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NEW YORK (AP) Khalif Wyatt scored 33 points and Anthony Lee had 21 - both career highs - and Temple, despite not making a field goal over the final 5 1/2 minutes, upset No. 3 Syracuse 83-79 on Saturday in the Chevrolet Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.

The Owls (9-2), coming off a 10-point home loss to Canisius, used the combination of Wyatt from the outside and Lee inside to keep Syracuse at bay. The Orange led by two at halftime but never took a lead in the second half even though there were four ties, the last at 59 with 10:23 to play.

C.J. Fair had a career-high 25 points for Syracuse (10-1), which had its 52-game regular-season nonconference winning streak snapped. Jim Boeheim remained at 900 wins, two behind Bob Knight for second place all-time among Division I men's coaches. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski has 938 wins.

Temple hit three 3-pointers in an 11-3 run that gave the Owls the lead for good. Scootie Randall started the run with a 3 that broke the 59-all tie. He closed it with another 3, his only points of the game.

No. 9 KANSAS 74, No. 7 OHIO STATE 66

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore scored 22 points and Kansas proved it was more than just a bully at home by beating Ohio State.

It was the third victory for the Jayhawks (10-1) in little more than a year over the Buckeyes (9-2). Kansas won a 64-62 thriller in last year's NCAA semifinals.

The Jayhawks, who had yet to play a true road game, held Ohio State without a field goal for more than 10 minutes of the second half. The Buckeyes, who were led by Deshaun Thomas' 16 points, shot 9 of 36 from the field in the final 20 minutes.

Jeff Withey added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks. Elijah Johnson scored 13 and Travis Releford 11.

Shannon Scott had a career-high 15 for the Buckeyes.

No. 12 MISSOURI 82, No. 10 ILLINOIS 73

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Laurence Bowers had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Missouri over Illinois in the annual Braggin' Rights game.

Alex Oriakhi added 13 points and 14 rebounds as Missouri (10-1) won its fourth straight in the 32-year-old series. Jabari Brown had 18 points and Phil Pressey handed out 11 assists.

Brandon Paul led Illinois (12-1) with 23 points. Tyler Griffey scored 14 and Joseph Bertrand had 13.

Missouri used a 9-0 run late in the game to take the lead for good at 70-64. The Tigers held a 58-35 edge on the boards and outscored Illinois 44-24 in the paint.

Illinois, which leads the overall series 20-12, won nine meetings in a row from 2000-08.

No. 11 CINCINNATI 68, WRIGHT STATE 58

CINCINNATI (AP) - JaQuon Parker scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and Cincinnati remained unbeaten by overcoming another poor start to beat Wright State.

The Bearcats improved to 12-0 for the eighth time in school history and the second time in three seasons. Cincinnati won its first 15 games in 2010-11.

For the second game in a row, the Bearcats struggled in half-court offense and scored only 22 points in the first half. Parker scored Cincinnati's first eight in the second half, sparking a 23-6 run that put the Bearcats in control for the first time. The 21 points matched his season high.

Titus Rubles added 11 points and nine rebounds. Justin Jackson had nine points, seven rebounds and two of Cincinnati's 10 blocked shots.

Wright State (8-4) got 14 points from Jerran Young.

No. 13 MINNESOTA 75, LAFAYETTE 50

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Starting guard Joe Coleman scored 12 points and Minnesota got 42 points from its reserves in a rout of Lafayette.

Otto Osenieks added 10 points for the Gophers (12-1), who have won eight straight.

Dan Trist scored 14 points for the Leopards (5-9), who are 0-7 on the road.

Minnesota led by 15 at halftime before stretching its lead soon after the break. Rodney Williams scored six points and Coleman added four, including a steal and dunk, as the Gophers went ahead by 20 and cruised the rest of the way.

No. 15 GEORGETOWN 65, AMERICAN 48

WASHINGTON (AP) - Otto Porter had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Georgetown pulled away late in the first half to beat D.C. neighbor American.

Greg Whittington added 13 points for the Hoyas (10-1), who took advantage of the sizable talent gap between the Big East school and the Eagles from the Patriot League. Georgetown has a nine-game winning streak over American, its last loss coming 30 years ago when Patrick Ewing and Co. lost by one point in what still stands as the biggest intra-city upset in the nation's capital.

Any thought of another stunner was dispatched when Georgetown went on an 11-2 run to end the first half, then an 8-0 spurt to start the second half to build a 48-25 lead. The Hoyas have won seven straight since an overtime loss to then-No. 1 Indiana.

Daniel Munoz scored 15 points to lead the Eagles (4-8).

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 70, No. 16 NEW MEXICO 65

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Nate Wolters scored 28 points and handed out seven assists, leading South Dakota State to an upset of New Mexico.

Kendall Williams scored 21 to lead the Lobos (12-1), who went a frustrating 7 of 12 from the foul line in the closing minutes as they tried to complete a comeback.

Jordan Dykstra had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Jackrabbits, who went 10 for 11 from the line down the stretch to preserve their lead. Chad White added 13 points for South Dakota State and Brayden Carlson had 10.

