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1:15 PM ET, January 18, 2022


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Robert Murray / FanSided:
Francisco Liriano announces retirement after two-decade career in MLB  —  After a Major League career that spanned over twenty years with seven ballclubs and included an All-Star appearance and World Series ring, Francisco Liriano is hanging up his glove.  —  Free-agent pitcher Francisco Liriano …
Jake Crouse /
After 14 seasons, Liriano hangs up spikes  —  After a 14-year MLB career spent mostly with the Twins and Pirates and two decades in professional baseball, left-hander Francisco Liriano has decided to step away from the sport.  —  Liriano's retirement was first reported by Robert Murray of FanSided …
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Dan Wiederer / Chicago Tribune:
The Chicago Bears will interview Leslie Frazier for their head coaching vacancy.  Here's what to know about the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator.  —  The Chicago Bears have reached out to at least 13 general manager and 10 coaching candidates for interviews.
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 …
Dennis Young / New York Daily News:
49ers outlast Cowboys in farce no one deserved to win  —  Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan tried to gift the Cowboys a playoff win at least three times on Sunday night, with the game ending on the Cowboys flamboyantly rejecting the final attempt.  —  With 14 seconds left and no timeouts remaining …
The Athletic:
Sources: Lakers coach Frank Vogel's job in serious jeopardy despite Jazz win  —  LeBron James made good on his promise that the Lakers would be better.  Magic Johnson got his wish that his old team would play harder.  And with a 101-95 win over the Utah Jazz, the Lakers answered …
NFL player Malik McDowell arrested in South Florida on charges of public exposure and beating a deputy  —  DEERFIELD BEACH — Malik McDowell, a defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns, has been arrested on charges of public exposure and beating a deputy in a “violent attack” that left the officer …
University of Missouri Athletics:
Mizzou Mourns the Passing of Pitching Coach Brian DeLunas  —  COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri baseball pitching coach Brian DeLunas passed away on the evening of Jan. 16, 2022, after an extended battle with kidney disease.  He was 46 years old.  —  “Words cannot describe how heartbroken …
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.
Pat Ragazzo / Sports Illustrated:
Why The Mets Made A Mistake By Letting Javier Báez Walk In Free Agency  —  Find out why the Mets made a mistake by not retaining Javier Báez.  —  It's not just about the cost acquisition of giving up 2020 first-round draft pick Pete Crow-Armstrong in order to land Javier Báez before last season's trade deadline.
Jim Salisbury /
Phillies sign international prospects from Germany, Australia … Add a couple of more names to the list of prospects the Phillies signed as the international market for players who have turned 16 swung open on Saturday.  —  The Phils landed Lou Helmig, an 18-year-old outfielder from Germany …
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Greg Rajan / Houston Chronicle:
Astros' Dusty Baker discusses Black representation in baseball on MLB Network special  —  The Astros' troubles following their sign-stealing scandal provided the opportunity for Dusty Baker in getting back into the exclusive fraternity of major league managers.
Discussion: and Lookout Landing
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