Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson is a contributor to SNY

Jan 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery (88) during an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery (88) during an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Versatile running back Ty Montgomery had a few destinations he could have pursued in free agency this offseason. But he eventually decided the Jets was the place for him, even though he wouldn't be the main man in the backfield. 

That title, of course, goes to Le'Veon Bell this season after he signed a long-term deal with New York. Still, Montgomery believed the Jets was the right fit, mainly because of the offense Adam Gase brings with him.

"You have to be smart," Montgomery told newyorkjets.com's Ethan Greenberg about Gase's offense. "You have to be able to catch the ball and you have to be able to run the ball. You can't have an imbalance and be at running back in this offense. It's actually pretty cool, it's challenging. I think it suits my abilities and I'm loving it."

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May 6, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) reacts during the first half in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
May 6, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) reacts during the first half in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

It has been known for awhile now that the Nets may benefit from one Celtics departure in Kyrie Irving this summer. But will he be joined by another? 

Al Horford, the five-time All-Star center, is reportedly no longer discussing an extension with Boston and will hit the market looking for another team. According to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, Horford is expecting to sign a four-year deal elsewhere. 

And as for potential landing spots for the veteran, NBC Sports Boston's A. Sherrod Blakely says to look out for the Nets. 

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May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) walks toward the dugout after the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) walks toward the dugout after the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

The bad news just keeps on coming for the Mets. 

Jeurys Familia is heading back to the IL with a Bennett lesion in his right shoulder -- the same injury that placed him on the list last time around -- the team announced before Tuesday's contest with the Braves. 

Manager Mickey Callaway was asked about Familia's health on Tuesday, and he didn't give a straight answer...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Zamora, Jeurys Familia, Scott Thompson
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets delivered some more bad news on OF Brandon Nimmo. 

After a second opinion from Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles, Nimmo has been shut down from baseball activities for the next month, per manager Mickey Callaway. Dr. Watkins also gave him a second epidural shot. 

As of now, Callaway added "there hasn't been any talk of surgery," to repair the bulging disc in his neck. It is worth noting Watkins is the same doctor that dealt with David Wright's spine issues.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Giancarlo Stanton (27) Aaron Hicks (31) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Giancarlo Stanton (27) Aaron Hicks (31) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees' lineup is on the verge of returning to full health. Let that sink in for a second, as you simultaneously look at their 43-27, AL East-leading record that shows how well they've persevered through the plethora of injuries that have plagued them all season. 

Giancarlo Stanton will be the latest Yankee to return on Tuesday, with Aaron Judge targeting a comeback at some point during this week's homestand. 

And if those power bats weren't enough, GM Brian Cashman added another slugger to the group in Edwin Encarnacion, the AL leader in homers (21) that the Mariners traded away during their sell-off.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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It's safe to say Jets special teams coach Brant Boyer was ecstatic to see not one, but two of his players reach the Pro Bowl last season. Kick and punt returner Andre Roberts and kicker Jason Myers both put together solid seasons, good enough to be voted among the NFL's best to represent the Jets. 

But, now, Boyer doesn't have the luxury of those two on his depth chart any longer. Roberts is now a Buffalo Bill and Myers signed with the Seahawks, with both players not happy New York wasn't competitive in bringing them back.

Roberts, in particular, was one of the best return specialists in the NFL last season. He totaled 1,147 yards on 40 returns (29.4 ypr) with one touchdown, and had 324 yards on 23 punt returns (14.1 ypr) with a touchdown as well. That type of production will be hard to match, and Boyer knows it.

Tags: Andre Roberts, Jason Myers, Scott Thompson
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Mets lose to Cards, 4-3 00:01:00
Jason Vargas left the game with an injury, as the Mets fell to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Citi Field, 4-3

The Mets couldn't even the four-game series with the Cardinals, falling late to St. Louis, 4-3, at Citi Field on Father's Day Sunday. >> Box score

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

1) Jason Vargas started this one looking to continue his hot stretch. And though he was pitching pretty decent, a lefty calf cramp forced him to leave the game after four innings. Overall, he allowed three runs (two earned) on just one hit -- a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt -- and three walks. He also struck out four over his 72-pitch outing.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Juan Lagares, Robinson Cano, St. Louis Cardinals, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Feb 17, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Team Giannis guard Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets (15) drives to the basket against Team Lebron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics (11) during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Feb 17, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Team Giannis guard Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets (15) drives to the basket against Team Lebron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics (11) during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

With the Knicks owning two max free agent slots, it was always the dream of marrying Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in blue and orange next season in The Garden. Even with Durant's Achilles injury, that still might be the case. 

