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Freshmen propel Virginia over North Texas 80-64

Freshmen propel Virginia over North Texas 80-64

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Freshman Justin Anderson scored 14 points, and freshmen Teven Jones and Evan Nolte added 13 each as Virginia defeated North Texas 80-64 in NIT consolation action on Tuesday night.

Virginia had five players score in double figures.

Tony Mitchell led North Texas (3-3) with 16 points.

Virginia (4-2) shot 59 percent from the field (27 of 46), including 73 percent from 3-point range (8 of 11), and held North Texas to 36 percent (21 of 58).

After trailing by 20 at the half, North Texas, using a full-court press, whittled the lead to nine on a 3-point play by Jordan Williams, but Virginia responded with a 10-2 run to pull away.

The spurt was highlighted by Anderson, who had six of the points and a block of a Williams' layup attempt that ignited the charge.

Virginia, just like it did in its easy win over Lamar on Monday night, jumped out to a quick lead. Jones scored five points, and Joe Harris nailed a 3-pointer as Virginia went up 11-2.

North Texas managed just one field goal in the game's first six minutes.

Nolte scored eight of his 13 points, which included two 3-pointers, to give Virginia a 32-14 lead. His other bucket came on a nice backdoor pass from Darion Atkins that he converted into a layup.

On one offensive sequence, Atkins was rejected twice but stayed with the play and picked up a deuce when Mitchell was called for goaltending.

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

The Capitals got their trade deadline started early by trading for defensemen Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek. Washington has been struggling of late, but do their new acquisitions address the team's weaknesses?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir evaluate the two trades and talk about where they could fit into the lineup.

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