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Lauletta, a fourth-round pick who likely will be the No. 3 quarterback for the Giants in 2018, posted the photo above to his social media account. Allen (far left), Lauletta (third from left) and Darnold (far right) are joined by former Richmond quarterback Adam Sahd (second from left).

Giants quarterbacks Davis Webb, Alex Tanney and Lauletta are frequent golf partners, sometimes joined by Manning or teammates Calvin Munson and Shane Smith.

On the bright side, the weekend push seemed to endear the notoriously unpopular Reed  to New York fans.

After one fan near the 8th green blurted out, Nobody likes you, dude! the response was tenfold, with a chorus of Everyone loves you, Pat! and I love you Patrick! drowning out the naysayer.

In a nutshell: a little negative, but plenty of positive. And that’s how Reed is trying to take this weekend, even with the late implosion.

Of course it’s disappointing, but at the same time – you know, I mean, finish second, tied for second at (the PGA Championship) last year, won Augusta, then I think I’ll finish in the top five here, Reed said…. To finish in the top 10 three of the last – my last three majors, and to have a chance to really win all three of them and to close one off, it means a lot.

He struck out six and gave up three hits while walking four. The Rays didn’t get their first hit off him until Wilson Ramo’s line-drive single to start the fourth.

That inning, Loaisiga worked out of a loaded the bases with two outs before striking out Christian Arroyo to end the threat. The final pitch was an 84-mph slider, Loaisiga’s 91st of the night more than any pitch total he had in the minors this year.

Loaisiga hit 98 mph several times. According to researcher Katie Sharp, Loaisiga is the second Yankee to make his big-league debut as a starter at home and allow no runs. The other was Sam Milltello on Aug. 9, 1992, against the Red Sox. The last Yankees pitcher to debut with less pro experience than Loaisiga was Ian Kennedy in 2009.

Loaisiga got the start in place of the injured Masahiro Tanaka (two strained hamstrings). It’s likely Loaisiga will continue in Tanaka’s rotation spot until he’s healthy. Cashman on Friday said Tanaka might not return for a few weeks.

In the eighth, the Yankees loaded the bases against ex-Yankee starter Nathan Eovaldi, who went seven innings. After lefty reliever Jonny Venters struck out Greg Bird, Gary Sanchez smoked a bases-clearing double to put the Yankees ahead, 5-0.

Dolphins coaches and players raving about Robert Quinn

Defensive end Robert Quinn was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and racked up 62.5 sacks in his seven seasons playing for the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. While players are limited in what they can accomplish in offseason workouts, Quinn is already making a strong impressions on his new coaches and teammates with the Miami Dolphins.

It’s incredible how he bends the corner and his hips are two feet off the ground, but he’s running full speed around the corner, quarterback Ryan Tannehill said of Quinn.

Then, when the President first attacked the NFL and its players last September over what was at the time a tiny handful of protesting players, the NFL spent a lot of time talking to players but doing nothing to actually fix the problem.

The Dolphins continue to wait on Parker to break out. He has never had more than 57 catches, 744 yards and four touchdowns in a season.

I’ve been really impressed since I’ve got here with his work ethic, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. The guy has spent a ton of time here in the offseason…. He seems like a very professional guy that is trying to get better every day.

Ware is following in Charles Haley’s cleat marks. Haley worked with Ware when Ware played for the Cowboys from 2005-13, and Ware now is working with DeMarcus Lawrence.

As a pass rusher, you always think about consistency, Ware said. When you think about DeMarcus Lawrence, first, second, third year, now he had that big push last year. Now, it’s what have you done for me lately? It’s a new year. He has to look at it that way. What can you put in your toolbox this year to make yourself a little bit more consistent, because now you’re going to have that bull’s eye on you. But also how can you make the other guys better with your leadership? That’s going to make you a lot better inside the room, on the team, but also out there on the football field.

How Yankees reacted to Giancarlo Stanton’s 119.3-mph homer

Everyone in the Yankees dugout still was giddy about Aaron Judge breaking a 13th inning scoreless tie with a two-run homer when the most amazing part of a 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays went down.

Judge was.

Oh yeah, but I’m not surprised by that, Judge said. He’s been taking a lot of good swings and whenever he connects like that, you know it’s going to be hit hard.

That got out in a hurry. We didn’t really have time to celebrate (my homer). By the time he swung… that thing was already gone. It was impressive.

Boone said that he was taken back a little bit by how hard Stanton hit the ball.

