Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Dayton Wins 18th in a Row, Claims Atlantic 10 Basketball Crown

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Dayton Wins 18th in a Row, Claims Atlantic 10 Basketball Crown

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Obi Toppin demonstrated his assortment of dunks while scoring 23 points with near-perfect shooting, and No. 4 Dayton clinched the Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball regular-season title Friday night, beating visiting Davidson 82-67 for its 18th straight victory.

Toppin led the way for the Flyers (27-2, 16-0), providing a pair of fast-break dunks in the second half that were exclamation points on Dayton's sensational season. He went 10 of 11 from the field and had 12 rebounds.

Five Flyers finished in double figures as Dayton shot 72.3% from the field, its best mark since it made 77.5% against Southern in 1986. Guard Ibi Watson came off the bench and scored 13 points, taking a bigger load in the offense with Jalen Crutcher in foul trouble. Crutcher finished with 14 points.

Kellan Grady had 23 points for Davidson (15-13, 9-7).

Time limit on football replays proposed: College football replay reviews will be limited to two minutes, and players ejected from games for targeting will be allowed to remain in the bench area if proposals by the NCAA football rules committee are passed. The committee wrapped up several days of meetings in Indianapolis on Friday by issuing its recommendations.

NCAA coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said the two-minute limit for replay reviews is aimed at efficiency and trying to manage the length of games.

"If you're at two minutes and you don't know the answer, it's time to let it stand and not drag the process out," he said.

Shaw added that there was a "robust" discussion about what he called the growing trend of defensive players flopping or seemingly faking injuries as a way to slow offenses trying to run plays quickly. For now, rule makers will appeal to coaches to clean up an issue that is difficult to legislate away.

Proposals must be approved by the NCAA playing rules oversight panel, which is scheduled to discuss changes April 16. New rules would go into effect for next season. (AP)

Cardinals to play in Mexico: The NFL said the Arizona Cardinals will play a regular-season game in Mexico City this year, although the date and opponent were not announced. …

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