The New York Rangers fail once again to hold on to a third period lead

It will not go down as a defensive masterpiece as the New York Rangers let a third-period lead slip by as Sydney Crosby slammed a shot past Alexandar Georgiev to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 5-4 victory in overtime.

In the three-on-three overtime, the Penguins took advantage of the fact that the Rangers could not clear their own defensive zone, allowing the Penguins to bring fresh players on the ice three consecutive times before Crosby’s goal ended the game.

While the Rangers did take a little bit of advantage of the depleted Penguins defense, their own defensive efforts were equally lacking in the Saturday night game.

Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, Kevin Rooney, and Brendan Lemieux scored for the Blueshirts. K’Andre Miller had two assists, and Georgiev made 33 saves in the loss.

The Rangers are now 1-5 in their last six games decided by a goal.

A very frustrated Kreider said in his post-game news conference said that “Yeah, this is a reoccurring thing at this point. We’ve shown what we can do in spurts what we need to do to be successful by cranking up the intensity in the third period but then we get away from it and we start going east-west and not advancing it in the zone. You don’t win at the NHL level doing that.”

Head coach David Quinn addressed the lack of holding leads in the third period during his post-game Zoom Conference. “We’ve had a bad of a period as we had all year. They beat us to every loose puck, they beat us in every battle. They (the Penguins) were smarter and looked like a little hungrier team than we were in the third period.”

Quinn also addressed that lack of solid defense by the Rangers in this game. “We were very soft around our net. We haven’t said that a lot throughout the season. They upped the ante in the third period and we were not able to match it.”

The two teams face off again on Monday night.

 

 

New York Liberty: Layshia Clarendon undergoes top surgery

The WNBA veteran has received support from both the league and New York Liberty teammates after their social media announcement.

New York Liberty guard Layshia Clarendon announced on Friday that they underwent top surgery to remove breast tissue earlier this month. Clarendon made their announcement on social media. The Cal-Berkeley graduate wrapped their first season with the Liberty after signing with the team last offseason.

“It’s hard to put into words the feeling of seeing my chest for the first time free of breasts, seeing my chest the way I’ve always seen it, and feeling a sense of gender euphoria as opposed to gender ⁣dysphoria,” Clarendon said in their Instagram post. I’m usually not scared to share news publicly but the amount of hate, myths & ignorance surrounding Trans and Non-Binary people’s existence actually had me debating sharing this joy. I want Trans people to know and see that we’ve always existed & no one can erase us!”

Clarendon’s announcement has received droves of support in the wake of their announcement, including statements from both the Liberty and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, as well as from teammates like Amanda Zahui B.

“Layshia’s story is one of inspiration and courage, and as a takeaway from the emotional conversation we shared recently, my hope is that the WNBA’s full support will extend far beyond this league,” Engelbert said on her Instagram story. “We are so proud that Layshia is part of the WNBA and we know that their voice and continued advocacy will not only support and help honor and uplift many other nonbinary and trans people, but also encourage empathy and understanding for the community across all levels of sport.”

“The New York Liberty family is in full support of Layshia Clarendon and their choice to live authentically. The Liberty has been and will continue to be an organization that celebrates the individuality of all people. Layshia is a proud embodiment of our belief that our strength lies in our truth and no one should live constrained by societal boundaries. Layshia’s journey as a pioneering athlete, along with their activism and advocacy work, is an inspiring call for each of us to honor our humanity above all else.”

Clarendon entered the league as a first-round pick of the Indiana Fever has been at the forefront of the WNBA’s off-the-court endeavors, serving on the WNBA’s Social Justice Council and the vice president of the league’s players association. They earned a career-best 11.5 points per game in the WNBA’s Bradenton bubble last season.

