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UConn topples Harvard 57-49

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UConn topples Harvard 57-49

STORRS, Conn. (AP) DeAndre Daniels scored a career-high 23 points and Connecticut beat Harvard 57-49 on Friday.

Ryan Boatright added 16 points for the Huskies (7-2) who were coming off a four-point loss to No. 25 North Carolina State earlier in the week.

Wesley Saunders had 14 points and Steve Moundou-Missi added 10 for Harvard (4-4).

Harvard trailed by three at halftime and was down just 33-32 after a layup by Saunders early in the second half.

But the Huskies went on a 13-2 run over the next 7 1/2 minutes and stretched that lead to 12. An alley-oop from Shabazz Napier to Niels Giffey made it 46-34 and brought the crowd to their feet, and UConn was able to keep Harvard at arm's length the rest of the way.

Daniels, who played despite suffering back spasms in the Huskies' loss to North Carolina State on Tuesday, had 15 points in the first half and eight during a 15-2 UConn run that opened the game.

The Crimson missed their first six shots, and had five turnovers before they scored their first basket, a dunk by Jonah Travis, six minutes into the game.

UConn, meanwhile, hit six of its first seven shots.

Junior center Enosch Wolf made his first career start after putting up career highs of 12 points and nine rebounds against North Carolina State. He blocked the game's first shot and had two early baskets in UConn's opening run.

When he went to the bench for a rest, Harvard got back into the game by going on an 11-0 run. Christian Webster had two 3-pointers during that stretch and three in the half.

The Crimson got within a point at 25-24 on a layup by Moundou-Missi, and trailed 27-24 at halftime.

Daniels (15), Boatright (eight), and Wolf (four) were the only Huskies to score in first half. A dunk by Giffey that made it 39-34 midway through the second half was the first basket by another Husky.

Napier had just six points, all in the second half. But he had nine assists and added seven rebounds. Napier had been averaging 18.6 points a game, and almost 13 of those in the second half.

UConn, a guard dominated team, was outrebounded 27-20 and has been outrebounded in eight of its nine games.

Harvard falls to 0-4 against UConn under coach Tommy Amaker, and the Huskies lead the series 16-2. Harvard hasn't beaten UConn since 1972.

The loss snaps a two-game winning streak for the Crimson, who had beaten Fordham at home and Boston College on the road.

Harvard is playing short-handed all season after losing co-captains Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry to a cheating scandal that had them take one-year leaves of absence from the team.

The Huskies, who were ranked as high as 21 earlier in the season have played to the level of the competition. They beat Michigan State and played N.C. State tough, but also won by single digits over Quinnipiac, Stony Brook and New Hampshire.

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Redskins starters training camp one-liners, offense

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Redskins starters training camp one-liners, offense

During training camp, it’s natural for the media coverage to gravitate towards the long shots and underdogs and the backups fighting to hang on to a roster spot. The starters go out and do their thing and those players doing their thing isn’t news. 

With that in mind, here is a one-liner review of how each anticipated starter fared in training camp. We’ll start with the offense today, look for the defense tomorrow. 

QB Alex Smith—He still needs some work on timing with his receivers but overall, he looks like a quarterback you can win with. 

RB Rob Kelley—After his move up to starter in the wake of the Derrius Guice injury, Kelley continues to work as he has from the start of camp, like a guy fighting for a roster spot.

WR Paul Richardson—The $40 million free agent pickup showed that his game has some versatility as he made some tough catches over the middle along with some deep receptions. 

WR Josh Doctson—His heel injury slowed down what was solid progress early in training camp.

WR Jamison Crowder—His solid, workmanlike camp should make Redskins fans hope that the team is working on a long-term contract extension with Crowder right now. 

TE Jordan Reed—Considering his importance to the offense, his progress after having surgery on both of his big toes is the most positive story from camp

LT Trent Williams—The plan to ramp up his activity as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery is right on track and there’s every reason to believe he’ll be a full strength in Week 1. 

LG Shaun Lauvao—When he’s healthy, Lauvao is a good enough guard to win with and so far, he has been healthy. 

C Chase Roullier—His strength is often on display during one-on-one blocking drills and he has the appearance of a center the Redskins will be able to plug in and play for at least the next several years. 

RG Brandon Scherff—The fourth-year player is working his way towards his third straight Pro Bowl appearance.

RT Morgan Moses—He is still working through some ankle pain but he should be good to go Week 1. 

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John Gant homers, pitches Cardinals to 6-4 win over Nationals

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John Gant homers, pitches Cardinals to 6-4 win over Nationals

ST. LOUIS -- Even John Gant cracked a smile.

Gant homered for his first major league hit and pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 on Tuesday night for their season-high seventh consecutive victory.

Kolten Wong had three hits and three RBIs as St. Louis (65-55) pulled within four games of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs and moved within one game of the Philadelphia Phillies for the second NL wild card. The Cardinals also improved to 18-9 since Mike Shildt was named interim manager on July 13, the most wins for a manager through his first 27 games in franchise history.

"Things are starting to click for us," Wong said. "We're playing confident. We're out there playing aggressive and I think it's the kind of baseball Cardinals fans have been waiting for."

The Nationals (60-60) have dropped six of eight to fall eight games behind Atlanta in the NL East.

"We've just got to keep pulling the same rope, keep grinding it out, keep trying to win ballgames," Nationals slugger Bryce Harper said.

Gant (5-4) permitted four hits and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings. He has given up just two earned runs over 11 1/3 innings in his last two starts, both wins.

The 26-year-old Gant was 0 for 30 for his career when he drove a 1-1 pitch from Gio Gonzalez (7-9) over the wall in left in the second. The two-run shot gave Washington a 3-0 lead.

"I was jogging kind of my hands in the air," said Wong, who scored on Gant's homer. "I already knew it was going out. Looking back I think he almost caught me."

Added Gant, "I thought it was going to hit the wall maybe but when I finally looked up and (Wong) was looking back at me, that's when I knew it was going over the wall."

Gant, who has a reputation for being a stoic player, admitted to smiling "once or twice" once he got back to the dugout.

Wong's solo homer made it 6-1 in the sixth, but Washington responded with three in the eighth. Harper hit a two-run shot, and Daniel Murphy singled in Anthony Rendon.

Matt Adams then struck out looking against Dakota Hudson, ending the inning, and Jordan Hicks worked the ninth for his fourth save in eight chances.

Paul DeJong also doubled and scored for St. Louis one night after he connected for a game-ending homer in a 7-6 victory. Matt Carpenter walked in the sixth to extend his on-base streak to 32 games.

"We have a 25-man roster and we have confidence in all of them," Shildt said. "They're here for a reason and guys are looking to contribute every night and in different ways."

Gonzalez was charged with five runs and five hits in four innings. The veteran left-hander is just 1-4 in his last six starts.

"I wasn't hitting my spots," Gonzalez said. "Just not being as consistent in the strike zone as I should be. It's just one of those games you can't explain."

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