New York Giants planning to start Mike Glennon vs Chargers if healthy

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Despite a lackluster performance in his last appearance, it looks like Mike Glennon is the starter for the New York Giants on Sunday. That is, if Glennon is out of concussion protocol. Glennon being ready by the time of the game isn’t certain, but according to Jordan Raanan, the Giants are optimistic about the chances and are planning on Glennon as the starter.

But playing Glennon in another game will obviously come with some pushback after Glennon led the offense to only 9 points against the Dolphins. He had 187 yards and 1 interception in that game, and was one of the main contributing factors behind the overall slow performance.

Of course, Glennon wasn’t the only factor and he’s only in the starting conversation right now because Daniel Jones is unavailable and the Giants don’t have a better option to turn towards. Much of the popular sentiment is leaning towards starting Jake Fromm, but that’s far from an ideal solution.

Even if Glennon presents a drop-off in performance from Jones, we at least know that he’s capable of running the offense without the wheels falling off. The Giants can’t exactly say the same about Fromm, who was only picked up recently from the Buffalo practice squad.

Not only has Fromm had limited experience in the Giants offense, he also has no NFL starts in general and isn’t coming off a role where he was a main backup. The next man up often looks more appealing and this is one of those situations, but really, it looks like the Giants are just making the decision that gives them the higher floor.

Pacers 122, Knicks 102: Myles Turner puts on a show in audition for potential trade

Just one day after demolishing the San Antonio Spurs, the New York Knicks came crashing back down to earth with a disappointing loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Indiana, who had lost four of their last five games before annihilating New York, put on a show in front of their home crowd, posting 122 points.

The Knicks simply didn’t show up to play in this contest, lacking energy and offensive efficiency throughout. Scoring just 19 points in the third quarter, they didn’t stand a chance against a Pacers team that shot 37% from three-point range for the game and was hitting on over 40% going into the fourth quarter.

The Pacers finished with a 53.5% success rate from the field, hitting 10 shots from deep as the Knicks connected on just 30% from three-point range and 42% from the field.

With big man Nerlens Noel ruled out, Taj Gibson received the start, and his zero points and four rebounds certainly didn’t replicate Noel‘s production. Mitchell Robinson came off the bench, but he was only able to contribute four points and two rebounds. Not a single Knick was able to record more than eight rebounds in the contest, as Julius Randle led the team while posting 18 points but turning the ball over five times.

Randle was unproductive in the loss, recording a -22 +/-. RJ Barrett was also spotty on defense, despite posting 19 points and hitting on 3-of-5 shots from deep.

Ultimately, if New York is unable to get their act together on defense, it is going to be a long season full of blowout losses. Their offense isn’t capable of keeping up with proficient teams, and with a starting unit like Indiana’s, they didn’t stand a chance.

Every starter for the Pacers record double-digit points, with a high of 23 from Chris Duarte, the rookie out of Oregon, and 22 from Myles Turner, who put on a show in his audition for the Knicks.

Turner was linked with New York at the trade deadline last year and during the off-season. The front office was unable to strike a deal with Indiana, but it is entirely possible they target him at the deadline in a potential move to bolster their interior presence with an elite scorer and rebounding center.

The lack of a true scoring big man has limited New York considerably, and Turner would solve that weakness with ease.

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New York Giants in horrible 2022 salary cap situation

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The New York Giants are 4-8 with their season tumbling into an abyss of disappointment (once again). The future is murky for Dave Gettleman’s Giants in their fourth year of his rather unsuccessful rebuild. Looking ahead to the future, it seems there is no clear end in sight.

Dave Gettleman made some moves in recent years to bring talent to the Giants’ roster. He has spent large sums of money in free agency to acquire veteran talent, however, none of this has translated to winning seasons. Gettleman seems to be on his way out by season’s end, but that will only be the first step towards fixing this Giants’ roster. The incoming general manager will have a difficult time managing the New York Giants’ horrible 2022 salary cap situation that will greet them upon their arrival.

The New York Giants’ horrible 2022 cap situation

The Giants are projected to have right around $3.5M entering the 2022 off-season. This could cause the team to part ways with some of their top players. The primary issue with the Giants’ roster construction is that they are far too top-heavy. The team has a small handful of expensive contracts taking up the large majority of their cap space.

Over 50% of the Giants’ 2022 cap is currently slated to go to:

  • Leonard Williams
  • James Bradberry
  • Kenny Golladay
  • Adoree’ Jackson
  • Blake Martinez
  • Sterling Shepard

It is not ideal to have six players make up over half of the team’s salary. This will leave the Giants strapped for cash and struggling to create depth on their roster. A new GM will have a difficult time navigating this messy salary cap situation.