The Liberty, along with the rest of the WNBA, will be permitted to formally sign free agents on February 1.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Giants: Dan Orlovsky makes the biggest hot take trade proposal

New York Giants, Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley

We’re probably going to hear about a lot of trade ideas involving the New York Giants soon. Some of them good, some not so good, and some of them flat out controversial. But ESPN analyst and former quarterback Dan Orlovsky might have made the most controversial proposal possible for a Giants trade this offseason.

The idea involves sending away Saquon Barkley, so a lot of people will be against it no matter what the Giants get in return. And it’s not hard to see why. The Giants have largely rested their hopes on Barkley’s career panning out over the next few years, allowing them to win without exceptional play from Daniel Jones and a strong running game. But this idea from Orlovsky says just a good running game isn’t enough to win big.

What did Orlovsky propose?

The analyst thinks the Giants need to pull the trigger on a deal for Deshaun Watson.

“If I was Dave Gettleman of the New York Giants, I would take Daniel Jones, I would take Saquon Barkley, and I would take three first-round picks and call Houston, and not allow them to get off the phone with me,” Orlovsky said. “As a general manager in this moment, if you ever were going to take a swing, this is the swing to take. As a general manager, the last thing you want to do is look back with regret that we didn’t try hard enough, that we didn’t throw in one extra first rounder. That’s the type of player and person you’re going to get with Deshaun Watson.”

Watson is one of the highest valued quarterbacks to ever leave his team in a trade – that is, he will be if the Texans make the decision to trade him.

It’s looking, though, like keeping Watson is becoming impossible for Houston. It’s only a matter of whether the Giants will get Watson, or another team.

Evaluating the trade idea

Trading Jones is understandable. The Giants wouldn’t need another starting caliber quarterback if they gain Watson. Trading three first round picks will make most fans take a pause. It’s a big price, and would hurt the Giants in the future if they can’t win now with Watson. Three first round picks plus Saquon Barkley is a king’s ransom.

And the Giants potentially could win now if they made this trade. It’s tempting to have a quarterback like Watson, but it would also carry significant risks. If they fail to start winning, they’d have to cope with trading away one of their best players and losing three first round picks. Those picks may be valuable if the Giants need to keep reshaping their team.

The Giants front office is many things and relatively conservative is one of them. The Giants aren’t typically a team to make a crazy deal like this one, so in the end, it doesn’t look like it’s likely to happen in reality. That’s not to say Watson definitely won’t end up a Giant, though. If the Giants can get a lower price, it’s easy to see them being in the market for his skills.

New York Yankees Analysis: What does Kluber, Taillon, and O’Day bring to the Yankees? (videos)

Jameson Taillon, New York Yankees

Corey Kluber:

The New York Yankees signed Corey Kluber to a one year $11 million contract. Kluber could be as good a pitcher as Gerrit Cole if he can return to form. In 2018 he had 20 wins for the Indians. He is a two-time Cy Young Award winner that has 18 wins in both 2016 and 2017. If you can believe that Yankee slugger can have another 2017 season, you can also believe the same with Kluber.

New York Yankee fans will be delighted to watch Corey pitch. One of the reasons he is so successful is that he is a five-pitch pitcher that can complete games. Kluber throws five pitches: a four-seam fastball, a sinker, a cutter, a breaking ball, and a change. His strikeout pitch is his dominant two-seam sinker. He has been a workhorse and will be unfazed by playing in New York as he is stoic on the mound and doesn’t lose his cool. By all accounts, he is also a nice guy and a good teammate.

Kluber’s award-winning pitching style includes five pitches, one of the keys to his pitching success. He most recently relied mostly on his two-seam fastball that he throws at 92 mph and throws as a sinker. He also relies on his 84 mph slider. He mixes in the changeup, cutter, and his  92 mph four-seam fastball. Kluber is not just a power thrower; he is a pitchers pitcher who has good command and limits home runs.

Kluber’s nickname is “Klubot.”

 

Jameson Taillon:

Jameson Taillon is another pitcher that didn’t pitch last year. His 2019 campaign was cut short when he needed Tommy John surgery. He rehabbed over the offseason and during the 2020 season. Completely recovered, he will be ready to pitch on day one of the 2021 season.

