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6:55 PM ET, January 13, 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.
Joe Judge Drowns Giants Firing Sorrows With Massive Order Of Beer & Pizza  —  JOE JUDGE NEEDS BEER & PIZZA AFTER GIANTS FIRING ... Gets Massive Order Delivered To NJ Home … Forget ice cream and movies ... Joe Judge is getting over his New York Giants breakup with beer and pizza — and a whole hell of a lot of it!!!
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 …
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 …
Omar Kelly / Sun-Sentinel:
It's time for Dolphins owner Steve Ross to hire a veteran head coach
Discussion: Boston Herald
Dave Hyde / Sun-Sentinel:
Flores, Tua, f-bombs — and what the bleep is Dolphins owner Steve Ross thinking?
Discussion: Denver Post
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.
Ronald Blum / Associated Press:   MLB lockout talks to resume after month break: AP source
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 …
Associated Press:
Baltimore Orioles to move back left-field wall at Camden Yards, say ‘it will no longer be an outlier’ among ballparks  —  BALTIMORE — The Orioles are moving the wall in left field back as much as 30 feet in an effort to make Oriole Park at Camden Yards a bit easier on pitchers.
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.
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Buster Olney's Top 10s for 2022: Ranking MLB's best outfielders  —  About 15 minutes before first pitch of a Nationals-Braves game last summer, one of Juan Soto's sprints took him into the outfield, out behind second base, and he paused to say hi to Ozzie Albies, who talks to everyone …
Discussion: Sports Illustrated
Justin Toscano / USA Today:
Keith Hernandez reacts to NY Mets retiring his No. 17 and hints at an Old Timers Day  —  On Tuesday afternoon, Keith Hernandez received a call from Mets owner Steve Cohen.  —  Oh OK, maybe he wants to talk about the team, Hernandez thought.  So he picked up the phone and the two discussed the club for around 10 minutes.
Discussion: The Athletic
Mike Singer / Denver Post:
Nuggets' Bol Bol trade with Detroit is off due to physical, source says  —  Three days after the Nuggets agreed to trade Bol Bol to Detroit, the deal is off, a league source told The Denver Post.  —  The Pistons had an issue with Bol's physical and reneged on the trade …
Andrew Baggarly / The Athletic:
‘A lot of teams hit my heart’: A superstar in Japan, Seiya Suzuki craves a new challenge in MLB  —  Seiya Suzuki covered every topic.  —  He discussed the journey he took to become arguably the best all-around baseball player in Nippon Professional Baseball, the pride he felt while lifting …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Teen baseball prospect Elian Soto verbally agrees to join Washington Nationals, sources say  —  Elian Soto, Juan Soto's younger sibling, has verbally agreed to join his brother's Washington Nationals just days after declaring his intentions to sign with the New York Mets, a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.
Discussion: Talking Chop and Lookout Landing
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Fred Robledo / Pasadena Star News:
San Gabriel Valley boys athlete of the week: Luis Gonzalez, Ganesha
Discussion: Press Telegram
DJ Bien-Aime II / New York Daily News:
Joe Douglas embarks on huge offseason with flexibility to get talent Jets desperately need
 Earlier Picks: 
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Buster Olney's Top 10s for 2022: Ranking MLB's best infielders
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:
Hall of Fame 2022: Phillies legend, NL MVP Jimmy Rollins debuts on ballot. Was he good enough?
Discussion: CBS Boston and Phillies Nation