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2:50 PM ET, January 20, 2022

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Baseball America:
2022 Top 100 Prospects  —  Editor's Note: Royals LHP Asa Lacy ranked ahead of C M.J. Melendez and 1B Nick Pratto on our Royals Top 10 Prospects list.  As we gathered feedback for our Top 100 Prospects list, we consistently heard suggestions that Melendez and Pratto should rank above Lacy on our Top 100.
Los Angeles Times:
Sources: ‘No current plans’ to replace Frank Vogel, but Kurt Rambis makes voice heard  —  Frank Vogel, his time with the Lakers at as perilous a point since he was hired as coach in 2019, wanted to make sure everyone knew.  —  “We put the work in every day,” he said before his team defeated the Utah Jazz on Monday.
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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 …
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.
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Keith Pompey / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Sources: Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris could be traded West as the Kings continue to put on full-court press  —  How badly do the Sacramento Kings want Ben Simmons?  Multiple sources previously said the Western Conference team was willing to complete a deal for Simmons and Tobias Harris.
Curly W Live:
Kevin Frandsen returns to Washington as MASN Color Commentator  —  The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and Washington Nationals today named former player Kevin Frandsen as the network's color commentator for Nationals television coverage.  Frandsen joins the MASN booth after four seasons …
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Elizabeth Merrill / ESPN:
Deaths of woman, 2-year-old son in fall at San Diego Padres' Petco Park ruled suicide, homicide  —  A woman who fell to her death at Petco Park while holding her toddler son last September died by suicide, according to a statement Wednesday from the San Diego Police Department.
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Claudine Zap / Real Estate News & Insights:
San Diego Padres Pitcher Mike Clevinger Scoops Up $2.57M Home
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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
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
MLB kills Rays' split-city plan with Montreal  —  Team officials say they have no immediate plans to explore relocation to another market, and Stuart Sternberg has no plans to sell the team.  —  Updated Just now  —  ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' proposed plan to split seasons in Montreal …
Jared Weiss / The Athletic:
Brad Stevens starts making moves: Here's the latest on Celtics as trade deadline approaches  —  There's finally movement on the Celtics roster.  —  Brad Stevens made his first midseason trade late Tuesday night, sending Juancho Hernangomez out in a three-team deal to San Antonio …
Pat Leonard / New York Daily News:
Bills' Joe Schoen visits Giants in person for second interview as GM pool narrows  —  Buffalo Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen became the first Giants GM candidate to participate in a second interview on Tuesday.  —  It's not clear how many of the nine initial candidates have reached round two …
Discussion: Denver Post
Keven Lerner / Sun-Sentinel:
Tua Tagovailoa's ex-QB coach emerges as odds-on favorite to land Dolphins coaching job  —  Tua Tagovailoa's former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama has emerged as the odds-on favorite to land the Miami Dolphins coaching job.  —  Brian Daboll, the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator …
Discussion: Mercury News
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
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Robert Murray / FanSided:
Francisco Liriano announces retirement after two-decade career in MLB
 
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