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1:30 PM ET, January 28, 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.
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
Discussion: SGV Tribune and KNSD-TV
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 …
Discussion: Press Enterprise
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
 
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‘So much love’: Heat star Jimmy Butler set to play after cheering up young fan
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Ben Simmons benched late in Nets' loss to Sixers: 'When he's aggressive, we look very good'
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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
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