However, Irving may cause a rift in those plans if he does indeed land in Brooklyn. 

SNY's Ian Begley has heard from sources that teams monitoring Irving's situation remain under the impression that, if he chooses to leave Boston, the Nets are currently at the top of his desired teams list. And The Athletic's Shams Charania noted Wednedsay that Irving will be opting out of his deal with Boston, as he gets set to hit the market. 

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Jun 9, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Szczepanski)
Jun 9, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Szczepanski)

The Yankees just can't catch a break when it comes to their starting rotation. 

Domingo German, who was surprisingly one of the best rotation arms, hit the IL with a hip flexor strain last week. He was the latest starter to hit the list that has had the likes of James Paxton and CC Sabathia on it. Luis Severino has been a mainstay as well, suffering a lat strain that moved him to the 60-day IL. 

The Yankees know they need to add help to makeup for these losses, and potential ones down the road. Many believed Dallas Keuchel would choose to wear pinstripes this season, but the Braves beat out their bid in the end. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Evan Engram (88) carries the ball during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Evan Engram (88) carries the ball during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants TE Evan Engram just can't catch a break. 

The Ole Miss product didn't have the sophomore season he was hoping for after a solid debut back in 2017. Injuries that included a concussion as well as hamstring and knee ailments kept him out five games. And when he was in the game, Engram didn't seem like his normal self as he battled back to full strength. 

Unfortunately, his third year isn't getting off to the best start either. Engram has been dealing with another hamstring injury that has kept him out most of the OTAs as well as the three-day minicamp last week...

Tags: Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Jun 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) hits a sacrifice fly during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jun 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Clint Frazier (77) hits a sacrifice fly during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

After some shotty outfield play against the Red Sox, Clint Frazier didn't do himself any justice by avoiding the media that same night. But, while Yankees GM Brian Cashman didn't approve of Frazier's actions, he's liked his answer to the critics on the field. 

Frazier said last week, "I don't owe an apology for not talking," following his ducking of the media. Many criticized that move, noting that it is normally the Yankee way to own up to mistakes and get them out of the way. 

Cashman was on WFAN radio Monday, and discussed the "turbulence" Frazier created for himself. But he wasn't too fazed by it due to his bat staying hot through all the noise...

Tags: Clint Frazier, Scott Thompson
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May 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (33) reacts during the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game six of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
May 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (33) reacts during the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game six of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Nets are going to be heavily active in the free agent market this summer, and it looks like another top-of-the-list player wants Brooklyn to extend an offer. 

Tobias Harris and the Nets reportedly have mutual interest in each other, per The Athletic's Michael Scotto.

Harris has bounced around the NBA during his eight-year career thus far. His most recent squad was the Sixers, who traded for him with the Clippers as they made a playoff run. Harris was solid in Philadelphia, averaging 18.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 47 percent from the field. Overall last season, he averaged 20 points over 34.7 minutes per game...

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Douglas excited for Jets talent 00:02:41
Joe Douglas caught up with Jeane Coakley and shared that Sam Darnold was a big reason he thought the timing was right to join the Jets.

"This is a good day, a really good day."

That's how Jets CEO Christopher Johnson opened up the press conference to introduce new GM Joe Douglas at the Jets facility in Florham Park on Tuesday. 

Johnson and the Jets moved on from now-former GM Mike Maccagnan, though he did complete their draft and free agent moves. Head coach Adam Gase was given the interim role, as the Jets went searching for someone who "shared my vision for the team," as Johnson put it. 

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Shurmur on Giants QB competition 00:00:54
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said rookie QB Daniel Jones could be ready to start Week 1 but Eli Manning is the current starter.

It's been great to see and hear that the Giants' sixth overall pick in Daniel Jones has been impressing during the team's voluntary practices as well as their three-day minicamp. 

Jones' new teammates and coaches have noticed by the day that he became more comfortable with the offense, and in turn, his confidence rose. 