From 2013 to 2019, he threw 7,285 pitches, all of them occurring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2019, he relied primarily on his Slider (89mph), Fourseam Fastball (95mph), and Sinker (95mph); he also mixes in and curveball and changeup. Taillon is a totally different pitcher than Kluber, which is good if one follows the other. Taillon gets a lot of ground balls. His fastball is straight as an arrow and is his strikeout pitch.

With the trade, the Yankees have team control of him until the end of the 2022 season, when he will become a free agent. Taillon reinvented himself as a pitcher after his second Tommy John surgery. He now uses his legs more, which takes the string off his elbow. If Taillon can return to his former form, he could be a number two starter; it all depends on how Cole and Kluber pitch.

By bringing Taillon on board, the Yankees are reuniting him with Gerrit Cole. He and Cole are great friends. They played in the minors together and with the Pittsburgh Pirates during 2018 and 2018, so he will feel right at home. Taillon’s name is pronounced “Tie-own.”

Darren O’Day:

The addition of Darren O’Day to the New York Yankee’s bullpen give the bullpen an all-new look. The Yankees can now bring in a submariner in relief. A submarine pitch is when the ball is released, often just above the ground but not underhanded, with the torso bent at a right angle, causing the hips to pivot. His submarine pitch is not extreme and is almost like a sidearm. The pitch confuses many hitters as they don’t see that type of pitch frequently.

This past week O’Day signed a one-year contract with the Yankees for $2.5 million. The contract also has a team/player option for 2022. O’Day last year in 19 games was 4-0 with a minuscule ERA of just 1.10, better than any Yankee reliever last season. O’Day pitches well against right-handed batters, which makes him a somewhat natural replacement for Ottavino. He throws almost comically soft by today’s standards; his fastball has sat around 86 miles per hour over his last few seasons. He doesn’t give up home runs, and when hitters hit him, it’s for soft contact, usually resulting in ground balls.

O’Day gives Yankee manager Aaron Boone great versatility with the bullpen. If he has to use multiple relievers in a game, he can drag Green Green out of the pen to throw his fastball, O’Day’s sidearm slider (which resembles an overhand cutter), Britton’s bowling ball, and Chapman’s heater and slider combination. The Yankees like to make opposing hitters dizzy in late innings by making them face relievers with distinct and varied approaches; O’Day brings the ultimate tool to change the hitter’s eye line.

O’Day sounds like a good ole Irish name, but actually, he is of Polish ancestry. His original family name was Odachowski.

UFC Update: Injury to Dominick Reyes pushes back the Jiri Prochazka fight

Dominick Reyes

A massive fight in the UFC‘s light heavyweight division is being pushed back. First reported by Farah Hannoun, the fight between Dominick Reyes (12-2) and Jiri Prochazka (27-3-1) is off. There are reports circulating this morning saying that a Reyes injury forced the fight back.

Originally, this fight was supposed to headline the UFC‘s fight night on February 27th. However, yesterday a tweet from Jairzinho Rozenstruik signaled that the fight might be in jeopardy. We now know that Rozenstruik – Ciryl Gane is going to headline the 2/27 card. 

At this time, there is no word on the significance of the injury to Dominick Reyes. Reyes was looking to bounce back in 2021 after having a very tough 2020. Dominick Reyes fought Jon Jones (26-1, 1 NC) last February at UFC 247.

The fight was razor close and many believed that Reyes won the fight. However, the judges gave the fight to Jon Jones. After that fight, Jones would ultimately decide to vacate the light heavyweight title to pursue the heavyweight title.

At UFC 253, Reyes got another opportunity against Jan Blachowicz (27-8). Reyes was looked at as the uncrowned champion going into the contest. However, the legendary Polish Power put Reyes down in the second round to capture the light heavyweight title.

