Harrison twins pick Kentucky


Harrison twins pick Kentucky

After a long and rumor-filled recruitment, Andrew and Aaron Harrison decided to play college basketball at the University of Kentucky.

The Harrisons, twin brothers from the Houston area, are both rated in the Top 5 of all high school seniors and are expected to have an immediate impact on the college level. Most basketball experts expect the twin brothers to only play one year in college before turning professional.

The Harrisons decision boiled down to Kentucky or the University of Maryland. The Maryland staff put in long hours recruiting the talented pair of guards, and listed relationships with family members and current players as reasons for the Harrison twins to attend Maryland.

In the end, the appeal of Kentucky, the defending national champion, proved too much for Maryland to overcome.

Kentucky's head coach John Calipari is famous for bringing in the top recruits in the country before sending them off to the NBA, and it appears the Harrison's will be the newest members to travel that path.

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MLB Hot Stove Rumors: Nationals exploring trading Gio Gonzalez to Yankees

MLB Hot Stove Rumors: Nationals exploring trading Gio Gonzalez to Yankees

Here's an interesting report for Nationals fans to keep an eye on: If Washington lands White Sox ace Chris Sale, they may trade left Gio Gonazlez to the Yankees. 

From Rich Mancuso of New York Sports Day:

A reliable National League source early this morning at the 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings confirmed that the Washington Nationals are close to a deal with the New York Yankees that would send lefthander Gio Gonzalez to the Bronx. In return the Yankees would send the Nationals two minor league prospects and maybe another player.

Mancuso stipulates that the trade agreement, which is not yet official, would be contingent upon the Nationals acquiring Sale. 

Gonzalez, 31, is in the last year of his contact with Washington after arriving in 2012 from Oakland. He finished the 2016 season with an 11-11 record, 4.57 ERA and 171 strikeouts. 

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Wizards vs. Magic: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards vs. Magic: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

The Washington Wizards host the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.
TV: CSN (Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Familiar foes

The NBA season is only about six weeks old, yet on Tuesday night the Wizards will face the Orlando Magic for the third time already. They have split their two previous matchups, with the Magic winning on Nov. 5 and the Wizards taking the rematch on Nov. 25. Both games were played in Orlando and both were decided by slim margins, a combined five points.

The Wizards played the first game without John Wall who was sitting out due to his rehab from two knee surgeries in May. The Magic outscored the Wizards 27-16 in the fourth quarter and won by two points as Markieff Morris' three-point attempt rimmed out at the buzzer. Wall was there for the second game and made a big difference with 26 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals. 


Otto's tearing it up

Otto Porter has shown the ability to score with efficiency throughout his NBA career, but consistency has sometimes eluded him. One night he will drop 20, then the next fail to reach 10. Lately, however, he has been able to string together games like we haven't seen often from him before.

Over his last six outings, Porter is averaging 15.3 points per game on 62.3 percent shooting, including 52.2 percent from three. During this stretch he's pulling in 7.8 rebounds and notching 2.7 steals per contest. Those are legitimate, above-average small forward numbers. It's only six games, but Porter could be reaching a new level in his game.

Low scoring

The Magic are a defensive-minded team with plenty to offer on that end of the floor between Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo protecting the rim. Those guys are a big reason Orlando is fifth in blocked shots (5.8/g), fourth in defensive rating (103.3) and third in opponents points per game (97.1). The Magic also happen to be very good at defending the three, allowing opponents to make just 7.8 per game (2nd in NBA) at a 33 percent rate (3rd in NBA). 

The Wizards have averaged just 90 points against the Magic this season, fewer than against any other team. And they have held Orlando to 89.5 points per game, fewest of any opponent. Barring something unexpected, look for another game that ends up in the 90s.