Report: Giants not currently interested in Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant has worked out with Odell Beckham this week and has expressed a desire to play for the Giants. But it takes two to do a deal, and the Giants don’t seem interested.
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According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Giants are not at this point in time vying for his services.

The only report of a team interested in Bryant has been the Ravens.
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At 12-0, Yanks, bottom of the seventh, there was an all-in conversation on the mound with pitching coach Larry Rothschild, all mouths covered with gloves or bare hands to ward off lip-readers and spies.

The TV fad that places a distracting, annoying, wildly misleading and totally irrelevant strike zone box over live pitching is here, there, everywhere, as if we couldn’t have become or remained baseball fans without an artificial rectangle atop every live pitch.

Live pitches in Wednesday’s White Sox-A’s, an NBC Sports-California telecast seen on MLBN, had to be thrown through, around or on the edges of that box. Make-believe has taken over.

I guess it’s kind of like the Mona Lisa of the sports-card world, Mathis told The Associated Press of the Mantle card.

Just that image of the young Mickey Mantle, over the years it’s been a centerpiece of the hobby.

The $2.88 million the buyer paid for the Mantle card is nearly triple the Yankee slugger’s estimated career earnings of $1.1 million with the Bombers from Ethan Pocic Womens Jersey 1951 to 1968.

Mantle’s 1952 card sat on the shelf for nearly a decade after first being made by Topps, 颅according to reports.

It had been printed too late in the year, when business is usually down, and was later offered dirt cheap at carnivals and other small events.

Any cards that didn’t sell were dumped into the ocean. Experts believe more than 300 cases made the fateful plunge to the bottom of the sea.
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Reggie McKenzie says he and Jon Gruden are on the same page in the draft

Who’s really calling the shots in the Raiders’ draft room, General Manager Reggie McKenzie or coach Jon Gruden? McKenzie says he doesn’t see it ever coming to a head.
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McKenzie told reporters Friday that after three months of working with Gruden, he’s confident that the two of them are close enough in the way they evaluate draft picks that they’re not going to disagree when the Raiders are on the clock next week.

And the only story that’s gonna be written if they draft a quarterback at No. 2 for the next six months is Rod Gilbert Jersey gonna be: ‘Well this quarterback, what do you think about Eli?’ 鈥?You’re gonna write it three times a week.

Knowing the league and knowing Twitter and the fans and the media and talk radio and on and on and on, everything lends me to believe what I read, what the Giants say, that I don’t think under any circumstances they’re gonna take a quarterback with that second pick. That’s my guess.

Plus, there was motivation: the Broncos were the worst team in the AFL in ’64. But the AFL knew if it had a fighting chance of luring Namath to its league, it would have to be through New York, not Denver, which in ’64 was still very much a cow town. So the Jets and Broncos made a deal, the Jets had the No. 1 pick and it was obvious who they were going to select.

If Parker plays out the year under the option, it will set the Dolphins up to make another call on the long-term future of one of their wide receivers. They used the franchise tag on Jarvis Landry this offseason, but wound up trading him to the Browns rather than keep him in Miami. Landry later signed a five-year extension worth up to $75 million in Cleveland.

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Connor Hellebuyck bounced back in a big way, just as the Winnipeg Jets were expecting.

The 24-year-old goalie turned aside every shot Minnesota could muster, shoving the Wild to the brink of elimination.

Mark Scheifele scored both goals for Winnipeg and Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his seventh shutout this season, as the Jets beat the Wild 2-0 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

The Wild were livid about one in particular, when Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey delivered a vicious-looking cross-check to Eric Staal’s neck that knocked Minnesota’s leading scorer to the ice during a Wild power play that went unnoticed by the officials. Morrissey had an assist on Scheifele’s goal and also helped thwart a Wild breakaway later in the game, and a red-faced coach Bruce Boudreau said afterward that Morrissey should have been ejected.

They decided not to call it because we were already on the power play, Boudreau said. It cost us the game.

Francesa is working with the talent agency CAA. In the recent past, he has not had an agent. CAA has declined comment on Francesa.

