New York Giants: Sources claim pass rusher is more likely than receiver in draft

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The common consensus is that the New York Giants aren’t going to trade down with the number eleven overall pick, but the jury isn’t out on which position they’ll target. Both wide receiver and pass rusher have been stated as positions the Giants may address. Offensive tackle Rashawn Slater has also made it into the conversation despite the uncertain outlook of his position as an NFL player.

However, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano, sources around the league are predicting the Giants to go for the pass rusher option before anything else. That’s even if Alabama receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle are on the board when the Giants make their selection.

Nothing is set in stone with two weeks to go until the draft in Cleveland, but multiple NFL sources told SNY they sensed that the Giants were leaning towards taking a pass rusher in the first round of the draft. Whether they really would pass on Smith and Waddle isn’t completely clear, but one source said the Giants have “done a lot of work on” the top edge rushers who could go in Round 1.

The Giants were previously mocked to Gregory Rousseau in many mock drafts, but his stock appears to have fallen. These days, option such as Kwity Paye and Azeez Ojulari have taken up more attention when it comes to pass rusher predictions.

But even with that being said, the Giants are still somewhat of a wild card in this draft. Wide receiver is less of an urgent need compared to the start of the offseason, and other predictions have even seen the Giants going for linebacker Micah Parsons or cornerback Patrick Surtain.

Just like when the Giants took Andrew Thomas, we won’t know what the team is really thinking until draft night.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees lose yet again to the Rays

New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery

The New York Yankees met up with the Tampa Bay Rays for game two of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium. The Rays took game one and three of the four games the two teams have played this season. Today the Yankees put Jordan Montgomery on the mound to face the Ray’s Tyler Glasnow, one of the best pitchers in this young season. It was a cloudy day but somewhat warmer than last night’s game.

Yandy Diaz led off against Montgomery and ground out to Odor. Randy Arozarena struck out, and Austin Meadows also struck out for a 1-2-3 inning for Monty. At the bottom, Tyler Glasnow was on the mound for the Rays facing DJ LeMahieu, who struck out. Aaron Judge flew out to left field. Aaron Hicks singled to center.  Giancarlo Stanton singled, moving Hicks to third base. Gleyber Torres walked to load the bases with Yankees. Brett Gardner, with two outs and the bases, loaded, ground out to first, leaving 3 on base. No score.

Mike Brosseau led off the second and ground out to short. Manuel Margot struck out. Francisco Mejia homered just over the right-field wall. Joey Wendle struck out, but the Rays picked up a run. At the bottom, Gary Sanchez was patient and walked. Gio Urshela walked. Rougie Odor popped out behind the plate. LaMahieu had an RBI single driving in Sanchez to tie the game. Aaron Judge struck out for the second out. A wild pitch allowed the runners to move up. Aaron Hicks line drove to Brosseau, but the Yankees tied up the game at one apiece.

Willie Adames led off for the Rays at the top of the third inning and ground out to third. Brett Phillips tapped back to Monty for another 1-2-3 inning. Giancarlo Stanton led off the bottom by striking out swinging. Torres flew out to right field. Gardner struck out to give Glasnow his first one, two-three inning. Yankees 1 Rays 1.

At the top of the fourth, Arozarena struck out. Meadows walked for Monty’s first walk allowed in the game. Mike Brosseau flew out to Judge. Magot hit a two-run home run for the Rays 3 to 1 lead. Mejia flew out to Judge. At the New York Yankee bottom, Gary Sanchez led off by popping out to center. Urshela struck out. Odor flew out to right. New York Yankees 1 Rays 1.

At the top of the fifth, Gary Sanchez came out of the game from being hit in the hand in the fourth. Wendle lined out directly to Urshela. Adames flew out to Gardner. Phillips struck out for Monty’s third 1-2-3 inning. Back to the top of the Yankee lineup at the bottom. LeMahieu faced Glasnow, who had 85 pitches. Before he got to throw to DJ, Glasnow’s hand cramped up that halted the game for about 8 minutes, but he stayed in the game and walked LeMahieu. Judge went down looking. Hicks made it to first on a dropped ball in the infield, but LeMahieu got forced out at second. Stanton struck out on Glasnow’s 105th pitch. Rays 3 Yankees 1.

