HARDEN DROPS 58 POINTS AND 10 ASSISTS, LAKERS TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT

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Fear The Nets Bryan Toporek | The Basketball Writers
After missing a month following right thumb surgery, Dinwiddie will return to the Nets’ lineup Mike Mazzeo | New York Post
How A CBA Flaw May Prevent A High Draft Pick From Playing In Summer League Danny Leroux | The Athletic
For Isaiah Thomas & The Nuggets: A Delicate Balance Mike Singer | Denver Post
Bulls May Take The Biggest Leap Next Season Matt John | Basketball Insiders
What Counts To Damian Lillard Yaron Weitzman | Bleacher Report
Markkanen & LaVine Are Balling Mark Karantzoulis | Blog A Bull
Okafor Finds Peace Of Mind Staff | Close Up 360 
NBA Star Power Index Brad Botkin | CBS Sports
JaMychal Green Has Had A Great Start To Clippers Career Robert Flom | Clips Nation
In the Lakers’ search for a starting lineup that worked in recent weeks, Rajon Rondo became the odd man out

The Clippers Are Rebuilding The Right Way Justin Jett | Def Pen
Stevn A. Smith stopped himself to talk about how attractive the wife of Knicks head coach David Fizdale Nick Dimengo | Brobible 
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One-Year Deals Have Hindered The Lakers’ Rebuild Sabreena Merchant | Silver Screen And Roll
The Most Interesting Teams & Players From The Season’s 3rd Quarter Dan Devine | The Ringer
Adam Silver explains why he wants Pelicans to play Davis Matthew Schmidt | Clutch Points
Mike Scott Announces His Arrival Simon Smith | Hoops Habit
Magic Showed Their Toughness In Win Over Warriors Josh Robbins | The Athletic
Garrett Temple Plays His Role In Historic Basketball Family Mike Wise | Sports Illustrated
Mitchell Robinson Is Making History Benjamin Hoffman | NY Times
Harkless Gets Back To Setting The Tone Casey Holdahl | Blazers.com

HARPER SIGNS, TROUT WAITS, MLB SPRING TRAINING NEWS

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The water torture for Philadephia Phillies fans is finally over Rick Soisson | Call to the Pen

Phillies Mail Bag: So How About Craig Kimbrel Tim Kelly | Phillies Nation

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said the team found out about Bryce Harper from fans who were sitting above the dugout Emily Caron | Sports Illustrated

Phillies general manager says he feels good about the effort that they have put forward Tim Kelly | 94wip.radio

The best free agents available with Bryce Harper and Manny Machado off the board  | SB Nation

Marwin Gonzalez the perfect free agent fit Noah Wright | The Dugout 

Jacob deGrom’s contract talks could affect Noah Syndergaard  Staff | Mets Daddy

Who could use the most love in 2019 Staff | Stats Swipe

The best defenders in the game Staff | Rotisserie Duck

Ranking MLB Farm Systems Bernie Pleskoff | Clubhouse Corner

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Mike Trout says he won’t talk Angels extension until next offseason Arthur Weinstein | Sporting News

Which players will disappoint and which will positively surprise in 2019 | Baseball Analyzed

Astro 2019: 10 things to look for in spring training Staff | Chipalatta

Kyle Murray took the expedient path, but why did the A’s pick him Adam Adkins | Adkins on Sports

For Ryan Tepera, it was an off-season to forget Michael Weiler | Everything Bluebird

Mets Spring Training 2019: Roster Battles Down in Port St. Lucie Kevin Strauss | Rising Apple

Andy Martino of SNY reports that the New York Mets have signed outfielder Carlos Gomez to a minor league deal Craig Calcaterra | Hardball Talk

Will Mets Rookies Get a Chance Staff | Mets Critic

Wong is Alright Brian Swope | cn24-7

 

BRYCE HARPER SIGNS 13 YEAR $330 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL WITH THE PHILLIES

Photo: Sporting News Bryce Harper has secured the bag, signing a 13-year, $330 million deal with the former NL East rival Phillies Joe Rivera | The Sporting News Harper’s 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies will keep him in the National League East David Schoenfield | ESPN Why Would You Make Bryce Harper the Highest Paid … Read moreBRYCE HARPER SIGNS 13 YEAR $330 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL WITH THE PHILLIES

THE BEST NBA NEWS COVERAGE

Lakers star LeBron James goes up for a dunk in front of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday during the second quarter of Wednesday's game at Staples Center.