The agency does have the ability to create small companies, so if Francesa wanted to do his own daily podcast, CAA would be well-positioned to make that happen. A source told The Post previously that Francesa wanted to do some events where he could be in front of his fans. Francesa could do some part-time TV work with some bigger entities, but his best medium has always been audio.

Francesa declined to re-enter the fray on the little dustup that occurred after he appeared on old partner Chris Russo’s High Heat show on MLB Network last week. He and Russo joked about who is going to be next out at WFAN. FAN morning host Boomer Esiason called it classless.

While Francesa won’t be on Esiason’s morning show anytime soon, Francesa did text with the producer of WABC’s Bernie & Sid in the Morning, Jill Vitale, to appear Monday, but since he doesn’t yet know what he is doing, he did not do the show.

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AJ McCarron: Arm strength is overrated, how often do you throw 60 yards?

When AJ McCarron was coming out of Alabama, one of the knocks on him was that he didn’t have a strong enough arm. McCarron thinks that’s nonsense.
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McCarron, Evan Boehm Womens Jersey who spent the last four years in Cincinnati and now hopes to start for the Bills this season, said he doesn’t see a strong arm as a particularly meaningful trait in a pro quarterback.

Me personally, I think a lot of people get sold on big arms, McCarron said. You look at the history of quarterbacks in the NFL, there’s been a lot of great quarterbacks in the NFL that haven’t had crazy strong arms. How many times do you actually drop back and throw the ball 60 yards? Very rarely. The game is played with timing and accuracy. If you have those two things, you can be successful.

Pelicans: Holiday had 12 points in the first quarter alone. … Davis had scored 25 or more in his first five post-season games. He came up a game shy tying LeBron James for the second-longest streak to begin a career, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 14 straight, according to Elias.

Trail Blazers: The third seed in the West has won its first-round series for the past four seasons. … Portland had home-court advantage in the playoffs for the first time since 2009. … Fans at the Moda Center were clearly upset with the officiating, taunting the refs with a chant in the final quarter.

QUOTABLE: We’ve still got two more games to win, so we’re not celebrating anything, Gentry said.

Beyond the misadventures of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who continues to talk about tanking and who recently was fined $600,000 for doing so, other NBA owners aren’t going public with their preferences. Privately, however, NBA owners realize the value of losing now to win later, via enhanced draft placement.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski recently addressed the dynamic on his podcast, and his comments were eye-opening.

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It’s unclear who the owner and coach may be, and since I don’t follow the NBA I don’t really care who they are. For our purposes, the point is this: Tanking is real, and tanking is effective.

Mengden goes 8 crisp innings in A’s 8-1 win over White Sox

After more than two years of trying, Oakland pitcher Daniel Mengden finally got his first career win at the Coliseum.
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The Athletics also have a first this season — back-to-back victories.

Mengden carried a shutout into the ninth inning in his best start of the season and the A’s beat the Chicago White Sox 8-1 before another Justin Schultz Youth jersey sparse crowd at the Coliseum on Monday night.

Mengden was 0-10 in 13 career starts at the Coliseum and had lost both of his outings at home this season before handcuffing the White Sox.

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Already, the three other teams in the NFC East has been offered as a king of revenge signing, but of the teams not currently in the mix for Bryant appears to be the Atlanta Falcons, who have decided against pursuing the wide receiver, Yahoo! Sports’ Jordan Schultz reports.

Any interest the Falcons would have theoretically had in Bryant would have run in contradiction to the team’s confessed plans this offseason, to keep a quiet profile, make a few additions for depth, and then sign quarterback Matt Ryan to an extension.

Nate Solder’s free-agent departure created a massive void at left tackle for the New England Patriots.聽

Last year’s third-round pick, Antonio Garcia, is a starting option if healthy. Garcia missed all of last season after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and losing 40 pounds. As a result, the Patriots must consider all available options.聽

UCLA’s Kolton Miller is quite similar to Solder in build and development coming into the league. The 6’9, 310-pound blocker is a tremendous athlete but needs time to improve his overall technique. Solder had the same concerns as a prospect.聽

John Mara is the co-owner of the Giants. Owners, in case anyone has not noticed, usually get what they want when it comes to what goes on with their teams.

