At BC, one big win could make up for many losses

At BC, one big win could make up for many losses

BOSTON (AP) When Boston College linebacker Steele Devitto looks at the Eagles' 1-4 record, he doesn't fret about their disappointing start. He thinks about how impressive their comeback is going to be.

``When we do get the season turned around, we're going to think back, `Wow, that was pretty special,''' he said this week as the Eagles prepared for Saturday's game against No. 12 Florida State. ``In fact, in reality, we're at a low. But, emotionally, you see it in kids' eyes. They're excited to go to practice, excited to go to meetings. That's something you can't really coach.''

Boston College has lost all four of its games against Football Bowl Subdivision teams, with its only win coming against Maine. Last week, the Eagles lost 34-31 to previously winless Army.

The Eagles know they can't erase that loss, but they have a chance to forget it with a victory over the Seminoles (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference.)

``This is an absolutely phenomenal opportunity,'' Devitto said. ``We're playing a national team. It's very exciting. This could be our niche, where we get things rolling.''

Boston College (1-4, 0-2) has led in all four of its losses this season, but injuries on defense have prevented the Eagles from holding on. Against Army, BC led 31-27 before giving up the winning touchdown on a 29-yard run with 45 seconds remaining.

This is the third consecutive season that BC has started the season poorly. Last year's team lost its first three games and six of its first seven before rebounding slightly to finish with a 4-8 record.

So the Eagles prefer to look at 2010, when they lost five straight after victories over Weber State and Kent State. But they won their last five games to qualify for a bowl game.

``At any point in the season it can turn around,'' said running back Andre Williams, who ran for a career-high 191 yards, including a 99-yard touchdown, against Army. ``I know we have a lot more potential on offense than we did last year, and our defense can put it together at any time.''

But they're running out of chances.

After Florida State, the Eagles will play Georgia Tech, Maryland and Wake Forest before meeting No. 7 Notre Dame in Chestnut Hill. So while they may not have time to win enough games to overcome their poor start, they still have a chance for a big upset or two they could be proud of.

``That's definitely how we've got to look at it,'' receiver Alex Amidon said. ``It's definitely a way to kind of erase the negativity of the first four losses. ... You know, it's done all the time. So why can't we do that?''

Devitto is less concerned about starting a winning streak than ending the losing streak.

``You shouldn't lose two straight games, you should be so outraged by the game before. ... Each loss has to resonate all week,'' he said. ``You can't get down about it, but it needs to fuel the fire. We've lost four games, and right now I'm starving for a win.''

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Soto makes debut in Nationals loss to Dodgers


Soto makes debut in Nationals loss to Dodgers

WASHINGTON  -- Kike Hernandez and Yasiel Puig each hit two-run homers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Hernandez's blast off Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning put the Dodgers up 3-2. Yasmani Grandal also homered off Strasburg (5-4), who allowed three runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.

Alex Wood (1-4) pitched six innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs. Wood came out to start the seventh, but returned to the clubhouse after showing some discomfort during his warm-up tosses.

Trea Turner homered for Washington, which swept Arizona last weekend and then went five days without playing a full game because of rain before getting swept by the Dodgers.

Los Angeles, after losing six consecutive games, has now won four straight overall and five of six over Washington this season.

Washington's Juan Soto, at 19 the youngest active player in the majors, made his debut in the eighth as a pinch-hitter and struck out against Erik Goeddel.

The Dodgers added two runs in the ninth. Josh Fields recorded the final four outs for his second save of the season.


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George McPhee's Vegas Golden Knights advance to Stanley Cup Final


George McPhee's Vegas Golden Knights advance to Stanley Cup Final

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Ryan Reaves scored the winning goal, Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights pushed their remarkable expansion season into the Stanley Cup Final, beating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday in Game 5 of the Western Conference final.

Alex Tuch also scored for the Knights. They lost Game 1 in Winnipeg before winning four straight to become the first expansion team since the 1968 St. Louis Blues -- when the six initial expansion teams were put alone in the West -- to get to the final.

Vegas will meet the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Washington Capitals in the final. Tampa Bay leads the Eastern Conference final 3-2, with Game 6 set for Monday night in Washington.

Josh Morrissey scored for the Jets, and Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves.

Reaves, the bruising Winnipeg native acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins before to the trade deadline in February, snapped a 1-1 tie with 6:39 left in the second period when he tipped Luca Sbisa's point shot past Hellebuyck for his first goal of the playoffs.

Winnipeg got a power play early in the third, but couldn't muster much of anything. The Knights smothered much of the Jets' attack for the next 10 minutes, with Hellebuyck having to come up with big stops on William Karlsson and Eric Haula to keep his team within one.

The Jets pressed with under 4 minutes to go, with Fleury stopping captain Blake Wheeler on the doorstep, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Knights closed out their third straight series on the road.

The Jets beat the Knights 4-2 in Game 1, but Vegas snatched home ice with a 3-1 victory in Game 2 before picking up 4-2 and 3-2 wins at T-Mobile Arena.

The Knights, whose jaw-dropping inaugural 109-point campaign included a Pacific Division crown, swept the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, and knocked out the San Jose Sharks in six games.

The Jets had the NHL's second-best record with 114 points in the regular season. They advanced to the first conference final in city's history with a five-game victory over the Minnesota Wild in the opening round before topping the Presidents' Trophy-winning Nashville Predators in Game 7 on the road.

The usual raucous, white-clad crowd at Bell MTS Place -- not to mention the thousands of fans outside the arena attending a street party on a sun-drenched spring afternoon -- were silenced just 5:11 into Game 5 when Tuch jumped on Morrissey's turnover and fired his sixth past Hellebuyck.

The Jets were tentative to start and it got worse after the opener as Vegas dominated the next couple of shifts, forcing some good saves from Hellebuyck before Winnipeg got its feet moving.

After being outshot 7-1 in the first 7 minutes, the Jets finally pushed back and turned the tide with the next nine attempts on goal, culminating with Morrissey making amends for his early gaffe with 2:46 left in the period.

Bryan Little won a faceoff in the offensive zone straight back to second-year defenseman, who blasted his first career playoff goal past Fleury's glove.

One of Winnipeg's downfalls in the series through four games was an inability to maintain momentum. The Knights scored within 1:28 of a Jets' goal in each of the first four games -- a crushing 12 seconds after Winnipeg tied Game 3, and an equally gut-wrenching 43 seconds after the Jets knotted Game 4 -- but they managed to take the game to the locker rooms tied 1-1.

Both teams had chances in the second period before Reaves made it 2-1, with Jets center Mathieu Perrault just missing on a pass from Little that had too much speed.

Right after Reaves scored the second playoff goal of his career -- and first since 2015 with St. Louis -- Winnipeg's Nikolaj Ehlers rang a shot off the post on Fleury.