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NYC Daily Roundup 03/11: Yankees and Mets prepare for season as MLB lockout ends, Nets win big in Philly & more news

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Happy Friday, fellow New Yorkers! Today is March 11 and the weekend is finally here! Welcome to another weekend edition of the New York City Daily Roundup — the most concise way to catch the latest news from across the five boroughs — with updates on Major League Baseball, the upcoming winter storm and the Summer Rising program in NYC schools.

On Friday, temperatures will reach a high of 53°F, with partly cloudy conditions expected throughout the rest of the day. Sunset is scheduled for 5:58 p.m. This weekend will see the first sunset at 7 p.m. this year, as the clocks roll forward. Snow and rain will hit the area on Saturday, and temperatures are headed back into the high 30s on Sunday.

As for the news, here's what you need to know as we wrap up the workweek:

1.) MLB lockout ends, Yankees & Mets prepare for Spring Training

After a lengthy winter lockout, Major League Baseball announced Thursday the sport will return for a season in 2022. Teams will report for Spring Training on Friday, and free agents are now able to enter negotiations with prospective teams as well.

As a result of the lockout, some changes include advertisements on helmets and jerseys, 12 post-season teams instead of 10 and no more seven-inning doubleheaders.

"I do want to start by apologizing to our fans, I know that the last few months have been difficult. There was a lot of uncertainty in a point in time where there is a lot of uncertainty in the world," said Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner.

The Yankees will kick off the season on April 7 against the Boston Red Sox. The Mets will also play April 7, against the Washington Nationals.

2.) Nets crush 76ers on the road as Simmons faces backlash

The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 129-100 on Thursday in Philadelphia. Nets forward Kevin Durant led the team with 25 points in the win. As the crowd belted their boos at former 76ers guard Ben Simmons, Durant defended his new teammate after the game.

"I think all of us look at Ben as our brother," Durant said. "We knew this was a hostile environment. It's hard to chant at Ben Simmons when you're losing by that much."

"We definitely felt like Ben was on our heart," Kyrie Irving said. "If you come at Ben, you come at us."

The Nets will return to Brooklyn this weekend, as they host the Knicks on Sunday.

3.) NYC announces updates to Summer Rising program

On Friday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced the Summer Rising program will return in 2022, giving 110,000 students in K-8 an opportunity "to grow, to learn and to explore their talents and imagination."

The program will run until 6 p.m. and more program sites will be available, per ABC 7 NY.

"Summer is a critical moment to provide our young people with fun, engaging, and relevant opportunities to learn and grow, and we're thrilled to partner with community-based organizations across New York City to make this the greatest summer yet," Schools Chancellor David Banks said. "In collaboration with DYCD, we're excited to offer families more seats, extended program hours, and more dynamic programming this year. Summer Rising will bring together the best of both academics and enrichment to provide families with a free, robust summer experience."

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