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5:50 PM ET, February 2, 2023

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Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
Top 100 MLB prospects for 2023, according to Kiley McDaniel  —  The start of spring training is just around the corner, and that means it is time for an annual rite of passage ahead of the new MLB season: ranking the top 100 prospects in baseball.  —  The top of this year's list is ruled …
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Keith Law / The Athletic:
MLB farm system rankings: Keith Law ranks all 30 teams on prospects, Dodgers stay No. 1  —  As part of my prospect rankings, I rank all 30 major-league teams' farm systems, with a brief explanation of why they're in this order — although I think you'll get an even clearer picture of each …
Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Jacque Vaughn's plan without Kevin Durant is working  —  Jacque Vaughn stuck to the plan, and the Nets are reaping the benefits.  —  Immediately after Kevin Durant went down with an MCL sprain on Jan. 8, Vaughn said the team would need to play with more pace and shoot more threes.
Discussion: The Athletic and NetsDaily
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Jill Martin / CNN:
Robert Kraft tells CNN he wants Tom Brady to sign a one-day contract and retire as a New England Patriot  —  New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft told CNN on Thursday that he wants Tom Brady to sign a one-day contract and officially retire as a Patriot.  —  “Not only do I want it, our fans are clamoring for it,” Kraft said.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Another late turnover on an inbounds pass seals the Chicago Bulls' latest head-scratching loss  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 21  —  Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is congratulated by teammate Norman Powell (24) after Leonard hit a 3-pointer while being fouled by Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan …
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
2 years after ending their rebuild with a trade for Nikola Vučević, are the Chicago Bulls running in place?
Discussion: Mercury News
Anne Hayes / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Ex-girlfriend alleges Mets outfielder assaulted her in Syracuse; warrant, lawsuit target player  —  A woman is alleging that a New York Mets outfielder physically and verbally abused her in Syracuse last year.  —  Khalil Lee, 24, is named in a warrant issued by Syracuse police …
Jeff Barker / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles to decline 5-year Camden Yards lease extension, say new long-term agreement would revitalize stadium district  —  The Orioles will decline an option to extend their Camden Yards lease by five more years, planning instead to secure a longer-term, more comprehensive stadium agreement …
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa clears concussion protocol 37 days after entering it  —  South Florida Sun Sentinel's Chris Perkins & David Furones discuss QB Tua Tagovailoa's concussion history and general manager Chris Grier standing behind Tua. (, , /South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
LeBron James dazzles with triple-double as Lakers top Knicks in OT at King's Most Favorite Arena  —  Goodbye Mark Jackson.  Adios Steve Nash.  Night-night to Madison Square Garden.  —  Next up is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  —  While the NBA world is waiting to crown LeBron James the scoring champion …
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John W. Davis / Press Telegram:
Press-Telegram Boys Athlete of the Week: Keon Young, Wilson  —  The Wilson senior is the Press-Telegram Boys Athlete of the Week after averaging nearly 40 points per game last week.  —  PRESS-TELEGRAM BOYS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK  —  Name: Keon Young  —  School: Wilson  —  Sport: Basketball
Discussion: Daily News and San Bernardino Sun
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Dodgers' Stan Kasten: Cutting Trevor Bauer ‘right decision’  —  LOS ANGELES — Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said the organization's principal decision-makers were “unanimous” in their choice to release Trevor Bauer, expressing confidence that the team “made the right decision.”
Joe Lemire / Sports Business Journal:
Pocket Radar launches new subscription platform Pocket Radar Plus  —  Speed tracking technology company Pocket Radar is offering its first subscription product, Pocket Radar Plus, with new features such as slow-motion video, pitch tagging and charting and more integrations with third-party apps through the Pocket Radar Connect platform.
Discussion: Daily Breeze and Cubs Insider
Fred Robledo / Whittier Daily News:
San Gabriel Valley girls athlete of the week: Miranda Morales, Covina  —  The Covina senior helped her team stay in contention for the Valley Vista League title with a win over rival Northview.  —  San Gabriel Valley Girls Athlete of the Week  —  Name: Miranda Morales  —  School: Covina
 
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