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Jones scores 24 as Iona trounces Liberty 87-69

Jones scores 24 as Iona trounces Liberty 87-69

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) Lamont Jones scored 24 points and Sean Armand added 23 as Iona defeated Liberty 87-69 Tuesday night.

The Gaels (5-4) had two others in double figures, with A.J. English scoring 17 points and Tre Bowman 13. They also rained 3-pointers on Liberty (1-10) throughout the night.

Iona made 18 of 41 attempts from beyond the arc, while Liberty was 7 for 20 on treys. All but two of Armand's 23 points came on 3-point baskets as he hit 7 of 14 shots from long range. Jones made 9 of 13 shots overall, including 3 of 6 3-point attempts. Bowman added two more treys.

Leading 43-37 at the break, Iona opened the second half with a 21-8 run for a 64-45 lead. At one point, Jones scored 11 straight Iona points and the Gaels never trailed after.

John Caleb Sanders led Liberty with 16 points.

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Lamar Jackson embarrasses yet another NFL defender with an incredible juke

Lamar Jackson embarrasses yet another NFL defender with an incredible juke

Lamar Jackson is better at football than most people are at anything.

He proved it once more early in the first quarter against the Bills, breaking two more ankles en route to gaining a first down on the ground.

Bills linebacker Matt Milano, who, it needs to be mentioned, is paid a lot of money to tackle people, completely whiffs on Jackson here. He tackles the air while falling to the ground, and will forever have to watch his attempted tackle on highlight reels.

Lamar Jackson can't stop putting NFL defenders to shame, and we can't stop laughing watching them.

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Backstrom's back: Caps will get their top center back for Monday's game

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Backstrom's back: Caps will get their top center back for Monday's game

ARLINGTON, Va -- The Capitals are riding a six-game win streak and already have the most points in the NHL and now they will be adding one of their best players back into the lineup. Nicklas Backstrom said Sunday after practice that he is "ready to go" for Monday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It will be his first game since Nov. 18.

An upper-body injury forced Backstrom out of the lineup for the last eight games. Despite returning to practice during the team's road trip through California, he did not get into a game as the team preached caution with its star center. As the team returned home, Backstrom took line rushes on Sunday and both he and head coach Todd Reirden confirmed he would be back in for Monday's game.

"It was good to see him out there in full practice," Reirden said. "Did some drills specifically to help prepare him for tomorrow. He's good to go for tomorrow."

Backstrom said he knew when he woke up on Sunday that he was ready.

"As of today I'm good to go," he said. "I woke up and felt good. It's like that guy in 'Mighty Ducks,' I woke up, no pain."

It does not appear as if Backstrom will be eased back into the lineup as he skated on the top line in practice alongside Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson. Evgeny Kuznetsov had been playing in that spot, but the top line had grown stagnant. Ovechkin, Wilson and Kuznetsov combined for only one even-strength point in the past three games.

Barring something unexpected, the return of Backstrom should give the Caps their full lineup for the first time all season. Considering what the team has been able to accomplish thus far while having to shuffle the lineup because of injuries and suspensions, this has been an impressive start.

"I think that shows the depth that we have all the way through our lineup: forward, defenseman and our goaltending has been strong," Reirden said. "I think it's a clear understanding that it's a competitive situation that we've had since training camp that players are ready to take advantage of their opportunities that they get and they know that they need to otherwise there's a chance they could find themselves on the outside. The inner-competition we've had has probably helped push that a little bit. That's been a good problem to have, and it's allowed us to see some other players get opportunities and showcase some of the abilities they have."

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