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No. 15 Georgetown beats DC neighbor American 65-48

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No. 15 Georgetown beats DC neighbor American 65-48

WASHINGTON (AP) Otto Porter had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 15 Georgetown pulled away late in the first half Saturday in a 65-48 win over D.C. neighbor American.

Greg Whittington added 13 points for the Hoyas (10-1), who took advantage of the sizable talent gap between the Big East school and the Eagles from the Patriot League. Georgetown has a nine-game winning streak over American, its last loss coming 30 years ago when Patrick Ewing and Co. lost by one point in what still stands as the biggest intra-city upset in the nation's capital.

Any thought of another stunner was dispatched when the Hoyas went on an 11-2 run to end the first half, then a 8-0 spurt to start the second half to build a 48-25 lead. It would be a stretch to say the teams are rivals - the atmosphere at the Verizon Center was relaxed, especially with the cheerleaders, band and many other students away for Christmas - and the bigger conversations surrounding Georgetown center on its decision a week ago to join a group of schools that will break away from the Big East, perhaps taking the name with them.

The Hoyas (10-1) have won seven straight since an overtime loss to then-No. 1 Indiana. Georgetown now has a two-week break before opening its conference schedule at Marquette.

Daniel Munoz scored 15 points to lead the Eagles (4-8), who stayed close early with 3-point shooting but struggled to handle Georgetown's pressure defense. It doesn't get any easier for American - its next game is at No. 9 Kansas next Saturday.

Three first-half plays by the Hoyas' defense defined the game as well as any. Porter made a nice linebacker-like interception at midcourt and was fouled taking the ball to the basket. Whittington pulled off a backcourt steal and drew a blocking foul on the way to the hoop for a three-point play. Jabril Trawick had a steal in the frontcourt and fed Porter for a fast-break layup.

Still, the score was a competitive 29-23 with 5 1/2 remaining in the first half. Georgetown then took control, with Whittington, Trawick and Markel Starks all hitting 3-pointers before halftime, and Nate Lubick opening the second half with a three-point play.

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 27, 16 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

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Looking at next year’s free agents

This post was originally published on March 18. 

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens. 

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard). 

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility. 

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon. 

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup. 

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight. 

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019. 

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