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Stewart at the center of No. 24 Cowboys' pass game

Stewart at the center of No. 24 Cowboys' pass game

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Justin Blackmon used to line up one-on-one against a defender, a threat to go deep at just about any moment or outjump a cornerback for a touchdown when Oklahoma State got near the goal line.

It was much the same for Dez Bryant and Rashaun Woods before him, establishing a mold for Cowboys receivers bound to become first-round NFL draft picks.

Josh Stewart is approaching the big-time numbers of the talented receivers preceding him, but in a far different way. He's going right through the heart of opposing defenses.

Entering Saturday's regular-season finale at Baylor (6-5, 3-5 Big 12), the 5-foot-10 Stewart leads No. 24 Oklahoma State (7-4, 5-3) with 84 catches for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns while playing out of the slot. Only Blackmon, Bryant and Woods have caught more passes in a season with the Cowboys.

``Josh has been really good for us not only as a receiver, but we've been able to flip the ball to him and let him run with the ball. When we recruited him the word was that he was a gamer, that he liked to touch the ball and liked to be in the heat of the moment and be the guy you rely on for big plays,'' coach Mike Gundy said.

It's been out of necessity that Oklahoma State has relied so heavily on Stewart.

Blackmon, a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner, was a first-round draft pick this season and Josh Cooper also got a shot in the NFL despite going undrafted following his 71-catch season in 2011. The Cowboys expected seniors Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson to pick up the load, but both were hampered by injuries. Moore now plans to seek a medical redshirt and return next season.

``I'm just trying to be the best I can for our team,'' Stewart said. ``I feel like now that I'm a starter, I have to make plays. I can't be like I was last year and only make some catches. I have to catch everything that's thrown to me. That's been the mindset I've had this season.''

Stewart had 11 receptions for 150 yards in an overtime loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, including a 75-yard touchdown catch on the first play after halftime and a diving, one-handed stab to convert a third-and-8 and extend a second-quarter scoring drive.

It was his fourth 100-yard game of the season and his third in the last five games.

``He's been the guy. ... You have to have some sort of plan for worst-case scenario, and that's where this staff has been better than staffs we've had in the past here,'' Gundy said. ``They have an emergency plan. We don't always have to use it. Josh has been kind of the guy we hang our hat on in that situation.''

After the game, Stewart made some waves by posting on Twitter: ``I refuse to lose another game to OU while I'm at OSU. Believe that ... Congrats to OU and all because I'm not a hater ... Just know never again.''

The Cowboys had snapped an eight-game Bedlam rivalry losing streak last year, winning their first Big 12 title in the process, and never trailed until the game's final play on Saturday.

``I'm not going to lie to you and say it was easier (to get over). It was definitely harder because it was Bedlam,'' said Stewart, who ranks ninth in the nation in catches per game. ``Everybody wants to win the rivalry game, but it didn't go our way this year. You've got to move on.''

There will be no conference championship this year for Oklahoma State, which will attempt to earn a better postseason bowl with a victory.

``It's been tough with our losses. It's tough when you put everything into something and don't come out on top,'' Stewart said. ``It's been a fun year being able to do more for the team. The guys look to me to make plays, and I like that feeling. I think it's been a pretty good year for me. I just try to make plays for the team, and it's turned out pretty well.''

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Baseball Hall of Fame results 2019: Oriole great Mike Mussina gets long overdue call to the Hall

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Baseball Hall of Fame results 2019: Oriole great Mike Mussina gets long overdue call to the Hall

Mike Mussina was already recognized as one of the greatest pitchers in Orioles history. Now, he’s been enshrined as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history.

In his sixth year of eligibility, Mussina received 76.7% of the vote, barely surpassing the necessary 75% mark by just seven votes. He’ll be inducted this summer along with Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Lee Smith, Harold Baines, and the late Roy Halladay.

Over the course of his 18-year career, Mussina compiled 270 wins to go against just 153 losses. He had a 3.68 ERA and struck out 2,813 hitters, the 20th most in baseball history. He also was an American League All-Star five times and won seven Gold Gloves.

Mussina’s career in many ways can be described as “close, but no cigar.” He threw multiple one-hit, no-walk shutouts with the Orioles, including against the Indians when he threw 8⅓ perfect innings before allowing a single. He also was one pitch away with the Yankees against the Red Sox before Carl Everett singled with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning.

