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8:50 AM ET, February 3, 2023


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Associated Press:
Tom Brady retires from the NFL, insisting this time it's for good  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady, who won a record seven Super Bowls for New England and Tampa, has announced his retirement.  —  Brady — the most successful quarterback in NFL history, and one of the greatest athletes in team sports …
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 …
Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
Top 100 MLB prospects for 2023, according to Kiley McDaniel
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Knicks escape with a 106-104 victory against surging Heat without Jalen Brunson  —  Not even facial recognition could see that coming.  —  Without an ill and inactive Jalen Brunson, the Knicks held off the surging Miami Heat despite bumbling and stumbling through the final minute of a 106-104 victory at MSG.
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
RJ Barrett clearly frustrated after overtime benching: ‘I have nothing to say’
Discussion: New York Post and Daily Knicks
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
LeBron James dazzles with triple-double as Lakers top Knicks in OT at King's Most Favorite Arena
Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel:
Magic enter matchup at Timberwolves more confident after series with 76ers  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Considering the quality of the opponent, the Orlando Magic have had a strong start to their four-game road trip.  —  The Magic (20-32) split their mini-series with the 76ers in Philadelphia …
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
Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Shorthanded Nets lose, 139-96, after Celtics never looked back from 30-point 1st quarter lead
Dan Hayes / The Athletic:
Twins appear content to keep Max Kepler with the season rapidly approaching  —  Whereas it seemed like a strong possibility two months ago, the probability of the Twins trading Max Kepler has been significantly reduced.  Even with a roster full of similar players, the Twins appear content to keep Kepler.
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.”
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 …
Patrick Mooney / The Athletic:
Cubs notes: Matt Mervis' role, post-Dexter Fowler teams, closer's job, prospects  —  Trey Mancini intended to play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic next month ... until the Cubs finalized Mancini's two-year, $14 million contract and both sides agreed that it made more sense for him to spend …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and Cubs Insider
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
What does groundhog Punxsutawney Phil say about winter's blast?  —  PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — A furry critter in a western Pennsylvania town has predicted six more weeks of winter during an annual Groundhog Day celebration.  —  People gathered Thursday at Gobbler's Knob as members of Punxsutawney Phil's …
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Discussion: Daily News
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Jake Brown / New York Post:
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