New York Giants come up short on Monday Night, lose to Chiefs 20-17

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The New York Giants played the Kansas City Chiefs tonight in a Week Eight matchup of Monday Night Football. The Giants traveled to Kansas City and came away with a loss in a game that finished with a final score of 20-17.

The Giants fall to 2-6 after a hard-fought game that saw them take a 17-14 lead in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs moved the ball into field goal range twice and Harrison Butker ultimately willed his team to a victory with a go-ahead field goal in the final two minutes of the game.

Key stats and takeaways

New York Giants

  • Daniel Jones – 222 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • Devontae Booker – 60 rushing yards, 65 receiving yards

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Patrick Mahomes – 275 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • Tyreek Hill – 12 receptions, 94 yards, 1 TD
  • 3 total sacks

The Giants got a few of their playmakers back on the field for tonight’s game, only to see them leave the field once again with new injuries. Sterling Shepard left the game with a quad injury and Kadarius Toney played through a hand injury he suffered tonight. Dante Pettis also picked up an injury, leaving the Giants short-staffed at wide receiver once again.

Daniel Jones and the Giants offense had a better performance than they have in past weeks. However, costly mistakes and a failure to execute down the stretch handed the game away to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

With the trade deadline looming, some big decisions could come soon regarding New York Giants front office, player personnel, and coaches.

3 main takeaways as Knicks blow double-digit lead in loss to Toronto

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The New York Knicks dropped their second game of the season on Monday evening against the Toronto Raptors. Allowing 113 points, the Knicks failed to lock down a Raptors team who was coming off three consecutive wins against poor Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic teams.

Despite the Knicks shooting an impressive 43.2% from deep, they were unable to walk away with a win, a result that head coach Tom Thibodeau will undoubtedly be sour about. Considering he relies on elite defense as the identity of his squad, this performance will irk him.

Three main takeaways for Knicks in loss to Toronto:

1.) Out-rebounded

The Knicks only earned seven offensive rebounds against the Raptors on Monday, but their opponents posted 13, showcasing far more physicality and efficiency in the paint. OG Anunoby posted three offensive rebounds himself, and center Khem Birch contributed four.

If the Knicks want to win more games, specifically during the postseason, they need to show more physicality and better positioning regarding rebounding. Mitchell Robinson contributed five, but the rest of the team was unresponsive. They clearly miss Nerlens Noel and his dominance in the paint.

2.) RJ Barrett is still playing on fire

For the third consecutive game, guard RJ Barrett had a solid performance, posting 27 points, six rebounds, and one steal. He shot 5-of-8 from three-point range and 9-of-13 from the field over 39 minutes. While Barrett did record a -13 +/-, turning the ball over four times, his scoring production has been impressive.

Barrett will undoubtedly be upset with his defensive performance, but he has been solid in that regard the past few games.

3.) Ugly defense

The Knicks ranked 22nd in fast-break points allowed before Monday’s game, and the Raptors posted 22 fast breakpoints on them, while the Knicks post to just three points in transition. This is an incredibly disappointing statistic, given Obi Toppin’s capabilities as a transition player. Not a single starter for New York had a positive +/-.

Thibodeau will be livid with their defensive performance, and they will look to turn things around against the Pacers on Wednesday evening at 7 PM. Luckily, the Pacers are struggling this year at 2-6, despite routing the San Antonio Spurs 131–118 to open the week.

Rangers agree to terms with Adam Fox on 7-year extension

New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with Adam Fox on a seven-year contract extension.

The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with Norris trophy winner Adam Fox. The team announced on Monday afternoon that the club has signed the 23-year-old to a seven-year extension.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting the deal has an AAV of $9.5 million.