I turned to (infield coordinator Carlos Mendoza and said, ‘If you hit that same ball in your prime, it’s bouncing in front of the left fielder,’ Boone said. It was killed.

That Brady has some catching up to do, at least in terms of developing chemistry with new teammates, provides a new twist. He’s rolled with the task of breaking in new supporting cast members throughout his career but hasn’t started this late in getting into the flow.

And some introductions are in order. There’s a first-round rookie running back in the mix, Sony Michel. There’s a former Cincinnati Bengals running back in tow, Jeremy Hill. And there are more veteran receivers trying to stick in Cordarrelle Patterson, Jordan Matthews and Kenny Britt. 

The journey of another superhorse to the Belmont makes the horse racing world plenty happy, even if there isn’t the same buzz about ending the Triple Crown drought that followed American Pharoah’s run. Justify also wasn’t primed for this kind of run he didn’t even race as a 2-year-old.

Baffert didn’t realize until Justify’s first race that he might be training this kind of champion. As soon as he won to break his maiden, Justify looked the part to Baffert, and he’s followed that by winning the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

Seahawks hope they’ve solved their running back durability problem

Since Marshawn Lynch left Seattle after the 2015 season, the Seahawks have tried to find a replacement. Nearly every time it seems like they have one, the player has gotten injured.

Last year, the number one guy in both categories of rushing yards and rushing attempts for the Seahawks was the quarterback, whose 586 yards on 95 carries more than doubled the 240 yards generated by Mike Davis. Chris Carson added 208. J.D. MicKissic had 187. Eddie Lacy churned up a mere 179. Thomas Rawls (now a Jet) added 157. C.J. Prosise contributed 23.

The prior year, it was Rawls (349), Wilson (259), Prosise (172), Alex Collins (125), and Troymaine Pope (43).

So, yes, the Seahawks needed help in the running game. Their willingness to invest a first-round pick underscores their belief that it’s a major area of need.

With that thought in mind, Wentz understands that he needs to do everything he can to ensure he remains healthy. The trick is walking that line while still playing with the aggressive edge that has made him the player he is.

“We’ve talked about it quite a bit,” Wentz said, via Sal Paolantonio of ESPN.com. “I think we’re all on the same page.

“I think there is always things I can learn from, ‘OK, maybe I shouldn’t have been so aggressive there.’ There is a time and a place for it. Injuries happen. I believe this one was kind of a freak incident and that is just part of the game. There is always a learning curve. But overall, as an aggressive player, I am not going to change in that sense, I am just going to keep learning. I’m going to be learning how to preserve myself, how to be smart, when to take those chances, when it’s worthwhile, it’s a constant learning throughout my career, but it’s definitely something I am taking seriously at the same time.”

Former NFL agent: New Cam Newton contract likely coming in 2020

The Panthers’ contract with Cam Newton is looking like more of a bargain with each passing quarterback deal that’s signed, but sooner or later, that’s going to change.

NFL denies Mike James’ request to use marijuana as a painkiller More Free agent running back Mike James has tried and failed to persuade the NFL to allow him to use marijuana as a painkiller. James told NJ.com that he developed a dependence on prescription painkillers that he took to cope with the aches and pains associated with playing football. His doctor told him that marijuana would be a safer alternative, and he found that it was. Now he’s an advocate for medical marijuana — even as the NFL tells him he’s not allowed to use it and play in the league. I am hopeful that I’ll be able to keep playing football, James said. It is a game that I love very dearly.

However, former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck couldn’t hide his excitement over the upside of his former team’s offense with Barkley being added to a mix that includes dynamic wide receivers Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram, and quarterback Eli Manning.

I love the pick, Tuck said Tuesday at the BTIG Charity Day in New York City. He was the best overall player in this NFL Draft, to begin with. It’s hard to get any more value out of a pick at No. 2. But, he should have been the No. 1 pick. I feel good about that selection. It’s definitely a need for [the Giants]. He’s a dynamic player. He’s from this area. The Giants fan base is going to love him. I expect big things from him.

Ex-Rutgers footballer, who got a break once, accused of fracturing woman’s skull

A former Rutgers player who had been given another chance at wiping his record clean after a street brawl three years ago is now facing an attempted homicide charge after an alleged drunken assault on a woman in Nashville.

Baker Mayfield first QB to visit Cleveland, with others to follow

The Browns may end up taking Josh Allen with the No. 1 overall pick, but they are doing their due diligence on all four of the top quarterbacks. After privately working them out, the Browns now are bringing all four in for pre-draft visits.