"You can see him getting confident," Evan Engram said of Jones after minicamp. "Anytime you're coming in as a rookie, you're going to be a little shaky or a little nervous. You kind of see him starting to brush that off, get into his groove and take advantage of everything he's given."

Tags: Eli Manning, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Mar 4, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Mar 4, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

Anthony Davis is reportedly down to just two teams he wishes to be traded to, and the Knicks have made the cut, per The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Back in February, Davis had given the Pelicans a four-team list of teams he wanted to be traded to in the Knicks, Lakers, Clippers and Bucks. However, sources are telling Charania that the Knicks and Lakers are the only two teams on that list now. However, Davis and his team have not presented a formal list to new EVP of Basketball Operations David Griffin

If the report is true, this would eliminate the Nets and Celtics as potential landing spots for the versatile All-Star center.

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RJ Barrett speaks after workout 00:00:50
RJ Barrett spoke after his workout and spoke about his desire to join the Knicks and added it's the only team he's working out for.

Plain and simple: R.J. Barrett wants to be a New York Knick. 

The Duke standout worked out for the team on Monday, and afterward noted that The Mecca is where he wants to begin his NBA career. 

"This is the place I want to be, so I hope they draft me," Barrett told reporters after the workout session. 

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Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) react after an intercepted pass by Collins during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) react after an intercepted pass by Collins during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

There was a time when Landon Collins wouldn't want to hit Saquon Barkley during practice. Well, now he doesn't have a choice with the Redskins. 

Collins, who once praised Barkley's physical attributes that made him such a tough running back to bring down, will now be tasked to keep him in the backfield twice a year. And he says he's ready for that commitment. 

"I've been ready to tackle Saquon," Collins told NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton at the Landon Collins Celebrity Softball Game over the weekend. "That's my guy, though. All love to him and he's been doing his thing as we all know. But when I get to meet him in the hole this time, it's going to be full-go."

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Alex Rodriguez (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)
Alex Rodriguez (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2009 season for the Yankees was certainly one to remember. It was the last time they hoisted the World Series trophy, marking their 27th championship title in franchise history. 

But the road that got them there was even more special. And one story in particular resonates with those Yankees still today. 

Alex Rodriguez' 34th birthday party was one for the ages, taking lace in Rye, NY which is just a few miles from Yankee Stadium. Rodriguez then-girlfriend Kate Hudson put together an immaculate spread that saw the likes of the entire Yankees roster -- including coaches -- and some big name celebrities...

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Yankees talk big offense 00:01:05
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was happy with his team's offense after taking Game 1 from the Mets in the Subway Series.

The Yankees beat the Indians, 7-6 in extra-innings, and avoided being swept at Progressive Field. >> Box score

Seven takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Cameron Maybin and Aaron Hicks hit doubles in the top of the 10th inning to give the Yankees the lead for the third time in the game. Maybin has been a fine addition to the club and Hicks has been hitting the ball with authority in the last handful of games

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Reunited and it feels so good for Bilal Powell and Sam Darnold.

The Jets and Powell initially parted ways this offseason, but he still finds himself with New York heading into the new season. After a workout on Friday, Powell signed a one-year deal to come back to Gang Green. 

Darnold only had Powell in his backfield for seven games during his rookie season under center, but he is pumped to have him back in the mix when training camp kicks off in July. 

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May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs between drills during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs between drills during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

It may not be much, but minicamps give a quick glimpse into what the new pieces to a team can bring in the upcoming season. 

Daniel Jones, the Giants' No. 6 overall selection back in April, may be the exception as he is currently behind Eli Manning on the depth chart. But his development this season will be a major storyline, even if he isn't on the field getting NFL reps. 

During the three-day minicamp in East Rutherford, Jones surprised in many facets like his foot speed, arm strength that didn't appear average like the scouting reports said, and his overall performance during team drills. Working with the second team, Jones was very efficient while going through his progressions quickly and fire strikes across the gridiron.

Tags: Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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 (Kirby Lee)
(Kirby Lee)

In a sense, mandatory minicamps are like the first day of school. Players have been around their teammates during OTAs, but like the summer, you don't necessarily see everyone. 

But minicamp brings forth the entire 90-man roster, and for players on the defense like Jamal Adams, they couldn't wait for recess. That's how Adams referred to the team drills on Day 1, as the defense dominated throughout the day. 