Lakers star LeBron James goes up for a dunk in front of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

New Orleans never led by more than five points, and the Lakers secured their 30th win of the season, winning 125-119

Trae Young Isn’t Wearing Down; He’s Getting Better Michael Cunningham | AJC.com

Nobody Seems To Have Answers Gary Washburn | Boston Globe

Celtics Notebook: Aron Baynes close to return Mark Murphy | Boston Herald

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Westbrook Isn’t Having The Season You Think He Is Matt Moore | The Action Network

NBA’s Best 25 Players Under Age  25 Chris Herring/Bobby Marks/Kevin Pelton | ESPN

The Raptors Are The NBA’s Mystery Contender Paul Flannery | SB Nation

Harris Continues To Show Why He Is So Valuable Tom West | Liberty Ballers

Luka Doncic Is a Sore Loser He’s a Sensation Marc Stein | New York Times

David Frizdale explains what’s behind his relentless optimism Zach Braziller | New York Post 

Joakim Noah’s Career Revival Chris Kern | Beale Street Bears

Drummond Is NBA’s Best Scorer In Restricted Area Since His Return Bryan Kalbrosky | Hoops Hype

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The people and places keeping the Black Fives Era alive Moke Hamilton | The Athletic 

Warriors aim to gain momentum against Heat Jannelle Moore | Bball Index

Markkanen Is Still Beasting Vijay Vemu | Blog A Bull

Donovan Mitchell’s get to the line more frequently, and it has bumped his scoring average Andy Larsen | The Salt Lake Tribune

Rockets Slip by Hornets for third consecutive win Hunter Atkins | Houston Chronicle

The Wolves’ Wing Depth Pietro Caddeo | Bball Index

 

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE SKATE AROUND THE ICE

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What is Matt Duchene’s next move? Lyle Richardson | Sporting News

NextVR, the leader in broadcasting live events in virtual reality, and the National Hockey League (NHL) in association with Disney Streaming Services NHL | Public Relations

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has surged back to the top of the NHL’s best-selling jerseys Greg Wyshynski | ESPN

One of the NHL’s smallest players and biggest scorers, Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita died at 78 years old Jason Owens | Puck Daddy

Analysis the top seven prospects moved at the NHL trade deadline Sam Cosentino | Sportsnet

Wins and Sins Trade Deadline Craziness Pete Blackburn | CBS Sports

Skating through the NHL color barrier, paving the way for others Willie O’ree | The Hill

NHL won’t come down hard on Zdeno Chara Dakota Randall | NESN

Marcus Johansson is getting his chance, at least for now Marisa Ingemi | Boston Herald

Mark Giordano leads Norris Trophy race at three-quarter mark David Satriano | NHL.com Writer

The Choosen Few: It’s not easy being a rookie defenseman in the NHL

Newly arrived Brendan Lemieux — son of ex-Devil Claude Lemieux, the rotten apple doesn’t fall far from the tree Larry Brooks | The New York Post

Rangers Trade Kevin Hayes and Adam McQuaid, Stockpiling Prospects Allan Kreda | The New York Times

Andrew Shaw nets a hat trick, while Max Domi notches five points, including two goals, as Habs roll over the Red Wings 8-1 Pat Hickey | Montreal Gazette

Gardiner out as Leafs face McDavid for the first time Terry Koshan | Toronto Sun

Miracle on Ice

The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team members celebrate after their upset victory over the heavily favored Soviet team by 4-3 score in the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Feb. 22, 1980. (AP)

 

 

 

NBA/COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS & NOTES

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Who stands the best chance of becoming the next head coach of the UCLA men’s basketball team Ben Bolch | LA Times

Arizona head coach Sean Miller and LSU head coach Will Wade have been subpoenaed in the federal college basketball corruption trial  

NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch John Gasaway | ESPN Insider

Federal prosecutors are demanding jail time for three men convicted of fraud in the pay-to-play college basketball trial Danielle Lerner | Louisville Courier Journal

Here are the 5 fastest college basketball point guards Joe Boozell | NCAA.com

Kansas isn’t dead yet and remains No. 16 Gary Parrish | CBS Sports

Conference Tournaments 2019 What’s New Chris Dobbertean | Blogging the Bracket

Rules surrounding the speed of the game — and players themselves — were popular topics for our coaches Staff | ESPN.com

