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Dave Johnson: Pistons Deal Wizards 6th Straight Loss

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Dave Johnson: Pistons Deal Wizards 6th Straight Loss

Friday, March 12, 2010 10:40pm

Wizards vs. Pistons Game Highlights & PostgameBy Dave Johnson
CSNWashington.comAuburn Hills, Michigan----It got late early for the Washington Wizards. Tired from playing the Hawks the night before, the Wizards were in no position to play from behind but had to after committing five turnovers in the first ten minutes of a 101-87 loss to the Detroit Pistons.The Pistons jumped on the Wizards early with strong defensive pressure in the half-court and forced the Wizards to play at a higher tempo than they wanted too. With the Wizards early miscues the Pistons were able to build a twelve point lead at 26-14 with 2:20 left in the first quarterWe just had too many turnovers too early, said Wizards head coach Flip Saunders. It was kind of the same thing. We just could not get into our offense.The Pistons had little trouble getting into their offense and the Wizards were helping them. By half-time the Pistons had 18 points off Wizards turnovers as they built a 56-40 lead.All night long the Pistons pushed the ball and ended up with a 28-11 advantage in fast break points. Will Bynum had 20 of the Pistons 31-assists, while Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and rookie Jonas Jerebko each led the Pistons with 18-points.Andray Blatche led the Wizards with 23-points and 10-rebounds and played through fatigue to finish 11 of 22 from the field after struggling for the first three quarters. Unfortunately for the Wizards JaVale McGee was unable to produce an encore performance and was limited to four points and four rebounds.As good as JaVale was last night, and some said he has All Star potential, he was more like a CBA All star tonight, Saunders said of McGee who scored a career high 20 points on Thursday against the Hawks.He played about twenty minutes and we were minus-19 when he was on the floor, Saunders added. He had no energy and we had no presence around the basket and they just out worked us.Looking for a spark to help trigger a second-half come back, James Singleton replaced McGee in the Wizards lineup early in the third quarter. Singleton delivered and was particularly effective during a two-minute span of the third quarter when he scored six of his seven points on the night.A sluggish offense briefly looked alive as Singleton cut into the lane and received a crisp pass from Blatche on the baseline and then finished with a slam dunk to bring the Wizards within nine points at 66-57.Singleton again went to the basket and after a goaltending call on Jason Maxiell had the Wizards within seven points at 66-59 with 3:06 left in the third quarter. The rally ended there as the Pistons then closed the quarter on an 11-4 run.To the Wizards credit there was not a full collapse. In the final quarter the Wizards actually shot 64 percent from the field and matched the Pistons in scoring with 24-points, but paid the price for all their early mistakes when they struggled to establish their offense.It is all part of the learning experience for our players, Saunders noted. It is tough because we have guys going out there and competing but they are making mental mistakes and it emotionally wears you done.

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Baseball Hall of Fame results 2019: Oriole great Mike Mussina gets long overdue call to the Hall

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Baseball Hall of Fame results 2019: Oriole great Mike Mussina gets long overdue call to the Hall

Mike Mussina was already recognized as one of the greatest pitchers in Orioles history. Now, he’s been enshrined as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history.

In his sixth year of eligibility, Mussina received 76.7% of the vote, barely surpassing the necessary 75% mark by just seven votes. He’ll be inducted this summer along with Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Lee Smith, Harold Baines, and the late Roy Halladay.

Over the course of his 18-year career, Mussina compiled 270 wins to go against just 153 losses. He had a 3.68 ERA and struck out 2,813 hitters, the 20th most in baseball history. He also was an American League All-Star five times and won seven Gold Gloves.

Mussina’s career in many ways can be described as “close, but no cigar.” He threw multiple one-hit, no-walk shutouts with the Orioles, including against the Indians when he threw 8⅓ perfect innings before allowing a single. He also was one pitch away with the Yankees against the Red Sox before Carl Everett singled with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning.

He reached two World Series, both in New York, but lost both times. He finished 2nd in Cy Young voting in 1999, and would have been deserving if Pedro Martinez hadn’t had an all-time historically great season. He finished just 30 wins shy of 300 for his career, and it took him nearly two decades to reach 20 wins in a season, finally hitting the milestone in 2008.

