Tested Arkansas loses 80-67 to No. 3 Michigan


Tested Arkansas loses 80-67 to No. 3 Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Arkansas has played perhaps the toughest stretch of games in college basketball the last two weeks.

If the Razorbacks still have some confidence, they should benefit from the experience.

Marshawn Powell had 18 points and that was not nearly enough to prevent No. 3 Michigan from pulling away to beat Arkansas 80-67 Saturday.

The Razorbacks (4-4) have won only one of their last five games - beating Oklahoma 81-78 earlier in the week - but that's understandable because they faced Syracuse, Wisconsin and Arizona State.

``I told our guys, whether it was a justice or an injustice, I put them through a tough stretch,'' coach Mike Anderson said. ``There are not many teams playing the teams we're playing.''

The Wolverines (9-0) are off to their best start since they won the first 11 games of the 1988-89 season, when they went on to win the program's only national title.

Michigan led by as much as 13 point in the first half, but couldn't put away Arkansas until late in the game.

The Razorbacks opened the second half with an 11-2 run to pull within two points and trailed 56-55 with 8:58 left. The Wolverines went on a 10-2 run and coasted to the win, John Beilein's 100th in six seasons at the school.

``I thought our guys battled,'' Anderson said. ``Our guys had a chance to go away and they didn't.''

Arkansas' leading scorer, BJ Young, scored all nine of his points in the first half before being held scoreless in 13 minutes of the second half when he appeared to have a leg injury.

``He might have a bruise,'' Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. ``I don't think it was just a cramp, he got popped.''

Razorbacks reserve Kikko Haydar had a career-high 13 points, Hunter Mickelson scored 10 and Rickey Scott had 10 points off the bench.

Beilein said he didn't know who Haydar was and that made sense because the junior guard had scored six points in six games this season and 31 in his career.

``I thought he walked in off the street,'' Beilein said. ``What a great story, a walk-on, playing on CBS TV, and he accounted for 13 of their points. He was a bit of a difference-maker for a while.''

The Wolverines got off to a slow start, leading by only one point before an 8-0 run gave them a 22-11 lead. They led 42-32 at halftime with a balance of points in the paint and shots from the outside.

Arkansas made a push to keep the game close in the first half of the second half, but couldn't make enough shots or stops to take its only lead of the game.

``I thought there was a period there where we had a chance to take advantage when they got tired and fatigued,'' Anderson said. ``It was disrupting what they wanted to do because our guys really got after it, our pressure was effective.

``I saw our team grow up, these guys have played some pretty good basketball teams in this five-game stretch.''

Michigan's entire starting lineup scored in double figures. Glenn Robinson III scored 17, Trey Burke had 16 points and seven assists, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 14 and Nik Stauskas added 12.

``That's a tough team, especially inside,'' Powell said. ``They didn't have that presence last year when we beat them, but Morgan adds a lot.''


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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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