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NC Central tops Bethune-Cookman 75-66

NC Central tops Bethune-Cookman 75-66

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Stanton Kidd made 11 of 14 shots from the field en route to 23 points and Ray Willis hit all 13 of his free-throw attempts to help North Carolina Central pull away from Bethune-Cookman 75-66 Monday in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play.

Willis finished with 26 points for NC Central, which shot 54.5 percent (24 of 44). The Eagles (10-7, 3-0) have shot 56 percent (114 of 203) during their four-game winning streak.

NC Central scored the first the first seven points of the second half to jump ahead 35-32. Bethune-Cookman's Alex Smith tied the game at 40 with a dunk but the Eagles used a 15-5 run over the next 5 minutes to pull away.

Kidd's dunk with 6:04 remaining made it 55-45 and Willis scored 10 of NC Central's last 16 points to seal the win.

Adrien Coleman led Bethune-Cookman (6-12, 1-2) with 18 points.

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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