How Giants can replace Jon Beason, Will Beatty and Geoff Schwartz

The Giants could head into free agency with about $60 million in salary cap room and countless holes to fill on their roster — including three more they created on Wednesday when they cut linebacker Jon Beason and offensive linemen Will Beatty and Geoff Schwartz. As they look to replace them, they could look internally, use the draft, or spend some of their free agency riches. They’ve got a month to figure out the strategy — the free-agent signing period begins on March 9 — but here's a look at how they might replace the three players they just let go: REPLACING WILL BEATTY This one’s easy because they had to do it last season when their 2009 second-round pick missed the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Had Beatty been healthy, rookie Ereck Flowers — the Giants’ first-round draft pick last April — likely would’ve begun his career on the right side. But with Beatty gone, Flowers became the left tackle and they hope he’ll be there for the next 10 years. The Giants still could use a tackle, though. Veteran Marshall Newhouse, if he’s even back, is a stop-gap player, and rookie Bobby Hart (seventh-rounder) showed he wasn’t really ready. Presumably one of them will be the right tackle next season. It’s hard to see the Giants diving into an overpriced tackle market for someone like Cordy Glenn (Buffalo) or oft-injured Andre Smith (Cincinnati). TOM COUGHLIN NOT DOING 'VERY WELL' WITHOUT FOOTBALL REPLACING GEOFF SCHWARTZ It’s hard to believe the Giants have no young interior linemen ready to step in, but that’s how bad their recent drafts have been. They almost certainly will have to add at least one interior lineman, maybe two. The smart move would be to sign one and add another in the middle rounds of the draft. They won’t go crazy spending at this position, but the $4 million per year they gave Schwartz two years ago seems like a reasonable Continue Reading

Carly Simon reveals details about passionate night spent with Warren Beatty — and the bombshell her psychiatrist dropped on her the next day — in new book

Carly Simon keeps no secrets in her new memoir, "Boys in the Trees," in which she reveals the carnal pleasures she enjoyed with famous lovers including Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson and Mick Jagger. "Warren was such a professional, the pressure points he knew about stirred a tremor in me," she writes. "Warren seemed to have just created a brand-new manual on how to make love." Simon's star was only just rising in the early 1970s when Beatty came onto her at the Troubadour in Los Angeles where she was opening for Cat Stevens. She knew he was a player. But it wasn't until he showed up at her New York apartment at midnight and ravished her 'til dawn that she learned the man was in a league of his own. The next morning she spilled all the details of her most excellent night to her psychiatrist when he suddenly dropped a bombshell on her. "Under the circumstances, I can't withhold this …You are not my first patient of the day who spent the night with Warren Beatty last night,” Simon recalled in the book. It was only 11 a.m. and Simon was just his third appointment of the day. Simon, 70, confirms that the second verse of "You're So Vain" ("You had me several years ago when I was still quite naïve") is about Beatty. She refuses to disclose who the first (the Yacht guy) and third (the Lear Jet guy) verses refer to. The other shocker she drops in the book is that Bianca Jagger called James Taylor the night before his wedding to Simon to tell him that his songstress was having an affair with her husband, Mick. Fortunately, Taylor couldn't take in all that Bianca was muttering because of a bad connection and her accent. Still he defended Simon, saying she had told him about it and, "it's not what you think." Simon admits she had spun him only a "version of the truth." She and Jagger had a sexually charged earlier meeting at a Hollywood party, but it wasn't until Continue Reading

Key to NY Giants’ offensive line is if Will Beatty can return to the player he used to be

