No. 20 Texas Tech looks to rebound against Texas


No. 20 Texas Tech looks to rebound against Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas coach Mack Brown has seen quarterbacks such as Seth Doege at Texas Tech.

On Saturday, Doege and the No. 20 Red Raiders' receiving corps will challenge a Texas pass defense that's giving up 229 yards a game, while Texas Tech is averaging 358 yards through the air.

Brown thinks Doege, who's thrown for 30 touchdowns and 2,540 yards this season, is one of the nation's best quarterbacks and is similar in accuracy and competitiveness to former Red Raiders signal-callers Graham Harrell and Kliff Kingsbury.

Doege deserves to be in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy, Brown said.

``His name should be right in the middle of that list, in my estimation,'' Brown said. ``He's the No. 7 passer in the country, No. 1 in TD passes. I don't know how you keep that guy out of the Heisman race as you look at it.''

Doege got press as a dark-horse contender for the Heisman before the Red Raiders fell 55-24 at No. 3 Kansas State last week. Going into that game, Doege had thrown 13 touchdowns in wins over West Virginia and TCU.

Against the Horned Frogs he found Alex Torres in the middle of the end zone for a career-best seventh touchdown in the Red Raiders' 56-53 win in triple overtime in Fort Worth.

Texas has won back-to-back games, most recently a slim 21-17 victory at Kansas. Starter David Ash was pulled from the game and backup Case McCoy's one-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Grant with 12 seconds left gave the Longhorns the win.

Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said the defense will be prepared to play against Ash, who was named the starter for Saturday's game earlier his week.

``But we'll prepare for both'' quarterbacks, he said. ``But most of the time, and we'll do it in this game, is prepare for the offense, because you can't run two different offenses.''

Brown said he wouldn't hesitate to turn to McCoy again if circumstances warrant taking Ash out. He called it a ``tremendous situation'' to have two good choices.

``That is no different than any other position except it gets more publicity,'' he said. ``You play the guy that does the best. Throughout the year David has done a great job. Saturday he struggled, and Case did the best.''

Texas has won the last three games against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders last beat the Longhorns in 2008 when Harrell hit Michael Crabtree for a touchdown in the final seconds of the game.

Crabtree was expected to be at Saturday's game. He plays for the San Francisco 49ers, who have an open date Sunday.

Doege wants to see it as just another game, one in which the offense plays well in both halves.

Against the Wildcats, the Red Raiders scored just two touchdowns in the second half. Had Texas Tech won the two teams would be tied for first in the Big 12 and the Red Raiders would still have a shot at a BCS bowl.

``I think there is a little fire burning inside of us after what happened on Saturday because that was such a great opportunity for us,'' Doege said. ``Just because we get hit in the mouth or just because a big-time play turns negative and maybe shifts the momentum, we have to learn to fight back and understand we can still make plays to get us back in the football game.''

The in-state rivalry between the two schools makes the week fun. Longhorns offensive guard Mason Walters was a teammate of Doege's at Frenship High near Lubbock. Doege, though, had knee injuries that kept him from playing his junior and senior years.

The two have remained friends and get together whenever Walters returns to visit his parents.

``We're still buddies,'' Doege said. But ``during this week we're not that close of friends.''

On the Longhorns side, Johnathan Gray has family ties to Texas Tech. His father James Gray was a running back for the Red Raiders in the late 1980s. He still holds the record for career rushing touchdowns (52) and is second in career rushing with 4,066 yards.

The younger Gray, who's gotten a touchdown and 427 yards on 81 carries, will start his first game Saturday,

``I'm going to Texas, they went to Tech,'' Johnathan Gray said. ``It's kind of a rivalry in the house. They talk smack. I just be quiet and wait till the results after the game.''

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Capitals vs. Lightning Game 6 Eastern Conference Final 2018: Date, Time, How to Watch, live stream

Capitals vs. Lightning Game 6 Eastern Conference Final 2018: Date, Time, How to Watch, live stream

When the Capitals take the ice in Game 6, they will be playing for their playoff lives. After losing Game 5 on Saturday to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Caps must win on Monday or their season will be over.

In order to do that, the Caps will have to change some things. First, they have to figure out how to win at home, something they have yet to do in this series. Second, they will have to find a way to get to Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy who has been dominant the past three games. Alex Ovechkin also needs to win the matchup against the fourth line since he has only two five-on-five points through five games. Finally, the defense will have to be better. Matt Niskanen took the blame for Game 5, but really it was a tough night all around.

Also, a few penalty calls against Tampa Bay would be nice too.

Where: Capital One Arena

When: 8:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Lightning, Game 6 will be broadcast on NBCSN

Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Lightning Game 6 on NBC Sports' live stream page.


Game 6 of the Capitals vs. Lightning 2018 NHL Playoff series takes place on Monday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. at Capital One Arnea.


The TV broadcast of Game 6 between the Capitals and Lightning is on NBCSN. Capitals pre- and postgame coverage takes place on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
8:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Lightning Game 6 on NBCSN
10:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
11:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime


Game 6 between the Capitals and Lightning is available to stream online on Monday, May 21 live here through the NBC Sports live stream page.


Capitals projected lines:

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Chandler Stephenson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - Brett Connolly
Devante Smith-Pelly -  Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby with Philipp Grubauer as backup.

Lightning projected lines:

Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - J.T. Miller
Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh - Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy starts with Louis Domingue as backup.


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Soto makes debut in Nationals loss to Dodgers


Soto makes debut in Nationals loss to Dodgers

WASHINGTON  -- Kike Hernandez and Yasiel Puig each hit two-run homers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Hernandez's blast off Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning put the Dodgers up 3-2. Yasmani Grandal also homered off Strasburg (5-4), who allowed three runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.

Alex Wood (1-4) pitched six innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs. Wood came out to start the seventh, but returned to the clubhouse after showing some discomfort during his warm-up tosses.

Trea Turner homered for Washington, which swept Arizona last weekend and then went five days without playing a full game because of rain before getting swept by the Dodgers.

Los Angeles, after losing six consecutive games, has now won four straight overall and five of six over Washington this season.

Washington's Juan Soto, at 19 the youngest active player in the majors, made his debut in the eighth as a pinch-hitter and struck out against Erik Goeddel.

The Dodgers added two runs in the ninth. Josh Fields recorded the final four outs for his second save of the season.


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