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No. 19 Georgetown beats St. John's 67-51 at MSG

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No. 19 Georgetown beats St. John's 67-51 at MSG

NEW YORK (AP) Otto Porter had 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds and No. 19 Georgetown broke out of its scoring funk with a 67-51 victory over St. John's on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Martel Starks had 17 points for the Hoyas (11-3, 1-2 Big East), who had lost two straight games and scored 48 points in both. There was plenty of offense from them in this game as they continued their great defense in taking a 36-19 halftime lead after being up by as many as 33-10.

Georgetown reached 48 points with 13:36 to play and it had a 21-point lead. The Hoyas' biggest lead of the game was 26 points.

The Hoyas, who came in allowing 55.7 points per game and 38.7 shooting from the field, improved those numbers with the suffocating defense they have played all season. They outrebounded St. John's 48-33.

Jamal Branch had 16 points and JaKarr Sampson added 12 for the Red Storm (9-7, 1-3), who have lost three straight and four of five with the lone win coming at then-No. 14 Cincinnati. For the second straight game St. John's hurt itself at the free throw line. The Red Storm went 15 of 27 at the line this week in a two-point loss to Rutgers. On Saturday, they were 6 of 16.

St. John's missed 13 of its 16 3-point attempts with the three makes coming in the final 2:09. The Red Storm came into the game shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc, 11th in the Big East.

Georgetown played without sophomore forward Greg Whittington, who missed the game for a violation of team rules. No details were provided.

The 6-foot-8 Whittington had started all 13 games and is second on the team in scoring (12.1) and rebounding (7.0).

Georgetown avoided its first 0-3 start in the conference since 1998-99.

It was the Hoyas' fourth straight win in the series and the 10th in the last 13 games. The teams play again on Feb. 2 in Washington.

It was the fewest points St. John's scored in a half this season and it was the biggest halftime deficit the Red Storm faced this season by five points.

Chris Obekpa's six blocks gave him 82 for the season, breaking the tie with Walter Berry for the St. John's season record of 76.

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Four Nationals earn first-ever All-MLB honors

Four Nationals earn first-ever All-MLB honors

The success just keeps coming for the Nationals. 

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced the rosters for the first-ever All-MLB teams. Similar to the NBA and NFL's end of the season teams that feature the best at each position, baseball finally joined the party following the culmination of the 2019 campaign. A mixture of a fan vote and a panel of judges, plenty of D.C.'s finest players were featured.

Looking at the first team, Anthony Rendon took home the honors for third base. A .319 batting average, a league-leading 126 RBI and a spot among the finalists for the NL MVP support that decision.

Both Max Scherzer and newly re-signed Stephen Strasburg join Rendon on the All-MLB first team, representing two-fifths of the team's starting rotation that also features Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Jacob deGrom. 

However, the list doesn't stop there for the Nationals. Young phenom Juan Soto earned All-MLB second team outfield honors. With 34 home runs, 110 RBI and a .282 average, Soto emerged as one of the best young stars of the game in 2019, which included a masterful postseason showing.

Out of the five nominees from the Nationals that were considered for placement on teams, only Patrick Corbin did not make it. Washington also trails only the Houston Astros in terms of teams with the most representatives as the team they would defeat in the World Series featured six players on the All-MLB teams. However, it's safe to say the Nationals are okay with finishing in second there while they admire the new shiny object in their trophy case.

A phenomenal season for the Nationals filled with incredible individual performances, it's no surprise there's plenty of Curly W's on the first-ever All-MLB teams.

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Derrius Guice lands on injured reserve for third time in two years

Derrius Guice lands on injured reserve for third time in two years

Derrius Guice's 2019 season is over.

After suffering an MCL sprain to the same knee he tore the ACL in a year ago, the Redskins are placing the running back on injured reserve.

This will be Guice's third time landing on IR in just two NFL seasons. He landed on the list after tearing his ACL in August of 2018, costing him his entire rookie season. Guice was placed on IR earlier this season after he tore the meniscus in his other knee during the Redskins Week 1 loss to the Eagles, causing him to miss the Redskins next eight games.

The move this time is prioritizing Guice's health for the 2020 season and beyond. Theoretically, if the Redskins were to be in the playoff hunt, Guice could have recovered in time to play again this season. But with the Redskins 3-10 and eliminated from January football, the organization values Guice's health in the future more than playing in three relatively meaningless games this season.

Since returning from his meniscus injury, Guice seemed to be hitting his stride. In Week 13, Guice rushed for a career-high 129 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. Before suffering the MCL sprain on Sunday, Guice was well on his way to another big day. He finished with 42 yards on five carries, including a 23-yard run.

The 2020 offseason will be the first time Guice has a full offseason healthy to workout and prepare for the coming year since entering the NFL. Although he's played in just five career games, Guice has shown plenty of flashes of how good he can be.

Staying healthy is the No. 1 priority for No. 29 moving forward, and the Redskins are doing their best to make that happen with this move.

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