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Giants control NFC East with 29-24 win at Dallas

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Giants control NFC East with 29-24 win at Dallas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Osi Umenyiora and the New York Giants were feeling awful, believing they had just suffered a monumental collapse.

Upon further review, a replay overturned a Dallas Cowboys touchdown with 10 seconds left and the Giants held on for a 29-24 victory Sunday after blowing a 23-point lead, taking a firm hold on the NFC East lead.

``After going up 23-0 and having them come back like that and win, it was a very bad feeling. But thankfully, it wasn't in bounds,'' Umenyiora said. ``I don't think that's luck. He just didn't make the play.''

Dez Bryant leaped and made an impressive catch between two Giants defenders in the back of the end zone. After being ruled a 37-yard touchdown, officials watched a replay that showed Bryant's fingers hit out of bounds first when he reached down with his right hand to brace his fall.

``Everybody thought it was over,'' said Jason Pierre-Paul, who had his first interception and touchdown for the Giants.

After the overturned touchdown, the Cowboys (3-4) were unable to get in the end zone despite getting off three more plays.

New York (6-2) has won six of seven games since its season-opening loss to the Cowboys on Sept. 5, when the Giants became the first defending Super Bowl champion to lose in the NFL's midweek kickoff game that has become a tradition over the past decade.

But halfway through their schedule, the Giants are the only NFC East team with a winning record. Philadelphia (3-4) and Washington (3-5), the other division teams, both lost Sunday.

``You take that every time halfway through the season,'' Eli Manning said. ``We're happy to be here winning some close games the last two weeks.''

What almost became the largest blown lead for the Giants to lose instead became the 20th time since Manning became their quarterback in 2004 that they came from behind in the fourth quarter to win. They also did so a week earlier with Victor Cruz's 77-yard catch with 1:13 left at Washington.

The Giants improved to 4-0 at Cowboys Stadium since Jerry Jones' football palace opened in 2009 with a New York victory.

On the first day of training camp, Jones told his team's fans to come watch them beat the Giants' rear ends. He was a bit more emphatic using a different word.

``You couldn't draw it up and start a game any worse than we started,'' Jones said. ``I'm very disappointed right now. ... I thought after all that, our defense played well enough, our offense kept going and I thought we were going to get a chance to pull one out.''

The Giants quickly cleared out of Cowboys Stadium to get home with Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast.

New York led 23-0 only 2 minutes into the second quarter when Pierre-Paul broke off a block and jumped up to pluck a pass out of the air, returning it 28 yards. It was the third of four interceptions by Tony Romo, and among six Dallas turnovers.

Things were so bad then that Jones was booed when he came on the giant video screen during a pre-taped public service announcement about breast cancer awareness.

``Seriously. I'm sure the fans had the same feeling I did,'' Jones said. ``I was frustrated, mad and knew that we had dug ourselves a hole that was going to take super effort to get out of.''

But Dallas got within 23-10 before halftime, then took the lead with a pair of 1-yard touchdowns in the third quarter.

Romo, who completed 36 of 62 passes for a career-high 437 yards, scored on a fourth-down run after faking a handoff and rolling right. On the next drive, he faked another handoff and was rolling right again when he tossed the ball to tight end John Phillips.

Lawrence Tynes kicked two of his five field goals in the fourth quarter, including a 43-yarder with 10:20 left for a 26-24 lead. He added a 37-yarder with 3 1/2 minutes remaining after Felix Jones' fumble was recovered by Stevie Brown.

Brown picked Romo off for a second time with 1:03 left, but New York failed to get a first down on three running plays while Dallas used all of its timeouts.

The Cowboys got the ball back with 44 seconds left at the 30, and Bryant's apparent score sent the faithful fans who remained into a frenzy until officials changed the call.

``When they took it away, my heart just dropped. I had my mind set that if the ball is thrown to me, I don't care; I'm going to come down with it,'' said Bryant, who had five catches for 110 yards. ``And I came down with it and I thought I was in. It's frustrating.''

Tight end Jason Witten had 18 catches (for 167 yards) to break his own franchise record for a single game and tie for the third-most in NFL history. With Miles Austin catching nine balls for 133 yards, Dallas had three 100-yard receivers for only the second time.

The Cowboys play at undefeated Atlanta next Sunday night.

``Nobody's ever questioned our fight or battle, but you still have to win games,'' Witten said. ``It is the time of the season you have to start putting those wins together.''

