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Odell Beckham ‘pretty close’ to being fully cleared

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jets_009Odell Beckham Jr. was not among the players at New York Giants voluntary organized team activities Tuesday, but the star receiver could be back soon.

Coach Pat Shurmur said after practice that OBJ’s absence was expected, but added the wideout was pretty closeto being fully medically cleared to participate.

Beckham broke his ankle in early October. The 25-year-old reported for voluntary minicamp in April and was at Giants OTAs last week before missing Tuesday’s session.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Beckham has been in and out of the offseason program, and he’s limited when in the building as he goes through rehab.

PASPA’s fatal constitutional flaw, according to the Supreme Court, was that it dictated how states are to regulate their own citizens without setting forth any federal regulatory or deregulatory scheme. As Alito wrote, Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own. Because Congress did not regulate sports gambling, but simply prohibited states from doing so, it violated the Tenth Amendment, Alito concluded.

But according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, all eyes should be on another playoff-contending team (although the Yankees shouldn’t be counted out just yet):

The Braves could pare as much as $60 million off their payroll in the offseason, which means they’ll likely be a player in free agency and at the trade deadline, where they will likely go after a starting pitcher. The Braves are heading toward a playoff berth probably a year ahead of schedule. They have the money to go big — perhaps on Cole HamelsĀ for example — if they so choose.

Here’s why a contender would want Hamels: In four starts from April 30 to May 22, he faced the Indians, Red Sox, Astros, and Yankees. In 24 innings, he had a 1.88 ERA and.161 batting average against. Hamels is more than willing to give up his no-trade provision for the chance to pitch in the playoff hunt. At 34, Hamels is still very good. His $23 million salary and $6 million buyout of an option for 2019 becomes an issue. But his salary will only be half that by the trade deadline. He’s well worth the investment and it looks like the Yankees could be interested.

What if Yanks had traded for Verlander?

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