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Another bump for Correa
you probably thought Carlos Correa it would officially be a Met now, with the way Steve Cohen was talking late last week. But you would be wrong!
If you somehow missed it while wrapping gifts, Correa remains in limbo after New York also raised concerns during his physical. Questions surround Correa’s surgically repaired lower right leg. Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes dropped the Christmas Eve morning bombshell (eggnog) that the deal is in jeopardy.
It is not clear if the parties can resolve their apparent differences and agree to an amended agreement, or if Correa is officially back on the market. Anyway, giants President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi probably had a much nicer holiday weekend after the news broke.
You can relive the entire saga hereBut there is more to come, surely. Stay tuned!
nfl playoff picture
Going down the home stretch
After a historically cold weekend in the NFL, six of 14 postseason spots are still up for grabs, while byes for both conferences’ top seeds have yet to be claimed. This is where we are.
Looking good: In the AFC, the Chargers, Dolphins and Jaguars (!?) have at least a 76 percent chance of making it. In the NFC, the Giants have an 82 percent chance, while the Bucs’ chances jumped to 81.7 percent after winning last night at Arizona.
Stalkers: The Commanders haven’t won in a month but maintain a 35.1 percent chance. The Lions are 35.2 percent shooting, the Packers are 28 percent and the Titans are 23.3 percent.
Looking at: Disappointing final stretches have left the Seahawks, Panthers and Jets with a 20 percent or less chance of making the postseason.
Disappointments: The Patriots, Saints, Steelers and Raiders aren’t mathematically out, but disappointing seasons have left extremely small opportunities for this team.
Speaking of disappointments…
The Mile High City appears to have a mile-deep rocky bottom. Another disastrous performance from Russell Wilson earned ridicule from a whole new critic: the faceless voice of Patrick Star. Nick Kosmider asks a question that has us intrigued: Will Peyton Manning be able to turn things around?
So who is legit?
Christmas marks a key day in the nba calendar. With more than 30 games for each team during the regular season, the contenders seem to have parted ways with the pretenders.
Here’s what we learned from the first games with a truly national audience:
- The Celtics are a buzz saw. In a playoff repeat, Boston (24-10) steamed flattened milwaukee (22-11) thanks to a combined 70 points from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. However, the Bucks again went without Khris Middleton, so this story may have another chapter.
- Philly has found its groove as James Harden is finally giving Joel Embiid the help he needs. The Sixers’ eighth straight win puts them three games behind Boston and leads the East at 20-12.
- The Lakers may be cooked without Anthony Davis. After an encouraging stretch earlier this month, Davis’ injury and four straight ugly losses appear to have sunk LA forever.
Elsewhere, the Warriors (16-18) played like a team that didn’t get a gift on their wish list yesterday, racking up seven technical fouls and what felt like 60 minutes of yapping in a win over new rival Memphis.
- The Warriors got 32 points from Jordan Poole, 24 from Klay Thompson and a 13-rebound, 13-assist performance from Draymond Green.
- But they still need Steph Curry back as soon as possible. The team said over the weekend he is “making good progress” and will be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks. Not coal, but surely not Trader Joe’s snacks in your sock either.
Ovechkin moves to No. 2 all-time
Caps star Alex Ovechkin scored his 801st and 802nd career goals Friday against the Jets, moving him second on the list. NHLThe all-time goal list of . He passed Gordie Howe, who has 801, trailing only Wayne Gretzky (894). The only question now: Can Ovechkin, 37, pass Gretzky?
Harris’ No. 32 retired
the steelers retired the No. 32 jersey of Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris, who died Dec. 21 at age 72, at halftime of his game against the Raiders on Saturday. Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the “Immaculate Reception”. Joe Greene (No. 75) and Ernie Stautner (No. 70) are the only other pittsburgh players whose jerseys have been removed.
Uiagalelei lands with Beavers
Former Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei has pledged to transfer to the state of Oregon. Started 27 games for the tigers in the past three seasons, going 21-6, but was recalled after two series in the ACC Championship Game and replaced by freshman Cade Klubnik. Oregon State finished 2022 with a 10-3 record and a Las Vegas Bowl win.
(Top photo: Brad Rempel/USA Today)