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Fant leads Western Kentucky past FIU 76-63

Fant leads Western Kentucky past FIU 76-63

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) George Fant scored 24 points as Western Kentucky pulled away in the second half to beat Florida International 76-63 in a Sun Belt Conference game Thursday night.

Kevin Kaspar didn't start for the Hilltoppers (9-5, 3-0) but logged 17 points in 37 minutes, including three second-half 3-pointers.

Western Kentucky led 69-58 after two free throws by Brandon Harris, who finished with 13 points, including all seven of his free throws in the final 2:12.

The Hilltoppers, who had lost three straight, led 17-6 in the first half but the Golden Panthers (4-6, 1-2) tied it 33-33 at halftime.

Malik Smith led FIU with 20 points. Jerome Frink added 15 and Tymell Murphy 14.

Both teams lost recently to No. 4 Louisville by nearly identical scores. FIU, coached by Richard Pitino, lost 79-55 to his father Rick's squad on Dec. 19. The Hilltoppers lost 78-55 to the Cardinals last Saturday.

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Wizards' Bradley Beal shares disapproval with Giannis Antetokounmpo's headbutt of Moe Wagner

Wizards' Bradley Beal shares disapproval with Giannis Antetokounmpo's headbutt of Moe Wagner

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo's headbutt of Wizards forward Moe Wagner led to an ejection, but also an explosion of reactions on Twitter.

Among the voices on social media was Wizards star guard Bradley Beal, who is not with the team in Orlando as he recovers from an injury.

Beal initially reacted to the moment with some choice words, saying that the move by Antetokounmpo was unacceptable. He, however, used an acronym that features words that cannot be written in this story.

Then, Beal elaborated on his feeling with some emojis that can be decoded to "angry."

Clearly, the guard was not pleased with what transpired, which is understandable. Not only did Beal watch his teammate be on the receiving end of the headbutt, but the action by Antetokounmpo is something that put both of them in danger, as any trauma to the head can be dangerous.

Beal may not be in Orlando to share with Antetokounmpo how he feels up close and personal, but NBA players have shown time and time again that they have no problem trading blows through Twitter. That means this may not be the last statement on the altercation in the bubble.

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Austin Hays hits inside-the-park home run to give Orioles 10-8 lead in extras

Austin Hays hits inside-the-park home run to give Orioles 10-8 lead in extras

With MLB’s new extra inning rule of a runner starting the inning on second base, Orioles centerfielder Austin Hays took advantage against the Phillies Tuesday night.

Hays got a hold of one in the 10th inning and hit a ball to centerfield, but with the defense playing aggressive due to the runner on second base, Philadelphia centerfielder Roman Quinn’s dive wasn’t enough to make a spectacular catch and prevent a run. 

Instead, the Orioles got two.

With the ball at the warning track, Hays took all four bases to give the Orioles a two-run lead over the Phillies. 

It was the first inside-the-park home run for the Orioles since September 2011, when Robert Andino took all four bases against the Red Sox.

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