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4:55 PM ET, March 2, 2023

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Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Jalen Brunson scores 30 first-half points, Knicks move closer to 4th seed after embarrassing Nets  —  Beating the crosstown rivals never looked as easy for the Knicks with Wednesday's 142-118 breeze over the Nets, a victory that represented their seventh consecutive and placed them at the doorstep of the fourth seed.
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Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Jacque Vaughn: Nets players ‘concerned about winning’ amid blowout losing streak  —  After yet another blowout loss in the aftermath of the mega trades that sent Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving out West — including the second lopsided loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden during this stretch …
Discussion: New York Post and Newsday
Brian Rokos / San Bernardino Sun:
San Bernardino Mountains escorts suspended as snow blankets highways  —  Escorts up highways 330 and 18 into the San Bernardino Mountains were suspended Wednesday morning, March 1, because vehicles — even those with chains on — were getting stuck in snow, Caltrans said.
Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Another humbling Heat loss, this time 119-96 to Embiid-less 76ers  —  MIAMI — In the charcuterie of a Miami Heat season that has included plenty of spoiled cheese and rancid meats, Erik Spoelstra's team might have taken unappetizing to a new level Wednesday night.
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Colson Montgomery, the Chicago White Sox's top prospect, is taking it all in during major-league camp  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 96  —  Eloy Jiménez and Andrew Vaughn share an elaborate handshake before the White Sox's 10-1 victory over the Mariners on Feb. 27, 2023 …
Discussion: Mercury News
The Athletic:
MSG+ launching this summer to stream games for Knicks, Rangers, Islanders, more  —  MSG Networks is launching a streaming service for fans to watch the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres, the company announced Wednesday.  Here's what you need to know:
Discussion: New York Daily News and Newsday
Evan Petzold / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers use big offense, Nick Maton walk-off HR to top Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-7  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-7, on Wednesday at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.  —  The Tigers improved to 2-3 in Grapefruit League play.  —  What happened
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.
Martín Gallegos / MLB.com:
How these A's prospects ‘bring that energy’ to camp  —  Soderstrom (No. 1), Gelorf (No. 3), Clarke (No. 13), Butler (No. 17) leading youth charge … MESA, Ariz. — In the past few years, the A's farm system has been developing a core of young players who are expected to help usher in the next wave of winning baseball in Oakland.
Discussion: NBCSports.com
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Michael Conforto has no Mets regrets after long injury saga  —  MORE FROM:  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Michael Conforto says he feels great physically and he feels good about his situation, too, following two years of twists and turns, plus some obvious pain and a few episodes …
Baseball America:
2023 MLB Preseason Organization Talent Rankings  —  For the first time, the Baltimore Orioles rank as the No. 1 farm system in Baseball America's organizational talent rankings.  —  Baseball America's organizational talent rankings began in 1984.  Each year, Baseball America looks …
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.
Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Spring training strangeness: Orioles, Pirates play without umpires in bottom of ninth inning  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 26  —  Baltimore Orioles outfielder Heston Kjerstad grabs his bag, walking with other draft picks and position players and invitees to their assigned fields during spring training.
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ESPN:
No umps when Orioles and Pirates play unneeded bottom of 9th
Discussion: Bucs Dugout, Camden Chat and USA Today
 
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Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel:
Jonathan Isaac rejoins Magic in Milwaukee ahead of matchup at Bucks
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins retaining special teams coordinator despite unit's season of miscues; plus league notes from combine
Discussion: Denver Post and Boston Herald
Peter Abraham / The Boston Globe:
Matt Barnes settles in with the Marlins and has (almost) only good things to say about the Red Sox
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