Harrison twins pick Kentucky

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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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VIDEO: Celtics' Isaiah Thomas lost front tooth in 1st quarter vs. Wizards

VIDEO: Celtics' Isaiah Thomas lost front tooth in 1st quarter vs. Wizards

We knew the Wizards vs. Celtics series was going to be physical, but who could have guessed this would happen in the first quarter of Game 1?

Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas lost his front tooth after taking an Otto Porter elbow to the face. Thomas' tooth popped out and landed on the court. He picked it up and handed it to a Celtics trainer.

Let's take a look at Thomas without his tooth:

Here is a video of Thomas' tooth flying out of his mouth:

What is this hockey?

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A day after pulling Braden Holtby, Barry Trotz commits to him for Game 3

A day after pulling Braden Holtby, Barry Trotz commits to him for Game 3

Braden Holtby will be the Capitals’ starting goaltender in Game 3 against the Penguins, Coach Barry Trotz said.

Why was the question asked? Two reasons: Holtby was pulled Saturday after allowing three goals on nine second period shots and, of course, Trotz sounded a tad non-committal when asked about Holtby's status following the humbling 6-2 loss.    

On a Sunday conference call with reporters, though, Trotz indicated that switching to Philipp Grubauer for Monday’s pivotal game in Pittsburgh was never a serious consideration.

“Yes, absolutely,” Trotz said when asked if Holtby remained the Caps’ starter. “Why would you think otherwise?”

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Reminded that he said late Saturday night that it was too early to know who’d be in goal, Trotz added: “There’s no question he’s our goaltender. Expect him to start tomorrow.”

Well, that answers one question. But it does not answer the bigger unknown looming over this series for the Caps: why has the reigning Vezina Trophy suddenly begun to look ordinary?

Holtby came into the postseason with the best save percentage ever—.938—but he hasn’t had that kind of success this spring. 

In fact, among goalies that have played at least five games in these playoffs, Holtby ranks 13th out of 14 in save percentage with a mark of .911. His goal against average—2.62—ranks 11th.

Holtby hasn’t looked like the netminder who dominated the NHL last season, or the one who enjoyed long stretches of prosperity this past regular season. But Trotz remains firm in his commitment to Holtby going forward in these playoffs. 

“I have a lot of confidence in him,” Trotz said. “He probably hasn’t had his series to this point. But I do know this: as I’ve said, his body of work has been excellent. His mental toughness is excellent. He has the ability to park things. And he’ll park it and he’ll be different in this series.”

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