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Bethune-Cookman tops Maryland-Eastern Shore 58-57

Bethune-Cookman tops Maryland-Eastern Shore 58-57

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Ricky Johnson scored 11 points, including a go-ahead free throw with 2 seconds remaining, as Bethune-Cookman averted disaster by holding on to beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 58-57 Monday night.

The Wildcats (8-14, 3-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) led 53-46 with 4:32 remaining, but the Hawks' Kevin Mays hit a layup with 18 seconds left to cap a 6-0 run and tie it at 57.

Francis Ezeiru fouled Johnson on the ensuing Bethune-Cookman possession, and Johnson, a 5-foot-9 sophomore, hit the second of two shots for the one-point edge.

The Wildcats had entered 0-3 this season in games decided by three or fewer points.

Adrien Coleman led Bethune-Cookman with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

Mays paced Maryland-Eastern Shore (1-15, 1-4) with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Troy Snyder and Louis Bell added 11 points while Ezeiru had 13 rebounds.

The Hawks outrebounded the Wildcats 40-30, but were outscored in the paint 28-18.

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SEE IT: Wizards begin voluntary workouts at facility (while social distancing)

SEE IT: Wizards begin voluntary workouts at facility (while social distancing)

With the NBA drawing closer to an official return, a few Wizards players participated in voluntary workouts Thursday morning at the MedStar Performance Center. 

The Wizards tweeted a video where you can find Moe Wagner, Admiral Schofield and Johnathan Williams working out all while practicing the NBA's social distancing guidelines.

Based on the NBA's reported proposal to return to play in Orlando, 22 teams will play eight games to finalize the regular-season standings. Nine Eastern Conference teams, including the Wizards, and 13 Western Conference teams. 

If the Wizards can draw within four or fewer games of the eighth seed in the East, they'll qualify for a play-in tournament to make the playoffs. 

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The Wizards weren't expected to contend for a playoff spot entering the 2019-20 season, but after a months-long hiatus due to coronavirus, Washington is arguably in a better position to make the postseason than before the season was suspended. 

Time to get ready for it. 

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Drew Brees apologizes for comments on kneeling during national anthem

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Drew Brees apologizes for comments on kneeling during national anthem

Drew Brees drew mass amounts of criticism Wednesday after telling Yahoo Finance he, "will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country," when asked his thoughts about players kneeling during the national anthem. 

On Thursday morning, Brees took to Instagram to issue an apology. 

"I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday," Brees wrote. "In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused.

"In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country," he said. "They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character."

Professional athletes from all over condemned Brees' comments amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd. From DMV stars like Ed Reed and Mark Ingram to Saints teammates Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Malcolm Jenkins, the outrage over Brees' comments was vast.

In a lengthy apology, Brees took responsibility for his comments and acknowledged he must do more to help the fight for equality. 

"I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference," Brees continued. "I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today. I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community. I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement. I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right.

"I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy," he said. "I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening...and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness."

Brees extended his contract with the Saints in March's free-agent period by agreeing to a two-year, $50 million deal. 2020 will mark his 20th season in the NFL.

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