Lyons' 37 lifts Air Force past Boise State 91-80

Lyons' 37 lifts Air Force past Boise State 91-80

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) Michael Lyons scored a career-high 37 points, leading Air Force to a 91-80 victory over Boise State on Saturday.

Lyons hit 13 of 18 shots - including 3 of 5 3-pointers - and was 8 for 8 at the free-throw line for the Falcons (10-6, 2-2 Mountain West). He had been averaging 17.7 points per game this season.

It was the most points scored in a game by an Air Force player since Jarmica Reese scored 40 vs. UNLV on Jan. 10, 1998.

Mike Fitzgerald added 17 points and eight assists for the Falcons.

Ryan Watkins had 24 points and 13 rebounds for Boise State (13-4, 1-2). Anthony Drmic added 19 points and Derrick Marks had 17.

Air Force trailed 27-20 before Lyons scored seven points during an 8-1 run to tie it at 28. The Falcons closed the first half on a 17-4 run to go on top 47-37 and extended that lead to as many as 22 points in the second half.

How Javon Kinlaw went from a homeless kid in D.C. to a likely first-round NFL Draft pick

How Javon Kinlaw went from a homeless kid in D.C. to a likely first-round NFL Draft pick

On three weeks from Thursday, Javon Kinlaw's life will change forever.

The University of South Carolina defensive lineman is widely expected to be a top-20 pick in April 23's draft and could go as high as in the top 10. At 6-foot-4, 324 lbs., he'll be a force on the defensive line for whichever club selects him.

Kinlaw, like many athletes, has had plenty of adversity to overcome throughout his life. In a detailed profile from ESPN, Kinlaw explained how life was like growing up in Washington, D.C. Kinlaw and his family bounced from home to home, and in some of these homes, they had no water or electricity.

"We had gas, a gas stove," Kinlaw told ESPN. "We would light the stove with a little match or something, get a tall pot, boil the water, mix it with some cold water, put it in a bucket, take it upstairs, take a shower like that."

Kinlaw moved to South Carolina in ninth grade, where his football career began as a sophomore, as his mother couldn't afford for him to play Pop Warner growing up. At first, Kinlaw was raw, and according to his head coach, just wasn't good. But Kinlaw's size gained attention from major Division I schools. He was offered a scholarship by the University of South Carolina and eventually committed there.

Halfway through his senior year of high school, Kinlaw dropped out of school. After devising a plan with his high school coach and South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp, Kinlaw went to Jones County Community College in Mississippi before heading to South Carolina.

In three years with the Gamecocks, Kinlaw transformed into one of the best interior defensive linemen in the country. He finished his senior season with six sacks and 35 tackles, and is a consensus first-round pick in every mock draft.

In NBC Sports Washington's latest Mock Draft, Kinlaw is selected 13th overall by the reigning NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. After trading All-Pro DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts, Kinlaw would fit right in for the 49ers. Teams like the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals all could use defensive line help, too. All three of those teams select within the first 11 picks of the draft.

With the Redskins holding the No. 2 selection and widely expected to take Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young at that spot, it's highly unlikely Kinlaw ends up with his hometown team. But fortunately for Redskins fans, it doesn't appear he will land in the NFC East division, either, meaning the Redskins won't have to face the talented defensive lineman twice a season.

In just a few short weeks, Kinlaw will be drafted by an NFL team, and his life will change forever. To say he's come a long way from being a homeless child in the nation's capital is a massive understatement.

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Capitals GM: No players have exhibited coronavirus symptoms

Capitals GM: No players have exhibited coronavirus symptoms

March 12 was the day the league went dark. The NHL officially paused its season on that day as COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, spread throughout the country. Since that time, two players from the Ottawa Senators and two from the Colorado Avalanche have tested positive. So far, however, it appears that the Capitals have remained healthy.

"We've had no symptoms, no sickness complaints and we're pretty much daily checking in with players to see if they're exhibiting any," Caps general manager Brian MacLellan said Monday on a conference call.

The NHL paused its season just one day after the NBA. The NBA's decision was prompted by the positive test result of Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert. The Jazz played the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 4. The Capitals played the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 5, meaning players could have potentially been exposed to the virus in the visiting locker room which they used less than 24 hours after the Jazz departed.

Thus far, however, no player has exhibited any symptoms, per MacLellan. He also said that he remains in constant contact with the team's head athletic trainer Jason Serbus to monitor the health of the players.

"We're in constant communication with each other," MacLellan said. "I talk to Jason Serbus pretty much every day or every second day to check on players, if they're healthy, if they have any symptoms or complaints or any questions."

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