TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Isaiah Sykes had 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead Central Florida past South Florida 74-56 on Saturday night in each team's season opener.
Keith Clanton, the Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year, added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Central Florida, which has won 10 consecutive season openers.
South Florida got 22 points from Jawanza Poland.
The Bulls were coming off a strong season in which South Florida won 22 games and reached the third round of the NCAA tournament. It was the school's first appearance in the NCAA tourney since 1992.
UCF outrebounded the Bulls 45-26.
The Capitals made a splash before Friday's draft as they traded goalie Philipp Grubauer and defenseman Brooks Orpik to the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick, the 47th pick overall, the team announced.
General manager Brian MacLellan said after the season that he would look into trading Grubauer to put him in a position where he could start, something he would not get in Washington with Braden Holtby in tow. The trading of Orpik frees up $5.5 million in cap space for next season, key for the Caps as they attempt to re-sign defenseman John Carlson.
More on this story to come.
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When the 2018 All-Star Weekend comes to Washington, D.C. in the middle of July, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will compete in the 2018 Home Run Derby, but only on one condition: He has to be a member of the 2018 National League All-Star Team.
Though Harper is having a down year, only hitting .213 thus far, he leads the NL in home runs with 19.
In the June 18 update of All-Star game voting, Harper sat second among all outfielders with just north of 1,000,000 votes.
That means he’s not only going to make the All-Star team, but he’ll likely start in the outfield.
Harper, a five-time All-Star, competed in the Home Run Derby once before. He was the runner-up to Yoenis Cespedes in 2013, losing by just one long ball, 9-8.
The 2018 Home Run Derby will take place on July 16 at Nationals Park.
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