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5:00 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)
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 …
John Wawrow / Associated Press:
Damar Hamlin's recovery moving in positive direction and ‘we remain optimistic,’ says family rep for Buffalo Bills player  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 24  —  Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Spencer Brown (79) pauses as Damar Hamlin is examined by medical staff during the first half …
Pat Leonard / New York Daily News:
Damar Hamlin wakes as Bills assistant trainer Denny Kellington is lauded as ‘hero’  —  Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin woke up on Wednesday night and asked his bedside nurse in writing if his team had beaten the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.  —  “Did we win?”
Chris Perkins / Sun-Sentinel:
Five things to watch for in Dolphins-Jets game  —  South Florida Sun Sentinel's Chris Perkins and Dave Hyde discuss the Miami Dolphins quarterback concerns this week against the New York Jets and make their pick (, /South Florida Sun Sentinel)  —  The Miami Dolphins (8-8) host the New York Jets …
Discussion: Denver Post
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.
Jim Bowden / The Athletic:
What I'm hearing from MLB front offices is the next move for every team  —  The MLB offseason is heading for home, with spring training a little over a month away and almost all of the top free agents signed.  However, as shown by the moves popping up around the league Wednesday …
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.
Mercury News:
Live Bay Area storm updates: Two dead in storm; more rain, power outages expected Thursday  —  Brief break expected to be followed by another downpour Saturday  —  More rain fell Thursday around the Bay Area, but not nearly as intensely for as long as it did during a powerful storm that rolled through the region Wednesday.
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
Tim Kawakami / The Athletic:
Warriors' Joe Lacob on the possibility of a monster payroll, James Wiseman, Draymond Green and more  —  The financial numbers are known and they are immense.  They are historic.  They are mind-boggling to contemplate.  But so are the Warriors' constant and continuous championship ambitions, of course.
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.
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