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9:20 PM ET, January 26, 2023

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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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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Are Baseball Hall of Fame's standards too high? Why voters should be more forgiving
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Eight-time Gold Glove-winning third baseman Scott Rolen elected to Hall of Fame
Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Eight-time Gold Glove 3B Scott Rolen makes Baseball Hall of Fame
Jeff Fletcher / Orange County Register:
Former Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez named on 10.8% of ballots in first Hall of Fame bid
Discussion: White Sox News and Phillies Nation
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 …
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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 …
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?
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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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.
Patrick Mooney / The Athletic:
The Cubs bought a bit of credibility with an offseason that signaled some urgency  —  The “heavy lifting” is already done this offseason as the Chicago Cubs try to build a roster with enough skills, depth and experience to make it an entertaining summer at Wrigley Field.
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
As Ryan Poles begins Year 2 as the Chicago Bears GM, he has a new collaborator in Kevin Warren for a crucial offseason  —  When the Chicago Bears narrowed their search for a new president and CEO, general manager Ryan Poles sat down for conversations with the finalists to evaluate how they would work and communicate with one another.
Discussion: Denver Post and CHGO
Bollettino Sala Stampa della Santa Sede:
Telegramma del Santo Padre a firma del Cardinale Segretario di Stato per la sparatoria a Monterey Park (California)  —  Pubblichiamo di seguito il telegramma di cordoglio per le vittime della sparatoria a Monterey Park, in California (U.S.A.), inviato - a nome del Santo Padre Francesco …
Kyle Goon / Orange County Register:
LeBron scores 46, but Clippers beat Lakers for 10th straight time  —  LOS ANGELES — For the Lakers, Anthony Davis and Rui Hachimura are on their way.  Perhaps as soon as Wednesday night, according to a TNT report.  —  But for Tuesday night's game against the Clippers …
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Michael Wacha's lingering free agency, Astros' GM search and Yankees' infield options  —  Ask a major-league executive at this time of year why a free agent isn't signed, and the exec invariably will respond, “Because he wants too much money.”  —  Players, though, sometimes have their own perspective.
 
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