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While Tatum certainly had help from his teammates — particularly veteran guard Marcus Smart in his first game back from an extended absence to injury — the tenor of this game would have gone quite differently had he not played to such a high level.

Whether a trade request by a player/trade plan implemented by the team is made on the record or under the cloak of anonymity is a silly distinction for the league to make. If people can get their messages out anyway, let them use their names without fear of fine.San Antonio Spurs
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"[LeVert] looks good. To me, he looks ready to play," Brogdon told The Indianapolis Star on Thursday. "A complete game-changer. He changes the scouting report. Having another dynamic scorer on the floor can really help this team."Phoenix Suns

The Magic, who host the Miami Heat on Sunday night, have seven players out due to injuries. They've also lost seven straight games, their longest skid since the 2017-2018 season when the Magic had four streaks that matched or exceeded that stretch -- including a pair of nine-contest droughts.

Five other players scored in double digits for the Pelicans, including Brandon Ingram with 23 points and Lonzo Ball with 20.

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Thibodeau is a basketball lifer whose identity has always been wrapped up in the game he loves. He's gruff, he's hard to please and he's demanding -- but he is loyal to those who have been loyal to him over the years.Toronto Raptors

The Golden State Warriors are reportedly interested in pursuing two-time NBA All-Star and Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo.Philadelphia 76ers

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Danny Andrew of Fleetwood Town celebrates with teammates after scoring their team’s third goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood Town and Doncaster Rovers at Highbury Stadium on Feb. 9, 2021, in Fleetwood, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Vegas Golden Knights

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"Just keep going," Shayne Gostisbehere said about the message right now within the power play and from assistant coach Michel Therrien. "We're getting our chances, we're just not getting the results right now. I think we'd be a little more worried if we weren't getting the chances. But I think we're moving around, obviously a lot of personnel changes from game to game, but I think we're getting a little more comfortable now and I think the results will come soon."

The sports world makes for a beautiful palette but individual images can get lost in the constant shuffle. Here are the best Getty Images sports photos from this week.Boston Bruins

“It’s been a special ride to be a part of it with you since day one,” Toews said in his video, which was posted by the Blackhawks Twitter account on Tuesday.Edmonton Oilers
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The Rangers play three games in four nights as part of their four-game week so look for Igor Shesterkin, if healthy, to play three times with Alexandar Georgiev to play once...Georgiev has not played well of late as he has been pulled in each of his last two games, giving up seven goals on 20 shots in just over 42 minutes of play...Good news on the Artemi Panarin front as he returned to practice Wednesday and while he didn’t play on Thursday, the Rangers best player could return this week if not sooner...Pavel Buchnevich saw his five-game points streak end Thursday but he leads the Rangers with 20 points, two better than Panarin although he has played 25 games to The Breadman’s 14...Adam Fox leads the Rangers blueliners with 15 points with Ryan Lindgren second with nine assists.Columbus Blue Jackets

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24. Columbus Blue Jackets. The Patrik Laine acquisition created a lot of questions as to how it would work out. The results so far have been very mixed to say the least.
The Blackhawks knew the month of March was going to be their most difficult stretch of the season. They picked up three out of a possible six points against the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, which they'll take, but there were certainly some learning moments throughout that series.

Additional terms include trade protection throughout the contract and a full no-trade clause for the first three years.

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"I do expect him to play," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said after practice Tuesday. "He's our on-ice leader and we need that offensive punch."Minnesota Wild

Carey Price's struggles have become a focal point in Montreal (and cost goalie coach Stephane Waite his job). However newcomer Jake Allen has been exactly as advertised as a reliable backup, posting a .921 save percentage through nine starts.St. Louis Blues

Boston scratched LW Jake DeBrusk, who totaled a goal and three assists over his previous 11 games. Sean Kuraly returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games. The Bruins were also without G Tuukka Rask, who didn’t make the trip to New York. Brandon Carlo is week-to-week after taking a hard hit from Washington’s Tom Wilson on Friday night.Vegas Golden Knights

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After Saturday’s games the Flyers are now on pace for only 64 points this season. The Bruins, currently the fourth team in the division, are on pace for 71 games. That is a lot of ground to make up in the second half with a lot of games against the Islanders, Capitals, and Bruins remaining. If they can win the majority of those games they can make it up quickly. If not, they are going to be in trouble.Anaheim Ducks

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Twenty-five regular-season games will air nationally each season on ABC or ESPN, and 75 regular-season games produced by ESPN will stream on ESPN+ and Hulu. Also, the out-of-market streaming package that was on will be available on ESPN+. Pitaro said games on ESPN+ will be part of the base package, though he wouldn’t say if subscription prices will rise. It’s safe to anticipate that they will climb later, if not sooner.Dallas Stars

The Sharks entered Wednesday in last place in the West Division, seven points back of a playoff spot, despite Kane's strong performances this season. Voiding his contract would free up $7 million in salary-cap space, which San Jose will have a hard time clearing in the coming seasons.

