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🚨 HEADLINES

🏀 Shedding streaks: The Pistons (20 straight losses) and Spurs (17 straight losses) are, shall we embrace, struggling in the mean time.

🎾 Nadal vs. Alcaraz: Netflix’s first foray into stay sports activities was final month’s superstar golf event; its second might be a tennis match in March between Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal.

🏀 All-Event Workforce: LeBron James (MVP), Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Tyrese Haliburton and Giannis Antetokounmpo had been named to the All-Event Workforce for the NBA’s In-Season Event.

🏈 Drake declares: QB Drake Maye has opted out of UNC’s bowl recreation and declared for the NFL draft, the place he might be the No. 1 total choose.

🏀 WNBA mock draft: The highest 5 picks in our first mock: Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, UConn’s Paige Bueckers, Stanford’s Cameron Brink, UConn’s Aaliyah Edwards, Virginia Tech’s Georgia Amoore.

⚾️ OHTANI’S DEFERRED DODGERS DEAL

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Transfer apart, Bobby Bonilla. There is a new deferred funds king on the town.

The information: Shohei Ohtani will defer $68 million per yr of his $70 million annual wage over the course of his 10-year, $700 million cope with the Dodgers, The Athletic reviews.

  • The deferred portion of the contract might be paid to Ohtani with out curiosity from 2034 to 2043.

  • The deferrals had been reportedly Ohtani’s thought and can assist the Dodgers spend extra money so as to add expertise round him.

At a look: Here is what Ohtani’s payouts will appear to be over the following 20 years.

  • 2024: $2M

  • 2025: $2M

  • 2026: $2M

  • 2027: $2M

  • 2028: $2M

  • 2029: $2M

  • 2030: $2M

  • 2031: $2M

  • 2032: $2M

  • 2033: $2M

  • 2034: $68M

  • 2035: $68M

  • 2036: $68M

  • 2037: $68M

  • 2038: $68M

  • 2039: $68M

  • 2040: $68M

  • 2041: $68M

  • 2042: $68M

  • 2043: $68M

Between the traces: Ohtani is believed to make $50 million yearly in non-baseball earnings, per The Athletic, and he earned roughly $42 million enjoying for the Angels.

  • In order that makes it simpler for him to defer $680 million and primarily create a retirement annuity that pays him extra money than any human may ever want.

  • However this deal continues to be onerous to wrap your head round. Is the world’s finest baseball participant actually about to be paid like a mediocre bench participant for the following decade?

The Dodgers love deferrals: Ohtani’s star teammates have reached related deferral agreements, per the Orange County Register.

  • $57 million of Freddie Freeman’s six-year, $162 million deal is deferred from 2028 to 2040, and $115 million of Mookie Betts’ 12-year, $365 million deal might be paid from 2033 to 2044.

  • Take into account this: In 2043, the Dodgers can pay Betts ($11 million) and Ohtani ($68 million) a mixed $79 million. Betts might be 50. Ohtani might be 48.

Wild stat: Ken Griffey Jr., who retired in 2010, will earn extra subsequent season ($3.6 million) than Ohtani, due to his personal deferred cost plan with the Reds.

In closing: “Gotta admire Ohtani’s optimism that we nonetheless have a functioning society in 2043,” tweeted The Athletic’s Melissa Lockard.

🏈 A COMEBACK FOR THE AGES

Will Levis and Derrick Henry celebrate Henry's game-winning score. (Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

Will Levis and Derrick Henry have fun Henry’s game-winning rating. (Megan Briggs/Getty Photographs)

Getting into Monday, NFL groups had misplaced 767 straight video games when trailing by 14 or extra factors within the ultimate three minutes.

That streak is over: The Titans staged a comeback for the ages in Miami, scoring two late TDs to stun the Dolphins, 28-27.

  • Tennessee is the one staff this century to beat a 14-point deficit within the ultimate three minutes and win in regulation.

  • The profitable TD was scored by Derrick Henry, who turned the third participant in NFL historical past* with 10+ speeding TDs in six straight seasons.

In the meantime, in New Jersey… Tommy DeVito and the Giants beat the Packers, 24-22, on a last-second discipline aim** within the different half of ESPN’s simultaneous doubleheader. That is three straight wins for the undrafted rookie, whose household and agent want a actuality present.

*One among three: Henry joins LaDainian Tomlinson and Adrian Peterson.

