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Richards, Manhattan beat Rider 61-52

Richards, Manhattan beat Rider 61-52

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) Freshman Shane Richards missed just one shot en route to 19 points and Rhamel Brown posted a double-double in Manhattan's 62-51 win over Rider on Sunday in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play to snap a three-game skid.

Brown finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Richards was 7 of 8 from the field, 4 of 5 from 3-point range and made his only free throw for Manhattan, which led 29-26 at halftime and shot 55 percent (11 of 20) in the second half to pull away.

Jonathon Thompson scored 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting for Rider (11-11, 6-4) but the rest of the team shot a combined 12 of 31. The Broncs also converted just 6 of 22 3-point attempts.

Manhattan (6-14, 4-6) registered a 33-21 rebounding advantage, outscored Rider 24-14 in the paint and got 37 points off the bench.

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Former Wizard Kris Humphries opens up about regrets in emotional retirement announcement

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Former Wizard Kris Humphries opens up about regrets in emotional retirement announcement

NBA journeyman and former Wizards' forward Kris Humphries penned his retirement Tuesday with a heartful post in the Players Tribune.

Humphries, who played for the Wizards from 2014-2016, was a reliable contributor whether in the starting lineup or coming in off the pine. 

Humphries gained widespread attention for his highly publicized relationship with television star Kim Kardashian. The two constantly were in the public eye after their marriage dissolved after just 72 days. 

The University of Minnesota standout discussed the struggles he faced after the public backlash to his marriage and how his strong support circle helped him get past issues with anxiety and helped him with his mental health.

Humphries was a household name in the Association, and will be remembered for his grit on the hardwood and for his impact as terrific teammate who left it all on the floor. 

"I hope that true fans of basketball remember me as a grinder, as a guy who transformed into a heck of a rebounder, and as a guy who always tried to put the game in the best light," Humphries said.

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The Capitals didn't clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday and that’s a good thing

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The Capitals didn't clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday and that’s a good thing

The Capitals had a chance to clinch a playoff berth on Tuesday. In order to do so, three things had to happen. First, they had to beat the Carolina Hurricanes. They also had to have both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Montreal Canadiens lose in regulation.

Washington got the 4-1 win over Carolina, but the Blue Jackets won meaning the Caps did not get to punch their ticket to the postseason just yet.

But you won’t hear any complaining from Washington.

Columbus played the New York Islanders on Tuesday, the team locked in a tight race with the Caps for the division crown. Heading into Tuesdays’ games, Washington held a narrow one-point lead over the Islanders for first place. For the Blue Jackets to lose, it would have meant giving the Islanders two points in the standings. With the Caps'’ win and New York’s loss, Washington’s lead in the standings is now at three points giving the Caps a bit of breathing room with just five games remaining in the season.

Washington may not have clinched a playoff spot, but their magic number is now down to two points. The Caps sit at 98 points and the most points either Montreal or Columbus can get to is 100. Those teams play one another on Thursday, which means someone is going to lose. Any combination of two points earned by Washington and lost by either Columbus and Montreal will put the Caps in.

Washington may not have clinched a playoff berth on Tuesday, but it was still a pretty darn good night all things considered for the Caps.

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