The Giants’ current cap situation is not manageable. The team will need to make some cuts and, unfortunately, some of the Giants’ best players might end up as cap casualties. The way things stand right now, New York would not even be able to get all eleven of their 2022 NFL Draft picks under the salary cap. The season is far from over, but looking ahead, the Giants have one stressful and messy 2022 offseason ahead of them.

New York Rangers: Adam Huska to make first career start vs. Colorado

Like Igor Shesterkin before him, Adam Huska will make his first start for the Rangers against the Colorado Avalanche.

It’s deja blue all over again.

New York Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant announced that goaltender Adam Huska will make his first career NHL start on Wednesday night when his Blueshirts battle the Colorado Avalanche (7 p.m. ET, MSG 2/NHL Network). Huska will face Colorado nearly two full calendar years to the day that regular Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin made first appeared, with his first start also coming against visitors from Denver at Madison Square Garden in January 2020.

In video released by SNY, Gallant mentioned that the Rangers’ condensed schedule put Huska in net. The Rangers (17-4-3) will play seven games over the next 14 days, starting with Wednesday’s visit from the Avalanche. It’s the latter half of a back-to-back after a 6-2 victory in Chicago on Tuesday.

Huska was called up from AHL Hartford earlier this week as the Rangers continue to work through Shesterkin’s non-contact lower-body injury sustained last Friday against San Jose. Alexandar Georgiev has taken over as the Rangers’ starter with Shesterkin out, earning wins in each of the past two contests.

“The kid’s getting his first chance,” Gallant said. “We’re looking forward to it. He’s excited, we’re excited.”

Huska, 24, joined the Rangers as a seventh-round pick (184th overall) in the 2015 draft. The Slovakia native has shared Hartford’s goaltending duties with NHL veteran Keith Kinkaid and has earned a 2.20 goals against average to go with a .924 save percentage and 2-3-1 record. He also appeared in two preseason games earlier this fall, stopping 18 of 22 shots.

The AHL hasn’t been Huska’s first exposure to Hartford hockey as he previously served as the University of Connecticut’s goaltender for three seasons.

Huska’s official NHL debut will be a trial by fire: though they’ve struggled to string wins together after a torrid November, Colorado (13-7-2) boasts one of the most explosive offenses in the NHL. The Avalanche have scored 92 goals this season, tied with Washington for the NHL’s second-best tally entering Wednesday night. Cale Makar leads the team with 11 goals, which also top all NHL defensemen, while Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen have 10 each.

Entering the final stanza of a five-game eastern swing, Colorado is coming off a 7-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night. The Avalanche put up 50 shots on net and saw all but four skaters earn at least one point.

Huska will wear No. 32, last worn by fellow backup goaltender Antti Raanta (2016-17).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

UFC 269 Preview: Dominick Cruz – Pedro Munhoz

UFC 269 is this weekend and the card is completely stacked. On the prelims we will see this tremendous matchup in the bantamweight division. Former champion Dominick Cruz (23-3) takes on contender Pedro Munhoz (19-6, 1 NC).

Dominick Cruz is considered by many to be the greatest bantamweight in UFC history. He was the first bantamweight champion for the promotion and he had a tremendous run at the top of the division.

However, injuries really derailed the career of Cruz. For example, he’s only fought six times in the last ten years. The last time we saw him was at UFC 259 when he won a close decision over young contender Casey Kenney.

Cruz is going to face a stiffer test in the durable and tough Pedro Munhoz. Back in 2019, it appeared that Munhoz was on the cusp of a UFC title shot. He had won three in a row which included a knockout win over former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt.

That win got him a fight with Aljamain Sterling which he ultimately dropped by decision. Starting with that fight, Munhoz is just 1-3 in his last four fights. His last fight was a decision loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 265 in August.

UFC 269 Prediction

This is such tremendous matchmaking and it’s a very intriguing matchup. At a point in time, this could’ve been a matchup that you could have seen for the UFC bantamweight title.

In his last fight, Dominick Cruz didn’t look as sharp as he did in the past. The footwork looked decent, but it didn’t look elite like it had in the past. Prime Dominick Cruz walks through Casey Kenney and that didn’t happen earlier this year.

Pedro Munhoz also didn’t look like the prime version of himself in his last fight. Munhoz is normally a guy who will push forward with a lot of volume. However, he did way too much waiting against Jose Aldo.

I’m curious to see who will lead this dance at UFC 269. I really like Cruz if he can look remotely close to the prime version of himself. His footwork and speed can be used to frustrate Munhoz.