**35 years later: Eddie Murphy predicted this final result within the 1988 movie, “Coming to America.”

⚽️ GIRONA: LALIGA’S SURPRISING LEADER

Girona's Viktor Tyshankov celebrates a goal earlier this season. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

Girona’s Viktor Tyshankov celebrates a aim earlier this season. (David Ramos/Getty Photographs)

The final 19 LaLiga titles have been gained by three golf equipment: Barcelona (11), Actual Madrid (6) and Atlético Madrid (2). Presently sitting forward of all three of them is Girona — the unlikeliest of contenders, Jeff writes.

The place it stands: Girona did not attain LaLiga till 2017, performed within the second tier as lately as final yr and spent six seasons this century within the fourth tier. On Sunday, they beat Catalan rival Barcelona, 4-2, to take sole possession of first place.

  1. Girona: 41 factors (13-2-1)

  2. Actual Madrid: 39 factors (12-3-1)

  3. Atlético Madrid: 34 factors (11-1-3)

  4. Barcelona: 34 factors (10-4-2)

What they’re saying: “The very first thing to say is we’re secure [from relegation],” supervisor Míchel mentioned after Sunday’s win, providing you with a way of the membership’s expectations lately. “I do not know if we will win LaLiga, however tonight I spotted we will beat any opponent.”

  • Girona obtained the job executed towards Barcelona with the identical blueprint they’ve used all season: Win high-scoring video games.

  • Their 38 targets are probably the most in LaLiga and their 20 targets allowed are probably the most among the many high eight.

Context: Simply how surprising was Girona’s victory on Sunday? ESPN’s Gabriele Marcotti explains…

“Town of Girona is lower than 60 miles from Barcelona, the soccer membership performed novice ball for many of its historical past, and plenty of Girona followers are Barça followers too. For Barça, this is not shedding to somewhat brother who you by no means thought to be a rival; that is shedding to your pet goldfish.”

The large image: Girona could also be new to title rivalry, however their house owners will not be. Metropolis Soccer Group, a holding firm that is majority owned by an Emirati non-public fairness agency, purchased a controlling stake in 2017.

  • CFG’s most dear membership is Manchester Metropolis, which it purchased in 2008 and become a juggernaut. Since then, they’ve constructed a soccer empire, buying 11 extra golf equipment since 2013, together with NYC FC.

  • One perk of CFG’s possession is entry to expertise at different CFG golf equipment. One among Girona’s high gamers is younger Brazilian Sávio (4 targets, 5 assists), who’s on mortgage from CFG’s French membership, Troyes.

The underside line: Greater than half the season stays, however the pattern dimension is sufficiently big, and spectacular sufficient, to marvel if Girona may pull off a Leicester Metropolis-like title run.

🏈 SUPER SENIORS HEADLINE ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

NC State's sixth-year linebacker Payton Wilson. (Nicholas Faulkner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

NC State’s sixth-year linebacker Payton Wilson. (Nicholas Faulkner/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Photographs)

The AP All-America staff, introduced Monday, is filled with tremendous seniors* enjoying their fifth or sixth season of school soccer, Jeff writes.

First-team offense: Three of the 14 alternatives are of their fifth or sixth yr, together with Heisman winner Jayden Daniels.

  • QB: Daniels, LSU (fifth yr)

  • RB: Cody Schrader, Missouri (sixth); Ollie Gordon II, Oklahoma State (2nd)

  • T: Olu Fashanu, Penn State (4th); Joe Alt, Notre Dame (third)

  • G: Cooper Beebe, Kansas State (fifth); Zak Zinter, Michigan (4th)

  • C: Jackson Powers-Johnson, Oregon (third)

  • TE: Brock Bowers, Georgia (third)

  • WR: Rome Odunze, Washington (4th); Malik Nabers, LSU (third); Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State (third)

  • All-Function: Travis Hunter, Colorado (2nd)

  • Kicker: Graham Nicholson, Miami-Ohio (third)

First-team protection: 4 of the 13 alternatives are of their fifth or sixth yr, together with Bednarik Award winner (finest defender) Payton Wilson.

  • Edge: Laiatu Latu, UCLA (fifth); Jalen Inexperienced, James Madison (fifth)

  • DL: T’Vondre Sweat, Texas (fifth); Jer’Zahn Newton, Illinois (4th)

  • LB: Wilson, NC State (sixth); Edgerrin Cooper, Texas A&M (4th); Dallas Turner, Alabama (third)

  • CB: Cooper DeJean, Iowa (third); Kool-Help McKinstry, Alabama (third)

  • S: Xavier Watts, Notre Dame (4th); Malaki Starks, Georgia (2nd)

  • DB: Terrion Arnold, Alabama (third)

  • Punter: Tory Taylor, Iowa (4th)

Plus: 19 of the 54 second- and third-team All-People are additionally tremendous seniors.

