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With Prince & Ahmad out, Giants turn to pair of rookies

With Prince & Ahmad out, Giants turn to pair of rookies

The Giants’ offense won’t quite be its fearsome self on Sunday in Atlanta. But a bigger concern for the Super Bowl champs just may be this: Their defense won’t be itself, either.
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  • Johnson delivers Nets over Pistons in double OT

    Johnson delivers Nets over Pistons in double OT

    Joe Johnson made a jumper from just inside the arc as time expired in the second overtime, giving the Brooklyn Nets a 107-105 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
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  • Cruz says contract is a “matter of time”

    Cruz says contract is a “matter of time”

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Earlier in the season, Giants receiver Victor Cruz said the structure was in place for a new contract, which would compensate the third-year, minimum-salary wideout far more handsomely for his performance. Since then, the deal hasn’t been finalized. “
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  • Report: Yanks hit with $18.9 million luxury tax

    Report: Yanks hit with $18.9 million luxury tax

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 14, 2012
    The New York Yankees have been hit with an $18.9 million luxury tax by Major League Baseball, the 10th consecutive year they will pay a penalty for their spending.
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  • David Wilson draws the start vs. Falcons

    David Wilson draws the start vs. Falcons

    giantsfootballblog.com Dec 14, 2012
    Giants head coach Tom Coughlin announced today that rookie David Wilson would start Sunday’s contest in Atlanta. Ahmad Bradshaw was ruled out with knee and foot injuries, leaving Wilson to handle the bulk of the workload in the running game in what will
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  • Knicks plan to sit injured Melo vs. Cavs

    Knicks plan to sit injured Melo vs. Cavs

    nydailynews.com Dec 14, 2012
    Carmelo Anthony is lobbying to play on Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers but the Knicks intend to hold out the injured forward for at least one game, according to a team source.
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  • Carmelo Anthony Isn't Winning By Being Unselfish. He's Winning …

    Carmelo Anthony Isn't Winning By Being Unselfish. He's Winning By Being A Better Kind Of Selfish.

    deadspin.com Dec 14, 2012
    Before leaving last night's game against the Lakers with an ankle injury, Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points in 23 minutes. And that was after he had a relatively cold second quarter, hitting only one of his four shots. More »
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  • Blue Jays reportedly front-runners for Dickey

    Blue Jays reportedly front-runners for Dickey

    The Blue Jays reportedly are front-runners to land 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets.
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  • Bulls' Hinrich (knee) game-time call vs. Nets

    Bulls' Hinrich (knee) game-time call vs. Nets

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    Chicago Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich did not practice Friday and is a game-time decision for Saturday's contest against the Brooklyn Nets because of a left knee injury.
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  • Bradshaw sidelined for Week 15 duel vs. Falcons

    Bradshaw sidelined for Week 15 duel vs. Falcons

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants will play a critical game Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons without their leading rusher.
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  • Jets' Coples fined $15K for facemask on Henne

    Jets' Coples fined $15K for facemask on Henne

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    Jets rookie defensive lineman Quinton Coples has been fined $15,000 by the NFL on Friday for grabbing the facemask of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne.
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  • Landry won’t give Jets hometown discount

    Landry won’t give Jets hometown discount

    In the offseason, the Jets signed safety LaRon Landry to a one-year deal.  When the one year ends, he’ll hit the market, thanks to a clause in his contract that prevents the Jets from using the franchise tag. And Landry won’t be giving the Jets a hom
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  • For each sack, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith donating $5,099 to …

    For each sack, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith donating $5,099 to Boys & Girls Clubs

    yahoo.com Dec 14, 2012
    San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker and Defensive Player of the Year candidate Aldon Smith is approaching former New York Giants and current FOX pregame panelist Michael Strahan's single-season record for quarterback sacks. Smith needs just three sac…
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  • Could Jets Break Up Secondary In Offseason?

