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William & Mary pulls away to beat Towson 63-56

William & Mary pulls away to beat Towson 63-56

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) Marcus Thornton had a game-high 16 points and Tim Rusthoven finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lift William & Mary past Towson 63-56 Saturday night.

Kyle Gaillard scored 14 points and Brandon Britt chipped in 12 to help William & Mary (8-11, 2-6 Colonial Athletic Association) snap an eight-game losing streak.

Down 54-52, Britt's layup tied the game at 54 with 3:08 remaining. Thornton then scored four straight points - a layup and two free throws - to put William & Mary ahead 58-54 with 1:59 left.

Towson managed just two points in the final 2 minutes while William & Mary converted five free throws in the same span to seal the victory.

The Tribe made 12 free throws for the game compared to four for the Tigers.

Marcus Damas scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Tigers (10-12, 5-4), who have now lost three straight.

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John Harbaugh and Lamar Jackson's sideline conversation is everything Ravens fans need to see

John Harbaugh and Lamar Jackson's sideline conversation is everything Ravens fans need to see

At some point towards the end of the Ravens 49-13 blowout victory over the Bengals, Baltimore's head coach John Harbaugh walked over to his second-year quarterback sitting on the bench. 

Lamar Jackson had been replaced by backup Robert Griffin III after turning in arguably his best performance of the season. The QB finished 15-of-17 for 233 yards and three touchdowns while adding 65 yards and a video-game-like touchdown with his legs. Harbaugh went over to congratulate the potential MVP on a great performance.

But what started as Harbaugh telling Jackson he was proud of his leadership turned into a conversation between the two that will make any Ravens fan's eyes start to water.

"Most quarterbacks worry about their stats, but you're a leader," Harbaugh told Jackson. "I love the way you play. You don't flinch, you just attack. All you do is attack."

"It's all I know," Jackson responded.

"You changed the game, man," Harbaugh said.

"And we're going to keep it going," Jackson said.

Then Harbaugh delivered the kicker, a heartfelt message that put everything in perspective for the 22-year-old QB.

"Do you know how many little kids in this country are going to be wearing No. 8 playing quarterback for the next 20 years?" Harbaugh asked.

Jackson was thrilled by the praise but reminded his head coach where his priority currently lies.

"I can't wait to see it when I get older," Jackson said. "But right now, I gotta get to the Super Bowl."

The victory put the Ravens at 7-2 and just one game behind the New England Patriots for the top spot in the AFC. If Jackson continues to perform like this, Baltimore has as good of a shot as anyone to take home the Lombardi Trophy in February.

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WIth Panik’s return, the Caps strip roster down to the bone and enter Monday’s game with no spare players

WIth Panik’s return, the Caps strip roster down to the bone and enter Monday’s game with no spare players

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Get out the bubble wrap, the Capitals need to keep their lineup healthy or they could be in trouble. Richard Panik will make his return to the lineup on Monday after spending 10 games on LTIR with an upper-body injury. His return will mean the Caps lose the cap benefit that comes with LTIR and will have to fit his $2.75 million cap hit under the ceiling. That has forced the team into tough moves to cut the roster down to make it cap compliant.

Travis Boyd was held off the ice for Monday’s morning skate as the team made sure it had a healthy lineup for Monday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. Todd Reirden confirmed afterward that Boyd will be sent to Hershey. Because he was on the NHL roster for fewer than 30 days and 10 games, he does not have to go through waivers to be sent back to the AHL.

Tyler Lewington did have to pass through waivers and cleared Monday after being placed on Sunday. He was reassigned to Hershey as well.

While these moves were necessary for the team to get cap compliant, it also leaves the Caps in a bind. With Carl Hagelin still day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Washington now has no healthy spares on the roster.

None.

Zip.

Nada.

The Caps roster has just six defensemen and 12 healthy forwards, excluding Hagelin.

Have you ever gone to work feeling fine and had to leave before the end of the day because you suddenly got sick? If that happens to the Caps, or if someone twists an ankle walking to the rink or suffers some other sort of freak illness or injury, then Washington will be playing the Coyotes down a man on Monday.

This is not ideal, but the cap situation is what it is. For now, the Caps probably can get away with it until the end of the month. Once Hagelin returns it gives the team an extra forward. Of greater concern is the defense, but with the only road cames coming in Philadelphia, Boston and New York, easily drivable from Hershey, so long as there are no unforeseen injuries right before a game it should not hurt the team. On Nov. 30, however, the Caps travel to play the Detroit Red Wings then play three games in California. They have to have a seventh defenseman by that point.

The good news is that Lewington has a low cap hit at just $675,000, lower even than the league minimum. Perhaps the team can bank enough space by the end of the month to fit him back under the cap. If not, then general manager Brian MacLellan will have to get creative yet again and move a piece or two to fit in that seventh defenseman.

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