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9:15 AM ET, March 30, 2023

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Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Julius Randle suffers ankle injury in Knicks' 101-92 victory over Miami Heat  —  The good and the bad.  —  On a night the Knicks essentially clinched a playoff berth, their All-Star Julius Randle left the court in pain with a sprained ankle.  —  He never re-emerged from the locker room after halftime …
Discussion: New York Post and The Athletic
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Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Jalen Brunson returns from injury; Tom Thibodeau provides no insight on guard's sprained hand  —  Jalen Brunson didn't miss this important one.  —  After sitting the previous two contests with what the Knicks labeled a “sprained right hand,” the point guard started Wednesday versus the Heat while sporting a brace.
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Immanuel Quickley scores career-high 40 points in blowout victory over lowly Rockets
Discussion: New York Post
Julia Poe / Chicago Tribune:
Recapping the Chicago Bulls: Slow start — and Anthony Davis' big night — leads to a 121-110 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers  —  For the first eight minutes of Wednesday's 121-11 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, it seemed as if Nikola Vučević was the only player in a Chicago Bulls jersey …
Discussion: Associated Press and Denver Post
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Julia Poe / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Bulls center Andre Drummond misses LA Lakers game after writing about his mental health: 'It's okay to ask for help'  —  Center Andre Drummond missed the Chicago Bulls' 121-110 loss to theLos Angeles Lakers on Wednesday after opening up about his mental health on social media.
Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Winderman's view: A night of painted misery for Heat in loss in Toronto  —  TORONTO — Observations and other notes of interest from Tuesday night's 106-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors:  — At just about every turn, the Miami Heat have avoided the next big thing.  — Jae Crowder at power forward worked.
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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Herro's 33 not enough as Heat fall 106-92 in Toronto in injury absence of Butler  —  TORONTO — No, not optimal.  —  Coming off a game when they arguably were at their worst, the Miami Heat faced the challenge of responding to that adversity in the void of their best player.  —  It went as expected.
ESPN:
2023 MLB predictions: Wild Cards, Playoffs, World Series, more  —  It's opening week, and you know what that means — season predictions!  —  There are lots of questions going into the 2023 season: What does Year 2 of MLB's expanded playoffs have to offer?  How will rule changes play out over the season?
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MLB season preview: Rankings, playoff odds for all 30 teams
Discussion: Call to the Pen and The Ringer
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
San Diego Padres coach Matt Williams to have cancer surgery  —  SAN DIEGO — San Diego Padres third-base coach Matt Williams has been diagnosed with colon cancer and will be away from the team for an undisclosed period of time.  —  The news was revealed by Padres manager Bob Melvin on Wednesday afternoon …
Discussion: Mercury News and MLB Trade Rumors
Long Island Ducks Baseball:
THREE-TIME MAJOR LEAGUE ALL-STAR DANIEL MURPHY JOINS DUCKS  —  The Long Island Ducks today announced the signing of 12-year Major League veteran infielder Daniel Murphy.  He begins his first season with the Ducks and 16th in professional baseball.  —  “This game is part of my soul …
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
'He's got some fire in him': Pedro Grifol focused on the here and now as he begins 1st season as Chicago White Sox manager  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 30  —  Center fielder Luis Robert Jr., outfielder Eloy Jiménez, infielder Elvis Andrus and shortstop Tim Anderson.
Discussion: The Athletic and Chicago Sun-Times
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Opening Day at Yankee Stadium is perfect stage for Anthony Volpe's debut, Aaron Judge's return  —  It is an Opening Day of new beginnings at Yankee Stadium.  Thursday afternoon, however, will bring renewal not just because of the prized rookie who's never graced a big league field, but also the biggest superstar in pinstripes.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Pitch clock shaved 26 minutes off MLB spring training games  —  The use of a pitch clock shaved 26 minutes off spring training games this spring compared to last year as Major League Baseball is set to use it for the first time in the regular season beginning Thursday.
 
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Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel:
As Caleb Houstan plays a bigger role, Magic's win streak snapped in Memphis
Discussion: Reading Eagle and Associated Press
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Joey Votto to begin Cincinnati Reds season on injured list, ending his Opening Day streak
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