There was never a moment during the offseason when anyone in the Giants organization sounded like they expected Will Beatty to be back for the season opener, let alone training camp. He broke his leg in the season finale last year, suffered a knee injury too and needed surgery. The injuries were serious, and his recovery time was expected to be extensive. Yet there he was, practicing on the first day of training camp back in July, and here he is in mid-August, preparing for his first live action since December. Beatty, the Giants’ 6-6, 319-pound left tackle, says his right leg feels great. He feels like he’s back. But for Beatty to really be back, he needs to turn the clock all the way back to 2012. That’s the last time Beatty looked like the Giants’ left tackle of the future — before they signed him to a five-year, $37.5 million contract in February of 2013, and before he suffered through a miserable 2013. The Giants’ line, for much of last season, was a disaster, as everyone knows. And Beatty’s sometimes shaky play was at the epicenter. Add in his injury, and questions abound for the man charged with protecting Eli Manning’s blind side. His health is only part of the equation. He also knows, as he gets ready to play in Saturday night’s preseason game in Indianapolis, that he has to prove his ability to play like an NFL left tackle again, that everyone will be watching him closely the minute he steps back on the field. “We all have something to prove each and every day,” Beatty said on Thursday. “I mean, these are our jobs. This is what I elected to do. I know to the coaching staff, to the owners, to the people watching, yeah this is your first game back, but it’s not going to be ‘OK this is your first game back, so we’re giving you an excuse or we're giving you an outlet.’ It's ‘You’re out here, you’re playing, and the best five will Continue Reading

Warren Beatty and Annette Bening’s transgender son stars in new PSA opposing New York Medicaid regulation

Warren Beatty and Annette Bening’s transgender son appears in a new PSA video, but doesn’t mention his famous parents. Stephen Ira Beatty, 21, born as Kathlyn Beatty, appears in a video opposing a New York State Medicaid regulation that bars transgender people from accessing health care. “I grew up outside of New York, but I’ve known I’ve wanted move there for city’s vibrant artistic community,” he says in the two-minute spot. “As a trans person, I would hope that I’d be welcomed but many trans people aren’t because we don’t have the basic health care coverage we need to survive,” Beatty said in the spot co-sponsored by GLAAD. His famous parents have not commented publicly on his gender identity. But this is not the first time the eldest of the couple’s four children has appeared in a public service video. In July 2012, he appeared in’s 7 Questions Project, where transgender talk about role models, support systems and how they transitioned from one sex to another. 'I identify as a trans-man, a f-----g queen, a homosexual, a queer, a nerd, fighter, writer, an artist and a guy who needs a haircut,” he says into the camera. He thanked his friends, “my peers, who I’m lucky to have relationships with ... ever since high school, when I came out and transitioned socially when I was 14 or so.” ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Review: ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ to Warren Beatty’s breezy but uneven trip

No one is more qualified to map out a Hollywood nostalgia trip than Warren Beatty.The legend’s latest comedy/drama Rules Don’t Apply (**½ out of four; rated PG-13; in theaters nationwide Wednesday) is refreshingly old-school, revisiting an era where Tinseltown trysts were mainly on the down-low and industry titan Howard Hughes was not cool with workplace romance. But the writer/producer/director/star’s first film in 15 years struggles with its tone and is a solid if unspectacular effort, though Beatty smartly takes a supporting role to the youngsters by playing the kookily eccentric Hughes.Beatty doesn’t even show up until a half-hour in. By then, we’ve met the starry-eyed protagonists: Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) is a small-town Virginia virgin and ex-beauty queen who arrives in 1958 Los Angeles with dreams of becoming an iconic actress under her new boss Hughes, and Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich) is her driver, a California kid harboring big real estate plans but also a fiancée (Taissa Farmiga) back home in Fresno.Frank and Marla find a common ground in faith and sparks fly early. However, Hughes’ rule that employees can’t have a relationship with contract actresses — which senior driver Levar Mathis (Matthew Broderick) constantly reminds Frank — gets in the way of their romance, then Hughes himself becomes a leather-clad roadblock for the pair.Ehrenreich shows off a huge amount of charm from the start (enough where you see why he was cast as young Han Solo), though Collins showcases hers gradually over the course of the movie, as Marla has her innocence chipped away. (She also has a pretty singing voice, one that bewitches Hughes.) The youngsters don’t spend as much time together as you’d hope: Personal issues have Marla reconsidering her life apart from Frank, while he gets embroiled in Hughes’ tumultuous business dealings.Beatty is Continue Reading

