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South Dakota rallies for 97-78 win over Oakland

South Dakota rallies for 97-78 win over Oakland

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) South Dakota overcame a 14-point first-half deficit and had six men score in double figures to earn a 97-78 victory over Oakland on Saturday.

Casey Kasperbauer led the way with 23 points for South Dakota (8-12, 4-4 Summit), including 5 of 7 from 3-point range. South Dakota made 10 of 19 shots from beyond the arc as a team. South Dakota also was 19 of 20 from the free-throw line.

Juevol Myles added 17 points, Brandon Bos had 13, Trevor Gruis and Jordan Boots had 11 and Karim Rowson had 10.

Oakland (8-13, 3-4) had four men score in double figures.

Travis Bader scored 19 points, Drew Valentine had 18, Duke Mondy had 17, and Corey Petros had 10. Valentine had 11 rebounds.

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Davey Martinez wasn't focused on the Astros stealing signs during the World Series

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Davey Martinez wasn't focused on the Astros stealing signs during the World Series

Stealing signs is part of the game of baseball.

Using technology, such as cameras to steal signs as the Houston Astros are currently under investigation by the MLB for doing, is not.

Hearing rumors about the Astros' alleged sign-stealing, the Nationals came into the 2019 World Series with a plan to combat it by adapting their signs, but according to Nationals manager Davey Martinez, the focus was always on how to win.

“You know for me and for everything we talked about, I didn’t want to get into any series and worry about what the other team does," Martinez told NBC Sports Washington Monday at MLB's Winter Meetings. "I wanted to focus on what we can do and how we can attack the opponents and win games and that was our focus. Yeah, you know we changed some signs around, we did some different things but the focus was always about how we can beat the Houston Astros and not how we think that they’re gonna play us.”

Regarding the use of technology, Martinez says "it's out there," and looks to repercussions the MLB puts in place to prevent this from happening again.

"I know MLB is doing an unbelievable job trying to fix the issues so we’ll see what happens," Martinez said. 

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John Carlson's six-point week nets him the NHL's first star

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John Carlson's six-point week nets him the NHL's first star

After a sterling week with three goals and three assists in three games, John Carlson was named the NHL's first star for the week of December 2-8.

This isn't the first time this season the NHL has honored Carlson for his stellar efforts. He was named the NHL's first star in October and was the second star of the week for the week of October 14-20.

Two of Carlson's three goals last week were game-winners, and the week included his sixth three-point performance this season.

Carlson currently tops the league's defensemen in goals (11), assists (32), points (43) and game-winning goals (4) through 31 outings this season.

He is also the only Caps player on pace for a 100+ point season.

And that pace is historic. The only two defensemen in NHL history that have recorded as many points through their team’s first 31 games of a campaign are Bobby Orr (5x, most recently in 1974-75: 21-37—58 w/ BOS) and Al MacInnis (1990-91: 13-31—44 w/ CGY).

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