Fox, 23, has skated in 134 career NHL games over parts of three seasons (2019-20 – 2021-22), all with the Rangers, registering 15 goals and 83 assists for 98 points, along with a plus-46 rating and 48 penalty minutes. He won the Norris Trophy in 2020-21 as the “defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position”; he skated in 55 games with the Rangers last season, registering five goals and 42 assists for 47 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 14 penalty minutes. Fox became the fourth Ranger to win the Norris Trophy since it was first presented in 1953-54, joining Doug Harvey (1961-62), Harry Howell (1966-67), and Brian Leetch (1991-92 and 1996-97). In addition, Fox became only the second defenseman in NHL history to win the Norris Trophy in one of his first two seasons in the league, joining Bobby Orr (Orr won the award in his second NHL season in 1967-68). He led NHL defensemen in assists, ranked second in points and power-play assists (21), tied for second in power-play points (23), ranked third in takeaways (38), and ranked 11th in average ice time (24:42) in 2020-21.

“We are thrilled that we have agreed to terms with Adam on a contract extension and that he will continue to play for the team he grew up cheering for,” General Manager Chris Drury said. “In just over two seasons, Adam has consistently shown why he is a cornerstone for our organization and one of the best players in the NHL. It has been a privilege for us, and our fans, to watch Adam showcase his ability on a nightly basis, and we are glad to have that opportunity for seven more years.”

Since entering the NHL in 2019-20, Fox is the only defenseman in the league who has tallied at least 90 points and has posted a plus-45 rating or better; only three other NHL players have registered 90 or more points and a plus-45 rating or better over the span (Artemi Panarin, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand). Fox has skated in nine games with the Rangers thus far in 2021-22, recording two goals and seven assists for nine points, along with a plus-five rating and two penalty minutes. He is tied for second among NHL defensemen in points and is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in assists this season. In addition, he is the only NHL player averaging at least 17:00 of even-strength ice time, 4:00 of power-play ice time, and 2:00 of shorthanded ice time per game thus far in 2021-22. Fox’s 11 takeaways thus far this season are tied for the fourth-most in the NHL.

Fox currently leads the Rangers in scoring with nine points, two goals with seven assists, and has one game-winning goal in nine games this season.

The Rangers official Twitter account put out a message from Fox soon after the announcement;

The Jericho, New York native was acquired by the Rangers from Carolina on April 30, 2019. Fox was originally selected by Calgary in the third round, 66th overall, of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

UFC: Aljamain Sterling wants to fight Petr Yan in January or February

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 267, Petr Yan (16-2) took on Cory Sandhagen (14-4) for the interim bantamweight championship. The winner of this matchup was expected to unify the UFC bantamweight title against Aljamain Sterling (20-3).

The fight started out like many Petr Yan fights. He likes to almost take the first round to download what his opponent is doing. In a way, he reminds me a lot of Floyd Mayweather. The opponent will get a little lead in the opening round while he figures the opponent out.

Sandhagen was doing a really good job of using his range early in round one. To the outside eye, Sandhagen was looking like a difficult puzzle for Yan at UFC 267. However, Yan was just getting started and he was analyzing what Sandhagen was doing.

Everything changed once the second round started. On my scorecard, Yan won every round after the first round at UFC 267. He hurt Sandhagen a few times including dropping him once. His counters were precise and it was a clear decision win for Yan who became the interim bantamweight champion.

UFC Unification Bout

Today on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, the UFC champion Aljamain Sterling appeared to talk about the timeline of the unification bout. The Funkmaster said that he texted UFC match maker Sean Shelby immediately after the fight between Yan and Sandhagen concluded.

Sterling said that he wants the UFC to make the fight for either January or February. Originally, Sterling was supposed to rematch with Yan at UFC 267. The interim title came about when Sterling wasn’t cleared to compete after undergoing neck surgery earlier this year.

Sterling captured the title at UFC 259 when he defeated Yan by disqualification. That fight honestly went a lot like the Yan – Sandhagen fight. Sterling got off to a really good start, and once Yan downloaded the data, it became a beating.

