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Berggren, Jackson lead Badgers past Illini 74-51

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Berggren, Jackson lead Badgers past Illini 74-51

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Jared Berggren scored 15 points and grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds, and Traevon Jackson added a career-best 14 points to lead Wisconsin over No. 12 Illinois 74-51 Saturday.

The Badgers (12-4, 3-0 Big Ten) scored the game's first 14 points and led by 20 at halftime on the way to their sixth straight win.

It was a stunning performance from a team that scored just 47 in the previous game against Nebraska, but a supposedly slow and methodical team locked into a higher gear and ended the suspense almost as soon as the game began.

Whether they were making 3-pointers, driving for layups, putting back misses or throwing down dunks, the Badgers had their way in this one. They outshot Illinois 49.1 percent to 35.3 percent, making 10 of 23 3-pointers, and outrebounded the Illini 43-24.

Berggren was solid as usual.

Jackson eclipsed his previous high of 13 points and Sam Dekker also scored 13.

It was certainly not what Illinois (14-4, 1-3) envisioned coming off a 17-point loss to No. 8 Minnesota. The Illini have now lost four of six after winning their first 12 under new coach John Groce.

They set a season-low for scoring, with star Brandon Paul managing just eight points and making 1 of 11 shots. D.J. Richardson scored 16, but Illinois never had a chance in this one.

The Badgers led 39-19 at the break, with Jackson scoring 12 in the half after averaging just 4.7 points in the first 15 games. Berggren scored 11, including seven as Wisconsin took a 14-0 lead. His corner 3 and another shot from long range by Ben Brust capped that run. Paul gave Illinois its first point when he made 1 of 2 free throws with 13:13 left in the half, and Joseph Bertrand followed with a jumper to give the Illini their first basket.

But the Badgers scored 15 in a row and 18 of 20 to turn a nine-point edge into a 34-9 gulf, starting with three straight 3-pointers.

Sam Dekker buried one from the wing to get it going. Brust made one from well beyond the top of the arc, sending a roar through the stands, and Jackson followed with another one from up top after Berggren blocked a driving Paul.

D.C. United players, personnel get new perks with partnership with St. James

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D.C. United players, personnel get new perks with partnership with St. James

DC United players' latest training facility partnership now comes with a spa, pool and celebrity chefs. 

The team entered into a five-year partnership with The St. James, a sporting complex in Virginia, the club announced on Tuesday.

“We’re excited to partner with The St. James, the premier destination for sports and wellness in the region,” Andy Bush, D.C. United Chief Revenue Officer, said in a statement. “We wanted to give our first-team access to expertise, services and facilities that would give them the best platform to compete on the field. The St. James has been a great partner to us throughout the season and has been integral to our team’s early success in 2019. Our partnership with The St. James will allow us to continue our upward trajectory and fuel the chase to bring trophies back to the District.”

The partnership will allow the access to performance strength and conditioning, injury prevention and wellness services for all team personnel. The facility also has the only FIFA regulation sized indoor pitch in this area.

D.C. United is coming off a 2-0 loss to New York City FC earlier this week.

Their record currently sits at 2-4-2 and they have a chance to improve their win column total on Wednesday when they hit the road to take on the Columbus Crew.

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Jake Arrieta calls out teammate Bryce Harper after getting ejected

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Jake Arrieta calls out teammate Bryce Harper after getting ejected

Things aren't always sunny in Philadelphia, and Monday night proved that for Bryce Harper and the Phillies.

After making comments that were what home plate umpire Mark Carlson deemed both personal and foul while in the batter's box during his fourth inning at-bat, Bryce Harper was ejected

On top of that, pitcher Jake Arrieta voiced his concern about his teammate getting himself sent to the clubhouse with the Phillies down 2-1 to the New York Mets.

"He's got to understand, we need him in right field," Arrieta said after the game. "I don't care how bad the umpire is. He wasn't great for either side. I'm out there trying to make pitches, he misses some calls. So what? We need him out there."

"We were flat from start to finish. Two-hour delay, it doesn't matter. We have to be ready to play. We weren't and it showed," he added. "It's troubling. I'm out there doing everything I can to win a game. I need my guys behind me and they weren't."

Monday's ejection marked the 12th of Harper's eight-year career, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Corey Seidman. None of which Harper got called out for by one of his Nationals teammates. His 12 ejections is the second-most active among active players behind Matt Kemp. 

"We need him in right field. I don't care how bad (the ump) is, I need him in right field, I need him at the plate and he wasn't there. So that hurts. He missed some pitches but for both sides," Arrieta said. "If that's the case, that happens on a nightly basis usually. The umpire is going to miss some calls. So what? Next pitch. We've got a game to play.

"I'm not happy with the way we showed up today. We need to come out tomorrow ready to go."

So far in 2019, Harper has 22 hits in 81 at-bats, 14 RBIs and five home runs. 

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