UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- Tina Charles was determined to atone for her previous effort. The Sun's star center had 30 points, nine rebounds and four assists as Connecticut held off the Washington Mystics 94-86 on Sunday. Kara Lawson had 18 points and four assists for the Sun (4-1). Asjha Jones added 10 points, four rebounds and two steals. Charles had 20 points and 12 rebounds against the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx. But she was scoreless in the fourth quarter, however, and had just one rebound as Minnesota won 85-72. "I definitely wasn't happy with that," Charles said. "I know my role on this team. I know my team looks to me offensively and defensively, so I'm just going out there and playing hard." Charles made eight of 14 field goals in the first half for 18 points. Crystal Langhorne had 25 points and five rebounds for Washington (1-4). Reserve Jasmine Thomas made three 3-pointers and scored 17 with three steals. It was the third straight loss for the Mystics. To their credit, they continue to play hard. Washington trailed the Lynx by 24 points in the third quarter of Wednesday's game before falling on a last-second shot. The Mystics led Chicago by seven points with 1:22 left on Friday before losing at the buzzer. Washington trailed Connecticut by as much as 14 points (57-43) with less than two minutes left in the third quarter. The Mystics cut their deficit to three points (78-75) with a little over two minutes left in the game. "We have a lot of fighters on our team and we're going to keep on fighting," Langhorne said. "We're going to keep playing hard and we're going to get a win." Both teams shot exceptionally well from the field. Connecticut shot 52.5-percent (32 of 61). The Mystics shot almost as well. They made 32 of 66 shots (48.5-percent). Connecticut was clinging to a four-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game when it managed to get a little breathing room. A Lawson layup and two free throws by Kalana Greene pushed the Sun ahead, 84-76, with 1:06 remaining. The Mystics continued to fire away at Connecticut, though. Thomas and Noelle Quinn made back-to-back 3-pointers to cut their team's deficit to 90-86 with 19.5 seconds left. The Sun's Allison Hightower and Danielle McCray each made two free throws to end the scoring. Connecticut made a franchise-record 19 free throws (on 21 attempts) in the fourth quarter. It made 17 free throws against the now-defunct Charlotte Sting on July 6, 2006. "We knew when we got a double-digit lead in the third quarter that we'd have to execute and play well in the fourth," Lawson said. "They made a good run at us and made some threes down the stretch, but we made our free throws." Neither team could stop the other in the fourth quarter with the Mystics outscoring the Sun, 36-35. The 35 points tied a Connecticut franchise record. The Sun also set a franchise record for points in a half with 60 in the second half. They scored 59 against Minnesota on Aug. 3, 2010.
Scot McCloughan says that he loves “football players”. He just drafted one for the Redskins in the second round.
Su’a Cravens is a 6-1, 225-lb. linebacker/strong safety out of USC. He should be very useful in nickel and dime situations and it’s possible that defensive coordinator Joe Barry will have a lot of fun moving him around in the defensive scheme.
Cravens possess the traits that McCloughan likes in his players; he’s smart, tough, and instinctive. He’s obviously a student of the game, anticipating plays and acting as a highly disruptive force.
The Redskins told Cravens that they see him as a dime linebacker, which will put him in a position to make plays in passing situations. They currently don’t have a specialist for that position so he will be a new dimension added to the offense.
His addition to the roster almost assuredly means that Trent Murphy, the team’s second-round pick as an outside linebacker two years ago, will make a permanent move to the defensive line.
So details on just what Cravens’ role will be won’t be sorted out until training camp, the preseason games and probably into the regular season.
BALTIMORE – Quietly, Nolan Reimold has had a productive few weeks for the Orioles. With all the team’s sexy new additions, Reimold has seemingly been overlooked, but he’s delivered some timely hits.
On Friday night, Reimold hit a three-run home run that broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning, giving the Orioles their third straight win, 6-3 over the Chicago White Sox before 19,912 at Oriole Park.
Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy began the seventh with singles off Carlos Rodon (1-3). Reimold hit an opposite field home run just over the right field scoreboard, his third of the year, and the Orioles had a 6-3 lead.
Brad Brach (3-0) got the win. In his three seasons with the Orioles, Brach is 15-4.
Darren O’Day and Zach Britton finished up, and Britton got his sixth save.
After Rodon retired the first 11 Orioles, Chris Davis singled with two outs in the fourth.
Things went awry for Rodon and the White Sox (16-9) an inning later when the Orioles (14-8) came up with three runs.
Adam Jones led off with a walk. Second baseman Brett Lawrie booted Wieters’ grounder. Jones advanced to third, but was quickly tagged out in a rundown when he tried to score on Hardy’s grounder to third. Reimold’s infield single loaded the bases.
Jonathan Schoop’s single up the middle scored Wieters and Hardy. Reimold scored when shortstop Jimmy Rollins threw wildly to first on Joey Rickard’s grounder, and the Orioles led 3-1.
Rickard tried to score on Manny Machado’s single to right, but Adam Eaton’s throw home was in time to get Rickard.
Mike Wright allowed a run in the second on a double to Melky Cabrera and a two-out triple to Avisail Garcia.
He retired 10 of his next 11. Eaton walked with one out in the sixth. Rollins lifted a fly to center that Jones tried to make a diving catch on. He couldn’t, and Eaton made it to third. Jose Abreu’s single to right scored Eaton.
Cabrera’s liner to center was caught by Jones, and he threw home as Wieters snatched the ball and swiftly brought it down to tag Rollins to temporarily preserve a 3-2 lead.
Wright allowed two runs on five hits in six innings.
Lawrie tied the game at 3 with a home run to left off Brach that he punctuated by pointing to the sky.
NOTES: Mat Latos (4-0, 0.73) faces Kevin Gausman (0-1, 1.80) on Saturday night. … Machado has 10 doubles in 22 games. … The Orioles are 9-1 at home.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Maryland defensive back Sean Davis in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the No. 58 overall pick, as announced on Friday night in Chicago.
After playing three years at safety for Maryland, he was shifted to cornerback because of team need as a senior. At the NFL level, he is more ready to play safety, but his size and length means he has upside as a cornerback as well.
In that sense, Davis has both the upside projection that teams covet (playing cornerback), yet also has the proven production at the college level as a safety and on special teams.
Davis had over 100 total tackles per season as both a sophomore and junior. He tallied 88 while playing primarily cornerback during his senior year. Also as a senior, he picked off three passes and forced five fumbles.
Already seen as a strong prospect, it was his showing at the NFL Draft Combine that helped to boost Davis’ stock after posting a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash, 21 reps in the bench press, and a 126-inch broad jump.
The bench press and broad jump measured among the best at the Combine at his position.