Yan landed an illegal knee which caused the fight to end in the fourth round. Now, the two men will settle the score and determine who is the true best bantamweight in the UFC. Look for this fight to take place in Q1 of next year, but the exact date won’t be finalized for a few weeks.

Knicks will debut new city jersey in home game vs Lakers

The New York Knicks, along with the other 29 NBA teams, have unveiled the new City Edition uniform for the 2021-22 season.

Bronx native Kemba Walker starred in the unveiling video narrated by Knicks legend Allan Houston.

Kith founder Ronnie Feig designed the new Knicks city jersey based on a “mixtape” theme and an ode to the biggest Knicks moments over the last 75 years.

Photo from Knicks unveiling video

The Jersey features the Knicks’ signature black and orange piping over a black base. Change the black base with blue and it’s eerily reminiscent of the Knicks road jerseys in the late 90s. The new city edition jersey comes with checkered side panels and the Nike NYC logo.

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The most interesting details are carried on the shorts. The waistband has the retired Knicks numbers with the Global logo as the central feature on the buckle.

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A Madison Square Garden logo on each leg is a visual homage to the most famous arena, the home of the Knicks and a witness to some of the biggest moments in franchise history.

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The Knicks also announced that the 2021-22 city edition jersey will go on sale on Nov. 15 and will make their debut on November 23 when the team host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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New York Rangers: The week ahead (November 1-7)

The New York Rangers’ trip through the Pacific Northwest got off to a good start through a Halloween triumph over Seattle.

Last Week: 2-1-0
Season: 6-2-1 (3rd in Metropolitan)

Star of the Week: Adam Fox

Is it possible that Adam Fox is the best quarterback in New York? Mike White’s breakout performance at MetLife Stadium could cause some debate, but the defending hoister of the Norris Trophy has set up prime opportunities for his teammates. Fox had assists on each of the Rangers’ final three goals on Friday against Columbus, earning the primary helps on two of them. Fox also earned his second goal of the season on Sunday in Seattle, the sixth game-winner of his career.

The Week Ahead

Tuesday: @ Vancouver (10 p.m. ET, MSG)

In the midst of a seven-game homestand, the Canucks (3-5-1) are coming off three straight one-goal losses in regulation, the most recent being a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Meeting up with Vancouver sets up a reunion with former first-round representative J.T. Miller, who’s tied for third in the NHL with eight assists.

Friday: @ Edmonton (9:30 p.m. ET, MSG+)

The Oilers (6-1-0) have gotten off to a scorching hot start through familiar methods: scoring efforts from Connor McDavis and Leon Draisaitl, who have united for 29 points in the early going. They’ve been fed well by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who leads the NHL with 10 assists in the early going. The Rangers’ last visit to Edmonton was a wild get-together on New Year’s Eve 2019, as they nearly fought back from a 6-0 deficit through five consecutive goals before falling 7-5.

Saturday: @ Calgary (10 p.m. ET, MSG)

The Rangers have an instant opportunity to avenge last Monday’s listless 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Flames (6-1-1). They weren’t the only ones stymied by Calgary, who finished a dominant east coast swing with five straight wins before shutting out Philadelphia in Alberta on Saturday night. The Blueshirts’ visit is the penultimate game of a five-game homestand at Scotiabank Saddledome, as Nashville and Dallas will respectively stop by on Tuesday and Thursday. This will be the Rangers’ first back-to-back since they followed up an opening night loss in Washington with an overtime defeat at home against Dallas on Oct. 13-14.

They Said It

“It’s repetitive when we talk about it. We can sing his praises for days, but he keeps us in every game and you never feel like you’re out. It’s a tie game and he keeps it that way, and obviously, we get one. I can’t say enough good things about him…We don’t want to rely on him that heavy most games, but when we need him, he comes through. No one wants to have their goaltender bail them out most games.”-Adam Fox on Igor Shesterkin (via Joe Pantorno)

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What’s next for Amanda Ribas after UFC 267 win?

