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Villanova gets 65-61 win over Saint Joseph's

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Villanova gets 65-61 win over Saint Joseph's

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) James Bell hit the winning 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to rally Villanova to a 65-61 win over Saint Joseph's on Tuesday night.

Bell and JayVaughn Pinkston scored 12 points apiece for the Wildcats (6-4). Bell squared up and delivered the decisive blow in a city series game that had the crowd roaring down the stretch.

Halil Kanacevic started the fun with an obscene gesture toward the Villanova student section after a 3-pointer that never calmed down the fans.

Langston Galloway led the Hawks (5-3) with 22 points and Carl Jones had 16.

The Wildcats beat the Hawks for the first time in two seasons and extended their series lead in the annual Big 5 game to 45-25.

Ronald Roberts Jr. hit the go-ahead free-throws with 3:42 left for the Hawks. Galloway hit his fifth 3-pointer and punched his fist in the air after the lead-stretching shot that silenced the Villanova crowd.

Daniel Ochefu powered his way inside for a bucket that pulled Villanova within one and set up yet another Holy War game to come down to the final minute.

Kanacevic was fouled and went to the line with 45.8 seconds left and stood in front of a student section that delighted in taunting him. He missed both free throws and Villanova grabbed the rebound and called a timeout to set up the next possession.

Bell buried the 3 from the left wing with 29 seconds left for a 63-61 lead.

With no room to pass on an inbound play, Kanacevic tried to bounce the ball off a Villanova defender. But it shot off him and went out of bounds and Villanova held on for the win.

It was a needed win for a Wildcats team that has already lost to La Salle and Columbia.

Kanacevic made it 50-47 with a 3-pointer and extended a middle finger toward the Villanova students.

The crowd went wild as Saint Joseph's headed into a timeout. Kanacevic walked out of the huddle to the sounds of an obscenity chanted at his direction. A referee warned him not to make the gesture again. He would be loudly booed each time he touched the ball the rest of the game.

No technical was called. But the Hawks were quickly whistled for one after C.J. Aiken's blocked shot led to some more preening.

Pinkston's three-point play and Maurice Sutton's thunderous dunk that rattled the rim and the fans made it 53-50.

The Wildcats needed a late charge in the first half to take control.

Villanova coach Jay Wright was furious over a non-foul call and had to be held back by his assistants. Wright was hit with a technical and Saint Joseph's took advantage from the free-throw line to build a five-point lead.

The Wildcats committed nine turnovers in the first half and their offense looked out of sync and unsure on numerous possessions. Bell and Ryan Arcidiacono shook Villanova out of its funk and woke up a quiet crowd with back-to-back 3s to send the Wildcats into halftime with a 33-31 lead.

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Possible playoff opponents for the Capitals are starting to come into focus

Possible playoff opponents for the Capitals are starting to come into focus

With their 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, the Capitals' playoff future is starting to come into focus. Washington has only one game remaining and can finish in either third or fourth in the round robin standings. That limits the number of possible playoff opponents for the Caps when the games really start to matter.

First, before talking about who the Caps may play, it is important to remember why. Under the NHL's regular format, a normal year would see teams advance in a bracket, meaning each team knows going in they will be playing the winner of a specific matchup if they advance. This year, the NHL is going back to its old format of re-seeding after each round. This makes determining matchups a bit harder to figure out.

Here's what we know. The Caps are going to finish in the bottom half of the round robin meaning they will play one of the highest two seeded teams coming out of the qualifying round. The Carolina Hurricanes swept their qualifying round series against the New York Rangers. As the No. 6 seed coming in, Carolina is going to be one of the top two qualifying round teams.

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Washington's final seed will be determined by Sunday's game against the Boston Bruins. A win in regulation, overtime or a shootout will mean the Caps are No. 3, while a loss in any fashion will bump them down to No. 4.

The simplest scenario for Washington is that If the Pittsburgh Penguins rally to win their series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Caps are guaranteed to play either Pittsburgh or Carolina as the No. 5 and 6 seeds, respectively. It gets a little trickier if the Penguins lose. If that happens, the Hurricanes become the top qualifying team and will play No. 4. The top team behind them then becomes No. 6 which, as of now, could be the New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs or the Columbus Blue Jackets.

So a rematch with the Hurricanes is a definite possibility for the Caps, as is a matchup with the rival Penguins.

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Max and Erica Scherzer announce ‘Nats for Masks’ initiative

Max and Erica Scherzer announce ‘Nats for Masks’ initiative

Max Scherzer and his wife, Erica, have announced the formation of a new organization called 'Nats for Masks' that will help provide masks to underprivileged and at-risk populations in DMV area.

As part of the initiative, the Scherzers will auction off some of their personal collection of memorabilia to support COVID-19 relief efforts in the DMV. Some of the auction items available included autographed game-used jerseys, caps, and even Max’s 2019 All-Star Game nameplate.

Giving back to the community is nothing new to the Scherzer family. As animal lovers, back in 2017 during the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Scherzer’s rallied to cover adoption fees for all animals at the Washington-based Humane Rescue Alliance in order to make space for animals brought in from Houston.

Erica is also on the Board of Directors of the Humane Rescue Alliance, and Max has also contributed in the past in a PSA to raise awareness for the shelter.

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As if we needed another reason to adore the Scherzer family and what they do for our community, just add this to the list.

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