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8:40 PM ET, February 1, 2023

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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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Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
LeBron James' relationship with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar still icy as the King approaches all-time scoring mark  —  It's inevitable that LeBron James will break the record.  But how will he embrace the man he passes on the NBA's all-time scoring list?  That's up for debate and will be interesting to watch.
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 …
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 …
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
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)
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
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The Athletic:
MLB offseason grades for all 30 teams: Who got the highest (and lowest) marks?  —  The Athletic's baseball staff was tasked with assigning a letter grade to each team's offseason.  The average mark was a B-minus, an indication that the staff isn't necessarily populated with overly tough graders.
Keith Law / The Athletic:
Top 100 MLB prospects 2023: Keith Law's rankings, with Corbin Carroll at No. 1  —  Welcome to this year's ranking of the top 100 prospects in baseball.  I've been compiling and writing such rankings for 16 years now, and those of you who've read them before will find the format here similar to those from the recent past.
Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Nets handle business with 121-104 victory over star-less Lakers  —  The Nets blew one double-digit lead, only to build a second in their 121-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.  —  The Nets led by as many as 19 points in the first half, only to surrender that lead in the second …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Former All-Star Dexter Fowler retires after 14 years in MLB  —  Former All-Star center fielder Dexter Fowler is retiring after 14 years in the big leagues, he announced in a social media post Tuesday.  —  “It's here.  I'm hanging up my cleats,” Fowler wrote.
 
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