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4:05 PM ET, January 16, 2022

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Ben Badler / Baseball America:
MLB International Prospects Signing Agreement Tracker For 2022  —  Major League Baseball's international signing period opens on Saturday, Jan. 15 for the 2021-22 class.  —  Below we have the signing agreements for all 30 clubs, with more to come throughout the day.
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Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com:
No. 7 int'l prospect leads Dodgers' signings  —  The Dodgers are once again making a big splash on the international market with another big class.  —  According to industry sources, the club is expected to sign more than 30 international prospects, including outfielder Samuel Munoz …
Associated Press:
Cincinnati Bengals win their 1st playoff game in 31 years, holding off a last-minute Las Vegas Raiders drive for a 26-19 victory  —  CINCINNATI — Joe Burrow led an efficient offense that scored on six drives, including his two touchdown passes, and rookie Evan McPherson made four field goals …
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Associated Press:
Josh Allen, Bills throttle division rival Patriots  —  ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The lingering sting of being embarrassed on home turf by the New England Patriots didn't sit well with defensive end Jerry Hughes and the Buffalo Bills.  —  On Saturday night, the Bills did something about it by erasing …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB lockout: Players union not impressed by owners' proposals in first meeting since Dec. 1  —  Well, at least they are talking.  —  This time, instead of a face-off that lasted all of seven minutes during their last negotiation session Dec. 1, the video call Thursday afternoon between Major League Baseball …
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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 …
The Athletic:
MLB lockout: Live updates as league, Players Association discuss core economics
Discussion: NBCSports.com and Bucs Dugout
Ben Morse / CNN:
Netflix teaming up with PGA Tour and golf's majors for ‘immersive’ docuseries with glittering cast of players  —  (CNN)Forget Netflix and chill — it's time to pitch and putt with a new docuseries.  —  The streaming service announced on Wednesday it will be teaming up with the PGA Tour …
Discussion: Mercury News
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez died by suicide, per medical examiner  —  His family issues a statement: “Struggling in silence is not OK.”  —  Updated Earlier today  —  Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez died by suicide, the Tarrant County (Texas) Medical Examiner's office said Thursday.
Press Telegram:
Long Beach State dials up defense to defeat UCSB  —  Freshmen Aboubacar Traore and Jadon Jones spark LBSU, which holds the Gauchos to just six points over the final 10 minutes of a 65-58 win  —  LONG BEACH — Freshman forward Aboubacar Traore had 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots …
Discussion: Daily News
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.
Associated Press:
Atlantic League ends trials with 61-foot mounds, robo-umps for balls and strikes  —  NEW YORK — The Atlantic League is restoring its pitching mound to 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate and returning strike zone judgment to umpires after experimenting with moving the rubber back a foot and using an automatic ball-strike system.
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.
 
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