This past Saturday in the featured prelim of UFC 267, Amanda Ribas (11-2) returned to the octagon to face fellow Brazilian and top fifteen strawweight Virna Jandiroba (17-3). Ribas was looking to bounce back after her first UFC loss which came back in January.

So far in her career with the promotion, we’ve seen Ribas display her great skills on the mat. However, her striking has lacked behind just a little. That really showed itself when she took on Marina Rodriguez back in January and got stopped in the second round.

The loss made Ribas go back to the drawing board and address some of the holes in her game. A matchup against BJJ world champion Virna Jandiroba seemed like the perfect opportunity to show off her striking and that is what Ribas did at UFC 267.

Ribas looked like a completely different fighter on the feet Saturday. She was incredibly loose with her hands and mixed up her combinations well. Ribas rocked Jandiroba multiple times on her way to getting a lopsided decision win to get her back on track.

What’s next after UFC 267?

This was a really big win for Ribas at UFC 267. After her first loss with the promotion, she said she had to figure out whether or not she still wanted to fight for a living. There were a lot of doubts, but she proved to herself and the world that she’s going no where.

After that impressive win, what should the UFC do with Ribas next? Well, I don’t think they should rush her right back to the top of the division, but they should give her a solid opponent that’s in the ballpark of her current ranking.

I think that the ideal matchup would be pairing Ribas with Tecia Torres (13-5). The Tiny Tornado has won three consecutive fights and she’s looking for a quality opponent as well. This would be a great fight for both ladies and it would give the UFC a solid contender on the upswing depending on who walks away victorious.

3 keys for the Knicks to beat Toronto | Can they extend the streak?

Both the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors are on three-game winning streaks looking to extend on Monday evening when they prepared to face off against one another.

The Knicks are coming off a resilient victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, and Toronto has beaten the Indiana Pacers twice in the last three games, including a victory over the Orlando Magic nuzzled in-between. The Knicks’ schedule has been far more grueling to open the year, but that makes Toronto no lesser of an opponent as they sit 4–3, 1.5 games back from New York in the Atlantic standings.

Nonetheless, let’s take a look at how the Knicks can overcome Toronto for their fourth straight victory.

Three keys for the Knicks to beat Toronto:

1.) Contain Fred VanVleet

Toronto has several quality players they lean on, including guard Fred VanVleet. In the team’s most recent victory over Indiana, VanVleet played in 39 minutes, scoring 16 points and picking up four assists. On the year, he is averaging 17 points per game, 7.3 assists, 1.6 steals and is shooting 41.7% from the field. However, he’s connecting on just 33.3% from range.

VanVleet represents one of their catalyst players, sparking offensive momentum and production. If the Knicks can lock him down and force low percentage shots, they can emerge victorious in this contest and continue their impressive streak. Expect to see a lot of zone defense as they try to clog driving lanes and force Toronto to beat them with the 3-ball, which has been inefficient this year.

2.) High percentage 3-PT shooting

Compared to the Knicks, Toronto is a poor three-point shooting team, hovering at 32.5% on the year. The Knicks rank 2nd in the NBA at 40.7%, and when their 3s are dropping, beating them is nearly impossible.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau indicated that he wants his team to take high percentage looks from beyond on the arc instead of heaving up 3s just for the sake of reaching their desired attempts.

“I don’t want to take reckless [shots] and race it up … just to jack up 3s. That’s not what we’re trying to do,” head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I think it’s taking the right shots and being disciplined about it and doing it together.

Ultimately, when New York shoots above 38% from range, they emerge with a win. The Raptors are such a poor three-point shooting team, the Knicks should have no problem beating them in that category at home.

3.) Get into Toronto’s bench

Most teams seem to be top-heavy on the Knicks’ schedule, and that has given New York an incredible advantage with their superb depth. Playing up-tempo basketball and forcing teams to dip into their reserves is exactly how the Knicks want to play, giving their starters ample rest while allowing their second-team unit to dominate opposing reserves.

