Aldridge named A-10 Player of the Week


Aldridge named A-10 Player of the Week

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.

Senior Peyton Aldridge of the Davidson men’s basketball team has been named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for games played Jan. 1-7, as announced by the league office Monday afternoon.

A native of Leavittsburg and a LaBrae High School graduate, Aldridge finished the week averaging 19 points, 7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game, while shooting 53.8 percent from the floor and 88.9 percent at the charity stripe.

In Davidson’s come-from-behind victory over Saint Louis, Aldridge led the way with a game-high 21 points to go along with 7 rebounds on 7-of-12 shooting.

The four-year starter capped his week with a 17-point, 7-rebound and 3-block performance in the Wildcats’ 86-59 win at George Mason on Sunday.

A two-time all-conference performer, Aldridge ranks among league leaders in scoring (20.8/2nd), rebounding (6.9/10th), free-throw percentage (.836/8th) and minutes played (36.9/2nd).

This is Aldridge’s sixth career weekly honor.

Winners of two straight in league play, Davidson (7-7, 2-1 A-10) returns home to Belk Arena Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tip against George Washington.

Nadal struggles in loss to Gasquet in tuneup

MELBOURNE, Australia

Rafael Nadal struggled with his timing and normally potent shot-making as he started his delayed preparations for the Australian Open with an error-filled 6-4, 7-5 loss to Richard Gasquet in the Kooyong Classic exhibition event Tuesday.

Nadal’s readiness for the first Grand Slam of the year had been in doubt after the top-ranked Spaniard pulled out of an exhibition in Abu Dhabi and a tournament in Brisbane to start the season, citing his lack of preparation following an injury layoff at the end of 2017.

Nadal didn’t appear to be hindered by the lingering right knee injury that forced him to withdraw from the ATP Finals in November, but his uneven performance will likely lead to other questions about his match form heading into the Australian Open next week.

Stanford safety Reid declares for NFL draft

STANFORD, Calif.

Stanford safety Justin Reid will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Reid announced his decision Tuesday, calling his time at Stanford some of the best years of his life.

Reid was a second-team All-American this season. He had five interceptions, six pass breakups and 99 tackles, including 61/2 for a loss.

Reid is the younger brother of San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid, who is eligible for free agency this offseason.

GM: Misunderstanding may have happened

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane said there may have been a misunderstanding during an on-field exchange that led to Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue accusing Buffalo guard Richie Incognito of using “weak racist slurs.”

Beane said the Bills have spoken to Incognito and understand their player’s side of the story of the alleged exchange that occurred during Buffalo’s 10-3 loss to the Jaguars in an AFC wild-card playoff game on Sunday. Beane confirmed some type of exchange happened but declined to get into details.

He added during the team’s end-of-season news conference on Tuesday that the Bills take the allegation “very seriously,” and are cooperating with the league’s investigation. Beane also said Incognito has attempted to contact Ngakoue.

“There was definitely an exchange. I think there’s a misunderstanding of what was said,” Beane said. “We’re still gathering the facts. So until we really know what happened from all sides of the story, that’s kind of where it’s at.”

Ngakoue declined to reveal exactly what Incognito said since making his allegation in a tweet sent a few hours after the game. Ngakoue said Monday that Incognito knows what he said and there is no point repeating it.

Associated Press

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