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Yale beats Oberlin 104-39 in record-setting win

Yale beats Oberlin 104-39 in record-setting win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Javier Duren and Matt Townsend each scored 12 points, and all of the Yale players scored in an easy 104-39 win over Oberlin on Saturday.

The 65-point margin of victory by the Bulldogs (6-11) is the largest in school history, eclipsing the previous mark set when Yale defeated Lyndon 101-37 on Nov. 7, 2011.

Duren, who went 6 of 7 from the floor, also had six rebounds and five assists for the Bulldogs. Justin Sears and Greg Kelley finished with 10 points apiece.

Yale never trailed in the contest against Oberlin (4-10), a Division III team. The Bulldogs went on a 16-0 run that was capped by Jack Montague's layup to give them a 41-15 lead with 1:17 left in the first half.

Yale shot 69.1 percent (38-55) from the floor and made 13 3-pointers.

Geoff Simpson was the only Oberlin player to score in double figures with 14 points.

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The Capitals head to Anaheim looking to avenge their most shocking loss of the season

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The Capitals head to Anaheim looking to avenge their most shocking loss of the season

December was a pretty good month for the Capitals. Out of 13 games, Washington won nine of them. Of the four games the team lost, however, the worst of those losses by far was the Dec. 2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Five different Caps players scored as Washington jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second period. It looked like the Caps were going to cruise to the easy win…until Anaheim rattled off five straight goals to hand Washington a stunning 6-5 loss.

Wait, are we talking about the same Anaheim team that has lost 20 of its last 23 games? Well, technically yes, but for a brief period, they were one of the hottest teams in the league. The win over the Caps was one of 11 wins in a 13-game stretch for the Ducks.

That, of course, is of little comfort to the Caps.

Anaheim is now struggling considerably. Head coach Randy Carlyle was fired and general manager Bob Murray has taken over behind the bench.

Sometimes when an opponent is struggling, a team may take its foot off the gas and play down to the competition. Given what happened the last time these two teams met, however, Washington likely is not going to be looking past the Ducks when they meet on Sunday (9 p.m., NBC Sports Washington).

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One away

Alex Ovechkin sits one goal away from No. 40 on the season. Once he scores, it will be the 10th time in his career he has reached 40 goals in his career. That puts him in pretty incredible company.

Ten seasons of 40+ goals would tie Ovechkin with Marcel Dionne and Mario Lemieux. Wayne Gretzky is the only player with more 40-goal seasons as he did it 12 times. That’s it. That’s the entire list.

Back-to-back

With the Caps playing in Anaheim on Sunday and Los Angeles on Monday, expect to see both Braden Holtby and Pheonix Copley in these two games. Whoever starts on Sunday, the other netminder is likely to go on Monday. With no morning skate scheduled in Anaheim, it’s anybody’s guess who will start for Washington, but there is at least a chance Copley gets the nod so that Holtby can get what will presumably be the tougher matchup against the Kings.

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Bradley Beal looks ahead to second All-Star game still in disbelief of his rise to stardom

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Bradley Beal looks ahead to second All-Star game still in disbelief of his rise to stardom

CHARLOTTE -- Bradley Beal operated through the first two days of NBA All-Star weekend like he had been there before. With one year of the experience already under his belt, he didn’t miss a beat as he made a series of back-to-back event appearances on Friday and then did the fishbowl experience of All-Star media day on Saturday.

Beal kept it going for fans and for the cameras, smiling at kids and joking with their parents as autograph lines cycled through. He played along with quickfire media segments and countless one-on-one interviews.

This time, he knew what to expect, and that made it all much easier.

“I'm embracing it,” he said. “I feel more here, like I feel more like I belong in a way.”

Though it was nothing new for Beal, behind closed doors the moment hit him again, just like it did last year when he was a first-time All-Star. It happened while he was surrounded by his family.

“I was actually thinking about it with my brothers yesterday. I had a conversation with them. And I was just saying, it's so surreal just being here, being in the NBA, let alone being an All-Star. None of us would have dreamed that, of this happening, and it happening this fast in a way,” Beal said.

Only 25, Beal is still on the rise as a player as he represents the Wizards for the second time as an All-Star. Now in his seventh NBA season, he has followed a consistent trajectory to stardom.

Beal was a McDonald’s All-American, a standout at the University of Florida, the third overall pick in the draft and then a promising young NBA player before he became an All-Star. The steps along the way have always seemed expected to most outside observers because his talent has long been obvious.

But Beal feels like it wasn’t that long ago when even playing in the NBA seemed like a pipe dream.

“I grew up in St. Louis, went to high school, just hoping to get to college. My parents just wanted us all to get D-I scholarships. Sure enough, I made it to the NBA as a third pick, and here I am a two-time All Star. I never would have imagined that,” he said.

Beal has taken his game to another level after making the All-Star team last season. He is averaging career-highs of 25.1 points, 5.4 assists and 5.1 rebounds this season, having played in all of the Wizards’ 58 games.

He has emerged as one of the best shooting guards in the game. Ironically, one of the best shooting guards of all-time, Dwyane Wade, is playing in his final All-Star game.

"D-Wade, man. That's somebody I looked up to playing,” Beal said. “Man, it's going to be my honor for sure, to be able to step out there with him and play and just have some fun. I think it will be awesome."

With Wade exiting the game, Beal has a chance to be one of the best shooting guards of the next generation. Now a two-time All-Star, he is well on his way.

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