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New Orleans rolls over Champion Baptist 94-54

New Orleans rolls over Champion Baptist 94-54

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Kevin Hill and Cory Dixon scored 13 points each to lead five New Orleans players in double figures in a 94-54 victory over Champion Baptist on Saturday.

Hill also had 10 rebounds for the Privateers (6-13), who shot 62.9 percent (39 of 62) and outrebounded their opponent from Association of Christian College Athletics by a 47-24 margin.

Brandon Likins scored 31 points to lead the Tigers (5-22), who lost 87-50 to New Orleans on Jan. 12. Likins, a junior forward who came in averaging 32.1 points per game, made 12 of 30 shots but was 0-for-7 from 3-point range.

Champion Baptist shot 29.5 percent (18 of 61) in the game.

Isaac Mack scored 12 points and Evans Ganapamo and Lovell Cook had 10 each for New Orleans, a Division I independent that will play in the Southland Conference next season. Rarlensee Nelson had 10 assists for the Privateers.

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Stephen Strasburg had a specific request in contract negotiations with Nationals

Stephen Strasburg had a specific request in contract negotiations with Nationals

According to Scott Boras, Stephen Strasburg had a specific request of the Nationals before he signed the largest contract ever for a pitcher. 

"He certainly wanted to make sure that [Nationals Park] was open every day in the offseason so that he can go there and work out," Boras said Monday. 

Per Jesse Dougherty, Strasburg has been working out since mid-November. For reference, the Nationals won the World Series on October 30. No days off. 

It's no surprise the Nationals granted the World Series MVP's request. Strasburg is coming off the best year of his career, and he wants to make sure he can work out all winter in the park he'll spend the rest of his career? What a difficult decision. 

Strasburg may not be the highest-paid pitcher of all time for long. Gerrit Cole will most likely command more years and a higher AAV from whoever he signs with this winter. 

But the more important thing for the Nationals and probably their fans as well, is that Strasburg will wear the "Curly W" for his entire career. And maybe another World Series trophy is in play with him, Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin headlining the best pitching staff in baseball. 

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Watch this kid's reaction when he realizes Juan Soto is Santa Claus

Watch this kid's reaction when he realizes Juan Soto is Santa Claus

The winter can feel like one of the slowest seasons of the year, especially for baseball fans who long for the season to pick back up again.

But Nationals outfielder Juan Soto met with fans on Saturday at a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia, and did his best to make them feel merry by getting in the holiday spirit.

Soto already helped give D.C. the greatest gift of all in a World Series title, so maybe he really is Mr. Claus.

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