Evansville holds on to beat Northern Iowa 62-59

Evansville holds on to beat Northern Iowa 62-59

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) Colt Ryan scored 21 points, including two free throws with 18 seconds left that proved to be the game-winning points, as Evansville hung on Wednesday night for a 62-59 win over Northern Iowa.

Ryan's foul shots put the Purple Aces (10-6, 3-1 Missouri Valley) ahead 60-57 before UNI's Anthony James' layup made it a one-point game. Ned Cox made two more free throws with 10 seconds left, and James missed a tying 3-pointer to end the game.

Evansville led by as many as 14 in the second half but saw the Panthers (8-8, 1-3) take their only lead since the opening minutes, 57-55, on James' jumper with 53 seconds left. Lewis Jones then put Evansville back in front with a three-point play.

James led UNI with 19 points. Seth Tuttle, last week's MVC player of the week after scoring 43 points in two games, was held to nine Wednesday.

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Neil Olshey signs extension with Trail Blazers, off the table for Wizards job

Neil Olshey signs extension with Trail Blazers, off the table for Wizards job

After Tim Connelly decided to re-join the Nuggets rather than take the Wizards' vacant front-office position, Washington has been forced back to the drawing board.

The Wizards have interviewed Thunder assistant general manager Troy Weaver, former Hawks general manager Danny Ferry and Wizards interim team president Tommy Sheppard.

In addition to those names, NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig reported the team could have interest in Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. 

That option was eliminated Friday when Olshey signed an extension to remain with Portland. 

With Connelly and Olshey off the table, there are fewer high-profile candidates left for the Wizards to consider as replacements for Ernie Grunfeld. 

Standig noted that Warriors assistant general manager Larry Harris could also draw interest from Washington. 

The franchise is running out of time to find their new front-office leader with less than a month remaining before the NBA Draft. 


Frances Tiafoe and Sloane Stephens headline a strong group of commitments for 2019 Citi Open

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Frances Tiafoe and Sloane Stephens headline a strong group of commitments for 2019 Citi Open

As the Citi Open begins a new chapter of its 50-year history, the tournament announced another star-studded crop of players to headline the field at Rock Creek Park in 2019.

The field includes a former women's U.S. Open champion, three of the top 10 men currently in the world, local tennis sensation Frances Tiafoe, and some of the top rising talents in the world.

The initial list of committed participants includes the following:

MEN'S SINGLES (rankings as of May 20):

Stefanos Tsitispas, Greece (No. 6)
Kei Nishikori, Japan (No. 7) - 2015 Citi Open Champion
Kevin Anderson, South Africa (No. 8)
Daniil Medvedev, Russia (No. 14)
Gael Monfils, France (No. 16) - 2016 Citi Open Champion
Felix Auger-Aliassime, Canada (No. 28)
Frances Tiafoe, USA (No. 35)
Nick Kyrgios, Australia (No. 36)

WOMEN'S SINGLES (rankings as of May 20):

Sloane Stephens, USA (No. 7) - 2017 U.S. Open Champion, 2015 Citi Open Champion
Bianca Andreescu, Canada (No. 22)


Mike and Bob Bryan (doubles) - 16 Grand Slam titles, 4x Citi Open Championship Duo

A big omission from the list is the two-time defending Citi Open champion, Alexander Zverev, who is currently No. 5 in the world, as well as current world No. 1 Naomi Osaka. Both were headliners in the 2018 field. However, the event is still two months away with plenty of time for players to decide on their hard court season plans. 

Earlier this year Mark Ein, owner of the team tennis Washington Kastles, took over management of the tournament from the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. Giving Ein management rights, he kept the tournament from moving outside of the nation's capital after a six-figure financial loss left a black eye on last year's event. 

A strong initial field of championship-level players bodes well for the immediate future of the Citi Open. Held from July 27 through August 4, it is one of the tune-up tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open.