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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Quinn Cook scored 11 of his 15 points in the final 7:46, including No. 5 Duke's last eight of the game, and the Blue Devils beat No. 2 Louisville 76-71 on Saturday night in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Neither team led by more than four points over the final 10 minutes until Cook's second free throw with 6.7 seconds left made it 76-71.

The sophomore point guard had six assists and just four turnovers against Louisville's pressure defense. He was 4 for 8 from the field and 6 of 6 from the line.

Mason Plumlee had 16 points for Duke (6-0).

Peyton Siva had 19 points for the Cardinals (5-1) and Russ Smith added 17.

NO. 13 MISSOURI 68, VCU 65

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) - Laurence Bowers had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Phil Pressey had 11 points and eight assists, leading the Tigers over the Rams in the third-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Pressey gave the Tigers (5-1) the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 1:17 to play. That capped a run of five straight possessions where the teams exchanged the lead.

The Rams (3-3) turned the ball over with 57 seconds left. The Tigers called a timeout with 10 seconds left on the shot clock. Pressey took the inbounds, dribbled off a few seconds, then made a move to the basket where he ducked under a VCU player and hit a flip shot as the shot clock hit zero.

Troy Daniels of VCU missed a 3 and the Tigers ran out the clock.

The Tigers lost to No. 2 Louisville in the semifinals, when they committed 23 turnovers. They had 14 against VCU.

Negus Webster-Chan and Keion Bell had 12 points apiece for Missouri.

NO. 18 UNLV 82, IOWA STATE 70

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Freshman Anthony Bennett scored 22 points and the Runnin' Rebels beat the Cyclones in the consolation game of the Global Sports Classic.

UNLV (3-1) began to pull away late in the second half. After Will Clyburn's tip-in at 7:24 cut Iowa State's deficit to 57-54, the Rebels closed the game with a 25-16 run.

Anthony Marshall added 16 points for the Rebels, and Mike Moser had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

The Runnin' Rebels used a pair of runs to seize momentum midway through the first half, but Iowa State (4-2) managed to stay close.

Clyburn had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Cyclones. Tyrus McGee added 12 points while Melvin Eljm scored 10.

NO. 19 MEMPHIS 52, NORTHERN IOWA 47

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) - Chris Crawford had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Memphis avoided losing all three games in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Joe Jackson scored 15 for the Tigers (3-2), who were one of four ranked teams in the regular-season tournament.

Deon Mitchell led the Panthers (3-3) with 18 points and five assists, but Northern Iowa shot 31.4 percent (16 of 51), including 7 of 27 (25.9 percent) from 3-point range.

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 63, NO. 24 BAYLOR 59

WACO, Texas (AP) - Willis Hall scored six consecutive points for the College of Charleston to break the final tie and the Cougars held on for a 63-59 upset.

The Cougars (3-2) won against a Top 25 team for the first time since an overtime home victory over No. 9 North Carolina on Jan. 4, 2010. Their only other road win against a ranked team was at Georgia Tech in January 1993.

Hall had 12 points, with eight free throws. The last came with 2.4 seconds left after grabbing a rebound.

Pierre Jackson's 21 points led Baylor (4-2), which had won 29 consecutive home games against non-conference teams.

Hall's two free throws with 3:22 left snapped a 55-all tie. His layup and jumper stretched the lead to 61-55.

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10 Training Camp Questions: How dangerous is the Brandon Scherff contract situation?

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10 Training Camp Questions: How dangerous is the Brandon Scherff contract situation?

The Redskins report to training camp on July 24th, and for the next 10 days, JP Finlay will count down the 10 biggest questions the Redskins face going into the 2019 season.

10) Will the Redskins develop depth on the D-line?

9) Can the Redskins count on Montae Nicholson?

8) Want better offense? Get more out of the tight ends 

7) Will Jimmy Moreland actually win the slot CB job from Fabian Moreau?

6) After losing Reuben Foster, how's the Redskins LB situation?

5) Will potential match production for Redskins WRs?

When a team picks in the Top 10 of the NFL Draft, folks around the NFL expect that player to become a Pro Bowler. For Washington, that exact scenario unfolded with right guard Brandon Scherff. 

Mostly. 

Selected fifth overall in 2015, the Redskins took Scherff to play right tackle and anchor the offensive line opposite Trent Williams. That idea quickly faded, helped by the emergence of Morgan Moses, and Scherff moved inside to play guard. For four years, it's worked out great, with Pro Bowl selections in 2016 and 2017. 

Scherff is a mauler in the best sense of the word. He has great footwork and Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has called the former Iowa Hawkeye the best pulling guard in the NFL. Scherff is strong and nasty, words that won't win beauty pageants but absolutely win in the trenches of the NFL. 

Considering all of that, a contract extension for Scherff should be easy. Right?

Wrong. 

Currently in the final year of his rookie deal, multiple reports stretching over the last six weeks indicate that the organization is way off in their extension offers to Scherff. He might not command the biggest contract in the league, but he will get paid like a top three guard. In 2019, that means a lot of money.

Cowboys guard Zach Martin makes $14 million a year. Jaguars guard Andrew Norwell makes $13.3 million a year. Scherff might not get to Martin's salary, but he will probably get to Norwell, whether Washington pays it or not.

That means the Redskins need to pony up the cash now because as each day passes, the team is approaching an ugly set of options. Scherff and his representatives might continue to negotiate during the season, but it doesn't make a lot of sense. Once free agency becomes in view, players tend to wait for it. Just ask Kirk Cousins. 

In fact, the situation between Scherff and the Redskins has some resemblance to the Cousins saga from a few years ago. 

In that case, Washington low-balled their homegrown quarterback in their first set of negotiations. From there, things went sideways, and the team used consecutive franchise tags on Cousins before he finally left via free agency. 

If the Redskins can't get a deal done with Scherff, the team could use a franchise tag in 2020. But that's a dangerous game of roulette. 

The time to get a deal done with Scherff is now, if not last month. Redskins team president has said in the past that deadlines drive deals, but with Scherff, there is no exact deadline. He can decide to stop working on a contract extension at any moment, particularly once the pads come on at training camp. 

The Trent Williams holdout might be complicating things a bit, if Williams only wants more cash and the issue isn't about much more than that. The truth is a Scherff extension would actually free up cap space in the short term, as his signing bonus would be spread out over the life of the contract, and some of that salary cap relief could go to Williams right away. 

Williams' status isn't the hold up between Scherff and the Redskins. Whatever is the actual holdup best be resolved soon. or the Redskins are beginning down an all too familiar franchise path.

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Washington Wizards hire assistant coach Michael Longabardi to Scott Brooks coaching staff

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Washington Wizards hire assistant coach Michael Longabardi to Scott Brooks coaching staff

The Wizards sought to add an assistant coach with a strong defensive track record this offseason and they did just that Saturday evening by hiring Michael Longabardi, according to NBC Sports Washington’s Chase Hughes. 

Longardi, 46, has spent the last three seasons as a defensive coach on the Cleveland Cavaliers' staff. He was initially hired by former Cavs' head coach Tyronn Lue in 2016 when the team claimed their first championship in franchise history. 

Before joining the Cavaliers, Longabardi held assistant coaching roles with the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, and most notably the Boston Celtics, in which he and Lue served under head coach Doc Rivers and Tom Thibodeau from 2007 to 2013.

Longabardi was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Xaverian High School, a private Catholic school. He then went on to play basketball at Newberry College where he earned the nickname "Mr. Defense."

Just a day after reports broke that Tommy Sheppard would be promoted to a permanent general manager position, the organization is making yet another move in hopes of improving overall culture and team defense.

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