Entire Yankees team warms up during Spring Training

Entire Yankees team warms up during Spring Training

Tim Tebow, position players arrive for Spring Training

Tim Tebow, position players arrive for Spring Training

Islanders set to play 1st-round playoff games at Coliseum

Islanders set to play 1st-round playoff games at Coliseum

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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders say that if they qualify for the playoffs they will play first-round games at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale and any additional games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The team and BSE Global, which operates both arenas, said Friday the decision was made in consultation with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

New York is in solid position to reach the playoffs, sitting atop the Metropolitan Division and in third place in the Eastern Conference.

The Islanders moved to Barclays Center, the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, in 2015 after 43 years at the Coliseum. They are splitting games between the two venues during the regular season, playing 21 at the Coliseum and 20 at Barclays. The arrangement is expected to remain in place until a new arena at Belmont Park, adjacent to the horse racing track, is ready for the 2021-22 season. Construction is slated to begin in May.

Luis Severino, Yankees agree to $40M, 4-year contract

Luis Severino, Yankees agree to $40M, 4-year contract

NEW YORK (AP) — Right-hander Luis Severino avoided an arbitration hearing with the New York Yankees, agreeing Friday to a $40 million, four-year contract.

Severino’s deal includes a team option for 2023 that could make the agreement worth $52.25 million for five seasons. If the option is not exercised, Severino would be eligible for free agency after the 2022 season.

Severino gets a $2 million signing bonus, $4 million in 2019, $10 million in 2020, $10.5 million in 2021 and $11 million in 2022. The team option is for $15 million with a $2.75 million buyout.

“He’s a great pitcher, and I hope he’s here for a long time,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before the deal was announced.

He had been scheduled for the final salary arbitration hearing of the year on Friday morning at St. Petersburg, Florida. Severino had asked for a raise from $604,975 to $5.25 million in his first season of arbitration eligibility and the Yankees had offered $4.4 million.

Severino has a 41-25 career record with a 3.51 ERA and falls two days of service time short of having been eligible for free agency after 2021. He was set back when he struggled in 2016 and was sent to the minor leagues several times.

A right-hander who turns 25 next Wednesday, Severino is a two-time All-Star. He went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA last year, winning 14 of his first 16 decisions but then five of his last 11. He came out early in both of his postseason starts, going 0-1 in seven innings.

Boone anticipates Severino will start the opener against Baltimore on March 28.

Severino’s hearing arguments became more complex when Philadelphia ace Aaron Nola agreed Wednesday to a $45 million, four-year contract that includes a 2023 club option that could make the deal worth $56.75 million over five seasons. Nola has three years, 76 days of major league service, and his deal includes a $2 million signing bonus and a $4 million salary this year.

Yankees official workouts begin during Spring Training

Yankees official workouts begin during Spring Training

Yankees embrace high expectations during Spring Training

Yankees embrace high expectations during Spring Training