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Cincinnati PG Wright limited by knee sprain

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Cincinnati PG Wright limited by knee sprain

CINCINNATI (AP) Point guard Cashmere Wright will be limited by a sprained knee - if he plays at all - when Cincinnati hosts No. 25 Marquette on Saturday, trying to end a three-game losing streak at home.

The senior sprained his right knee early in the second half of a 75-70 win at DePaul on Tuesday night and had to be helped off the court. Coach Mick Cronin said on Thursday that Wright's status for the game is uncertain.

``Obviously there's minor adjustments we'll make that are some pluses, some minuses,'' Cronin said. ``We probably become a bigger, more physical team when he's out of the lineup. We played a lot of quality minutes without him (at DePaul). We did a lot of good things without him on the floor.''

Cincinnati (15-3, 3-2 Big East) is going to have to do that again against Marquette (13-3, 4-0), which is one of three teams left with perfect Big East records. The Bearcats have leaned on Wright heavily the last few weeks. He has scored at least 20 points in three of the last four games, and had 20 points and seven assists when he got hurt with more than 15 minutes left in the game on Tuesday night.

Wright averages 15.1 points per game, second to Sean Kilpatrick's 17.3 points per game. Kilpatrick has been in a shooting slump lately, scoring 7, 15, 10 and 18 points the last four games. He's only 12 of 40 from behind the 3-point arc in the last six games, three of which the Bearcats have lost.

If Wright misses the game, the Bearcats will have guard JaQuon Parker and sophomore point guard Ge'Lawn Guyn handle the ball more often.

``With Ge'Lawn and Parker that can run the point - and sometimes me - we should be OK,'' Kilpatrick said. ``But with him being on the floor, it makes it a lot easier for everybody else. He's used to that position. We do need him.''

The game has a little extra significance for Cincinnati, which opened the season by winning its first 12 games and was No. 8 in late December, its highest ranking in nine years. A 55-54 loss to New Mexico started a stretch of three straight home losses - the Bearcats also dropped games against St. John's and Notre Dame - that knocked them out of the Top 25.

Cincinnati received the 26th-most points in this week's AP poll. Marquette moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season and beat Seton Hall 69-62 on Wednesday night.

The Bearcats haven't lost on the road or at a neutral site. They're only 8-3 at home, a surprising statistic.

``The biggest mistake teams make is thinking we're at home, we're going to win,'' Cronin said. ``We've made the adjustment in the last few games in taking each game separately.

``So that's all we're trying to focus on. If you don't have that focus at home, it's probably because you're relaxing mentally.''

The Bearcats will play two of the three teams with perfect league records in the next few days. After hosting Marquette on Saturday night, they play at No. 6 Syracuse (16-1, 4-0) on Monday afternoon.

Cincinnati doesn't play No. 1 Louisville (16-1, 4-0) until March 4. The games against Marquette and Syracuse will give them an idea of how they match up against some of the conference's best at the moment. The Bearcats are alone in fourth place in the league.

``We know that these are (two of) the top teams in the league right now, playing at an extremely high level,'' Kilpatrick said. ``That's something we've got to keep fighting for. If we continue to play the way we have been doing, we should be all right.''

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T.J. Oshie has surgery on injured clavicle

T.J. Oshie has surgery on injured clavicle

Caps forward T.J. Oshie underwent surgery on his right clavicle, the team announced on Sunday. 

Oshie was injured in Game 4 of the team’s series against Carolina when Hurricanes' forward Warren Foegele cross-checked Oshie in the back, resulting in him being knocked over face-first into the boards, appearing to strike them with his right shoulder and in a large amount of pain.

The team responded in Game 5 back at Capital One Arena, crushing Carolina 6-0 to take a 3-2 series lead.

As the game drew to a close, the fans on deck in the nation's capital, including Redskins' linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, began chanting Oshie's name, and it will give you chills.

The Caps will look to close out the series in Carolina on Tuesday.

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Redskins 2019 7-round mock draft: #3 The 'Best Available' Scenario

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Redskins 2019 7-round mock draft: #3 The 'Best Available' Scenario

Time for the third and final look at the Redskins’ projected 7-round draft, each with a different approach but ultimately the same goal: Fill holes and upgrade the roster.

