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2:45 PM ET, February 26, 2023


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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 …
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 …
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
As Kyle Hendricks throws off the mound for the 1st time, a look at the battle for the Chicago Cubs' No. 5 starter  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 26  —  Brennen Davis prepares to hit during Cubs workouts at Sloan Park on Feb. 23, 2023, in Mesa, Ariz. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)
Adam Lichtenstein / Sun-Sentinel:
Heat's furious rally falls short in turnover-strewn loss in Charlotte as Miami skids to fourth straight defeat  —  CHARLOTTE — Midway through the second quarter on Saturday, the Heat appeared destined for their second miserable road game in 24 hours.  Trailing by 22 to the Charlotte Hornets …
Discussion: Boston Herald and New York Post
Adam Lichtenstein / Sun-Sentinel:
Despite Milwaukee losing Giannis early, Heat suffer blowout loss to Bucks in Kevin Love's Miami debut  —  MILWAUKEE — Although two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo played just six minutes before leaving with a knee injury, the Heat started the crucial post-All-Star-break portion of the season with a dud.
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.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
'It's not going to be smooth:' Spring training games begin with new dramatic rule changes
USA Today:
MLB rule changes: pitch clock, larger bases and more
Chicago Tribune:
Cactus League report: Eloy Jiménez's push to play the outfield — and who voted for Mike Napoli in the Hall of Fame?  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 76  —  Eloy Jiménez bats during during a spring training workout at Camelback Ranch on Feb. 24, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)
Discussion: Boston Herald
Mike Lupica / New York Daily News:
Yankees head into a new season with the same problem ... the Houston Astros  —  Here is something about which the people who run the Yankees, starting with Hal Steinbrenner and running right through his front office, have not convinced their fans since Game 4 of the American League Championship Series …
Discussion: New Jersey Online
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Julius Randle ties career high with 46 points as Knicks rally to overcome 19-point deficit against Wizards  —  A crowning moment for King Julius.  —  All-Star Julius Randle tied a career high 46 points and assisted on the dagger in a 115-109 victory Friday night over the Wizards …
Discussion: New York Post and Newsday
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.
Andrew Baggarly / The Athletic:
Buster Posey reflects on his transition from franchise catcher to Giants investor  —  It was never formally scheduled.  It was never an official tradition.  But once every spring, Buster Posey would agree to sit down with me in the Giants clubhouse for an extensive interview.
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.
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