That said, Munhoz does have the power to land big shots which could steal some rounds. I think this fight will ultimately be pretty close, but the point style of Cruz will lead him to a decision over Pedro Munhoz.

Prediction: Dominick Cruz by Unanimous Decision

New York Yankees pick up two pitchers today in the Rule 5 Draft

The New York Yankees, as well as the other MLB teams, can’t have any transactions during the lockout. But, the no transaction rule does not include the minor league players that are not members of the Players Association, nor are they on the 40-man rosters. So today, the Rule 5 Draft went on unabated, and the Yankees took advantage of it.

The Yankees got some work done. Entering the day with only 36 of 38 spots on their Triple-A roster filled, the Yankees could fill two spots, and they did. The Yankees had the 24th overall pick, and they chose Steven Jennings, a right-handed pitcher who is 22 years old from the Pirates.

Last season he spent time with both A and AA ball. He was a second-round high school pick in the 2017 draft. Jennings had a 4.99 ERA, 1.392 WHIP, and 2.6 BB/9 in 74 combined innings out of the bullpen in 2021.

The Boston Red Sox were not quiet either, in a Garrett Whitlock-like move when the Yankees took a pitcher from the Yankees, today they took Triple-A Scranton’s Brian Keller from the Yankees. Keller at Scranton pitched to a 2.77 ERA, 4.37 FIP, and 1.608 WHIP in 26 games (11 starts) and 55.1 innings last year. Keller didn’t exhibit much control (7.5 BB/9), but he did strike out over a batter an inning (10.6 K/9). Whitlock was big for the Sox going down the stretch.

Please hold the jokes, but in the Yankees’ last splash of the day was picking up Manny Ramirez from the Houston Astros. Unlike the other Manny Ramirez, this one is not a hitter but another pitcher for the Yankees to add. The 22-year-old right-hander, between 2017-19 season fanned 126 batters in just 95.2 innings.

The Dominican has a live arm. Baseball America ranked him one of its Top 30 Astros prospects of 2019. However, the pandemic in 2020 kept him in the instructional league. Because of an undisclosed injury that the Yankees must be aware of, he did not pitch in 2021.

New York Rangers’ Jacob Trouba will not face any supplemental discipline (Report)

The New York Rangers will have defenseman Jacob Trouba in the lineup tonight now that the NHL has decided not to impose any suspensions following his hit on Jujhar Khaira Tuesday night.

New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba will not face any discipline after his hard, but clean hit on Chicago Blackhawks Jujhar Khaira per the Athletics’ Arthur Staple.

The incident occurred with just. under 14 minutes remaining in the second period of the Ranger’s 6-2 victory over the Blackhawks.

Khaira was skating with his head down when Trouba connected with a massive body check. He led with his shoulder and though he appeared to glance his head prior to hitting Khaira to the right of his chest, the check looked clean.

The on-ice officials viewed the hit clean as did the NHL per Staple. Trouba was visibly shaken when he returned to the bench, but completed playing the game.

Khaira was transported to the hospital and thankfully was released on Wednesday.

The Rangers will try to extend their seven-game winning streak when they host the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday night.

Boxing: Did Jake Paul make a mistake rematching with Tyron Woodley?

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This week we learned that there was a big shakeup in the boxing world. Internet celebrity turned boxer Jake Paul was set to take on Tommy Fury on December 18th. This was the first time that Paul would be taking on another professional boxer that was also unbeaten.

Fury had to pull out of the fight this week due to medical reasons. With that, Paul needed an opponent for his December boxing match. The Paul team decided to get in touch with former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.

Woodley and Paul boxed earlier this year with Paul getting the nod by decision. However, it was the first time that we’ve really seen Paul tested in the boxing ring. He took the biggest shots of his career in that fight with Woodley.

That said, Woodley did what Woodley always does and that’s be tentative. With that, Paul was able to pull away on the scorecards which allowed him to win a decision. After the fight, Paul said he’d give Woodley a rematch if he got a tattoo saying that he loves Jake Paul.

Woodley obliged and got the tattoo on his middle finger. However, Paul decided against the Woodley rematch in favor of the matchup with Fury. Well, it’s come full circle now as we will see the rematch after all.

Boxing’s Paul making a mistake?

If I learned anything from watching the first boxing match between Paul and Woodley it’s that Woodley can hurt Jake Paul. Had it not been for the ropes, Paul would have been dropped by the former UFC champion in their fight.

I think Paul had little respect for the boxing skills of Woodley. However, I think his eyes are open to the dangers now. That said, that can ultimately play to his advantage in the rematch.

