were always amazing here. I got drafted here, so it's going to always hold a special place in my heart," he said after Knicks practice on Monday. 

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Giancarlo Stanton/Jordan Montgomery
Giancarlo Stanton/Jordan Montgomery

The 2020 MLB season is a lot closer than we think, with pitchers and catchers reporting in about a month to their respective camps to gear up for the long 162-game journey. And Yankee fans might be counting down each day until the new season after taking a look at the roster that is absolutely stacked yet again. 

Gerrit Cole might really be that one missing piece the Yankees need to make their return to the World Series. Their only omission from their starting lineup is Didi Gregorius, and his production can easily be matched by Gio Urshela if he can replicate his breakout season in 2019.

Then, there's still Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, and more making a World Series worthy team that many will be scared to face this season. 

Tags: Brett Gardner, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa has announced that he will be entering the 2020 NFL Draft, putting another top quarterback in play for teams this April.

For the Giants, the Crimson Tide standout shouldn't be on their radar, though they'll likely do their due diligence on him. Daniel Jones was selected sixth overall in last year's Draft, and after his rookie season saw solid numbers and performances, he looks to be their quarterback of the future. 

Tagovailoa's decision, however, could still impact Big Blue. 

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May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It may have hurt some Giants fans to read the news that Ohio State DE Chase Young was officially entering the 2020 NFL Draft, knowing that he will almost definitely be off the board by the time they pick at No. 4 overall. What could have been changed completely when the Giants defeated the Redskins in Week 16, with Washington moving to No. 2 in the draft order and New York falling. 

But maybe you're the Giants fan that has accepted the fact that Young likely won't don Big Blue threads next season, and you're looking forward to who GM Dave Gettleman will draft this year in the first round. There are loads of prospects to choose from other than Young, and that's where things might get tricky for the Giants. 

If the Giants were in position to take Young, they probably sit with their feet up on the war room table and simply wait to be on the clock. But now Gettleman doesn't have that courtesy, and has several options to go with at the top of the draft. 

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner celebrates hitting a solo home run with Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees couldn't return to the World Series for the first time since 2009, falling to the Astros in the ALCS once again to end their 2019 season. And it's even more disappointing than 2017 because this was supposed to be the year the Bronx Bombers took that leap forward into a new age of championships. 

Instead, GM Brian Cashman found himself heading into an offseason needing to upgrade his roster once again to ensure a World Series would be in his team's future in 2020. He delivered. 

Cashman & Co. landed the league's top free agent in Gerrit Cole with a massive nine-year, $324 million deal to give the Yankees an ace, and potentially the missing piece they needed to capture their 28th world title. And he may not even be done. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chance Adams (35) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Chance Adams (35) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Yankees have sent RHP Chance Adams to the Royals via trade, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. Kansas City is sending INF Cristian Perez in return. 

Adams was the roster casualty for Gerrit Cole, being DFA'd on Wednesday after the blockbuster free agent signing became official. 

Once the Yankees' top prospect in the organization, Adams couldn't make the most of his chances in the big leagues. He pitched in three relief appearances in 2018, where he let up six earned runs on eight hits including three homers for a 7.04 ERA. And last season he had a 8.53 ERA over 25.1 innings. 

Tags: Chance Adams, Scott Thompson
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The Giants celebrated their victory over the Redskins in Hoboken, NJ on Sunday night, and videos of Eli Manning, Daniel Jones and others enjoying themselves have gone viral. 

As such, head coach Pat Shurmur is well aware of the situation, but he doesn't see a single thing wrong with it. In fact, Shurmur wanted an invite. 

"Yeah," he said when asked if he was OK with his team out last night, "They're grown men and they look after each other. They were celebrating a victory -- should've invited me."

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Daniel Jones/Eli Manning
Daniel Jones/Eli Manning

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The Giants returned to New York after their win over the Redskins on Sunday. And they decided it was a cause for celebration. 

Several Giants players, including quarterbacks Eli Manning and Daniel Jones, were seen at Green Rock Tap and Grill in Hoboken, NJ enjoying their victory with some games of flip cup, throwing napkins to the ceiling and dancing with the other patrons. Check it out below...

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Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Julian Love, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley (Geoff Burke)
Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley (Geoff Burke)

In an uber exciting win over the Redskins on Sunday, Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones and star RB Saquon Barkley were simply the stars of the show. And in playing that role, they set some new career accolades. 

Let's start with Jones, who returns after missing the last two games with a high ankle sprain. There was no rust at all for the neophyte, as he completed 28 of his 45 pass attempts for a career-high 352 yards which led to a career-high five touchdowns. 

Jones looked extremely poised in the pocket, and picked apart the Redskins' zone coverages the most with special attention on Golden Tate (six catches, 96 yards) and Sterling Shepard (six catches, 76 yards). He was also seen running and cutting on that ankle, which is a great sign. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Le'Veon Bell
Le'Veon Bell

He may not say it, but it's hard not to think that Jets RB Le'Veon Bell doesn't have some extra motivation facing his former Steelers team at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. After the escapade that led to Bell signing with the Jets following a full season off because of contract disputes in Pittsburgh, Bell would obviously love to show them what they're missing. 

