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10:35 AM ET, January 20, 2023

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Baseball America:
2023 Top 100 Prospects  —  The 2023 Prospect Handbook is at the printer.  All 30 team Top 10s are published.  Pitchers and catchers are less than a month away from reporting to spring training.  —  All of that can only mean one thing: It's time for the grand finale, the 2023 Top 100 Prospects.
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Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Nets remain winless without Kevin Durant: ‘There has to be a DNA, a toughness here’  —  Kyrie Irving wanted you to believe that without Kevin Durant, a 30-point-per-game scorer heralded as one of the most versatile players in NBA history, the Nets weren't going to struggle.
Antwan Staley / New York Daily News:
Improved Giants defense will be the key against Eagles in NFC Divisional Round matchup  —  In a league full of enormous offense numbers, defense still wins championships.  —  The Giants' defense doesn't appear to be anything close to championship material on paper.
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Pat Leonard / New York Daily News:   Hiring Wink Martindale was a home run; keeping him is just as important
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins fire defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, make other staff changes  —  The Miami Dolphins parted ways with defensive coordinator Josh Boyer on Thursday, the team announced.  —  Boyer's third season leading the Dolphins defense was a disappointment.  A group expected to be one of the better units …
Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Heat show completeness in crushing shorthanded Pelicans 124-98  —  The simplicity was in the seizing, something that has not always been the case this season for the Miami Heat.  —  This time, against a New Orleans Pelicans team lacking Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Herb Jones …
Ronald Blum / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Dodgers taxed $32M, MLB payrolls record $4.5B  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers were hit with a $32 million luxury tax for the second straight season, among six teams paying a penalty as baseball payrolls rebounded after the lockout to a record $4.56 billion.
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Mitchell Robinson hurt as Knicks get hammered on boards by Wizards, lose 116-105 at Garden  —  Near the end of the evening, as Kristaps Porzingis heard the chorus of boos after fouling out, the former Knick responded with a gesture.  —  “I was pointing at the score,” Porzingis said.
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Mets, Red Sox among MLB teams eyeing January deals  —  Teams historically run low on spending money at this stage of the offseason.  But it's interesting that a couple of the richest teams (Mets and Red Sox) and a few of the smaller-revenue teams (Marlins, Pirates and Brewers) saved money for January deals.
Kyle Goon / Orange County Register:
Lakers' late-game struggles continue in loss to Kings  —  LeBron James has 32 points and Russell Westbrook adds 19, but the Lakers get outplayed in the final 70 seconds of a 116-111 defeat, their third tight setback in four games during this homestand  —  LOS ANGELES — It's been rare enough …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Jeff Passan's 2022-23 MLB free agency takeaways  —  Spring training starts in less than a month.  Every major free agent is signed.  Almost all of the second- and third-tier ones have jobs, too.  It's almost like Major League Baseball free agency doesn't need to bleed into the beginning of a new season.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: New York Mets, Tommy Pham agree to 1-year, $6M deal  —  Outfielder Tommy Pham and the New York Mets agreed on a one-year, $6 million contract Wednesday, sources told ESPN, continuing the team's offseason bonanza and pushing the Mets' record payroll past the $450 million mark.
Darragh McDonald / MLB Trade Rumors:
Braves, Kevin Pillar Agree To Minor League Deal  —  The Braves and outfielder Kevin Pillar are in agreement on a minor league deal, reports MLBTR's Steve Adams.  Pillar will make a $3MM salary if he cracks the club's roster.  He's a client of All Bases Covered Sports Management.
 
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