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Georgia Tech tops Presbyterian 52-38

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Georgia Tech tops Presbyterian 52-38

ATLANTA (AP) Freshmen Marcus Georges-Hunt and Robert Carter Jr. scored 10 points each Wednesday to lead Georgia Tech to a 52-38 win over Presbyterian in a nonconference matchup.

The Yellow Jackets (2-0) weren't very good from distance in making just 3-of-20 3-point shots, and for a long time they weren't very good in the paint, either, before whipping the Blue Hose (0-2) badly in the paint in the second half.

The bigger team from the Atlantic Coast Conference had a 22-4 edge in points in the paint after trailing 25-24 at intermission.

Presbyterian senior guard Khalid Mutakabbir led the Blue Hose with 13 points, 12 of them coming in the first half.

The Yellow Jackets started the second half with an 18-2 to take a 42-27 lead on freshman Chris Bolden's dunk with 11:45 remaining in the game.

Georgia Tech's second-half success came in stark contrast to the Jackets' first half problems. They moved easily to a 12-2 lead, but then struggled with the Presbyterian zone for the remainder of the first half.

The Yellow Jackets missed their next 11 shots - 10 of them jumpers and seven of them from 3-point distance - and the Blue Hose used an 18-4 run to take a 20-16 lead on Mutakabbir's second straight 3-pointer with 3:53 left. All of Tech's points in that span came on senior point guard Mfon Udofia's free throws.

Presbyterian outscored Georgia Tech 10-6 in the paint in the first half.

The Yellow Jackets matched that paint total on its first three possessions of the second half as forward Carter Jr., center Daniel Miller and then Carter again scored from point-blank range for a 30-27 lead that Georgia Tech never lost.

After Georgia Tech pushed its lead to 15 points with the 18-2 run, Presbyterian never drew closer than 46-38. That came when William Truss scored a layup for the Blue Hose with 2:45 to go.

Despite their size advantage, the Yellow Jackets carved out a modest 34-30 rebounding edge, but Presbyterian suffered 18 turnovers to Georgia Tech's seven, and the Yellow Jackets made 11 free throws to Presbyterian's three.

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that allows players to remain in the locker room if they prefer but requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance.

This new policy subjects teams, but not players, to fines if any team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. 

Teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction separately though. 

The NFL Players Association released it's own statement after the news was made official.

 

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In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

TAMPA—Head Coach Barry Trotz skated the hot lap prior to Wednesday’s Game 7 at Amalie Arena, taking over the superstitious tradition from captain Alex Ovechkin.

Why the change?

The Caps lost Game 5 here on Saturday. And when the Caps lose on the road—the only place where the morning-skate-starting hot lap takes place—a new skater is selected.

The weird tradition began in the first round at Nationwide Arena in Columbus when Jay Beagle grew tired of waiting for the ice to freeze over following a fresh Zamboni cut. Beagle's teammates implored him to wait a little longer for the ice to cure, but he grew impatient and took it upon himself to kick off the skate by racing around the rink, a la the fastest skater competition at the All Star Skills competition.

Ovechkin took it over prior to Game 6 in Pittsburgh because the Caps had lost Game 4 at PPG Paints Arena.

Ovechkin proudly carried on the tradition as Washington won three in a row—Game 6 in Pittsburgh and Games 1 and 2 of this series vs. Tampa Bay.

Following the Caps’ 3-2 defeat in Game 5 here, though, it was expected that a change would be made.

And on Wednesday morning the baton changed hands, with the least obvious of all the Caps busting his 55-year-old hump around the rink much to the delight of his players and assistants.

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