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4:20 AM ET, February 2, 2023

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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.
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Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Shorthanded Nets lose, 139-96, after Celtics never looked back from 30-point 1st quarter lead  —  For the shorthanded Nets, there might be a recipe to win shorthanded against 25 of the NBA's other 29 teams.  —  It's talent, however, that gets a team over the hump against those legitimate championship contenders.
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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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 …
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
Discussion: San Bernardino Sun and Daily News
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: SGV Tribune 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
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.
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.
 
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