"It's a lot of fun. It's like recess for us, you know what I mean?" Adams told reporters. "We go out there, we have fun, we're flying around the ball, and we're doing what we love to do. I think that's what it's about."

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Adam Gase on Le'Veon Bell 00:01:46
Adam Gase was impressed with Bell's first practice as a Jet. Bell was very engaged and asking the right questions according to his coach.

Le'Veon Bell was mainly an observer in his first practice with the Jets on Tuesday. He did participate in limited drills, like 7-on-7, but head coach Adam Gase said the team was going to be "smart" with how much they deployed him. 

Still, Gase was impressed with what he saw from his Pro Bowl running back on Day 1.

"I thought he did a good job," Gase said. "He jumped right in there -- I think he wants to get as many reps as he can. He's trying to pick up the terminology and get up to date as fast as possible. It's hard to kinda cram it all in a short time, but he's done a good job asking the right questions. Very engaged in practice, asking the right questions in practice."

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For most players around the NFL, minicamps and OTAs are just another part of the offseason. But for Jets new RB Le'Veon Bell, it was something much more. 

He hasn't seen a practice field in 17 months heading into the start of minicamp on Tuesday, which is why he was in good spirits and all smiles when addressing the eager media afterward. His teammates may be used to these types of practices now, but it was a breath of fresh air for Bell. 

He appreciated the little things...

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) passes the ball during practice for the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) passes the ball during practice for the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

A one-and-done season is what many expected from Kawhi Leonard with the Raptors this season. And that mindset stayed even when Toronto went all the way to the NBA Finals. 

But should it change after the latest tidbit of news that surfaced about the small forward? 

It was reported during a Toronto morning show with host Michael Landsberg, with a contributing report from TrueHoop.com's David Thorpe, that Leonard had just purchased a new property in the city. 

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Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)

With Day 1 of the MLB Draft passed, free agency 2.0 has officially begun. 

By that, I mean teams are going to ramp up their interest in signing Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel -- two players who have hung in free agency limbo since this offseason. Teams were hesitant to sign either of them due to the fact that a draft pick or international bonus pool money would have to be forfeited to do so.

With that out of the way, SNY's Andy Martino is "getting the feeling" that Keuchel -- a player who has long been on the Yankees' radar -- could find his new home by the end of today. The Yankees are a top candidate to land the veteran lefty, while MLB.com's Mark Feinsand has the Braves at the top of the heap, too.

Tags: CC Sabathia, James Paxton, Scott Thompson
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Adam Gase on Le'Veon Bell 00:02:21
Adam Gase addressed the media ahead of Jets minicamp. Bell will participate for the first time this year as attendance is mandatory.

As the Jets mandatory minicamp kicked off in Florham Park on Tuesday, head coach Adam Gase probably knew going into his media session what kind of questions he would field. 

While the GM search was on the list, the main questions revolved around Le'Veon Bell practicing with the team for the first time since he signed his deal this offseason. It's the reason for the very large media gathering for a June practice. 

Being that this is his first practice session in 17 months, Gase knows that he needs to be cautious with how much work they give him over these next few days...

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Sep 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell warms up prior to a game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Sep 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell warms up prior to a game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

It is normally the case when OTAs come around. There's a tad bit of intrigue because it brings about the start of a new football season. Add a little more if you have a top rookie or new free agent pickup you can't wait to see come September. 

But Tuesday at the Jets' facility in Florham Park will be different when RB Le'Veon Bell steps foot on a practice field for the first time in over a year. 

Not only has the Pro Bowler sat out an entire season, but he also hasn't been back to New Jersey since signing his new, lucrative deal with the Jets this free agency period. Instead, Bell has stuck to his plan of working out in North Miami with his long-time personal trainer, Pete Bommarito...

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Steve McLendon, Scott Thompson
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May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts on his way to the dugout in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts on his way to the dugout in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

As the Yankees look for a weekend sweep of the Red Sox Sunday, they will hand the ball to CC Sabathia, who is coming off the IL. 

The veteran lefty has been on the IL since his May 22 start that saw another instance of inflammation in his right knee. It has become somewhat of an annual stint on the IL due to that knee. 

But this is something Sabathia and the Yankees virtually expect at this point. Sabathia tries his best to keep it in the best shape possible, but he explained how he always feels that slight bit of discomfort on a daily basis. When it's his turn in the rotation, though, it's a matter of how bad.

