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Daniels leads UConn over DePaul 99-78

Daniels leads UConn over DePaul 99-78

STORRS, Conn. (AP) DeAndre Daniels had a career-high 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Connecticut routed DePaul 99-78 on Tuesday.

Ryan Boatright scored 22 points and Shabazz Napier added 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for UConn (11-3, 1-1 Big East), which led from start to finish.

The Huskies opened up a 20-point halftime lead, and DePaul (10-6, 1-2) could get no closer than 12 in the second half.

Brandon Young led all scorers with career-high 35 points for the Blue Demons and Cleveland Melvin chipped in 18.

DePaul, which was coming off a win at Providence, played without starters Donnavan Kirk and Charles McKinney, who were suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules.

The 99 points was the most against a Big East opponent since the Huskies scored 117 in a six-overtime loss to Syracuse in the 2009 Big East tournament.

Boatright, who is from the Chicago area, scored five quick points as UConn scored the first nine, part of a 12-3 run.

The sophomore guard also capped an 11-0 run with a 3-pointer that made it 31-11, and had 16 points by halftime.

But he wasn't the only Husky scoring.

UConn shot 54 percent in the half, and Daniels hit five of his six shots, and was nine of 12 for the game. He had 15 points before the break, as the Huskies outrebounded DePaul 30-10. They led by as many as 22 points.

Young had half the Blue Demons points as they went into the break trailing 54-34.

DePaul cut the lead to 12, 59-47, on a Melvin jumper, but UConn used a 6-0 run to stretch it back out to 18.

A steal that led to a spinning one-handed Boatright dunk that made it 71-51 and the Huskies were not challenged again.

UConn outrebounded DePaul 49-29, including 19-10 on the offensive boards. It was just the third time the Huskies posted more rebounds than their opponent all season. The other two came in wins over New Hampshire and Washington.

The Huskies improved to 26-8 in Big East home openers, and have won 20 of their last 23, including the last four. They are 10-0 in conference openers at Gampel Pavilion.

The Huskies haven't lost two straight games to open a Big East season since 1989-90.

UConn improves to 9-1 against DePaul, and has won eight straight, with the lone loss coming in 2007.

The Blue Demons were hurt by the loss of Kirk's defensive presence. He had averaged six points and almost two blocked shots a game. McKinney had been chipping in just over five points.

The Blue Demons, who beat Providence 83-73 on Saturday, were looking to win two consecutive road games in the Big East for the first time in six years.

They came into the game 4-0 in road games this season, its best start away from home since the 1993-94 season.

DePaul is off until next Tuesday, when it will host No. 21 Cincinnati. UConn travels to South Bend to take on No. 21 Notre Dame on Saturday.

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Alex Ovechkin named to NHL's All-Decade first team for 2010-19

Alex Ovechkin named to NHL's All-Decade first team for 2010-19

Alex Ovechkin once again was named to one of the NHL's All-Decade teams.

This go-around, Ovechkin was named to the first-team for the All-Decade Team spanning 2010-2019. 

During those 10 seasons, there was no one that totaled more than Ovi's 437 goals. Only two others had more than his 730 points.

Through our eyes, we saw him mature from a unique superstar to a once-in-a-generation athlete. Ovechkin won his first Stanley Cup in the decade after years of heartbreak and dominant Capitals teams that could never escape the second round. 

Now, he's a mere eight goals away from reaching 700 and further etching his name in the fabric of the sport. 

He is joined with fellow forward Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks. Sidney Crosby of the Penguins, Drew Doughty of the Kings and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Golden Knights rounded out the six-player first team. 

NHL ALL-DECADE FIRST TEAM

Alex Ovechkin - F - Capitals
Patrick Kane - F - Blackhawks
Sidney Crosby - C - Penguins
Duncan Keith - D - Blackhawks
Drew Doughty - D - Kings
Marc-Andre Fleury - G- Golden Knights

NHL ALL-DECADE SECOND TEAM

Evgeni Malkin - F - Penguins
Patrice Bergeron - F - Bruins
Steven Stamkos - F - Lightning
Erik Karlsson - D - Sharks
Zdeno Chara - D - Bruins
Henrik Lundqvist - G - Rangers

The Great 8 was also named to the All-Decade team in 2000-10. Only Zdeno Chara and Sidney Crosby, named to the second team for the last decade, received the recognition last decade as well. 

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WATCH: Justin Tucker drills 70-yard field goal at Pro Bowl practice

WATCH: Justin Tucker drills 70-yard field goal at Pro Bowl practice

Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, but at Pro Bowl practice Friday he decided to show off his ridiculous range by drilling a 70-yard field goal with relative ease. 

Hitting 70-yard field goals in practice isn't anything new. He spent time in the offseason drilling kicks from the same distance.

There just wasn't any need for Tucker to kick a record-breaking field goal because the Ravens offense was seemingly always in the red zone. Tucker attempted 59 extra points this year, which was the most he'd ever taken in a season by 17 and led the league by a wide margin. 

Tucker's current career-long is the 61-yard bomb he hit in 2013. His longest field goal in 2019 was 51 yards. 

In a game like the Pro Bowl, field position and the final result doesn't really matter. So maybe Tucker will get a chance to kick from 70-plus during the game on Sunday. 

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