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No. 20 Wichita State blitzes Bradley 73-39

No. 20 Wichita State blitzes Bradley 73-39

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Nick Wiggins scored 12 points and fueled a 16-0 run in the second half with three 3-pointers as No. 20 Wichita State completed a regular-season sweep of Bradley with a 73-39 victory Saturday night.

Jake White added 11 points for the Shockers (19-2, 8-1 Missouri Valley Conference), who won their 19th consecutive home game and ensured themselves of starting the second half of their conference schedule in sole possession of the MVC lead.

Cleanthony Early and Malcolm Armstead each added 10 points for Wichita State.

Walt Lemon Jr. led Bradley (12-9, 4-5) with 14 points.

WSU defeated Bradley for the seventh consecutive time, adding to its longest winning streak in series history. The Shockers led 39-30 with 15:20 remaining, but Early and Wiggins launched the game-breaking run as Bradley went more than 6 minutes without a field goal while Wichita State extended its advantage to 59-32.

After a sluggish start, Wichita State shot 51 percent from the field (26 of 51) and limited Bradley to 32 percent.

The Shockers took their first double-digit lead at 34-23 on Tekele Cotton's basket with 19:03 remaining. It took another 5 minutes for Wichita State to begin pulling away.

After Early made two free throws, Wiggins converted Armstead's steal into a fast-break dunk for a 43-30 lead. Wiggins sandwiched two 3-pointers around Anthony's layup, and Carl Hall scored off a Bradley turnover to stretch WSU's lead to 53-32 with 11:29 to play.

Wichita State also finished the first half on a 10-2 run to build a 32-23 lead.

Demetric Williams provided the big spark during WSU's run. He made two free throws with 14 seconds remaining, then stole the ball from Jake Eastman and converted it into a driving layup just before time expired.

The Shockers, who defeated Bradley 69-63 on the road earlier this month, struggled to gain the upper hand for most of the opening half. Neither team led by more than four points in the first 18 minutes. WSU, which made just five of its first 15 shots, reached 50 percent by halftime by making seven of its last nine.

Lemon, Bradley's leading scorer, kept the Braves close in the first half with 10 points, including two 3-pointers. The Braves made just two field goals over the last 8:34 of the first half and were outrebounded 20-12 before the break.

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Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire adds for Week 8

Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire adds for Week 8

Week 8 has arrived and the waiver wire is getting slimmer and slimmer.

With two teams on a bye, (Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys) there are a few replacements available that you can be confident in adding to your lineup

All Waiver Wire candidates must be available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues.

WEEK 9 Waiver Wire Options

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
Opponent: vs. Giants
Available in 51.1% of ESPN leagues

Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Opponent: vs. Redskins
Available in 61% of ESPN leagues

Ty Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions
Opponent: vs. Giants
Available in 98.4% of ESPN leagues

Mohamed Sanu, WR, New England Patriots
Opponent: vs. Browns
Available in 50.9% of ESPN leagues

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
Opponent: vs. Buccaneers
Available in 56% of ESPN leagues

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Mic’d Up: Ahead of World Series, Trea Turner shows he's a funny guy

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Mic’d Up: Ahead of World Series, Trea Turner shows he's a funny guy

Nationals shortstop Trea Turner is a player who often gets overlooked. 

But that may change very soon. 

Trea Turner will be the first batter in the World Series when the Washington Nationals face off against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

He’ll have a lot of weight on his shoulders but he doesn’t seem to be letting that get to him.

During warmups, ahead Game 1 on Tuesday, as Turner was mic'd up he was very energetic while interacting with his teammates. 

 

"We get it, you hit some homeruns," Turner said jokingly with Juan Soto. 

The shortstop has a very good batting average at .298 and was recorded at having the fastest speed of any shortstop this season at 30.3 miles per hour. 

Now we'll have to see if he'll step up to the plate in Game 1. 

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