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Miami 3-0 in ACC after beating Maryland 54-47

Miami 3-0 in ACC after beating Maryland 54-47

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Kenny Kadji scored 14 points as Miami defeated Maryland 54-47 Sunday night.

Trey McKinney Jones finished with 12 points to help the Hurricanes (12-3, 3-0) open Atlantic Coast Conference play with three consecutive wins for the first time.

McKinney Jones' two free throws with 38.4 seconds remaining increased Miami's lead to 50-44. Durand Scott secured the win with a fast-break layup that made it 52-44 with 24 seconds left.

Alex Len scored eight straight points for the Terrapins late in the second half. His dunk with 39 seconds left got Maryland within 48-44.

Dez Wells scored 18 points for Maryland (13-3, 1-2). Len finished with 16 points.

Both teams struggled offensively most of the game. Miami led only 19-14 at halftime.

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Jayson Werth on hand for another historic Nationals victory over the Cardinals

Jayson Werth on hand for another historic Nationals victory over the Cardinals

It isn't difficult to spot that beard and majestic flow. 

Jayson Werth was at Nationals Park to see his former teammates advance to the first World Series in franchise history. There was no doubt that he was ecstatic for who they swept to get there. 

Werth, a bona fide slugger for the Nationals during the last seven seasons in the MLB, also has fond memories against the St. Louis Cardinals. Anyone remember this moment from Game 4 of the NLDS in 2012?

That game-winning walk-off home run forced a decisive Game 5, which Washington ultimately lost. Yet, the resiliency he showed throughout his career and in that Game 4 moment is the same type of resiliency this Nats team has had all season. After going 19-31 through late May, the Nats now find themselves as National League champs. Even sweeter? Revenge against the Cardinals in the process. 

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A year after being sidelined with injury, Howie Kendrick earns NLCS MVP honors

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A year after being sidelined with injury, Howie Kendrick earns NLCS MVP honors

In the NLDS, Howie Kendrick provided the biggest hit of the Nationals season with a series-winning grand slam in the 10th inning against the Dodgers.

Having that season, and potentially career-defining moment was already an incredible feat for the 36-year-old. But, he didn't stop there.

Going 5-for-15 with four doubles and four RBI during the Nationals four-game sweep of the Cardinals in the NLCS, Kendrick proved to be a reliable bat throughout. With that, he was awarded NLCS MVP honors.

Kendrick's 2019 postseason magic coincides in what was a great regular season for the utility man. Following an injury in 2018 that forced him to miss a majority of the season, Kendrick rebounded to bat .344 in 121 games this season.

October is where legends are made, and Howie Kendrick is the latest player to etch his name in the postseason history book.

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