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Sore Buckeyes looking to maintain hex on Indiana

Sore Buckeyes looking to maintain hex on Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Urban Meyer may not know the brutal details of all those previous Ohio State-Indiana games.

Really, there's no need to.

With a first-year coach at Ohio State, a second-year coach at Indiana and new-school approaches in both places, there will be a new evolution to this series Saturday night.

``Everybody's trying to get an advantage and this (hurry-up offense) is an advantage if you know what you're doing,'' said Meyer, the Buckeyes coach. ``I have a coaching staff, a guy that's done that a lot. I didn't have a big background in that hurry-up. We ran the spread, but we were not a hurry-up team, so this hurry-up is kind of new to me.''

The goal, of course, is to run more plays than the other team and score points by the dozens.

But there are risks in going too fast.

If the offense doesn't pick up first downs, defenses can spend far too much time on the field - as Indiana (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) has sometimes learned the hard way. Players get weary.

Indiana and Ohio State (6-0, 2-0) seem to have it at least partially figured out how to make it all work.

Both are scoring more than 32 points per game, and while the Buckeyes have the conference's No. 2 rushing offense (248.7 yards), the Hoosiers have the league's top passing offense (305.2). The contrasting styles should make for an interesting night.

``I have no control over how many points they score and how our defense does, but every single time I go out on the field, our goal is to score a touchdown,'' Indiana quarterback Cameron Coffman said. ``Just like any game we play, no matter what offense we're playing, we're going to try to score as much as we can. That's still the goal this week.''

On paper, there's little doubt about which team has the edge.

The Buckeyes are the Big Ten's highest-ranked team, its only unbeaten team and can lean on Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller to bail them out of all kinds of trouble.

Ohio State's fans have traditionally outnumbered Indiana's, even in Bloomington's Memorial Stadium where Saturday's game will be played, and the tale of the tape explains why. In what has been one of the Midwest's most lopsided series, the Buckeyes have won 17 straight over the Hoosiers and are 48-2-2 against Indiana since 1952. Ohio State's average victory margin over that span: 22.7 points.

The Hoosiers, meanwhile, have lost 10 straight conference games and 20 straight league games against teams outside of Indiana, dating to a win over Illinois in the middle of the 2009 season.

Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson insists his players are making progress and believes last week's 31-27 loss to Michigan State proves it.

``We're learning how to attack. We're learning how to play Big Ten football,'' he said. ``If you keep doing that, good things are going to happen. That was the first time in my time here where there was a good team that we went after and played good football, had a shot against and didn't get it done. Let's learn, let's grow, but let's keep coming. It's not about getting close, it's not about doing our best and being short.''

It's about winning, something the Hoosiers haven't done since their Sept. 8 trip to Massachusetts.

The Buckeyes hung 63 points on Nebraska last week and Miller has been nothing short of sensational. He's averaging 303.8 yards in total offense per game, 23rd in the nation, is 11th nationally in rushing (127.2 yards) though he's still learning how to run Meyer's offense more efficiently.

Ohio State also must fill the void left by linebacker Etienne Sabino, who is expected to miss at least three weeks with a cracked bone in his leg.

Losing anybody on defense in a game like this could create a major hole, given the tempo and the lack of chances to substitute.

History says the Buckeyes can probably overcome the loss of Sabino on Saturday. But Meyer warns past performances don't guarantee future results, even as Buckeyes fans openly contemplate the possibility of 10-0 with four straight unranked opponents on the schedule - including Indiana.

``I've heard Indiana has a good offense, Indiana has a really good defense and has a lot of good players on defense,'' Ohio State center Corey Linsley said. ``We're not thinking about four unranked opportunities in a row. We're thinking about four Big Ten defenses that we have to go out there and play against. I don't think it's entering anybody's mind that these are easy teams because they're unranked. They're all Big Ten players.''

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Capitals vs. Lightning Game 6 Eastern Conference Final 2018: Date, Time, How to Watch, live stream

Capitals vs. Lightning Game 6 Eastern Conference Final 2018: Date, Time, How to Watch, live stream

When the Capitals take the ice in Game 6, they will be playing for their playoff lives. After losing Game 5 on Saturday to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Caps must win on Monday or their season will be over.

In order to do that, the Caps will have to change some things. First, they have to figure out how to win at home, something they have yet to do in this series. Second, they will have to find a way to get to Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy who has been dominant the past three games. Alex Ovechkin also needs to win the matchup against the fourth line since he has only two five-on-five points through five games. Finally, the defense will have to be better. Matt Niskanen took the blame for Game 5, but really it was a tough night all around.

Also, a few penalty calls against Tampa Bay would be nice too.

Where: Capital One Arena

When: 8:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Lightning, Game 6 will be broadcast on NBCSN

Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Lightning Game 6 on NBC Sports' live stream page.

WHEN IS GAME 6 OF THE CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING PLAYOFF SERIES?

Game 6 of the Capitals vs. Lightning 2018 NHL Playoff series takes place on Monday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. at Capital One Arnea.

WHAT CHANNEL IS GAME 6 OF CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING ON?

The TV broadcast of Game 6 between the Capitals and Lightning is on NBCSN. Capitals pre- and postgame coverage takes place on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
8:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Lightning Game 6 on NBCSN
10:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
11:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime

WHERE CAN I STREAM GAME 6 OF THE CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING SERIES?

Game 6 between the Capitals and Lightning is available to stream online on Monday, May 21 live here through the NBC Sports live stream page.

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR GAME 6 OF CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING?

Capitals projected lines:

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Chandler Stephenson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - Brett Connolly
Devante Smith-Pelly -  Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby with Philipp Grubauer as backup.

Lightning projected lines:

Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - J.T. Miller
Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh - Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy starts with Louis Domingue as backup.

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Soto makes debut in Nationals loss to Dodgers

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Soto makes debut in Nationals loss to Dodgers

WASHINGTON  -- Kike Hernandez and Yasiel Puig each hit two-run homers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Hernandez's blast off Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning put the Dodgers up 3-2. Yasmani Grandal also homered off Strasburg (5-4), who allowed three runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.

Alex Wood (1-4) pitched six innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs. Wood came out to start the seventh, but returned to the clubhouse after showing some discomfort during his warm-up tosses.

Trea Turner homered for Washington, which swept Arizona last weekend and then went five days without playing a full game because of rain before getting swept by the Dodgers.

Los Angeles, after losing six consecutive games, has now won four straight overall and five of six over Washington this season.

Washington's Juan Soto, at 19 the youngest active player in the majors, made his debut in the eighth as a pinch-hitter and struck out against Erik Goeddel.

The Dodgers added two runs in the ninth. Josh Fields recorded the final four outs for his second save of the season.

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