LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) John Caleb Sanders scored 24 points, on 9-of-11 shooting, as Liberty beat Milligan 81-63 Friday night.
Davon Marshall scored 13 points and Tavares Speaks came off the bench to add 13 for Liberty (2-10).
After scoring 15 points in the first half, Sanders made a layup to begin the second half and spark an 18-10 run, helping Liberty push a 38-27 halftime lead to 56-35 with 12:59 left to play.
Milligan (8-7), an NAIA program, got as close as 14 points in the second half, but was held to just 36.1 percent shooting (22 for 61) for the game as the Flames ran away with the victory.
Liberty outscored Milligan 12-0 on fast-break points.
Sanders grabbed seven boards and Tomasz Gielo finished with nine rebounds as the Flames outrebounded the Buffaloes 54-41.
Palaima Ignas led Milligan in scoring and rebounding with 15 points and seven boards.
The Nationals aren’t expected to re-sign third baseman Anthony Rendon after they locked Stephen Strasburg into a seven-year, $245 million deal Monday, but their competition just got stiffer with the news that the Angels are interested in the two-time Silver Slugger.
The Angels’ main target appears to be Gerrit Cole but they could turn to Rendon if they’re outbid by a team like the New York Yankees or Los Angeles Dodgers. Rendon has also been connected to the Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies and is reportedly interested in signing a seven-year deal.
Nationals President Mike Rizzo said at a press conference Monday that “there’s ways to fit players in” when speaking about Rendon. His comments refuted an earlier statement made by principal owner Mark Lerner to NBC Sports Washington, to whom he said the Nationals “can really only afford to have one” of Strasburg or Rendon.
It’d be a surprising move if the Nationals did bring Rendon back, but everything remains possible at this point.
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Ever seen the Capitol building in the shape of a hop? Well, now you *can!
The Washington Capitals and Devils Backbone Brewing Company have unveiled the winning design of the 'Capit-Ale' beer can design contest. Springfield, Va. resident Cole Hogan's design, featuring a hop in place of the Capitol building, other notable D.C. monuments including the Washington Monument and, of course, the Capitals' logo, was selected as the winner.
Fans can purchase Hogan's winning design of DBB's 'Capit-Ale' at Capital One Arena in early 2020 and around the D.M.V. at select locations.
DBB has created other D.C.-sports-inspired beers, such as the Nationals' 'Earned Run Ale' in limited edition, World Series-themed cans.
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