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Pro sports teams in New York City and its surrounding metro area are in the midst of one of the worst stretches in recent memory.

The bottom line: 2020 has been a year we can all comfortably say we'd like to forget. New York sports fans might just be able to say it with a little more oomph.

  • NFL: The Jets and Giants are a combined 0-10 for the first time ever.
  • NBA: The Knicks are the laughingstock of the league. The Nets are on the rise, but injuries cursed their season.
  • MLB: The Mets missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season. The Yankees were far better, but fell short of their title aspirations yet again.
  • NHL: The Islanders' surprise run to the Eastern Conference Finals was a bright spot, but the Isles and Rangers (and nearby Devils, for that matter) had the worst records in the Metropolitan Division.
  • WNBA: The Liberty (2-20) had the second-worst winning percentage in league history.
  • MLS: NYC FC and the Red Bulls are both middling at best, hovering around .500 two-thirds of the way through the season.

The big picture: One year of results can be misleading, but for many of these teams it's more of a trend than a blip.

  • The Jets' nine-year playoff drought is third-worst in the NFL, trailing only the Browns (17) and Bucs (12), both of whom look poised to snap their streaks.
  • The Giants are in the midst of their eighth losing streak of five or more games since 2013, the most in the NFL during that span.
  • The Knicks have the worst winning percentage (.410) of any NBA team this century.
  • The Mets have just four playoff appearances this century, a fact that barely scratches the surface of their prolonged ineptitude. Can Steve Cohen save them?
  • The Yankees didn't appear in a World Series in the 2010s, marking the first decade since the 1910s that they failed to do so. Hey, when you have 27 titles, you set lofty goals.

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Why it matters: Saturday's firing speaks to how much pressure CNN was under by employees and critics to address Cuomo's behavior.

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Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry's transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society's fight against climate change.