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10:00 PM ET, March 14, 2023

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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Butler, Herro, Adebayo step up late as Heat stave off Jazz 119-115  —  MIAMI — It would be too simplistic to say the Miami Heat have a winning formula.  —  Not with just about every game going to the final buzzer and enough losses to have them mired at No. 7 in the Eastern Conference standings.
Discussion: Denver Post and The Athletic
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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Winderman's view: Always an adventure, as concerning Heat trend continues even in win  —  MIAMI — Observations and other notes of interest from Monday night's 119-115 victory over the Utah Jazz:  — The ability for this Miami Heat team to make anything an adventure is remarkable.
Brad Biggs / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Bears' aggressive start to free agency has one common thread — young players entering their prime years  —  Ryan Poles wanted to pay Roquan Smith last summer — he just didn't want to get to the $20 million annual salary the linebacker desired.  So the Chicago Bears opened 2023 free agency …
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Brad Biggs / Chicago Tribune:   The free-agent negotiating window opens today. Where will GM Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears turn their attention first?
Hayes Gardner / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles' and Nationals' attorneys will argue in critical MASN appeal in New York; $100 million waits in escrow  —  While the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals play separate spring training exhibition games Tuesday, their attorneys will face off in a pivotal financial dispute worth more than either team's 2023 payroll.
Discussion: Boston Herald and The Athletic
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins reach deal with backup QB, local product Mike White to start free agency  —  On the first day of free agency, the Miami Dolphins found their backup quarterback.  —  The Dolphins and former New York Jets quarterback Mike White have agreed to terms, according to a league source.
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Childs Walker / Baltimore Sun:
Former Ravens tight end Josh Oliver agrees to 3-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings  —  Tight end Josh Oliver, one of the Ravens' most improved players in 2022, agreed Monday to a three-year, $21 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings, a source with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed to The Baltimore Sun.
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
MLB to stream games for free amid looming Diamond Sports bankruptcy: sources  —  MORE ON:  —  Major League Baseball plans to step up to the plate to broadcast games of roughly a half-dozen teams from a bankruptcy-bound regional sports network provider so that fans don't miss a single pitch, The Post has learned.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Duque Hebbert signed by Tigers after striking out trio of MLB stars  —  MIAMI — Team Nicaragua lost to the Dominican Republic during pool-play at the World Baseball Classic on Monday, but one of its pitchers won in a big way.  —  EDITOR'S PICKS  —  Duque Hebbert, a 21-year-old right-hander who's listed …
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Mets planning to shut down Jose Quintana for three months  —  JUPITER, Fla. — The Mets will prepare to play the first half of the season without Jose Quintana.  —  The left-hander is expected to be shut down from throwing for at least three months, according to sources …
George Avalos / Orange County Register:
Feds backstop all deposits of failed Silicon Valley Bank, second Bay Area bank plunges  —  Wall Street reacts as if bank contagion still looms  —  SANTA CLARA — Federal officials moved to insure all deposits at failed Silicon Valley Bank, hoping to inoculate the banking system against contagion …
Discussion: Politico and Denver Post
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
In WBC, Tim Anderson jumping to a new level of stardom with Team USA  —  PHOENIX - They're all great, right?  As Team USA manager Mark DeRosa put it, every American position player is “1 of 1.”  So when DeRosa said of Tim Anderson on Sunday, “out of any player here, he has grown on me the most,” it was high praise.
Associated Press:
Meneses homers twice, Mexico clobbers U.S. in World Baseball Classic  —  Joey Meneses' second home run - a three-run shot in the fourth inning - helps spark Mexico to an 11-5 win in front of a sellout crowd of 47,534, most of whom were cheering for Mexico  —  PHOENIX — Joey Meneses hit two homers …
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Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds center fielder Nick Senzel expected to begin 2023 season on injured list  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Nick Senzel isn't expected to play in spring training games this week, which all but rules him out for the Opening Day roster as he recovers from offseason toe surgery.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
 
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