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Feb 19

Wrigley Field renovations making progress as 2018 begins

Wrigley Field will still feel plenty familiar to Chicago Cubs fans this season even as the 104-year-old ballpark undergoes more major renovations. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, optimistic about chasing the team’s second World Series title in three seasons, visited his team’s spring training home Monday

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Feb 19

Why trading Tyler Johnson’s contract will be more difficult and complicated for Heat

A six-pack of Heat notes on a Monday: ▪ The expectation is that the Heat will explore moving the final two years of Tyler Johnson’s contract as early as this summer, but the backloaded nature of his deal isn’t the only reason that it will be difficult to achieve. In addition to making $19.2 million

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Feb 19

The Marlins ownership has one thing Loria never did. But it demands a leap of faith

This was ceremonial Day 1 of the Marlins’ complete franchise reinvention as the first full day of spring training unfurled here Monday two hours north of the downtown Miami. This was the other side of the ugly. What’s left of the Marlins, post-fire sale, is a clubhouse full of understanding why

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Feb 19

After battling for a roster spot, this pitcher is vying to be the Opening Day starter

When you watch Jose Urena go about his business, the calm demeanor hardly changes. There’s a quiet calm to the 26-year-old Marlins’ right-handed pitcher on the mound or in the clubhouse regardless of the situation. It was there when he pitched in spring training with no guarantee he’d make

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Feb 19

It’s Grandal and Barnes behind the plate again, and atop an impressive list of Dodgers catching talent

Austin Barnes pulled up a chair beside Yasmani Grandal’s locker on Friday morning. They are united but divided, competitors aligned as a duo, and so they swapped strategy on receiving and framing and blocking. At one point, Grandal hopped up to pantomime a peg to second base. Barnes rose from his

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Feb 18

Keep a copy of the Marlins’ 69-man spring roster handy. You’ll need it.

JUPITER — If you’re planning a trip to Jupiter to check out the Marlins, bring a copy of the team’s 69-man spring training roster along with the sunscreen. You’ll need both. In what will amount to a tryout camp as the Marlins look to replace their entire outfield and fill in three open starting

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Feb 18

Ira Winderman: Erik Spoelstra’s next Heat challenge involves higher math

In the wake of a blown 24-point third-quarter lead, the comment largely was overlooked in the moment. And yet it cut to the crux, the entire reason for being of the 2017-18 Miami Heat. “We’re built different than some of the top teams in both conferences,” coach Erik Spoelstra said in a

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Feb 18

Draymond Green redefined what it means to be an NBA superstar

Draymond Green sat down on the bus and started crying. It was his freshman year at Michigan State and his coach didn’t play him a single second against Ohio State. Green was so upset that he called his mother. He wanted to transfer. She talked him off that cliff. “Ma, you’ve got to get me

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Feb 18

Sports on TV: Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

AUTO RACING TIME Monster Energy: Daytona 500 2:30 p.m. FOX FOXD

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Feb 17

Marcell Ozuna thought he would remain a Marlin. ‘But they said bye-bye.’

JUPITER — After Dee Gordon struck out to end the Marlins’ half of the eighth on Oct. 1 — the final game of the season — Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton grabbed their gloves and headed out to the field for the top of the ninth. But instead of racing to their assigned positions

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Feb 17

Brent Barry: The right stuffs

LOS ANGELES–Brent Barry had a vision. The speakers at the Alamodome in San Antonio would blare the intro of LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad.” “Calling all cars, calling all cars,” the dispatchers would say. “Be on the lookout for a tall, light-skinned brother with dimples wearing

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Feb 17

Michael Rand: As Timberwolves win, mystery of Andrew Wiggins continues

The Timberwolves defeated the Lakers, 119-111, on Thursday, giving them a 36-25 record heading into the All-Star break. Jimmy Butler didn’t have a great shooting night, but he made clutch plays down the stretch and filled up the stat sheet, finishing with 24 points, five rebounds, four assists and

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Feb 17

Klay Thompson’s ‘goal’ is to play for Warriors his whole career

The answer was as predictable as Klay Thompson draining an open shot. The question was whether he wants to stay with the Warriors when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2019. Absolutely,” Thompson told Bay Area News Group. “I’ve always said that. Playing for one team your whole career

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Feb 17

Heat’s James Johnson progressing toward getting mind and body right

Among the themes of the Miami Heat’s resurrection last season was the resurrection of forward James Johnson through a transformation of his body. That conditioning, however, has not been in the same place as last season, as several opposing scouts noted recently. “I mean I’m still 7.25-(

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Feb 16

Underdog heading into Saturday’s 3-point contest, Ellington ready to make it ‘Wayne’

The Miami Heat has a proud tradition of success in the NBA’s three-point contest – and Wayne Ellington is well aware of it heading into his first career appearance in it Saturday night at Staples Center. “D-Wade told me [Sunday], ‘All of my teammates that have participated in this won. But no

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Feb 16

A’s hope patience pays off with arrival of young core talent

The often-rebuilding Oakland Athletics are leaning on young talent again in 2018, maintaining a philosophy of developing prospects from within their organization and acquiring them from other teams for more expensive veterans. It’s become the norm for manager Bob Melvin and his staff, and while the

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