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Injured Lehigh G McCollum says rehab going well

Injured Lehigh G McCollum says rehab going well

Lehigh guard and preseason All-American C.J. McCollum said rehabilitation for a broken left foot is going well, and that he's started working out in a pool.

But the star senior gave no indication in a statement Saturday of whether he's hoping to return to the court this year for the Mountain Hawks.

McCollum was hurt three weeks ago during a 59-55 loss at Virginia Commonwealth. He said this has been a ``humbling and maturing experience,'' but he's focusing on academics and becoming a better student of the game.

McCollum, at the time of his injury, was leading the country in scoring at 25.7 points.

Still, Lehigh (14-4, 4-0 Patriot) has bounced back with five straight victories since McCollum went down, including a 65-62 win Wednesday at league rival Bucknell.

The Mountain Hawks host Lafayette on Sunday. McCollum had initially scheduled a news conference before the game to give an update on his recovery.

McCollum said he didn't want ``to be a distraction or deflect attention that rightfully belongs to my team. I am focusing on my academics and being the best supporter I can for my teammates. The focus should be on them and the success we're having as a program.''

The injury, he added, may have been a ``blessing in disguise ... This has been a very humbling and maturing experience and this adversity will only make me stronger.''

McCollum and Lehigh gained notoriety after stunning powerhouse Duke in the NCAA tournament last season. His injury was thought to be a blow to Lehigh's chances to win the Patriot League and return to the NCAAs.

But the Mountain Hawk still have savvy veterans from last year's run including senior forwards Gabe Knutson and Holden Greiner, and junior guard Mackey McKnight. They re-branded themselves the conference favorites after beating the Bison on the road.

The school had said McCollum's recovery time of eight to 10 weeks could make him available again by early March, in time for the Patriot League tournament. The team has also warned that could depend on the healing process, and coach Brett Reed has said McCollum's long-term future takes precedence.

McCollum, who has averaged 21.3 points over his Lehigh career, has been considered a potential first-round pick in the NBA draft. Last March, he scored 30 points when 15th-seeded Lehigh upset Duke 75-70.

``Everything is going well and I've heard nothing but positive feedback from trainers and team physicians,'' McCollum said. ``I will continue to be a positive influence on them, helping in every way possible from the sideline.''

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Markieff Morris is helping his brother gameplan to defend LeBron James

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Markieff Morris is helping his brother gameplan to defend LeBron James

Wizards forward Markieff Morris is all-in on his brother Marcus and the Boston Celtics beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Not only is he showing up to games in his twin brother's jersey, he is helping Marcus break down film on LeBron James.

James was held to just 15 points on 31.3 percent shooting with seven turnovers in Game 1 and Marcus got some credit for stopping him. In the two games since, James went off for 42 and 27 points, each time posting 12 assists to complement. Though Cleveland lost Game 2 as well, they punched back with a 30-point win in Game 3.

The Morrises are combining forces to make sure that doesn't happen again, according to Jay King of The Athletic. They stayed up until 2 a.m. on Sunday morning reviewing plays. 

Game 4 between the Cavs and Celtics is on Monday night. If Boston wins, they will take a 3-1 lead in the series, which will be very difficult for the Cavs to overcome. Yes, they mounted the most famous 3-1 comeback in NBA history, but this isn't the same Cavs team that accomplished the feat in 2016.

There is of course some irony in Markieff helping the Celtics, given he was so integral in the rivalry between the Wizards and Boston. But, as he has shown many times over the years, it's family over everything.

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Redskins' cornerback Josh Norman competes in 'Dancing with the Stars' finale Monday

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Redskins' cornerback Josh Norman competes in 'Dancing with the Stars' finale Monday

Josh Norman is fast, smooth and creative with excellent footwork that can leave you speechless.

Sure, those are qualities he has on the football field, but we're actually talking about his skills as a ballroom dancer.

Norman is one of three finalists on "Dancing with the Stars" during a shortened, athletes-only season. The Redskins' cornerback is partnered with pro dancer Sharna Burgess, and the couple will compete against two other pairs in the finals Monday night (8 p.m., ABC). 

Fiery, in sync and always entertaining, Norman and Burgess have stunned in the first three of four total episodes this season, but winning the mirrorball trophy won't be easy. They're up against Olympic figure skating bronze medalist Adam Rippon and former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.  

Norman's only real competition is Rippon, who is beyond natural on the dance floor — although Norman has been a delightful surprise as well. Clearly — and like so many previous football players who have done well on "DWTS", like Calvin Johnson and Von Miller — his skills on the gridiron easily translate. 

Here's a look at his previous three performances with Burgess. Does it look like he has what it takes to win?

Week 1: The Cha Cha

Week 2: The Paso Doble

Week 3: A Contemporary Dance

Here's how you can vote for Josh and Sharna in Monday's season finale.

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