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Whittington, Georgetown top Liberty 68-59

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Whittington, Georgetown top Liberty 68-59

WASHINGTON (AP) With top player Otto Porter Jr. sitting out because of concussion symptoms, Georgetown got a career-high 18 points plus nine rebounds from Greg Whittington and had very little trouble beating Liberty 68-59 Wednesday night.

Nate Lubick added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Mikael Hopkins scored 13 for Georgetown (2-0).

Liberty (0-3) was led by Casey Roberts' 13 points.

Liberty scored the game's first four points, before Georgetown reeled off 17 in a row.

All in all, it became the sort of mismatch one might expect between teams from the Big East and Big South. Liberty already lost to Richmond by 42 points and to William & Mary by 12. Plus, the Flames were without three of their primary post players, who are injured.

Liberty, which is in Lynchburg, Va., is 0-9 against Big East opponents.

Now things should get tougher for Georgetown, which travels to New York to play No. 13 UCLA on Monday, then No. 1 Indiana or Georgia on Tuesday.

Against the Flames, even without preseason all-conference selection Porter, the Hoyas started three players who are 6-foot-8 or taller; the visitors' lineup didn't have anyone bigger than 6-7. Not surprisingly, Georgetown outscored Liberty 24-0 in the paint in the first half.

Whittington, a sophomore, topped his previous college best of 15 points.

He had eight points and 15 rebounds in Georgetown's 61-55 victory over Duquesne on Sunday, which officially was the Hoyas' season opener. Their first game on the schedule, against Florida on an aircraft carrier, was called off at halftime because of too much moisture on the court.

Freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who scored 19 against Duquesne, had 11 against Liberty.

Porter was hit in the head in the first half against Duquesne and left after playing only 6 minutes. His absence Wednesday was announced a little more than an hour before the tipoff.

``After the game on Sunday, Otto exhibited symptoms indicative of a mild concussion,'' coach John Thompson III said in a statement. ``Otto's well-being is our first priority and he is being monitored by our sports medicine team and our doctors, who have been evaluating him daily.''

Wearing a dark suit and tie, Porter stood on court during the pregame layup drill, then offered high-fives and pats on the back to teammates as they walked off. The sophomore sat on the sideline during the game.

Porter was the Hoyas' leading returning scorer from last season, when he averaged 9.7 points. Sophomore Jabril Trawick started in his place Wednesday and finished with five points.

Liberty went ahead 4-0 on a pair of jumpers by Tavares Speaks - and then went silent on offense. The Hoyas put up 17 consecutive points from there, including seven from Lubick, while playing their typically stingy defense.

During Liberty's scoring drought, it had five turnovers, which ranged from stolen passes to a pair of shot-clock violations.

Chad Donley's 3-pointer with about 12 minutes left in the half finally got the visitors back on the scoreboard, pulling them within 17-7.

Davon Marshall's 3 with a little under 6 minutes to go before halftime pulled Liberty within 23-18.

But Georgetown re-asserted itself from there until the end of the half and took a 41-25 lead into the locker room, its biggest lead until then.

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 26, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Contract makes Alex Smith a Redskins for at least three seasons

This post was originally published on March 19. 

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details. 

Until now. 

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. 

Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer). 

But there I another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million. 

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith but since we have no details we’ll set those aside for now. 

The cap hits on the contract are as follows: 

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022. 

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five. 

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