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6:35 PM 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 …
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Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Another lost night for Heat, with 101-92 loss in New York further hampering seeding hopes  —  NEW YORK — The New York Knicks couldn't make a free throw, lost their All-Star in the first half, and were way too careless with the ball.  —  And the Miami Heat couldn't seize the moment.
Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Nets rally late to beat West-worst Rockets: ‘We were pretty lucky to get a win tonight.’  —  If this is what an expedited jelling process looks like, the Nets need a new overnight delivery service.  —  Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn said ahead of tip-off against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday …
Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:
With Aaron Judge back and Anthony Volpe here, Yankees ready for Opening Day  —  With the sun shining, the wind chilling and the first pitch of a new season just hours away, Aaron Boone reflected on his “lowest” point of the offseason on Thursday morning.  —  Asked about Aaron Judge …
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Anthony McCarron / New York Daily News:
Scouting the Yankees: Experts weigh in on if Bombers have done enough to make World Series run  —  The Yankees had a huge winter, from re-signing record-breaker Aaron Judge and then naming him captain to retaining Anthony Rizzo and also adding another ace-level arm to their starting rotation in Carlos Rodon, all for a cool $562 million.
Discussion: Mercury News
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Opening Day at Yankee Stadium is perfect stage for Anthony Volpe's debut, Aaron Judge's return
Gary Phillips / New York Daily News:   Meet the scouts who put Anthony Volpe on his path to pinstripes
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.
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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 …
USA Today:
MLB Opening Day 2023 live updates: New season, new rules.  What to know before first pitch.  —  Major League Baseball's 2023 opening day is here.  —  We'll see the debut of overhauled rosters, players in new uniforms, young players trying to prove their worth and veterans wanting to show they've still got it.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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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?
ESPN:
MLB season preview: Rankings, playoff odds for all 30 teams
Discussion: Call to the Pen and The Ringer
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Minor leaguers, MLB reach tentative deal on 1st CBA, sources say  —  Minor league baseball players and Major League Baseball struck a tentative deal Wednesday on the first collective bargaining agreement between the sides that will more than double player pay and represents the largest-ever gains …
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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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.
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 …
 
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