Ex-Met Jacob deGrom talks winning World Series during intro presser with Texas Rangers

Jacob deGrom made his Texas two-step from the Mets official on Thursday afternoon. The 34-year-old was introduced as a Ranger in a press conference at Globe Life Field as he begins his potential six-year stint in Arlington. “Whenever I found out the Rangers were one of those teams [interested] I got really excited,” said deGrom wearing his new jersey and cap. “Hearing the vision of what the Rangers want to do and ultimately getting to meet [owner] Ray [Davis] and the vision here and bringing a World Series here. That’s the goal, winning a World Series. “These guys all had that same vision and it lined up with what I wanted to do. They showed a ton of interest right from the start and the feelings were mutual and I’m just very happy to be here.” The two-time Cy Young award winner bolted Queens after nine seasons of dominance — and injuries — and agreed to a five-year deal for $185 million with the Rangers before the start of MLB’s Winter Meetings in San Diego. The deal includes a conditional option for a sixth season.

Analysis: Ranking SF Giants’ next-best options in a post-Judge world

SAN DIEGO — The lobby of the Manchester Grand Hyatt was quiet Thursday morning, a sharp departure from the past week’s cacophony of activity. Following the winter meetings’ spending frenzy, teams have doled out more than $2 billion to players this winter. The Giants, though, are responsible only for a small fraction of the pie, despite seemingly big ambitions. As Farhan Zaidi and the rest of the club’s braintrust boarded their flights home, they lacked the star power, the defensive upgrades, and lineup additions they desired to add when they arrived here. They lost out on Aaron Judge, and missed out on alternatives that were quickly scooped up. Worse yet, late Wednesday night, one of those options, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, signed with the Padres, who seem as determined to create chaos as compete for the NL West. Responsible for barely 3 percent of the money spent so far this winter, about $62 million between Joc Pederson and Mitch Haniger, the Giants have money to spend and now turn their attention elsewhere. They still seek a starting pitcher, an outfielder and, most of all, an impact

Trump does not plan to appeal dismissal of Mar-a-Lago special master to Supreme Court

Former President Donald Trump does not plan to appeal to the Supreme Court a lower court order that put an end to the special master review of documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN. Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that a lower court judge had erred when she ordered the appointment of a third party, or special master, to review about 100 classified documents that investigators found when they searched his Florida home in August. The former president’s legal team previously argued that they needed an outside expert to decide whether any of documents found at Mar-a-Lago could be privileged. They had until Thursday to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. On Thursday afternoon, the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the mandate that puts its ruling into effect, meaning the time period Trump had been given to seek an order pausing the ruling has expired. The Trump team’s decision not to appeal would mark the end of a monthslong legal battle over whether the review should take place and will allow the Justice

Celine Dion endured many tragedies before diagnosis with Stiff-Person Syndrome

Even before Celine Dion announced Thursday that she had been diagnosed with a rare and progressive neurological disorder known as Stiff-Person Syndrome (SPS), she has faced a series of heartbreaking challenges throughout her life, including the 2016 death of her husband René Angélil. In an emotional videotaped announcement on Instagram, Dion, 54, said she had been dealing with health problems “for a long time” that have forced her to cancel her European tour in February. The Canadian “My Heart Will Go On” singer said the condition, which affects “something like one in a million people,” has been causing spasms that affect “every aspect of my daily life.” She said she’s had difficulty walking and, perhaps most upsetting for her, she can’t “use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to.” In her announcement, Dion also said she’s been an “open book” with her fans, which has indeed allowed them to feel close to her and offer their support when she’s faced other challenges in her life. Dion grew up in challenging circumstances, the youngest of 14 children in a close-knit family slept in

What does Amy Robach mean by ‘It’s over now?’ Her romance with T.J. Holmes?

