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9:50 AM 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.
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: Mercury News, New York Post and Newsday
Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Giannis Antetokounmpo dominates, Bucks win 15th straight and hand Nets 5th loss in last 6 games
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 and Chicago Sun-Times
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
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.
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
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.
Martín Gallegos /
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: MLB Baseball News …
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.
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.
No umps when Orioles and Pirates play unneeded bottom of 9th
Discussion: Bucs Dugout, Camden Chat and USA Today
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 …
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 …
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 …
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