Lakers coach Luke Walton wants his team to embrace the sting of back-to-back losses at New Orleans and Memphis Broderick Turner | LA Times 

Assessing Luke Walton & Coaching Staff’s Performance Cranjis McBasketball | BBallIndex

Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green would be interested in playing for the Lakers someday Bruce Jenkins | San Francisco Chronicle

What the hell is Kyrie Irving thinking Mark Fischer | New York Daily News

Magic struggle with loss to Knicks Chris Hays | Orlando Sentinel

Paul Millsap and Nickola Jokic’s vast improvement from last year Bruno Manrique | Clutch Points

Bill Simmons is top NBA personality Staff | Hoops Hype

Joe Harris Just Keeps Hittin’ Buckets Phil Watson | Nothin’ But Nets

Mavs Own The Biggest TPE Ever.  What Does It Mean? David Lord | 247 Sports

Monte Morris NBA’s Best Backup PG? Jared Dubin | The Step Back

Capela-Faried Coupling A Big Development For Rockets Jonathan Feigen | Housotn Chronicle

 

NEWS FROM MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING

Photo: (Getty Images) Pete Alonso Needs More Than Power to Claim His Spot With the Mets Kevin Armstrong | New York Times Mets second baseman Robinson Cano at spring training camp. “I feel like I’m 25,” said Cano, who is 36 and older than any of his new teammates Kevin Armstrong | New York Times … Read moreNEWS FROM MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING

NOLAN ARENADO SIGNS BIG DEAL WITH ROCKIES, MLB NEWS

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Nolan Arenado, the four-time all-star and six-time Gold Glove winner, is remaining with the Rockies. The 27-year-old third baseman has agreed to a lucrative contract extension with the club that could keep him in a Rockies uniform for as long as eight years and for more than $255 million, a source confirmed to The Denver Post.

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 When the Yankees’ young slugger Aaron Judge looks up and down the team’s roster, he sees many players like him. There’s the soon-to-be-24-year-old third baseman, Miguel Andujar, who was the runner-up for the American League Rookie of the Year Award last season — just ahead of a teammate, second baseman Gleyber Torres, 22. Continue Reading By James Wagner New York Times

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The Cardinals and starting pitcher Miles Mikolas have agreed to a four-year, $68 million extension, MLB Network reported.

The deal — after Mikolas went 18-4 in his first season with the Cardinals in 2018 — is expected to be announced at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Continue Reading By Bob Hille, Omnisport

FILE – In this Monday, May 14, 2018, file photo, people make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Nevada regulators have rejected a request from Major League Baseball to ban betting on spring training games. The Nevada Gaming Control Board says the state has the proper controls in place to minimize the league’s integrity concerns. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Photo: People make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Nevada regulators have rejected a request from Major League Baseball to ban… (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada gambling regulators have rejected a request by Major League Baseball to ban betting on spring training games.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board said in a letter to MLB that casinos in Las Vegas and elsewhere have taken bets on exhibition baseball games for decades without problems.

The league asked for the ban on Wednesday last week, the day before the first scheduled spring training game between the Mariners and A’s, which was rained out. Bryan Seeley, MLB’s deputy general counsel, said in the request that wagers on spring training games carry “heightened security risks.” The league says the games are “more vulnerable to manipulation” because teams are focused on getting players ready for the season, not on winning.

Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairwoman Sandra Morgan responded Thursday saying sportsbooks have the proper controls in place to minimize concerns about players potentially fixing bets.

MLB acknowledged the tardiness of its request and said it planned to make similar requests in other states where sports betting has become legal since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow expansion last year. From

NBA RUMORS AND NEWS

The Los Angeles Lakers have dealt with more distractions than any other team in the NBA this season. Nobody is denying that. Practically everyone on the roster has been hurt at some point or another. Anthony Davis rumors decimated the locker room at the trade deadline. Merely having LeBron James on the roster invites distraction. But James’ last eight … Read moreNBA RUMORS AND NEWS

ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE TURNING INTO A VIABLE MINOR LEAGUE OPTION

One reality of any football season on any level is that it flies by ridiculously quickly. Whether it’s 16 games in the NFL, 12 in college football or less in high schools, all you have to do is blink your eyes and find yourself saying, “Where did the season go?” That’s especially true in The … Read moreALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE TURNING INTO A VIABLE MINOR LEAGUE OPTION