That loss was just the icing on the cake of a rough year for Dominick Reyes. He rode a ton of momentum into that fight with many believing he defeated the goat just to be stopped by Blachowicz. This fight with Prochazka is a chance for him to right the ship.

UFC Newcomer

On the UFC’s first trip to Fight Island, Jiri Prochazka made his highly anticipated debut with the promotion. The global MMA scene was very familiar with Prochazka, but he was a bit of an unknown to a lot of fight fans.

The promotion gave him a tough test right away in former title challenger, Volkan Oezdemir (17-5). The fight was incredibly entertaining and Prochazka showed off some of his personality in that fight.

In the second round, Prochazka landed a massive right hand that put Oezdemir out cold. A huge UFC debut for Prochazka and that win launched him into the top five of the rankings. If he can beat Dominick Reyes whenever they fight, Jiri Prochazka might be getting a title shot in 2021.

New York Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman may be on to something

There may be some controversial New York Yankee players, but general manager Brian Cashman doesn’t escape the discussion. Half of Yankee fans think he should be fired for being incompetent; the other half think he is brilliant. He is secretive and seldom does what fans expect. A good example is when fans sorely wanted either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper on the team. Both got huge record-breaking contracts with the Dodgers and the Phillies. But Cashman didn’t bite; instead, he picked up a little known DJ LeMahieu from Colorado for a fraction of the cost.

LeMahieu turned out to be one of the best players in all of baseball during his two-year contract. In his first year in the Bronx, he batted .327, was an All-Star, Silver Slugger, and came in 4th in the MVP voting. The front office and fans alike thought he would have a hard time matching that in the final year of his contract, but he did, and in a big way, he batted .364, was again a Silver Slugger, and came in 3rd in the MVP voting, oh and he was the Major League batting champ.

Neither Machado nor Harper matched these stats, and LeMahieu did it at half the cost to the Yankees. He was so good that the Yankees put everything on hold waiting to resign him to a new contract, something they finally did, signing him to a six-year $90 million deal that satisfied both parties needs, LeMahieu got the security he sought. The Yankees got a low annual cost that allowed them to make other moves to improve the team.

Since then, the Yankees have seen free agents come and go, sign with other teams while the Yankees were on hold. Once the hold was turned off, Cashman immediately signed Corey Kluber to a one-year $11 million deal for a pitcher that hadn’t pitched in a year and a half. That hardly seemed like the thing to do when the Yankees already had two returning pitchers that didn’t pitch last year. But Cashman sees things that others don’t see. Kluber is a two-time Cy Young Award winner and won 18 games in 2016 and 2017, and 2018 20 games. Cashman bets on the deal’s high reward side that says he hopes he can return to the pitcher he was.

Doubling down on the strategy, he then signed another pitcher that didn’t pitch last year in another low-risk, high reward deal. He traded four low-level Yankee prospects to the Pittsburgh Pirates for starting pitcher Jameson Taillon who is coming off Tommy John surgery but will be ready to pitch on day one. It seems that Cashman never seems to do the obvious. When fans wanted reliever Brad Hand or Liam Hendriks, Cashman signed little known Brad O’Day. O’Day will give the Yankees a new look with his submarine style of pitching. This past season he pitched to a minuscule 1.10 ERA in 19 games.

Recently the Athletic’s Jim Bowden rated the top 15 best free agents remaining on the market and who would be the best fit. He claims that none of them is a good fit for the New York Yankees. Brian Cashman may be on to something with his out of the box acquisitions. He has taken some big risks, but there could be some high rewards; only time will tell what score to give Cashman.

The YES Network says: “Brian Cashman is the longest-tenured general manager in baseball, and rightfully so. He has been the mastermind behind the Yankees’ last four World Series titles and, more recently, helped spearhead the club’s influx of homegrown talent.”

