Freshman Robinson blending in for No. 2 Michigan


Freshman Robinson blending in for No. 2 Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) From the moment Glenn Robinson III joined the Michigan basketball team, the freshman looked mature beyond his years on the court.

``There were some scrimmages early in the year, just intersquad scrimmages, he might not take a shot,'' coach John Beilein said. ``He just waits for the game to come to him and picks his spots.''

Robinson is making the adjustment to college look awfully easy for the second-ranked Wolverines, and Sunday was perhaps his best game so far. The 20-point, 10-rebound effort against Iowa was his first double-double - and after a couple energizing alley-oop dunks, it was impossible to ignore the 6-foot-6 forward.

The son of the former Purdue star with the same name, Robinson has been content to blend in quietly in his first season at Michigan, but that doesn't mean he isn't contributing. Nicknamed ``Light Rob'' because of his ability to score and rebound without much fanfare, Robinson cedes most of the attention to standout point guard Trey Burke and talented scorer Tim Hardaway Jr.

``A lot of people are going to kind of stay locked in on Trey and Tim, and I think that it's my job - and a lot more guys off the bench - to score,'' Robinson said. ``I just take my opportunities and read the defense and try to help the team out as much as I can.''

At this point, Robinson might not even be Michigan's most hyped freshman. Nik Stauskas is shooting 54 percent from 3-point range, while Mitch McGary brings physicality off the bench. But Robinson, a starter since the opening game, may be the most efficient of the three, averaging 12.5 points and shooting 59 percent from the field.

``He's a team guy,'' Beilein said. ``He just really understands his role on the team and plays it extremely well.''

Robinson is also tied with McGary for the team lead in rebounds.

There was nothing subtle about Robinson's performance Sunday, when he showed off leaping ability Iowa couldn't match. He had an alley-oop from Burke in the first half, then another in the second. Robinson also made an early 3-pointer when the Wolverines were down 10-4 and reeling a bit, and he hustled down the court for a last-second layup to give them an 11-point lead at halftime. Michigan went on to win 95-67.

Michigan, which tied for the Big Ten title last season, now looks like a national championship contender. The Wolverines (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten) host Nebraska (9-6, 0-2) on Wednesday night.

A lot of Robinson's success is because of the chemistry he's developed with Burke, who leads the team in scoring and has become one of the nation's top players. In his last 10 games, Burke has 79 assists and only 11 turnovers, and the list of maize-and-blue beneficiaries is a long one.

``We've got that kind of connection. In practice all the time, we practice lobs,'' Robinson said. ``I've played with some great point guards, but not like him.''

Robinson can play on the perimeter, too, going a solid 11 of 29 from 3-point range.

``He's been shooting really well for us lately, and just doing whatever he can to help the team out,'' Hardaway said. ``Whether it's defense, getting offensive and defensive rebounds and running the floor.''

Hardaway, a junior, may be the player Robinson is most similar to. They're the same height and both are comfortable shooting from outside or finishing around the basket.

But right now, even Hardaway is a bit flattered by that comparison.

``Not the same exact player,'' Hardaway said. ``He's way more athletic than I am.''

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Nationals-Phillies postponed on Monday night

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Nationals-Phillies postponed on Monday night

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper came back to the District on Monday. No baseball was played.

Rain storms cycled through the DMV starting around 6 p.m. at first delaying the series-opening game between the Nationals and Phillies, before it was finally postponed at 10 p.m. The game will be made up as part of a split-doubleheader on Wednesday. The first game is at 1:05 p.m., the second at 7:05 p.m.

The Tuesday starters for both teams remain the same: Patrick Corbin for the Nationals and Jake Arrieta for the Phillies.

Washington will need an extra starter during the week because it is playing seven games in six days. For instance, the Nationals could call someone up to pitch the first game Wednesday, and have Max Scherzer pitch on regular rest Wednesday night. The doubleheader being played Wednesday instead of Tuesday allows the Nationals plenty of time to import a starter for the day, if they choose to do it then.

However, Tuesday’s forecast is also rain-filled. Stay tuned.



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The Capitals were mentioned on Jeopardy! and of course we're proud of it

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The Capitals were mentioned on Jeopardy! and of course we're proud of it

The Stanley Cup no longer resides in Washington, and all eyes have shifted toward the offseason as the Capitals look to retool for next season. But, that doesn't mean we can't stop and appreciate the magical 2018 season now and again.

A week after reminiscing about the championship run and ensuing parade, the famous game show "Jeopardy!" gave us one more moment of glory on Monday night.

One of the clues featured in the latest episode had the Capitals as the answer and even featured Alexander Ovechkin.

It appears that one of the contestants did answer it correctly. More importantly, according to the replies, it was also cleared up that no one brought up the Pittsburgh Penguins during that round. 

While it may be somewhat hard to cope with the fact that the Capitals will not be enjoying another offseason of championship partying in 2019 we can take pride in the fact that the question was about the Caps winning the Stanley Cup, and not centered around a dreaded title drought.