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11:40 PM ET, January 18, 2022

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Fred Robledo / SGV Tribune:
SGV boys athlete of the week: Buckley DeJardin, St. Francis  —  The senior helped the Golden Knights to four wins in four days against tough competition  —  SGV Boys Athlete of the Week  —  Name: Buckley DeJardin School: St. Francis Sport: Basketball Year: Senior
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Eric-Paul Johnson / Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:
Inland boys athlete of the week: Shyheim Parm, Cajon  —  Parm averaged 23.3 points per game as the Cowboys picked up three victories last week  —  The Inland boys athlete of the week:  —  Name: Shyheim Parm  —  School: Cajon  —  Sport: Basketball  —  Year: Senior
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 …
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 …
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Jake Crouse / MLB.com:
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
Jake Fischer / Bleacher Report:
‘He Fits Everywhere’: Inside the Market for NBA Trade Deadline's ‘Grand Prize’  —  If Ben Simmons is the linchpin of the NBA's trade season, Jerami Grant is being viewed by league personnel as the best player with the highest likelihood of being dealt prior to the Feb. 10 deadline.
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.
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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
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 …
Curly W Live:
Washington Nationals announce player development staff  —  The Washington Nationals announced their 2022 Minor League Player Development staff on Tuesday.  Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo and Director of Player Development De Jon Watson made the joint announcement.
Sun-Sentinel:
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 …
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 / NBCSports.com:
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.
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