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Oklahoma spoils West Virginia's Big 12 debut 67-57

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Oklahoma spoils West Virginia's Big 12 debut 67-57

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Romero Osby and Steven Pledger scored in double figures for Oklahoma to negate an outstanding day by West Virginia freshman Terry Henderson Saturday as the Mountaineers lost their inaugural Big 12 game 67-57.

Osby had 21 points and nine rebounds and Pledger added 12 as the Sooners (10-3) beat the Mountaineers (7-6) for the second time this year. The two league opponents met in a nonconference game in a Thanksgiving tournament which did not count against the standings.

Oklahoma closed the game on a 16-2 run that included two treys from Pledger.

Henderson, who previously scored 23 points in a loss to Michigan, notched 21 points Saturday, including six 3-pointers, all in the first half.

Two other Mountaineers finished in double figures - Jabarie Hinds (11) and Juwan Staten (10).

West Virginia scored nine 3s in the first half, but knocked down only seven field goals after intermission.

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Check out how SWEET the new, numbered Washington Football Team helmets look

Check out how SWEET the new, numbered Washington Football Team helmets look

If you're unhappy or, at the very least, not feeling the Washington Football Team's temporary name, that's fine. Completely understandable, in fact.

After all, no one else in the major sports leagues goes by something that bland. LeBron James, for example, plays for the Lakers, not the Los Angeles Basketball Team. Juan Soto stars (and dances) for the Washington Nationals, not the Washington Baseball Club.  

Therefore, any Burgundy and Gold supporter who's desperate for 2020 to end so they can refer to their organization by a true name, instead of a stopgap one, can be forgiven.

However, those same people need to realize that they've recently been given a gift from the swag Gods, one that should help them cope with the upcoming season. And thanks to a video and some pictures from the WFT that were released on Wednesday, it can now be fully appreciated.

So, what's the gift? The squad's new, numbered helmets.

They were somewhat visible in the mock-up uniforms that were released a few weeks ago, but in the below posts, they're full-on visible and SO BEAUTIFUL:

 

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Gone is Washington's old logo, as well as the stripe that ran down the middle. Each player's individual number will take their place, standing out on both sides in simple yet pleasing gold font.

That's all the analysis that needs to happen here, though. They're simply gorgeous. They're perfect. They're beyond perfect. They're wonderful. They're *sighs, shakes head slightly and just smiles*.

In fact, stop reading these sentences that are just repeating the same thing over and over and go back to staring at the helmets. That's a much more efficient use of your time. 

.................Man. They're perfect.

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How to watch Capitals vs. Flyers

How to watch Capitals vs. Flyers

While the Capitals didn’t start their round-robin return as well as they would’ve liked, they have the chance to redeem themselves in Thursday’s matchup against the Flyers.

In their 3-2 shootout loss to Tampa Bay, Washington had its bright moments like back-to-back goals at the end of the second period, but the team also faltered on a number of fronts, which led to the overtime defeat.

Now that the Caps have had one real game under their belt, they will look to take down Philadelphia and continue to fight for the top playoff seed in the east.

CAPITALS vs. FLYERS HOW TO WATCH 

What: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers 
Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada 
When: 4:00 PM ET 
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Flyers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington
Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Flyers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

CAPITALS vs. FLYERS TV SCHEDULE

3:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)

4:00 PM: Capitals @ Philadelphia Flyers (LIVE)

6:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)

CAPITALS vs. FLYERS WHAT TO WATCH 

While the Caps had an overall strong start to their return, they will need to improve on a number of fronts if they hope to succeed in the postseason. One area that plagued them in the matchup with Tampa Bay was their slow start. By the eight-minute mark of the second period, the Caps had already fallen behind 2-0 after goals from Nikita Kucherov and Mitchell Stephens. 

While they were able to score two consecutive goals late in the second, their efforts only dug them out of the previous hole, and they were never able to overtake the lead. 

Additionally, the Capitals missed a number of opportunities throughout the game that could’ve sealed the win, such as a one-on-one overtime shot for Jakub Vrana and missteps throughout the shootout. In the matchup with Philly, Washington must capitalize on these opportunities. 

CAPITALS vs. FLYERS PLAYERS TO WATCH 

John Carlson (69 games, 15 goals, 60 assists, 75 points): The Capitals certainly missed Carlson during the matchup with Tampa Bay. He did not see the ice after sustaining an injury in the exhibition game against Carolina. Instead, Carlson was seen in the stands supporting his team. The Capitals will hope their Norris Trophy finalist can make his return against Philly. 

Michael Raffl (58 games, 8 goals, 12 assists, 20 points): Raffl led his team to a 4-1 victory over Boston on Sunday. He contributed a goal and an assist to the win. Raffl ranks 12th in points on the team this season but is already off to a hot start in the postseason.

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