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Morgan's 35 points lift UMass over Ohio 85-76

Morgan's 35 points lift UMass over Ohio 85-76

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) Jesse Morgan hit seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 35 points and Massachusetts won its third straight game, beating Ohio 85-76 Wednesday.

Morgan, who had a previous career-high of 19, made 12 of 18 from the field, including 7 of 10 from beyond the arc. His scoring total fell just shy of the UMass (6-3) record (41) set by Billy Tindall in 1968.

Ohio (7-4) hit four 3-pointers over the first 5 minutes to jump out to an 18-6 advantage, but UMass used a 23-1 run to retake the lead, 29-19. Morgan, who sparked the run with a layup and capped it with a 3-pointer, scored 16 points during the spurt.

D.J. Cooper had 23 to lead Ohio, which rallied to a 55-all tie in the second half but watched UMass use another run, this time 11-0, to pull away. Morgan, again, sparked and capped the run with 3-pointers.

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Bradley Beal won't require surgery for shoulder, Wizards GM says

Bradley Beal won't require surgery for shoulder, Wizards GM says

Bradley Beal's right rotator cuff injury is enough to keep him out of the NBA's restart in Orlando, but not enough to require surgery, according to Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard.

Sheppard said he doesn't "think surgery is an option at all" and repeated that claim, indicating it is not even on the table at this point. The team is confident Beal can manage the injury because he already has for roughly eight months.

Beal, Sheppard says, first hurt his shoulder on Nov. 27 against the Phoenix Suns. The rotator cuff was aggravated several times throughout the course of the season when he got bumped during games, often times when coming off screens.

Beal, of course, played very well despite the discomfort. He left off in March averaging 30.5 points per game, second in the NBA behind only James Harden.

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Sheppard says keeping him out now is more about preventing it from getting worse during a stretch of games that aren't as important as the team's big picture future.

"I think if we had another month of ramp-up time, Bradley would probably be ready to play. These are eight games vs. 82 next season and all the seasons beyond that. I think it's worth mitigating the risk right now for what's ahead," Sheppard said.

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Sheppard also noted the truncated NBA offseason due to the months-long postponement of games this season. With next season expected to begin in December, the turnaround will be quicker. A serious injury at this point could affect his status for the start of next season.

The Wizards want to avoid that because they are anticipating the return of John Wall from his Achilles injury and want to have both of their All-Star guards in the fold. Beal sitting out helps preserve that.

The question now is whether Beal can work around his right rotator cuff injury without surgery. He has proven he can manage it, but it has already lingered for eight months. Will it still be an issue, minor or major, five months from now?

For the meantime, Beal will have to watch from afar as the Wizards go to Orlando to close out their season. He is set to stay back in Washington and continue working with coaches at the Wizards' practice facility.

Beal ends the year with some pristine numbers: 30.5 points, 6.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. The points-per-game are the second-most in franchise history only to Walt Bellamy's 31.6 in 1961-62.

Not bad for a guy who was playing hurt.

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Nationals get snubbed once again on Sunday Night Baseball schedule

Nationals get snubbed once again on Sunday Night Baseball schedule

When ESPN released its initial Sunday Night Baseball schedule for the 2020 season, the defending champion Nationals were nowhere to be found. 

But that was a long time ago. Since the season was delayed due to coronavirus, they've had time to consider their rating-chasing actions and think hard about Washington's ommission. 

After further consideration and a newly released 10-game TV schedule, the Nationals...are once again nowhere to be found. 

Three of their division rivals (Mets, Braves, Phillies) are on the Sunday Night Baseball schedule a combined six times, with the Braves and Phillies featured on back-to-back Sunday nights. The Cubs and Cardinals as well as Yankees-Red Sox play twice on Sunday night as well.

RELATED: NATS' 2020 SCHEDULE FILLED WITH ODDITIES

In the spirit of analytics, 75% of the known Sunday Night Baseball schedule belongs to six of the 30 teams. The two final matchups have yet to be announced. 

Now, there are of course a very limited number of Sundays on the schedule this year and there's still a chance the Nats nab one of those last two games. For now however, Washington fans will just have to enjoy their team play on all but one night a week. 

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