The Jackrabbits (10-4) led for the final 37 minutes after taking the lead with an early 8-0 run.

No. 18 SAN DIEGO STATE 80, SAN FRANCISCO 58

HONOLULU (AP) - Chase Tapley made six 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 33 points and San Diego State beat San Francisco in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic for its 10th straight win.

Tapley gave the Aztecs (10-1) their first cushion in the opening half with three jumpers during a 2-minute stretch, and he was just getting warmed up. The senior was 13 of 19 from the field, with nine of those from outside, and back-to-back 3s with 9 minutes left in the game sent San Diego State on its way.

The Aztecs have beaten seven California schools this season, including USC and UCLA. They next play Sunday against Indiana State, which beat Ole Miss in overtime earlier Saturday.

The Dons (5-5) tried to keep it close and never let San Diego State go ahead by more than 10 points until just more than 6 minutes were left in the game. Cole Dickerson led San Francisco with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

No. 19 BUTLER 75, EVANSVILLE 67

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rotnei Clarke and Andrew Smith each scored 20 points to lead Butler past pesky Evansville.

The Bulldogs (9-2) won their sixth straight and completed a sweep of the five Indiana schools they played this season in non-conference action - including last weekend's stunning overtime victory against the top-ranked Hoosiers.

Evansville (7-5) was led by Colt Ryan with 25 points.

Butler, playing its first game since breaking into the Top 25 following last week's win over then-No. 1 Indiana, was sluggish early but regrouped with a 22-8 run that gave the Bulldogs a 25-17 lead with 6:34 left in the first half. Evansville spent the rest of the game playing catch-up.

No. 20 MICHIGAN STATE 67, TEXAS 56

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Derrick Nix had 25 points and 11 rebounds to help Michigan State surge past Texas.

Nix was 7 for 10 from the field and 11 for 13 at the line, a major improvement for a 64.9 percent foul shooter.

Keith Appling had 14 points and Adreian Payne added 13 for the Spartans (11-2), who stayed perfect in six December games.

Julien Lewis scored 16 points for the Longhorns (7-5), who couldn't match the efficiency of their 85-67 win over North Carolina on Wednesday night.

No. 23 NORTH CAROLINA 97, MCNEESE STATE 63

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - P.J. Hairston scored a career-high 20 points in North Carolina's victory over McNeese State.

Reggie Bullock added 17 points for the Tar Heels (9-3), who shot 13 of 28 on 3-pointers and never trailed. James Michael McAdoo had 12 points, Leslie McDonald added 11 and Brice Johnson scored 10.

The Tar Heels broke open the game early with a 22-4 run to take a 27-8 lead midway through the first half.

Jeremie Mitchell had 13 points to lead the Cowboys (6-4), who had won five straight.

No. 24 OKLAHOMA STATE 78, TENNESSEE TECH 42

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Freshman guard Phil Forte scored 22 points to lead Oklahoma State over Tennessee Tech.

Forte shot 6 of 11 from 3-point range and the Cowboys (10-1) hit a season-high 11 3-pointers. Kamari Murphy scored 12 points, Markel Brown and Marcus Smart each had 11, and Kirby Gardner added 10 points and seven assists.

Judd Dillard led Tennessee Tech (6-6) with 18 points.

Oklahoma State led 38-19 at halftime, the second straight game an opponent failed to reach 20 points in the opening 20 minutes.

No. 25 N.C. STATE 92, ST. BONAVENTURE 73

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - C.J. Leslie scored a career-high 33 points to lead North Carolina State past St. Bonaventure.

Scott Wood added a season-best 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Lorenzo Brown had a season-high 11 assists for the Wolfpack (9-2).

The nation's most accurate shooting team shot 57 percent, never trailed and now heads into its weeklong holiday break on a five-game winning streak.

Eric Mosley had 18 points for the Bonnies (7-4). They were outscored 50-24 in the paint, shot just 40.6 percent, never got closer than 12 in the second half and had their two-game winning streak snapped.

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Bryce Harper will compete in Home Run Derby, but only on one condition

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Bryce Harper will compete in Home Run Derby, but only on one condition

It’s happening.

When the 2018 All-Star Weekend comes to Washington, D.C. in the middle of July, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will compete in the 2018 Home Run Derby, but only on one condition: He has to be a member of the 2018 National League All-Star Team.

Though Harper is having a down year, only hitting .213 thus far, he leads the NL in home runs with 19.

In the June 18 update of All-Star game voting, Harper sat second among all outfielders with just north of 1,000,000 votes.

That means he’s not only going to make the All-Star team, but he’ll likely start in the outfield.

Harper, a five-time All-Star, competed in the Home Run Derby once before. He was the runner-up to Yoenis Cespedes in 2013, losing by just one long ball, 9-8.

The 2018 Home Run Derby will take place on July 16 at Nationals Park.

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Your guide to this year's Capitals Development Camp

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Your guide to this year's Capitals Development Camp

While this year’s Capitals roster brought home the ultimate prize – the Stanley Cup – it’s no secret that the team won’t be able to stay together as it is.

