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Texas-Pan American holds off Chicago State 68-65

Texas-Pan American holds off Chicago State 68-65

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) Brandon Provost scored 16 points, Jesus Delgado added 15 and Texas-Pan American went on a big second-half run before holding off Chicago State 68-65 on Saturday night.

Ruben Cabrera and Justin Leathers chipped in 12 points apiece for the Broncs (12-11, 3-1 Great West), which forced 22 Chicago State turnovers.

Nate Duhon led the Cougars (7-16, 2-2) with 14 points, and Matt Ross had 13.

Chicago State led 41-37 after Quinton Pippen's jumper 4 minutes into the second half, but an 18-4 run over the next 7 minutes, capped by two Provost free throws, put the Broncs ahead 55-45.

The Cougars pulled within 66-65 on Corey Gray's 3-pointer with 14 seconds left, but Provost made two more free throws before Gray missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Chicago State still leads 7-5 in the all-time series between the schools, but Texas-Pan American has won the last three meetings.

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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