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10:30 AM ET, February 25, 2023

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John Ourand / Sports Business Journal:
Warner Bros. Discovery tells teams it is leaving RSN business  —  Warner Bros. Discovery has told teams that it plans to exit the regional sports network business entirely within the next several weeks.  —  The company, which operates three AT&T SportsNet-branded channels in Denver …
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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Warner Bros. Discovery Looks to Get Out of Regional Sports TV Business  —  Company tells teams whose games are carried by three of its regional networks that it wants to stop operating the channels  —  Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. WBD -1.14%decrease; red down pointing triangle is informing …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
'It's not going to be smooth:' Spring training games begin with new dramatic rule changes  —  PEORIA, Ariz. - It will be the most scrutinized and dissected spring training game in baseball history.  —  Major League Baseball officials, including the entire senior baseball operations staff led …
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Padres' Manny Machado commits first pitch clock violation  —  San Diego Padres star Manny Machado committed the first pitch clock violation in a spring training game, getting docked a strike in the first inning because he was not set and facing the pitcher in the batter's box when the clock reached 8 seconds.
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
Duane Rankin / Arizona Republic:
‘Insane’: Kevin Durant amazes Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton in Phoenix Suns scrimmage  —  Deandre Ayton was amazed by two things during Thursday's practice.  —  Being on the same team with superstar Kevin Durant in a scrimmage and watching his new teammate and Devin Booker put in work.
Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Nets turn in legendary poor performance in 44-point loss to Bulls  —  It could have been worse.  —  The Nets could have left Friday's 131-87 blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls owners of the fewest points scored in a game this season.  —  Instead, they left owners of the fewest points scored in a half all year.
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.
Dan Szymborski / FanGraphs Baseball:
ZiPS 2023 Top 100 Prospects  — Updating the 2023 Draft Prospect Rankings  — Cardinals Scouting Director Randy Flores on Drafting the Team's Top Prospects  — Updating the International Player Rankings  — The New LSU, Part 2: Paul Skenes Is on a New Heading
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.
Discussion: NBC 6 South Florida
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.
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.
 
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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Padres' Fernando Tatis to be eased back in, play mostly at OF
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Danielle Allentuck / Denver Gazette:
The goal for Rockies' Kris Bryant? Be himself again: 'I'm a really good baseball player'
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Tanner Houck had ‘conversations’ with Red Sox about extension, open to deal
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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
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Andrew Baggarly / The Athletic:
Giants are counting on LaMonte Wade Jr. to flip the script from 2022
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Discussion: East Bay Times
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
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