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McDermott scores 30 as No. 16 Creighton beats Cal

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McDermott scores 30 as No. 16 Creighton beats Cal

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Doug McDermott had a season-high 34 points and nine rebounds with more than a dozen NBA scouts watching, and No. 16 Creighton ran its winning streak to four games with a 74-64 victory against California on Saturday night.

Gregory Echenique added 10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Bluejays (10-1).

McDermott, averaging 22.7 points coming in, posted his seventh straight game with 20 or more points and became the first Creighton player with consecutive 30-point games since Bob Harstad in 1990. It was McDermott's third 30-point effort this season.

McDermott scored 18 of his points in the first half and shot 6 for 8 from the floor with a pair of 3-pointers.

Cal's Allen Crabbe, the Pac-12 scoring leader, was held to 14 points after coming in with a 21.9 average.

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2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Capitals vs. Islanders starts Aug. x, schedule, opponents, format, odds

2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Capitals vs. Islanders starts Aug. x, schedule, opponents, format, odds

The Washington Capitals will take on the New York Islanders in the first round of the newly formatted 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After winning their round robin finaleagainst the Bruins, Washington earned the third seed and a date with former head coach Barry Trotz. The First Round of the  Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on Wednesday, April 10. Game 1 of the Capitals-Islanders series on Thursday, April 11 in Toronto at 7:30 p.m.

The winner of the No. 3 Capitals vs. No. 6 Islanders series will take on the winner of the New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins series in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

RELATED: 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs opponent set: How Capitals fared vs. ex-coach Barry Trotz and Islanders

Game coverage on NBC Sports Washington begins at 6:00 p.m. ET with Caps FaceOff Live, with Caps Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET.  After the game ends, tune in to Caps Postgame Live, with Capitals Overtime following the game broadcast at 9:30 p.m.

You can watch every game on the MyTeams by NBC Sports App. Download the MyTeams app here, and then stream the Capitals playoff games right here

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CAPITALS vs. HURRICANES FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF SCHEDULE 2019

Game 1: Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders
Date: Thursday, April 11
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
How To WatchStream Game 1 of Capitals vs. Islanders on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan FM)

Game 2: Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders
Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC (Channel Finder)
How To Watch: Stream Game 2 of Capitals vs. Islanders on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan FM)

Game 3: Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders
Date: Monday, April 15
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET 
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
How To WatchStream Game 3 of Capitals vs. Islanders on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan FM)

Game 4: Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders
Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
How To WatchStream Game 4 of Capitals vs. Islanders on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan FM)

Game 5 (If necessary): Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders
Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: TBD
TV Channel: TBD
How To Watch: TBD
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan FM)

Game 6 (If necessary): Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders
Date: Monday, April 22
Time: TBD
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
How To WatchStream Game 6 of Capitals vs. Hurricanes on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan FM)

Game 7 (If necessary): Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders
Date: Wednesday, April 24
Time: TBD
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
How To WatchStream Game 7 of Capitals vs. Hurricanes on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan FM)

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Astros and Athletics clear benches, have a very non-socially distant brawl

Astros and Athletics clear benches, have a very non-socially distant brawl

Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, the normalities of a baseball season will continue on. That means players and managers getting heated, arguments with umpires and benches clearing. But because of the risk the virus poses, MLB has asked for those moments to remain socially distant.

The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics did not follow that rule on Sunday.

After Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch, he appeared to be exchanging words with a Houston bench coach. With no fans, the words can be heard loud and clear by everybody. That led to both benches clearing and not even six inches of separation between players. 

It's understandable for players to get angry and caught up in the moment, but this move by both teams is rather unacceptable given the current climate of the country and the sport. Though players are being tested constantly, this close contact between teams is unnecessary and only creates a larger risk for all involved.

The non-socially distant brawl comes at a bad time for baseball, as the league is dealing with numerous coronavirus-related issues. The St. Louis Cardinals have had at least 15 games postponed due to an outbreak within the organization, and that comes just after the Miami Marlins dealt with the same problem as well. Cleveland Indians pitcher Zach Plesac was reportedly sent home on Sunday after breaking protocol and going out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night.

Despite tightening up regulations for players, MLB still faces daily challenges while trying to operate a season during a global pandemic. Moments like the brawl between the Athletics and Astros don't help.

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