By Sam Page
February 23, 2016

How did he miss?!

In overtime of last night's Preds/Habs game, Nashville winger Craig Smith seemingly scored on a wide-open net...but the puck didn't go in:

What happened? He basically saved his own shot, hitting it on the backswing:

All's well that ends well, though, as Smith ended up scoring the winner anyway — this time in the shootout.

Jose Bautista wants to get paid

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista discussed his contract situation yesterday with the media at the team's Spring Training complex in Dunedin, Florida. He didn't mince words, saying he gave the Blue Jays a contract number he's willing to accept and won't negotiate. He added that the idea of hometown discounts "doesn't exist in my world."

He referred to his current contract, which paid $65 million for five years as already giving the Jays a hometown discount. He's not wrong: According to fangraphs's player value estimates, he was worth $61.3 million in the first year of the contract alone! In total, he gave them an estimated $195.7 million worth of baseball over those five seasons. 

Ridiculous Stephen Curry highlight of the day

Yoenis Cespedes's Spring Training ride

The Mets' centerfielder showed up to camp in style. Since it has only three wheels, I think we can fairly call this the world's flashiest tricycle.

 

 

Another baseball player arrives in Florida...

Dion Waiters' lowlight reel

The Thunder guard has been on a real cold streak lately, making just three shots in his last three games, and going 1–14 in his last two. His performance on Sunday against the Cavs, his old team, was particularly brutal, and lead to this mean-but-funny video.

Today's Peanuts

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol underwent surgery on his broken foot and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced Tuesday.

Gasol, 31, had the procedure done Saturday to repair a Type II fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot. He had been out indefinitely since injuring his foot on Feb. 8 against the Trail Blazers. The two-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year will sit out the rest of the season and playoffs to recover. 

“Marc remains a cornerstone of our franchise and we are pleased to hear that the surgery went according to plan,” Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. “Marc’s determination and competitive spirit will serve him, his family and the team well as he begins the healing and rehab process from which we expect him to make a full recovery. We are confident we will have Marc back anchoring our team next season and beyond.”

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“It is frustrating to not be on the court with my teammates at this time,” Gasol said, “but I understand that the focus of this process is on long-term health and stability. I look forward to the road ahead and a full and successful recovery.”

Gasol ends his season averaging 16.6 points, seven rebounds and 1.3 blocks over 52 games. 

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The injury also casts doubt on Gasol’s participation with Spain in this summer’s Olympics.

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The Grizzlies are 33–23 and in fifth place in the Western Conference.

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AP Photo/Michael Perez

Veteran lefthander Cliff Lee is expected to retire, reports Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

“We don’t anticipate him playing at this point,” Lee’s agent Darek Braunecker told Rosenthal.

Lee, a four-time All-Star, has not pitched in the majors since 2014 due to an elbow injury that caused him to miss the entire 2015 season. He last played for the Phillies and is currently a free agent. 

The 37-year-old was MLB’s wins leader in 2008 with 22, en route to winning the American League Cy Young Award while with the Cleveland Indians. That same season, Lee was also named the AL Comeback Player of the Year.

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In 13 MLB seasons for four different teams, Lee has accumulated a 143–91 record with 1,824 strikeouts and a 3.52 ERA.

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