At the top of the sixth Diaz, line drove to Judge for the first out. Arozarena bunt out, and Meadow popped out to Torres. At the bottom, Jeff Springs took over for Glasnow. Torres struck out. Gardner ground out to first. Kyle Higashioka replacing Gary Sanchez, popped out to short for the quickest inning of the game. Rays 3 Yankees 1.

Mike Brosseau led off the seventh with Monty on the mound, still with 84  pitches his longest outing of the season. Brosseau walked on four pitches. Jonathan Loaisiga replaced Montgomery. Margot hit into a double play that was overturned. Mejia at the plate Margot stole second on Torres not being able to catch Higgies on-target throw. Mejia flew out to Judge, but Margot went to third. Joey Wendle got a turn run homer over Judge’s head, and the Rays pick up another two runs. Adames struck out. Urshela led off the bottom by striking out. Odor hit a homer 447′ into the bleachers of center field, closing the gap with the Rays. LeMahieu faced McHugh and went up the middle for a base hit. Aaron Judge doubled driving in DJ. Hicks struck out swinging. Stanton struck out, leaving Judge at second. Rays 5 New York Yankees 3.

Loaisiga back out to pitch the eighth for the Yankees and ground out Phillips. Diaz got a base hit in the gap. Arozarena went down on strikes. Meadows also went down on strikes for a quick inning for Loaisiga. Gleyber Torres led off the bottom by flying out to left field. Gardner flew out, and Higashio ground out. Rays 5 Yankees 3.

Justin Wilson came out for the top of the ninth. Brosseau singled into no man’s land in short centerfield. A passed ball allowed Brosseau to go to second. Margot struck out swinging. Mejia doubled on a ball that just got past the diving Urshela scoring Brosseau.  Wendle ground out, but Mejia went to third. Adames went down on strikes. With last licks on the line for the Yankees, Gio Urshela led off the bottom of the ninth with Castillo on the mound. Urshela went down swinging. Odor ground out. DJ LeMahieu struck out to end the game.

The final score was Tampa Bay Rays 6 and the Yankees 3. The winning pitcher was Tyler Glasnow; the loser was Jordan Montgomery. The Yankees managed only 5 hits, and they, for the most part, were not situational when the Yankees had opportunities.

 

The New York Rangers use a Buchnevich Hat Trick to Defeat the Devils

After dominating the New Jersey Devils for almost two and a half games, the New York Rangers almost lost a four-goal lead on Saturday afternoon. Pavel Buchnevich had his first career hat trick and the Rangers held off a Devil’s rally to win by the score of 6-3.

Buchnevich is the first player in franchise history to score a hat trick on his birthday. He is the 14th
NHL player with a birthday hat trick and only Wayne Gretzky did it twice.

After scoring the first four goals of the game, the Devils rallied back with three goals to narrow the margin. The Rangers then added two empty-net goals to seal the victory.

Artemi Panarin added four points in the effort, scoring a goal with three assists while Mika Zibanejad and Ryan Strome also added three assists.

Igor Shesterkin finally gave up a goal to the Devils after going over 199 minutes of holding them scoreless.

Per the NHL Public Relations, Shesterkin has established a Ranger franchise record for the longest shutout streak against one opponent. He broke the record held by Dave Kerr, who went 198:07 against the Montreal Canadiens during the 1939-40 season.

The Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period as Buchnevich scored twice. Strome scored the other goal in the first period. Panarin scored in the second period while Buchnevich and Chris Kreider added the empty netters.

The New York Rangers were not pleased with their third-period effort

In his post-game Zoom conference, Mika Zibanejad addressed the issues that led to the Devils almost coming back from a four-goal deficit. “We stopped playing a little bit. We just made it way too easy for them. They were good enough to take advantage of their chances. That obviously was not good but I like how we stuck it out and got the win.”

