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No. 20 Notre Dame beats Monmouth 84-57

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No. 20 Notre Dame beats Monmouth 84-57

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Monmouth came out tough and aggressive against No. 20 Notre Dame on Monday night. The Hawks were unable to keep it up, however, and lost 85-47.

The Monmouth players tried to establish themselves with a strong physical presence early, notching six fouls in the first 4:14 of the game.

Notre Dame forward Scott Martin said they just didn't have the size to maintain that style of play.

``They were trying to throw their weight around,'' Martin said. ``Unfortunately for them, we were a little bigger and stronger than them.''

Dion Nesmith led the Hawks with 13 points, followed by Andrew Nicholas with nine.

First-year Monmouth coach King Rice praised the Irish for their teamwork, something he wants his own team to emulate.

``They're a really good program, and hopefully someday we can get better and at least be able to give them a game,'' Rice said. ``They play the right way; they share the ball. You can just see they're a team, and that's what we're trying to build.''

Garrick Sherman had a career-high 22 points and seven rebounds to lead the Irish. Jack Cooley added 16 points for the Irish (2-0) and Pat Connaughton had 13.

``I take my hat off to Coach (Mike) Brey and the Notre Dame team,'' Rice said. ``I recruited a bunch of kids of the Notre Dame team when I was at Vanderbilt, and he does a great job, the type of kids he gets. I take my hat off to those kids, man, because they really know how to play basketball.''

As Sherman came off the court with the game well in hand, he said the same thing to everyone he high-fived on the bench: ``It's about time.''

The Michigan State transfer said he was ``embarrassed'' by his 3-point performance Saturday in the season opener against Evansville, and was determined to come out more aggressive against Monmouth.

``I think I was a little too passive in the first game, trying to find my role,'' the 6-foot-10 senior forward said. ``I owe it to Coach Brey and I owe it to this program to start playing better.''

Monmouth (1-1) scored the game's first four points, but Cooley's free throw 4 minutes into the game put the Irish ahead for good. Notre Dame stretched its lead to 17 points with 1:31 to go in the first half, before Monmouth's Andrew Nicholas cut the deficit to 12 with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Notre Dame, which outrebounded Monmouth 42-24, shot 61 percent from the free throw line.

Dion Nesmith led the Hawks with 13 points.

Brey said it was the first time he had been able to play Cooley and Sherman together for long stretches.

``That really helped us, just being able to pound away with two big guys,'' Brey said. ``This is so important for (Sherman) as we head to Brooklyn. That's a game that kind of makes him believe he's really part of it.''

Brey said Sherman has the footwork and agility to play very ``crafty,'' so it's been a challenge to slow down his game.

``We did a good job feeding him,'' Brey said. ``He has the best feel of our big guys to present himself as a receiver in a good spot. ``

The Irish travel this weekend to the $1 billion Barclay's Center in Brooklyn on for the championship rounds of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Notre Dame will play Saint Joseph's on Saturday, then either Florida State or BYU on Sunday.

Monmouth was outscored 40-20 in the paint, and hit only 2 of 11 from 3-point range. The Irish were 6 of 21 on 3-pointers, with Connaughton hitting three.

The Irish again were lackluster from the free throw line, hitting just 16 of 26 -- a slight improvement from the 18-of-30 effort in their season opener Saturday against Evansville.

Monmouth shot just 39 percent from the field, compared to 53 percent by the Irish.

Monmouth turned the ball over 18 times to Notre Dame's 16, but the Irish turned those into 28 points, while Monmouth converted the Irish turnovers into just 10 points.

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Ravens' Justin Tucker had the perfect reaction to his Pro Bowl snub

The NFL announced Pro Bowl rosters for the 2018 season Tuesday night, and to the surprise of many Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was voted a first alternate for the second year in a row.

Named the backup to New York Jets kicker Jason Myers, not only were fans surprised but Tucker himself had the perfect reaction to the snub.

That GIF is from his shocking Week 7 missed field goal attempt against the New Orleans Saints, but so far in 2018 the most accurate kicker in NFL history has made 28 of 30 field goal attempts (93.33) and 33 of 34 extra point attempts (97.06). He was also named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September and November.

In comparison, Myers has made the most field goals in the NFL this season at 31, and his 93.9 success rate is ever so slightly higher than Tucker's. He's also made more from longer so far this season.

Tucker did earn Pro Bowl nominations back in 2013 and 2016. He owns an NFL-record seven-career games with multiple 50-plus-yard field goals and became the only kicker in league history to kick field goals from the 20-, 30-, 40-, 50- and 60-yard ranges in a single game. Week 12 against the Oakland Raiders, Tucker became the fastest pure kicker in NFL history to reach 900 career points in his 107th career game. The only overall player to hit this milestone faster was Gino Cappalletti in 106 games. 

Three Ravens did make this year's roster. Guard Marshal Yanda earned his seventh nomination after missing 14 games during the 2017 season with a fractured ankle. Safety Eric Weddle was named to his sixth Pro Bowl and his third straight with the Ravens, and linebacker C.J. Mosley earned his fourth nomination in five seasons. 

Left tackle Ronnie Stanley was named a second alternate. 

The Pro Bowl takes place Sunday, Jan. 27 in Orlando, Fl. 

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Penguins at Capitals: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Capitals take their five-game winning streak into Wednesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. With 43 points, the Caps currently have a four-point lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Metropolitian Division. This season, the Caps are 1-0-1 against the Pens. Winning their last game, 2-1, back on Nov. 8.

Alex Ovechkin enters riding a career-high 14 game point streak. Ovi has also scored a goal in six straight games. He currently leads the NHL with 29 goals on the season.

Pittsburgh, who lost to the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday, are tied for third in the Metropolitian Division with 36 points.

Here is everything you need to know about Wednesday's game.

Penguins at Capitals How to Watch

What: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals, Game 33 of the 2018-19 NHL Regular Season
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. 
When: 8:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals host the Sabres on the new MyTeams by NBC Sports App.
Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM 

Penguins at Capitals TV Schedule

7:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live (NBC Sports Washington Plus)
7:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live (NBC Sports Washington Plus)
8:00 PM: Penguins at Caps (NBC Sports Network)
10:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (NBC Sports Washington Plus)
11:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live (NBC Sports Washington Plus)

Penguins at Capitals Injury Report

Capitals: Defenseman Christian Djoos (thigh) OUT

Penguins: RW Patric Hornqvist (upper body) OUT

Penguins at Capitals Players to Watch

Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals (29G, 14A): Named the NHL's first star of the week, Ovi continues to roll. He has scored seven goals over the last three games. His career-best scoring streak is at 14 games.

Nicklas Backstrom, C, Capitals (10G, 30A): Like Ovechkin, Backstrom has been on a roll over the last three games. He has six assists over that stretch included four assists against the Detroit.

Evgeni Malkin, C, Penguins (11G, 25A): Malkin snapped a six-game goalless streak with a first period tally against the Ducks on Monday. 

Penguins at Capitals Series History

Number of all-time Meetings: 291 (68 postseason)
All-Time Series Record: Penguins lead 149-126-16
Regular Season Record: Penguins lead 109-98-16
Playoff Record: Penguins lead 40-28
Last Meeting: Caps win 2-1 (Nov. 7, 2018)
Last 10: Caps lead 6-4

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