In other brilliant moves, Cashman has brought Luis Severino, Mashiro Tanaka, Chad Green, Hideki Matsui, Andrew Miller, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, Mike Mussina, Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and the Yankee’s newest sensation Jasson Domingo, to name a few. Cashman has also made some amazing trades: He traded David Wells for Roger Clemens, he traded left fielder Ricky Ledee and some prospects for David Justice, he traded Alfonso Soriano for Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers, he also went under the radar to send Wilson Betemit and a pair of Minor League pitchers to Chicago for Nick Swisher. The list could go on and on, but no general manager in baseball has made more upside acquisitions or trades than Brian Cashman.

The Yankees may not have won a World Series since 2009, but in Cashman’s 23 years with the New York Yankees, he has taken them into the postseason in 19 of those years. No other GM in baseball can say that. In those 19 years, he has won 4 World Championships.

 

 

Yankees News: Brian Cashman torches Gary Sanchez over ‘benching’ comments

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

New York Yankees remain committed to catcher Gary Sanchez despite an awful 2020 season. He finished the year with a .147 average over 49 games, logging a career-high 36% strikeout rate. Overall, this was by far his worst season to date, but his last three years have been tumultuous. Despite hitting 34 homers in 2019, he struck out 28% and was a liability behind the plate.

However, this past season he was benched in October for Kyle Higashiosaka, but Sanchez was confused as to why the Yankees didn’t play him.

“Feeling like I couldn’t contribute was very hard,’’ Sanchez said in Spanish during a WFAN interview several months ago. “I always kept supporting my team. But the reality is, they never told me why I was benched. I didn’t know why I wasn’t playing.”

Sanchez was clearly puzzled as to why the Yankees benched him in the first place, but after looking at his statistics, even he should have made a logical assumption. He simply wasn’t playing well enough to be considered a starter, especially in the postseason.

After Sanchez made those interesting comments, general manager Brian Cashman went on to state his opinion on the matter.

Cashman told WFAN Sanchez’s comments in the interview “made you scratch your head. I think the whole world knows why he was benched. … You have to earn your keep.”

This is where Cashman gets a little zesty with his opinion on Sanchez firing back at the Yankees’ decision to bench him late in the season. Ultimately, Cashman has solid ground to stand on, but his aggression could rub Sanchez the wrong way. Hopefully, it will fuel him to be better in 2021, but the GM didn’t hold back one bit with his comment.

“Whether you were told directly [about being benched], I don’t really care,’’ Cashman said. “You’re pretty self-aware at that point. You had a horrible year on both sides of the ball. You lost your job in the most important time of the season, which is October baseball. I’m not sure an explanation is necessary.”

At least the Yankees are holding their players accountable for performing poorly. Sanchez undoubtedly needs a wake-up call, as the team is quickly running out of time and confidence that he can be their long-term solution at the position. If he has another down here, the Yankees will have to supplement yet another spot on the roster.

New York Knicks have their eyes on star Chicago scorer in trade

New York Knicks, Zach Lavine

The New York Knicks have been playing far better basketball this year than compared to recent seasons. On Friday evening, they completely dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers, holding them to just 81 points. As for New York, second-year player RJ Barrett scored 24 points, connecting on 8-of-19 shots from the field, and rookie Immanuel Quickley once again looked like a star. He finished the night with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting. It finally seems as if the Knicks have a few younger players that can produce on a daily basis.

Add in Julius Randle and a few solid depth pieces, and the Knicks seem like a team with positive momentum. In addition, they also have a draft capital and player assets they can utilize in a potential trade. The Knicks have recently been connected to Lonzo Ball, but weigh IQ developing at such an astronomical rate, pairing him with an elite shooting guard makes more sense.

That is where Chicago Bulls star score Zach LaVine enters the fold. Reports have indicated that the Knicks are intrigued by LaVine and believe he could be a perfect long-term solution for them, especially when paired with IQ.