    Could Jets Break Up Secondary In Offseason?

    thejetsblog.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Jets’ secondary has been one of the bright spots this season. Despite losing Darrelle Revis for the season, they’ve been arguably the strongest part of the team. A large part of that has been Antonio Cromartie’s Pro Bowl performances coupled wi
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  • Happy Birthday Anthony Mason!

    Happy Birthday Anthony Mason!

    dimemag.com Dec 14, 2012
    Was it the hair? Perhaps not, but that didn’t exactly hurt. Was it the game? No one could ever quite figure out what to do with him, not even Pat Riley, but that probably wasn’t it either. Was it the style? The physical play, the swagger, the “can”
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  • Temple hires Giants assistant as new head coach

    Temple hires Giants assistant as new head coach

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Temple has offered its head coaching job to Giants assistant offensive line coach Matt Rhule, according to OwlScoop.com. He was one of two NFL assistants to interview for the job, along with Eagles defensive coordinator (and former Temple safety) Todd B…
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  • Dempster's Deal With Red Sox Should Interest Dickey

    Dempster's Deal With Red Sox Should Interest Dickey

    nytimes.com Dec 14, 2012
    If Ryan Dempster is worth $26.5 million over two years to the Red Sox, how much should R.A. Dickey, the National League Cy Young Award winner, be worth to the Mets?
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  • Giants will be shorthanded in Atlanta

    Giants will be shorthanded in Atlanta

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    The New York Giants have ruled out running back Ahmad Bradshaw, cornerback Prince Amukamara and safety Kenny Phillips for Sunday's critical game against the Falcons in Atlanta due to their injuries. All of the injuries are major as the Giants try to bec…
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  • Quirks of the Game: Should the N.F.L. Kill the Kickoff?

    Quirks of the Game: Should the N.F.L. Kill the Kickoff?

    nytimes.com Dec 14, 2012
    Tampa Bay Coach Greg Schiano has proposed doing away with kickoffs to make the game safer. The idea has yet to gain much support.
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  • Not an Awkward Moment

    Not an Awkward Moment

    thejetsblog.com Dec 14, 2012
    Yesterday when Braylon Edwards talked with the press he was candid about his doubts that after last week’s incident on Twitter that the team would consider signing him according to the Daily News. “I really thought that there was no way that the Jets
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  • Jets Insider: Tebow may see action in wildcat

    Jets Insider: Tebow may see action in wildcat

    nydailynews.com Dec 14, 2012
    Twenty-four hours after Rex Ryan ruled Tim Tebow out from playing the wildcat or acting as a personal punt protector, the coach essentially reversed his position on the subject. Tebow was moving better than expected in practice yesterday, Ryan said, and…
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  • Youkilis in place to be Yankees' third baseman

    Youkilis in place to be Yankees' third baseman

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    Former Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis is officially a New York Yankee, the team announced Friday, and will be the every-day player at the position in place of injured Alex Rodriguez.
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  • Rib injury signals quiet end to Jets’ Tebow-wildcat package

    Rib injury signals quiet end to Jets’ Tebow-wildcat package

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    The wildcat that so many roared so much about is going out with a whimper. Jets coach Rex Ryan has essentially shelved the wildcat portion of the offense, with Tim Tebow’s rib injury leaving him unable to run it. “It’s not something we practice doin
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  • Kobe Bryant Is Already Drawing A Line Between Real Lakers And D…

    Kobe Bryant Is Already Drawing A Line Between Real Lakers And Dwight Howard

    deadspin.com Dec 14, 2012
    After his team suffered yet another disastrous loss, this one at the hands of the New York Knicks, Kobe Bryant had some thoughts to share with Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski about how his team can bounce back from its dreadful start: More »
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  • What’s #17 Worth? A 40-Foot Reindeer, Perhaps?

