Len, Wells lead Maryland over Stony Brook 76-69

Len, Wells lead Maryland over Stony Brook 76-69

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Alex Len and Dez Wells each scored 19 points, and Maryland squeezed past Stony Brook 76-69 Friday night for its 10th straight victory.

Freshman guard Seth Allen contributed nine points and Pe'Shon Howard had eight points and seven assists for the Terrapins (10-1), who haven't lost since dropping the season opener to Kentucky on Nov. 9. The 10-game run is Maryland's longest since the 2000-01 season and four short of the school record.

After the Terrapins let a 20-point lead dwindle to 69-66, Len missed two free throws with 54 seconds left. The 7-foot-1 center grabbed the rebound of the second misfire, though, and dunked it.

Anthony Jackson answered with a 3-pointer for the Seawolves (8-3) to shave the margin to two points before Howard and Nick Faust each made a pair of foul shots to seal the win.

Jameel Warney led Stony Brook with 17 points and Eric McAlister had 12. The Seawolves had won four straight since losing at Connecticut by 11.

Len scored five points in the opening two minutes of the second half to fuel an 11-4 run that put the Terrapins up 56-36. Faust capped the spree by lofting a 60-foot pass that Wells collected on one bounce before dropping in a layup.

Maryland then went cold while the Seawolves rattled off 11 straight points. Allen ended the Terrapins' 4 1/2-minute drought with a 3-pointer, and Logan Aronhalt followed with a buzzer-beating 3 to make it 62-47 with 12:27 left.

The Seawolves rallied but could not complete the comeback.

Wells scored 12, Len had 11 and the Terrapins shot 64 percent - going 7 for 12 beyond the arc - to take a 45-32 halftime lead. Howard contributed six points and five assists.

After Warney opened the scoring with a layup for the Seawolves, Len had three baskets in a nine-point run that put Maryland ahead for good. It was 12-8 before Wells made a layup, a 3-pointer and a three-point play to launch a 16-7 spree.

Maryland hit 11 of its first 13 shots from the floor, including a 4 for 4 performance by Len.

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Paul Richardson's Redskins contract is team friendly early

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Paul Richardson's Redskins contract is team friendly early

The Redskins’ contract with wide receiver Paul Richardson is very team friendly in the first year but it increases over the years to the point where he needs to be a very productive receiver in order to justify staying on the roster.

The big picture of the deal is $40 million over five years. A total of $12.5 million is fully guaranteed at signing, which is comprised of a $10 million signing bonus, his $1.5 million 2018 salary, and $1 million of his $5 million 2019 salary.

More money will become guaranteed if Richardson is on the roster as of five days after the start of the league years in 2019 and 2020. The remaining $4 million of his 2019 salary and $3.5 million of his $6 million 2020 salary become guaranteed on those dates.


Richardson will get salaries of $7.5 million in 2021 and 2022. Each year of the contract he can earn $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses ($31,250 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster).

It all adds up to the following salary cap numbers:

2018: $4 million
2019: $7.5 million
2020: $8.5 million
2021: $10 million
2022: $10 million

The average annual value of the contract is $8 million, which is tied for 24th among NFL receivers.

The first window the Redskins have to terminate Richardson’s contract without taking a negative cap hit would be in 2020 as long as they do it prior to the fifth day of the league year when the partial salary guarantee kicks in. They would take a $6 million deal cap hit but they would save a net of $2.5 million.

The last two years, when the cap numbers are at their highest, the Redskins could easily move on, saving $6 million in cap space in 2021 and $8 million in 2022.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


John Carlson gets the better of John Klingberg in duel of top defensemen


John Carlson gets the better of John Klingberg in duel of top defensemen

One week ago, the hockey world was captivated by the matchup of Alex Ovechkin and Patrik Laine, two players battling for the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer. Tuesday's matchup between the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars once again pitted two competitors locked in a point battle together in John Carlson and John Klingberg.

Carlson and Klingberg entered Tuesday's games with 59 points each, tied for the league lead in points among defensemen. In a 4-3 win for Washington, both defensemen delivered phenomenal performances as each recorded two points, two assists for Klingberg and a goal and an assist for Carlson.

Tuesday's game was the latest example this season of Carlson rising to the occasion. He has been at his best when he has been needed the most such as when he was averaging 27:46 of ice time a night while Matt Niskanen was out injured.


Carlson's ability to deliver has not gone unnoticed by his teammates.

"John's having just a whale of a year, obviously," Niskanen said. "Monster year. Production, been carrying the load all year. He's been just a stalwart back there for us. He leads the way."

"The numbers don't lie, he's been having an unreal season," T.J. Oshie said. "Definitely on the points side of things, but maybe some parts that don't get talked about, the defensive side of things. He rarely loses a battle. It's very encouraging, it gets the bench going when he plays like that."

After the game, Carlson tried to downplay the notion that he elevated his game in response to playing against Klingberg.

"No," Carlson said when asked if he was motivated by the points race. "I think the guys do a good job of pumping that up in the locker room. I just want to go out there and win. I think we played a good game tonight so that's most important."

But while his words were subdued, his play was anything but.

Despite both players getting two points, Carlson got the better of his counterpart by scoring the game-winning goal in the third period, a one-timer slap shot to beat goalie Kari Lehtnonen, to lead Washington to the win.


Carlson may say he was not motivated by Klingberg, but his play certainly seemed to suggest otherwise.

"I think they both know, they know the stats," Barry Trotz said. "They know who they're lined up [against]. They're proud athletes. You're in a business where there's a lot of alpha males. That's what it is."

Of course, Carlson may not need a matchup with Klingberg to motivate him.

In the final year of his contract, Carlson has picked a good time to set new career highs in goals, assist and points. With a cap hit of just under $4 million, the 28-year-old blueliner will be due a significant raise in the offseason. That price tag continues to climb with every good performance as Carlson continues to cement himself among the league's top defensemen.

"Obviously he's very motivated," Trotz said. "He's in the last year of his contract. He'll be motivated. He's putting out points. He's gotten better and better. He's more poised every year. When he's intense and detailed in his game, he's a top defenseman in the league and he shows it."