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Wyoming storms back, beats Illinois State 81-67

Wyoming storms back, beats Illinois State 81-67

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Larry Nance Jr. scored 19 points and the Cowboys ran their winning streak to nine with an 81-67 comeback win over Illinois State Tuesday night.

Wyoming trailed 43-29 at halftime, and was down 50-31 with 17 minutes left. A 14-0 Cowboys run pulled them within 60-59 with 8:32 to play, and Wyoming outscored the Redbirds 18-1 in the final 5 minutes.

Luke Martinez added 17 points for Wyoming, 9-0 for the first time since the 1987-88 Cowboys won their first 11. Leonard Washington and Josh Adams had 15 points apiece and Derrious Gilmore scored 13 for Wyoming, which shot 64 percent in the second half and 54 percent for the game.

Tyler Brown led Illinois State (5-3) with 22 points. Jon Ekey added 13 points and John Wilkins scored 12 for the Redbirds, who were coming off a three-point loss Saturday at No. 5 Louisville.

The game was part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge.

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Nationals’ Daniel Hudson isn’t sure a 60-game MLB season can determine the best team

Nationals’ Daniel Hudson isn’t sure a 60-game MLB season can determine the best team

In a normal season, most teams play 162 games. This year, they will play 60.

In a normal season, Cy Young candidates typically clear 200 innings. This year, they will be lucky to rack up 90.

In a normal season, home run leaders routinely reach the 40s and 50s. This year, it would take an all-time performance to get into the 30s.

The 2020 MLB season is going to be different in nearly every way. So much so that Nationals reliever and reigning last-out-of-the-World-Series getter Daniel Hudson still isn’t sure how he’s going to feel about how this year’s champion will stack up when compared to those of full 162-game seasons.

“Obviously, it’s not going to feel the same,” Hudson said in a Zoom press conference Monday. “Even if we don’t win it, whoever does win it—I’ve thought about that a lot like, how are we supposed to feel about that? It’s only 60 games, we’re playing 100 games less than we normally do and…what was the Nationals’ record through 60 games last year? I mean, they weren’t even close to the playoffs.”

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Washington famously stumbled out to a 19-31 start last season before turning its season around, but even by the 60-game mark they were only 27-33 and fourth in the NL East standings. No team aspiring to make the postseason this year will be able to afford that kind of start, making for a very different kind of season where every win matters much more than it usually does.

“What does 60 games prove? I don’t know,” Hudson said. “Can you really figure out who’s the best baseball team in the league from 60 games? Probably not. But I think it’s going to be competitive and, in the end, that’s what we want to do. We want to go out and play and be competitive against each other.

“That’s what we’ve done our whole lives so if it’s only for 60 games then that’s it and whoever’s left standing at the end, you can probably ask them about it then. But I can’t tell you how whoever’s there at the end is gonna feel about it, if they’re going to think it’s legit, I don’t know. But if we’re standing at the end then I’ll probably [be] just as happy as I was last year when we were last standing.”

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Even though the 2020 season is going to produce some anomalies, Hudson acknowledged that all 30 teams are on even playing field facing the same set of obstacles in order to reach the playoffs.

“It is what it is,” Hudson said. “It’s difficult but it’s difficult for everybody, it’s not just us. It’s not like we’re going out there and it’s this situation for us only. There’s a lot of people across the league trying to figure this out and nobody really knows exactly what to do and it’s just going to be a guess-and-test thing.”

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Where does Ravens QB Lamar Jackson rank in the Madden NFL 21 QB ratings?

Where does Ravens QB Lamar Jackson rank in the Madden NFL 21 QB ratings?

On Monday, Madden NFL 21 released their rankings for top 10 highest-rated quarterbacks for 2021. Ravens fans might not be thrilled with where NFL MVP Lamar Jackson landed, but the competition was tough. 

Leading the pack at No.1 is Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, who earned himself a 99 QB rating this week and a $503 million contract last week. Seahawks’ Russell Wilson is right behind him with a 97 overall rating, making both of them the only two QB’s with ratings over 95.

Jackson, your 2019 league MVP and this year’s Madden 21 cover athlete, comes in at number 3 in the rankings with a 94 overall rating. He's just ahead of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (93) and well ahead of new Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady (90). 

Jackson made a huge jump from last season's rating when he was 76 overall, 25th among QB’s. Wondering what skill attributed to his jump to No. 3? His speed. To refresh your memory, back in November of 2019 Jackson broke Michael Vick’s Madden speed record with a 96 rating making him the fastest QB in Madden history.

Not long after that, in Baltimore against the New York Jets, Jackson broke another one of Vicks records. Surpassing 1,039 rushing yards, which is the most by a quarterback in a single season. The reigning league MVP always said he would watch Vicks highlights, but now he’s created his own highlight reel after a historic 2019 season with Baltimore. Ravens Flock is counting down the days until they can see him break some more ankles!
 

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