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Miami still has ACC Coastal chance

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Miami still has ACC Coastal chance

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) There's been one victory in five games since September. The stat sheet shows the worst defensive numbers in school history. And there's still the lingering issue of whether a postseason trip would be forfeited because of the ongoing NCAA investigation.

These are not the best of times for the Miami Hurricanes.

That is, except for this not-so-insignificant nugget: The Hurricanes might still finish the season with a winning record - and also have a chance to call themselves champions.

It was back-to-practice on Monday for Miami, still smarting from the 41-40 last-second loss at Virginia over the weekend. The Hurricanes (5-5) play their home finale on Saturday against South Florida (3-6), then end their regular- and Atlantic Coast Conference season at Duke on Nov. 24. Win the Duke game, and at the very least, the Hurricanes will be able to declare themselves co-champions of the ACC's Coastal Division.

``We're still preparing,'' running back Mike James said. ``We're still working. We still have things we need to do and want to do.''

The trip to Virginia was bad all the way around for Miami, which announced just before the game that it suspended wide receiver Rashawn Scott indefinitely and left linebacker Eddie Johnson and special-teams-standout Gabe Terry home because they didn't fulfill their football-related responsibilities for making the trip. Scott remains suspended, and there's been no indication whether Johnson or Terry will play against the Bulls.

On top of all that, Miami was up 38-28 with 6 minutes left, and went home with a one-point loss.

``It hurts,'' James said.

After having last season completely overshadowed by an NCAA investigation - which still isn't over - and now the chance of the school self-imposing a second straight postseason ban in anticipation of sanctions for compliance violations, it seems like nerves are fraying more than a little bit at Miami.

The school will likely not announce its postseason plans until after the team wins its sixth game and becomes bowl-eligible.

``It's been TMZ since I've been here, right? Let's be honest,'' Miami coach Al Golden said after leaving the practice field Monday morning. ``Yeah, it's been tough. It's been tough on the coaches. It's been tough on me, personally. There's not one minute I go to bed that I don't think I'm fighting that with the team. I'm looking forward to the day where we're focused on our opponents and getting our players better and not talking about all that.''

Miami has allowed 312 points already; the school record is 314. Unless South Florida gets held to 103 yards or less, the Bulls will push the Hurricanes' defensive-odometer over the 5,000-yard mark this season, easily the worst in Miami's proud history.

South Florida coach Skip Holtz said that he sees plenty of talent on both sides of the ball when he watches Miami film, and the Hurricanes don't need any convincing on that front.

But at the same time, there's plenty of work remaining - both on and off the field.

``We're in this to fix it long-term,'' Golden said. ``We just had a 2-minute drive at the end of the game and we didn't stop (Virginia), and there were no seniors on the field. None. Zero. So I think the guys understand that yeah, we didn't get it done, but if you're here long-term and you want to get it fixed, it's going to be all of us that are here plus whatever we add next year.''

With the suspensions, missing players and others like Denzel Perryman and Deon Bush out for the Virginia game with injuries - Perryman should play against South Florida, Bush remains iffy - it all took a toll on the Hurricanes, at the wrong time of year.

Defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said he used 21 players on that side of the ball this weekend, about five or six below the norm.

``You try to end the game and you have four guys that you thought could help (not there) and it is for different reasons whether that is injury or personal decisions, that is where we are at,'' D'Onofrio said. ``That part to me is disappointing.''

Still, Miami intends to at least end its home portion of the schedule on a high note.

``Last time through the smoke,'' receiver Davon Johnson said, referring to Miami's pregame tradition of the team entering the field through a haze of white smoke. ``It's going to mean a lot to all of us.''

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Machado hits 2-run HR in 15th as Orioles beat Braves 10-7

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Machado hits 2-run HR in 15th as Orioles beat Braves 10-7

ATLANTA -- For Braves manager Brian Snitker, playing the matchups meant pitching to Manny Machado with first base open and a marathon game on the line.

The Orioles slugger made that strategy look foolish.

Machado hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 15th inning, lifting Baltimore to a 10-7 win over Atlanta on Friday night after each team staged dramatic ninth-inning rallies.

The Braves surrendered six runs in the ninth, and then scored four times in the bottom of the inning.

Peter Moylan, Atlanta's eighth pitcher, hit Craig Gentry to open the 15th. Gentry moved to second on Austin Wynns' sacrifice.