NOTES: Cowboys LB Dan Connor, starting in place of injured LB Sean Lee, had a neck strain before halftime. Connor will have an MRI on Monday. ... Giants LB Chase Blackburn sustained a left hamstring injury, and TE Bear Pascoe a sprained ankle. ... Tynes is now the second-leading scorer in Giants history with 535 career points.

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Former Terp Kevin Huerter makes NBA All-Rookie Second Team

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Former Terp Kevin Huerter makes NBA All-Rookie Second Team

With Dallas' Luka Doncic and Atlanta's Trae Young leading the way, the top five NBA draft picks from 2018 have been selected as the top five NBA rookies this season.

Doncic and Young were unanimous first-team selections for the NBA All-Rookie team, which was announced Tuesday. Phoenix's Deandre Ayton, Memphis' Jaren Jackson and Sacramento's Marvin Bagley III are also on the first team, which was chosen by 100 voters who cover the league.

Ayton, Bagley, Doncic, Jackson and Young were the first five picks in the last year's draft.

This marks the first time since the 1984 draft that the first five picks ended up as first-team all-rookie -- the selections that year being Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Charles Barkley. That was the entirety of the rookie team that season; the NBA didn't start doing first- and second-team selections until 1988-89.

The Hawks had two all-rookie selections this season, with Kevin Huerter on the second team to join Young. Also on the second team were a pair of Los Angeles Clippers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet, along with Cleveland's Collin Sexton and New York's Mitchell Robinson.

Rookie of the year will be announced at the NBA Awards show in Los Angeles on June 24. Doncic, Young and Ayton are the finalists.

Doncic and Young join other unanimous first-team all-rookie picks over the last decade: Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell (2018), Malcolm Brogdon and Dario Saric (2017), Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis (2016), Andrew Wiggins (2015), Michael Carter-Williams (2014), Damian Lillard (2013), Kyrie Irving (2012), Blake Griffin (2011) and Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings and Stephen Curry (2010).

Others receiving votes: Phoenix's Mikal Bridges, New York's Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, Minnesota's Josh Okogie, Dallas' Jalen Brunson, Brooklyn's Rodions Kurucs, Chicago's Wendell Carter Jr., Charlotte's Mile Bridges, Detroit's Bruce Brown, Sacramento's Harry Giles III, Orlando's Mo Bamba and Indiana's Aaron Holiday.

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The history of Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier's beef, explained

The history of Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier's beef, explained

Ever since they were teammates in Chicago on the White Sox, Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier haven't gotten along. Here's a breakdown of Eaton and Frazier's beef, and how it boiled over during Monday's 5-3 loss to the New York Mets.

2016

Eaton and Frazier started their tenure with the White Sox on bad terms. The team was in the midst of a full rebuild, and Adam LaRoche retired after his son, Drake, was no longer allowed in the clubhouse.

With what appeared to be a vacuum in leadership, Eaton tried stepping up but it fell on deaf ears, particularly Frazier's.

Frazier, whose locker was next to Eaton's, called him out for being a phony according to 670 the Score. That spat led to a locker room fight.

Eaton's locker was then moved across the room from Frazier's, and the two were both eventually traded for picks and prospects.

2018

During the Nationals' visit to New York on August 26, Eaton slid hard into second base, injuring Phillip Evans on the play. The Mets challenged the play as a violation of the slide rule, but Major League Baseball's review determined the slide was allowed.

The Mets didn't take kindly to it. Pitcher Zack Wheeler drilled Eaton, and as he trotted to first base, Frazier chirped him on his way there and Eaton responded.

 “When he usually talks or chirps, usually he says it just loud enough that you can hear him but you can’t understand him," Eaton told MASN after the game. "So I’ll just leave it at that.”

2019

That brings us to Monday's 5-3 loss against the Mets. In the bottom of the third inning, as he was jogging to the dugout, Eaton got an earful from Frazier.

Eaton jawed back at Frazier, and other Nats players were ready to come to Eaton's defense before first base umpire Mike Estabrook impeded Eaton's progress toward Frazier.

After the game, Eaton unloaded. 

"I ignored him a couple times chirping coming across, but I had it to the point where I’m not going to say the saying I want to say but you got to be a man at some point," Eaton explained. "So, I turned around, had a few choice words with him. It’s funny, I was walking towards him, he didn’t really want to walk towards me but as soon as someone held him back then he was all of a sudden he was really impatient, like trying to get towards me. Just being Todd Frazier. What’s new?”

While Frazier kept quiet after the game, Tuesday he noted that Eaton should go "pay off your mortgage."

Before game time tonight, Eaton called the beef "high school stuff"

Will tonight's beef escalate during the game? Tune in at 7 p.m. to find out.

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