The Raptors were forced to use their depth in 89 minutes this past game, while the Knicks landed at 70 against the Pelicans. Getting them on the floor more frequently will give Tom Thibodeau’s team an advantage. The fact the Knicks have three bench players averaging over 7.3 points per game is quite impressive.

As the Athletics are prepared to sell some assets, could the Mets be interested?

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The New York Mets were one of the most disappointing teams during the 2021 season. Expectations were high and they actually led their division, the NL East, for months. However, a second-half collapse pushed them down to third place with a 77-85 record.

The Oakland A’s, on the other hand, were actually serious contenders until late September. They ultimately fell off the race but didn’t have a bad season. However, the two franchises appear to be in opposite directions.

The Mets are looking for a president of baseball operations and a general manager to take over and start improving the team. They have a wealthy owner and a president with a track record of success in Steve Cohen and Sandy Alderson, respectively. They want to win, and will do whatever it takes.

Oakland, meanwhile, couldn’t get their longtime manager, Bob Melvin, to stay in charge, as he left for the San Diego Padres. They are expected to reduce payroll, even if it won’t result in a full-fledged fire sale.

But they are reportedly considering selling some assets. And that’s where the Mets can pounce and take advantage, as Michael Mayer of MetsMerized Online speculates.

The Mets should pounce

Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic noted that the A’s have several players due for raises in arbitration, like first baseman Matt Olson, third baseman Matt Chapman, left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea, right-handed hurlers Chris Bassitt and Frankie Montas, and center fielder Ramón Laureano.

Some of them would fit in nicely on the Mets, especially the pitchers, Laureano, and Chapman. Pitching is always needed, and Bassitt and Montas have proven to be very, very good, and Manaea could be a nice middle-of-the-rotation arm.

Chapman is solid offensively and a star at third, which has been a position of need for a long time on the Mets. Laureano, an elite defensive center fielder, could push Brandon Nimmo to a corner outfield position, where he fits best.

It will all depend on who ends up making baseball decisions with the Mets, but the team can match with Oakland and talk trades.

2 players the Yankees should consider trading this off-season

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The New York Yankees have a busy off-season ahead of them, especially in the winter months. Given their significant needs at shortstop and in the starting pitching rotation, we can expect the front office to be active with an open checkbook.

However, the Steinbrenner’s will once again be upset they have to spend more money to create a winning team despite letting GM Brian Cashman sign multiple 5+ year contracts worth over $100 million.

As they did at the trade deadline this past season, the Yankees might look to utilize some of their existing talent to add players at different positions via trade.

Two players the Yankees should consider trading this off-season:

1.) Luke Voit

First baseman Luke Voit was heavily rumored to be a trade option at the deadline, but he survived and failed to make an impact the rest of the season. In 2021, Voit played in just 68 games, earning a .239 average with 11 homers and 35 RBIs. His 30.7% strikeout rate was a career-high and his defense locked.

If the Yankees are looking for more pitching, they could part ways with Voit for cash considerations or a potential player. Considering the team will be looking for a new shortstop, it is likely that DJ LeMahieu moves to first base on a permanent basis.

2.) Aaron Hicks

It is easier said than done to trade away Aaron Hicks, but he’s been so inconsistent that the Yankees might consider parting ways. Hicks hasn’t played in more than 59 games since 2018, signing a seven-year, $70 million deal to feature as the Yankees’ center fielder nonetheless. This past year, he played in just 32 games before suffering a season-ending injury, hitting .194 with a 23.8% strikeout rate.

The question is, what alternative team would be willing to give up assets for Hicks? Unless the Yankees were simply trying to get his contract off the books. Hicks is entering the fourth year of his seven-year deal, so unless he can remain healthy and contribute consistently next year, the Bomber should consider an alternative strategy.

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