He reached two World Series, both in New York, but lost both times. He finished 2nd in Cy Young voting in 1999, and would have been deserving if Pedro Martinez hadn’t had an all-time historically great season. He finished just 30 wins shy of 300 for his career, and it took him nearly two decades to reach 20 wins in a season, finally hitting the milestone in 2008.

Finally, with only four years remaining on the ballot, he made the Hall of Fame. This time, he didn’t fall short.

Mussina’s Hall of Fame case has been boosted by the rise of sabermetrics, By WAR, he was an obvious selection.

His numbers likely would have looked even better with more favorable circumstances. Mussina spent his entire career in the vaunted American League East, a division full of big bats and hitter-friendly ballparks.

He all spent the bulk of his career pitching in what has since become known as the Steroid Era, an obvious detriment to his overall pitching stats.

Former players have congratulated Mussina and praised both his raw stuff and his off-the-charts baseball IQ. Stuff, plus smarts, plus durability meant he was the total package.

Mussina was always destined to be an Oriole as Baltimore drafted him twice. In 1987, they took him in the eleventh round before the pitcher elected to go to college. In 1990, after his junior season, they took him in the first round.

The starting pitcher affectionately referred to as “Moose” spent a decade in Baltimore before playing the final eight seasons of his career in New York. Because of this, a debate has raged on for years about which cap he would wear should he ever be elected into the Hall of Fame.

Previously, the player himself was able to choose. Nowadays, the Hall makes the call. For some, however, the answer is obvious.

Mussina finally became a 20-game winner with the Yankees, and was obviously much more visible playing for the biggest franchise in the sport. That said, he made a much larger impact in Baltimore, both in statistics, and in stature.

When Orioles fans point to the team’s miserable track record trying to develop homegrown starting pitchers, they often point to Mussina as the last success story. The fact that their most recent win in pitcher development is now in the Hall of Fame is a tough look for a franchise that once started four 20-game winners in the same rotation.

If he does go in as an Oriole, Mussina will become the seventh member to wear the Baltimore cap, joining Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Jr. and manager Earl Weaver.

Mussina is in a unique spot in Orioles history, as many of the Hall of Famers from Baltimore are thought of as Orioles through and through. None of Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, Jr., Jim Palmer and Earl Weaver ever wore another uniform.

“Moose” famously spurned the Orioles to join their bitter rivals when he signed with the Yankees, though it’s hard to blame him for taking the most money offered. When asked on MLB Network after the election announcement, Mussina was very appreciative towards both ballclubs and credits both organizations for getting him to this point.

It’s a slightly complicated history, but one that has largely been forgiven with time. When the announcement was made, the consensus reaction on Twitter in Birdland was that of joy for Mussina.

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St. Joseph's vs. Richmond Basketball: TV Channel, Live Stream How to Watch

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St. Joseph's vs. Richmond Basketball: TV Channel, Live Stream How to Watch

After a disappointing 7-11 start to the 2018-19 men's college basketball season, the Richmond Spiders hope to snap a two-game losing streak when they travel to the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday night to take on the St. Joseph's Hawks at Hagan Arena.

The Spiders hope to start off their Three-Saint-Strech on the right foot against St. Joseph's prior to heading back home to host St. Bonaventure (1/23) before their road trip to take on Saint Louis (1/30). Richmond Head Coach Chris Mooney is aiming to lead his club to their third straight victory at Hagan Arena.

St. Joseph's vs. Richmond will tip off at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington Plus.

St. Joseph's Hawks vs. Richmond Spiders How to Watch

What: St. Joseph's Hawks vs. Richmond Spiders
Where: Hagan Arena, St. Joseph's University. Philadelphia, PA.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder, Daily TV listings)
Radio: (99.5 FM; 950 AM)


St. Joseph's Hawks vs. Richmond Spiders Preview

Conference: Atlantic-10
Record: St. Joseph's (8-10, 1-5), Richmond (7-11,1-4)
Last Game: 68-57 Loss vs. Saint Louis, 1/18 (St. Joseph's), 75-62 Loss at Davidson, 1/19 (Richmond)
Leading Scorers: Charlie Brown Jr., 18.9 ppg (St. Joseph's), Grant Golden, 17.7ppg (Richmond)