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Kelly again leads No. 1 Duke to 80-62 rout of Wake

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Kelly again leads No. 1 Duke to 80-62 rout of Wake

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Ryan Kelly had another big day against Wake Forest, scoring a season-high 22 points in No. 1 Duke's 80-62 rout of the Demon Deacons on Saturday.

Seth Curry also had 22 points, Quinn Cook had a career-high 14 assists and Kelly finished with his fourth straight 20-point performance against Wake Forest.

The Blue Devils (14-0, 1-0) shot 46 percent in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener and hit 11 3-pointers - including six during the 25-7 first-half run that put them up big.

They pushed their lead well into the 20s with a Curry-led 18-6 run out of the break in which they scored on nine of their first 10 possessions of the half.

Travis McKie had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Wake Forest (7-6, 0-1), which had nearly as many turnovers (19) as field goals (23) and had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Mason Plumlee added 13 points and 12 rebounds and Rasheed Sulaimon scored 12 points for Duke, which was simply too much for a rebuilding Wake Forest team that has only three healthy non-freshmen on scholarship.

Kelly, who entered averaging 21 points in the previous three meetings in the series, finished one point shy of the career high he reached in his last game against the Demon Deacons 11 months ago. He will get another crack at them when the Blue Devils visit Winston-Salem on Jan. 30.

He had 17 points at halftime of this one, including 13 of Duke's first 19, with three 3s - including two some 45 seconds apart - during the Blue Devils' first big run. His 3-pointer 2 1/2 minutes into the second half pushed him past the 20-point mark for the fifth time in his career. He fouled out with 7:25 left.

Curry, who had 14 points in the opening 20 minutes, capped the first burst with a four-point play that made it 38-21 with 4:18 until the break. He had three baskets during the second run that turned this one into a full-fledged rout.

Those two seniors had the Blue Devils well on their way to their sixth straight win in the ACC's oldest series and their sixth 14-0 start under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Duke didn't make a 2-point shot until Plumlee's dunk off an alley-oop pass 11 minutes in - but didn't need to, not with the 3s falling like this: Each of the Blue Devils' first seven field goals came from behind the arc, and Duke finished 11 of 24 from 3-point range.

Even Cook's uncharacteristically cold shooting was largely inconsequential: The sophomore point guard was 0 for 11.

C.J. Harris finished with 19 points and freshman Devin Thomas had 12 rebounds for Wake Forest, which was denied its first victory over a top-five team since its most recent one in the series - a 70-68 upset of then-No. 1 Duke in 2009, back when the Demon Deacons themselves were in the top 10. They haven't beaten Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1997.

A poll of 250 college basketball coaches reveals 74% want a semi-normal schedule this year

A poll of 250 college basketball coaches reveals 74% want a semi-normal schedule this year

Several college conferences across the country are preparing for the fall sports season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Big Ten announced on Thursday that it will go to a “conference-only” model for all fall sports. The Pac-12 followed announcing football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball will play only conference games. Earlier in the week, the Ivy League announced no sports would be played until January 1.

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More conferences are likely to follow shortly. But after fall sports, what will happen with winter sports and, specifically, with college basketball? Stadium basketball analyst Jeff Goodman conducted an interesting poll.

Of the 250 Division I head men’s basketball coaches (of a 353 total), 74% want a season with non-conference and conference play. Only 24% of coaches want to push the start of the season to January and play exclusively conference games.

One of the unique aspects of early-season college basketball is the non-conference matchups, sometimes in exotic locations. One of the most notable, the Maui Invitational, is planning to move forward as scheduled.

A handful of local teams are scheduled to travel to tournaments this November. Virginia and Georgetown will both head to Anaheim, Calif. for the Wooden Legacy. VCU is part of an eight-team field at the Charleston Classic and George Mason is reportedly traveling to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam.

There is plenty to be sorted out before the start of the college basketball season but for now, we will take some optimism from the men on the sidelines. 

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Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey set to host garage sale Sunday, July 12

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey set to host garage sale Sunday, July 12

Offseason. What offseason? There is no offseason for Baltimore Ravens standout cornerback Marlon Humphrey who announced he's throwing a garage sale Sunday, July 12 in Owings Mills.

"Garage sale this Sunday! (Owings Mills, MD) New year means a lot needs to be left behind," Humphrey said. "Will have furniture, shoes, lights, and of course some Ravens gear 😎Everything must go..!"

Humphrey's post received north of 1,500 likes in two hours so it may be fair to say there will be a decent turnout. 

NFL players having garage sales is sort of a peculiar situation, it doesn't happen quite often. Former Green Bay Packers running back Eddy Lacy had one in 2017 which drew a large enough crown to wrap around the entire block.

In that instance, ten shoppers were allowed in at a time to peruse the items and Lacy said that all of the money will go to charity, with any leftover unsold items being given to the Freedom House homeless shelter in Green Bay, the Los Angeles Times reported. 

Humprey is entering his fourth season with the Ravens.

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