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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Justin Brown is the second Penn State offensive starter to leave the team in the aftermath of NCAA sanctions. The senior wideout's name was dropped from the roster Sunday. He would have been a key target in the revamped passing game under new coach and former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. Nine players have now left the team the past week following the sanctions, which included a four-year bowl ban for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. One of those players, though -- quarterback Rob Bolden -- was given permission to look at other schools before penalties were announced. Brown is the second key loss on offense, following the defection of star tailback Silas Redd to Southern California. Brown was the leading returning receiver with 35 catches.
The Caps are headed to the second round thanks to their 2-1 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6. Here are three key observations from Game 6.
1. Overtime domination
There were stretches of this game in which Toronto was the better team, but when it mattered the most, Washington delivered. The Caps dominated overtime from the drop of the puck until Marcus Johansson put the game away. Washington outshot Toronto 5-0 in overtime and out-chanced them 4-0. It was the most dominant this team has looked the entire series.
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2. Reversing the past?
It would have been so easy for the Caps to wilt after the Auston Matthews goal. That was an incredibly lucky bounce, Washington had only 12:15 left to solve Frederik Andersen who had been great all night, the crowd was roaring, the Caps could very easily have just shrunk and told themselves, we’ll get them in Game 7. But they didn’t, they fought back. Washington took control of the game after Matthews scored and they didn’t look back.
3. So much overtime
Let’s take a moment to give a tip of the cap to Toronto. This is about as close a series as you can get. Five games, five of the six games went into overtime. How is that even possible? It was an incredible series and closer than many thought, but the Maple Leafs were a much better team than many thought and Mike Babcock showed why he is the best coach in the NHL.
Congratulations on a great series Toronto, you’re going to be a great team for a long time.
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NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy hit an early grand slam against his former team, Max Scherzer pitched eight fiery innings and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-3 on Sunday night for their seventh straight victory.
Ryan Zimmerman added a two-run homer for the Nationals, who completed a three-game sweep of the short-handed Mets in the first series this season between the NL East rivals.
Missing slugger Yoenis Cespedes and two other injured starters, New York (8-11) has lost four in a row and eight of nine to fall 5 1/2 games behind the Nationals, who own the best record in the majors at 13-5. The winning streak is their longest since a seven-game run last April.
Scherzer (3-1) struck out nine and walked one in his latest win over the Mets, a team he has often dominated -- especially since signing with Washington in January 2015. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, who fanned 17 in a no-hitter at Citi Field on Oct. 3, 2015, pumped his fist and slapped his glove after setting down the crucial hitters in this one.
Koda Glover got three outs for his second major league save, both in the past two days.
Michael Conforto hit his second leadoff homer of the series and had three hits for New York. Neil Walker's two-run homer pulled the Mets to 4-3 in the third, but that was all Scherzer allowed. He got a double-play grounder after Conforto's one-out single in the fifth and retired his final 10 batters.
Murphy connected in the first off Zack Wheeler (1-2), who had sharp stuff throughout his seven innings of four-hit ball. Zimmerman went deep in the eighth against reliever Josh Smoker to make it 6-3.
Murphy, booed by the Queens crowd, has eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 22 games against the Mets since they let him leave as a free agent before last season.
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