    What’s #17 Worth? A 40-Foot Reindeer, Perhaps?

    thejetsblog.com Dec 14, 2012
    After wearing the famous No. 1 jersey at Michigan, Braylon Edwards has only worn one number as a professional - No. 17. He wore it with the Browns, then with the Jets and then in stints in San Francisco and Seattle. So, when the Jets claimed Edwards off
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  • Week 15 Sunday Picks: Falcons out to show they’re legitimate Su…

    Week 15 Sunday Picks: Falcons out to show they’re legitimate Super Bowl contenders

    yahoo.com Dec 14, 2012
    New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons The Falcons are in the midst of the most successful period in the organization's history, but have yet to win the playoff game necessary to validate the Mike Smith/Thomas Dimitroff Era. The Giants have won the last fou…
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  • Coordinator Corner: Kevin Gilbride Prepares for Falcons’ Defens…

    Coordinator Corner: Kevin Gilbride Prepares for Falcons’ Defense

    giantsfootballblog.com Dec 14, 2012
    Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride met the media Thursday, and of course, one of the main topics of discussion was Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw’s sprained knee may keep him out of Sunday’s contest against the Atlanta Falcons. That just means that
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  • Osi Umenyiora sees opportunities for Giants D-line

    Osi Umenyiora sees opportunities for Giants D-line

    giantsfootballblog.com Dec 14, 2012
    Numbers never lie. Not only is a TV program on ESPN2, but it’s a common phrase when it comes to qualifying the legitimacy of statistics. In many instances, however, statistics can be manipulated to give credence to any point trying to be made. The New
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  • Better to receive: A Friday debate post

    Better to receive: A Friday debate post

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    There are few teams (if any) in the NFL that can match the New York Giants for the quality of their top two wide receivers, but they play one of them Sunday. The Atlanta Falcons' outstanding duo of Roddy White and Julio Jones is a vital reason the Falco…
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  • Carmelo Anthony ‘day-to-day’ after scary left ankle sprain in K…

    Carmelo Anthony ‘day-to-day’ after scary left ankle sprain in Knicks win over Lakers (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Dec 14, 2012
    Carmelo Anthony headed into the New York Knicks' marquee, nationally televised prime-time matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers ranked second in the NBA in points per game behind L.A. superstar Kobe Bryant, and given the way he came out of the gate on …
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  • With Prince Amukamara questionable, Perry Fewell relying on Jay…

    With Prince Amukamara questionable, Perry Fewell relying on Jayron Hosley

    giantsfootballblog.com Dec 14, 2012
    Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell won’t officially rule out safety Kenny Phillips for Sunday’s contest in Atlanta. Nor would he hint as to what Prince Amukara’s status is. It’s a next man up mentality for Big Blue. And since a number of ro
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  • Falcons’ WR Roddy White to be a Game Time Decision

    Falcons’ WR Roddy White to be a Game Time Decision

    giantsfootballblog.com Dec 14, 2012
    The war of words between the Giants and Falcons regarding who has the better receiving corps has quelled the past few days. With the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks and Atlanta’s Roddy White hobbling around, both teams will be at less than 100% Nicks (knee) prac
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Bills S Da’Norris Searcy has some experience facing Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. LB Kevin Burnett thinks the Dolphins have to be especially careful when facing former teammate Chad Henne. It’s been an easy transition back to the Patriots for WR Deion B
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  • Umenyiora: Falcons OL not as dirty as it used to be

    Umenyiora: Falcons OL not as dirty as it used to be

    profootballtalk.com Dec 14, 2012
    Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora didn’t know Pat Hill was the Falcons new offensive line coach. But he said he could tell from watching tape things were different. Some accused the Falcons blockers of dirty play last year, and after other teams accus
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  • Ichiro, Yanks finalizing two-year deal

    Ichiro, Yanks finalizing two-year deal

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    Ichiro Suzuki and the Yankees are continuing to finalize the terms of a new contract that will keep the 39-year-old veteran in pinstripes next season.
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  • Breakfast links: Giant hopes for Hokies

    Breakfast links: Giant hopes for Hokies

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    New York Giants If Prince Amukamara can't play Sunday because of his hamstring injury, rookie Jayron Hosley would get the start at cornerback for the Giants in his place. That would mean they could be counting on two Virginia Tech rookies to help them w…
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  • FOX’ Billick Breaks Down Giants-Falcons

    FOX’ Billick Breaks Down Giants-Falcons

    giantsfootballblog.com Dec 14, 2012
    Former Super Bowl winning coach and FOXSports analyst Brian Billick previews the Giants’ Week 15 trip to Atlanta.
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  • New York Giants News and Links for Dec 14

    New York Giants News and Links for Dec 14

    giantsfootballblog.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Giants are day closer to gameday, and it looks as if RB Ahmad Bradshaw and S Kenny Phillips will be watching the game from home. Stay tuned. Here’s some news….
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  • Kobe: Melo got Linsane-ly bad rep last season

    Kobe: Melo got Linsane-ly bad rep last season

    nydailynews.com Dec 14, 2012
    Kobe Bryant doesn’t appreciate how critics were calling Carmelo Anthony the Knicks’ problem during Linsanity last season, and now they are treating him like a savior. “I think last year was very tough for him because he was criticized a lot for shoo
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  • Carmelo Anthony’s First Quarter Toasts The Lakers; Damian Lilla…

    Carmelo Anthony’s First Quarter Toasts The Lakers; Damian Lillard Steals A Win From San Antonio

    dimemag.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Knicks have laid a tripwire around Madison Square Garden this season, staying undefeated there by springing a first-quarter trap on the Lakers en route to a 116-107 win. What brought this game to a near-blowout and a near-comeback was Carmelo Anthon…
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  • No Easy Fix: The Lakers' problems continued in their 116-107 l……

    No Easy Fix: The Lakers' problems continued in their 116-107 l…

    CNNSI.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Lakers' problems continued in their 116-107 loss to the Knicks. Given the problems Los Angeles has in so many areas, no victory is assured, as Paul Forrester explains.
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  • ESPN's John Kruk doesn't think Alex Rodriguez will ever be the …

    ESPN's John Kruk doesn't think Alex Rodriguez will ever be the same after he undergoes his second hip surgery since 2009 in Janu

    nydailynews.com Dec 14, 2012
    When dissecting the Yankees’ acquisition of Kevin Youkilis, it’s important to recognize the obvious: In this cult-of-personality world, Youk ain’t no Alex Rodriguez.
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  • We Went There: Staring Into the Abyss With the Knicks and Laker…

    We Went There: Staring Into the Abyss With the Knicks and Lakers

    grantland.com Dec 14, 2012
    Bernie Williams is not a great guitarist. In fact, listening to him last night as he studiously inched through as spangle-free and un-Hendrix a rendit...
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  • Downtown Downpour: The New York Knicks Are Raining 3's

    Downtown Downpour: The New York Knicks Are Raining 3's

    grantland.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Knicks are on pace to make history. The team is on track to break the record for most 3-point attempts in NBA history, and so far, they're hitting...
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  • Video - NFL Kickoff OT: Key Games For Week 15 05:58

    NFL Kickoff OT: Key Games For Week 15

    Dec 14
    NFL Kickoff OT breaks down the big games for week 15.
  • Video - Mark Sanchez's Struggles 00:39

    Mark Sanchez's Struggles

    Dec 14
    Trent Dilfer breaks down the struggles of Jets QB Mark Sanchez.
  • Video - Three Keys For The Jets 01:43

    Three Keys For The Jets

    Dec 14
    Rich Cimini with his three keys for the Jets on Monday Night Football versus the Titans and a prediction.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Jets vs. Titans 01:55

    'Playbook': Jets vs. Titans

    Dec 14
    Brian Baldinger explains how the New York Jets defense can step up and play well against the Tennessee Titans.

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