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ESPN:
Sources: MLB makes first labor proposal since lockout, awaits union's counter as threat of postponed spring training looms  —  MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Guardians, Colorado Rockies …
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The Athletic:
MLB lockout: Live updates as league, Players Association discuss core economics  —  Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are meeting Thursday for the first time since early December, as the league is set to present a new core economics proposal.  The two sides have not met to discuss core economics since …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB, players' union to hold bargaining session Thursday
Ronald Blum / Associated Press:   MLB lockout talks to resume after month break: AP source
TMZ.com:
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!!!
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Art Stapleton / NorthJersey.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Joe Judge breaks silence after firing as Giants coach with heartfelt farewell  —  Joe Judge made his first public comments since his firing as head coach of the New York Giants on Thursday night in an exclusive statement to NorthJersey.com, part of the USA TODAY Network.
Pat Leonard / New York Daily News:
Giants' firing of Joe Judge says more about the lost franchise than it does about the coach
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.
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.
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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
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.
Mark Whicker / Orange County Register:
2 years into retirement, Eric Weddle eagerly answers call from Rams  —  Eric Weddle did not retire to the couch.  He did not spend his idle time plundering the pantry.  —  He retired to the weight room and the basketball court, and to a car that took his kids to various games and practices across the sporting spectrum.
Elliott Teaford / Orange County Register:
Ducks' John Gibson selected to All-Star team; Troy Terry snubbed  —  Goaltender John Gibson was selected Thursday to represent the Ducks at the All-Star Game on Feb. 5 in Las Vegas, which wasn't a surprise given his stellar play for an upstart team that was in second place in the Pacific Division nearing …
Discussion: Daily News and Daily Breeze
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
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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 …
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 …
Omar Kelly / Sun-Sentinel:
It's time for Dolphins owner Steve Ross to hire a veteran head coach  —  I love Brian Daboll.  —  I've had an unhealthy obsession with the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator ever since he served as the Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator for the 2011 season.
Discussion: Boston Herald
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