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Virginia holds on to beat Duke

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Virginia holds on to beat Duke

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Matt Johns passed for a career-high 344 yards and two touchdowns as Virginia held off a late Duke rally to win 42-34 Saturday at Scott Stadium.

The Cavaliers (4-7, 3-4 ACC) had lost three straight and six of the last seven to the Blue Devils. Duke (6-5, 3-4) rallied from a 22-point fourth-quarter deficit and drove inside the Virginia 20 in the final minute. But Wilfred Wahee batted away Parker Boehme's fourth-down pass attempt to Anthony Nash to seal the victory.

Taquan Mizzell had 119 total yards and three touchdowns and caught five passes to set a school record for receptions by a running back in a season. He entered the game with 63 receptions, tied with Alvin Pearman's 2003 output.

Mizzell's first touchdown, a 3-yard run late in the first quarter, gave the Cavaliers a surprising 21-0 lead after they converted on two Duke turnovers. Previously, Darious Latimore's end-zone interception of Thomas Sirk's pass set up a four-play, 80-yard drive capped by wide receiver T.J. Thorpe's 26-yard touchdown run. Mizzell's other touchdown came after Virginia defensive end Mike Moore recovered Boehme's fumble.

DeVon Edwards returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards to get Duke got on the board. The Blue Devils' Ross Martin added two field goals sandwiched around a 36-yard scoring pass from Johns to Mizzell as the Cavaliers took a 28-13 lead into halftime.

Mizzell scored his third touchdown on a 10-yard third-quarter run before Duke got its first offensive touchdown, a 7-yard pass from Sirk to Braxton Deaver. The Cavaliers answered with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Johns to Olamide Zacchaeus two plays after Duke's standout safety, Jeremy Cash, was ejected for targeting after a massive hit on Johns.

Zacchaeus was on the passing end of Virginia's first touchdown, hitting Evan Butts for a 15-yard score after catching a backward pass from Johns on the Cavaliers' first drive. The score was initially ruled an illegal forward pass before the call was reversed upon review.

Duke fought back with Boehme's 12-yard pass to T.J. Rahming. Boehme, who had replaced Sirk at quarterback, added a touchdown on a 1-yard sneak to bring the Blue Devils within one score at 42-34 with 7:24 remaining. But Latimore broke up a fourth-down pass to end one of Duke's late possessions and Wahee's deflection in the final minute secured the win.

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John Wall puts 7-foot Jonas Valanciunas on a poster

John Wall puts 7-foot Jonas Valanciunas on a poster

WASHINGTON -- Things were not looking good for the Washington Wizards to start Game 4. Honestly, there were some flashes back to the team’s performance in the first two games of the series against the Toronto Raptors.

That all quickly changed when John Wall did what he does best: drive to the basket.

Not only did Wall drive to the basket, he went and put Raptors' center Jonas Valanciunas on a poster.

Valanciunas is a 7-foot Lithuanian.

We get it John, it’s your city and we’re all your residents.

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Capitals one win away from facing the Penguins ... again

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Capitals one win away from facing the Penguins ... again

The Washington Capitals are one win away from advancing to the second round of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

If they do beat the Blue Jackets in Game 6 or Game 7, a familiar foe awaits them.

The Pittsburgh Penguins ended their series against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday with a 8-5 win in Game 6. They will play the winner of the Capitals-Columbus Blue Jackets series.

Because of course they will.

The Penguins have beaten the Capitals in the second round in each of the past two seasons. The series went six games in 2016 and seven in 2017.

Washington’s biggest rival has been a thorn in the side of the Caps throughout the team’s history. Washington and Pittsburgh have met in the postseason 10 times. Only once have the Caps come out victorious, in 1994.

Pittsburgh has won five Stanley Cups in their history and each time, they had to beat the Caps in the playoffs to do it.

The emergence of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin helped to reignite the Washington-Pittsburgh rivalry, but that too has been one sided. Crosby has won three Stanley Cups while Ovechkin has never advanced past the second round.

Before you despair, however, consider this. Coming into the season, no one knew what to expect from the Capitals. Expectations were low. Somehow, Washington managed to overcome the loss of several players in the offseason and managed to win the Metropolitan Division.

In a season in which the Caps have already defied expectations, perhaps this will be the year they finally get past Pittsburgh and advance to the conference final. Maybe? Please?

First things first, they still need one more win against Columbus. Game 6 will be Monday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

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