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Seminoles hope to regain early season form vs Duke

Seminoles hope to regain early season form vs Duke

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) No. 11 Florida State heads into the final third of its schedule trying to cure a midseason bout of sloppiness.

The Seminoles lost two of their five fumbles last week. There was also a shanked punt and a dozen penalties that cost them another 121 yards in a sluggish 33-20 win at Miami.

``Some things they inflicted on themselves, some things they didn't,'' Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. ``There are elements in the game that you can't control.''

The Seminoles (7-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) are changing their punt returner for Saturday's game against Duke (6-2, 3-1), which leads the ACC's Coastal Division. Sophomore defensive back Tyler Hunter will take over the punt return duties from Rashad Greene in a significant lineup change this week by Jimbo Fisher.

``Punt returns we've got to get fixed,'' Fisher said.

Greene, who leads the Seminoles' receivers with 27 catches this season, had averaged 15.8 yards on punt returns and scored twice, but was inconsistent in fielding some punts.

Fisher, however, pointed to his team's resilience in overcoming so many mistakes and erasing an early 10-0 deficit.

``We overcame penalties ... losing our best offensive football player 20 plays into the game ... and still had 450 yards of offense and scored over 30 points,'' Fisher said, referencing the second quarter season-ending injury to tailback Chris Thompson.

``We haven't done that here for a long time in the past,'' Fisher said. ``Other teams out there, good teams, don't always do that.''

The Seminoles are the third most penalized team in the ACC and sixth in turnover margin.

Fisher is confident there won't be any noticeable drop off at tailback since sophomore James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman both had so much playing time a year ago after the speedy Thompson was sidelined early in the season with a potentially career-ending back injury. Wilder and Freeman have combined for 656 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing. Wilder has also caught two TD passes.

``We know how good they are,'' said Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who is particularly familiar with Freeman who ran for 109 yards and a touchdown in Florida State's 41-16 win at Duke last year. ``It's not going to change their offensive system at all.''

Cutcliffe said like most good teams, Florida State is deep across the board.

``I don't think I've seen a more complete team in a number of years,'' Cutcliffe said the ACC's weekly coaches' conference call.

``We'll keep a good rotation,'' Fisher said, noting that fullback Lonnie Pryor will likely get more opportunities as well.

The Seminoles are a four touchdown favorite in their penultimate home game of the season. Florida State has been especially dominant at home, averaging 55.4 points a game, compared to the 26.7 points they've averaged in road games.

But it's been the teams they are expected to beat during the Fisher era that have caused the most heartache for the Seminoles and their fans. Though Duke hasn't been one of them - the Blue Devils have never beaten Florida State regardless of Seminole mistakes.

Still, Florida State isn't taking the surprising Blue Devils lightly - there's always a first time.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: OTAs Day 1

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: OTAs Day 1

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including a recap of the first day of OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Yesterday, (Monday) was the first day of the Ravens' OTAs. OTAs continue today (Tuesday) as the Ravens work on developing a new offense. Check out some of the highlights here. 

2. The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the full 90-man roster that will be competing for an official team roster spot in OTAs this summer. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jaxson Hayes

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jaxson Hayes

The Washington Wizards will have the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...

2019 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jaxson Hayes

School: Texas
Position: Center
Age: 19
Height: 7-0
Weight: 219
Wingspan: 7-4
Max vertical: 34.5 in.

2018/19 stats: 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.6 spg, 2.2 bpg, 72.8 FG% (3.8/5.3), 00.0 3PT% (0.0/0.0), 74.0 FT%

Player comparison: Jarrett Allen, John Henson

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 10th, NBADraft.net 9th, Bleacher Report 10th, Sports Illustrated 9th, Ringer 10th

5 things to know:

*Hayes is considered the best center prospect in this year's class. He is athletic, plays with energy and measured in at the combine at about 7-feet in shoes with a 7-foot-4 wingspan. He can run the floor and play above the rim.

*The skill that stands out most for Hayes is rim protection. He averaged 2.2 blocks in only 23.3 minutes per game. That extrapulates to 5.7 blocks over 100 possessions. He has long arms and appears to have good instincts tracking the ball in the lane. He is following in the footsteps of fellow Texas shot-blockers before him like Myles Turner and Jarrett Allen. The latter may be the best player comparison for Hayes in today's NBA.

*Hayes is not considered a very good rebounder. He averaged 5.0 per game and only once reached double figures. It could be that he just needs to add some weight, an issue that is correctable but would hurt him even more at the NBA level initially. The worst-case concern is that he is soft and won't do the necessary dirty work.

*At this point, Hayes offers nothing in the way of an outside shot. He didn't attempt a single three-pointer in college and didn't do much on offense outside of dunks and putbacks. In order to justify being taken with a high draft pick, he will either need to develop a post game, an outside shot or be extremely good on defense. His lack of an all-round game will certainly give some teams pause in evaluating him.

*Hayes comes from a family of impressive athletes. His father played 12 seasons in the NFL and recently served as the tight ends coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. His mother played basketball at Drake University and later coached in college, including a stint as an assistant at Oklahoma. Hayes followed his father's footsteps by playing wide receiver in high school before a growth spurt made it clear basketball was the path to go.

Fit with Wizards: Hayes is one of the best fits for the Wizards among the players who could be available with the ninth pick. He does what they arguably lack the most, which is play defense and more specifically protect the rim.

The Wizards allowed the most field goals within five feet of any team this past season and the third-highest field goal percentage in that range. They desperately need someone who can block and alter shots.

Hayes would likely be the Wizards' best shot-blocker Day 1. But whether he can help them in other ways is a question at this point.

Hayes would represent a bit of a project for the Wizards and may not have All-Star potential because of his offensive limitations. Still, he remains one of their best options in the first round. Long-term, he could transform their defense and form a strong pick-and-roll partner for John Wall.

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