One NFL mock draft is never good enough, especially if it comes before free agency. While the results and rumors from the NFL Combine provided a little more clarity on the 2018 NFL Draft board, now that teams have made their biggest moves to address needs in March, it’s a little easier to know what they might be thinking for late April.

Just like in free agency, the tone of the NFL Draft will be set by how several teams choose to address quarterback. Since the first mock, there also have been two trades — Bills-Bengals, Jets-Colts — that will have big ripple effects for the top dozen picks.

Although there will be more such deals to come, and it’s not a mock draft without taking those into account, here’s going through the first round as it stands now.

Belichick would much rather trade a player away when he can still get something valuable for him, rather than wait until that player gets older and loses a step, or until that player’s contract makes him harder to afford, or until that player hits free agency and leaves without the Patriots getting anything in return.

The list of noteworthy players that Belichick has traded is long. Randy Moss, Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins, Richard Seymour, Logan Mankins, Mike Vrabel, Deion Branch, Drew Bledsoe, Matt Cassel, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, to name a few, have been sent packing by Belichick.

Albert Breer of SI.com reported that two teams are planning to make offers to the Patriots for Gronk. If those offers are good enough, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see a trade made on draft day.

NFL free agent rumors: CB Orlando Scandrick signs with Redskins

Catcher Gary Sanchez also was removed in the 14th inning after clutching his right calf in between pitches. He and Boone said he was cramping. By the point when he came out, Sanchez had caught more than 250 pitches.

The case has been referred to the Los Angeles county court system, Pedregon said.

“The Packers are aware of the matter involving Trevor Davis,” the team said in a statement to ESPN. “We are in the process of gathering more information and will refrain from making any further comment as it is an ongoing legal matter.”

Davis, 24, was a fifth-round draft pick from Cal in 2016 and last season served as the Packers’ primary kick returner and punt returner. He ranked third in the NFL in punt return average (12.0) last season with a long return of 65 yards against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 10 that set up the game-tying touchdown to force overtime.

A San Francisco native, Davis was expected to be back in Green Bay next Monday for the start of the Packers’ offseason program.

While Richards knows the five walks aren’t appealing, he said the problem is mechanical and fixable.

“We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica,” the Patriots said in a statement. “He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update.”

This is Harmon’s first off-the-field issue since joining the Patriots as a third-round draft pick in 2013.

Harmon, 27, has played in 79 games with 15 career starts. He led the Patriots last season with a team-best four interceptions and compiled 23 tackles. The safety signed a four-year extension last season reportedly worth up to $20 million.

“There was never a panic, there was never any doubt in that room,” Thomas said. “If we needed to win the game 2-1, we were going to win the game 2-1. You saw it on third-period play where we really shut them down.”

A.J. Green: Giants not’crazy’ enough to trade Beckham

A.J. Green saw all the chatter from the Giants’ brass on Odell Beckham at this week’s Annual League Meeting and then heard New York was actually considering shopping the embattled wide receiver.

The Bengals wideout’s thoughts on the matter

That’s stupid. That’s stupid, man, Green told NFL Network at rapper Quavo’s celebrity flag football game in Lilburn, Georgia, on Sunday. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime, or once-in-a-generation talent, man, and you’ve got to be ready. I think he’ll get paid. They not that crazy.

Meh.

In the Lions’ defense, they didn’t have much money to spend on the open market. They essentially put all of their eggs in Matthew Stafford’s basket years ago, but they’re too reliant on their hot-and-cold 30-year-old quarterback.

Stafford is coming off the best season of his career and could be even better in 2018, while a defense led by stars Ezekiel Ansah and Darius Slay has a high ceiling if youngsters Jarrad Davis and Teez Tabor can improve as sophomores. But the Lions still lack the weapons and depth required to keep up with Minnesota in the NFC North.

Garrett’s ability to coexist with owner Jerry Jones, allowing Jones to have the spotlight while Garrett grinds away, has helped him survive for more than seven seasons despite making it to the playoffs only twice. That may not save Garrett if he fails to qualify for the postseason for the sixth time in eight seasons.

A coaching change could have a significant impact on the roster, specifically at the quarterback position. If Dak Prescott plays more like he did in 2017 and less like he did in 2016, the next coach could push to make a change at quarterback.

The Jacksonville Jaguars were one of only three teams (along with New England and Philadelphia) to score 400-plus points and allow fewer than 300 points in 2017, and the Jags D ranked first in the NFL in DVOA. Then they added one of the top players on the free-agent market in 26-year-old All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell.