Our Super Bowl win was a team effort.

You’ve got to have a special esprit de corps to be able to get that done. Last year we felt like we had a chance, but this year the energy was just different. It was our second year with everybody T.J. [Ward], Aqib [Talib], DeMarcus [Ware] and we just jelled a lot more. We were able to create that consistency, and that’s what enabled us to propel ourselves to the top.

I went to the movies and had some mozzarella sticks. I try to eliminate all junk food, and it just tore me up the first week of the playoffs. You can’t put unleaded regular in a Ferrari; you’ve got to put in that premium stuff.

His last game, in Seattle, was against a legitimately strong defense on the road, and Watson responded with his first 400-yard passing game and four touchdowns. Overall, then, his production was against defenses representative of what he’s expected to face this season.

He met with the Yankees’ lead trainer and then went into the clubhouse.

Reliever Jonathan Holder pitched the sixth inning.

Tanaka had held the Mets to just one earned run Brandon Nimmo ‘s leadoff home run through the first five innings. He struck out eight.

Parking: Complimentary parking will be provided at Francis S. Gabreski Airport, located just west of Shinnecock Hills in Westhampton Beach. Fans are advised to follow general parking signage and/or directions from parking attendants to the designated parking location.

Complimentary shuttle transportation will be provided to and from Shinnecock Hills. That ride is expected to take about 25 minutes.

Mass Transit: The Long Island Rail Road will be running a special schedule to service the tournament, with a temporary platform built near the course entrance to provide easy access.

How Frazier’s maturity is impressing Yankees

Of course, it would seem only in a dream that the Yankees and Mets could match up for a blockbuster trade.

The Mets surely would be sick watching Syndergaard dominate in the Bronx. And the Yankees would probably have to surrender more than most other teams to attain him from their rival neighbors call it a city tax.

But listening Walker, who was with the Mets for Syndergaard’s All-Star 2016 campaign and part of 2017, makes it sound like the 6-foot-6 fireballer might be worth the price.

Syndergaard is 4-1 in 11 starts with a 3.06 ERA this season.

The 25-year-old Texas native made just seven starts in 2017, dealing with tightness in his right biceps and a torn lat muscle in his right arm.

Syndergaard, who won’t be a free agent until 2022, has a career 2.92 ERA and strikes out 10.4 batters per nine innings.

Walker said Syndergaard has no problem pitching under the microscope in Queens and that he’d handle the Bronx just fine.

Yeah, absolutely, Walker said. Like I said, New York is New York, and obviously each year there’s going to be different expectations on each side of town, but a guy like Noah, he wouldn’t get rattled, I truly believe, by big situations, big stages and things like that.

They can afford to lose No. 1 tight end Zach Ertz and turn things over to intriguing free-agent pickup Richard Rodgers and/or even-more-intriguing rookie second-round pick Dallas Goedert. 

And they can afford to lose top back Jay Ajayi and sub in 2017 undrafted rookie sensation Corey Clement, or even Darren Sproles or Wendell Smallwood. 

Among that group, only Ertz made the Pro Bowl last season. He’s undoubtedly the most important weapon in quarterback Carson Wentz’s arsenal—especially considering the loss of promising backup Trey Burton—but they’ve already proved they’re deep enough to excel without him too. 

In the two games they played without Ertz last season, the Eagles scored a combined 94 points against the Broncos and Rams. 

There isn’t a receiver-running back duo like Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, who in support of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have been first-team All-Pros a combined six times in the last four years

Mike Pettine won’t spend much time away from football

After two years out of football, Mike Pettine won’t be away from football for very long.

As explained by Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal, Pettine will take a limited break before getting ready for his first training camp as the Packers defensive coordinator.

Eight of those charges, though, were dropped. He still faces a reckless driving misdemeanor.

Todd Bowles shrugs at Jets’ mounting arrests: Not our fault

Anderson’s previous issue came the prior May, when he was arrested on a charge of resisting arrest following an alleged physical altercation with a police officer at a Miami music festival. Those charges were dropped.

That hurdle is clearance for full contact and Wentz isn’t sure exactly when that will come.

It’s hard to say I need X to be ready, Wentz said, via Philly.com. I think, at the end of the day, I just need to be cleared for contact. Like you see out here, I’m doing quite a bit. I think, come camp, I’ll keep progressing and doing more and more. To finally be cleared of that contact issue is really the last hurdle, and I feel I’ll be ready whenever that is.

The Eagles haven’t put a definitive plan in place for the preseason in the event Wentz is cleared for contact ahead of their exhibition games, but have indicated playing in them isn’t a requirement to get the start against the Falcons on the first Thursday of the 2018 season.

I’m super excited about it. On game days, I see guys … they have their babies down there, and it’s a warm feeling when you see that. I’m looking forward to it…. I can’t wait.

Terence Newman getting some reps at safety

The saying goes that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but an old corner may be a different story.

Terence Newman is heading into his 16th season and he has been taking reps at safety during minicamp this week. It’s not a totally new experience for Newman as he started a game at safety in 2015 when the Vikings were short on bodies and defensive coordinator George Edwards said Wednesday that the veteran has done a good job.

State police say a truck driver was watching a football game instead of the road when he struck and killed a motorcyclist on a Pennsylvania highway.

Police charged the 34-year-old driver Monday with felony homicide by vehicle and other offenses in connection with the death of 56-year-old John Baum.

Court records show the driver was watching a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs in October when his truck hit the back of Baum’s motorcycle on Interstate 81 near Carlisle.

Vinatieri is well within striking distance of the NFL records for career points and field goals, both of which are currently held by Morten Andersen, and he’ll close in others with a season that’s in line with what he’s done during his first 22 years in the league. If he does post such a season, it sounds like he’ll be looking to continue to pad his totals during the 2019 season as well.

I would also like to thank the San Francisco 49ers, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys, the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals for the time I was granted with each organization, Owens said in his statement. I am thankful for the relationships forged and the lessons learned while part of each team. I wish to congratulate all past, current and future inductees. It is quite an honor to be part of such elite company. This honor is something that I will cherish forever.

Owens headlines an induction class that also includes Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher and former teammate Brian Dawkins.

The legal team of Colin Kaepernick, who began the players’ protests during the National Anthem, is expected to seek federal subpoenas to force President Trump to testify in the former quarterback’s collusion case against the NFL, according to a report on Thursday.

The lawyers want to grill Trump, Vice President Pence and other officials knowledgeable about the president’s stand against NFL players who take a knee during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, Yahoo Sports reported.

Oakland Raiders cut QB Christian Hackenberg

The Christian Hackenberg era in Oakland has officially ended, as the Raiders waived the former Penn State QB on Tuesday afternoon, per the NFL’s transaction wire.

The Raiders acquired Hackenberg from the New York Jets on May 22 in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019. Oakland will now keep the pick, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, then an analyst at ESPN, was a fan of Hackenberg coming out of college.

Attorneys representing Colin Kaepernick in the former quarterback’s collusion lawsuit against the NFL are taking their subpoena power right to the very top.

You might be able to place a legal sports bet in New Jersey as soon as Friday thanks to another twist in a years-long saga, NJ Advance Media has learned.

State lawmakers are planning to strip away a provision that has prevented the state’s casinos and racetracks from accepting wagers on sports games in the month since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal ban on such betting, according to three sources familiar with the situation.

The offensive line was a mess for the Giants in 2017 and the hope is that Solder can pave the way to a more competent group this time around. It’s a new situation for Solder, who said on WFAN that the group is trying to find our identity in the face of an urgent need for things to come together quickly. He noted that it’s not just up to him to make that happen.

There’s a tremendous amount of pressure and I’ve been under a tremendous amount of pressure for years now, Solder said. You can only take it one bite at a time. You go one day better. It’s not going to be one person that is going to fix everything. It’s going to be a group effort. We got to win as a team and do the best we can every single day.

Robert Nkemdiche confident he can produce for Cardinals

Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche was the 29th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. But despite his lofty draft status, Nkemdiche has been mostly ineffective in his first two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

New Arizona head coach Steve Wilks has said Nkemdiche will have a clean slate with the new staff. The fresh start could be what Nkemdiche needs to get his career pointed in the right direction.