With first base open, the Braves pitched to Machado and he responded with his 19th homer, a drive into the Orioles' bullpen in left.

Snitker said the right-handed Moylan is tough on right-handed hitters but acknowledged "you hate like hell (Machado) is one of them."

Machado said an intentional walk "crossed my mind at first. I thought they were. In that situation they probably had faith in Moylan out there that he could get some ground balls to the left side of the infield."

Machado hit a 0-2 slider Moylan said was "supposed to be middle in." Moylan said the pitch "slipped out of my hand and ended up middle middle."

Moylan (0-1) gave up another run on singles by Colby Rasmus and Jonathan Schoop.

Mike Wright Jr. (1-0), Baltimore's seventh pitcher, threw two scoreless innings.

The game lasted 5 hours, 21 minutes.

The Orioles trailed 3-1 heading into the ninth, and the Braves rallied against closer Zach Britton in the bottom of the inning. Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino was not used while Dan Winkler allowed four runs while recording only one out.

Snitker said he rested Vizcaino because of shoulder soreness and he might be available on Saturday.

Chris Davis hit a drought-breaking homer and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly as Baltimore opened a 7-3 lead.

Britton got one out and was charged with four runs and five hits. He gave up a single to Johan Camargo and a double to Danny Santana before hitting Ender Inciarte to load the bases.

Ozzie Albies' bases-loaded single drove in Camargo. Freddie Freeman's two-run single cut the lead to one before Nick Markakis tied the game with a double to right field.

Atlanta had jumped in front on Charlie Culberson's tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth.

Davis, making his first start since June 11, hit his first homer since May 9 in the fifth. Camargo tied the game with his run-scoring double in the seventh.

Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb allowed five hits in seven innings.

Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb permitted four hits in seven innings

The start of the game was delayed 11 minutes by rain.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Roster competition, Brown vs. Pryor

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Roster competition, Brown vs. Pryor

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 23, 33 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins  and NBC Sports Washington.

Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Defense—NFL coaches and others like to tell you that competition determines who wins roster spots in the league. And that may be true to an extent. But many roster spots are predetermined by a player’s contract situation and/or draft status. It is unlikely that an undrafted player like Fish Smithson will win a roster spot over Troy Apke even if the former outperforms the latter in every way during training camp. Apke was a fourth-round pick and they aren’t going to give up on him in favor of an undrafted player. It would cost $3.2 million in dead cap to cut Stacy McGee and only $150,000 to move on from Ziggy Hood so McGee will win a “competition” that is even remotely close. (Offensive projection here)

Redskins will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor at training camp—While this is something that could add a little spice to the Jets’ visit to Richmond, don’t look for much of anything to happen. Zach Brown might give a little extra shove to Pryor here and there but he’s not going to do anything that will draw blood or even cause a deep bruise. If nothing else, a big hit on Pryor would invite retaliation by the Jets on Josh Doctson or Paul Richardson. And that might lead to more retaliation and you end up with a brawl like the Redskins and Texans had a couple of years ago.

Trent Williams very much of approves of Smith and Guice—Williams is going into his ninth NFL season and he has yet to be on the winning side of a playoff game. He thinks that Alex Smith and Derrius Guice can help change that. 

The curious case of Alex Smith and the NFL Top 100 list—I normally greet this list with a big yawn and this year was no exception. But I do find the omission of Smith, who led the NFL in passer rating and was third in adjusted net yards per attempt, odd. In an update to this post, the NFL released the names of the top 10 players and Smith is not on it. He shouldn’t be, but he should be somewhere on the 100, perhaps in the middle of the pack. The only Redskins player to appear on the list was Trent Williams at No. 57.

The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger—It’s likely that nine players who are 25 or younger will line up as starters for the Redskins this year. I don’t have a rundown of how that compares to the rest of the league but it’s notable that in the last two years six of them have replaced players who were either approaching age 30 or over it. I’ll engage in some speculation here and say that five of the young players—Daron Payne, Derrius Guice, Preston Smith, Jonathan Allen, and Montae Nicholson—are good enough to potentially make a Pro Bowl at some point in their careers. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

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Timeline 

Former Redskins defensive tackle Dave Butz was born on this date in 1950. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 33
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 47
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 70

The Redskins last played a game 174 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 78 days. 

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