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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Brandon Paul scored 17 points, Tracy Adams added 13 and No. 10 Illinois pulled away late to remain unbeaten with a 66-53 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Sunday night.

In a game between undefeated teams, the Illini led by 11 early but needed a late 12-2 run to gain control and help John Groce become only the second coach in Illinois history to win his first 12 games. Groce matched the school record for the best start by a first-year coach set by Fletcher Lane in 1907.

Joseph Bertrand chipped in with 11 points for Illinois.

Corey Walden scored 21 points and Glenn Cosey had 11 for the Colonels (9-1), who came in riding the school's best start in 66 years. Eastern Kentucky hadn't won nine straight games since the 1964-65 season.

Illinois stretched its regular-season, non-conference winning streak at home to 34 games.

NO. 24 OKLAHOMA ST. 91, CENT. ARKANSAS 63

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Le'Bryan Nash scored 19 points, Markel Brown had 14 points and eight rebounds and Oklahoma State overcame a slow start to beat Central Arkansas.

The Cowboys (8-1) fell behind by 11 in the first 8 minutes, but responded with 13 straight points to take the lead for good.

Phil Forte had 12 points, and Michael Cobbins and Marcus Smart each scored 10 for Oklahoma State.

Jordan Harks tied a career high with 16 points and Jarvis Garner had 14 for the Bears (4-4).

The Cowboys racked up a 53-35 rebounding advantage, outscored the Bears 44-26 in the paint and led by at least nine throughout the second half.

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Phillies analyst calls team 'lifeless' following Orioles series sweep

Phillies analyst calls team 'lifeless' following Orioles series sweep

Tuesday saw the Baltimore Orioles take down the Philadelphia Phillies 10-9 in extra innings in the first game of a three-game set. The loss for Philadelphia could largely be pinned on some bad defensive-lapses in the field.

Following the result, NBC Sports Philadelphia analyst Ricky Bottalico let the Phillies know just how disappointing their play on the field was

“I thought this game was an embarrassment to baseball. I felt like the Bad News Bears-type stuff today," Bottalico said.

On Thursday, Baltimore completed the sweep with an 11-4 drubbing. So, of course, Bottalico had some more words for Philadelphia. The team went from an "embarrassment" to "lifeless."

"Watching this game, I saw a lifeless Phillies team," Bottalico said. "Coming into a game where you're playing the Baltimore Orioles and the Orioles had just beaten you up two games in a row, you would have thought there would be some fight back."

Bottalico specifically took issue with the Phillies bullpen, which has consistently struggled throughout the 2020 season.

"If I was out there and I was in this bullpen and I wasn't pitching well right now, I would be scared to death to walk into that clubhouse every day after the game," Bottalico said.

Coming into the 2020 season, the Phillies were expected to contend for the playoffs while the Orioles struggled through another year of rebuilding. For at least three days in August, the roles were reversed. 

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NCAA president Mark Emmert says fall champions can't happen at this time

NCAA president Mark Emmert says fall champions can't happen at this time

While conferences and schools across the nation are withdrawing from the 2020 fall sports season due to the coronavirus pandemic, others remain adamant that games and seasons can be played.

However, for those who are planning on having a fall campaign, their hopes of competing for a championship could still be derailed. According to NCAA president Mark Emmert, all Division I sports besides football --- which operates on the bowl schedule -- are in jeopardy of losing a title season due to the lack of teams involved.

“We cannot, now at this point, have fall NCAA Championships because there’s not enough schools participating," Emmert said during the NCAA Social Series on Thursday. "The Board of Governors also said, ‘look if you don’t have half the schools playing the sport you can’t have a legitimate championship.’”

Emmert noted that the fall can still be beneficial to universities as programs can put all their focus into safety protocols and maintaining the health of players. Additionally, players can still remain on campus and prepare for the spring season.

As for actual competition in the coming months, Emmert has begun to look ahead to 2021 with the hope that teams have the opportunity to compete when the spring comes around. Specifically, he wants to make sure that winter and spring sports -- who already lost a season in 2020 -- are not forced to suffer through the same fate again.

In order to do that, he's considering numerous altercations to sports such as modified bubbles and smaller brackets for postseason play. The procedures will become clearer in the coming months as more questions about the virus and its impact are answered.

For now, Emmert is optimistic that the NCAA has the capability to bring sports back in a safe way. But to do so, a lot of work still needs to be done.

“There’s a way to do it. Will it be normal? Of course not, you’ll be playing fall sports in the spring. Will it create other challenges? Of course. But is it doable? Yeah, it is doable and we want to do that," Emmert said. "We want to, again, make it work for these students.”

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