Ian Begley of SNY stated about the Knicks’ interest:

At the very least, the LaVine situation is something to keep an eye on between now and the March 25 trade deadline. And it’s something the Knicks are continuing to monitor.

If Chicago decided to engage on LaVine trade talks, the Knicks have five first-round picks over the next three drafts, so they can offer the Bulls significant draft capital. The Bulls, you’d think, would seek another young star in return for LaVine.

LaVine is a 6-foot-5 and 200-pound athlete who is averaging 27 points per game over 35.6 minutes. He’s primarily played at shooting guard, averaging .502 from the field and .397 from beyond the arc. Overall, he is a phenomenal player who would immediately inject an offensive weapon into the Knicks’ starting five. Considering how many power forwards New York currently has, acquiring an elite shooter that has the size to attack the rim is exactly what they need to take a step forward.

However, acquiring LaVine will certainly be costly, but the Knicks’ draft capital might be intriguing. Nonetheless, the Bulls might seek an added player in the deal, so throwing in Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina might get the job done.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: Sanchez “horrible,” Ottavino surprised and more

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

The New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez was tendered this offseason and given a slight raise to avoid arbitration. But earlier in the offseason, general manager Brian Cashman had described his last season as “horrible.” Sanchez is a baseball enigma as he can be one of the best hitters in the game at times, but he can also be one of the worst. Last season he was the worst, hitting only .147, striking out almost half of the time, but hitting a respectable ten home runs. Yesterday in a Zoom call, Cashman, however, continued to support the catcher:

“The fact he’s still with us shows how we feel [about him],’’ Cashman said on a Zoom call Friday. “I know he’s looking forward to proving last year was a fluke. We look forward to him justifying our continued commitment to him. We do believe in him.’’

What puzzles Yankees fans is that, at times, he makes mental mistakes running the bases and missing passed balls. It sometimes makes you think that he doesn’t understand the fundamentals of the game. To reinforce that, after the postseason, when he was allowed to only catch in two games, he publically said he didn’t understand why he was benched. It’s concerning when a player that isn’t contributing doesn’t understand why he has been benched in favor of the better hitting and better catching Kyle Higashioka.

“Whether you were told directly [about being benched], I don’t really care,’’ Cashman said. “You’re pretty self-aware at that point. You had a horrible year on both sides of the ball. You lost your job in the most important time of the season, which is October baseball. I’m not sure an explanation is necessary.”

I’m sure that Sanchez’s bad play is still in the back of his mind, but publically, he has put it behind him with a new contract for the upcoming year. He has both been training at the George M. Steinbrenner training complex in Tampa during the offseason and playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. For the Toros, he had 62 plate appearances, with 2 home runs an improved batting average of .245, but still struck out a quarter of the time.

The Yankees still have to solve the problem of having only two catchers. After the season ended, backup catcher Erik Kratz caught in Deivi Garcia’s Major League debut, hung up his cleats, and retired. The Yankees can’t operate with just two pitchers. If Sanchez or Higashioka are injured, they then have no backup catcher. It is unclear if they will sign or trade for another catcher before the season or use someone from the minors if necessary.

Ottavino surprised by the trade

Adam Ottavino is a smart guy and basically one of the best relievers in the game but after his poor performance, he always knew being traded was an option for the Yankees. However, he was surprised by how it happened. On the day that he was traded he was at Yankee Stadium throwing from the mound when he was informed of the trade. It’s unclear who actually informed him, but manager Aaron Boone was on hand at the Stadium at the time.

Ottavino was probably more surprised than anybody when he found out the trade was with the rival Boston Red Sox; now, he could be facing his formal team as many at 19 times in the coming season. As far as the trade goes, it is only the second time that the two teams have engaged in a trade during this century.

The Yankees have still not forgotten the cheating Houston Astros

It’s been over two years since the Houston Astros won the World Series, possibly by cheating. During the year and possibly beyond, the Astros used illegal electronic means and other means to let hitters know what pitches were coming. Major League Baseball investigated and found it to be true. They suspended the manager A.J. Hinch and the teams’ general manager for a year, but the Astros owner immediately fired both of them.