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May 31, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
May 31, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Pete Alonso is already taking the MLB by storm, but he has made it clear he wants to perform on one of the biggest stages in the game: The 2019 Home Run Derby. 

Alonso's natural power bat would be a perfect fit for the competition, but should he be scared of the Derby curse? Some players don't participate in it due to their swings potentially getting messed up from trying to put the ball over the fence. 

Well, a player that was in Alonso's exact shoes two years ago in Yankees OF Aaron Judge doesn't believe Alonso should think that way. He wants to see him at the Progressive Field plate come All-Star weekend participating in the Derby...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with designated hitter Kendrys Morales (36) after defeating the Kansas City Royals in the first 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 right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with designated hitter Kendrys Morales (36) after defeating the Kansas City Royals in the first game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

Aaron Judge has been out since April 20 with a left oblique strain, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been making an impact for the Yankees. 

Sometimes, players decide to stay in their home city to focus solely on their rehab process. But the Yankees gave Judge the option of that, or joining the team wherever they went. 

Being the team player that he is, Judge chose the latter. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Scott Thompson
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May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback draft pick DeAndre Baker (35) runs during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback draft pick DeAndre Baker (35) runs during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

Heading into the offseason, the Giants knew they needed to fill some holes to return to a competitive team in 2019. 

The secondary was certainly one of those holes, as the unit struggled for Big Blue last season. Janoris Jenkins wasn't himself with his ankle injury when he was on the field, and the Eli Apple trade led to players like B.W. Webb to step in. 

And that was only at cornerback. The Giants' offseason saw Landon Collins and Curtis Riley -- the Giants' starting safeties -- walk into free agency. So GM Dave Gettleman had some work to do to shore up a group that mostly contributed to the team being second-to-last in pass defense (252.4 yards allowed per game) in 2018. 

Tags: B.W. Webb, Curtis Riley, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Scott Thompson
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Mets rookie Pete Alonso has been everything as advertised and more so far this season. The raw power has been on display, his defense has been a pleasant surprise, and he's even become an infectious clubhouse presence to boot.

Alonso has racked up 55 games in the big leagues since coming north with the Mets' camp after Spring Training in Port St. Lucie. In those contests, he's slashing .265/.341/.625 with 19 home runs (third in the MLB), 43 RBI (tied ninth in MLB), and a .966 OPS. 

This type of production is why Alonso has been pegged as an early top candiate for the NL Rookie of the Year Award. But does he have some competition for that honor right behind him? 

Tags: Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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May 19, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; Raindrops cling to the netting before a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres at Petco Park. The game was delayed due to rain. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 19, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; Raindrops cling to the netting before a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres at Petco Park. The game was delayed due to rain. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

It's one of the worst aspects of today's game. 

When a player ropes a line drive into the seats, they hold their breath and hope nothing severe happens. But when the Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. did that last night in Houston, he unfortunately struck a 4-year-old girl in the stands. He immediately went down to his knees and began crying, as the rest of the Minute Maid Park crowd went silent. 

And as we pray she recovers quickly, the argument is once again brought to light: When will the MLB institute mandatory protective netting in every ballpark? Teams have already pushed their netting down both foul lines, but it isn't a mandatory addition to the stadiums. 

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

With the Jets drafting Quinnen Williams third overall back in April, it was apparent he would be the team's next nose tackle. But the Jets still brought back 33-year-old Steve McLendon on a one-year, $2.5 million deal with a $750,000 signing bonus. 

McLendon may not see the same amount of playing time he was used to in the past with the Jets, but he is still a vital part of the Jets' identity. A great locker room presence, McLendon's veteran leadership on and off the field is something the team cherishes, and couldn't let go of. 

A perfect example of that leadership was shown during his media availability this week during Jets OTAs. McLendon talked about how he makes it a point to preach to the younger players, ones like Williams who are in the early stages of their career. 

Tags: Steve McLendon, Scott Thompson
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Apr 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws out Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart (not pictured) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws out Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart (not pictured) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Todd Frazier made some news off the field Wednesday when he decided to post to his social media how he eats his pancakes. 

Stopping at "The Griddle Cafe" in Hollywood during the Mets' series against the Dodgers, Frazier took a before and after picture of him devouring his chocolate chip pancakes. But the method he used was to carve out the center. 

