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7:00 PM ET, March 1, 2023

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Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
A disappointed Seiya Suzuki is keeping a big-picture focus for the Chicago Cubs after an oblique strain diagnosis  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 46  —  Center fielder Pete Crow-Armstrong makes a throw after the Dodgers' Drew Avans doubled in the seventh inning of the Cubs' 9-4 loss on Feb. 26 …
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Seth Emerson / The Athletic:
Arrest warrant issued for ex-Georgia DT Jalen Carter for alleged role in car crash that killed teammate  —  An arrest warrant has been issued for former Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter for his alleged role in a car crash that killed teammate Devin Willock and recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy in January.
Peter Abraham / The Boston Globe:
Matt Barnes settles in with the Marlins and has (almost) only good things to say about the Red Sox  —  JUPITER, Fla. — Matt Barnes finished his work on the field, had lunch in the clubhouse, and went back to his apartment a few hours later.  —  His new team, the Miami Marlins, played his old team, the Red Sox, on Tuesday night.
ESPN:
No umps when Orioles and Pirates play unneeded bottom of 9th  —  BRADENTON, Fla. — There was no umpire behind the plate calling balls and strikes, or even one of those so-called robo umps that could become part of the game in the future, when the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates kept playing Tuesday.
Julia Poe / Chicago Tribune:
Recapping the Chicago Bulls: Squandered opportunity in Toronto drops them further below the play-in line  —  TORONTO — The Chicago Bulls entered Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday with a golden opportunity in hand.  —  After plunging out of position to make the play-in tournament before the All-Star break …
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins retaining special teams coordinator despite unit's season of miscues; plus league notes from combine  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Despite a season filled with miscues in the third phase of the game, the Miami Dolphins are sticking with special teams coordinator Danny Crossman in 2023.
Molly Hensley-Clancy / Washington Post:
NBA star Ja Morant accused in police reports of punching teen, making threats  —  Ja Morant is among the brightest young stars in the NBA, with a new signature Nike shoe, a top-selling jersey and a team, the Memphis Grizzlies, poised for a deep postseason run.
ESPN:
Padres' Joe Musgrove fractures toe in weight room accident  —  San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove has suffered a fractured left big toe after dropping a kettlebell in a weight room accident Monday, the team said Tuesday.  —  No timetable has been given for his return …
Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Bulls waive Goran Dragic, opening door for possible Heat reunion; Lowry remains out  —  MIAMI — The door has swung open for a possible Miami Heat reunion with guard Goran Dragic.  —  Ahead of Wednesday's NBA deadline for playoff eligibility for waived players, the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday …
Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Giannis Antetokounmpo dominates, Bucks win 15th straight and hand Nets 5th loss in last 6 games  —  Giannis Antetokounmpo is the most dominant force in all of basketball.  —  So dominant that on an island with the unstoppable force that is the Bucks MVP, Royce O'Neale did what the Nets should have done all game long.
Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Jose Quintana struggles with pitch clock in first spring outing, Kodai Senga makes progress  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — Jose Quintana's first spring start hit a snag while Kodai Senga cruised through his.  —  The Mets left-hander was tagged for five earned runs on four hits in just 2/3 …
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Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Mets Notes: David Peterson handles Cardinals in spring start
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WRUL-FM:
David Lawrence Nicholson  —  Benton, IL  —  1939-2023  —  David Lawrence Nicholson, 83, of Benton, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at Wabash Christian Village in Carmi.  He was born on August 29, 1939, in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Lawrence and Lucille (Turner) Nicholson.
Rob Bradford / audacy.com:
J.D. Martinez sheds light on Red Sox' offseason pursuit  —  GLENDALE, Arizona - The timing was no coincidence.  That much is clear after talking with J.D. Martinez.  —  Podcast Episode The Bradfo Sho  —  Bradfo Sho on the Go: Talking to Dodger J.D. Martinez for the first time
 
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