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USC's Lee has nation's top receiving day since '07

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USC's Lee has nation's top receiving day since '07

Southern California's Marqise Lee turned in one of college football's best offensive performances in years this weekend. Too bad his team lost.

The sophomore receiver caught 16 passes for a Pac 12-record 345 yards against Arizona. He finished with 469 all-purpose yards thanks to his three kick returns for 123 yards, including a 72-yarder that set up the Trojans' last touchdown in a 39-36 loss.

No Football Bowl Subdivision player had piled up as many receiving yards in a game since Donnie Avery of Houston had 346 against Rice in 2007, according to STATS LLC.

Lee's all-purpose yardage was the most since Reggie Bush, another USC Trojan, piled up 513 against Fresno State in 2005.

Despite his big game against Arizona and two other 190-plus-yard receiving games, Lee is well behind national leader Terrence Williams of Baylor.

Williams averages 171.9 yards receiving. Lee is second at 141.1.

The second-best receiving performance of the week also came in that USC-Arizona game. The Wildcats' Austin Hill had 10 catches for 259 yards.

HAPPY RETURNS: Utah's Reggie Dunn had two 100-yard kickoff returns in a 49-27 win over California and now has three in his career.

He's the 16th player in NCAA history to record two touchdowns on kick returns in a game.

Dunn totaled 222 kick return yards on three returns, setting both an NCAA record and school record for kickoff return average in a game (74.0).

MICHIGAN MALAISE: Michigan has gone two straight games without a touchdown - the Wolverines' longest drought since 1962.

Their most recent TD came in the fourth quarter of a 45-0 win over Illinois on Oct. 13. All the Wolverines could muster against Michigan State (12-10 win) and Nebraska (23-9 loss) was a combined seven field goals.

The last time Michigan went without a touchdown for so long was during the 2-7 campaign in 1962, when Michigan State, Purdue and Minnesota shut out the Wolverines in succession.

TACKLE MACHINES: Three of the season's top four tackle performances occurred this past weekend, two of them by teammates.

Nevada's Albert Rosette made a school-record 25 tackles and fellow Wolf Pack linebacker Dray Bell 22 in a 48-31 loss to Air Force. Bell, a senior, was making his first career start.

UAB linebacker Marvin Burdette made a school-record 24 tackles in a 55-45 loss to Tulane. His big outing followed consecutive 17-tackle outings against East Carolina and Houston.

Burdette averages a nation-leading 13 tackles.

FUMBLE PHENOM: Iowa State defensive back Durrell Givens is one of those guys who just has a nose for the football. The senior from Long Beach, Calif., recovered two fumbles and forced another in the Cyclones' 35-21 win over Baylor.

Givens leads the nation with five fumble recoveries in eight games. He has forced three fumbles, tying for 17th.

HIGH-SCORING DUCKS: Oregon's 70-14 win over Colorado padded the Ducks' status as the highest scoring team in the land.

They're averaging 53.4 points a game, just ahead of Louisiana Tech.

The Ducks have scored 40 or more points in 11 straight games and 30 or more in 21 straight - the longest such streaks in the nation. Oregon is 40-2 when exceeding 30 points in the Chip Kelly era.

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Blackhawks fans tossed after directing racist remarks at Washington's Smith-Pelly

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Blackhawks fans tossed after directing racist remarks at Washington's Smith-Pelly

CHICAGO—Four fans were ejected from United Center on Saturday night for taunting Devante Smith-Pelly as the Capitals’ winger sat in the penalty box.

The fans, according to a team spokesman, yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” at Smith-Pelly, who is black. Smith-Pelly was in the box for fighting in the third period of an eventual 7-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

The taunts were confirmed by an off-ice official, the spokesman said, and the fans were subsequently removed from the arena.

Smith-Pelly did not speak with reporters after the game but is expected to address the incident at the team’s next media availability. The team is scheduled to practice Sunday at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.

Caps Coach Barry Trotz did not hold back when asked about the fans' comments.

“There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism,” Trotz said. “I think it’s disgusting, and there’s no place for it. …It just shows ignorance.”

The Blackhawks responded on Twitter with an apology to Smith-Pelly, who is one of roughly 30 black players in the NHL.

February is Hockey is For Everyone month in the NHL.

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3 stars of the game: Caps suffer ugly loss to scuffling Blackhawks

3 stars of the game: Caps suffer ugly loss to scuffling Blackhawks

Just about everything that could go wrong did for the Capitals on Saturday in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Caps were coming off a strong 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, but none of that carried over in the trip to Chicago. The Caps took on a Blackhawks team that had lost eight in a row, but Chicago quickly took control in the first period and never looked back.

Washington gave up 21 shots on goal in the first period and found themselves down 3-1 after the opening frame. Things did not get much better from there as they gave up another three goals in the final four minutes of the second.

Here are the three stars of the game.

1. Jonathan Toews: Toews opened up the scoring in the first period with a quick shot from the corner that caught Braden Holtby by surprise.

Later in the first, he recorded an assist as his pass sparked a breakout that led to Brandon Saad's deal that gave Chicago back the lead. The Caps tried to make a game of it in the second period, but Toews intercepted a pass from Brooks Orpik that led to a 2-on-0 with himself and Patrick Kane that Kane netted to give the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead and signaled to everyone that the rout was on. Saturday was only the second three-point night of the season for Toews.

2. Patrick Kane: Toews helped the Blackhawks take control early, but Kane helped provide the knockout punches in the second period. A bad pass from Orpik was intercepted by Toews that led to a 2-on-0 with Kane. Holtby made the initial save on Toews, but Kane was able to knock in the rebound for the goal.

Kane also added an assist on Artem Anisimov's power play goal which extended Chicago's lead to 6-1.

3. Tom Wilson: Before this one got out of hand, it looked like Wilson had erased the tough start for the Caps as he deflected a shot from Matt Niskanen into the net to get Washington on the board.

Saturday's tally was his third goal in two games and his 10th of the season, marking the first time in his career he has reached double digits in goals.