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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Syndergaard is pleased not to have to pitch Sunday, which gives him ample time to prepare for Wednesday's wild-card game.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah says there was no particular event that triggered his pacifist stance, which became a public stance when stories emerged of him skipping a team dinner in West Point. "I think it was just the way I was raised. I was in the city for 9/11. I've always been against war. Yeah, it's just who I am."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees P Luis Severino's disappointing season came to an end Saturday. In his final start, he gave up three runs on five hits in 3-2/3 innings. The 22-year-old righty finished with a 5.83 ERA in 2016. Manager Joe Girardi said it remains to be seen whether Severino enters 2017 in the rotation or the bullpen.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah spoke to cadets at West Point last night after stories about his decision to skip a dinner at West Point because he is anti-war emerged. "It has nothing to do with the cadets," he said. "I have a lot of respect for the troops and the sacrifice that they bring for this country. It's just hard for me to see kids killing kids."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Gabriel Ynoa will start Sunday's regular-season finale over Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard will throw a bullpen session in preparation for Wednesday's wild-card game at Citi Field.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets haven't identified their wild-card roster. But teams traditionally carry only nine or 10 pitchers for a wild-card game, with 15 or 16 position players (including three catchers), assistant GM John Ricco said.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony said athletes are in a 'lose-lose' situation when it comes to speaking on social issues. If they speak, they get flak for it. If they don't say anything they get flak for it. "I'd rather go with our gut and what we really believe in. All athletes are human beings and they have their own beliefs."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says Derrick Rose hasn't seemed distracted by his pending civil case: "He comes out here on the court and he's Derrick -- he's laughing and joking, he's having fun, he's enjoying it. I mean, it could be something different behind closed doors, but he's around us, it's all basketball, it's all fun, it's all enjoyment for him."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says the Knicks have't decided yet if they will stage make any symbolic gestures during the national anthem. "Whatever we do, we want to do it as a group, as a team. we don't want to just have it as one individual, because it's really not going to have any substance behind it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony on training camp: "The level of focus we had, what we wanted to implement this first week, what we wanted to get out of it, as far as getting a chance to jell with one another, play with one another, learning about each other out there on the court, I think this week was kind of a crucial week."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose believes that if he were to miss time while attending the trial, he would remain physically fit. "I do penitentiary work outs, bro. (I'm) in my room doing pushups, sit ups. I got it from Lamar Odom," Rose said. "…. When I'm in my room, it's stretching, working on my body, flexibility."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose reiterated that he thinks he'll be proven innocent in the civil suit against him alleging sexual assault: "I'm sensitive to the subject & the topic but in my mind I feel like I didn't do anything wrong so I can't waste a lot of time thinking about it. I have a great (legal) team handling it."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Manny Machado just went deep for his 37th bomb of the season. That's two more than the career-high he set last year. The homer snaps an 0-for-17 skid for Machado, and gives Baltimore a 3-0 lead over New York in the third.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Some observers believe the triangle offense is ill-suited for Derrick Rose, but the point guard seems optimistic about the Knicks' approach: "It's open.... They allow me to play the way I know how to play and that's an up-tempo game. And to attack, downhill." NYK will use the triangle in half court sets this year.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose said coaches have been impressed by his stamina, which is tracked by wearable technology: "The training staff went into depth about how hard I go and how much distance I cover and the impact of how I just play. And they have to kick me off the court here and there cause of how hard I work."

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson reacts after the Mets earn a postseason berth.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Joakim Noah's on patriotism: "Flags, patriotism and all that, I'm not really into that. I come from a lot of different places. I don't feel like one country is better than another one or that I'm ready to die for a flag or a country. I'm not like that. I've never really been into, never really understood patriotism but at the end of the day, I understand."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are some of Derrick Rose's thoughts on Joakim Noah's anti-war stance: "The last thing he wants is to make a certain group feel a certain way.... His heart, how careful he is & how thoughtful he is about people, I just don't want to people to paint an image of him who he's not. He's a caring guy, a loving guy, and the last thing he wants is the attention that's coming to him."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said Noah Syndergaard, who will start the wild-card game, may not face the Phillies on Sunday. He may just have a bullpen session instead. Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera will be off Sunday.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony said he was fine with Joakim Noah skipping the team dinner in West Point, as he cleared it with the team first. "For him to take the stance that he took and really say it publicly and really mean it and really feel then he'd have to really believe in that."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Michael Bourn continues to be a difference-maker for the Orioles. Acquired in late August, Bourn just hit a two-out, two-run single to put the O's up 2-0 on the Yankees in second inning.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah says he understands why West Point would be upset with his decision to skip the Knicks team dinner. "They opened up their home to us for us to have a camp....So I understand where they're coming from. I don't mean no disrespect. It's just I didn't feel comfortable in that environment."

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets head onto the field to celebrate with their fans in Philly.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah said he spoke to Phil Jackson in the wake of his decision to skip a team dinner at West Point due to his anti-war stance. "Phil just told me just stay focused on basketball. That's what I was brought here to do. But also stand for what you believe in."

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