A week after Amy Robach’s reputation and career were upended by news that she was having an affair with her “Good Morning America” co-host T.J. Holmes, the beleaguered TV personality mysteriously declared, “It’s kind of over now.” Robach made her comment to a Daily Mail reporter who caught her walking her dog in Manhattan Wednesday, two days after she and Holmes were “indefinitely” suspended from their show. The Daily Mail said Robach, 49, also spoke through “gritted teeth” and it wasn’t clear whether she was expressing frustration over the media frenzy, or referring to her suspension from the third hour of GMA. Amy Robach tells https://t.co/Rv1nOeM6YT ‘it’s kind of over now’ after affair with T.J. Holmes was exposed https://t.co/GDh2akmEcm — Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) December 8, 2022 Perhaps, the Daily Mail said, she was suggesting that her relationship with Holmes was “over now” — unable to withstand the scrutiny. She and Holmes have faced criticism over starting their affair when both were still married. Holmes’ personal life in particular has been dissected, with reports saying he was known at ABC as a “serial cheater” who

San Ramon Valley brings youth, confidence to its first state title game

In one of the biggest moments in the school’s football history, San Ramon Valley asked its junior kicker to send the team to a state championship. Pelted by rain and with only 18 seconds on the clock, Austin Shelton split the uprights from 37 yards away to win a Northern California title. Without that kick, the Wolves would not be making the trip to Mission Viejo for the Division 2-A state title game Saturday against Granite Hills-El Cajon. As Shelton ran down the field in celebration last weekend, the entire San Ramon Valley team joyously chased after him. “To make a game-winning kick was a dream ever since I was a kid,” Shelton said after the Wolves beat Marin Catholic 19-17. “I was like, ‘Let’s go win this and go to state.’” If the state championship comes down to a pressure kick, coach Aaron Becker and the entire team knows they have a guy capable of coming through. “I have 100 percent faith in Austin,” receiver Zack Dodson said. Shelton is just one of the strengths of a junior class that includes quarterback Luke Baker

All-Star Game timeline for Wrigley Field and a top prospect returns: Chicago Cubs notebook from winter meetings

A wild week of free agency is just the beginning of an aggressive stretch of spending in Major League Baseball. The Chicago Cubs leave the winter meetings with a good start to their offseason, building through the additions of center fielder Cody Bellinger and starting pitcher Jameson Taillon. They need more talented players, though, to put a dent in the gap between the Cubs and playoff-caliber teams. It’ll require a multi-year effort of adding on, and they still notably lack the type of power hitters the lineup needs to field a more competitive group in 2023. After Xander Bogaerts signed with the San Diego Padres for 11 years, $280 million late Wednesday night, the Cubs remain engaged in the free agent shortstop market with Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson still of interest to the club. As the Cubs continue to gauge free-agent options, the winter meetings set the groundwork for how they will continue to try to improve on a 77-win team. All-Star Game wait continues for Wrigley Field When the Cubs began their five-year renovation of Wrigley Field in 2014, one ancillary benefit of

Michelin awards: Can you really dine for $49 at these ‘affordable’ Bib Gourmand restaurants?

The Michelin Guide doesn’t just bestow stars on restaurants with exquisite $300 menus. The inspectors eat like real people between those swanky meals and recommend Bib Gourmand awards for restaurants that deliver “great food at a great value” — 141 of them in California this year. How do they determine affordability? For years, the rule of thumb was a restaurant where you could order two courses and dessert or a glass of wine for about $40 per person. That price point moved up to $49 (excluding tax, tip) for the 2022 Michelin Guide, thanks to inflation and other rising costs. Really, $49?? I mean, we know they eat out for a living, but they do it on an expense account. So we decided to check out the online menus at several of the 56 Bib Gourmands in the Bay Area to see if we could find an appealing, innovative meal at that price. And, she chortles, we tried it with the dinner menus, not the more affordable lunch ones. Here we go … TOP HATTER KITCHEN (San Leandro): Hmm, the first dish that appealed to

Big firms scouting Florida want bigger office space, Dolphins owner and developer Stephen Ross says

Stephen M. Ross, the billionaire developer and Miami Dolphins owner, is betting that big out-of-state companies want more, not less, office space in South Florida despite lofty inflation and the threat of an economic recession in 2023. “You can feel the slowdown because the money is not there and rates are higher,” Ross told a “Florida Summit” sponsored by the Urban Land Institute in Miami on Wednesday. “Certain cities are slowing down faster. You will feel it here but it won’t be as great as it will be in the Northeast. The so-called blue states will grow slower than the red states for a lot of different reasons. If you are in Florida, it’s a good place to be at this point.” “We’re moving forward right now, no matter what,” Ross added, pointing to an unceasing flow of out-of-state companies that still want to locate in the region because of Florida’s friendly business climate. “The growth has been phenomenal, and I don’t really see it ending,” he said, adding that companies contemplating moves to the Miami area are seeking between 50,000 and 100,000 square feet