Kurtis MacDermid with his second, broke the shutout bid by Philipp Grubauer in the third but Nathan MacKinnon’s seventh of the season, into the empty net, clinched the game for the Avs.Calgary Flames

Maybe Grosenick will get more than a couple chances to prove himself as an NHL goalie this time around? (Frankly, if the Kings can give him a chance, they should probably find someone else who will. Maybe, um, the Sharks?)Anaheim Ducks
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The Wings took five penalties in the second period, including one for fighting on Adam Erne after he was KO’ed by Barclay Goodrow. That one, at least, was offsetting, and Tampa’s fourth straight power play was cut short a minute in when Alex Killorn was called for slashing. Still, Bernier had to make 13 saves in the period.Vegas Golden Knights

Boston scratched LW Jake DeBrusk, who totaled a goal and three assists over his previous 11 games. Sean Kuraly returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games. The Bruins were also without G Tuukka Rask, who didn’t make the trip to New York. Brandon Carlo is week-to-week after taking a hard hit from Washington’s Tom Wilson on Friday night.

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Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich (C) battles for the ball with Luis Rodriguez of Tigres (R) during the match between Bayern Muenchen and Tigres UANL at Education City Stadium on February 11, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

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The trouble is Sale has been far from an All-Star since that deal was penned. He made 25 appearances in 2019, going 6-11 with an ERA of 4.40. His performances reflected the drop-off he showed in the 2018 postseason when he had an ERA of 5.76 in 25 innings pitched. Elbow inflammation ended his season early.

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According to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, Britton will travel back to New York for surgery, after which the team will offer an updated timeline. When infielder Gio Urshela underwent surgery to remove a bone chip from his right elbow in early December, the Yankees announced that his anticipated recovery time would be three months.

AT THE PLATE: Chris Taylor clubbed a two-run home run to right-center field in the Dodgers’ four-run third inning. … Will Smith and Gavin Lux each contributed an RBI single in the third. … Michael Busch, a first-round pick in the 2019 draft, slugged a solo home run in the ninth inning. Busch mostly played first base and left field at North Carolina, but the Dodgers are intent on him playing second base at the pro level.San Diego Padres

The Yankees head back to Tampa to face the Philadelphia Phillies once again at 1:05 p.m. from George M. Steinbrenner Field.Cleveland Indians

While it is no Bobby Bonilla annuity, the New York Mets‘ contract with second baseman Robinson Cano has to be one of the very worst in MLB today.Tampa Bay Rays

Scouts say Yoenis Cespedes hit rockets at showcase. But Cespedes, after missing 2019 and opting out after 31 ABs last year, and with the only 15 DH spots mostly accounted for, might need to wait for an opening/injury. My pure speculation: White Sox could make sense @MLBNetworkOakland Athletics

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His 2020 season was disastrous and it's a campaign those who rostered him won't soon forget. Still, recency bias is a dangerous thing in his case, especially considering there's a possible explanation for the poor performance. Martinez was one of the most vocal players regarding his frustrations about limited access to the video room. Martinez's struggles were almost entirely about his performance against fastballs. He batted .173 with a .265 wOBA against them, down from .352/.461 from 2017-19 combined. What if the diminished level of video access was indeed the primary cause? Martinez averaged a No. 25 overall Player Rater finish and No. 33 fantasy-point ranking from 2017-19. We shouldn't forget that.
Days later she wrote a post on the Instagram account she runs for her cat, Snuckles. She posted two photos showing the cat on a cardboard playhouse and the playhouse smashed to pieces. The post, voiced as the cat, recounts someone yelling and throwing things at the cat. "This is about safety at this point," she wrote in the cat's voice, adding the two left the home shared with the unnamed individual.
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Jose Martinez has a torn meniscus, putting him on the shelf for roughly four months and impacting the Mets' projected bench >> Read moreCleveland Indians

"We will require all those who enter Globe Life Field to wear a mask or face covering, and are working with Major League Baseball on some additional protocols required for player health and safety," Rangers COO Neil Leibman said in a statement. "We will continue to monitor developments and implement the necessary public health measures. We are excited that Rangers fans will finally be able to experience all that Globe Life Field has to offer."Chicago Cubs

García, the Yanks’ best pitching prospect, has also had good results. He has a 2.25 ERA in three starts, allowing three runs (two earned) and five hits over eight innings. He has 10 strikeouts and two walks. On Sunday, he allowed only an unearned run in three innings against the Blue Jays.Cincinnati Reds

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While he knows how personal and divided the issue may be for people, Baker is doing his part to try and convince others to get vaccinated now, too.

