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11:45 PM ET, January 6, 2023

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John Wawrow / Associated Press:
Damar Hamlin — breathing on his own— joins Buffalo Bills' team meeting via videoconference: ‘Love you boys’  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 24  —  Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, on Dec. 1, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. (Greg M. Cooper/AP)
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Damar Hamlin has shown 'remarkable improvement, Buffalo Bills say, and asked who won the game when he woke up  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 24  —  Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, on Dec. 1, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. (Greg M. Cooper/AP)
Hayes Gardner / Baltimore Sun:
Ravens can host a playoff game with Week 18 win in Cincinnati and favorable coin toss  —  The Ravens cannot win this season's AFC North crown.  They could, however, host the division champions in a playoff game next week.  —  The NFL announced Thursday night that Monday night's Cincinnati …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Dodgers show Trevor Bauer the door following meeting where he didn't show remorse  —  PHOENIX - The Los Angeles Dodgers planned to cut ties with Trevor Bauer all along.  —  They never wanted to see him in a Dodger uniform again.  —  Still, they thought they owed him the courtesy of speaking to him directly.
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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Los Angeles Dodgers cut ties with embattled pitcher Trevor Bauer  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers officially cut ties Friday with starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, the embattled former Cy Young Award winner who was handed an unprecedented suspension following allegations of sexual assault.
Associated Press:
Reds release Mike Moustakas with $22 million left on deal  —  CINCINNATI — Mike Moustakas was released by the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday with $22 million remaining on his contract.  —  The veteran infielder was designated for assignment Dec. 22 when the team signed catcher Curt Casali.
Sam Janesch / Baltimore Sun:
Maryland board approves Ravens' lease extension for at least 15 more seasons at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore  —  The Ravens received final approval Wednesday to extend their lease of M&T Bank Stadium for 15 more seasons, through 2037, and potentially through the 2047 season.
Discussion: Mercury News
Dennis Lin / The Athletic:
Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. cleared to resume baseball activities: Source  —  Padres infielder-outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. has been cleared to resume baseball activities this weekend, a team source told The Athletic on Friday.  The development marks a notable step in Tatis' rehabilitation from multiple surgeries.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Gaslamp Ball
Joon Lee / ESPN:
Yankees name Omar Minaya as senior adviser to baseball operations  —  NEW YORK — The Yankees are adding another veteran executive to their baseball operations department.  —  Former New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya is joining the team as an adviser to baseball operations.
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Yankees eye Pirates' Bryan Reynolds amid ‘unrealistic asks’  —  The Yankees, still needing an outfielder, are among teams consistently interested in Pirates star Bryan Reynolds, who seeks a trade.  —  One interested team exec summed up the Pirates requests in two words: “unrealistic asks.”
CNN:
McCarthy loses ninth vote as his speaker bid faces increasingly dire prospects  —  Kevin McCarthy came up short once again on Thursday as he lost the ninth House vote to elect a new House speaker - the same number of voting rounds needed in 1923, which is the last time multiple ballots took place for the speakership.
Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Nets 12-game winning streak ends in Chicago, 121-112  —  It took just the opening minutes of the first quarter of the Nets' 121-112 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday to know Brooklyn's league-best 12-game winning streak would come to an end.  —  The Nets did not come out sharp in Chicago …
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Julia Poe / Chicago Tribune:
Lackluster rebounding is hurting the Chicago Bulls as 2nd-chance points continue to change games
Discussion: The Athletic and Chicago Sun-Times
 
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