That really hasn't been the case so far this season, though. Bell has had trouble finding holes with his new offensive line struggling in front of him. He is only averaging 3.3 yards per carry on 204 attempts so far with a total 676 yards and three touchdowns. 

Bell saw an uptick in yardage against the Ravens surprisingly, when he tallied 87 yards on 21 carries last Thursday night. And that came against the fifth-best run defense in the league in Baltimore. Bell will have to face another Top 10 run defense this week, though, and it's one that he says has solid players from front to back.

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Scott Thompson
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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants linebacker Markus Golden (44) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) in the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kena Krutsinger-USA TODAY Sports (Kena Krutsinger)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants linebacker Markus Golden (44) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) in the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kena Krutsinger-USA TODAY Sports (Kena Krutsinger)

On defense, the Giants find themselves at the bottom of the heap in many categories, including sacks. With only 32 on the season, they're currently 22nd in the league.

The team's pass rush was an issue heading into the offseason, and the Giants didn't do too much to address it. GM Dave Gettleman was banking on Lorenzo Carter having a breakout sophomore season, and Oshane Ximines was a flyer in the third round of this year's Draft. 

But one free agency move in the addition of Markus Golden has been a bright spot amid the defense's struggles this season. 

Tags: Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, Oshane Ximines, Scott Thompson
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The Jets-Steelers matchup this week was one many probably circled on their calendars back when the regular season schedules were released. It is Le'Veon Bell's "revenge game," so to speak, and there's no need to explain why -- with football fans knowing about that recent feud which led to him signing with the Jets in the first place. 

Bell, though, isn't looking at things that way. 

Normally, players will use a former team on their schedule as extra motivation to perform, but Bell doesn't hold that same mindset. 

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Scott Thompson
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When Yankees GM Brian Cashman wants a player, he normally gets him. And when you have the backing of Hal Steinbrenner who also wants a player bad, normally offers that can't be refused make it to the table. 

That's exactly what happened with Gerrit Cole, who was officially introduced as a Yankee on Wednesday.

It was a long time coming for a player the organization drafted out of high school in the first round, and has been following ever since he made it to the bigs. Cashman noted in his portion of the news conference that it was the right place and time to make sure Cole didn't escape them again.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Scott Thompson
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Evan Engram
Evan Engram

Giants TE Evan Engram has been working hard to get back on the field these past few weeks, but his body just wasn't cooperating. The Giants had no choice but to put him on the IR, and now we know why. 

Engram revealed on Wednesday that he is dealing with a Lisfanc injury in his foot, and that he will undergo surgery with Dr. Robert Anderson on Friday to repair it. 

"Just didn't get better. It was a tough injury, tricky injury," Engram said.

Tags: Evan Engram, Scott Thompson
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Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones has missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain, but after practice on Wednesday, it looks like he might break that streak this week. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur said that Jones took "most" of the first-team snaps at practice, and added that he looked "fine." Jones added more to that update on himself, saying his ankle continues to progress in a positive direction.

"The ankle feels good. I'm progressing," Jones said. "Hopefully I'll continue to improve throughout the week."

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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After buttoning up his new Yankees jersey for the first time, Gerrit Cole had a little surprise for everyone in attendance at his news conference to officially introduce him as a new member of the storied franchise on Wednesday.

Cole took a step to the side of the podium to reveal the sign he had in his iconic 2001 World Series picture that read "Yankee Fan, Today, Tomorrow, Forever." The letters may have faded away, but that dream of becoming a Yankee one day never did. 

A lifelong Yankee fan as the sign says, Cole could've signed with New York out of high school when they took him in the first round. But we all know how that went. Then, the Yankees tried to get to him via trade two years ago, but the Astros won that battle. 

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AJ Burnett/CC Sabathia
AJ Burnett/CC Sabathia

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman got the nod from Hal Steinbrenner to open the team's checkbook, and do whatever it took to land this year's top free agent in Gerrit Cole.

The result? The richest contract ever given to a starting pitcher in MLB history at $324 million over the next nine seasons. 

As Cole takes the stage at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday to don the pinstripes for the first time and officially be introduced as the Yankees' new ace, we're reminded of just how powerful this organization can be when they really want someone on their team. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Nov 2, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Andrew Thomas (71) during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 2, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Andrew Thomas (71) during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With two weeks left in the NFL regular season, it's about that time for draft analysts to put together their 2020 NFL mock drafts.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay revealed his predictions in his first edition, and with the Jets picking at No. 7 overall at the moment, he sees them shoring up their offensive line with one of the best available prospects in Georgia OT Andrew Thomas.

Here's what he had to say about the left tackle:

Tags: Kelvin Beachum, Scott Thompson
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Chase Young
Chase Young

When you watch Ohio State DE Chase Young in action, it's easy to see his game translating to the next level in 2020. If he does declare for the NFL Draft -- Young told TMZ Sports his plan is to return to Columbus for his senior year and then clarified that comment -- there's no doubt he will be considered the best prospect in the draft class. 

And that's not just this writer saying this. It's coaches, players, and experts all thinking the same thing. 

The Post's Steve Serby spoke to multiple individuals who have worked with or studied Young, and have seen the havoc he wreaks on a football field every Saturday. Former Ohio State standout and current Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins got to see it up close and personal during his college days.

Tags: Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, Oshane Ximines, Scott Thompson
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