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In addition to Smith’s eight months with the Reds, Brooks also arranged for her to attend the three-day SABR Analytics Conference. Smith also participated in MLB’s Take the Field, an event designed to provide women interested in careers in coaching, scouting or player development with skills training and networking opportunities.

The starting point for every bullpen is the back of it -- the high-leverage hurlers to whom managers turn in the most crucial situations. And the turnover of those roles is less than that for the lesser roles. That only makes sense -- you have to be somewhat established to land a back-of-the-bullpen job, and if you get one, chances are you have the kind of talent to hold that job for a while, health permitting.Detroit Tigers
The Wings aren’t a good team and that isn’t shocking news to anybody. They’ve lost three games in a row and they have just three victories in their last 10 outings. Dylan Larkin has missed the last four games with an upper-body injury and that’s a problem for a team with very little depth.Boston Bruins

Nurse would tease her a bit in Wisconsin, saying it wasn't too late to join her friends up North. But now, there's no doubt Roque is with USA Hockey. "It's funny to me, because it actually was never really a question for me," she said. "My dad brought it up to me once, 'You could play in the Hockey Canada program.' And I was like, 'Well, why would I do that?' I grew up in America, I live in America, so I never really questioned it."Minnesota Wild

That could put the Bruins in a precarious playoff race position as they inch over the halfway mark of the 2020-21 NHL season.Vegas Golden Knights

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All six Duck goals Monday were scored by players 27 or older, relieving pressure on youngsters who aren’t ready to carry the team. “I think guys are just playing a little freely maybe, just making plays, just going out there playing hockey,” Henrique said.Philadelphia Flyers

Joey Daccord surrendered six goals on 37 shots in the loss. He’s still looking for his first NHL win.

His talent is on display nightly, and his contributions, along with those of Kevin Fiala, Joel Eriksson Ek, Mats Zuccarello, Marcus Foligno, and Jordan Greenway up front, have helped power the Wild into third place in the West Division.
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It’s been a difficult season so far for the Sharks, who were one of the seven teams that didn’t qualify for the bubble last year and went 10 months without playing a game.

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“Jack Adams really broke up that team and the guys we traded were really good players. We all wondered 'what the hell is going on here?' Had he not done that we all felt we would have won more Cups. When the trades happened, I looked to see if my name was on the list. When I first came up my goal was to play 10 years because that’s when you got your full pension. I always rented a house because my teammates always said don’t get too tied up because you never knew what Adams might do. I don’t think I bought a home until 1964. Adams use to follow us to all the games and sometimes he would sit at the end of the bench. I remember Benny Woit had been deked by a Montreal player who scored. I was on the bench sitting near Jack and he asked me, ‘who let that happen?” I said, ’I don’t know and he said ‘you’re full of (expletive).’ I wasn’t going to hang Benny. To hell with Adams, I wasn’t going to tell him. He was later traded. Jack was a real tyrant. Gordie liked to shorten his sticks and at practice Adams would sometimes go onto the ice and throw Gordie’s stick into the stands because he thought it was too short.”

The play of rookie forward Kirill Kaprizov has been a big part of that. He leads the Wild with 23 points in 25 games. Kaprizov is also tied for the team lead in goals (10) with Joel Eriksson Ek. Kaprizov is currently the front-runner for the Calder Trophy, while Eriksson Ek will attract some attention for the Selke Trophy.
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Sabres forward Sam Reinhart netted a pair of goals in the first period. That gives him 11 goals and 19 points in 22 contests.Dallas Stars

The two wins staved off panic for now, but the 5-0 dusting in Dallas on Saturday wasn’t exactly the way they wanted to end the week, especially with pulling starting goalie Joonas Korpisalo about 49 minutes in. His replacement: Finnish rookie Veini Vehvilainen, who joins Tua Tagovailoa and Eetu Luostarinen atop our Misery Index vowel leaderboard at eight apiece. (That’s pronounced “VAY-nee veh-vih-LIGH-nehn,” by the way, though considering he let in a fairly soft goal in his 10:43 of work, you may not need to remember that for too long.)Columbus Blue Jackets

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But actually pulling that off doesn’t just entail outplaying the Blackhawks. It also means surviving an absolutely brutal schedule.Vegas Golden Knights