I’ve seen the improvement and I’m excited about where he is, but once again, it’s early, Wilks said. Once we get the pads on and start preseason games, we’ll see exactly where he is.

Gary Myers isn’t the only Hall of Fame voter who wants a T.O. do-over. Ira Kaufman of JoeBucsFan.com has written a scathing column that culminates in Ira jokingly (we think) asking for his ballot back.

Irvin recalled on Undeniable with Joe Buck that in his rookie year with the Cowboys, when they went 3-13, he grew angry, depressed and frustrated with the losing. He was shocked to find how many of his veteran teammates didn’t let losing bother them.

Irvin wanted to win badly enough that if he had to snitch to get rid of bad teammates, then he was happy to snitch.

Blake Jarwin is the only other tight end on the roster with experience, having played three offensive snaps in one game last season. Dalton Schultz and David Wells are rookies, and Rico Gathers spent his first two seasons on the practice squad and injured reserve respectively.

The hierarchy of players, I mean, the dispersion is not very great, Swaim, 24, said of being the oldest tight end. Witt was 15 years, I was three years. That’s a huge disparity. I’m going into my fourth year. Blake’s going into his second year. We’re all on the same level. We’re all working hard. We’re all competing. And we all know it. It’s pretty easy when you look at it like that.

Tom Brady cites ‘personal reasons’ for OTAs absence

jets_051Tom Brady ended his prolonged absence from Patriots activities this week, but hasn’t revealed anything further about why he was missing.

Brady was back in Foxboro for Patriots minicamp and spoke with reporters Thursday, answering a variety of questions with a handful of non-answers. The man who has touted the importance of organized team activities in the past reinforced that idea, even if he wasn’te exactly practicing what he’s preached.

Will Hernandez has already been in five fights, quarterback Eli Manning told season ticket holders this week at a Town Hall event. I love it.

The NFL has chosen to listen only to those fans who believe protesting during the national anthem isn’t patriotic. Plenty of fans, inexplicably ignored by the NFL, disagree. According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 58 percent of American voters believe NFL players who protest during the anthem are not unpatriotic.

Another 35 percent of American voters believe that they are. On a separate question, American voters also believe by a 53-43 margin that professional athletes have to right to protest while at work. That said, deep divisions exist based on party and racial lines. For example, Democrats support the right to protest via an 82-16 margin. Republicans say there is no right to protest, by a nearly identical split of 81-16. African-American voters support the right to protest, 85-11. Hispanic voters agree, with a 67-28 margin.

Ward being out there is because he’s earning it, Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. He’s working at it. He plays a position that we’ve been needing a guy to step up. We see him improving each and every day and doing the things that we’re asking. He needs to continue to do that to continue to be out there but we know he’s very talented. That’s why we drafted him. He’s displayed that since he’s been here.

Training camp and the preseason will provide opportunities for Ward to solidify the starting job and establish himself as part of the foundation of what the Browns hope will be a much more successful team in the years to come.

AFC South Matchup Provides Cowboys A Glimpse Of This Top Young Safety More (Editor’s Note: In anticipation of the 2018 season, Bryan Broaddus has once again taken a break from scouting the Cowboys in order to scout the opposition.

Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes has rehab appearance cut short due to tight quad

capitals-199New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left his rehab appearance on Saturday with tightness in his right quad. He is expected to be reevaluated on Sunday.

Padres: OF Franchy Cordero (right forearm) took batting practice before the game and is looking to make a return soon. He should be moving aggressively towards getting back, Green said. Today is one of the big days for him now. Green added Cordero probably will go on a rehab assignment before returning to the club. We’ll see how he looks the next few days hitting BP-wise, all his work, and make a determination there, Green said.

Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (5-3, 3.31 ERA) will start the second game of the series on Saturday. The Padres have won each of his last five starts.

Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (2-2, 3.50) will be making his second start against the Padres this season. He allowed five runs, four earned, in 5 2/3 innings on May 29 in San Diego.Yu Darvish’s replacement is doing his job better than Darvish

He’s very much ready to play. I think he wants to play. He wants to test it out, he said.

Correa swung in the batting cage on Saturday and was scheduled to take fielding practice Sunday. Houston is off Monday and returns to action Tuesday when it visits the Oakland Athletics.

