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Of course there is a dress code — albeit a not-very-restrictive one — around the Giants’ facility, to which all players must adhere: Wear team-issued gear while in the building working out. That is about it, as far as guidelines set down by new head coach Brian Daboll.

As a young and by-the-book second year player, Azeez Ojulari has no problem complying with this requirement. Even though his position coach wonders why he adheres to any of this.

“If I looked like that I don’t know if I’d ever wear a shirt,’’ outside linebackers coach Drew Wilkins said recently.

Jersey No. 51 fits Ojulari a bit more snugly now, as he has bulked up to 255 pounds chiseled into his 6-foot-3 frame, up around 10 pounds from his rookie weight of 245 — though he remains listed on the team’s official roster at 240 pounds. Bigger is not always better, and the Giants did not ask Ojulari to return with added pounds for his second offseason program. He pumped himself up on his own, showing he was not content with his rookie output, when he led the team in 2021 with eight sacks.

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“I feel like as a rusher you’ve got to have some type of power with you when you rush,’’ Ojulari said. “You can’t just always go speed. These tackles nowadays are so athletic and good, everyone is very professional. So you’ve got to add — you’ve got to switch it up a little bit. We’re in the NFL, so everyone is going to be big and strong, so it’s just that little niche, what you can do to get yourself a little ahead.’’

The new coaching staff figures to benefit from a bigger and stronger Ojulari. Without any significant help on the other side of the defense, Ojulari at times was like a one-man band on the edge as a pass rusher. He played in all 17 games (13 starts), and his sacks were mostly accumulated with relentless hustle rather than flat-out beating the offensive lineman across from him with a quick strike. The analysts at Pro Football Focus were not taken with Oljuari’s performance in his first NFL season, grading him out as No. 83 among all edge defenders.

There is every reason to believe Ojulari will improve with more experience, more support around him and, now, more size and power to utilize.

“When we got here in February, watching him on tape, you realized this is a guy who had an exciting, big year in year one,’’ said Wilkins, who arrived from the Ravens, along with new defensive coordinator Wink Martindale. “But then he comes in and he looks like the Incredible Hulk and you recognize this is a guy who put in work from the time that great season ended until he came back here.

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“It’s a really great player to work with. Just the little things in his pass rush, like his footwork, his hand placement, his get-off, these are things he’s really buying into right now, the little details of it that can take his game to the next level.’’

The Giants want to believe the selection of Evan Neal with the No. 7-overall pick in the draft, to pair with Andrew Thomas secures the offensive tackle spots for the foreseeable future. That same belief is present with the addition of Kayvon Thibodeaux, taken at No. 5 overall, providing Ojulari with a running mate as edge rushers for years to come.

At 6-foot-5 and 258 pounds, Thibodeaux is taller and a bit leaner than Ojulari. Both have plenty of size, though, and this is far from coincidental.

“I always say there’s a good place for a small person,’’ Martindale said. “It’s behind a big, long person in this league.’’

Thibodeaux in his brief time with the Giants has already put on display his electric personality and gift of gab. Ojulari is quite the opposite. His media sessions are cordial and quick, as the former Georgia defender, a second-round pick in 2021, expands on little and manages to answer questions with as few words as possible.

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Ojulari said he was excited to see the Giants take Thibodeaux.

“I was like, man, bring him on, let’s work, because I know how elite he is and how good of a player he is, so why not?’’ Ojulari said. “He’s a great dude, so I was just happy to have him. He’s explosive for sure, a great athlete, too. Just can’t wait to keep playing with him and getting better every day with him.’’

Wilkins said Ojulari has “an A-plus personality’’ even though he is far more reserved than the gregarious Thibodeaux. The one trait the Giants need these two youngsters — both 21 years old — to share, most of all, is an ability to put the opposing quarterback on his back.


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Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’

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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.

Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.

In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”

But not everything on Kardashian’s list will bust your budget. She also swears by Kopari Organic Coconut Melt, which will set you back just $29 for a full-sized jar or $18 for a mini version.

“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”

Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”

What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.

Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.

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Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins

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MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.

Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.

On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.

The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.

Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.

Carlos Carrasco didn't allow a run in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Marlins.
Carlos Carrasco didn’t allow a run in the Mets’ 4-0 win over the Marlins.
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Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.

The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.

After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.

The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.

Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.

Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.

The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.

Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.


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A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.

Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.

He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.

Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.

“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.

Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.

“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.

But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.

It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.

Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.

Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.

When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”

Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.

Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.

Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.

McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.


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