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Top 25 Capsules

Top 25 Capsules

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) Le'Bryan Nash has 23 points and Marcus Smart added 20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and Oklahoma State earned a 76-56 win over No. 6 N.C. State in the title game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Sunday.

Phil Forte had 17 points for the Cowboys (4-0), who outrebounded the Wolfpack 45-34.

Rodney Purvis had 16 points and T.J. Warren added 15 points for the Wolfpack (3-1), who shot only 28.6 percent from the field.

Smart was the tournament MVP. He was joined by Nash, Warren, Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes and Akron's Zeke Marshall on the all-tournament team.

No. 2 LOUISVILLE 80, MIAMI (Ohio) 39

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Russ Smith had a game-high 23 points and Wayne Blackshear added 14 points and six rebounds and Louisville defeated Miami.

Smith was 5 of 7 from 3-point range. The junior guard has been the leading scorer in all three Cardinals victories and is averaging 21.3 points per game.

Blackshear started for the second consecutive game at small forward and made a career-high four 3-pointers for the Cardinals (3-0).

Senior center Gorgui Dieng added 11 points and nine rebounds and senior guard Peyton Siva matched a career high with 10 assists for the Cardinals, who shot 48 percent and hit 12 of 26 from 3-point range (46 percent).

Louisville's defense held Miami (1-2) to 30 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers.

Geovonie McKnight and Bill Edwards both scored seven points for the Redhawks.

No. 8 SYRACUSE 88, WAGNER 57

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Brandon Triche had 21 points and seven rebounds, James Southerland added 15 points and three blocks, and Syracuse beat Wagner.

Syracuse has won 23 straight home games and 34 in a row in the Carrier Dome against nonconference foes. The Orange (2-0) opened their season on the road a week ago with a 62-49 win over then-No. 20 San Diego State on the flight deck of the former aircraft carrier USS Midway.

Baye Moussa Keita had a career-high 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting, all in the second half. Michael Carter-Williams had a career-high 11 assists, and Trevor Cooney had eight points and five steals for Syracuse.

Jonathon Williams led Wagner with 14 points and nine rebounds and Kenneth Ortiz had 11 points.

No. 9 DUKE 88, FLORIDA GULF COAST 67

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 28 points, and No. 9 Duke routed Florida Gulf Coast 88-67 on Sunday night for its school-record 96th straight nonconference win at home.

Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon added 19 points and Ryan Kelly had 14 points for the Blue Devils (3-0).

They scored 30 straight points - including a 23-0 run to close the first half - to brush off a slow start, and forced 25 turnovers to cruise in this preliminary on-campus matchup in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

Bernard Thompson scored a career-high 24 points for Florida Gulf Coast (2-2), which led for most of the first half.

But foul trouble, sloppy ball-handling and cold shooting during the last 5 1/2 minutes of the half ruined the Eagles' chances at their first win over a Top 25 team and second victory in six days against an Atlantic Coast Conference program.

No. 10 FLORIDA 66, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 45

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Kenny Boynton had 20 points and Will Yeguete scored 11 and grabbed 13 rebounds Sunday to help Florida pull away to a victory over Middle Tennessee.

Boynton scored the final 13 of the game for the Gators (3-0), who opened the second half with a 14-2 run and never looked back.

Middle Tennessee (2-1) trimmed a 15-point deficit to nine before Mike Rosario finished a fast-break with a dunk and Boynton hit a 3-pointer to begin his game-ending spurt.

Marcos Knight led Middle Tennessee with 12 points and Shawn Jones added 10 for the Blue Raiders, who trailed 29-26 at halftime.

Florida turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, limiting the Blue Raiders to 27 percent shooting after the break. Middle Tennessee missed seven of eight shots while the Gators were taking control over an eight-minute stretch.

No. 15 CREIGHTON 87, PRESBYTERIAN 58

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Doug McDermott scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half and Creighton defeated overmatched Presbyterian.

Ethan Wragge scored 18 points, all coming on his career high-tying six 3-pointers, and Austin Chatman had a career-high 11 assists to go with his nine points for the Bluejays (3-0).

McDermott, held to five points against UAB on Wednesday, bounced back to make 7 of 9 shots and all eight of his free throws. He also had seven rebounds.

