Jarrett Allen's First Season With Brooklyn Nets: Legend of the FroDown

April 21, 2018

Jarrett Allen defied all expectations in a solid rookie campaign for the Nets in the 2017-18 season. The center was picked 22nd overall in the 2017 draft and was expected to be a project in his first year in Brooklyn. He was earmarked to split time between the NBA and G League when he first arrived, according to Kenny Atkinson. Yet, Allen’s quietly assertive nature saw him immediately carve out…

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Islanders Need Missing Fourth-Line Link

In order to find success next season, the New York Islanders must see added contributions from all facets of their lineup. Perhaps none more so, as proven by the 2014-15 season, will be more important than those from Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck. Following a disappointing campaign from both players, head coach Doug Weight will need them to bounce back in order to add stability to the bottom-six. The meat…

April 21, 2018
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Jets pick up Leonard Williams’ fifth-year option

April 21, 2018

The New York Jets won’t be letting Leonard Williams go anytime soon. The team announced Saturday morning they’re picking up the young defensive lineman’s fifth-year option, which will keep him in Jets green through the 2019 season (the option is guaranteed for injury only). Williams joins Washington Redskins OL Brandon Scherff, New Orleans Saints OL Andrus Peat, Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota and Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston as…

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Gray's early-season struggles continue in loss

April 21, 2018

NEW YORK — Sonny Gray was certain that he had identified the mechanical flaw that was holding back his top-level performance, and so the right-hander voiced a plan to simplify that approach and unveil those adjustments at his next opportunity. Back to the drawing board. Gray’s early-season struggles continued on Friday as the right-hander coughed up a pair of leads while being peppered for five runs in 3 1/3 innings…

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Stanton puts emphatic end to homerless drought

April 21, 2018

NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton gave his new fans something to cheer about on Friday, snapping a 50 at-bat homerless drought with a two-run drive to right field off the Blue Jays’ Marco Estrada. Stanton’s third-inning blast marked his first time clearing the fences since April 4 vs. Tampa Bay, coming one game after manager Aaron Boone relocated the reigning National League MVP Award winner to the No. 4 spot…

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Mets have yet to decide on struggling Harvey

April 20, 2018

ATLANTA — A day after Matt Harvey submitted his worst start of the young season, declaring afterward that he is “a starting pitcher” and declining to answer if he would accept a Minor League assignment, the Mets spent significant time on Friday discussing what to do with him. Manager Mickey Callaway said the team will not make a decision until after Jason Vargas, who is recovering from a broken bone…

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Punter trade! Broncos shipping Riley Dixon to Giants

April 20, 2018

Out of a job after Denver upgraded to Marquette King, punter Riley Dixon is on the move. The Broncos are in the process of trading Dixon to the Giants, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. New York is in the market for a punter after releasing Brad Wing in March. Although Dixon has averaged a healthy 45.7 yards per punt in two NFL…

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Giants not interested in ex-Cowboys WR Dez Bryant

April 20, 2018

Dumped by the Cowboys, Dez Bryant has expressed a desire to join an NFC East rival, preferably the Giants. Now that veteran wideout Brandon Marshall has been released and Bryant is working out with Odell Beckham, it’s natural to wonder if Big Blue will reciprocate that interest. Don’t count on it. Appearing on Friday’s edition of NFL Up to the Minute, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Giants…

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Sanchez: 'I'm not perfect;' passed balls will happen

April 20, 2018

NEW YORK — While Gary Sanchez waited for his swings to produce rewards, the Yankees catcher took pride in his work behind the plate, sensing improvement after scoring mixed results last season. That belief remains intact, despite seeing his first three passed balls of the season skip away this week. “You cannot let stuff like that get in your head,” Sanchez said through an interpreter. “Passed balls are part of…

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