“They were winning way too many one-on-one battles,” head coach David Quinn said in his post-game conference. It really was a reflection of where we were mentally. Once we got up 4-0 we disrespected the game and our opponent. I wasn’t surprised by the pushback we got from New Jersey. We got outplayed in the second half of that game and we have a very, very difficult game tomorrow.”

The two teams will for the final game of their four-game series on Sunday afternoon in New Jersey.

 

 

 

 

 

Mets Game(s) Preview: (4/17/21) @ Colorado Rockies (3-10)

Mother Nature was once again mean to the New York Mets as snow showers prevented the first game of their series with the Colorado Rockies. Thanks to the snow, the Mets will play their second straight doubleheader after another cancellation.

7 of the original 15 games for the Mets have already been canceled, and there may still be more cancellations in the upcoming week. Despite the wacky schedule, the Mets sit in first place by half a game over the second-place Philadelphia Phillies.

The Rockies are a much different story. Trevor Story is the lone star on the team after Nolan Arenado was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals, beginning the rebuilding period for the Rockies. They have lost six straight games, but Ryan McMahon has started strong by leading the team in batting average, home runs, RBIs, and hits.

Pitching Matchups

Jacob deGrom gets the ball for game one and has been as good as advertised to begin the season. The Mets are 0-2 in his starts, but none of it is deGrom’s fault. A combination of bad defense and ugly offense has wasted his outings. Coors Field is hell for most pitchers, but deGrom has faired well with a 2.51 ERA in two prior starts in Colorado.

Chi Chi Gonzalez starts for the Rockies and has a 3.60 ERA over 3 outings (1 start) this season. Gonzalez only has five strikeouts in 10 innings pitched and has not pitched in a week. He will likely be on a short leash in his outing as the Rockies try to build his stamina.

Joey Lucchesi makes his first start with the Mets in the nightcap. Lucchesi has had a long rest after pitching two scoreless innings in the Mets third game of the season. After spending three seasons with the San Diego Padres, Lucchesi is very familiar with Coors Field but has a 5.56 ERA in five prior starts. He will be another pitcher who is not expected to pitch deep into the game.

German Marquez will pitch for the Rockies and looks to build on two straight solid outings where he allowed three runs in both. The Achilles heel for Marquez has been the inability to limit base runners. His 1.79 WHIP is dead last among qualified starters, and the Mets offense is known for their ability to flood the bases and work deep counts.

Yankees: Good news and bad news in awful defeat to Tampa Bay

Another day, another loss for the New York Yankees. Falling 2-8, the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of a weekend series, the Bombers are in true demise. After calling on Nick Nelson to start the game, he lasted just 1.0 innings, allowing two hits and two earned runs. His supplement, Michael King, had a stellar performance, though, lasting 3.0 recordist four strikeouts, not allowing a run.

However, the Yankees’ offense remains extremely inefficient, scoring a combined nine runs over the last three games. An unfortunate string of losses for the Yankees has begun to create pessimism around skipper Aaron Boone, who doesn’t seem to offer any good answers to the media or motivating words. Most of the time, he says, “it’s not good enough,” which simply isn’t a good enough answer for the fans either.

Boone reportedly offered an earful to the team following the loss, according to Clint Frazier and Giancarlo Stanton.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

The biggest positive surrounding the loss was the performance of Michael King, who was called on the alternate site to help aid a fatigued bullpen. His performance over three innings was exactly what they needed, but Luis Cessa and Lucas Luetge allowed three earned runs and six hits over the final five innings, which isn’t entirely poor, but not exactly with the Yankees needed with a floundering offense.