Fellow 49ers rookie Jordan Mason raves about Brock Purdy

SANTA CLARA — Brock Purdy proved his game-planning chops months before he won his coming-out party Sunday, in relief of an injured Jimmy Garoppolo. “I actually got a chance to be around Brock because he stayed at my house three or four days,” fellow rookie Jordan Mason recalled Wednesday about preseason training. “We stayed in my apartment going over plays. I got to see how he deals with the playbook. He’s a QB.” By Mason’s “QB” definition, that means Purdy stays late when everyone else is gone, to study playbooks, watch film, and consult with anyone to help ace an eventual test. Sunday, Purdy will be the 49ers’ starting quarterback when he makes his first start at Levi’s Stadium, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his slightly more accomplished counterpart, Tom Brady. Helping prepare Purdy — and the emerging Mason — for this spotlight was scout-team duty the past three months against the 49ers’ defense, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the NFL. “You can ask Brock, I get on his nerves every time we’re on the scout team (and says) ‘Hey man, get

Bay Area TV Sports Listings: What to watch Thursday-Friday

Thursday Men’s College Basketball 4 p.m. Rutgers at Ohio State ESPN2 5 p.m. Iowa State at Iowa FS1 6 p.m. Colorado State at Colorado ESPN2 6 p.m. Michigan at Minnesota BTN Women’s College Basketball 3 p.m. Notre Dame at Lafayette NBCBA 3:30 p.m. Maryland at Purdue BTN College football 4 p.m. College Football Awards ESPN Golf 2 a.m. DP World: Alfred Dunhill Championship (early Fri.) GOLF NBA 4:30 p.m. Clippers at Heat NBATV 7 p.m. Nuggets at Trail Blazers NBATV NFL 5:15 p.m. Raiders at Rams PRIME Women’s College Volleyball 8 a.m. NCAA regional semifinal: Oregon vs. Nebraska ESPNU 9 a.m. NCAA regional semifinal: Ohio St. vs. Minnesota ESPN2 10 a.m. NCAA regional semifinal: Baylor vs. Louisville ESPNU 11 a.m. NCAA regional semifinal: Marquette vs. Texas ESPN2 12:30 p.m. NCAA regional semifinal: Florida vs. Pittsburgh ESPNU 2:30 p.m. NCAA regional semifinal: Penn St. vs. Wisconsin ESPNU 5 p.m. NCAA regional semifinal: Kentucky vs. San Diego ESPNU 7 p.m. NCAA regional semifinal: Stanford vs. Houston ESPNU Friday Basketball 7 p.m. G League: South Bay at Santa Cruz NBCBA College Football 4 p.m. FCS quarterfinal: Samford at

Nets blow 23-point lead, hold on to beat shorthanded Hornets

The real way to save Kevin Durant’s legs for the end of the season is to end his night early against lesser opponents. As evidenced by the Nets’ meltdown in their 122-116 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, that’s much easier said than done. The Nets were on pace to give Durant a half-day. They led by 23 in the second quarter, largely due to Seth Curry’s hot shooting against his hometown team and Kyrie Irving’s aggressive scoring against Terry Rozier, his understudy on the Boston Celtics who now plays a key role in Charlotte. The Nets blew the Hornets out of the water in the first half. The game was supposed to be over. And then they took their foot off the gas. They left Durant on the bench far too long, then lost those minutes while he watched from the sidelines. This is the other side of the Durant workload conundrum: Yes he leads the NBA in minutes; yes, he’s 34 years old in his 15th NBA season; yes, he’s four seasons removed from a devastating ruptured Achilles; and yes, the Nets

