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Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
How Nico Hoerner is helping Chicago Cubs teammate Seiya Suzuki deal with his oblique injury: 'It's a setback'  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 49  —  Japanese media interviews Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki as he discusses his withdrawal from the World Baseball Classic due to an oblique injury at Sloan Park on Feb. 28, 2023.
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Patrick Mooney / The Athletic:
Cubs notes: Adding free agents; Nico Hoerner, leadoff hitter; more  —  MESA, Ariz. — The Chicago Cubs are still evaluating free agents in the middle of spring training and looking to add a left-handed reliever to their bullpen, president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said Thursday …
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Luis Robert Jr. and Yoán Moncada leave for Taiwan to have an ‘incredible experience’ with Team Cuba in WBC  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 96  —  White Sox reliever Reynaldo López jokes with teammates before their matchup against the Mariners at Camelback Ranch on Feb. 27, 2023.
Discussion: White Sox News
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Knicks vs. Heat is back to being relevant  —  It was fitting from Tom Thibodeau, though probably unintentional, to bring up the 90s Knicks just before a big Miami Heat game.  —  In previous years David Fizdale, a practitioner of waxing poetic, frequently mentioned the old rivalry to touch the sweet spot of Knicks fans — nostalgia.
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Dave Hyde / Sun-Sentinel:
Homestand is time for Heat to make a stand with season on the line  —  MIAMI — In the quiet of the losing locker room, the quiet of a season in trouble, the newest member of the Miami Heat sounded as perplexed as those who have seen it all.  Kevin Love said, sure, they started strong Wednesday …
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.
Discussion: Denver Post
Antwan Staley / New York Daily News:
Jets' Robert Saleh compares Derek Carr to Matthew Stafford, hypes veteran QBs ‘elite mental makeup’  —  INDIANAPOLIS — On Wednesday, the Jets met with veteran quarterback free agent Derek Carr for the second time in three weeks.  —  The first meeting took place in New Jersey near the Jets facility the weekend of Feb. 18.
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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 …
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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.
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.
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Hanna Lykke / San Bernardino Sun:
State of emergency for LA, San Bernardino counties due to severe winter storms  —  Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, and 11 other counties, Wednesday evening as the region grapples with a spate of rare and severe winter storms.
Jim Alexander / Daily News:
Jonathan Quick, best goalie in Kings history, leaves a legacy  —  Quick wasn't the team's No. 1 prospect when he arrived in 2005, but he was The Man for much of his LA tenure  —  It's worth remembering that Jonathan Quick wasn't the guy in his early years in the Kings' organization.
 
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