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5:30 PM ET, January 12, 2022

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Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Jon Lester announces retirement after 16 seasons, three World Series titles  —  Three-time World Series champion and 200-game winner Jon Lester is retiring after a 16-year career.  —  Lester, 38, told ESPN that his body just isn't up for the rigors of a major league season anymore.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB, players' union to hold bargaining session Thursday  —  Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association plan to hold a bargaining session Thursday, the first since the league locked out the players Dec. 2, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN on Tuesday.
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
A month into lockout, MLB and players will finally meet for negotiations  —  PHOENIX — Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association will meet Thursday afternoon for the first time since Dec. 1 to discuss some core economic issues and competitive balance issues in a video conference …
Ronald Blum / Associated Press:
MLB lockout talks to resume after month break: AP source  —  Major League Baseball and the players' association are scheduled to meet Thursday, ending a 42-day break in negotiations that began when management started a lockout in the sport's first work stoppage since 1995.
Dave Hyde / Sun-Sentinel:
Flores, Tua, f-bombs — and what the bleep is Dolphins owner Steve Ross thinking?  —  It started at halftime with a meltdown in the locker room as their season melted down on the field.  Coach Brian Flores was angry at quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's dismal half.  He said things.  Tua said things back.
Discussion: Denver Post
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David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Fired Dolphins coach Brian Flores gets first interview lined up  —  Former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores, who was fired on Monday, reportedly got his first interview for another head coaching vacancy lined up on Tuesday with the Chicago Bears.  —  Flores is expected to be a hot name …
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins put in first two interview requests for coaching vacancy  —  The Miami Dolphins have reportedly put in their first two requests for permission to interview candidates for their head coaching job.  —  After the first known request was sent out to the Buffalo Bills on Monday night …
Pat Leonard / New York Daily News:
Giants' firing of Joe Judge says more about the lost franchise than it does about the coach  —  Joe Judge sounded like an outsider during his infamous rant in Chicago, which was the most telling takeaway of all.  —  When Judge flew off the handle on Jan. 2, blasting the effort and culture …
Discussion: Twin Cities and Denver Post
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Pat Leonard / New York Daily News:
Bills' Joe Schoen, Chiefs' Ryan Poles among Giants' interview requests as GM search begins
Pat Leonard / New York Daily News:   Giants' Steve Tisch: ‘Disappointed’ an ‘understatement’ as GM Dave Gettleman is dismissed
Michael Scotto / HoopsHype:
NBA trade deadline preview: A look at the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, Hawks and more … HoopsHype's Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan previewed the NBA trade deadline a month away, including potential trades for the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, Hawks, Rockets, Clippers, Thunder, and Mavericks on the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast.
Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles altering Camden Yards' left-field dimensions amid ballpark's historic home run binge  —  In the aftermath of pitching the Orioles' first complete game no-hitter in more than 50 years, left-hander John Means expressed gratitude that the feat came on the road, given that Kyle Lewis' eighth-inning drive …
Fred Robledo / Pasadena Star News:
San Gabriel Valley boys athlete of the week: Luis Gonzalez, Ganesha  —  The senior scored nine goals last week as the Giants won two Miramonte League games  —  San Gabriel Valley Boys Athlete of the Week  —  Name: Luis Gonzalez School: Ganesha Sport: Soccer Year: Senior
Discussion: Press Telegram
New York Mets:
METS TO RETIRE KEITH HERNANDEZ'S UNIFORM #17  —  The New York Mets today announced the team will retire Keith Hernandez's uniform #17 prior to the Saturday, July 9 game vs. Miami.  —  Hernandez was elected to the Mets Hall of Fame in 1997, ranks second in team history in batting average …
 
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