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Middle Tennessee routs Tennessee State 77-48

Middle Tennessee routs Tennessee State 77-48

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Raymond Cintron led four players in double figures with 15 points and Middle Tennessee routed in-state foe Tennessee State 77-48 Tuesday.

Marcos Knight tallied 14 points and a team-high six rebounds while Neiko Hunter and Shawn Jones added 13 apiece. Cintron made 5 of 6 shots from 3-point range - including four in the first half - for Middle Tennessee, which has won three of its last four games

Cintron's first 3-pointer gave Middle Tennessee a 14-5 lead 4:52 into the first half. Tennessee State (5-7) cut what was a 17-point deficit to 15, 30-15, but Cintron hit 3s on three straight possessions to give Middle Tennessee a commanding 39-15 lead.

The Blue Raiders (8-3) shot 48.3 percent (28 of 58) and held a 37-34 rebounding edge.

Robert Covington led Tennessee State with 17 points and Patrick Miller had 12 but the Tigers got just three points off the bench.

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Max Scherzer reaches 300 strikeouts for the season

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Max Scherzer reaches 300 strikeouts for the season

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer has become the 17th major league pitcher since 1900 to strike out at least 300 batters in a season.

Scherzer reached the milestone by getting Austin Dean of the Miami Marlins to whiff on an 85 mph slider for the second out of the seventh inning Tuesday night. That was Scherzer's 10th K of the game.

He has 10 strikeouts or more in a majors-high 18 of his 33 starts in 2018.

Scherzer entered Tuesday 17-7 with a and 2.57 ERA as he tries to earn a third consecutive NL Cy Young Award with Washington. He also won the AL honor in 2013 for the Detroit Tigers.

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Through Week 3, some teams are known and others are still mysteries

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Through Week 3, some teams are known and others are still mysteries

The sample size for the 2018 NFL season is still small, but three weeks is enough to start figuring out who's legitimate, who's legitimately bad and who's legitimately confusing.

The first group houses teams like the Rams and the Chiefs, even though the Chiefs defense apparently wants to watch Pat Mahomes just as much as the rest of us and therefore allows people to score on them repeatedly.

The second group, meanwhile, consists of dreadful groups like the Cardinals, Raiders and the Bills, even after Buffalo somehow took down the Vikings and Vegas all in one afternoon.

The last group, though, is the largest, because so many squads have flashed and crashed already through just three contests. 

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The Redskins, for example — are they a sneaky NFC contender or an up-and-down bunch destined for another mediocre record? 

Then there's the Chargers. The other Los Angeles franchise is without their scariest defender and has lost to two of the sport's elites. So is their 1-2 mark going to improve like you'd expect as they get healthier and face easier opponents?

This week's power rankings do their best to slot the powers at the top, the weaklings at the bottom and then deal with the in-betweeners. That's why you'll encounter some 2-1 outfits in the 20s and some 1-2 or 1-1-1 organizations around the top 10. 

Enough of the writing, however. Let's get to the list.

Click below for a fresh batch of NBCSportsWashington.com's power rankings.

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