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11:45 AM ET, February 24, 2023


 Top News: 
Justin Toscano / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
After offseason shoulder surgery, Ozzie Albies expects to be ready for opening day  —  NORTH PORT, Fla. - In the middle of October, Ozzie Albies underwent right shoulder surgery - which he called “just a regular clean-up” - to address the pain he had experienced for a couple of years.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Battery Power
Spectrum News 13:
Remembering Spectrum News 13 reporter Dylan Lyons  —  Dylan Lyons was born and raised in Philadelphia but made Central Florida his home, when he enrolled in, thrived in and graduated from UCF.  —  That's when he began his journey up the ladder of career success.
Julia Poe / Chicago Tribune:
A ‘born leader,’ Patrick Beverley knows why the Chicago Bulls brought him in — to give the stagnant team a kick-start  —  In the hours after Patrick Beverley signed with his hometown team, the veteran guard's phone was overtaken with a deluge of calls and texts from family and friends welcoming him back to Chicago.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Noah Song set to report to Phillies after Navy service change  —  Right-hander Noah Song plans to report to Philadelphia Phillies spring-training camp Thursday in hopes of making the team's Opening Day roster after he transferred his status with the Navy from active duty to selected reserves.
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins' Vic Fangio: Bradley Chubb, Jaelan Phillips have great potential, but we've got to see it  —  MIAMI GARDENS — Among the reasons Vic Fangio decided on the Miami Dolphins as his next coaching destination was the talent and potential he saw on the defensive side of the roster.
Discussion: Mercury News and ProFootballTalk
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Vic Fangio makes clear Dolphins will rely less on blitz under his coaching, talks decision to join Miami
Discussion: Mercury News
Madeline Kenney / Mercury News:
Warriors come out of All-Star break with a dud against Lakers  —  The Warriors opened up the final 24-game stretch of their regular season Thursday night with a dud.  —  LOS ANGELES — The Warriors don't need a reminder of the importance of this final 24-game stretch of their regular season.
USA Today:
MLB rule changes: pitch clock, larger bases and more  —  Major League Baseball is introducing a slate of for the 2023 season.  Here is a breakdown:  —  PITCH CLOCK  —  The aims to speed the pace of play by eliminating down time between pitches.  Players will have 30 seconds to resume play between batters.
Discussion: The Athletic and Associated Press
Workshop: Carnivorous Plants 101  —  Zach Lim and Stephen Davis from the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society will share the in's and outs of growing various species here in the Bay Area.  You don't need to live in a tropical jungle or swamp to grow these fantastic species …
Discussion: East Bay Times
FanGraphs Baseball:
2023 Top 100 Prospects  — Picks to Click: Who We Expect to Make the 2024 Top 100  — Let's Identify Some Hitter Sleeper Candidates - Prospect Limbo: The Best of the 2023 Post-Prospects  —  Below is our list of the top 100 prospects in baseball.  The scouting summaries were compiled …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Padres' Fernando Tatis to be eased back in, play mostly at OF  —  PEORIA, Ariz. — The San Diego Padres will play their first spring training game on Friday, but Fernando Tatis Jr. isn't expected to be in the lineup.  Given his absence throughout the 2022 season and the three surgeries …
Discussion: Battery Power
Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Nets have their coach of the future after Jacque Vaughn ‘just kept doing his job’  —  Jacque Vaughn says he never gave it much thought, but it's been the elephant in the room regarding his coaching tenure in Brooklyn.  —  What if the Nets passed him over again?
Michael Gehlken / Dallas Morning News:
Michael Irvin attorney ‘mad as hell’ over Marriott reluctance to release video footage  —  The $100 million lawsuit involving the former Cowboys wide receiver was removed Monday from Collin County to a federal court.  —  The lead attorney representing former Cowboys wide receiver Michael …
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
It's Ian Happ's year to deal with free-agency questions.  Will the Chicago Cubs reach an extension this time?  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 19  —  Keegan Thompson throws during a Cubs spring training workout on Feb. 15, 2023.  —  MESA, Ariz. — Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Báez spent …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and Denver Post
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20 MLB prospects who should make the biggest impact in 2023
Danielle Allentuck / Denver Gazette:
The goal for Rockies' Kris Bryant? Be himself again: 'I'm a really good baseball player'
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and True Blue LA
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Tanner Houck had ‘conversations’ with Red Sox about extension, open to deal
Andrew Baggarly / The Athletic:
Giants are counting on LaMonte Wade Jr. to flip the script from 2022
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
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Darren Sabedra / Mercury News:
Dougherty Valley edges Granada in another nail-biter, will play for NCS Open title
Discussion: East Bay Times
Lynn Worthy / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Tyler O'Neill in hot pursuit of the Cardinals' starting center field job as camp starts

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Jacqueline Lindenberg / Daily Mail:
Madonna's son David Banda, 18, is ‘scavenging’ for food and selling guitar lessons in NYC despite mom's $850M fortune - after moving out of her house: 'It's fun to be young'

Deirdre Durkan-simonds / Daily Mail:
Gwyneth Paltrow shares rare photo with kids Apple, 20, and Moses, 18, as she admits to worrying about them being a part of the ‘anxious generation’

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