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Starks scores 25 as Bryant beats Binghamton 78-56

Starks scores 25 as Bryant beats Binghamton 78-56

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) Dyami Starks scored 25 points and Bryant used a strong first half to pull away early to beat Binghamton 78-56 on Saturday.

Starks shot 9 of 14 from the floor, knocking down six 3-pointers for the Bulldogs (5-3), who have won five of their last six games. Alex Francis and Corey Maynard each scored 12 points. Maynard also had eight rebounds and five assists.

Starks went on a scoring spurt during the first half, making back-to-back 3-pointers then a jumper to give the Bulldogs a 21-7 lead with 12:12 left in the first half. Starks hit another 3-pointer with 1:39 remaining before halftime to give Bryant a 47-25 advantage.

The Bulldogs continued to build on their lead in the second half, pushing their margin to as many as 30 points.

Jordan Reed scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Bearcats (2-8), while Jimmy Gray had 14 points.

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Nationals alter plans, decide to pay full stipend to minor leaguers

Nationals alter plans, decide to pay full stipend to minor leaguers

The Nationals reversed course Monday when the organization decided it will pay minor-league players under contract the full $400 weekly stipend originally agreed to across Major League Baseball in late March.

The Nationals were one of a handful of teams to lower the weekly stipend for minor-league players. Their decision over the weekend was instantly criticized since the total savings was so low and minor-league players already operate with comparatively low incomes.

The optics were particularly bad during this time of economic downturn.

Sunday, Sean Doolittle tweeted that the major-league players in the organization would fill a financial gap created by ownership when it decided to reduce minor-league pay from $400 to $300.

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“After hearing that Nationals minor league players are facing additional pay cuts, the current members of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball club will be coming together and committing funds to make whole the lost wages from their weekly stipends.

“All of us were minor leaguers at one point in our careers and we know how important the weekly stipends are for them and their families during these uncertain times.

“Minor leaguers are an essential part of our organization and they are bearing the heaviest burden of this situation as their season is likely to be cancelled. We recognize and want to stand with them and show our support.”

Monday, the organization lifted the small burden from the players and decided to fulfill the stipends until the end of June.

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Lamar Jackson tweets photo of George Floyd in Ray Lewis jersey

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Lamar Jackson tweets photo of George Floyd in Ray Lewis jersey

Lamar Jackson posted a photo on Twitter Monday of George Floyd wearing a Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis jersey. Floyd's death while in police custody has sparked several protests across the country,

"#Rip #BigGeorgeFloyd #FloydFlock," Jackson wrote.

The reigning NFL MVP is one of many college and pro athletes to share their support for Floyd and demand for change regarding police brutality, a group including LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Bradley Beal and Richard Sherman.

On May 25, videos emerged of police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the back of Floyd's neck for over eight minutes while making an arrest. Floyd, who was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a deli in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, died later that day.

Chauvin and the three other officers involved in the incident were fired, and Chauvin was later arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.