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No. 25 San Diego State tops USC 66-60

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No. 25 San Diego State tops USC 66-60

LOS ANGELES (AP) James Rahon and Jamaal Franklin had 17 points apiece, and No. 25 San Diego State edged Southern California 66-60 on Sunday night.

Franklin scored six points down the stretch as the Aztecs (4-1) earned their fourth consecutive win since dropping their opener against Syracuse on the USS Midway. Rahon was 6 for 7 from the field, making all three of his 3-point attempts.

Xavier Thames scored 14 points and JJ O'Brien added 12 for San Diego State.

Eric Wise led USC (3-3) with 14 points, and Dewayne Dedmon grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Trojans opened the second half with an 18-4 run to take a 41-39 lead on a basket by Eric Wise with 13:28 to play. The game remained tight until San Diego State grabbed control at the end.

USC was assessed two technical fouls in the final two minutes. Thames and Jamaal Franklin made 5 of 6 free throws and Rahon had a clutch 3-pointer to extend the Aztecs' lead to 64-57 with 1:02 to play.

San Diego State has won 10 straight games against Pac-12 schools and 25 in a row against California teams over the past 3 years. The Aztecs also earned their first win in seven games at the Galen Center.

The Aztecs held USC to three baskets over the final 5:26 of the game.

San Diego State got off to a fast start. Thames' 3-pointer made it 12-2 with 14:36 to go in the first half.

The Trojans missed nine of their first 10 shots and committed four turnovers in the first 8 minutes.

Rahon nailed a 3-pointer and followed with two more baskets to increase San Diego State's lead to 27-8 with 7:16 left in the first half.

Ari Stewart hit a 3-pointer down the stretch to help USC close to 35-23 at the break.

The Aztecs were without second-leading scorer Chase Tapley, who is sidelined with a strained patella tendon. He is expected to return next Saturday when San Diego State faces No. 11 UCLA.

The Aztecs have 23 of their last 28 road games.

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 27, 16 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Here is my sunrise view from this morning:

Looking at next year’s free agents

This post was originally published on March 18. 

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens. 

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard). 

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility. 

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon. 

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup. 

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight. 

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019. 

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