Historic bill protecting same-sex, interracial unions clears Congress

By MARY CLARE JALONICK (Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) — The House gave final approval Thursday to legislation protecting same-sex marriages, a monumental step in a decadeslong battle for nationwide recognition of such unions that reflects a stunning turnaround in societal attitudes. President Joe Biden is expected to promptly sign the measure, which requires all states to recognize same-sex marriages, a relief for hundreds of thousands of couples who have married since the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision that legalized those marriages nationwide. The bipartisan legislation, which passed 258-169 with almost 40 Republican votes, would also protect interracial unions by requiring states to recognize legal marriages regardless of “sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin.” After months of talks, the Senate passed the bill last week with 12 Republican votes. In debate ahead of the vote, several gay members of Congress talked about what it would mean for them and their families. Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., said he was set to marry “the love of my life” next year and that it is “unthinkable” that his marriage might not be recognized in some states. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis.

Florida QB Jack Miller II to start for Gators in Las Vegas Bowl

Florida redshirt freshman Jack Miller II will make his first career start for the Gators during the Las Vegas Bowl. Miller will step in for Anthony Richardson Dec. 17 against Oregon State. Richardson declared for the NFL Draft on Monday after starting 12 games for the Gators (6-6). Miller, a transfer from Ohio State in December, did not play this season. He broke his thumb in August. Following surgery, Miller was scheduled to return in late September, but instead required additional recovery time to re-establish the grip strength to hold and throw a football. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound Miller was a 4-star prospect at Chaparral High in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the nation’s 13th-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class. He committed to Ohio State, where he appeared during five games in 2021 as the backup to Heisman finalist C.J. Stroud. Miller completed 7-of-14 passes for 101 yards and rushed 7 times for 22 yards and a touchdown. Miller earned first-year coach Billy Napier’s praise in March, calling his signing “a good decision” in light of 2021 starter Emory Jones’ departure during the first week of spring

Club Q shooting suspect claimed to have been awake for days before attack, newly unsealed court records say

A police report about the mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs that was unsealed Wednesday reveals the attack was captured on the club’s surveillance video and says the suspect apologized afterward. Police officers overheard Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, “tell medical staff he was sorry and he had been awake for four days,” according to a five-page arrest affidavit authored by a Colorado Springs police detective and made public Wednesday evening. Aldrich was charged Tuesday with 305 criminal counts, including first-degree murder and hate crimes, in connection with the Nov. 19 mass shooting at Club Q that killed five people and injured 22 more, 17 by gunfire. The attack was captured by Club Q’s surveillance cameras, which police say showed Aldrich pulling up to the nightclub in a gold Toyota Highlander at 11:55 p.m., according to the court document. He left the vehicle carrying an “AR-15-style assault rifle” and wearing a “ballistic vest,” according to the affidavit. In this video screenshot taken from Anderson Lee Aldrich’s newly unsealed arrest affidavit, a person is seen on surveillance video firing a weapon as they enter

Overhead traffic sensors are wave of the future for San Jose: Roadshow

Q: I read yet another answer of yours about damaged sensors. Some intersections use wire loops buried in the roadway and some use cameras mounted with the traffic lights. Out of curiosity, how do they decide which to use? The wire loops clearly require more maintenance based on the number of times they are mentioned in your articles. Jim Bodwin, Cupertino A: Traffic signals in San Jose primarily use two sources of vehicle detection, inductive loops and video detection. Inductive loops, embedded in the pavement, send an electric signal to the traffic controller when a vehicle passes or arrives at an intersection. While loops are great at detecting vehicles, they are susceptible to being damaged by normal pavement wear and tear and by construction projects. It can take some time to fully repair faulty detection with these more traditional detectors. Video detection is newer technology, and is slowly replacing the pavement-embedded sensors. Some of the benefits of video detection equipment are that repairs can be made faster, and this equipment can observe real-time traffic conditions. The cameras used for this system are mounted on traffic

Share the Spirit: What does ‘justice’ look like? These East Oakland teenagers are figuring it out.

