CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Brandon Paul scored 14 points and No. 13 Illinois earned a 72-64 win over Western Carolina on Tuesday.
Western Carolina tied the game at 54-54 with 5:53 left.
Illinois guard D.J. Richardson hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions for a 62-56 lead. Richardson finished with 13 points.
After a Western Carolina turnover, Illini guard Tracy Abrams made two free throws and a basket on the following possession for a 66-56 lead.
Guard Preston Ross paced the Catamounts (3-6) with 17 points. James Sinclair added 13 points.
The Illini (9-0) play at No. 10 Gonzaga on Saturday.
Illinois was 3 of 14 from the field to start the game, but the Illini stretched the lead to 32-22 at halftime with a 15-8 run to end the half.
On Monday, Madden NFL 21 released their rankings for top 10 highest-rated quarterbacks for 2021. Ravens fans might not be thrilled with where NFL MVP Lamar Jackson landed, but the competition was tough.
Leading the pack at No.1 is Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, who earned himself a 99 QB rating this week and a $503 million contract last week. Seahawks’ Russell Wilson is right behind him with a 97 overall rating, making both of them the only two QB’s with ratings over 95.
Jackson, your 2019 league MVP and this year’s Madden 21 cover athlete, comes in at number 3 in the rankings with a 94 overall rating. He's just ahead of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (93) and well ahead of new Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady (90).
Jackson made a huge jump from last season's rating when he was 76 overall, 25th among QB’s. Wondering what skill attributed to his jump to No. 3? His speed. To refresh your memory, back in November of 2019 Jackson broke Michael Vick’s Madden speed record with a 96 rating making him the fastest QB in Madden history.
Not long after that, in Baltimore against the New York Jets, Jackson broke another one of Vicks records. Surpassing 1,039 rushing yards, which is the most by a quarterback in a single season. The reigning league MVP always said he would watch Vicks highlights, but now he’s created his own highlight reel after a historic 2019 season with Baltimore. Ravens Flock is counting down the days until they can see him break some more ankles!
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Following Monday’s announcement that Washington plans to retire the name “Redskins” after completing a “thorough review” of the name, The Undefeated’s Jason Reid reported on ESPN that the team hopes to have a new name solidified by the start of training camp.
“I expect this to move very quickly,” Reid said Monday. “Talking with multiple sources over the last couple days and this morning, the expectation is this will be buttoned up, completely buttoned up, before the team reports to training camp, which should be July 28. Although we’re not sure of that right now because of obviously the fluid events with the COVID situation.
“But in terms of what the league wants, what the hope is, what the expectation is, is this will be a non-issue moving into training camp.”
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Washington didn’t specify in its statement what the timetable would be for the decision, saying only that owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera would lead the team’s efforts for determining a new name. Snyder, who has a history of opposing any kind of name change, has deferred a significant amount of organizational power to Rivera since hiring him in January.
NFL officials are still in talks with representatives of the players union over how to proceed with the 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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