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Gatson, Sam Houston State beat Samford 73-57

Gatson, Sam Houston State beat Samford 73-57

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Darius Gatson led three Sam Houston State players in double figures with 15 points as the Bearkats topped Samford 73-57 Saturday night in a nonconference contest.

Gatson hit 9 of 10 from the foul line and added four assists, while Will Bond had 13 points and Terrance Motley 10 for Sam Houston State (5-5).

Clide Geffrard Jr. led the Bulldogs (2-10) with 16 points and six rebounds, and Raljon Kelly had 15 points.

The Bearkats led 38-30 at halftime. Samford cut the advantage to 44-40 in the first 5 minutes of the second half, but Sam Houston State's Jeremy McKay hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead. About 7 minutes later, Motley hit a jumper to spark a 6-0 run that expanded the lead to 59-47.

The Bearkats scored 19 points off 16 Samford turnovers, including nine steals, and outscored the Bulldogs off the bench 39-6.

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Alex Ovechkin scored the goal that sent the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Final

Alex Ovechkin scored the goal that sent the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Final

On June 4, 1998, Joe Juneau scored the biggest goal in the history of the Washington Capitals.

In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, Joe Juneau attacked the crease and shot in a rebound past a helpless Dominik Hasek in overtime to defeat the Buffalo Sabres and win the Eastern Conference.

That goal sent the Capitals to its first and, before 2018, only Stanley Cup Final.

Alex Ovechkin’s name was already etched in the history books for the Capitals several times over, but on Wednesday he added it again with the biggest goal of his career. His goal in Game 7 stood as the game-winner meaning it was the goal that sent the Capitals to their second Cup Final.

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It did not come in overtime and was not quite as dramatic as Juneau’s. In fact, no one knew the significance of the goal at the time. It came just 62 seconds into the contest. It was a significant goal, but no one realized right away that it would be an historic one.

How fitting is it that Ovechkin scored the game-winner? Ovechkin who this team was built around, who reignited the franchise and built Washington into a hockey city. After all the criticism over the years, all the talk about how he can’t win, all talk about how the team should take away the C and all the talk about how the Caps should trade him and start over, this goal was not just a moment of history, but one of vindication.

When we look back on Ovechkin’s career, at all the individual awards and accomplishments, this one single goal will stand above the rest. This was the biggest game of his career and he scored the biggest goal of his career just 62 seconds in.

There’s one way he can top that: lead the Caps past Vegas for their first Stanley Cup.

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5.24.18: Rick Horrow talks with Andy Bush, EVP Global Events Octagon Worldwide

Sports professor Rick Horrow talks with Andy Bush, EVP Global Events at Octagon Worldwide and wraps around the world of sports business for this week.

By Rick Horrow

Podcast Editor: Tanner Simkins

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