There's never a dull moment surrounding the New York Knicks , and excitement over what they will do in the 2021 NBA Draft may be even higher than usual after their somewhat surprising 41-31 campaign in the 2020-21. If the Knicks are going to improve on their first-round playoff exit and cement their status in the Eastern Conference, getting some help through the draft will be critical. With four swings, including picks No. 19 and 21 in the first round, New York will have the opportunity to add a player or two who could contribute early. Considering the strides the team took last season and its returning talent nucleus of players like RJ Barrett and Julius Randle , there could also be some merit in trading away a pick or two (New York also has picks No. 32 and 58) to bring in a proven talent. The options are plentiful for the Knicks and Leon Rose, who is entering his second draft as team president. Here, we'll break down what to expect from New York in the 2021 NBA Draft, . . .
Getty Images At long last, Zach Wilson and the New York Jets have a deal. According to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones , the club has reached an agreement with its No. 2 overall pick on his rookie contract, ending a standoff that briefly bled into the start of training camp . Per Adam Schefter of ESPN , Wilson has signed a fully-guaranteed four-year deal that is projected to be worth $35.1 million and includes a signing bonus of around $22.9 million. Of course, the actual dollar figure of Wilson's contract was never up for dispute as there's been a slotted salary system in place in the NFL for years. The sticking point had been in part due to two factors: offset language and deferred payments of his signing bonus. New York reportedly was looking to defer millions of Wilson's signing bonus to 2022, which has been atypical for first-rounders in a similar position to the former BYU quarterback. Under this agreement, Wilson will now get his signing bonus within . . .
Kevin R. Wexler-NorthJersey.com via Imagn Content Services, LLC It seems safe to say that Kelvin Benjamin will not be looking back at his brief time with the New York Giants fondly. The veteran wide receiver-turned-tight end was cut by the team on the first day of training camp after what many on the scene say was a heated exchange between him and coach Joe Judge along with GM Dave Gettleman. Benjamin took the field with the team but was then met by Judge and Gettleman during warm-ups. Once that conversation was over, Benjamin took his helmet off and walked off the field. "It was just like they were trying to sabotage me to get me out of there," Benjamin told NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt on Wednesday evening of his release. Benjamin -- who signed with the club back in May after a three-year NFL hiatus -- proceeded to call his brief stint with the Giants "a hoax" and criticized Judge, saying he isn't the type of coach that can lead New York to a Super Bowl . He also . . .
Getty Images The Texas Rangers have traded All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo to the New York Yankees in a six-player deal that sends four minor-leaguers to the Rangers. The teams announced the trade on Thursday . Here's the deal: Rangers get: 2B Ezequiel Duran , SS Josh Smith , IF/OF Trevor Hauver, RHP Glenn Otto Yankees get: Gallo, left-handed reliever Joely Rodriguez Gallo was originally in the Rangers lineup for Wednesday night. He was then a last-minute scratch and it was immediately reported that it was for non-medical reasons, meaning the deal may have gone down right before the game. Gallo, 27, is hitting .223/.379/.490 (139 OPS+ ) with six doubles, a triple, 25 homers, 55 RBI, 57 runs, six stolen bases and 4.1 WAR this season. Once viewed as an all-power guy by a good number of people, Gallo has made himself into an exceptional right fielder. He has nine outfield assists this season and rates out highly in most advanced metrics that consider . . .
USATSI The Atlanta Braves will meet the New York Mets in the fifth and deciding game of their four-day series in a key National League East matchup on Thursday. The Braves (50-52), who are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Mets (54-46) on Wednesday, are 24-27 on the road this season. New York, which holds a four-game lead over the second-place Philadelphia Phillies and five over Atlanta, is 32-17 at home in 2021. The Mets have lost four of the last six games against the Braves. First pitch is set for 12:10 p.m. ET from Citi Field in New York. New York is priced at -140 (risk $140 to win $100) on the money line in the latest Braves vs. Mets odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total runs scored is 8.5. Before making any Mets vs. Braves picks, be sure to see the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model . This model, which simulates every pitch of every game 10,000 times, is a profitable 132-109 on top-rated money-line MLB picks . . .