Offensively, DJ LeMahieu went 0-for-4, Aaron Judge 0-for-4, and the team compiled 14 total strikeouts to post another dud. Only Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton recorded hits, allowing Michael Watcha to last six innings despite having a 4.20 ERA. A potent Yankee offense is simply falling apart at the seams, as they desperately lack efficiency in the middle of their lineup, and the end has been disastrous. Clint Frazier struck out three times over three plate appearances, furthering his awful start to the 2021 campaign.

In fact, Boone has already suggested reducing Frazier’s playing time, mentioning Brett Gardner’s injection into leftfield. The entire atmosphere around the Yankee organization is damp, and they desperately need someone to save the day and spark a positive swing. Aaron Judge tried his best, launching two home runs against Toronto in a 5-4 several days ago, but it simply wasn’t enough.

More to lose in tonight’s boxing match: Jake Paul or the sport of MMA?

Tonight, we will finally see the boxing match that the world has been talking about. Former MMA world champion, Ben Askren (19-2, 1 NC MMA) takes on YouTube celebrity turned boxer Jake Paul (2-0 Boxing).

This is a freak show type of matchup in the boxing world, but this is what the sport has become as of late. Jake Paul started his career over the last few years and he has made claims that he could defeat any MMA fighter in the sport of boxing.

The first one to step up to test that theory is Ben Askren. Askren is a former welterweight champion in ONE as well as Bellator. “Funky” retired back in 2019 and he had hip surgery following his retirement.

However, when the opportunity came up to have a boxing match with Jake Paul, Askren jumped at the opportunity. Paul has been talking a big game despite his only competition being another YouTuber and a former NBA player.

Neither one of those two gentlemen looked like they had ever thrown a punch in their life. Now, Paul is taking on a former MMA world champion in the sport of boxing. Even with it being Ben Askren, this is a big step up. So who has more to lose tonight: Jake Paul or the MMA community?

Boxing vs MMA

If you had never seen Ben Askren fight, you would say that the MMA community has the most to lose tonight. Even with it being boxing instead of MMA, if Ben Askren loses to a YouTuber in an arena of combat, it would look awful for professional mixed martial artists.

That said, the clear answer tonight is Jake Paul. Jake Paul by far has more to lose in tonight’s boxing matchup than the MMA community. Paul has been talking a lot of trash, but he’s fighting one of the worst strikers that’s ever been considered a top level MMA fighter.

Askren is a tremendous wrestler, but he’s never been known for his striking. Jake Paul has said that he could defeat any MMA fighter in boxing. However, if he loses to Ben Askren, it’s devastating for his brand and it’s embarrassing.

As someone who has spent my life involved with martial arts, there’s no secret as to who I’m rooting for in tonight’s boxing matchup. I hope with everything in me that Ben Askren completely destroys Jake Paul and ends this charade.

On the other hand, maybe it’s a good thing if Jake Paul wins. If Jake Paul wins, it’s only up from here. That’s a massive problem because if he gets put up against a legit striker, he’s going to get hurt badly. Maybe that is ultimately the best outcome for the martial arts community.

Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau provides perfect reason for latest success and win-streak

New York Knicks, Tom Thibodeau

The New York Knicks emerged victorious over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday evening by a score of 117-109. In a gritty and resilient performance, the Knicks once again established their impressive defense but also showed off their offensive prowess.

In the win, star Julius Randle posted 44 points and 10 rebounds, while second-year guard RJ Barrett recorded 24 and eight rebounds. Barrett’s development this season has been astronomical, and he is seeming to be the perfect pairing with Randle as they continue to grow chemistry. However, the Knicks could use a few more essential pieces next season — head coach Tom Thibodeau believes most of their success is based on mentality and practicing hard.

The veteran coach might not be happy, but he is content with the way his team is playing and realizes how much more basketball is left this season.

“Am I happy? You know I’m never happy,” Thibodeau said postgame, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “We try not to get wrapped up in all of that stuff. I think you don’t want to get lost, and that’s the most important thing to understand what goes into winning. I think if we’re taking care of all the little things, the big things take care of themselves.

