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9:40 PM ET, February 26, 2023

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Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Mets, rest of the big leagues get first look at pitch clock during spring openers  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — Spring training baseball games opened up this weekend, and for fake games there sure was a lot of fanfare.  This weekend marked the start of a new era in baseball as the league began implementing …
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
'It's not going to be smooth:' Spring training games begin with new dramatic rule changes
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MLB rule changes: pitch clock, larger bases and more
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 …
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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.
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 …
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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 …
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)
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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
Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel:
Magic don't bring their usual defensive disruption in loss to Pacers  —  Orlando Magic coach Jamahl Mosley has been consistent with his message to the team all season: their success will be driven by high-level defensive play.  —  The Magic had not only bought into this mantra but they've shown …
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 …
Kris Willis / Battery Power:
Dennis Santana claimed off waivers by Twins  —  Santana's short stint with Atlanta is over.  —  Reliever Dennis Santana is headed to the Minnesota after he was claimed off waivers by the Twins.  Atlanta acquired him from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash back in November …
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.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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 …
 
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