When these two stand across from each other in a couple of weeks, Woodley has to be aggressive. If he’s tentative again, he’s going to lose his second consecutive boxing match to a kid that started his career on Disney Channel.

Jake Paul has boxing skill and he shouldn’t be discredited. However, Woodley has a clear path to victory here if he wants it. He has to move forward and be the aggressor. If we get the Tyron Woodley that fought Darren Till, Tyron Woodley is going to win.

However, if the same Woodley shows up that we saw box Jake Paul earlier this year, Jake Paul is getting his hand raised. Either way, color me intrigued for this rematch.

Main takeaways as New York Rangers tally 7th straight victory in win over Blackhawks

New York Rangers, Artemi Panarin

The New York Rangers defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 for their 7th victory in a row on Tuesday night. The game was highlighted by not only Artemi Panarin scoring his 500th point of his career but also by a booming hit by Jacob Trouba that sent Juuhar Khaira to the hospital on a stretcher.

The Rangers got out to an early lead 1:01 into the 1st period on a Jacob Trouba bomb from the right circle. The feed from Artemi Panarin was his 500th point in just 497 games. Becoming just the 49th player in NHL history to accomplish this feat. Panarin capped off the night with another assist and 2 more goals, including an empty netter and the 1st star of the game.

In a scarier moment, at 13:50 into the 2nd period, Juuhar Khaira accepted a pass from behind him while exiting the defensive zone. His head was down while he was trying to find the puck, and Jacob Trouba stepped up and laid a huge hit on him. No penalty was called because it looked like the initial point of contact was Khaira’s chest. The only reason his head/chin was hit was because his head was down. Not because Trouba was headhunting.

 

This game was indicative of what has become Rangers hockey. They do not give an inch, all four lines forecheck, and they stick up for each other. This was apparent after a very questionable hit from behind on Dryden Hunt by Ryan Carpenter. Ryan Strome came screaming in and dropped the gloves, and started throwing punches in a true show of camaraderie. What happened last year after the Tom Wilson incident will not happen again with this current team. Bet on it.

Rangers Game Notes

Alexander Georgiev stood tall in net tonight. Saving 24 of 26 shots for a .923 save percentage for the Rangers. It took his record this year to 4-1-1 with a .876 SV%. His playing well in goal the last 2 ½ games has been a huge boost for this team with Igor Shesterkin out. Igor is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury he sustained on Friday night against the Sharks.

Chris Kreider scored a Power play goal for his 17th goal of the season. This was also his 10th power-play goal of the season so far. Is this the year he finally scores 30?

– This win marked the 7th win in a row for the Rangers and the 11th win in the last 12 games.

Mika Zibanejad is now on a 13 game scoreless streak. Although he does have 10 apples in that timespan

– Jacob Trouba had the 1st “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” by a defenseman since Brian Leetch in1988

Mets: Scherzer’s preferred managerial candidate will interview on Wednesday

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The New York Mets brought several quality players in the early part of the offseason: Starling Marte, Mark Canha, Eduardo Escobar, and Max Scherzer are some of them. They also hired a general manager in Billy Eppler.

The only thing missing for them to try and take on the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins, and Washington Nationals on the NL East is a manager. Luis Rojas, a longtime worker of the Mets, was the skipper for the last two seasons, but didn’t work out and was not offered an extension. His contract expired and he joined the Yankees as a third base coach.

Since there is a lockout in place and MLB teams aren’t able to make transactions, trades, or free agent signings, the Mets’ only focus at the time is bringing a quality manager that helps them take the leap.

Buck Showalter, Joe Espada, Brad Ausmus, and a couple of other names are currently in the mix for the position. The Mets also asked permission to talk to other teams’ coaches, such as the Tampa Bay Rays’ Matt Quatraro.

A Mets’ star didn’t hide his preference for Showalter

However, one of the candidates has the blessing of new Mets’ star pitcher, Scherzer: Buck Showalter. According to multiple reports, Showalter is “seen as the favorite” for the Mets’ job and will have his interview with the club on Wednesday, December 8.

Pat Ragazzo of Sports Illustrated reported on Tuesday that Scherzer, who signed a three-year, $130 million deal with the Mets a few days ago, prefers Buck Showalter to be the next manager.

Showalter has a career 1,551–1,517 record, with a .506 winning percentage as a skipper. He has managed the Yankees, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Texas Rangers, and the Baltimore Orioles. The last time he led an MLB team was 2018.

The experienced Showalter is a three-time Manager of the Year award winner, in 1994, 2004, and 2014.