No. 1 Indiana handles Ball State 101-53


No. 1 Indiana handles Ball State 101-53

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Will Sheehey scored 19 points to help No. 1 Indiana defeat Ball State 101-53 on Sunday.

Jordan Hulls scored 17 points, Cody Zeller scored 15 and Christian Watford had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Hoosiers (6-0).

It was Indiana's largest victory margin in a 21-game series that began in 1934. The Hoosiers' previous largest victory margin against the Cardinals was 43 points in 1946 and 1983.

It was Indiana's first game since winning the Progressive Legends Classic with victories over Georgia and Georgetown in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Hoosiers already had been averaging 86 points per game before shooting 61 percent from the field against the Cardinals.

Majok Majok scored 18 points and Jauwan Scaife added 11 for Ball State. The Cardinals (2-2) were coming off a 20-point loss to Indiana State.

The Cardinals were outrebounded 42-29 and shot just 31 percent from the field.

Sheehey, a junior forward, missed his career high by two points.

Indiana's Maurice Creek scored a season-best nine points in 14 minutes. He averaged 16.4 points as a freshman in 2009-10 before suffering a season-ending broken left kneecap. Thirteen months later, he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right kneecap, ending his season again. He missed last season with a ruptured Achilles' heel.

The Hoosiers improved to 20-1 all-time in the series, having only lost to the Cardinals in 1937.

The game was close early, but Indiana went on a run when Sheehey and Creek entered the game. A breakaway dunk by Zeller put the Hoosiers up 28-13.

The Hoosiers shot 64.7 percent in the first half to lead 50-19 at the break. Indiana missed four of its first six shots before making 20 of 28 the rest of the half.

The bench scored 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting before the break. Sheehey, a reserve, scored 11 points and Creek scored nine off the bench in the first half. Indiana held the Cardinals to 5-for-25 shooting and forced 10 turnovers before the break.

After establishing its inside game in the first half, Indiana went to the perimeter early in the second half. A 3-pointer and a free-throw-line jumper by Hulls bumped the lead to 64-23, and a three by Victor Oladipo pushed the lead to 44 with 14:35 to play.

A 3-point play by Austin Etherington in the final minute put the Hoosiers over the century mark, and the remaining fans gave the Hoosiers one of the loudest cheers of the night.

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars


3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars

The Washington Capitals had not beaten the Dallas Stars at home since 2006, Alex Ovechkin's second season in the NHL. That streak ended on Tuesday in a 4-3 Caps win.

Here's how the Caps were finally able to down Dallas in Washington.

Oshie still hot

After going 19 straight games without a goal, T.J. Oshie has been red-hot of late with four goals in his last four games. He scored Washington’s first goal in what would become a three-goal period for the Caps as they battled back from a 1-0 deficit into a 3-3 tie through 40 minutes. Oshie also added an assist as he won a power play faceoff that John Carlson fed to Alex Ovechkin for the goal.


Ovechkin victimizing his favorite target

You knew Ovechkin would score given he was playing against one of his favorite targets. With his second period goal, Ovechkin now has 22 goals against Kari Lehtonen in his career, tied with Henrik Lundqvist for the most goals he has scored on any netminder. Lehtonen has not been in the Eastern Conference since the 2008-09 season. When he goes to sleep at night, Ovechkin is who he sees in his nightmares.

The Carlson-Klingberg duel

Carlson and John Klingberg entered Tuesday’s game each with 59 points, tied for the league lead in points among defensemen. Carlson downplayed the matchup both before and after the game, but it was clear that both players were playing at another level all game long. While both players tallied two points on the night, you have to give the win to Carlson as he had the most significant point, a game-winning goal in the third period.


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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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