The 2021 NBA Draft is just hours away. It really is finally here — a mere three days before the calendar flips to August, so later than normal, but still way earlier than last year, when the 2020 NBA Draft , and basically everything else, was delayed by the COVID-19 global pandemic. Detroit remains coy about what it will do with the No. 1 overall pick. But, at this point, anything other than former Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham being selected first would qualify as surprising. Is that guaranteed? Of course not. Again, the Pistons have done a nice job of keeping their so-called cards close to their so-called vest. But I've long been led to believe, when the actual draft goes down, Detroit will do what most NBA franchises would do in this situation, and that's take the 6-8 point guard who can comfortably play on or off the ball and appears ready to perform and produce at the next level even though he won't turn 20 until September. Cunningham should, and likely will, go . . .
Getty Images The MLB trade deadline for 2021 arrives on Friday afternoon, and at this late hour the trade rumors are flowing like pristine river water and or untreated sewage. Let's have a look, shall we? As for what's already happened, our deadline trade tracker is here to help . Now for Thursday's scuttlebutt. Mets may be close to major addition The Mets are trying to hang on to first place in the balanced but unspectacular NL East. If not for an inordinate run of injuries all season, New York might have a more comfortable lead over the Phillies and Braves . Since better health may be beyond their immediate control, the Mets may look to make some notable additions before Friday arrives. Speaking of which, Kiley McDaniel of ESPN reports that something big may be in the works: Kiley indicates “there is an anticipation in the market of a big move by the Mets”. https://t.co/jqEdEkNWOj — Joe DeMayo (@PSLToFlushing) July 29, 2021 The Mets have been linked . . .
Venezuela international midfielder Yangel Herrera is reportedly being watched by a host of clubs across Europe and could bring another £20 million to the Cityzens' transfer kitty as Pep Guardiola looks to use the money to bring in Harry Kane and Jack Grealish. Herrera signed for Manchester City back in January 2017 but is yet to make his debut for the Cityzens. The 23-year-old has spent the last four seasons on loan at Manchester City's cousin club New York City, Huesca and Granada respectively. And having made his mark in La Liga over the past three seasons, Herrera seems to have attracted plenty of suitors and here, we will take a look at three Premier League clubs interested in his signature. Southampton Ralph Hassenhuttl's Southampton side had yet another underwhelming season last time out as the Saints could not find the formula to consistency throughout the campaign. The South Coast coast side do not have any shortage of options in the middle of the park but . . .
USATSI As swimming starts taking its final laps, Olympic track and field is breaking from the starting blocks in the coming days at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Team USA has plenty of medal hopefuls remaining in Olympics 2020 swimming. They include favorite Michael Andrew in Thursday night's men's 200 individual medley and sprinter Caeleb Dressel, who is the favorite in two more men's events after winning gold in Wednesday's 100-meter freestyle final. Meanwhile, heats for the women's 100 meters and men's 400-meter hurdles and high jump qualifications are among the track highlights. Team USA will be represented in sports all over Japan on Thursday night and Friday morning, with women's beach volleyball in action at 8 p.m. ET and the men playing on the beach Friday morning at 9 a.m. ET, USA Baseball (6 a.m. ET vs. Israel) and USWNT soccer (7 a.m. ET vs. Netherlands) also will draw plenty of attention. William Hill Sportsbook lists Andrew as the -137 favorite (risk $137 to win $100) . . .
Getty Images Team USA women's basketball opened play at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with an 81-72 win over Nigeria in a game that was closer than oddsmakers expected. William Hill Sportsbook listed Team USA as a 29.5-point favorite in that game, and the Americans will look to pick up another win and perhaps put together a cleaner performance early Friday morning. The Americans take on Japan in their second game of Group B action. Japan won its opener 74-70 against France. Tip-off is set for 12:40 a.m. ET. Team USA is a 19.5-point favorite in the latest USA vs. Japan odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total points is set at 162. Before locking in any Japan vs. USA women's basketball picks or predictions, you need to see what SportsLine's Olympics expert, Mike Tierney, has to say . A national sportswriter whose work appears in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered nine Olympic Games in person. At Rio in 2016, Tierney profited big-time. He told . . .