Despite the NHL salary cap rising from $75 million to about $79.5 million, the team will have less than $20 million to re-sign 19 active NHL and AHL affiliate players.

Challenging seems like an understatement when considering that key players like John Carlson, Jay Beagle, and Devante Smith-Pelly are due for some significant raises from their previous contracts. 

Similarly, the organization has to maintain depth, keeping its core roster strong while still offering smaller two-way contracts to their minor-league players in Hershey. 

With this in mind, this summer’s development camp seems especially crucial. For die-hard fans and new arrivals alike, all eyes are on how management will keep the team’s momentum next season.

Here’s what you need to know about attending Capitals Development Camp –shortened as dev camp – including who to watch and what events are most worthwhile.

What should I expect for Capitals development camp?

Development camp is fairly self-explanatory.

For one week every summer, as offseason contract negotiations take place, prospective players, minor-league players, and junior league players gather for a week for assessment, scrimmaging, fitness testing, practice, and publicity events. However, it's important to realize that the roster will not be finalized until the last minute, and depends on who the Capitals select or trade for in the 2018 NHL draft this Friday and Saturday.

Practices are free and open to the public at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, with coaching and managerial staff assessing players. Fan Fest will take place on Saturday, June 30 featuring the final camp scrimmage.

The Alumni Summer Classic game is scheduled for Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Kettler. The event is also free and open to the public.

Who should I be looking out for?

Former Hershey Bears on entry-level contracts like Jakub Vrana and Madison Bowey provided essential depth to the Capitals through this historic season. Several of their colleagues may be next in line.

Defensemen 
Following last years’ development camp, Connor Hobbs, Lucas Johansen, and Jonas Siegenthaler joined the Hershey Bears, showing promise on the team’s blue line. 

Hobbs, 21, spent two seasons with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League before coming to the Bears this past season. In November 2017, Hobbs suffered a wrist fracture, missing 32 games of the Bears’ 76-game season. Despite the injury, Hobbs put up a total of 16 points in 44 games.

Assuming he stays healthy, he only stands to get better. Like Siegenthaler, we’ll likely see him in the preseason lineup.

Johansen, 20, also came to the Bears from the WHL – Kelowna, to be exact. The 2016 first-round pick put up a respectable 27 points over 74 games this season. Though this may seem like a significant drop from his previous season’s 41 points in the WHL, the decrease is fairly typical when transitioning from junior to professional hockey.

Siegenthaler, 21, has the most impressive resume of any Capitals defensive prospect. Siegenthaler struggled to produce with the Bears this season, but did finish the full season in Hershey after spending 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons with Switzerland’s ZSC Lions and joining the Bears for their spring playoff push. He’s also made appearances on the international stage at the U20 World Junior tournament, adding his name to Switzerland’s national team roster this season.

It will be interesting to see if he could push for a spot with the NHL club.

Forwards
On the offensive side, Brian Pinho, 23, seems to be poised for a change. Coming off a four-year career with the Providence College Friars, Pinho captained the team to the NCAA quarterfinals this season.

It’s uncommon, yet not unsmart, to finish out a college degree before joining the NHL. Pinho will likely join the Bears next season.

Garrett Pilon, 20, was traded from the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers to the Everett Silvertips. The star child of Everett’s historic playoff run, he proved his indispensability as a scorer who works well under pressure, racking up a whopping 80 points in his final junior league season.

With contracts up in the air for several of the Capitals’ bottom-six forwards and favorable testimonies from management, Pilon might be the strongest chance to crack the lineup.

Goaltending
The Caps’ depth and future in goal looks a bit wonky, with general manager Brian MacLellan strongly hinting at shopping backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer to teams who may be able to use him as a starter. Braden Holtby isn’t going anywhere, but you need more than one goalie for an entire NHL season, plus playoffs.

What to do? We’ll have to see how this year’s draft shakes out on June 22 and 23. But for now, keep an eye on Ilya Samsonov. The 21-year-old posted a 0.926 save percentage across 26 games with the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk this season. Even if he moves up to Hershey next season, it’ll be interesting to watch his development.

What else should I know?

If this dev camp is your first time at Kettler, get excited!

Note that for all practices except scrimmages, forwards will be dressed in red or white practice jerseys and defensemen in blue.

Since most players are new and/or under watch by management and coaching, all players will have names and numbers on the backs of their jerseys to make them easier to identify.

Keep in mind that whoever the Caps chose – or trade for – with their six picks in Friday and Saturday’s draft will also affect the dev camp roster. It often isn’t finalized until the last minute. Dev camp provides the first and best chance to get up close and personal with the Caps' newly drafted players. The uncertainty of who you'll get to see can be a drawback, but regardless, attending can give a great glimpse into where the Caps may be headed next season.

Between the Alumni Game, practices, and final weekend scrimmages, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to get your offseason hockey fix or take a step back from the Capitals’ salary cap woes. The final schedule for the week is likely to be released Sunday.

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