With the day off tomorrow, the smartest thing for us to do is give him today, give him tomorrow and Tuesday he’ll be more than ready to come back and assume his everyday role, Hinch said.

Correa felt what he called right side discomfort in his last at-bat vs. the Mariners on Wednesday. He was re-evaluated Thursday, and the MRI came back clean, according to the shortstop.

The Astros have won their past three games against the Texas Rangers with Correa out of the lineup.

He is batting .264 with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs this season.

Hamilton, Reds end 13-game losing skid vs Cards with 6-3 win

capitals-205Reds: RHP Sal Romano (3-7) makes his first career appearance against the Royals on Tuesday at Kansas City.Bauers hits first home run in Rays’ 8-4 win over Blue Jays

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (5-4, 2.31) allowed two runs on five hits in five innings in his last start, a loss against the Padres. He has a combined 19 strikeouts in his last two starts.Red Sox beat punchless Orioles 2-0 in 12 innings

Orioles: RHP Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.98 ERA) attempts to break a run of three successive losses. Baltimore scored only one run in each of those games.Chapman’s homer in 8th lifts A’s past Royals 3-2

Red Sox: RHP Steven Wright (2-0, 1.57 ERA) starts the opener of a 10-game road trip Monday in Baltimore.Cowboys offense adjusting to life after Dez Bryant, Jason Witten

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) had a Tuesday simulated game postponed after feeling discomfort one day after a 22-pitch bullpen session. … Adeiny Hechavarria (strained right hamstring) went 0 for 3 in his first rehab game for Class A Port Charlotte.Cubs back in 1st, beat Brewers 7-2 in 11 innings

Knotted at 2-2 entering the inning, Anthony Rizzo cranks a solo home run to right to jumpstart a five-run 11th inning in the Cubs’ 7-2 win. (1:00)

Anthony Rizzo turned on the power with a long homer down the right-field line in the 11th inning. Jason Heyward delivered a tying single in the eighth against one of the toughest relievers in baseball.

No one’s perfect, O’Sullivan said. I think sometimes we put too much expectations on these young guys. You’ve got to keep in mind they’re 21 years old still. He’s been unbelievable the entire year and really his career.

… I just think we just had some good approaches today, and I think it’s that simple.Lopez, Palka help White Sox beat Red Sox 5-2

Rafael Devers’s base hit allows J.D. Martinez to score and even the game with Chicago.

Jamal Lewis Making Most of Post-NFL Life—but Preparing for Darker Days to Come

capitals-213The emptiness is inevitable, inescapable and, sometimes, fatal. Once pro football is through with you, count on it spitting you back out into society a concussed and confused man, searching for purpose.

Jamal Lewis remembers the feeling well.

You just kept it to yourself, he says, and you dealt with it. You let it out on the field.

Without that outlet—without a linebacker to smash into—suicidal thoughts creeped into his mind and spread like a virus.

One by one, he saw three of his former offensive linemen die from health-related issues. Orlando Bobo to heart and liver failure. Orlando Brown to diabetic ketoacidosis. Damion Cook to a massive heart attack. Suicide seemed like a better way to go.

While there were only a few players kneeling during the anthem at the end of last season, two are currently on the Giants’ roster. Star defensive end Olivier Vernon got down on one knee during every game last season. Safety Michael Thomas, signed in March as a free agent after five seasons in Miami, has gone down on a knee during the anthem much of the past two seasons to support the movement started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016. Shurmur said the Giants are going to let things settle before talking about the new rule as a team. I know certainly for me, it’s very easy,Shurmur said Tuesday after a practice at an organized team activity.

I’m going to face the flag and take my cap off and listen to the anthem and be thankful that my family and I live in the greatest country in the world, and be able to kind of reflect on and be thankful for all the sacrifice that a lot of people have gone to, to help protect and secure our freedom.Vernon did not respond to several requests to appear for an interview after practice. Thomas said he wanted to discuss the new rule with fellow players and Giants co-owner John Mara before commenting. I am not committing to anything right now,Thomas said. Just talking with my brothers and continuing to fight for our communities.