These choices are based on a combination of conversations with league sources, homework, intuition plus remaining needs. These different paths are akin to a “Choose your adventure” book. The Redskins have four of the top 97 selections and a lengthy needs list.  

We went “Living on the edge” in the first version and didn’t pass on the future in the second. Click here for the latest two-round NFL mock draft, but only after reading the second path.

PATH 3 -- Best available

First Round, Pick No. 15: Cody Ford, T/G, Oklahoma

Maybe we can quibble over the likely best offensive lineman if not player, but there's no denying the need and CBS Sports ranks Ford No. 16 overall. The buzz remains positive for the mauler who doubles as the top guard prospect and for some the third best tackle prospect. The Redskins should be desperate to fill their vacant left guard spot after the revolving door the prior two seasons.

Ford would also provide a tackle hedge should Trent Williams or Morgan Moses deal with injuries again. It’s also worth noting Brandon Scherff’s contract extension remains in limbo.

Second Round, Pick No. 46: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

The only thing larger than this massive 6-foot-5 target is his wide draft range. The Draft Network views the Baltimore native who averaged 22 yards on 60 receptions last season a top 20 selection. ESPN considers the same player, one with drop concerns, outside the top 75. What we know is the Redskins have stated publicly the need for size -- and production -- at receiver.

Third Round, Pick No. 77: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

Some believe that corner ranks among the Redskins' top concerns considering Quinton Dunbar's season-ending nerve injury, Josh Norman possibly turning into a cap casualty or not returning in 2020, and overall depth. Love played 38 games over his three seasons with the Fighting Irish.

The All-American corner was the rare defensive back not repeatedly tortured by Clemson passer Trevor Lawrence during the college football playoffs. His draft projected fits on the second/third round line.

Third Round, Pick No. 97: Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis

These first four selections in this path are with a BPA mindset. On Day 2 that strict approach could easily mean one of several running backs including this explosive game-breaker. The 5-foot-8, 208-pound Henderson averaged 8.9 yards per carry in each of the past two seasons while scoring a combined 31 touchdowns. While grabbing an RB seems highly unlikely, let’s remember that Adrian Peterson is now 34, Derrius Guice is coming off a torn ACL, and the shifty but injury-prone Chris Thompson enters free agency in 2020.

Fifth Round, Pick No. 154: Preston Williams, WR, Colorado State

Is it outrageous to think the Redskins could select two wide receivers in the draft? Go look at the depth chart before answering no. In this case, the target has skills worthy of first-round consideration, namely an impressive catch radius and willingness to fight for contested throws. Character red flags dropped Williams into the middle rounds if not off the board for some teams.

Fifth Round, Pick No. 174: Evan Worthington, S, Colorado.

The 6-foot-2 can play a variety of spots including the neede high safety. Nobody would expect a fifth-round pick to start, but that's possible simply considering the current uncertainty with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix joining the Bears. From NFL.com: "Worthington's value to teams could depend on where they project him since he's played all over the field. He has the size, athleticism and ball skills to handle a variety of man-cover targets from the slot or as a deep safety."

Sixth Round, Pick No. 208: Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington State

The East Carolina transfer piled up the stats in his one year running Mike Leach’s offense, finishing with 4,779 yards, 38 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year is an accurate thrower, but his lack of size and fears of being a system QB work against him. Any quarterback drafted by the Redskins stands a chance at being the only healthy one on the roster entering next off-season.

Seventh Round, Pick No. 229: Jordan Brailford, DE, Oklahoma

The 250-pound edge rusher had 10 sacks in 2018 yet consistently ranks in the 200’s among 2019 draft prospects. The Draft Network on Brailford: “Not very nimble, off balance and ending up on the ground on multiple occasions.”

Seventh Round, Pick No. 255:  Keenan Brown, TE, Texas State

Granted the idea of selecting two tight ends seems odd. Pro Football Focus selected Brown first-team All-American based primarily on his work after the catch. He forced more than 24 missed tackles, more than double the next closest TE.

UDFA: Josh Watson, ILB, Colorado State

The 240-pounder receives virtually no interest from the public big boards despite amassing 240 tackles combined the last two seasons. One league source calls Watson a “steal.”

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