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No looking back: O'Brien focuses PSU on Indiana

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No looking back: O'Brien focuses PSU on Indiana

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Whether it's after a win or a loss, a controversial call or a season-ending injury to a key player, Penn State's Bill O'Brien focuses on the next game.

There's no sense looking back, except to learn how to improve. Next up for the Nittany Lions (6-4, 4-2 Big Ten) following last week's loss to Nebraska is a visit from Indiana.

``Of course, we hate to lose. Like I've always said, losing will never be accepted here at Penn State,'' O'Brien said Tuesday. ``Everyone wishes we could have done a better job ... but we've moved on.''

Playing football has been the respite for players under near-constant scrutiny for things had nothing to do with them. It's been that way for a year now, since ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child sex abuse charges, and the NCAA levied landmark sanctions on the program for the school's handing of the scandal.

Many Penn State fans have been irritated that players bore the brunt of the NCAA's wrath. Frustration boiled over again following last week's 32-23 loss to the Cornhuskers over what was ruled a fumble just before Matt Lehman reached the goal line for what could have been a touchdown.

Quarterback Matt McGloin said he thought Penn State wouldn't get that call against any team. ``That's just the way it is. Write what you think. It's us against the world and we're not going to get those types of calls in these types of games,'' the senior said after the game. McGloin wasn't made available to reporters this week.

``At the end of the day, it's a free country and Matt can say what he wants, and that's what he did,'' O'Brien said Tuesday. ``He's an emotional kid but, look, it's time to move on to Indiana and that's it.''

When asked what he would tell fans wondering if there's a bias against Penn State, O'Brien gave an impassioned response.

``I would tell our fans that nobody is against Penn State,'' he said. ``Penn State has a football team this year that plays with extremely good effort, plays hard. Penn State has a senior class on this football team right here that to me will go down in the history of college football as one of the better senior classes of any college football team.''

Apparently, the only time that issue has come up in recent days was when initiated by reporters Tuesday. Right tackle Mike Farrell said O'Brien hasn't touched on the issue at practice, and that the team stood behind McGloin.

O'Brien ``really preaches playing the next play and not dwelling on the past,'' Farrell said.

If anything, the Nittany Lions would like to figure out if there are any common threads in the poor play in the third quarters of each of their four losses. The latest post-halftime hiccup came after Nebraska opened the third quarter with touchdowns on two straight drives, the last one coming after McGloin was intercepted deep in his own territory.

To date, Penn State has been outscored 89-28 after halftime in each of its four losses, including 56-6 in the third quarter. O'Brien said the coaching staff would have more time after the season to dig into what they could be doing better after halftime.

``At the end of the day sometimes those adjustments work and sometimes they don't,'' O'Brien said. ``I wouldn't make too much out of the second half thing ... but we just need to coach it and play it better.''

There is at least one big adjustment to make - 6-foot-3 tight end Kyle Carter is out the rest of the year after leaving the Nebraska game with what appeared to be a right wrist injury. The redshirt freshman emerged to become a big part of O'Brien's tight end-friendly offense with 36 catches for 453 yards, both second on the team behind receiver Allen Robinson.

Carter has turned into an athletic, dangerous receiving threat between the hashes. The emergence of Carter and Robinson from relative obscurity, and O'Brien's near-flawless handling of the program in light of the sanctions, are among the reasons why O'Brien's name has been floated out on the NFL rumor mill as a potential coaching candidate.

O'Brien is in his first year as a head coach after spending five seasons as an coach for the New England Patriots, where he was offensive coordinator. Asked twice Tuesday about the NFL rumors, O'Brien insisted his focus was solely on preparing for the Hoosiers.

O'Brien's deal was extended in the offseason to cover the length of the NCAA sanctions, and he's now signed through 2020. However good a job he's done steering the program and his players through tricky times, O'Brien even seemed to acknowledge that his won-loss record may not seem too attractive to potential suitors.

``We're 6-4,'' he noted to a reporter. ``I'm flattered that you would ask me that question.''

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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.

WHEN IS GAME 6 OF THE CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING PLAYOFF SERIES?

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.

WHAT CHANNEL IS GAME 6 OF CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING ON?

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

WHERE CAN I STREAM GAME 6 OF THE CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING SERIES?

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.

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR GAME 6 OF CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING?

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

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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