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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Japan plates 2 in ninth, ousts Mexico in World Baseball Classic  —  MIAMI — Munetaka Murakami, a Japanese Triple Crown winner who, at 23, is already among the best hitters in the world, thought about bunting.  —  It was the ninth inning, two runners occupied first and second base with nobody out …
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USA Today:
World Baseball Classic final recap: Shohei Ohtani strikes out Mike Trout to close out Japan win over USA  —  For baseball fans, there's never really been this kind of drama this early in the spring.  And now there's only one game left.  —  The defending champion team from the United States met …
Jessica Camerato / MLB.com:
USA drubs Cuba, setting up chance to repeat as champs
Alanis Thames / Associated Press:
Trea Turner's grand slam lifts Team USA over Venezuela, into World Baseball Classic semis
Evan Drellich / The Athletic:
MLB could tweak new rules before Opening Day: Sources  —  Members of MLB's competition committee on Monday discussed tweaks to baseball's new rules, people briefed on the meeting told The Athletic, opening the door to potential rule modifications for Opening Day.
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Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
Luis Severino rebounds with sharp slider, recommends pitch clock tweaks  —  TAMPA — It looked as if Luis Severino's rocky camp would continue Tuesday after the pitcher surrendered a leadoff homer to Detroit's Kerry Carpenter, but the Yankees right-hander recovered for his best start of the spring.
Mike Lupica / New York Daily News:
Willis Reed was the beating heart of the champion Knicks  —  It couldn't have happened without all of them, without Clyde who played the game of his life in that Game 7 against the Lakers that May night in 1970, the night at Madison Square Garden when the Knicks finally won it all, 36 points from him and 19 assists and seven rebounds.
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Nazier Mulé, a 2-way prospect the Chicago Cubs drafted last year, will undergo Tommy John surgery  —  MESA, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs two-way prospect Nazier Mulé's professional baseball debut will be delayed.  —  Mulé is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery next week …
Andrew Knoll / Daily News:
Kings ride 4-goal first period to rout of Flames  —  Drew Doughty and Viktor Arvidsson score in the opening period, Adrian Kempe has two goals and an assist and the Kings improve to 8-0-2 in their past 10 with an 8-2 win  —  The Kings turned in a forecheck-fueled, four-goal first period …
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Eduardo Escobar's Mets return comes with Brett Baty competition at third  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Eduardo Escobar enjoyed the “unbelievable” energy that came with playing in the World Baseball Classic for Venezuela, but his focus returned Monday to the Mets.
Haley Sawyer / Daily News:
Charisma Osborne's big night leads UCLA women past Oklahoma, into Sweet 16  —  Osborne scores a career-high 36 points and the fourth-seeded Bruins squander an 18-point lead before rallying in the fourth quarter for an 82-73 win that earns them a shot at unbeaten South Carolina
Fiifi Frimpong / New York Daily News:
Rick Pitino agrees to six-year deal to become St. John's head coach  —  Rick Pitino has agreed to become St. John's head coach, the school announced.  —  Pitino informed Iona he was leaving the program in a team meeting Monday afternoon and agreed to the six-year deal with the Red Storm, according to ESPN.
Kyle Odegard / Compare.bet® US:
Sources: Cardinals Fire Longtime Head Athletic Trainer Tom Reed  —  The Cardinals have fired longtime head athletic trainer Tom Reed, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.  —  Reed held the position for the past 15 seasons in Arizona.
Peter King / ProFootballTalk:
FMIA: The First-Week Free-Agency Files  —  Early Report Card  —  1. Chicago.  The Bears traded ownership of the draft to Carolina, then owned the first week of free-agency.  —  After a conversation with Bears GM Ryan Poles the other night, it sounds like the trade was almost THE TRADE.
 
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