NY Giants’ Will Beatty to have eye surgery on Thanksgiving Day

Giants left tackle Will Beatty could be in danger of missing the rest of the season after he undergoes surgery Thursday morning to repair a detached retina in his right eye.Beatty apparently suffered the injury on Sunday night, during the Giants' 17-10 loss to the Eagles, according to someone familiar with his situation. He experienced some blurry vision in the days following the game, and the injury was discovered when he was examined by an eye doctor on Wednesday.Tom Coughlin said tests on that revealed nothing serious - will miss the Giants game in New Orleans on Monday night. According to a league source, the Giants are likely to replace Beatty with David Diehl, the team's former left tackle dating back to 2007 before he moved inside to left guard this year.Diehl outside, Kevin Boothe, their top reserve offensive lineman, would likely take over at left guard. CORNER MARKET HURTINGCB Michael Coe (shoulder) on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday and brought back CB Will Blackmon, who played five games with them late last year. Coe is the fifth Giants CB to be placed on IR this season, joining Terrell Thomas (knee), Bruce Johnson (Achilles), Justin Tryon (arm) and Brian Witherspoon (knee). Another corner, rookie Prince Amukamara, missed nine games with a broken foot. BRADSHAW QUESTION MARKAhmad Bradshaw (foot) and linebacker Michael Boley (hamstring) remained uncertain on Wednesday, and it’s not clear if either will be able to practice when the Giants return to work on Thursday morning. “I don’t know,” Coughlin said. “I really don’t. There is progress being made, but how much and how soon, those are things that are going to have to be determined. . . . Guard Chris Snee is recovering from “what amounted to food poisoning” over the weekend, Coughlin said. HEY DWAYNE Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Marquette tops Rutgers 73-65 in Big East Conference play despite career-high from James Beatty

Mike Rice is the whirling dervish in front of the Rutgers bench. The Scarlet Knights' first-year coach stalks from the scorer's table to baseline. He grabs players up off the bench and pushes them to check-in. He whips off his suit jacket. He's worked up to the point you worry about his health. The game against Marquette is four minutes old. Rutgers, last in the NCAA Tournament in 1991, always seems to be 'rebuilding' but this is more 'starting fresh.' Rice is the architect and appears to have laid a solid foundation in a Top-15 recruiting class that's coming next year. But Wednesday night's 73-65 loss to the Golden Eagles at the RAC speaks to how much construction must be done. In the past two years, Marquette (11-4, 2-0) has lost several big talents, including Lazar Hayward and Wes Matthews to the NBA, but should be in the mix for a sixth straight NCAA invite. It's seen as a mid-tier Big East team and the Knights don't have the talent or consistency yet to reach that that mid-league group. Rutgers (9-5, 0-2) fell behind early when it allowed Marquette to make seven of 11 three-pointers en route to a 37-30 halftime lead. And when it twice closed to within four points in the second half - last at 46-42 with 12:52 to play on Dane Miller's putback - the Eagles found the higher gear that good Big East teams have, but Rutgers hasn't acquired. "There's a difference here now. There's a direction and more urgency," Rice said. "But until we do it on the floor in the Big East, I completely understand the skeptics thing it's the same old Rutgers. I want to jump and tell everybody from the tallest building in New York - or Jersey City - but we have to do it first. "Whether it'll be our top 15 recruiting class or our pretty good underclassmen, there is a light at the end of this tunnel." Senior James Beatty had a career-high 24 points and freshman Gilvydas Biruta 12 points for the Knights. Darius Johnson-Odom had 29 points and Jimmy Butler 16 points for the Continue Reading

David Diehl will miss Sunday’s game against Eagles; Will Beatty will get shot at left tackle

David Diehl bought a hyperbaric chamber last week. It's something he never needed before.But unfortunately, the durable offensive lineman needs it now, after missing the first game of his NFL career on Sunday. It took a partially torn hamstring to snap his streak of 120 consecutive starts, and the injury will keep him out against the Eagles on Sunday night, too.Two games, though, is more than enough for Diehl, who said he will do whatever it takes to keep the streak from hitting three."I'm doing all types of things to get back as soon as possible because I'm going crazy sitting here watching and not being able to help out," Diehl said. "It's something I'm not used to. It's something I'll never get used to."Diehl said, "God willing I'll be back next week," adding that the truth is "I just don't know." He has an unusual combination injury, where he actually hurt both his hip and his hamstring on the same play in the Giants' 41-7 win in Seattle two weeks ago. Diehl said his hip is fine now, but the hamstring remains an issue. And while he said, "Each and every day I'm feeling 100 times better," so far it's not enough."I still feel it in my hamstring. It's something that takes a little bit of time," Diehl said. "But definitely, from when it happened until now, I'm a completely different person walking and doing all that stuff. When it first happened it was tough. But now I'm definitely getting much better and hoping I can be on the practice field next week."BEATTY'S BACKC Shaun O'Hara (foot) both out for Sunday, the Giants will again move guard Rich Seubert to center and play Kevin Boothe at left guard. The left tackle spot will either be manned by Shawn Andrews (questionable/back) or Will Beatty, who played last week for the first time since breaking his foot in Week 1."(Beatty) has come along fast because we need him," Coughlin said. "He's gotten a little better every day and he's done a good job. (But) this is not an easy defense and he's had to be really sharp. Some Continue Reading

