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Oliver, Delaware State down Bethune-Cookman 68-52

Oliver, Delaware State down Bethune-Cookman 68-52

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Marques Oliver scored a career-high 24 points on 9-for-10 shooting to help Delaware State down Bethune-Cookman 68-52 in a Mid-Eastern Conference game Saturday.

Miles Bowman scored 11 points and Albert Thomas added a career-high 10 assists for Delaware State (8-10, 3-1).

Ahead 9-7 at the 9:01 mark, Delaware State closed out the period with a 24-10 run to take a 33-17 lead into halftime. Oliver scored 16 points in the period.

Bethune-Cookman (7-14, 2-4) got as close as 37-27 on Paul Scotland's 3-pointer with 16:56 left in the second half, but Delaware State answered using a 21-11 run to take a 58-38 lead, capped by Tyshawn Bell's layup with 6:27 remaining.

The Hornets shot 57.8 percent (26 of 45) for the game while holding the Wildcats to 27.1 percent (13 of 48).

Scotland and Adrien Coleman led the Wildcats with 13 points apiece.

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EA Sports pauses scheduled preview of Madden NFL 2021: 'This is bigger than a game'

EA Sports pauses scheduled preview of Madden NFL 2021: 'This is bigger than a game'

EA Sports will not preview its Madden NFL 2021 game on Monday as originally planned,  the company announced on Sunday.

The reason for the decision stems from the ongoing protests and civil unrest in cities across the country following the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died last week after police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.

Understanding the gravity of the situation, EA Sports will wait to release its first look at the game, wanting to keep focus on helping others at this time. A new date for the unveiling was not given. Madden '21 will be released on next-generation gaming consoles later in the year. 

"We stand with our African American / Black community of friends, players colleagues and partners," the EA Sports statement said. "Our immediate attention is on actions we can take to drive change against the unjust treatment and systemic bias that is plaguing the nation and our world."

"We'll find another time to talk football with you. Because this is bigger than a game, bigger than sports, and needs all of us to stand together and commit to change."

Whenever the cover is officially announced, it will feature Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. The 2019 NFL MVP prematurely broke that news during a conference call with media in late April.

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Reports: Nationals to pay minor-league players $300 a week in June

Reports: Nationals to pay minor-league players $300 a week in June

The Nationals will reportedly pay minor-league players in their farm system $300 per week for the month of June, The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli and Emily Waldon first reported.

The new pay rate for the players in Washington's system is a drop of $100 per week - or 25% from the $400 teams had pledged to pay their inactive minor league players each week up until May 31. The Washington Post also reported the move. 

That change in salaries for Nationals' minor-league players comes after hundreds of minor leaguers across baseball were released on Thursday due to the coronavirus pandemic, including players in Washington's system. The cuts were attributed to there likely being no minor-league season at all. Around 30 players were let go Thursday from the Nationals system, The Athletic's story stated.

Though Washington has pledged to pay remaining minor leaguers for June, it is the only franchise that has stated it will be doing so at that rate of $300. Other teams have stuck with the $400 figure so far - except the Oakland Athletics, who informed players they would not be paid after May 31

NBC Sports Washington reported last week that the Lerner Family announced there would be no furloughs or layoffs for the Nationals' staff - though pay cuts range from 10% to 25% and will not go back up even if there is a baseball season.

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Releases of minor-league players and cuts in pay are just the latest fallout from what is slowly becoming a lost season for baseball. Though there is still optimism that a 2020 season will happen, at least for Major League Baseball, the two sides trying to negotiate a safe and fair deal continue to hit road bumps. Disagreements in salary, safety measures and other factors have talks continuing on into June between owners and the MLB Players' Association. 

As the calendar turns to another month, MLB remains in a tough position. Problems exist now, and the current landscape could lead to future struggles for the game of baseball.

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