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Middle Tennessee St. downs Florida Atlantic 73-56

Middle Tennessee St. downs Florida Atlantic 73-56

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Ramon Cintron scored 16 points to lead four players in double figures as Middle Tennessee State beat Florida Atlantic 73-56 in a Sun Belt Conference game on Saturday night.

Marcos Knight had 13 points, and Bruce Massey and JT Sulton added 12 apiece for the Blue Raiders (20-4, 12-1), who have won nine in a row and 13 of their past 14.

Stephon Moody had 17 points and Greg Gantt 13 for the Owls (11-13, 6-7), who had won four of their past five at home.

Middle Tennessee State shot 55.3 percent from the field (26 of 47) to Florida Atlantic's 40.8 (20 of 49).

From a 45-41 advantage with 12:10 left in the game, the Blue Raiders pushed ahead 54-43 with 7:13 to go on two free throws by Knight, and the Owls never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.

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Fantasy Football 2019: Previewing Lamar Jackson vs. Patrick Mahomes in Week 3

Fantasy Football 2019: Previewing Lamar Jackson vs. Patrick Mahomes in Week 3

Lamar Jackson faces his first real challenge of the season on Sunday when the Ravens travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs and their star signal-caller, Patrick Mahomes.

Both teams have been very similar through the first two weeks of the season. The Ravens and the Chiefs are the only two teams in the NFL that currently feature a top-five fantasy quarterback, wide receiver, and tight end (BAL: Jackson QB1, Brown WR4, Mark Andrews TE1) (KC: Mahomes QB3, Watkins WR1, Travis Kelce TE3).

While most pegged Mahomes as the de-facto option at quarterback ahead of the season, very few saw the start that Jackson has served up.

Jackson has entered MVP-consideration several months removed from being pegged as an afterthought. After the Heisman Trophy winner took the helm of the offense midway through last season, the NFL questioned his arm strength, his accuracy, and whether he could be the key to leading the Ravens back to the Super Bowl. A disappointing playoff appearance brought along more doubters, but John Harbaugh knew he had something special in Jackson.

The Ravens selected Marquise "Hollywood" Brown in the first round of April's draft and signed veteran running back Mark Ingram to add to Jackson's arsenal. Both moves have been instrumental through the first two weeks of the season. Brown is currently WR4 (12 Receptions, 233 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD,) heading into Week 3, and Ingram is flourishing as RB12 (154 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 2 Receptions, 30 Receiving YDS).

The Chiefs dominance throughout the first two weeks of the season hasn't got as much acclaim. Mahomes and Co. dusted the Jaguars in the season opener and unfortunately lost star receiver Tyreek Hill for a few weeks with a shoulder injury. Sammy Watkins then took advantage of the increased workload and put in the best performance of his career (198 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD). In Week two against the Raiders, Mahomes shredded the Raiders for four touchdowns. 

When these two teams matched up in 2018, Mahomes threw for 377 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, while Jackson threw for 147 yards, two touchdowns, and rushed for 67 yards.

I expect a similar outing for the Mahomes in Week 3, and presume Jackson's rushing total will be significantly less than in their last clash. Both quarterbacks will finish this week in the top-five of fantasy scoring, and we will witness the best game thus far of 2019.

Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
Running Back Rankings: Week 3
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3
Tight End Rankings: Week 3

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I Am The Prospect: Local product Joe Snively proving himself to hometown and Capitals

I Am The Prospect: Local product Joe Snively proving himself to hometown and Capitals

Joe Snively is the second Washington Capitals' prospect featured in NBC Sports Washington's I Am The Prospect series. Click here to check out more profiles from I Am The Prospect.

Nothing motivates quite like the chance to be a hometown hero. That potential role for Joe Snively of Herndon, Virginia, runs deep as he celebrated the Capitals first franchise Stanley Cup Championship as a fan with the rest of D.C. around Capital One Arena mere months before signing his first professional contract with them as an undrafted free agent. 

The Yale bulldog scored in each of his four seasons in New Haven, and before that he was learning youth hockey in the Capitals' community programs held where the Capitals practice, at MedStar Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia.

Snively, born in 1996, has watched the Alex Ovechkin impact spread a passion for the Capitals and hockey itself across the DMV. Ovechkin was selected first overall by the Washington Capitals in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. 

Todd Reirden noted that with area prospects, "you don't want to force them, just because it's a nice local story," but it's about evaluating what the team needs. In Snively's case, he adds "forward depth" that Washington is looking for.

"He's here not because he's from there area," assistant GM Ross Mahoney said. "He's here because he got a good chance of playing for the Capitals in the future."

Mahoney oversees the Capitals' NHL Entry Draft, developmental programs, keeping tabs and evaluating league prospects and Washington's amateur scouting staff.

Snively, at 5'9" and 180 pounds, said his size "has always been a knock" on him as a player and is a reason why he wasn't drafted.

Because of the similar story, many compare Snively to Jeff Halpern, a former Capital and current assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Halpern hails from Potomac, Maryland, played for the Capitals twice over 14 seasons, and was the first member of the Capitals to ever come from the D.C. area.

As for his hopes for potential impact on young hockey players around the DMV, "I don't know if inspire is the right word," Snively said, but he definitely wants to show them that anything is possible.

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