Pro Bowler David Diehl enters New York Giants camp ready for battle at tackle with William Beatty

ALBANY - David Diehl doesn't mind having to prove himself again. It's what he did when he was an unheralded fifth-round draft pick in 2003. It's what he did again when he switched from guard to left tackle in 2007. So if he has to fight off a training camp challenge from young William Beatty ... well, what else is new? Diehl has started in all 112 games of his NFL career, went to the Pro Bowl last year, still doesn't have job security - and that's fine with him. Just don't expect Diehl to give up that job without one heck of a fight. "I don't plan on losing this battle," Diehl said. He undoubtedly found himself in a battle, though, as training camp opened Sunday at the University at Albany - maybe the only battle for a job on the Giants' offense. The coaching staff has spent the offseason pondering a shakeup to an offensive line that has been together for three years. The plan would be to move Beatty, last year's second-round pick, to left tackle if he can beat out Diehl, who would then switch to left guard, sending veteran Rich Seubert to the bench. So it's not a straight Diehl versus Beatty competition, but it still is a little bit personal to Diehl, who wants no part of going back to guard after three years on the marquee spot on the line. But Diehl, 29, honestly doesn't sound fazed, even though his contract calls for him to make about $1 million more per season if he plays tackle. He also understands the business and why he may be pushed out. "They drafted a tackle in the second round, so what do you think?" he said. "This is the NFL. This is what it's all about. It's about creating competition. (But) that's fine. Let people say what they want to say. I know what I'm capable of. I know I'm going to be a better left tackle than I was last year." Diehl's play at left tackle wasn't necessarily the issue that got the coaches thinking about the change. The play of the line sagged in 2009, particularly in the run game that averaged only 114.8 yards Continue Reading

Side Dish: Jackie Collins played musical beds with Warren Beatty when he slept with her sister, Joan

Financially stressed Vanity Fair photog Annie Leibovitz may have found buyers for her 220-acre spread in upstate Rhinebeck. A spy says David Bowie and wife, Iman, didn't blink at the $11 million price when they toured the place. "Annie did an incredible restoration of the barn complex" — four buildings that used to be part of Brooke Astor's estate, says our source. The high altitude of Park City, Utah, may have made pretty blond socialite Tinsley Mortimer forget it was Constantine Maroulis who broke up with her, and not the other way around, as she's been telling people at Sundance. "Constantine broke up with her a month ago," a pal tells us. "He likes her and has nothing bad to say about her, but she wanted more. And he's always working." The "American Idol" grad does eight foreplay-level performances a week in Broadway's "Rock of Ages." Maroulis' new girlfirend, Emily Padgett, has no problem finding time with him: she's his co-star. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and wife, Carole Rome, are going strong, friends swear, even though she lives in New York much of the time. Despite stubborn rumors that it's a marriage of convenience, "I know they have sex," proclaims a pal. "You can see how they adore each other when they touch, even when there are no cameras around." Rome's Franco-American Novelty company is based in N.Y.C.; so are her children. "She tried sending the kids to school in Florida but they were miserable," says the pal. Keeping things together, Crist, who's running for Senate, comes here every other weekend. Mary J. Blige and her hubby, Kendu Isaacs, were definitely noncombatants at Essence magazine's 40th-anniversary gala in L.A. Blige told one and all how he'd helped her through some "tough, tough, tough" times.  ... Betty White sent flowers to stroke-stricken Rue McClanahan. The note: "I hope you die, so I can be the last Golden Girl." Rue, who's doing much better, loved it. ... When Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada found out Continue Reading