Jordan Downing, who averaged 6.5 points in Presbyterian's first two games, led the Blue Hose (0-3) with a career-high 25 points.

Presbyterian hung with the Bluejays for the first nine minutes. The Blue Hose tried to slow the tempo, and the Bluejays turned over the ball three times.

No. 16 BAYLOR 97, ST. JOHN'S 78

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Brady Heslip had a career-high 29 points on eight 3-pointers, Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson had double-doubles and Baylor bounced back from its first loss to beat St. John's and take third place at the Charleston Classic.

The Bears (4-1) lost 60-58 to Colorado on Friday and coach Scott Drew wondered how his team might respond.

He needn't have worried as Heslip took over from outside and Austin and Jefferson controlled the middle.

Heslip's seventh 3-pointer put Baylor up for good at 69-66 with 9:36 to play. The Red Storm (2-2) closed to 73-72 on Phil Greene's basket with 6:40 remaining, but Jefferson hit two foul shots and Baylor star Pierre Jackson scored five straight points.

Phil Greene had 24 points and D'Angelo Harrison 20 for St. John's.

Jefferson finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Austin got 13 points and 13 rebounds.

No. 19 GONZAGA 96, SOUTH DAKOTA 58

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Elias Harris scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and Gonzaga topped South Dakota.

Przemek Karnowski, a 7-foot-1 freshman from Poland, led the Bulldogs with 20 points off the bench for the Bulldogs (3-0) who head to the Old Spice Classic in Florida to face Clemson on Thanksgiving.

Gary Bell Jr. also had 16 points with Sam Dower getting 12 points and nine rebounds and Kevin Pangos 10 points to go with six assists.

Freshmen Casey Kasperbauer and Tyler Flack scored 17 and 10 points, respectively, for the Coyotes (1-3), who were playing their fourth game in five nights. Senior Juevol Myles had 12 points.

No. 21 MICHIGAN STATE 69, TEXAS SOUTHERN 41

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gary Harris scored 19 points, including 14 in a lopsided first half, to lead Michigan State past Texas Southern.

Branden Dawson had 13 points and six rebounds, while Adreian Payne added nine points and seven rebounds for the Spartans (2-1), who extended their string of wins in home openers to 36.

Coach Tom Izzo's team also got good work from reserves. Harris' fellow freshmen Denzel Valentine and, in his first action after a lower-back injury, Matt Costello combined for 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots.

Fred Sturdivant had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Mike Davis' Tigers (1-3), who had three players returning home to Michigan. Raymond Penn had 10 points and Kyrie Sutton 11 rebounds.

No. 22 WISCONSIN 73, CORNELL 40

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Jared Berggren and Ben Brust each scored 18 points to help Wisconsin beat Cornell.

Brust also grabbed 12 rebounds, while Ryan Evans also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Badgers (2-1).

Devin Cherry Cornell (1-3) with 13 points.

In losing to No. 10 Florida 74-56 on Wednesday, the Badgers allowed the Gators to shoot 75 percent in the first half and 62 percent for the game.

But it was clear from the start Sunday there would be no repeat of that performance.

The Big Red started just 1 of 11 and Cornell found itself down 27-8 with just less than 8 minutes to go in the first half.

No. 23 CONNECTICUT 89, QUINNIPIAC 83

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) - Shabazz Napier scored 23 of his career-high 29 points in the final 3:24 of regulation and two overtime periods to help Connecticut beat Quinnipiac in the Paradise Jam.

UConn (4-0) trailed by 55-45 after Garvey Young's 3-pointer with 4:56 left in regulation. But Ryan Boatright countered with a three-point play and Napier scored 11 of the Huskies' next 13 points, including a driving layup with 4.2 seconds left.

Quinnipiac's Dave Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left in the first overtime to send it into the second extra period. There, Napier kicked things off with a 3 and the Huskies never again trailed.

UConn has now won 67 straight games against in-state foes, dating back to a Dec. 29, 1986 loss to Hartford in former coach Jim Calhoun's first year at the helm.

No. 24 CINCINNATI 93, NORTH CAROLINA A&T 39

CINCINNATI (AP) - Sean Kilpatrick scored a career-high 29 points, hitting eight shots from behind the arc, and Cincinnati dominated from the outset of a victory over North Carolina A&T.

