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6:10 AM 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.
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.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Are Baseball Hall of Fame's standards too high? Why voters should be more forgiving
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
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Eight-time Gold Glove-winning third baseman Scott Rolen elected to Hall of Fame
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.
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
Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Heat storm back against shorthanded Celtics for 98-95 victory in Butler's absence
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?
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 /
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  Leading up to the release of the Top 100, we'll examine baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.
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.
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 …
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
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