Joe Beninati: Loss In Vancouver

Joe Beninati: Loss In Vancouver

Friday, December 18, 2009

There was a time on Friday night in Vancouver where I thought the Capswere going to separate themselves from the Canucks and earn anotherroad win. After spotting Vancouver a 1-0 lead on a fluke bounce off ofJeff Schultz, they turned things around beautifully in the firstperiod.

Alex Semin and Chris Clark put tallies back-to-back on RobertoLuongo and there were several opportunities to extend that lead. It isodd to note that Chris Clark has two more goals versus Robert Luongothan Alex Ovechkin.

Ovie wasn't particularly effective in the first twoperiods tonight. He was played very well by Willie Mitchell for 40minutes, before he became a more consistent threat in the third period.The Caps had the upper hand for most of the second frame.

Vancouverbarely had the puck at Jose Theodore's end of the rink in that perioduntil the game's biggest turning point. Mike Green joined a rush andwalked right in on Luongo. The all-star net minder made the big save,and Green was trapped in deep. A subtle pick play by Alex Burrows onTomas Fleischmann helped create a 2-on-1 break, that Mason Raymondconverted with a pretty deke.

Raymond is rolling for the Canucks nowwith goals in four of his last five games. He is the man who gave thelocals the lead in the third period stashing a rebound for a power-playgoal that proved to be the difference.

While on the subject of thepower-play, let me add that Washington's man up unit was far from itsbest Friday. Over the course of four power-play chances they mustered ameasly one shot on goal.

The Capitals received a gift from the refereein the third period. Alex Semin was awarded a penalty shot on a foulthat should have been a 2-minute holding minor. Once Luongo stuffedSemin's wrist shot, Washington was all but done.

The last minute ofregulation was filled with a frantic finish and several stops by Luongosealed the deal. Temperatures are in the -20's in Edmonton where theCaps will play Saturday night on CSN hopefully you guys aren'tshoveling too much snow back home.

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Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

A bombshell article published Friday morning by Pat Forde and Pete Thaamel of YAHOO Sports details potential NCAA violations involving more than 20 schools and 25 players.

Among some of the biggest names and programs in college basketball includes former Maryland Terrapin, Diamond Stone.

According to documents and bank records that are part of an FBI investigation, Stone received $14,303 while a freshman at Maryland, a clear violation of NCAA rules. 

Former NBA agent, Andy Miller and his former associate, Christian Dawkins of ASM Sports were dishing out the incentives. Included were cash advances, entertainment expenses and travel expenses for high school and college prospects.

Other player's included in the documents include Dennis Smith who played at North Carolina State, Isaiah Whitehead from Seton Hall, DeMatha star Markelle Fultz who played at Washington and Edrice Adebayo who went on to play at Kentucky. 

Player's and their families from Duke, Michigan State, USC, North Carolina, Texas and Alabama are also included.

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season before declaring for the NBA draft. He was selected 40th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Stone did end up signing with a different agency.

While this is still under investigation, large consequences for the NCAA can be expected.

The NCAA released this statement following the news. 

These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.