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5:15 PM ET, March 17, 2023

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Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Mets closer Edwin Diaz suffers torn patellar tendon, needs surgery and is expected to miss the season  —  Up until Wednesday, the Mets had avoided the worst.  The pitching depth had taken a few hits over the last two weeks but the Mets were still in a position to be able to withstand the losses.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Puerto Rico ousts Dominican Republic at WBC, but Edwin Diaz hurts knee celebrating  —  MIAMI — Star New York Mets closer Edwin Díaz suffered a right knee injury Wednesday night during the on-field celebration of Puerto Rico's victory over the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic …
ESPN:
Mets' Edwin Diaz expected to miss season with torn patellar tendon  —  New York Mets closer Edwin Díaz has a torn patellar tendon and is expected to miss the entire season after injuring his right knee while celebrating a victory in the World Baseball Classic.
Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
This time Heat in cruise control (no, really) in 138-119 rout of Grizzlies  —  MIAMI — An Easy Button?  Who knew?  —  In a season of sweating just about every finish, the Miami Heat got something completely different Wednesday night at Miami-Dade Arena.  —  This time there was a 28-point lead …
Discussion: Boston Herald and Denver Post
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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:   Winderman's view: Heat rotation coming into view, with Oladipo shuffled out in rout of Grizzlies
Brad Biggs / Chicago Tribune:
Key additions on defense — but what's next for offensive line?  Brad Biggs' 6 thoughts off Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles' availability.  —  1. Like it or not, Ryan Poles will be linked to the 2023 draft's No. 1 pick for years to come.  —  If the Carolina Panthers select a quarterback …
Discussion: Mercury News and Associated Press
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David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins sign former Jets lineman for offensive line depth; re-sign Geron Christian  —  The wait is over for the Miami Dolphins to bring in an outside free agent for offensive line depth and competition.  —  They agreed to terms with former New York Jets lineman Dan Feeney on Thursday morning, according to a league source.
Discussion: ProFootballTalk and Boston Herald
Julia Poe / Chicago Tribune:
Recapping the Chicago Bulls: Loss to Sacramento Kings on last-second 3-pointer halts momentum from 2-game win streak  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 23  —  Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) walks off the floor after a loss to the Kings on March 15, 2023, at the United Center.  (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Prospect Brandon Pfaadt sharp vs. Cubs as rotation battle heats up  —  Right-hander Brandon Pfaadt fired four impressive innings on Thursday against the Chicago Cubs in what was perhaps the best outing yet for any of the pitchers vying for the fifth spot in the rotation.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and AZ Snake Pit
Carlos Collazo / Baseball America:
2023 MLB Mock Draft Version 1.0  —  We're four weeks into the college season so it's time for the first edition of our 2023 Mock Draft.  —  Like previous mock drafts this time of year, I've enlisted a high-ranking scout with a big league team to help me go through this exercise and make alternating picks.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball and Battery Power
Antwan Staley / New York Daily News:
Aaron Rodgers on Pat McAfee Show says his ‘intention’ is to ‘play for the New York Jets’  —  Aaron Rodgers has kept fans and the media in the dark for weeks about his future.  —  But on “The Pat McAfee Show” on YouTube and Sirius XM Wednesday afternoon, Rodgers finally broke his silence and gave viewers clarity about his future.
Tarek Fattal / Daily News:
UCLA rides fast start to rout of UNC Asheville in NCAA tournament opener  —  SACRAMENTO — Questions about UCLA center Adem Bona's health were looming ahead of the Bruins' NCAA tournament opener.  Each time Coach Mick Cronin answered questions about Bona's left shoulder, his answer remained consistent …
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Reinvented Matt Harvey wants a final MLB shot: ‘I can still pitch’  —  MORE FROM:  —  Erstwhile Mets legend Matt Harvey has experienced very high highs and just-as-low lows in baseball, and sometimes the highs and lows run together, like in the 2015 World Series.
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins re-signing RB Myles Gaskin, veteran tackle Kendall Lamm  —  The Miami Dolphins are now returning all four running backs from the active roster in 2022 for the 2023 season.  —  The Dolphins are re-signing tailback Myles Gaskin, according to a league source on Wednesday …
Discussion: ProFootballTalk and Mercury News
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Chris Perkins / Sun-Sentinel:   Dolphins show faith in Mike McDaniel by re-signing running backs Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson
 
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