"What human being does that to a pancake?" the world was asking when they saw the carnage. Well, this isn't something Frazier always does, but he explained why he had to...

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May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Jeremy Lin (17) addresses the media during media day for the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Jeremy Lin (17) addresses the media during media day for the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Kevin Durant is headed to the NBA Finals once again, and though he may not be on the court, he's still one of the NBA's biggest stories as he will likely head to free agency after this series. 

As we all know by now, the Knicks are a top destination for the All-Star to land. And there just so happens to be another player heading to the Finals that knows a thing or two about how surreal it is to play in New York for a whole season. 

Jeremy Lin joins the Raptors on their trip to Oakland for Game 1, as he has bounced around the league since his time with New York. But back during the 2011-12 season, the young 23-year-old took the city by storm.

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Boone please in Paxton's return 00:00:49
James Paxton hurled four dominant innings allowing just four hits. His performance led the Yankees to their eighth straight series win.

The Yankees saw James Paxton return to the mound on Wednesday afternoon, and they couldn't have asked for a better outing from the big lefty. 

Though he only went four innings, Paxton didn't allow a hit over those frames. He also struck out seven and walked two in his 66-pitch start.

It may have been a short outing for Paxton, but it was everything the Yankees wanted to see. Manager Aaron Boone was very pleased with what he saw out of his starter.

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Syndergaard's struggles continue 00:02:46
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard struggled with more mechanical issues against the Detroit Tigers and his frustration is showing.

Rollercoaster.

In one word, it's how the Mets night went. The lead was traded back and forth all night with the Tigers, and the road team came out on top in the end after a three-run seventh iced the win. 

It's also a word to describe Noah Syndergaard's season thus far. Before tonight's start, he had been pitching deep into games, and began show more control of his pitches. The Mets were hoping he had turned the corner...

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Scott Thompson
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C.J. Mosley 1-on-1 00:03:14
New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley talks about being able to get in some action with the Jets defense during OTAs

Jets head coach Adam Gase wanted one player bad during this year's free agency period, and Gang Green delivered. 

Linebacker CJ Mosley couldn't say no to the Jets' very generous five-year, $85 million deal with $51 million guaranteed. And Gase couldn't be any happier to have the "culture-changer" on his defense this season. 

Mosley has been on hand at Jets OTAs to become accustomed to new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' defensive schemes, and he took the time to talk to SNY's Jeane Coakley about how well these voluntary practice sessions have been going to get him used to his new team.

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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Sam Beal answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Sam Beal answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Last season, GM Dave Gettleman decided to take a risk in the supplemental draft, and select CB Sam Beal out of Western Michigan. And many lauded the move despite it costing the Giants' a third-round pick this season. 

First, the Giants needed cornerback depth behind Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple, and Beal was said to be the best supplemental draft pick since Josh Gordon. So why not take the risk? 

Well, it didn't work out so well for the Grand Rapids, MI native in his rookie season. In one of his first practices with his new team, Beal aggravated a shoulder condition the team was aware of when they drafted him. Instead of trying to rehab it, he underwent season-ending surgery to repair it. 

Tags: Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Scott Thompson
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Callaway, Gomez happy after win 00:01:56
Mickey Callaway spoke about the Mets 4-game series sweep and how it was important to get Carlos Gomez to the majors.

The Mets have needed to dip into their Triple-A Syracuse roster recently to alleviate some of the injuries plaguing their core players. And those have been called up are making an immediate impact. 

For today's comeback win, that recent call-up was Carlos Gomez

With two runners on and the Mets down one, Gomez found himself in a hole with a 1-2 count and two outs already on the board. But Wander Suero didn't hit his spot with a fastball, and Gomez put a quick swing on it to lift it over the fence for a three-run homer. And that was all she wrote as the Mets swept the four-game series...

Tags: Juan Lagares, Rajai Davis, Wilson Ramos, Scott Thompson
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Darnold and Adams talk changes 00:01:24
Sam Darnold and Jamal Adams address many changes for the Jets, including a new coaching staff and the firing of former GM Mike Maccagnan.

With Le'Veon Bell not at the Jets OTAs so far this offseason, Sam Darnold has been left to still imagine what it will be like to have him in his backfield this year. 

He loves what he sees. 

When the Jets finally struck a deal with the Pro Bowl running back, Darnold was "pumped" to have a new weapon in his arsenal, as he knows the type of damage he can do for the Jets' offense...

