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No. 16 Missouri whips Appalachian State 72-56

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No. 16 Missouri whips Appalachian State 72-56

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Laurence Bowers matched his career high with 23 points despite taking just one shot in the second half, leading No. 16 Missouri to an easy 72-56 victory over Appalachian State in its first game since embattled guard Michael Dixon announced he would transfer on Saturday.

Earnest Ross came off the bench to add 13 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers (6-1), which has won 69 in a row at home against nonconference opponents dating to 2005. Two more subs scored in double figures - Keion Bell had 12 points and Tony Criswell had 10.

Jay Canty had a career high 29 points for Appalachian State (1-6), which has lost six in a row since opening with a victory over NAIA Montreat.

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Bryce Harper glad Phillies able to respond after 'embarrassing' Orioles series

Bryce Harper glad Phillies able to respond after 'embarrassing' Orioles series

When the Baltimore Orioles swept the Phillies in a midweek series, several Philadelphians were not pleased. 

One Phillies analyst called the performance "lifeless" and now Bryce Harper is referring to the whole team's effort as "embarrassing."

Much to Harper's and the Phillies' pleasure, the team was able to respond in the series opener against the Mets with a walk-off to get back in the win column. 

"That's a big win for us right there," Harper told reporters postgame. "We have to start out the series after the embarrassment we put up against the Baltimore Orioles, that was pretty terrible. To be able to start this series off on the right foot, that's huge for us."

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In the three-game set, Baltimore scored 26 runs against Philadelphia. The first two games saw the Phillies starters post four earned runs each and the finale was a miraculous extra-inning comeback for Baltimore, where they scored 10 runs in the final five innings. It was more than an indictment of the team's pitching than anything else.

Many teams across the league believed the Orioles would be walkover team in a 60-game sprint to get the 2020 season complete. After one of the worst records in the sport's history over the past two seasons and no sign of things turning around, that was expected to carry over. An 11-8 record a third of the way through shows that is not the case. Baltimore has the fouth-best record in the American League. Even in a normal season, they would be in line for a Wild Card spot. 

Harper and the Phillies learned that the hard way. 

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Alex Ovechkin's explanation for missing open net power play attempt in Game 2: 'Sh-t happens'

Alex Ovechkin's explanation for missing open net power play attempt in Game 2: 'Sh-t happens'

Things aren't looking too good for the Washington Capitals as they're already down 2-0 to the New York Islanders in the first round of the NHL Playoffs. The team became completely unglued in an ugly 5-2 loss in Game 2 Friday night and Caps star Alex Ovechkin had an extremely applicable response when reflecting on the poor performance. 

"Sh-t happens," Ovechkin said when asked about a poorly executed power-play attempt in which he hit the side of the net. 

The quote is all-encompassing. 

For the glass-half-full crowd, remember that 2018 series against the Columbus Blue Jackets? When Washington lost its first two games of the first-round series to the Columbus and rallied back to win it 4-2? Yup, they went on to win the Stanley Cup and all was forgiven. 

However, there are very few similarities between then and now. 

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The Caps have to have a short memory and get right back on the horse as the puck drops for Game 3 on Sunday at noon. 

“We’ve just got to move on," Ovechkin said.

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