10. The Blackhawks improved to 10-1-2 in the second game of a series this season and made it nine straight wins.

Long before the injury run, Nashville had been struggling on the ice. Against Carolina, Matt Benning and Ryan Johansen scored for Nashville, but the Predators allowed the next three goals in their fourth loss in the last five games. They have only three points in that span, and sit in sixth place in the Central Division.Edmonton Oilers

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Per Heyman, the Giants will be monitoring Francisco Lindor, Trevor Story, Corey Seager, Carlos Correa and Javier Baez, among others, if they do indeed end up making their way to free agency.Cincinnati Reds

Kapler is positive by nature, and he often starts his Zoom press conferences by pointing out three or four players who excelled in a given game or workout. But there's always a little more excitement in his voice when he talks about Castro's early success. Colorado Rockies

Neither would be on track for Cooperstown based on the old metric that voters valued, wins. Sandy Koufax could be a model for deGrom as a pitcher with an all-time peak but a lack of counting stats, and he won 165 games. DeGrom is 32 years old and has 70 wins.Kansas City Royals

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“Just to make sure everything was squared away, everything was good,” said Oberg, a 15th-round pick by Colorado in the 2012 amateur draft who’s appeared in 259 career games with a 3.85 ERA. “My hope, by the end of camp, is to be able to get into a back-to-back situation and feel good on both days and the days leading after it.”
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Longoria is signed through next season, and the Giants need him to be a power bat in their lineup. In his first two games of the spring, he has been exactly that off lefties and righties. Baltimore Orioles

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Both are World Series champions, Hernandez with last year's Dodgers and Gonzalez as a member of Cora's 2017 Astros. Both have made an impact on the biggest stage, Hernandez with a three-homer mauling of the Cubs during the 2017 NLCS, and Gonzalez with a game-tying homer leading off the ninth against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in Game 2 of that year's World Series.

Rutschman's odds to win are +1200, behind Wander Franco (+1100), Jarred Kelenic (+750) and Randy Arozarena (+400). Interestingly, the Orioles' Ryan Mountcastle has the sixth-best odds on the board at +1600.
According to sources, McNair is well aware of the value that Barnes brings to the Kings both on and off the court and he also knows how difficult it would be to replace him, be it on the open market in free agency or via trade.Washington Wizards

It's rolling along in Brooklyn, with the Nets winning 12 of their past 13. They've added another former All-Star in Blake Griffin, and even without Kevin Durant, they haven't slowed down at all. But Durant has now missed the Nets' past 11 games, raising some concerns about his hamstring injury. Head coach Steve Nash said last week Durant is "getting better all the time," which is encouraging, but with another new player to integrate, the Nets are running out of time to see all their pieces mesh on the court. -- Young

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Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford on Wednesday said that rookie Cole Anthony is not yet close to returning to play after suffering a rib injury on Feb. 9 versus the Portland Trail Blazers.

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For the Clippers, the only team Charania mentioned explicitly in the Hill and Ariza section, Hill makes sense because Los Angeles needs a more offensive-focused point guard. Patrick Beverley is very good at what he does, but he’s not a creator or playmaker the way a typical point guard is. Hill would be an upgrade over backup Reggie Jackson as well.Phoenix Suns
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With 24 points against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, James Harden moved up the NBA’s all-time scoring list, passing Larry Bird in the process.

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“I'm not sure how you construe a service time manipulation with a 21-year-old player who's played [21] games above A-ball,’’ Dipoto says, “and who not yet achieved 800 plate appearances as a professional player. That would be an unprecedented that hasn’t happened in three decades. While Jared is a wildly talented player, we do want to make sure that he has checked off the boxes in development because it's incumbent on us, not just for the good of the Mariners, but for the benefit of Jarred Kelenic.’’

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THEY WORRIED ABOUT their timing against live pitching, made it a point to guard against over-throwing and braced for the possibility that their adrenaline would get too high for exhibition games. But the players who opted out of the 2020 season -- all except Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, who cited a desire to remain near family -- returned in 2021 without lingering trepidation.

Not only is the Cuban connection alive and well on the South Side, but it's playing a bigger role than ever, helping fuel the White Sox championship-level expectations for both the present and future.Chicago Cubs

When Smith visited campus, she and Englander chatted for the first time in the dugout. At the end of that conversation, Englander told Smith, “You’re going to be our new director of operations!”Detroit Tigers

For Black Americans, this kind of event is mostly met with gallows humor, like Chicago sports radio producer Herb Lawrence, who tweeted, "Rest In Peace to Johnny Damon and his wife. They should have complied to the officer's demands and they would not be dead now. Wait...what was that?!"San Diego Padres

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