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Rajai Davis pinch-hit HR 00:00:20
New York Mets outfielder Rajai Davis hits his first career pinch hit home run in his first ever Mets at bat to give Mets a 6-1 lead.

Playing for seven different teams in his 14-year career, one would think Rajai Davis has seen it all in the baseball world. But debuting for his eighth team in the Mets on Wednesday night was definitely one he will never forget. 

Davis has been playing for the Triple-A Syracuse Mets, and he woke up this morning in Allentown, PA like any other day. He arrived at Coca-Cola Park, and began warming up to face the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs -- the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate. But while taking his BP, Davis was told that he was actually getting called up. 

The 38-year-old thought it was a joke, but it turns out Brandon Nimmo was put on the IL after an MRI revealed inflammation has been causing his neck stiffness. And the news came less than two hours before first pitch at Citi Field. So Davis had to pack his things as fast as possible, and hightail it to Flushing to join the big club...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Rajai Davis, Scott Thompson
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Smith open to other positions 00:02:06
New York Mets first baseman Dom Smith is open to playing other positions but could catcher actually be an option?

Since Spring Training, the Mets have made it a point to say Dominic Smith is being viewed by the team as primarily a first baseman. That meant no outfield reps for the 23-year-old, even though he told the team he wanted to do so. 

Fast forward a few months and the Mets have been left no choice but to consider Smith for outfield time considering the recent injuries to players like Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Jeff McNeil

Manager Mickey Callaway admitted to the media before Wednesday night's game against the Nationals that Smith could be featured in the outfield if need be.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Jul 29, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins former manager Ozzie Guillen walks on the field before the game between the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 29, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins former manager Ozzie Guillen walks on the field before the game between the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The feud between Mets 3B Todd Frazier and Nationals OF Adam Eaton had another player jump in the argument. Well, former player. 

Ozzie Guillen, the longtime White Sox player and manager, gave his take on the Frazier-Eaton beef that has come to light this past couple of days. Though he may not have been in the Chicago clubhouse when Frazier and Eaton were teammates, Guillen said he knows well that Eaton was not the most-liked player on that team. 

In fact, he wasn't afraid to say it to Eaton himself...

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Dec 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Mike Remmers (74) at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Dec 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Mike Remmers (74) at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

When RT Mike Remmers signed with the Giants, it didn't come as a surprise. 

The veteran tackle visited with the team twice, and with his connections to head coach Pat Shumur and GM Dave Gettleman having played under them over his career, it seemed like a no-brainer. 

That's why when the signing finally came true, fans were most likely saying, "It's about time." For Remmers, who was sitting in free agency awaiting a call from his next time, he was basically thinking the same thing. 

Tags: Nate Solder, Will Hernandez, Scott Thompson
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deGrom pounded in loss 00:01:17
Despite pair of Pete Alonso home runs, the Marlins handed Jacob deGrom and the Mets their 3rd straight loss, 8-6

Jacob deGrom just wasn't himself in Miami on Friday night, as he was smacked around in an 8-6 loss to the Marlins. >> Box score

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

1) Coming into the game, the Mets couldn't have had a better pitcher on the mound in Jacob deGrom. He had owned the Marlins in the first two outings of the season, but this outing was a major outlier. DeGrom imploded, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits while striking out three and walking none over five innings. It was deGrom's worst outing of the season, and it couldn't have come at a worse time. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Scott Thompson
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Since the Knicks were given the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, only Patrick Ewing and Isiah Thomas have said something about missing out on the top selection and Zion Williamson

That is until team president Steve Mills spoke up at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago on Friday. 

Though he didn't talk for long, Mills said the team is excited to use their No. 3 pick to further their rebuilding process...

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Frank Ntilikina, Scott Thompson
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Mets GM supports Mickey Callaway 00:01:27
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen addresses the decision to DFA Keon Broxton, the call up of Carlos Gomez, and the job status of Mickey Callaway.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen sat in front of the media at Marlins Park in Miami on Friday to issue a slew of roster moves, and answer any burning questions they might have. 

And Mickey Callaway's job status was on that list. 

The Mets have been faltering lately, falling two games under .500 after their series loss to the Nationals this week. But Van Wagenen said his unwavering support for Callaway will continue as it has since the beginning...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Scott Thompson
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