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North Dakota State defeats IPFW 67-55

North Dakota State defeats IPFW 67-55

FARGO, N.D. (AP) Taylor Braun scored 16 points to lead North Dakota State to a 67-55 win over IPFW on Thursday night.

Luis Jacobo scored 21 points for the Mastodons (8-10, 1-3 Summit League).

Braun was 7 of 12 from the field for North Dakota State (14-3, 5-0). Lawrence Alexander had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Marshall Bjorklund had 14 points, and TrayVonn Wright added 10.

North Dakota State led 37-32 at halftime and never trailed in the second half. North Dakota State's largest lead was 16. North Dakota State shot 57 percent from the field for the game, while IPFW shot 37.7 percent.

Jacobo was 5 of 12 from 3-point range. Frank Gaines scored 12 points for the Mastodons. Mario Hines had seven rebounds.

The game was the 15th meeting between the two teams. IPFW leads the series 8-7.

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Capitals score three goals in 90 seconds to take the lead over Toronto

Capitals score three goals in 90 seconds to take the lead over Toronto

The beginning of Wednesday's clash with the Maple Leafs was not pretty for the Capitals.

A pair of goals by Toronto gave them an early lead midway through the first period. But a snipe by Jakub Vrana towards the end of the first frame cut the deficit in half entering the first intermission.

But during the second period, all of a sudden, a switch flipped for the Capitals attack. Washington found the back of the net three times in under 90 seconds, turning a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead.

The first came from Evgeny Kuznetsov, who finished with a beautiful move to sneak the puck past Maple Leafs' goalie Michael Hutchinson's glove.

Just 11 seconds later, Nicklas Backstrom found the back of the net on a beautiful wrister from T.J. Oshie to put the Capitals ahead.

To complete the trifecta, John Carlson's one-timer from Alex Ovechkin went right in between Hutchinson's legs, giving the Capitals a 4-2 lead. 

At the end of the second period, the Capitals hold the same 4-2 lead. Just 20 minutes separate the Capitals from their fourth victory of the season.

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Jimmy Smith returns to practice for first time in over a month

Jimmy Smith returns to practice for first time in over a month

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens got some help in the secondary on Wednesday from someone not named Marcus Peters. 

Cornerback Jimmy Smith returned to practice for the first time in over a month and took part in individual drills, coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday. 

Smith suffered a Grade 2 MCL Sprain in the first week of the season against the Dolphins and hasn’t played or practiced since. 

With the addition of Peters, the Ravens are hoping to be healthier than they’ve been in a while at the cornerback spot.

Smith was listed on the injury report as a limited participant and his status for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks is still unknown. 

The Ravens rank 25th in the NFL against the pass this season and are looking to get the 30-year-old corner back in the fold. 

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