NEW YORK (AP) Major League Soccer's season will open March 2 with six games on its earliest start date, and New England will be the final team to open at home when it hosts Dallas on March 23.
The league said Tuesday that March 2 matches will include Columbus at Chivas USA, Colorado at Dallas, D.C. United at Houston, Kansas City at Philadelphia, Montreal at Seattle and Toronto at Vancouver.
The two-time defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy open at home against Chicago the following day, when New York is at Portland and Salt Lake is at San Jose.
Home openers on March 9 include Chicago, Colorado, D.C. and Toronto. Five teams open at home March 16.
Each team will play 34 regular-season games, the same format as last season.
The Ravens are the hottest team in the NFL, and their signal-caller Lamar Jackson leads all players in Pro Bowl voting.
The NFL announced today that Jackson has a nearly 30,000-vote lead on Chiefs' star Patrick Mahomes.
Jackson has been taking the league by storm through the first 10 games of the season. Baltimore is sitting in second place in the AFC and has standout wins over Seattle, New England and Houston going into Week 12.
The Ravens lead all clubs in votes with five players currently sitting atop the totals at their respective position in the AFC.
In addition to Jackson, FB Patrick Ricard, RT Orlando Brown Jr., LG Marshal Yanda, DB Marcus Peters and PK Justin Tucker are all currently leading in Pro Bowl voting in the AFC.
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As Rui Hachimura continues to grow and take his lumps at the NBA level, one important point of development for the Wizards' rookie will be finishing through contact at the rim.
The Wizards play the Hornets on Friday at 7 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Washington.
On Wednesday night against the Spurs, Hachimura hit a nice hook shot over LaMarcus Aldridge and then finished through traffic after attacking a closeout a few plays later. He entered the game shooting nearly 70 percent at the rim, a major reason why he's one of the top-scoring rookies this season.
Then at the end of the first half, Isaiah Thomas found Hachimura on a back-door cut for the easy slam. Well-timed cuts are a great source of points for young players.
After the break, the ninth-overall pick flashed a little finesse at the rim for another pretty finish.
His three-point shooting will have to improve at some point down the line and learning better positioning as a defender is something every rookie has to go through.
Both of those skills can be improved in the practice gym or in the film room. Finishing at the basket through contact is learned by repetition in-game, so it's a promising sign to see Hachimura take the ball to the rim.
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