There was this from Mara on Tuesday afternoon regarding the tumult surrounding a possible Odell Beckham Jr. trade:
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He’s not on the block, Mara said at the NFL owners’ meeting. Is that gonna stop clubs from possibly calling us? No. But he’s not the block. We’re not shopping him.

This will not be the last word on this, because all things Odell Beckham are never-ending. And it was Mara who nudged this story along by saying on Sunday that Beckham is not untouchable, a disclaimer he assigned to every player coming off a 3-13 season.

Up next, general manager Dave Gettleman would not assure anyone Beckham will be with the Giants in 2018, saying: He’s on Womens Chris Stewart Jersey our team. You know? I don’t know if I’m going to drop dead of a heart attack in two seconds. I hope not. But no, all kidding aside, he’s on the team. What do you want me to tell you?

Anyone interpreting these words as a sign Gettleman is looking to move Beckham is misreading the message. Two days after the owner said Beckham is not untouchable, his general manager was not about to insist he is.

Those clashing views of the prescription amphetamine mixture reflect our culture’s ambivalence toward drugs that affect mood and cognition. With a few historical exceptions that straddle work and play, Americans prefer to treat psychoactive substances as medicines, dispensed only with clearance from a doctor who certifies that we need them. ADHD, a fuzzily defined mental disorder that many critics think is overdiagnosed, plays havoc with the false assurances of that approach.

According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, ADHD is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.
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At least some symptoms are supposed to appear by age 12, but ADHD isn’t just for kids anymore. While some 6 million American children (nearly 1 in 10) have been diagnosed with ADHD, the vast majority of people taking ADHD medications like Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse are adults.
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Larry Fitzgerald bought a Mercedes for Bruce Arians after injuring him

Larry Fitzgerald is considered one of the good guys in the NFL, and he followed through on one heck of a demand after accidentally injuring Bruce Arians during a celebration.

None of them feel good, except for the ones that nick your jersey, he said. I’m going to say this one felt pretty bad, too.

After Harrison’s injury, the Pirates’ Ivan Nova hit J.B. Shuck in the hip later that same inning.

We’ve got each other’s back, Harrison said. You never want anybody to get hurt, but we’re family here.

The Pirates’ leadoff hitter, Harrison is batting .263 with one homer and five RBIs. He came into Sunday’s game leading the team with 12 runs.

The Sixers honored Greer before their playoff game against the Miami Heat on Monday night with a moment of silence. They are wearing a patch on their uniforms with Greer’s No. 15. He was the first Sixer to have his number retired.

Greer spent 15 seasons with the Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia 76ers and finished his career with a franchise-record 21,586 points. He’s also the 76ers’ career leader in field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played.

Greer was the first player to be honored with a sculpture on 76ers Legends Walk at the team training complex in 2017.

Greer was named to 10 straight All-Star Games and earned All-Star Game MVP honors in 1968. He earned a spot on the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.

He played at Marshall and was the 13th overall pick by the Nationals in the 1958 draft. Greer was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

The Sixers said Greer died Saturday night in Arizona after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife Mayme, a son and two daughters.

Comparisons are already off the charts with iconic pinstripe tandems. With the hulking Judge standing in the batter’s box and the chiseled Stanton on deck, you can almost picture Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris sitting in the Yankees dugout, waiting to see if their records fall.

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Logan Forsythe goes on DL day after leaving game with shoulder injury

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Logan Forsythe has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, the team announced Sunday.
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Forsythe left Saturday’s 9-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks because of the injury.

Normally a second baseman, Forsythe had been filling in at third for Womens Trevor Siemian Jersey the injured Justin Turner. Kike Hernandez and Kyle Farmer are expected to pick up third-base duties in Forsythe’s absence.

