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Glenn, SC-Upstate beat North Florida 63-57

Glenn, SC-Upstate beat North Florida 63-57

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Ricardo Glenn had a double-double, 14 points and 15 rebounds, to lead SC-Upstate past North Florida 63-57 Thursday night in an Atlantic Sun Conference matchup.

Torrey Craig scored 12 points and Jodd Maxey added nine points and 10 rebounds to help SC-Upstate (10-10, 4-3) win its third straight over North Florida and 18 of its past 21 homes games.

Ahead 35-33 at halftime, the Spartans opened the second half on a 14-6 run. Craig capped the run with a 3-pointer to make it 49-39 with 11:21 left to play.

North Florida (8-13, 3-5) would cut the lead to six, 60-54, with less than two minutes to play, but the Ospreys converted only one field goal the rest of the way.

North Florida shot 27.8 percent (10 of 36) in the second half and made only 4 of 29 3s for the game.

Beau Beech led the Ospreys with 15 points.

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Stephen Strasburg had a specific request in contract negotiations with Nationals

Stephen Strasburg had a specific request in contract negotiations with Nationals

According to Scott Boras, Stephen Strasburg had a specific request of the Nationals before he signed the largest contract ever for a pitcher. 

"He certainly wanted to make sure that [Nationals Park] was open every day in the offseason so that he can go there and work out," Boras said Monday. 

Per Jesse Dougherty, Strasburg has been working out since mid-November. For reference, the Nationals won the World Series on October 30. No days off. 

It's no surprise the Nationals granted the World Series MVP's request. Strasburg is coming off the best year of his career, and he wants to make sure he can work out all winter in the park he'll spend the rest of his career? What a difficult decision. 

Strasburg may not be the highest-paid pitcher of all time for long. Gerrit Cole will most likely command more years and a higher AAV from whoever he signs with this winter. 

But the more important thing for the Nationals and probably their fans as well, is that Strasburg will wear the "Curly W" for his entire career. And maybe another World Series trophy is in play with him, Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin headlining the best pitching staff in baseball. 

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Watch this kid's reaction when he realizes Juan Soto is Santa Claus

Watch this kid's reaction when he realizes Juan Soto is Santa Claus

The winter can feel like one of the slowest seasons of the year, especially for baseball fans who long for the season to pick back up again.

But Nationals outfielder Juan Soto met with fans on Saturday at a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia, and did his best to make them feel merry by getting in the holiday spirit.

Soto already helped give D.C. the greatest gift of all in a World Series title, so maybe he really is Mr. Claus.

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