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10:20 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.
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
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David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins bringing ex-Jets WR and former Hurricane Braxton Berrios back to Miami  —  Braxton Berrios is coming back to where he played his college football.  —  The former Miami Hurricanes receiver and return man is signing with the Miami Dolphins, according to multiple league sources.
Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel:
Magic drop close road game to Suns despite Markelle Fultz's 25 points  —  The Orlando Magic cleaned up some of their defensive lapses Thursday against the Phoenix Suns after allowing 22 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs.  —  But the improved defense from the Magic (28-42) …
Discussion: Mercury News and Associated Press
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Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel:
Paolo Banchero's 27 points not enough as Spurs' hot 3-point shooting downs Magic
Discussion: Boston Herald
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
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Mike Gesicki leaves Dolphins in free agency, signs with rival Patriots  —  The expectation with tight end Mike Gesicki this offseason is now reality.  His time with the Miami Dolphins has come to an end.  —  Gesicki is departing in free agency to join the New England Patriots, he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday morning.
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
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
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 …
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)
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.
 
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