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7:40 AM ET, March 8, 2023

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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Heat give it their best shot in 130-128 comeback victory over Hawks  —  MIAMI — So this is what it looks like when the 3-pointers are falling, the bench is contributing and the fight doesn't wane.  —  And so, from 15 down early Monday night, the Miami Heat followed the fight of their leader …
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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Winderman's view: Heat bench with needed burst when needed most  —  MIAMI — Observations and other notes of interest from Monday night's 130-128 victory over the Atlanta Hawks:  — Erik Spoelstra went out of his way to keep Caleb Martin in reserve in this one.  — As if he knew what was needed.
Discussion: Denver Post
Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Jose Quintana ‘trying to be ready’ for start of season after suffering stress fracture in rib  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — The Mets came into spring training with eight starting pitchers knowing that all eight would likely be needed at some point throughout the season.  That depth is already being tested.
Discussion: Denver Post and MLB Trade Rumors
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Mark W. Sanchez / New York Post:
Jose Quintana injury presents Mets with first challenge  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — After a fairly healthy first few weeks of camp, the Mets have encountered their first injury obstacle.  —  They will find out soon how large the obstacle will be — but it appears to be sizable.
Antwan Staley / New York Daily News:
Owner Woody Johnson and other key Jets meeting with Aaron Rodgers in California: sources  —  The Jets are putting on the full-court press for Aaron Rodgers.  —  Jets owner Woody Johnson, general manager Joe Douglas, head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett flew …
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Antwan Staley / New York Daily News:
It's Aaron Rodgers or bust for the Jets as they miss out on Derek Carr  —  After a month of visits, Derek Carr finally chose his new team.  —  According to multiple reports, Carr will sign a four-year contract with the Saints.  Carr visited with the Saints, who finished 7-10 …
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Knicks get 9-game winning streak snapped by lowly Hornets, falling apart on offense in final eight minutes  —  The streak is over.  Unexpectedly.  —  Playing as if hungover from their double-OT thriller two nights earlier, the Knicks collapsed Tuesday night against the lowly Hornets …
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Peter King / ProFootballTalk:
FMIA Combine Week: Ryan Poles on “Healing” the Bears and His Plan for the First Overall Pick  —  INDIANAPOLIS—Saturday morning, Scouting Combine week, Chicago GM Ryan Poles' hotel room, 19 stories above downtown Indy, scouts' clicker in his hands, watching the 2022 Lions on tape.
Andy McCullough / The Athletic:
Former All-Star CF Lorenzo Cain will officially retire as a Royal this summer  —  On the day he returned to Oklahoma, the day after the Brewers released him last June, Lorenzo Cain convened his cabinet of advisors to discuss his future.  —  Cain was only a couple months past his 36th birthday when Milwaukee cut him.
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LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Mike Clevinger won't face discipline from MLB, which closed its investigation of allegations vs. the Chicago White Sox pitcher
Chicago Tribune:
New pitch-clock rules remain a chore for the Cubs and White Sox one week into Cactus League games
Fiifi Frimpong / New York Daily News:
Nets signing center Nerlens Noel to 10-day contract  —  Nerlens Noel is signing a 10-day contract with the Nets, according to his agent George Langberg.  The center completed a buyout with the Detroit Pistons this week after appearing in 14 games with the team.  —  The Nets are bringing in Noel to add size off the bench.
Jim Reineking / USA Today:
2023 World Baseball Classic: Schedule, how to watch, betting info, countries and groups  —  World Baseball Classic returns for first time since 2017 after delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.  —  Baseball's premier international championship tournament opens Tuesday night (United States time …
Gabrielle Starr / Orange County Register:
Justin Turner leaves spring training game after getting hit in head by pitch  —  A terrifying moment in Monday's Red Sox spring training game  —  Monday's Red Sox-Tigers game began with a terrifying moment in the bottom of the first inning.  —  Batting third in the lineup …
 
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