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9:20 PM ET, January 27, 2023

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Adam Grosbard / Orange County Register:
Boogie Ellis' career night leads USC to upset of No. 8 UCLA  —  LOS ANGELES — Boogie Ellis had his chances to score USC an upset win over UCLA three weeks ago.  But an offensive foul and a missed attempt at the buzzer left the senior guard and the Trojans short.
Mike Cranston / Associated Press:
Frank Vatrano's hat trick helps Ducks stun Avalanche  —  Adam Henrique and Mason McTavish score 24 seconds apart in the third period and the Ducks cap their six-game trip by erasing a two-goal deficit to stun surging Colorado, 5-3  —  DENVER — Frank Vatrano scored three goals …
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John Marshall / Associated Press:
Ducks use rare fast start to beat Coyotes
Bloomberg:
Sinclair's Sports Channels Prepare Bankruptcy, Putting Team Payments at Risk  —  America's largest owner of local sports channels is heading toward a complex $8.6 billion debt restructuring in bankruptcy court as it stakes its future on a new direct-to-consumer streaming service.
Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
Ex-Giants infielder Jeff Kent comes off Hall of Fame ballot after falling short again  —  In his 10th and final appearance on the writers' ballot, former San Francisco Giants second baseman Jeff Kent again failed to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame, joining onetime teammate Barry Bonds, who came off the ballot one year earlier.
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Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Eight-time Gold Glove 3B Scott Rolen makes Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Are Baseball Hall of Fame's standards too high? Why voters should be more forgiving
Adam Lichtenstein / Sun-Sentinel:
‘So much love’: Heat star Jimmy Butler set to play after cheering up young fan  —  MIAMI — Heat star Jimmy Butler went viral after Miami's game against Boston on Tuesday, but not for anything he did during a game.  —  A 12-year-old Argentinian fan, who held up a sign saying he traveled …
Discussion: Boston Herald
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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Heat storm back against shorthanded Celtics for 98-95 victory in Butler's absence
Boston Herald:
Inside the most dysfunctional Patriots season under Bill Belichick: 'I've never seen anything like it'  —  Bill O'Brien inherits a mess  —  Light rain cut through a thick, gray fog choking Foxboro when Bill O'Brien walked into Patriots headquarters Monday to end the team's search for its next offensive coordinator.
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
How classified documents ended up at 1984 a show-and-tell  —  Teacher Jim DeLisio's eyes popped when he saw the warnings on the documents  —  WASHINGTON — On a winter's day in 1984, a briefcase stuffed with classified government documents showed up in a building in Pittsburgh …
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Yankees' unfinished business leaves them with two significant issues  —  The Yankees did the big stuff great this winter (Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo, Carlos Rodon), but they are left with some unfinished business and look to be holding open competitions in both left field and at shortstop.
Rob Bradford / audacy.com:
David Ortiz has some concerns about the Red Sox' lineup  —  RYAN DEMPSTER, BROCK HOLT ARE BECOMING MARATHONERS  —  Back in 2019, Mookie Betts started catching fire.  Why?  According to the former Red Sox it was in large part because of the hitter behind him, Rafael Devers.
Discussion: NESN.com and NBCSports.com
Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Ben Simmons benched late in Nets' loss to Sixers: 'When he's aggressive, we look very good'  —  PHILADELPHIA — This is what Jacque Vaughn means when he says Ben Simmons needs to play an entire game with force.  —  Not just intermittent spurts of aggression when he so chooses.  —  Did Simmons box-out?
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Mets' major Francisco Alvarez question comes with complex answers  —  MORE FROM:  —  The Mets — health permitting, of course — have a very much locked-in roster.  —  There are some questions about which optional relievers will fill the bullpen's back end and if they might add a second lefty to join Brooks Raley.
Jim Callis / MLB.com:
Here are the Top 10 OF prospects for 2023  —  MLB Pipeline will reveal its 2023 Top 100 Prospects list at 7 p.m. ET tomorrow with a one-hour show on MLB Network and MLB.com.  Leading up to the release of the Top 100, we'll examine baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.
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