*Why so many tremendous seniors? School athletes who had been round in 2020 had been granted an additional yr of eligibility because of the pandemic.

🌎 THE WORLD IN PHOTOS

(Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

(Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photographs by way of Getty Photographs)

Louisville — Clemson beat Notre Dame, 2-1*, on Monday to win its fourth males’s soccer nationwide title. Solely Saint Louis (10), Indiana (8) and Virginia (7) have gained extra.

(Emin Sansar/Anadolu via Getty Images)

(Emin Sansar/Anadolu by way of Getty Photographs)

Ankara, Turkey — A Turkish soccer match fell into chaos on Monday after a membership president punched an official within the face. All league matches had been suspended.

(Millo Moravski/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

(Millo Moravski/Agence Zoom/Getty Photographs)

Val Thorens, France — The highest three finishers cross the road through the first ski cross occasion of the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup season.

*Protection wins championships: Notre Dame scored on a penalty kick within the 89th minute. It is the one aim Clemson conceded throughout the whole NCAA event.

📆 DEC. 12, 2002: LEBRON’S TV DEBUT

(Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)

(Tom Pidgeon/Getty Photographs)

21 years in the past at this time, LeBron James performed in his first nationally-televised recreation, erupting for 31 factors, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in St. Vincent-St. Mary’s upset win over Oak Hill Academy, the nation’s top-ranked staff, Jeff writes.

Legend left awestruck: “I got here right here with excessive expectations,” mentioned Invoice Walton, who referred to as the sport for ESPN2 alongside Dick Vitale. “I am leaving extra impressed than I may have ever believed.”

Extra on at the present time:

  • 🏈 1982: The Patriots beat the Dolphins, 3-0, on a snowy day in New England after the Pats cleared an space with a plow to offer their kicker a clear look* on his fourth-quarter discipline aim try in “The Snowplow Sport.”

  • 🏁 2021: Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton in an exciting and controversial finale to win his first of three straight Method 1 titles.

*By no means once more: The next yr, the NFL banned in-game use of snowplows.

📺 WATCHLIST: CONNOR VS. CONNOR

(Taylar Sievert/Yahoo Sports)

(Taylar Sievert/Yahoo Sports activities)

Connor McDavid and Connor Bedard face off for the primary time tonight (10pm ET, ESPN) because the red-hot Oilers* host the struggling Blackhawks, Jeff writes.

  • McDavid: The reigning MVP has recorded 20 factors throughout Edmonton’s (12-12-1) seven-game profitable streak.

  • Bedard: The No. 1 choose has impressed for Chicago (9-17-1), main the staff and all rookies with 23 factors.

Extra to observe:

  • 🏀 NBA: Lakers at Mavericks (7:30pm, TNT); Warriors at Suns (10pm, TNT)

  • ⚽️ Champions League: Matchday 6 (12:45-3pm, Paramount+) … Eight video games kick off the ultimate matchday, with one other eight tomorrow.

  • 🏒 NHL: Crimson Wings at Blues (7:30pm, ESPN)

  • 🏀 NCAAM: Hofstra at No. 21 Duke (7pm, ESPN2)

*Fairly the turnaround: The Oilers began the season 2-9-1, tied for his or her worst begin in franchise historical past. They’re 10-3 since then.

🏀 NBA TRIVIA

The Lakers' 2020 championship banner being unveiled. (Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

The Lakers’ 2020 championship banner being unveiled. (Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-Information by way of Getty Photographs)

The Lakers plan to hold an In-Season Event championship banner at Crypto.com Enviornment.

Query: What number of NBA championship banners are already hanging there?

Reply on the backside.

⚾️ ROYALS ADD MLB’S GOOD LUCK CHARM

(Sam Hodde/Getty Images)

(Sam Hodde/Getty Photographs)

The Royals have signed veteran reliever Will Smith. Ought to we crown them now or wait till October?

The last word good luck allure: Smith has gained three straight championships with three totally different groups, the primary athlete in main U.S. sports activities historical past to do this (whereas enjoying in at the least one recreation of every title run).

  • Braves in 2021

  • Astros in 2022

  • Rangers in 2023

Wanting forward: It would take a minor miracle for Smith to win a fourth straight World Collection in Kansas Metropolis, the place he started his profession. The Royals simply had their worst season ever (56-106) and solely the Rockies and A’s have worse title odds for 2024.

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