The Knicks are pieced together by one-year supplements, including Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose, Nerlens Noel, and Elfrid Payton. In fact, most of the roster is in the final years of their deal or signed a one-year contract for the 2020–21 season.
Sometimes, it is simply the mentality that sparks success and victory, and the Knicks are winning with confidence and playing extremely aggressive defense.

“I think we have a belief that we can win, and that’s probably the most important thing. It started that way in the beginning. It doesn’t really matter what outside people think. It’s what we think.”

After seeing the success the team has enjoyed this season unexpectedly, Thibodeau’s words ring true. Outside factors have seemingly crept their way into the organization, affecting play and performance, but this year things are different, closed-off and cautioned by the outside world. The Knicks are playing team basketball, showing immense heart and fight with their top-ranked defense. During this five-game win streak, the Knicks have closed out games they would’ve lost a few weeks ago, completely dominated Dallas throughout the contest thanks to their esteemed leaders.

It’s clear things are different, and it’s just a matter of remaining consistent and bouncing back from the losses, which they’ve proved they can accomplish.

UFC Vegas 24 Preview: Jeremy Stephens – Drakkar Klose

Jeremy Stephens

In the co-main event of tonight’s UFC Vegas 24 event, we are going to see an absolute banger in the lightweight division. Top contenders square off as Jeremy Stephens (28-18, 1 NC) takes on Drakkar Klose (11-2-1).

For Klose, this is the first time we are seeing him since UFC 248. That night, he took on Beneil Dariush. After a back and forth first, Klose hurt Dariush bad in the second round. However, he overextended himself trying to finish and Dariush hurt him bad.

Dariush ended up pushing forward and getting the knockout. Had Klose won that fight, he might’ve been looking at a top ten opponent in the lightweight division next. That loss snapped a three-fight win streak in the UFC.

Standing across from Klose tonight is Lil Heathen, Jeremy Stephens. Jeremy Stephens has been known as one of the more powerful strikers in the lighter divisions of the UFC for a very long time. He’s always been a fringe top contender, but he never got to a title shot.

Right now, he’s in arguably the worst stretch of his career. In 2018, Stephens had a shot with Jose Aldo. Had he won that fight, he could have had a title shot coming. However, Stephens was stopped by Aldo in the first round.

Starting with that fight, Stephens is 0-4, 1 NC in his last five UFC appearances. He’s moving back to lightweight after years at featherweight and if he loses tonight, his job could be at risk.

UFC Vegas 24 Preview

I think this is a fantastic matchup and I’m looking forward to these two striking. When it comes to UFC Vegas 24, I’m really going to be watching the range and how well Stephens is able to close the distance.

We know that Jeremy Stephens can fight with a lot of forward pressure, but sometimes, he can get picked apart from the outside. I believe that Klose has a big advantage if this fight stays at distance.

Stephens has the power to put Klose out with one shot. However, I’m not sure he’s going to land that shot at UFC Vegas 24. At the end of the day, I think this fight is going to be very close, but I see Drakkar Klose landing more from the outside and edging a decision tonight.

Prediction: Drakkar Klose by Split Decision

Yankees’ stars discuss club struggles and team meeting

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

With the 8-2 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, the New York Yankees fell to 5-8 on the 2021 season, and they are in last place not only in their own division, but also in the American League as a whole. The offense has been stagnant, the defense sloppy, and the starting pitching hasn’t been providing much length aside of Gerrit Cole.

The Yankees will, most likely, turn the corner at some point but it has been an ugly showing so far. Some of the team struggling stars such as Clint Frazier and Giancarlo Stanton talked to the media about the struggles.

Frazier acknowledged that Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone held a heated team meeting in which he talked in a different tone than his usually calm nature.

“He’s so chill that when he does address us the way that he does (when he’s upset), everyone should listen because he’s not the kind of guy that really gets that upset. So I think your ears perk up a little bit more. I think everyone’s going to come ready to go (Saturday), and maybe we needed Boonie to address us that way for it to happen.”

