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Carrier Classic will return to Yorktown in 2013

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Carrier Classic will return to Yorktown in 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) The Carrier Classic will return to the USS Yorktown to open the college basketball season despite last weekend's cancelled contest between Ohio State and Marquette.

Morale Entertainment President Mike Whalen said Monday his group and the Patriots Point Development Authority have agreed to hold the event again next year despite the game being called because of continuing condensation on the court made it too dangerous for the players.

Whalen said he and organizers believe they have an engineering solution to keep the surface dry for next season.

``We're trying to do some good and we think we can continue to do that,'' Whalen said.

There were no complications earlier Friday when Notre Dame women defeated Ohio State 57-51 in a Top 25 matchup on the carrier's converted flight deck.

Whalen said the format would remain the same with both a women's and a men's game.

``There are a lot of women in the military, a lot of women veterans,'' he said. ``It's important that we do this.''

Whalen said he has had heard from about 10 schools since Saturday who were still interested in playing aboard the carrier.

The Carrier Classic wasn't the only outdoor game affected by the weather. The Georgetown-Florida game on the USS Bataan in Jacksonville was called off after halftime because of condensation. On Sunday, Syracuse defeated San Diego State 62-49 on the decommissioned carrier USS Midway, a game that was delayed two days because of the threat of rain.

Activities on the Yorktown were moving along as planned Friday until Ohio State and Marquette began warmups. Players began slipping on the surface and struggling to gain their footing. Referee John Cahill delayed the start to give organizers the chance to dry the court.

Still, the moisture continued and the game was eventually cancelled about an hour after it was supposes to tip off.

Ohio State and Marquette players mingled with fans and military personnel following the cancellation. Buckeyes coach Thad Matta and Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams both said they'd take part in games like this in the future, if possible.

Whalen said the fans and military he spoke with were disappointed the game wasn't played, but understood the reason why.

``There was not one boo when the cancellation was announced,'' Whalen said. ``I think that's important.''

The first Carrier Classic was held outside San Diego in 2011 when North Carolina and Michigan State played on the USS Carl Vinson, a game attended by President Barack Obama.

This year's games were held to benefit the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: OTAs Day 1

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: OTAs Day 1

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including a recap of the first day of OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Yesterday, (Monday) was the first day of the Ravens' OTAs. OTAs continue today (Tuesday) as the Ravens work on developing a new offense. Check out some of the highlights here. 

2. The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the full 90-man roster that will be competing for an official team roster spot in OTAs this summer. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jaxson Hayes

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jaxson Hayes

The Washington Wizards will have the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...

2019 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jaxson Hayes

School: Texas
Position: Center
Age: 19
Height: 7-0
Weight: 219
Wingspan: 7-4
Max vertical: 34.5 in.

2018/19 stats: 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.6 spg, 2.2 bpg, 72.8 FG% (3.8/5.3), 00.0 3PT% (0.0/0.0), 74.0 FT%

Player comparison: Jarrett Allen, John Henson

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 10th, NBADraft.net 9th, Bleacher Report 10th, Sports Illustrated 9th, Ringer 10th

5 things to know:

*Hayes is considered the best center prospect in this year's class. He is athletic, plays with energy and measured in at the combine at about 7-feet in shoes with a 7-foot-4 wingspan. He can run the floor and play above the rim.

*The skill that stands out most for Hayes is rim protection. He averaged 2.2 blocks in only 23.3 minutes per game. That extrapulates to 5.7 blocks over 100 possessions. He has long arms and appears to have good instincts tracking the ball in the lane. He is following in the footsteps of fellow Texas shot-blockers before him like Myles Turner and Jarrett Allen. The latter may be the best player comparison for Hayes in today's NBA.

*Hayes is not considered a very good rebounder. He averaged 5.0 per game and only once reached double figures. It could be that he just needs to add some weight, an issue that is correctable but would hurt him even more at the NBA level initially. The worst-case concern is that he is soft and won't do the necessary dirty work.

*At this point, Hayes offers nothing in the way of an outside shot. He didn't attempt a single three-pointer in college and didn't do much on offense outside of dunks and putbacks. In order to justify being taken with a high draft pick, he will either need to develop a post game, an outside shot or be extremely good on defense. His lack of an all-round game will certainly give some teams pause in evaluating him.

*Hayes comes from a family of impressive athletes. His father played 12 seasons in the NFL and recently served as the tight ends coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. His mother played basketball at Drake University and later coached in college, including a stint as an assistant at Oklahoma. Hayes followed his father's footsteps by playing wide receiver in high school before a growth spurt made it clear basketball was the path to go.

Fit with Wizards: Hayes is one of the best fits for the Wizards among the players who could be available with the ninth pick. He does what they arguably lack the most, which is play defense and more specifically protect the rim.

The Wizards allowed the most field goals within five feet of any team this past season and the third-highest field goal percentage in that range. They desperately need someone who can block and alter shots.

Hayes would likely be the Wizards' best shot-blocker Day 1. But whether he can help them in other ways is a question at this point.

Hayes would represent a bit of a project for the Wizards and may not have All-Star potential because of his offensive limitations. Still, he remains one of their best options in the first round. Long-term, he could transform their defense and form a strong pick-and-roll partner for John Wall.

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