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Canaan, Murray State top Eastern Illinois 70-49

Canaan, Murray State top Eastern Illinois 70-49

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) Isaiah Canaan netted 17 points as Murray State trounced Ohio Valley Conference-rival Eastern Illinois 70-49 Thursday night.

Dexter Fields added 12 points and Ed Daniel 10 with nine rebounds for the Racers (13-4, 4-1), who have won four of their past five.

Murray State drained 52.2 percent (24 of 46) from the field, including 11 of 25 from 3-point range with Canaan hitting 5 of 10 from deep and Fields knocking down 4 of 9.

Tied 31-31 with 17:30 left, Murray State went on an 18-2 run fueled by six 3-pointers, including three by Fields and two by Canaan, for a 49-33 lead with 12:03 left.

Sherman Blanford and Josh Piper hit 11 points each for the Panthers (3-16, 0-6), who have lost 12 straight.

Murray State won the rebound battle 31-21, and no Panther registered more than four boards. The Racers scored 13 second-chance points to Eastern Illinois' 4.

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Reports: Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash outside Los Angeles

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Reports: Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash outside Los Angeles

Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning outside Los Angeles, per multiple reports. He was 41 years old. 

TMZ first reported that Bryant was one of five people killed when a helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, CA. Multiple news outlets confirmed Bryant was on board the helicopter, including Yahoo and NBC Sports

Bryant played in the NBA for 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA titles, one MVP award and two Finals MVP's.

He retired following the 2015-16 season, meaning this is the first year Bryant is eligible to be elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2020 Hall of Fame class is set to be announced at NBA All-Star weekend in Chicago next month. 

On Saturday, Lakers superstar LeBron James surpassed Bryant for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. 

As the news surfaced, players across the NBA and sports world expressed their sadness for the NBA legend. Wizards guard John Wall tweeted a broken heart.

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Sean Taylor is scaring Pro Bowl punters like Tress Way to this day

Sean Taylor is scaring Pro Bowl punters like Tress Way to this day

The Pro Bowl may not count for anything other than an accolade on a player's resume, but it has delivered some memorable moments over the years. 

Maybe the best Pro Bowl play ever was when Sean Taylor leveled former Bills punter Brian Moorman when the AFC tried to run a fake in the 2006 Pro Bowl. 

Tress Way is representing the Redskins in the 2020 Pro Bowl and still has that play in the back of his mind. 

When asked whether he'd try to pull off a fake punt of his own on Sunday, Way said yes but under specific conditions. 

Minkah Fitzpatrick and Jamal Adams are the starting safeties for the AFC, so while both are great players and Adams is a hard-hitter in his own right, none of them are Taylor. 

So if you see the NFC pull off a fake punt and Tress Way quickly gets rid of the ball, you'll know why. 

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