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1:25 AM ET, January 15, 2023


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Julian McWilliams / The Boston Globe:
Red Sox agree on contracts with their remaining five arbitration-eligibles  —  The Red Sox agreed to one-year deals with their final five arbitration-eligible players Friday, the deadline for the sides to exchange salary figures.  —  Alex Verdugo will make $6.3 million in 2023, up from $3.55 million last season.
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A's agree with 3 arbitration-eligible players  —  OAKLAND — The A's reached agreements on one-year deals with all three of their remaining arbitration-eligible players before Friday's deadline, including All-Star right-hander Paul Blackburn.  —  In his first year of arbitration eligibility …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals commit $30 million to dodge arbitration with 7 players, but 2 head for hearings  —  The Cardinals avoided any friction that adversarial arbitration hearings may create with both of the starters who can be free agents this fall.  But the club was unable to sidestep that possibility …
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Sheriff's deputy shot and killed near Lake Elsinore  —  A Riverside County sheriff's deputy was shot to death near Lake Elsinore on Friday afternoon, Jan. 13, becoming the second to die in the line of duty in the past 16 days after the department went almost two decades without an on-duty slaying of a deputy.
New York Post:
Yankees' Frankie Montas to miss first month of season with shoulder inflammation  —  Frankie Montas' first full season with the Yankees will start much in the same way his ended last year, with him dealing with shoulder inflammation.  —  The right-hander is expected to miss the first month …
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Andrew McCutchen returning to Pirates on 1-year deal  —  Andrew McCutchen is returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team announced Friday.  —  The 36-year-old, who was named the 2013 NL MVP when he was playing in Pittsburgh, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million with the Pirates …
G. Allan Taylor / The Athletic:
How the $13 million recruitment of Jaden Rashada for Florida fell apart  —  Editor's note: An earlier version of this article stated that the Gator Collective's Edward Rojas and Jen Grosso signed a contract with Jaden Rashada on Nov. 10.  Grosso, who's involved in coordinating post-agreement activities …
Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Nets play well in first game without Kevin Durant but still can't handle the Celtics  —  If anything became clear from the Nets' 109-98 loss to the Boston Celtics in their first game of Kevin Durant's projected monthlong absence after spraining the MCL in his right knee, it's this:
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Who has the edge?  Dolphins (9-8) at Bills (13-3), in the wild-card round  —  The Sun Sentinel's Chris Perkins and David Furones discuss what the Miami Dolphins need to accomplish to win Sunday's playoff game against the Bills in Buffalo. (, /South Florida Sun Sentinel)
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Chris Perkins / Sun-Sentinel:
Five things to watch for in Dolphins vs. Bills wild-card playoff game
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David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins' Terron Armstead opted against surgery to push through season, trying to play vs. Bills
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Adam Grosbard / Orange County Register:
USC's Vincent Iwuchukwu makes first appearance post-cardiac arrest in win over Colorado  —  Six months after collapsing during a summer practice, the 7-foot freshman makes his college debut as the Trojans take advantage of 22 Buffalo turnovers in a 68-61 win
Kyle Goon / Orange County Register:
Lakers bested by Luka Doncic, Mavericks in two overtimes  —  The depleted Lakers put forth a scrappy effort, but Doncic (35-point triple-double) hits tying 3-pointers in the final seconds of regulation and the first OT as Dallas hands them a 119-115 defeat  —  LOS ANGELES …
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Bears hire Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren — ‘a man of integrity, respect and excellence’ — as their new president/CEO  —  The Chicago Bears have hired Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren to be their president and CEO, the team announced Thursday.  —  Warren, who has been with the Big Ten …
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