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Bader scores 27 to pace Oakland past IUPUI 84-62

Bader scores 27 to pace Oakland past IUPUI 84-62

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Travis Bader scored 27 points, including four 3-point baskets, to pace Oakland past IUPUI 84-62 on Saturday.

Oakland (6-9, 1-1 Summit) also got 12 points from Raphel Carter, who hit all five of his shots from the field. Cory Petros scored 10 points, and Drew Valentine scored eight to go with eight rebounds and seven steals.

IUPUI (6-11, 1-3) was led by Jordan Shanklin, who scored 17 points. P.J. Hubert scored 14 points and Mitchell Patton scored 10.

Oakland hit on 52.8 percent of its field-goal attempts, and IUPUI was a bit off at 37.7.

Oakland had a 34-16 scoring advantage in the paint and outscored IUPUI 23-12 off turnovers.

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Why the Redskins release of Mason Foster makes sense, and what happens next at ILB

Why the Redskins release of Mason Foster makes sense, and what happens next at ILB

The Redskins released Mason Foster just one day before the start of training camp, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Washington, and while the move makes sense on the field the timing seems weird. 

Let's start with explaining why the move makes sense:

After Reuben Foster blew out his knee during offseason workouts, the team signed veteran linebacker Jon Bostic. In a few weeks, Bostic proved the ability to call plays in the huddle and looked like a strong fit for Washington in their run defense. 

With Bostic in the fold, and a slew of younger linebackers on the roster in Shaun Dion Hamilton, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Cole Holcomb, Mason Foster's game became expendable in the eyes of the Redskins front office. After all, Foster had previously been the linebacker to call plays in the huddle and his strength was piling up tackles in the run game.

Add in the fact that releasing Foster clears $4 million in salary cap space, and Bostic counts less than $2 million, and the business side makes sense, too. 

Why release Mason Foster now?

The timing on this seems a little odd. The Redskins surely knew that Foster cost more than Bostic a month ago, and they knew about the other young linebackers on the roster. A release after minicamp might have allowed Foster to sign elsewhere already. The good news for Foster is that he won't have to play through training camp in Richmond, and risk injury, before maybe catching on with another team. He can now sign anywhere else. 

Looking beyond the immediate impact to Foster, the Redskins could be freeing cap space for a subsequent move. Maybe there's a player available in free agency now that they want to make a run at, or they expect a player to become available.

It's also entirely possible the money from releasing Foster could be used to get more cash to contract holdout Trent Williams or towards a Brandon Scherff extension. Keep in mind, however, that releasing Foster is only about a 2 percent difference on the overall salary cap. His release is not making or breaking any deal. 

What's next for Redskins?

Foster was the team's leading tackler last season and in two of the past three seasons. His absence will be missed, but the Washington brain trust must believe that production can be replaced. Expect Bostic and Hamilton to start when training camp opens, and Harvey-Clemons to work as the nickel linebacker. This also could mean a much greater opportunity for the rookie Holcomb. 

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Former Oriole Adam Jones has 3-hit night in D-Backs' victory, get pied

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Former Oriole Adam Jones has 3-hit night in D-Backs' victory, get pied

In what was a huge night for Adam Jones, the former Orioles outfielder went 3-for-4, including a double and RBI. 

During his postgame interview with Fox Sports Arizona, Jarrod Dyson pied Adam Jones with a key lime pie. Such pie celebrations were a hallmark of Jones' tenure in Baltimore.

“He swung the bat well against us tonight,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. "You look at his career numbers, obviously, he’s had a really productive career. He’s a tough out, and hurt us tonight, big-time.”

“He was very instrumental in their win tonight,” Trey Mancini, outfielder and teammate with Jones for three seasons, said. “I’ve seen him do that a lot when we played together, so it wasn’t as fun to be on the other side of it.”

When asked if he keeps track of the Orioles performance, Jones replied "I keep track of baseball . . . I keep track of what's going on, especially with my friends. I definitely keep track of what's going on with Schoop, Britton, Machado obviously I get to see him a lot more often, guys that are my good friends I keep track of . . . I've reached out to Trey, kept in contact with Gyvens, reach out to Bleier here and there. I think bigger than the game is friendships."

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