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Oklahoma State still confused at quarterback

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Oklahoma State still confused at quarterback

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) It's become a weekly ritual for Mike Gundy to step to a podium in the Boone Pickens Stadium press box and praise the play of his quarterback. All that changes is the name of the person who's taking the snaps at the time.

Injuries have turned the position into a revolving door for the Cowboys (5-3, 3-2 Big 12), and that won't change leading up to Saturday's game against West Virginia (5-3, 2-3).

Gundy said Monday that he expects starting quarterback Wes Lunt to split practice time with backup Clint Chelf this week before the team determines who will play. Lunt had to come out of the Cowboys' loss to Kansas State over the weekend after getting hurt.

``I don't think we know who our starter will be,'' Gundy said at his weekly news conference. ``I'm fairly confident that we'll have Wes and Clint out there practicing and be in a situation that whoever we think gives us the best chance to be successful we'll have in the game.''

Lunt began the year as the starter, then injured his knee and was replaced by J.W. Walsh in the third game. The two flip-flopped again after Walsh's season was ended by injury. That meant third-stringer Chelf had to come in after Lunt was hurt against K-State.

Gundy does not comment on his players' injuries, but team doctors appeared to be checking Lunt for concussion symptoms on the sideline.

All three quarterbacks have kept Oklahoma State's offense clicking. Together, they've made the Cowboys the nation's No. 2 team in total offense, third in passing and eighth in scoring.

``I think it's a credit to those guys,'' offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. ``I think those guys study the game. I think all of them are pretty squared away off the field. All of them really enjoy being over there helping decide what we're going to call during the week.''

Chelf, a senior, had been first-round NFL draft pick Brandon Weeden's backup the past two seasons and only got to play in mop-up time previously. He was beaten out by Lunt, a true freshman, and Walsh, a redshirt freshman, during a three-way competition in the spring.

He threw for 233 yards and a touchdown after replacing Lunt about 5 minutes into the third quarter.

``He's been a big part of what we do, even though it hasn't really maybe been on the field. He's just been waiting for his opportunity, and I'm sure it's been frustrating for him and I'm sure he's looked at me like, `See, I told you I was the guy,''' Monken said.

``And that's what he should do. Guys that get an opportunity and play well should feel that way. You want your guys to feel that way. Now, just go out and play that way.''

If nothing else, this season has proven that it really was a close competition for the starter's job before Lunt won it.

``I've never doubted that Clint had the ability to play at this level. We just made the decision, based on a small sample size, of who we were going to go with moving forward,'' Monken said. ``That doesn't mean you're always right.

``Clint has an opportunity potentially - we're hoping and counting on Wes being back on Tuesday - but moving forward, if he gets that opportunity, he has a chance to prove us wrong.''

Running back Joseph Randle took it a step farther, pointing out that even Weeden was a third-stringer at one point - behind backup Alex Cate until Cate struggled in his first chance to replace injured starter Zac Robinson in 2009.

``So, maybe this is the start of something new. You never know,'' Randle said. ``I always knew he could play football and I always thought he could be a good quarterback for us.''

Randle said Chelf took over ``like a leader, like a veteran. He came in and knew exactly what to do.''

``All these guys, they all have their strengths and Clint's is that he's a very smart kid and he just knows the offense so well,'' receiver Charlie Moore said.

``Once he went in there, you could just see the swagger about him right when he went in - the cut it loose swagger.''

Considering how this season has gone, though, the Cowboys are preparing for Lunt or Chelf to perform well and the worst-case scenario: if Lunt can't play and Chelf gets sidelined. That would put walk-on Jase Chilcoat in the unbelievable scenario of being off the team at the start of the season and the top quarterback in November.

``It's great that we were able to get Jase back here. He has a familiarity somewhat with our offense,'' Monken said.

``He was dominating the intramural league, so we thought that was good enough for us.''

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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

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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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