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3:45 AM ET, January 29, 2023

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Bernie Wilson / Associated Press:
Rahm 2 back of Ryder at Torrey Pines in bid for 3rd straight win  —  Jon Rahm made an impressive charge up the leaderboard on his favorite course with a 6-under-par 66 to pull within two shots of leader Sam Ryder after the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open
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Adam Schupak / USA Today:
Butch Harmon makes a prediction about Rickie Fowler after changing his swing: 'I think he'll win this year'  —  SAN DIEGO - When Rickie Fowler reached out to Butch Harmon and asked him to take a look at his swing, the famed golf swing instructor, who had coached the 34-year-old Fowler during …
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Bryce Miller / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Wisecracking, talented golfer Max Homa loves San Diego — but not the Padres  —  Twitter sensation, who sits in a tie for fourth at the Farmers Insurance Open, spares few, including himself, when the barbs fly  —  It says it right there in the PGA Tour bio of Max Homa: “Favorite city is San Diego.”
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.
Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel:
Healthier, well-balanced Magic beat Pacers for 3rd victory in 4 games  —  The challenges Orlando Magic coach Jamahl Mosley is facing now aren't the same ones he faced earlier in the season.  —  He and the team embraced the early-season demands but welcome the ones they're facing now even more.
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa still in concussion protocol, won't participate in Pro Bowl  —  Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa remains in concussion protocol a month after entering it, according to a league source, and now will be unable to participate in the Pro Bowl.
Jay Rigdon / Awful Announcing:
CBS debuted a live mic hole with Max Homa and it was predictably awesome … It's hard to describe how quickly CBS has revamped their golf coverage.  —  Long a plagued by a staid feel, CBS has now quickly risen to the top of network golf coverage thanks to being willing to innovate and push …
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
James Dolan talks expectations for this year's Knicks: ‘We fully expect to make the playoffs’  —  The owner has set the bar.  —  James Dolan, making the media rounds to defend his use of facial recognition technology at his venues, gave an endorsement to team president Leon Rose but made clear there's an expectation for the Knicks.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Tampa Bay Rays sign Pete Fairbanks to 3-year, $12M extension  —  Reliever Pete Fairbanks has signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension with the Tampa Bay Rays that includes a club option for a fourth season, it was announced Friday.  —  Fairbanks, 29, was dominant …
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.
Julia Poe / Chicago Tribune:
Recapping the Chicago Bulls: Another 2nd-half meltdown leads to a 111-96 loss to the lowly Charlotte Hornets  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Chicago Bulls followed the same stale script Thursday in their second consecutive loss, crumbling in the second half of a 111-96 defeat to the Charlotte Hornets.
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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