Finally, with only four years remaining on the ballot, he made the Hall of Fame. This time, he didn’t fall short.

Mussina’s Hall of Fame case has been boosted by the rise of sabermetrics, By WAR, he was an obvious selection.

His numbers likely would have looked even better with more favorable circumstances. Mussina spent his entire career in the vaunted American League East, a division full of big bats and hitter-friendly ballparks.

He all spent the bulk of his career pitching in what has since become known as the Steroid Era, an obvious detriment to his overall pitching stats.

Former players have congratulated Mussina and praised both his raw stuff and his off-the-charts baseball IQ. Stuff, plus smarts, plus durability meant he was the total package.

Mussina was always destined to be an Oriole as Baltimore drafted him twice. In 1987, they took him in the eleventh round before the pitcher elected to go to college. In 1990, after his junior season, they took him in the first round.

The starting pitcher affectionately referred to as “Moose” spent a decade in Baltimore before playing the final eight seasons of his career in New York. Because of this, a debate has raged on for years about which cap he would wear should he ever be elected into the Hall of Fame.

Previously, the player himself was able to choose. Nowadays, the Hall makes the call. For some, however, the answer is obvious.

Mussina finally became a 20-game winner with the Yankees, and was obviously much more visible playing for the biggest franchise in the sport. That said, he made a much larger impact in Baltimore, both in statistics, and in stature.

When Orioles fans point to the team’s miserable track record trying to develop homegrown starting pitchers, they often point to Mussina as the last success story. The fact that their most recent win in pitcher development is now in the Hall of Fame is a tough look for a franchise that once started four 20-game winners in the same rotation.

If he does go in as an Oriole, Mussina will become the seventh member to wear the Baltimore cap, joining Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Jr. and manager Earl Weaver.

Mussina is in a unique spot in Orioles history, as many of the Hall of Famers from Baltimore are thought of as Orioles through and through. None of Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, Jr., Jim Palmer and Earl Weaver ever wore another uniform.

“Moose” famously spurned the Orioles to join their bitter rivals when he signed with the Yankees, though it’s hard to blame him for taking the most money offered. When asked on MLB Network after the election announcement, Mussina was very appreciative towards both ballclubs and credits both organizations for getting him to this point.

It’s a slightly complicated history, but one that has largely been forgiven with time. When the announcement was made, the consensus reaction on Twitter in Birdland was that of joy for Mussina.

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St. Joseph's vs. Richmond Basketball: TV Channel, Live Stream How to Watch

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St. Joseph's vs. Richmond Basketball: TV Channel, Live Stream How to Watch

After a disappointing 7-11 start to the 2018-19 men's college basketball season, the Richmond Spiders hope to snap a two-game losing streak when they travel to the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday night to take on the St. Joseph's Hawks at Hagan Arena.

The Spiders hope to start off their Three-Saint-Strech on the right foot against St. Joseph's prior to heading back home to host St. Bonaventure (1/23) before their road trip to take on Saint Louis (1/30). Richmond Head Coach Chris Mooney is aiming to lead his club to their third straight victory at Hagan Arena.

St. Joseph's vs. Richmond will tip off at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington Plus.

St. Joseph's Hawks vs. Richmond Spiders How to Watch

What: St. Joseph's Hawks vs. Richmond Spiders
Where: Hagan Arena, St. Joseph's University. Philadelphia, PA.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder, Daily TV listings)
Radio: (99.5 FM; 950 AM)


St. Joseph's Hawks vs. Richmond Spiders Preview

Conference: Atlantic-10
Record: St. Joseph's (8-10, 1-5), Richmond (7-11,1-4)
Last Game: 68-57 Loss vs. Saint Louis, 1/18 (St. Joseph's), 75-62 Loss at Davidson, 1/19 (Richmond)
Leading Scorers: Charlie Brown Jr., 18.9 ppg (St. Joseph's), Grant Golden, 17.7ppg (Richmond)