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Snyder back to work for unbeaten, No. 6 Kansas St

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Snyder back to work for unbeaten, No. 6 Kansas St

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) The average person wouldn't be overjoyed to awake on a Sunday morning, on their birthday no less, and head to the office to get started on another grueling work week.

Bill Snyder is not, by any stretch, an average person.

He's the guy who eats once a day, so precious is his time. The guy who built Kansas State into a national powerhouse from almost nothing. The guy who turned 73 on Sunday, one day after beating rival Kansas 56-16 to remain undefeated, and had very clear plans on celebrating his birthday.

``I'll be right over there,'' he said, pointing his finger as his office.

The sixth-ranked Wildcats wouldn't be where they are without Snyder's tireless work ethic, barreling through another season that is rapidly turning into one of the best in school history.

They've already beaten Oklahoma on the road. Knocked off Miami. Dominated their in-state rival for the fourth consecutive year, and head to Iowa State next week with enough momentum and confidence that outside observers are already peering ahead to the next week, when they'll face No. 5 West Virginia in a game that could ultimately decide the Big 12 championship.

Oh, you can bet Snyder won't be looking that far down the road.

Chances are he breezed into his office bright and early Sunday, ever-present cup of coffee in hand, and got ready for a self-critique. He popped in the tape of Saturday's game against Kansas, settled into his chair with remote control in hand, and pored over the Sunflower Showdown.

Which turned into another Sunflower Beatdown by the time it was over.

The Wildcats (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) led just 21-14 at halftime after the Jayhawks pulled off an audacious faked field and faked punt, held the ball for all but 8 1/2 minutes, and made a goal-line stand as time was running out to send themselves into the break on a high.

Then the second half happened.

Collin Klein found his big tight end, Travis Tannahill, for a short touchdown throw, one of two Klein had in the game. John Hubert had touchdown runs of 32 yards and 1 yard, two of the four he had. Klein added a touchdown run of his own, one of two that he had.

The final three touchdowns of the third quarter took over just 5 minutes to score.

The game was out of reach just that quickly.

``There was definitely a level of frustration, and we knew we left some plays out there and did some things we can't do,'' said Klein, who went over 100 yards passing and rushing.

``Coach tells us all the time, `Keep playing,''' Klein said. ``Sometimes good things are going to happen, sometimes bad things are going to happen. You just have to keep playing.''

As poorly as the Wildcats played in the first half, they were dominant in the second.

As well as the Jayhawks played in the first half, well, you get the picture.

Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist was 7 of 8 for 77 yards and a touchdown on the game's opening drive, but was 9 of 21 for 112 yards with three interceptions after it. He lost a fumble, was sacked five times and gave way to redshirt freshman Michael Cummings late in the game.

Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis said not to put much stock into the move at quarterback, but he also indicated that after another lopsided defeat, changes could be necessary.

``I think I've got to be objective and look at every position,'' Weis said, ``and quarterback's got to be included with everything else.''

Crist is completing exactly half of his passes, with three TDs and seven interceptions.

Perhaps even more troubling for Kansas (1-4, 0-2) was that Tony Pierson left the game early and never returned. The Jayhawks' leading rusher and second-leading receiver was scheduled to have tests for an undisclosed injury, and Weis said he wasn't sure of his status.

``Tony's one of our few home-run hitters,'' Weis said. ``He goes down, and it isn't like you haven't practiced other guys to do the same jobs, but they're not the same player.''

Kansas State has been fortunate when it comes to injuries this season, and that remained the case Saturday, when Klein and most of the starters sat the fourth quarter to be safe.

There was no need to play them in a game so far out of hand.

The Wildcats had already proven once more they're the pre-eminent team in the Sunflower State, piling up at least 50 points for the third straight year and winning their fourth Governor's Cup in a row. Now, they'll turn their attention to bigger things still to come.

Snyder was already at it Sunday morning.

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Caps announce preseason schedule to kick off a busy week

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Caps announce preseason schedule to kick off a busy week

The Stanley Cup champion Caps will open their seven-game exhibition schedule on Sept. 16 season against the Bruins at TD Garden, the team announced.  

Washington will face Boston, Carolina and St. Louis twice apiece—once on the road, once at home—and the 

Canadiens one time. The game against the Habs will be played at Videotron Arena in Quebec City.

NBC Sports Washington’s preseason broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the preseason entire slate:

Date                    Opponent           Location                      Time
Sun., Sept. 16      at Boston          TD Garden                  1 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 18    vs. Boston         Capital One Arena     7 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 20  at Montreal      Quebec City, Que.      7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 21        at Carolina        PNC Arena                  7:30 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 25    at St. Louis        Enterprise Center      7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 28        vs. Carolina       Capital One Arena    7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 30      vs. St. Louis      Capital One Arena     3 p.m.

Monday's announcement kicked off a busy week for the Caps.

On Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin will pick up his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Nicklas Backstrom will also be on hand for media interviews; key members of the Cup-winning team are typically in attendance.

On Friday and Saturday in Dallas, Washington will make selections in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th rounds of the 2018 Entry Draft at American Airlines Center. (Their fifth-round pick was dealt to Minnesota in the Tyler Graovac deal.)

Next Monday, many of the organization’s prospects, including this year’s picks, will report to Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the start of development camp. The schedule and roster will be announced this week.

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Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Matt Adams drop slightly but still near top in MLB All-Star Game votes

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Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Matt Adams drop slightly but still near top in MLB All-Star Game votes

The MLB All-Star Game is at Nationals Park and is now less than a month away, so let's check in on how D.C.'s top players and fan favorites are doing in the voting. 

After the first National League All-Star Game ballot update last week, Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Matt Adams were the three Nationals among the top players receiving votes. And while that's still the case, they've all dropped one position since last week. Perhaps because of the Nats' recent slump?

Opening as the No. 1 outfielder, Harper is now No. 2 in the voting with 1,002,696 tallies, behind Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis with 1,173,653 votes. They are, however, the only two outfielders with more than a million votes and 2-of-5 overall in the voting. 

Adams — who was 14th among outfielders last week — slid one spot to No. 15 with 237,165 votes.

Last week, Turner was the No. 4 shortstop on the ballot, but he has since dropped to No. 4 with 279,071 votes. He's behind San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford, Braves' Dansby Swanson, Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell and Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story — who was the one to jump Turner this time around. 

If you're a Nats fan who doesn't like these results, don't worry. You can keep voting until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and you can vote up to five times every 24 hours. Read more about how to vote for your favorite players in the MLB All-Star Game HERE

The 2018 NL-AL matchup is in Washington, D.C. on July 17.

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