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No. 21 Cincinnati beats Rutgers 68-58

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No. 21 Cincinnati beats Rutgers 68-58

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Cashmere Wright scored 23 points and No. 21 Cincinnati snapped a two-game losing streak and stayed unbeaten on the road with a 68-58 victory over Rutgers on Saturday night.

JaQuon Parker added 11 points and Sean Kilpatrick had 10 for the Bearcats (14-3, 2-2 Big East), who had lost two straight and three of four and dropped from being ranked as high as No. 8 in the Top 25. They are 6-0 on the road this season and that's good news because this was the opening game of a seven-game stretch with five on the road.

Myles Mack had 15 points for Rutgers (11-4, 2-2), which had won two straight and seven of eight. The Scarlet Knights are 2-2 under coach Mike Rice since he returned from a three-game school-imposed suspension for inappropriate behavior.

Eli Carter, Rutgers' leading scorer at 16.7 per game, was 1 for 11 from the field and finished with six points. He was 3 for 14 from the field against St. John's, making him 4 for 25 in his last two games.

Cincinnati led 27-15 after a first half that saw the Bearcats shoot 29.0 percent (9 of 31) and the Scarlet Knights managed to make just 4 of 19 (21.1 percent).

Cincinnati scored the first six points of the second half for a 33-15 lead. Rutgers never threatened until the final minute when the Scarlet Knights got within 64-56.

The game was almost 5 minutes old before either team made a field goal.

Parker hit a 3 with 15:06 left to give the Bearcats a 4-0 lead. Thirty-two seconds later Mike Poole hit a foul line jumper to bring Rutgers within 4-2.

The first team to double figures was Cincinnati and the game was 12:14 in when Sean Kilpatrick hit a driving jumper to make it 11-5. Rutgers finally needed a second column on the scoreboard when Austin Johnson hit a jumper with 4:25 left to bring the Scarlet Knights within 21-11.

Rutgers' first-half total was one point better than the lowest it ever had in the Big East, against Pittsburgh in 2003.

The win was coach Mick Cronin's 127th at Cincinnati breaking a tie for third place with Gale Catlett.

Rutgers was looking for its first 3-1 start since joining the Big East. The Scarlet Knights had beaten four of the last six ranked teams to visit the Rutgers Athletic Center, including then-No. 24 Pittsburgh in its previous home game.

Wayne Rooney didn't need to cross midfield to score game-winner vs. Orlando

Wayne Rooney didn't need to cross midfield to score game-winner vs. Orlando

With temperatures pushing above 90 during DC United's game against Orlando on Wednesday, Wayne Rooney saved himself a few steps by scoring a goal - from beyond midfield.

“I thought it was nice and it was special to score the goal this evening. It’s something that I’ve practiced so many times," he said after his team's 1-0 win. " Different managers and teammates are like why are you practicing this, you won’t score from this position, but for nights like tonight that's why I do practice it.  It was a good strike and an important goal for us.”

The goal gave United a 1-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the first half - the only one they would need for the win. It was also a fitting moment for the anniversary week of when Rooney signed with the team in 2018.

“It’s been fantastic," he said of his time in the DC. "I’ve enjoyed my time here over the course of the year and there is still a lot more to come. We know we can play better.  First half we played well, second half we know we can do better, but the win was the important thing because we haven’t won in a few games in the league.  Winning today was the main thing.”

United's back in action on Saturday night against Toronto.

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Three numbers worth considering when looking at the Redskins and Trent Williams

Three numbers worth considering when looking at the Redskins and Trent Williams

It's certainly possible that the Redskins and Trent Williams fix their issues in the next few weeks, but as of now, it feels like late June and early July will be a period of silence for this storyline.

You can bet both sides are pondering their options, though, and will be considering just about everything when it comes to how they'll approach resolving the problem or moving on from one another.

With that in mind, here are three numbers that could very much factor into this dilemma and how it ultimately ends. 

687,500

The left tackle's base salary for the 2019 season is $11 million. When you divide that by 16, you'll arrive at how much he's slated to make per game for Washington this year: $687,500. 

It appears that Williams has most of the leverage as of now. The options behind him are quite dreadful (that'll be covered in the next number), the franchise just drafted their potential star QB and the offense will rely heavily on the running game. All of those are reasons why Washington should be looking to appease the Pro Bowler.

However, if the Redskins don't want to bend, they can merely wait No. 71 out and see how serious he is about his reported vow to never play in D.C. again.

It's a lot easier to take that stance in the summer, where at most he'll lose some dollars in fines for not showing up to offseason work. When he starts costing himself six figures a week, though, that could change his mindset very quickly. 

9.45

The 'Skins have other tackles on the roster, but obviously — really, really obviously — none of them look like close to suitable fill-ins for Williams. 

Ereck Flowers received much of the work at OTAs and minicamp at left tackle, and though he's supposed to be trying to transition to guard, he currently looks like he'd be in serious consideration to play there in the regular season if Williams doesn't show or is moved.

Well, during his time starting with the Giants (he finished 2018 with the Jaguars, but was with New York for three-plus campaigns), Flowers allowed a pressure on 9.45-percent of his pass blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. Since 2006, PFF has evaluated 275 offensive lineman with at least 1,800 pass blocking snaps. Flowers' pressure rate is the worst out of those 275. 

That's justtttttt a bit worrisome.

15

The first number is one that favors the organization, while the second is one that's advantageous to the player. This third one, meanwhile, affects both.

In the past four seasons, Williams has missed 15 contests. The soon-to-be 31-year-old has battled with numerous injuries as well as a drug suspension in that time, both of which have prevented him from always starting for the O-line. 

If the only solution to this thing is money, like many are suggesting, the Redskins have to decide how much they're willing to give him. Williams is still a force as a lineman, but he's aging and may simply be past the point of being able to string together a 16-game schedule. What price can they pay for that?

Williams, on the other hand, will look at that number as reason why he should hold out for more money and better medical treatment from Washington. The NFL is a league where guaranteed money is hard to come by and he's running out of it on his current deal. He won't want to risk getting hurt again before he has more cash on his side. 

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