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UC Davis defeats UC Riverside 79-72

UC Davis defeats UC Riverside 79-72

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) J.T. Adenrele had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead five UC Davis players scoring in double figures in a 79-72 victory against UC Riverside on Saturday night.

Ryan Sypkens added 17 points, Josh Ritchart 13, Tyler Les 12 and Paolo Mancasola 10 for the Aggies (8-11, 4-4 Big West), who won for the third time in four games.

Josh Fox had 22 points and nine rebounds and Chris Harriel added 18 points for the Highlanders (5-15, 2-6).

UC Davis shot 56.8 percent (25 of 44) from the floor and made 10 three-pointers, its third straight game with at least that many. Sypkens made four from behind the arc and Les three.

The Aggies took the lead for good on Adenrele's three-point play with 6:45 left in the first half. That was part of a 27-13 run that gave UC Davis a 41-30 halftime lead, and it maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second half.

Harriel made five 3-pointers.

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Tom Wilson knows how hard the Kuznetsov suspension will sting: 'It's not easy to watch your team go into battle'

Tom Wilson knows how hard the Kuznetsov suspension will sting: 'It's not easy to watch your team go into battle'

ARLINGTON, Va. -- When the Capitals start the 2019-20 season, Evgeny Kuznetsov will not be on the ice. He will not play in the season opener against the St. Louis Blues, he will not play former coach Barry Trotz when the team travels to play the New York Islanders and he will not play in the home opener against the team that eliminated Washington from the playoffs last season.

Tom Wilson knows how Kuznetsov feels.

“It's not easy to watch your team go into battle and you be on the sidelines,” Wilson told NBC Sports Washington. “You definitely want to be out there with them, but can't do anything about it now and you've just got to make sure that you're ready to go once you're back out there.”

Wilson missed the first 16 games of the 2018-19 season when he was suspended for a preseason hit to St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist. Like Kuznetsov, Wilson was also forced to miss the start of the season.

When Kuznetsov spoke to the media on Saturday regarding his suspension, he expressed his appreciation to the fans for their support. With his suspension, however, Kuznetsov will be forced to miss the home opener on Oct. 5 and will not be able to play in front of those fans when the city celebrates the return of hockey.

That was even tougher for Wilson last year as he was not able to play in the home opener when the team raised its Stanley Cup banner to the rafters.

“It is tough,” he said. “It's a cool moment for the fans, it's a cool moment for the players. Stuff happens and you have to deal with it, but you never want to miss a game whether it's the first game or the 50th or whatever. You want to be on the ice every night. That's what we love to do.

“It'll be alright. I'm sure he'll be around to take it in, he just won't be out and playing.”

But the suspension to Kuznetsov will not just be hard on him, it will be hard on the team as well.

Washington faces a brutal schedule and, though Kuznetsov will only miss the first three games, the schedule and matchups in those three games were going to be difficult even before the team knew it would be without one of its top two centers.

The Caps open the season in St, Louis on the night the Blues celebrate their Stanley Cup victory and unfurl their championship banner. Two days later, the team will be in New York for the Islanders’ home-opener. The first game in Washington will come the next day on the back-end of a back-to-back and it will pit the Caps against the Carolina Hurricanes who eliminated them from the playoffs last season.

That’s a tough stretch and if the team struggles, that could make the suspension even harder for Kuznetsov, according to Wilson.

“When you're watching those games, you just have that motivation that when you come back, just to try to make up for lost time and be the best player that you can be in order to make it up to your teammates,” Wilson said.

There is a silver-lining to glean from Wilson’s suspension last year and that is what happened when he returned.

When Wilson’s suspension finally ended in 2018, the team got back a motivated winger who was dominant in his return. Wilson recorded eight goals and six assists in his first 10 games back including a goal in his very first game. After a lackluster season, perhaps the suspension can jolt Kuznetsov back into the 2018 playoff form that allowed him to dominate the league.

“I expect him to come back flying and playing his best hockey,” Wilson said. “We'll appreciate having him back in the lineup and a little spark in Game 4 for sure.”

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Giants bench Eli Manning for Daniel Jones, which is going to add some spice to Redskins' Week 4 matchup

Giants bench Eli Manning for Daniel Jones, which is going to add some spice to Redskins' Week 4 matchup

It was only a matter of time; a new era of New York Giants football will officially start this coming Sunday.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur announced on Tuesday that rookie quarterback Daniel Jones will be the team's starter moving forward, with 16-year veteran Eli Manning moving to the bench. 

The Giants selected Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and received a large amount of criticism following the selection. Many fans, as well as NFL experts, pondered why they selected Jones sixth overall when many believed he would still be available when they picked next at No. 17.

Additionally, another quarterback was still on the draft board when Jones was selected, one many believed would be taken before the Duke product. That would be Redskins' QB Dwayne Haskins, who the team drafted 15th overall.

But Jones dazzled in the preseason, which gave many the sense that the Eli Manning era in New York would be coming to a close sooner rather than later. Over the four exhibition games, he completed 29 of his 34 passes for 416 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Jones' first NFL start will come on the road in Tampa Bay this Sunday, but the Redskins will get their first crack at the rookie QB right after that. The Burgundy and Gold travel to Metlife Stadium for a Week 4 clash with Big Blue on Sept. 29.

While Jones and Haskins will likely face one another several times down the road as NFC East quarterbacks, their first matchup as starters against each another will likely have to wait.

Through the Redskins first two games, veteran Case Keenum has thrown for 601 yards, five touchdowns, and zero turnovers. For the most part, Keenum has exceeded many expectations people had for him in 2019.

Barring something unforeseen, Keenum will be the starter against Jones' Giants in Week 4, while the Redskins rookie will likely still be holding a clipboard.

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