The Yankees’ offense has performed well below expectations

The Yankees are scoring less than four runs per game, at 3.85, which according to NJ Advance Media is the 13th ranked offense out of 15 American League teams.

“We’re going to be successful,” Boone said. “I have the utmost confidence in this roster, in this team. We just have to start playing better, period. Right now we just have to really focus on our individual crafts — me, our coaches — making sure we’re getting our guys ready to be the best they can and put them in a position to go out and let their talent take over.

“We’re making sure we’re paying attention to details when we show up each and every day. The results will follow. They’ll be there. We’re just going through a tough stretch right now.”

Giancarlo Stanton, who showed up in the Yankees’ box score on Friday by homering in his last at-bat, was also critical of the team’s play.

“We’re definitely underperforming,” Stanton said. “Definitely the offensive side, which is me a big part of. And some of the guys will tell you they haven’t played the way they’d like to, as well. We’ve got to pick it up.”

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from another loss to the Rays

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

The New York Yankees‘ pitching fails again

After the Yankees’ loss to the Rays last night, they discovered that they had plummeted not only to the bottom of the East but had fallen to the last place in all of the American League. There are two reasons; one is that they do not have dependable pitching. If you are a starter and your name isn’t Gerrit Cole, you have not performed to your abilities.

On paper, the New York Yankees have a stellar starting pitcher staff. Cole, Corey Kluber, Jameson Taillon, Domingo German, and Jordan Montgomery, the Yankees’ second-best pitcher to date, and even he in his two starts have been good in one and bad in the other. In his first game, he shut out the Orioles, but he gave up four earned runs in his start against the Rays and only went five innings.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are burning their way through the bullpen. With proper pitching, a bullpen should be ready to relieve for two, three at the most innings in a game. So far this season, the Yankees have had to rely on the bullpen for four, five, six, and yes, seven innings. The consequence of this overuse is that if it continues, the bullpen that has been one of the brightest encouragements this season will eventually fall apart due to overuse. Last night the Yankees used an opener. Nick Nelson, in only one inning he gave up two earned runs and now has an ERA of 10.80 across four games.

Yankee hitting is awol

Last night against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees could only muster up 3 hits in the game; that in itself is no big deal, but the fact that lack of hitting in so many games makes it a huge deal. Last night they were up against a mediocre pitcher and still couldn’t hit. They left no men in scoring position. To do that, you have to have a man on base, something the Yankees couldn’t do. The puzzling fact in all of this is that the Yankees have one of the most powerful lineups in baseball and this season is anything but.

The Yankees hitting problem will not last forever, but with every game lost early this season, they draw closer to doom at the end of the season. Last night Giancarlo Stanton drove in the only 2 runs of the game with a massive line-drive homer. That hit was one of only three in the 8-2 loss to the Rays.

Yankee fans are frustrated

As a sportswriter, it is getting to the point that I can have a stock article about the Yankees losing and change the names. Because I am life long New York Yankee fan, it’s becoming frustrating and depressing to write these articles. I hate to see the Yankees beat up on social media, but that is beginning to happen. The in-person fans are now getting into it. Last night, while the Yankees were batting fans, they began to throw baseballs out onto the field, halting play.

Fans are concerned with why the Yankees can’t play better against the Rays. For the past two seasons, the Yankees and Rays records are near identical in the win/loss columns. How the season goes is pretty much how these teams play against each other in head-to-head matchups. Fans know that the Yankees must win games against their nemesis, or they won’t be successful. In their last 21 matchups, the Yankees have lost 15 of those games. So far this season, the Yankees have only won one game out of four against them.

Tonight the Yankees will again face off against the Rays at Yankee Stadium. Tonight the Yankees’ Jordan Montgomery will have his hands full against the Ray’s ace Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow, in his last start, struck out 14 Rangers. He has a 1.54 ERA pitching at Yankee Stadium, and in his three starts this season, he carries a .046 ERA into tonight’s game.  Montgomery had better be in top form, and the Yankee hitting has to be there, or the Yankees have no chance of a win.