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11:05 PM ET, March 21, 2023

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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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Jessica Camerato / MLB.com:
USA drubs Cuba, setting up chance to repeat as champs  —  Americans await winner of Mexico-Japan for Tuesday's title game  —  MIAMI — Team USA is one win away from becoming back-to-back World Baseball Classic champions.  —  With a 14-2 semifinal victory over Cuba on Sunday night at loanDepot park …
Alanis Thames / Associated Press:
Trea Turner's grand slam lifts Team USA over Venezuela, into World Baseball Classic semis  —  Turner's eighth-inning blast propels the United States to a 9-7 win and into a matchup against Cuba on Sunday night for a spot in the final against Japan or Mexico  —  MIAMI — Trea Turner hit …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Sheehan / Morning Call:
A cool tradition: First day of spring means free Rita's  —  Let's all put winter behind us and take part in a delicious (and free) spring tradition.  —  Rita's is once again offering free Italian ice to kick off the season.  Visit one of the Valley's 17 Rita's locations from noon to 9 p.m. Monday and get yourself some free Rita's.
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