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8:55 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.
Andrew Knoll / Daily News:
Reports: Kings trade Quick to Blue Jackets, acquire Korpisalo, Gavrikov  —  The Kings fill two glaring needs - a netminder and a left-handed shot on the blue line - with one transaction, but they part with a franchise icon as part of the deal  —  The Kings have acquired defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel:
Jonathan Isaac rejoins Magic in Milwaukee ahead of matchup at Bucks  —  Jonathan Isaac rejoined the Orlando Magic in Milwaukee and could make his return in Wednesday's road game against the Bucks.  —  Isaac was listed as questionable for the matchup because of a strained right hamstring after sitting the previous two games.
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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 …
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
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.
 
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