The Bearcats (3-0) opened with a 14-point run that featured four 3s by Kilpatrick, who got wide-open shots all around the arc. Cincinnati's lead never slipped below double-digits.

Kilpatrick had 21 points in the opening half - six under his previous high - and matched his career best with six 3-pointers before the intermission. He made more shots from beyond the arc than the Aggies (1-3) did overall in the half.

The junior guard also had seven rebounds and five assists in 26 minutes.

North Carolina A&T shot only 15 percent from the field (10 of 66) with 20 turnovers. Lamont Middleton led the Aggies with 11 points.

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Need to Know: The best receivers the Redskins will face in 2018

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Need to Know: The best receivers the Redskins will face in 2018

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 17, nine days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The five best pass catchers the Redskins will face in 2018

This week we’ll be looking at the best of what the Redskins will face during the 2018 season. Today the pass catchers are up. They are roughly ranked 2017 receiving yards, although I did some juggling based on offseason moves and other factors. Prior to this, we looked at the best teams and quarterbacks

Julio Jones, Falcons—Somehow the perception is that he had an off year in 2017 even though he still had 1,444 yards receiving. His touchdowns were down; his total of three TDs was a career worst for a full season. Still, he’s a beast to try to cover and even if you have him perfectly covered he can still make the catch on you. 

DeAndre Hopkins, Texans—Despite working with some shaky quarterbacks, Hopkins has managed to gain over 1,100 receiving yards in three of the last four seasons. He is a highlight show regular and his 13 touchdowns led the league in 2017. 

Michael Thomas, Saints—The third-year player doesn’t have high name recognition outside of New Orleans and maybe fans of the other NFC South teams. Defensive coordinators certainly don’t sleep on him. Thomas is as consistent as they come, posting nine games with 80 or more receiving yards last season. 

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals—I keep wondering when he will show signs of his age (he’ll be 35 before the season starts). He didn’t last year, posting 109 receptions despite the fact that his quarterbacks were an aging Carson Palmer plus journeymen Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton. 

Mike Evans, Buccaneers—At 6-5, he is able to physically beat most cornerbacks. Evans will turn 25 just before the season starts and he got a five-year, $82.5 million contract extension. He is worth every bit of it. If Jameis Winston gets a big contract (something that is up in the air right now), he owes a good chunk of it to Evans. 

Best of the rest: T.Y. Hilton, Colts; Davante Adams, Packers; Alvin Kamara (RB), Saints; Zach Ertz (TE), Eagles

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Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 9
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 23
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 46

The Redskins last played a game 198 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 54 days. 

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Bryce Harper's 2018 Home Run Derby win by the numbers

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Bryce Harper's 2018 Home Run Derby win by the numbers

Bryce Harper is the 2018 Home Run Derby champion.

In his home ballpark, Harper put on a show Washington won't soon forget.

He ran through a division foe in the first round in Freddie Freeman, took out a strong, hefty lefty in the semifinals in Max Muncy and then hit nine home runs in 47 seconds in the final minute of the final round when it seemed like he had no chance. On the second swing of his 30 seconds of extra time, Harper launched a bomb to deep center field to win.

And while winning the Home Run Derby in his own ballpark is an impressive feat on its own, the numbers behind his victory make it all the more impressive.


3.

He is just the third hometown winner of the Home Run Derby in the history of the event. Todd Frazier did it most recently in 2016 in Cincinnati, and Ryne Sandberg won at Wrigley Field in Chicago in 1990.

13.

Harper won each of the first two rounds with 13 homers. He didn't need his full time in either of the first two rounds.

446 & 441.

Harper's first two home runs of his first-round matchup against Freeman traveled farther than any of the Braves' superstar's dingers.


10.

In the semifinals, Harper only hit three homers in the first minute, but then blasted 10 in his next 11 swings. That's called efficiency.


5.

In the first round, Harper hit five of the 10 longest home runs of anybody in the field.


45.

Harper hit 45 bombs en route to claiming the title. Here's a visual representation of all of them.

That's also how many dollars cheaper Nats tickets will be... oops!


2.

That's John Wall's number and this is him celebrating his fellow D.C. sports superstar's victory.


19,058.

Bryce Harper hit an absurd 19,058 feet of home runs during the 2018 Home Run Derby. That's more than the 5k you ran last year.

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