Mets pull off early Christmas miracle to sign Carlos Correa, and happy National Signing Day!

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CARLOS CORREA AND THE NEW YORK METS

Merry Christmas, Mets fans. In a wild turn of events during the night, Superstar shortstop Carlos Correa and the Mets reached 12 years, $315 million deal after Correa’s previous – but not yet fully completed – deal with the San Francisco Giants fell apart.

Correa, one of the Stars who played with the Minnesota Twins last season, iexpected to move to third base as the Mets already have Francisco Lindor at shortstop.

Now, the other side of the story: how did the Giants mess this up?!

The cancellation of the press conference clearly struck a nerve with Correa, because a few hours later, in the middle of the night, Mets owner Steve Cohen and the shortstop’s agent Scott Boras completed the blockbuster deal while the billionaire was reportedly in Hawaii.

For the Mets, this is huge as well they now have two of the best shortstops in baseball on their roster. The monster deal pushes the Mets payroll to about $384 milliontogether with $111 million in luxury tax payments.

And for the Giants, well, this is an unprecedented offseason they’re having. First, there was the misreport that Judge was picking them over the Yankees (spoiler alert: he didn’t), and now they’ve lost Correa.

…AND ALSO GOOD MORNING TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS

Cheerful National Signing Day to all who celebrate! Today marks the start of the early signing period for 2023 prospectsand we have Many top players make their decisions during the dayincluding four five-star prospects.

Our 247Sports experts have more:

  • 12 pm. — EDGE Damon Wilson: Agriculture and Ohio State will meet on New Year’s Eve in the Peach Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal, but the two are currently going toe-to-toe for the Florida quarterback.” | 247 Sports Crystal Ball Prediction: Ohio State
  • 12 pm. — DL James Smith: β€œIt’s a big SEC battle for the defensive lineman from the Yellowhammer State. Alabama, Auburn, Agriculture and Florida Everyone was fighting for Smith’s signature, but the Crimson Tide had the last official visit.” | Crystal Ball: Alabama
  • 12 pm. — EDGE Qua Russaw: “The Tide also won the last visit from Russia and would like to keep the in-state prospect like Smith. But also like Smith, though, Auburn, Florida and Georgia stand out.” | Crystal Ball: Alabama
  • 2 p.m. — EDGE Matayo Uiagalelei: “Hometown USC has fought Oregon and Ohio State for his signature, and that’s as close as you can call — even for the 247Sports Crystal Ball.” | Crystal Ball: N/A

No coach has turned their program around more in the last year than Lincoln Rileywho used the transfer gate and strong high school recruiting to put the Trojans back on the national stage. He could keep adding todaywrites Brandon Huffman.

  • Huffman: “USC isn’t done swinging for the fences, remaining serious landing spots for two more five-star prospects: No. 1 tight end Duce Robinson and five-star EDGE Matayo Uiagalelei. native of Georgia Tyler Scott visited last weekend, and the Trojans will wait as long as necessary to finish the final Walker Lyonswho was released from Stanford last month and postponed his decision until February. “

Of course not all major National Signing Days such as Texas A&M is finding out the hard way, writes Dennis Dodd. Make sure to join us at 9 am for Signing Day Live on the 247Sports YouTube channel. CBS Sports HQ will pick up the broadcast at 11 a.m

Not so honorable mentions

Mat Ishbia buys Phoenix Suns, Mercury for $4 billion πŸ€

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The Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury they have a new owner. Mat Ishbiathe CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage, is buying both franchises for a record $4 billion.

Ishbia, former basketball player at Michigan State who was on the Spartans’ 2000 national championship team, has been CEO at UWM since 2013, succeeding his father, Jeff.

  • This ends Robert Sarverthe ownership of the Suns and Mercury. Sarver was suspended for one year in September after an independent investigation into his conduct in the workplace. He announced that he would investigate sales shortly after. He had the franchises since 2004.
  • Matt’s brother Justin is part of the ownership group.
  • The previous record for the highest price for an NBA franchise was the $2.35 billion Joe Tsai paid for it Nets in 2019.

Jerry Palm’s first bracket of the season πŸ€

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We’re a month and a half into the college basketball season, and Jerry Palm celebrated accordingly his first Bracketology update of the season.

Obviously it’s still very early, with the conference just getting started in most leagues, but the race for the top of the standings should be exciting. It is already: Purdue and UConn are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, at the latest AP pollbut Jerry has the Huskies as the top team his projections.

  • Palm: “The Huskies have wreaked havoc on their opponents so far this season. They have a 15-point win over Alabama and a 21-point win at Florida it wasn’t as close as the score indicated. All twelve of their wins are by double digits. Because of UConn’s more dominant performance against their schedule, I have the Huskies as the No. 1 overall pick, with Purdue at No. 2.”

Here are Palm’s projected No. 1 and No. 2 seeds:

  • No. 1: UConn, Purdue, Kansas, Houston
  • No. 2: Texas, Arizona, Virginia, Baylor

You can see the full field of 68 here.

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys fall, Jaguars climb, try to judge Vikings 🏈

Trying to figure out the NFL Power Rankings is no easy task. This time two weeks ago, the Cowboys he had won three straight, including a 40-3 blowout Vikings and a 54-19 blowout of Baby chicks. Since then, Dallas has narrowly avoided an embarrassing loss to them Texans and followed that up by blowing a 17-point lead over him Jaguar.

Which has Dallas fell from third to seventh in Pete Prisco’s latest Power Rankings. Here are the top 10:

Speaking of Jaguars, made the biggest jump of any team this weekfrom 24 to 17.

  • Prisco: “At 6-8, they’re going to be a playoff team if they win out. That’s just incredible. Trevor Lawrence has been special this past month.”

No team is tougher than the Vikings, who showed their best and their worst all in one game by pulling off the greatest comeback in NFL history on Saturday. They are now 11-3 this season, but have only outscored their opponents 351-349. The offense can be terrible. The defense is often awful. Pete isn’t sure what to think of them.

For more, Here is Pete’s entire ranking.

What are we watching on Wednesday πŸ“Ί?

πŸ’ Devils at Panthers7 p.m. on TNT
πŸ€ Warriors at Nets19:30 on NBA TV
πŸ’ Oilers at Stars21:30 on TNT
πŸ€ Hornets at Clippers22:30 on NBA TV

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