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Sacred Heart holds off Quinnipiac 80-74

Sacred Heart holds off Quinnipiac 80-74

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) Shane Gibson shot 9 of 18 from the field and 9 of 9 from the free-throw line to score 31 points, leading Sacred Heart to an 80-74 victory over Quinnipiac in a Northeast Conference game on Saturday.

Steve Glowiac had 21 points, hitting 6 of 7 from the field, and Louis Montes chipped in 12 points for the Pioneers (5-10, 3-1), who hold a 40-22 edge in series.

Dave Johnson scored 17 points, and Ike Azotam, Jamee Jackson and Zaid Hearst had 10 each for the Bobcats (5-10, 1-3).

Leading 29-26 at halftime, Sacred Heart started the second half on a 20-8 run to blow open the game and held a 61-41 advantage with 7:33 left.

Sacred Heart shot 45.5 percent (25 of 55) from the field versus Quinnipiac's 39.7 percent (27 of 68) and was 22 of 28 from the foul line to the Bobcats' 14 of 27.

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Nationals manager Dave Martinez remains in Washington for further testing

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Nationals manager Dave Martinez remains in Washington for further testing

Davey Martinez remained in Washington for further medical testing, the Nationals announced Monday. Bench coach Chip Hale will manage the team Monday night instead.

Martinez left Sunday’s series finale against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning because he was not feeling well. He went to a local hospital for further examinations upon the recommendation from Nationals medical staff. They said at the time they expected Martinez to join the team in St. Louis, though they did not specify when.

Hale, 54, joined the Nationals’ staff as bench coach when Martinez was hired ahead of the 2018 season. The Baltimore Orioles interviewed him this offseason for their open managerial position.

Hale has replaced Martinez following each of Martinez’s ejections this season.

Hale managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2015-16, where his teams went a combined 148-176. He’s also been the third base coach for the New York Mets, the bench coach for the Oakland A’s, and even a Triple-A manager. Prior, Hale was a part-time major leaguer for seven seasons.

The Nationals open a three-game series Monday night in St. Louis. They have a 1 ½-game lead for homefield in the Wild-Card Game. They are just 2 ½ games in front of Milwaukee for a postseason berth. Just 14 games remain in the season. 

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