OAKLAND — The stereotype of a high-school classroom — kids falling asleep at their desks, or stealthily texting their friends, as a disciplinarian teacher drones on about calculus — is a long ways from here. In fact, the roundtable seminar that ran 20 minutes late on this October afternoon produced scarcely a yawn from the dozen or so teenagers assembled, their eyes locked on the instructor, their heads buzzing with ideas about civil rights, racial justice and social mobility. The students of Centro Legal de la Raza’s youth law academy, nestled in the Fruitvale neighborhood’s shopping village, are keenly aware of how structural disadvantages — immigration barriers, food deserts, lack of voting access — can make their community feel like a world apart from neighborhoods across town. “People who are in power only want people to vote who can afford to miss work for a day,” Jasmine Suarez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants and a high-school senior in the program, offers during the peer discussion. While Spanish-language speakers in her community have little access to election information, lawns in upscale Berkeley neighborhoods are peppered with

WNBA star Brittney Griner released from Russian detention in prisoner swap for convicted arms dealer

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been released from Russian detention, President Joe Biden said Thursday. A source familiar with the matter tells CNN that the swap involves convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. The swap did not include another American that the State Department has declared wrongfully detained, Paul Whelan. “She’s safe, she’s on a plane, she’s on her way home,” Biden said at the White House Thursday morning alongside Griner’s wife, Cherelle. “After months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held under untolerable circumstances, Brittney will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones, and she should have been there all along.” Biden acknowledged that Griner’s release was occurring while Whelan remained imprisoned, saying that Whelan’s family “have to have such mixed emotions today.” “This was not a choice of which American to bring home,” Biden said. “Sadly, for totally illegitimate reasons, Russia is treating Paul’s case differently than Brittney’s. And while we have not yet succeeded in securing Paul’s release, we are not giving up. We will never give up.” Biden said efforts to bring Griner home took “painstaking and intense

Bay Area home values are falling. Here’s why most homeowners still shouldn’t expect a break on their property tax bill

Bay Area home values likely will continue to fall in 2023 — with the San Francisco area set to take the biggest losses in the country — but that doesn’t mean homeowners should necessarily expect a break on their property taxes. By next fall, home prices in the San Francisco metro area — which includes the East Bay and Peninsula — are forecast to tumble 3.6%, the largest decrease of any big population center, according to Zillow. In the San Jose metro, prices are expected to fall 1.8%. Bay Area home prices have come down in recent months as rising mortgage rates have boosted monthly home payments, squeezing many would-be buyers out of the market. The average rate on a 30-year-fixed home loan is now around 6.5%, about a half-percent decrease from November but more than double the historic lows from just last year. Zillow economist Orphe Divounguy said prices should continue to drop through most of next year. And the Federal Reserve is expected to raise the cost of borrowing at least once more in hopes of tamping down widespread inflation, in turn keeping

Word Game: Dec. 8, 2022

TODAY’S WORD — IMPASSIVE (IMPASSIVE: im-PAS-iv: Apathetic; giving no sign of emotion.) Average mark 21 words Time limit 35 minutes Can you find 28 or more words in IMPASSIVE? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — MANDRILL maid mail main mall marl marlin mild mill mind amid amir arid nadir nail damn darn dial dill drain dram drill raid rail rain rani rill rind laid lain lair land lard liar lidar limn To purchase the Word Game book, visit WordGameBooks.com. Order it now for just $5 while supplies last! RULES OF THE GAME: 1. Words must be of four or more letters. 2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. 3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. 4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed. Contact Word Game creator Kathleen Saxe at kzsaxe@gmail.com.

Horoscopes Dec. 8, 2022: Ian Somerhalder, trust your instincts

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Ian Somerhalder, 44; Dominic Monaghan, 46; Teri Hatcher, 58; James Galway, 83. Happy Birthday: Stay on track, no matter what others do or say. Trust your instincts, not what someone tells you. Take refuge in places and with people you trust; it will help you stick to your morals and ethics. Focus on the simple truth, and scorn those who exaggerate or try to take advantage of you. Protect your rights and reputation. Your numbers are 2, 9, 20, 26, 32, 39, 44. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Live and learn. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Your experience will help you reach your goals and enrich your life. You have the skills to get things done and overcome obstacles. Travel and romance are favored. 4 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Uncertainty regarding what to do next is prevalent. Consider what you enjoy doing most and find a way to incorporate it into your daily routine. Consider offering a service that helps others and allows you to build assets and lower debt. 3 stars GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The prime way