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Louisiana-Lafayette tops Arkansas State 61-56

Louisiana-Lafayette tops Arkansas State 61-56

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) Shawn Long posted a dominant double-double to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to a 61-56 victory over Arkansas State Saturday night in a Sun Belt Conference game.

Long scored a game-high 17 points and also grabbed 16 rebounds for the Ragin' Cajuns (7-12, 3-5). They led 33-24 at halftime and extended their lead to 13 points midway through the second half before the Red Wolves closed the gap - but never quite enough.

For Arkansas State (10-7, 4-4), Trey Finn led the way with 15 points. Cameron Golden and Raeford Worsham came off the bench to score 13 and 12 points, respectively, and give the Red Wolves a 27-8 advantage in bench scoring.

For the Ragin' Cajuns, Long got help from Elfrid Payton and Kasey Shepherd, who scored 13 points apiece.

Louisiana-Lafayette made 6 of 15 3-pointers, three by Shepherd. Arkansas State was just 4 for 18 on treys.

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Capitals score three goals in 90 seconds to take the lead over Toronto

Capitals score three goals in 90 seconds to take the lead over Toronto

The beginning of Wednesday's clash with the Maple Leafs was not pretty for the Capitals.

A pair of goals by Toronto gave them an early lead midway through the first period. But a snipe by Jakub Vrana towards the end of the first frame cut the deficit in half entering the first intermission.

But during the second period, all of a sudden, a switch flipped for the Capitals attack. Washington found the back of the net three times in under 90 seconds, turning a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead.

The first came from Evgeny Kuznetsov, who finished with a beautiful move to sneak the puck past Maple Leafs' goalie Michael Hutchinson's glove.

Just 11 seconds later, Nicklas Backstrom found the back of the net on a beautiful wrister from T.J. Oshie to put the Capitals ahead.

To complete the trifecta, John Carlson's one-timer from Alex Ovechkin went right in between Hutchinson's legs, giving the Capitals a 4-2 lead. 

At the end of the second period, the Capitals hold the same 4-2 lead. Just 20 minutes separate the Capitals from their fourth victory of the season.

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Jimmy Smith returns to practice for first time in over a month

Jimmy Smith returns to practice for first time in over a month

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens got some help in the secondary on Wednesday from someone not named Marcus Peters. 

Cornerback Jimmy Smith returned to practice for the first time in over a month and took part in individual drills, coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday. 

Smith suffered a Grade 2 MCL Sprain in the first week of the season against the Dolphins and hasn’t played or practiced since. 

With the addition of Peters, the Ravens are hoping to be healthier than they’ve been in a while at the cornerback spot.

Smith was listed on the injury report as a limited participant and his status for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks is still unknown. 

The Ravens rank 25th in the NFL against the pass this season and are looking to get the 30-year-old corner back in the fold. 

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