He held Detroit to a run on three hits and a pair of walks while striking out six in a complete-game victory his last time out.
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Carlos pitched a heckuva game, said Indians manager Terry Francona. His off-speed stuff was so effective coming off of his fastball. He stayed down with it so consistently that he gives himself a chance against every hitter.

Carrasco has earned a victory in his last 12 decisions against AL Central opponents and is 9-0 with a 1.92 ERA during his last 10 starts overall.

He faced the Twins three times last season, winning all three while posting a 0.92 ERA. For his career, Carrasco is 5-6 with 3.83 ERA against Minnesota in 17 appearances, including 14 starts.

I can’t worry about it that much. If it’ll make you [the caller] happy to know this, know this: I certainly let both of them know that I didn’t appreciate what was said.

After Francesa and Russo’s comments, morning hosts Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti rushed to their defense the next day, leading to a new feud between Russo and the former NFL quarterback. But the afternoon trio had remained quiet until a caller prompted them on Tuesday afternoon.

Scott, a trash-talking linebacker with the Ravens and Jets, was more than happy to engage.

I’ve been getting criticized my whole life. If I woke up with any of their lives, I’d kill myself, Scott said. My r茅sum茅 speaks for itself. I’m having fun. You can’t ruin my fun with hate.
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The latest update in the ratings showed Michael Kay’s ESPN Radio show starting to surge past their WFAN counterparts, something that only happened once in Kay’s time against Francesa.

Bills spending their own money on stadium renovations

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According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, the Bills will spend $18 million in private money to improve club seating areas and digital signage at New Era Field, with the work scheduled to be completed before the start of the season.

Heeney, 25, played only five games last season before undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Houston placed him on injured reserve November 29.

Heeney is entering his fourth NFL season, having spent his first two seasons in Oakland after the Raiders drafted him in the fifth round. He also spent time with the Saints last season.
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Gray spent last season on injured reserve. He has never played in an NFL game.

But, basically, Washington is getting a fifth-round pick and change for Cravens, whom coach Jay Gruden previously said they wouldn’t trade.

Denver gets a talented player, but one who has had concussion problems and has Cornelius Lucas Authentic Jersey openly discussed potentially retiring. If Cravens is good to go in 2018, this looks like a good move for the Broncos. If not, Washington has to be thrilled just to get something for him.

After playing for 10 years with the Green Bay Packers, wide receiver Jordy Nelson can’t help but feel a little hurt by the way the relationship came to an end.

Nelson was released by Green Bay before the start of free agency and he elected to sign with the Oakland Raiders in the ensuing days. The Packers asked Nelson to take a significant pay cut in order to remain with the team. However, it appears as though his salary wasn’t the only that would have been cut had he remained in Green Bay.

Greg Bird hopes to return in May after ankle surgery

Injured New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird said Sunday he’s confident that by some point in May he will be back playing baseball again.
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Whether it’s early May starting a rehab, I don’t know exactly, said Bird, who is recovering from a recent ankle surgery. And I don’t know how long they’ll be wanting me to rehab [in the minor leagues].

I really haven’t thought about that, Newsome said. I’ve been more just preparing for this draft.

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Newsome and Harbaugh will have a different focus today, as they’ll be questioned under oath regarding the Colin Womens Sergei Boikov Jersey Kaepernick grievance, and the fact they just signed Robert Griffin III will provide an interesting atmosphere (though defending Griffin over Kaepernick as a football decision might require them to stretch first).

Bird, 25, whose career has already been delayed by two other injuries with long recoveries, will begin the rehab process on Monday following a surgery late last month.

On March 27, Bird underwent a 10-minute procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan to remove a coin-sized calcium deposit from his right ankle. He had played on the problematic bone spur for nearly all of spring training before the pain suddenly became too unbearable.

I was hoping the more I played, the more I’d get used to it and it’d just go away, Bird said Sunday. And it went the opposite. The more I played, the worse it got.

As the NFL’s focus on player safety includes pulling more players off the field for concussion evaluations and possibly ejecting more players for leading with the helmet, the league might need more players available. It won’t be surprising if Quinn’s proposal picks up steam.