Something that still sticks in the craw of the New York Yankees and its players is that no individual player was reprimanded in any way. In particular, it cost Aaron Judge the Rookie of the Year Award. The cheater, Jose Altuve, beat him out for the reward. However, the cheating hurt the records of other players and pitchers alike from all the teams they played against.

Another instance that proves that bad feeling still exists against the Astros came up yesterday when Brian Cashman spoke of what Masahiro Tanaka has meant to the Yankees during his seven-year stint with the team. Cashman mentioned that Tanaka worked really hard to get us to a World Series, but it never came to fruition. He mentioned that his best chance was in 2017, but he hit the “shenanigans” of the Astros, depriving him of a World Series appearance.

Possible targets disappearing by the day

Although the New York Yankees have been very active during the last two weeks improving the team, many have criticized Brian Cashman for the slow start in his wait-and-see strategy while waiting to sign DJ LeMahieu. Even LeMahieu has said since the signing that the negotiations could have been completed in two weeks. Meanwhile, possible targets have been being signed by other teams.

Notably, several healthy pitchers and relievers have signed with other teams. More recently, the Yankees had to decide if they would bring back outfielder Brett Gardner or acquire Joc Pederson or another outfielder. That choice is now gone as Pederson has signed a deal with the Chicago Cubs.  J.A. Happ has signed with the Minnesota Twins.

The Yankees were considering an upgrade at shortstop; their two targets would have been Altrelton Simmons and the Colorado Rockies Trevor Story. Simmons signed with the Twins. Now that the Rockies have traded  Nolan Arenado and as much as $50MM to the Cardinals, they won’t consider a story trade. Previously another target, the best shortstop in the business, Francisco Lindor, went to the New York Mets. You get the point, every day that the New York Yankees don’t act, their options become fewer.

UFC: Gane – Rozenstruik to headline Feb. 27th card per Rozenstruik

Ciryl Gane UFC

According to Jairzinho Rozenstruik (11-1), the UFC has a new main event for their fight night on February 27th. Originally, the promotion had been planning on a light heavyweight contest between Dominick Reyes and Jiri Prochazka headlining that card.

Rozenstruik was set to take on top contender, Ciryl Gane (7-0), on the UFC‘s Fight Night on March 13th. However, it appears that everything is being switched around. Rozenstruik announced the news on Twitter yesterday. 

However, he didn’t just announce that his fight with Gane was moving to 2/27, he announced they would be fighting five rounds. That can only mean that the heavyweight clash is the new UFC headliner.

So far, there has been no word from the UFC on what is going on. We are going completely off of the tweet of Rozenstruik, however, if he’s tweeted it out, it must be a done deal. One would have to assume that the fight between Prochazka and Reyes is getting pushed back.

The UFC is no stranger to card shuffling after the crazy 2020 COVID year. With the virus still lingering and restrictions still in place, you can imagine that there will be a lot of altered cards throughout 2021 as well.

UFC’s New Headliner

For the sake of this article, let’s go ahead and assume this heavyweight battle is headlining the UFC’s 2/27 card. This is a massive fight for the heavyweight division. This is also a fight that’s going to tell us a lot about Ciryl Gane.

Gane is being looked at as the top prospect in the UFC’s heavyweight division. He just passed his first big test when he stopped Junior Dos Santos at UFC 255. However, JDS is not looked at as the same guy that he was when he was UFC champion.

Rozenstruik is a very dangerous contender and his only career loss is against the top contender in the world, Francis Ngannou. Whoever wins this fight will be in prime position in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

In my opinion, we could be seeing a little heavyweight tournament forming. The week prior to this headliner, the UFC has another headliner featuring Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis. Perhaps the winners could fight considering Jon Jones is already guaranteed the next title shot.