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No. 21 UNLV beats Northern Iowa 73-59

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No. 21 UNLV beats Northern Iowa 73-59

LAS VEGAS (AP) Anthony Bennett had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 21 UNLV to a 73-59 victory over Northern Iowa 73-59 on Wednesday night in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge.

Bennett, who had three blocks, was 7 of 12 from the field, including hitting two 3-pointers, and all four free throws.

Khem Birch added 11 points and nine rebounds in his second game of eligibility for the Runnin' Rebels, who have won eight straight. They struggled at times in the second half after leading 43-22 at intermission.

Marc Sonnen had 15 points and Anthony Jones added 13 for Northern Iowa (6-6), which is 0-3 against Top 25 opponents this season. The Panthers were held to 33 percent shooting from the field.

UNLV returned to the Thomas & Mack Center after being away for 18 days due to the National Finals Rodeo. The Rebels went 4-0 during that span, winning three road games - two barely - and an easy home game from away from home at the Orleans Arena.

Anthony Marshall had nine points and three rebounds for the Rebels, who escaped two nights earlier with a 62-60 win at UTEP.

Jake Koch had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers.

UNLV jumped to leads of 16-4 and 21-8 in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Bennett scored 14 points with eight rebounds in the first half, including nine points in the last 5:30. UNLV shot 49 percent in the first half, while Northern Iowa was at 30 percent. The Rebels converted 6 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half.

After the Rebels built their largest lead at 24 points early in the second half, the Panthers slowly chipped away, cutting the lead to 62-49 with 5:55 left, but got no closer.

The Rebels outscored the Panthers 28-16 in the paint and 24-15 off the bench.

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Jordan Reed is drawing interest from three teams as camp approaches, per report

Jordan Reed is drawing interest from three teams as camp approaches, per report

Jordan Reed is still unsigned, four months after the main wave of NFL free agency occurred. That may change soon, though, based on an Ian Rapoport report.

The NFL Network insider tweeted on Monday that Reed is "one name to watch" and he's drawing interest from "three teams" with training camp approaching.

Washington released the 30-year-old back in February after he spent six seasons with the club.

Because of his extensive injury history, Reed's contract, should he sign one, figures to be relatively inexpensive. Any contender looking to add another talented pass catcher to their offense would likely happily buy low on Reed, considering the type of return he could provide if healthy. Therefore, it's not much of a surprise that he's apparently being looked at by a few franchises.

Clearly, Reed is still committed to continuing his NFL career, which is a fact that will make some feel uneasy. The tight end dealt with many issues while with the Burgundy and Gold, but by far the most concerning problem was the amount of concussions he suffered.

The most recent one, which happened in the 2019 preseason, sidelined Reed for the entire season. In fact, it took him a full six months to clear concussion protocol, as the effects from that controversial Keanu Neal hit followed him long after the collision.

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One of Reed's ex-teammates, Chris Thompson, explained last September how worried he is for his friend moving forward.

"We got drafted together and I played against him in college so I know how he is about football," Thompson said on The Sports Junkies. "I know how he feels and he really wants to be out there but, I told him yesterday, I was like, ‘Man, you gotta go out there and gotta be smart. You gotta take care of yourself, it’s bigger than this, it’s bigger than just this game.'

"He has kids and a family and stuff and I want him to be able to live his life and enjoy it to the fullest with those kids and not have to deal with any side effects or whatever, mental issues from having these concussions."

Those comments highlight just how precarious Reed's situation is. But as of now, he wants to take the field again — and it sounds like the chance to do so could come soon.

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Washington football coach Ron Rivera delegates to his coaches but tries to 'set the standard'

Washington football coach Ron Rivera delegates to his coaches but tries to 'set the standard'

NBC Sports Washington brought together local coaches Ron Rivera (Washington football), Todd Reirden (Capitals), Scott Brooks (Wizards) and Mike Thibault (Mystics) to discuss the intricacies of their craft in a free-wheeling discussion hosted by Julie Donaldson. We present six days highlighting different themes of their conversation - experiences, stories and lessons shared from careers in coaching.  

Ron Rivera knows what it means to be in charge and with that task comes the need for delegating. Delegation also requires oversight to be sure things go the right way, even if from a distance. 

Delegate, but demand. 

I had reached out to John Madden after my second season and ended up spending a lot of time with coach and had the opportunity to really sit down and visit and talk with him and one of the things he gave me, a great piece of advice, really was delegating authority. He said 'You know, you can delegate the authority all you want, but at the end of the day did you set the standard? Did you tell them ‘ok you're in charge of this but it has to be at this level.’ And it’s interesting, it really opened my eyes up.

That Rivera nugget comes from the Coaches Roundtable, a series of interviews with Rivera, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks, Mystics head coach Mike Thibault and Capitals head coach Todd Reirden. Each coach explained that while they've gotten plenty of advice throughout their career, some moments and thoughts mattered more than others. 

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"It really doesn't matter where you get the good advice from," Rivera said. "A lot of really good advice I got has come from within the sport. You know everybody from Mike Ditka, to Andy Reid have all given me great advice and great words of encouragement." 

While Rivera leaned on Madden, Thibault leaned on arguably the greatest coach of all time in any sport, legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. 

"You know Coach Wooden, he started practice the first day every year doing the same thing basically he had done for 20 years and it was back to the basic ABCs of the game.  And so I think that I don't ever lose sight that you have to stay true to your foundation," Thibault said.  "I think the second best advice I had to learn and was given was: don't try to be somebody else. You gotta be yourself."

Be yourself. Delegate but demand. Stay true. 

That's good advice. 

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