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Ford nets 24, Northeastern beats Hofstra 65-60

Ford nets 24, Northeastern beats Hofstra 65-60

BOSTON (AP) Quincy Ford netted 24 points, and Northeastern remained perfect in Colonial Athletic Association play with a 65-60 win over Hofstra Wednesday night.

Ford hit 11 of 17 from the field, aiding the Huskies (10-7, 5-0) as they continued their best CAA start since beginning 6-0 in 2008-09. Northeastern has now won six of its past seven.

David Imes led four Pride (5-12, 2-2) players in double figures with 19 points. Stevie Mejia added 12 points and Taran Buie and Stephen Nwaukoni 11 each for Hofstra, which is 0-8 on the road this year.

Northeastern sprang to a 10-3 lead and held the advantage throughout the contest. Jordan Allen hit a layup for Hofstra with 1:04 left to cut the margin to 63-60, but the Pride missed four field-goal attempts - including three 3-point tries - and Northeastern's Jonathan Lee drained two free throws in the remaining time.

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Jordan McRae exits Wizards vs. Raptors with sprained left ankle

Jordan McRae exits Wizards vs. Raptors with sprained left ankle

Just when the Wizards were getting healthy again, they may have suffered a tough blow to their second unit against the Raptors Friday night.

At the start of the second quarter in Toronto, McRae suffered a left ankle injury after accidentally stepping on Terence Davis' foot. The team ruled it as an ankle sprain and McRae did not return to the game. 

He was writhing in pain on the floor as teammates surrounded him and helped him off the floor. As he exited the game to the locker room, McRae was not able to put any weight on his left leg. 

McRae had stepped up as one of Washington's primary scorers off the bench and a very good back-up to Bradley Beal at the off-guard spot. Over the last 10 games, McRae was averaging 19.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 45 percent shooting from beyond the arc. 

We don't know yet whether McRae will miss any time beyond Friday, but if he does the Wizards will have to rely more on Davis Bertans and Ish Smith for offense in the second unit. 

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John Harbaugh defends Lamar Jackson's playoff performance

John Harbaugh defends Lamar Jackson's playoff performance

Coach John Harbaugh, just six days after his team’s disappointing 28-12 loss to the Titans in the AFC playoffs, has already had to defend his quarterback.

Faced with some criticism after Jackson finished 31-of-59 passing, and three total turnovers, Harbaugh mentioned how far Jackson has come in the last year — which also ended in an early playoff loss at home.

“It’s really interesting to look at Lamar Jackson, because look at the progress he made in the last year,” Harbaugh said Friday. “Because the same question, I think you might have asked it last year, how is he going to get better going forward? And he did a good job, right? He’s 23 years old. He’s younger than Joe Burrow. So, he has a pretty good head start right now.”

Jackson is now 0-2 in the playoffs with a 19-3 regular season record. 



He’s likely the MVP this season after he passed for more than 3,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 yards, setting the single-season rushing record for a quarterback along the way. He led the NFL in passing touchdowns and carried the most prolific offense in the league to a league-best 14-2. 

Harbaugh isn’t worried that his quarterback, who is just 23-years-old, hasn’t found his playoff success yet.

“The Manning brothers combined to, they had five losses in their first five playoff games before they won one,” Harbaugh explained. (Joe) Montana, (Steve) Young and (Brett) Favre didn’t start a playoff game until their third season, (Drew) Brees and (Troy) Aikman, until their fourth season, and (Aaron) Rodgers until his fifth season.”

After the season ended, Harbaugh added that Jackson went to his office to discuss the offseason and what he needed to do to improve. 

While Harbaugh and the offensive coaching staff had a plan for Jackson to improve, Jackson “nailed” each and every single critique that the coaches had laid out for him.

“I’m really confident in Lamar and his understanding the things he needs to do to get better, and that he’s going to work really hard to keep building himself up as a player,” Harbaugh said.

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