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CS Northridge rallies past UC Santa Barbara 75-69

CS Northridge rallies past UC Santa Barbara 75-69

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) Stephen Maxwell scored a career-high 27 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, and CS Northridge rallied past UC Santa Barbara 75-69 on Thursday night to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Stephan Hicks added 24 for the Matadors (10-10, 1-7 Big West), including eight straight points to cap a 13-0 second-half run that turned a 59-52 deficit into a 65-59 lead. That put Northridge ahead to stay.

Taran Brown had 18 points and Kyle Boswell 15 for the Gauchos (7-11, 3-4), who pulled within 69-67 on Michael Bryson's 3-pointer with 44 seconds left. But the Matadors made six free throws in the final 32 seconds to seal the victory.

Northridge outrebounded Santa Barbara 41-31 and won despite shooting 62 percent from the free-throw line.

UC Santa Barbara still leads the all-time series between the teams 31-16, but the loss snapped a three-game winning streak against CS Northridge.

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Adam Eaton and Sean Doolittle are pumped for Stephen Strasburg's record contract

Adam Eaton and Sean Doolittle are pumped for Stephen Strasburg's record contract

When you become the highest-paid pitcher in the history of baseball, you start to generate quite the reaction. 

For Stephen Strasburg, who signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to return to the Nationals Monday, the reaction from his teammates has been all positive.

Adam Eaton and Sean Doolittle were the first to congratulate their World Series MVP. 

Strasburg opted out of the remaining four years and $100 million of the seven-year, $175 million deal he signed in 2016 after a legendary postseason run and the best regular season of his career. 

It's yet to be seen how the Nationals fill out the rest of their roster, but whoever's on the roster come March 26, they'll surely be glad to see Strasburg take the mound every fifth day. 

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D.C. United acquires Bill Hamid's contract on permanent transfer

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D.C. United acquires Bill Hamid's contract on permanent transfer

Bill Hamid is returning the District for good. 

D.C. United has acquired their goalkeeper permanently after a transfer from FC Midtjylland, the team announced on Monday. The deal is good for three years using Targeted Allocation Monday.

During the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Hamid was on loan from the Danish club. Both years he continued to post superb numbers for United. In 47 starts he had 19 shutouts and a 21-12-14 record. His 14 clean sheets in 2019 led the league and had him in consideration for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.

He had started for the club in some capacity in every season dating back to 2010.  The 29-year-old has club records in starts for goalkeepers (231), minutes (20,589), wins (87), saves (819) and shutouts (68).

"Bringing Bill back to the club in 2020 and beyond was a top priority for us this offseason," general manager Dave Kasper said in a release. “Bill is a leader on and off the field and we’re excited to bring him back to the club that he has worked tirelessly for over the last ten seasons. He is among the best goalkeepers in MLS and he resonates with fans and the community, and we know he is going to be an important piece at the club for the foreseeable future."

For years Hamid has been regarded as one of the top American goalkeepers, but injuries have hindered his growth. He was a part of the wave of USMNT players moving to European clubs when he signed with the Danish team back in 2018. Earlier in Jan. 2019 that appeared to pay off after his stellar season on loan with United. It resulted in Hamid on the USMNT's training camp roster.

The difference now in Hamid's permanent transfer is that he can no longer be called up by his primary team FC Midtjylland. While that never happened in his year and a half on loan with United, that possibility was always there. It's a permanent solution for United and resources can now be focused on other areas of the team. 

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