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Phils beat Realmuto in arbitration; teams lead players 7-4

UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies won their arbitration case against All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) on Thursday, putting teams ahead of players 7-4 this year and ensuring clubs will finish with a winning record.

Realmuto will get a raise from $6.05 million to $10 million instead of his $12.4 million request.

Arbitrators Gary Kendellen, Jeanne Charles and Richard Bloch made the decision a day after hearing arguments.

Obtained from Miami just before spring training last year, Realmuto hit .275 with

Update on the latest sports

MLB-NEWS

Phils beat Realmuto in arbitration; teams lead players 7-4

UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies won their arbitration case against All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) on Thursday, putting teams ahead of players 7-4 this year and ensuring clubs will finish with a winning record.

Realmuto will get a raise from $6.05 million to $10 million instead of his $12.4 million request.

Arbitrators Gary Kendellen, Jeanne Charles and Richard Bloch made the decision a day after hearing arguments.

Obtained from Miami just before spring training last year, Realmuto hit .275 with

E. Michigan seeks revenge on Ball State

Eastern Michigan (15-11, 5-8) vs. Ball State (14-12, 7-6)

John E. Worthen Arena, Muncie, Indiana; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Eastern Michigan seeks revenge on Ball State after dropping the first matchup in Ypsilanti. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 14, when the Cardinals outshot Eastern Michigan 42.6 percent to 32.1 percent and had five fewer turnovers on their way to a 69-52 victory.

STEPPING UP: Tahjai Teague has put up 14.8 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Cardinals. Ishmael El-Amin is also a primary contributor, putting up 14 points per game. The Eagles

Arkansas looks for home win vs Mizzou

Missouri (13-13, 5-8) vs. Arkansas (16-10, 4-9)

Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Arkansas looks for its sixth straight win over Missouri at Bud Walton Arena. The last victory for the Tigers at Arkansas was a 75-71 win on Jan. 28, 2014.

SAVVY SENIORS: Arkansas’ Mason Jones, Jimmy Whitt Jr. and Adrio Bailey have collectively accounted for 56 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 65 percent of all Razorbacks points over the last five games.

OFFENSIVE THREAT: Xavier Pinson has either made or assisted on 44 percent of all Missouri field

Xavier faces tough test vs No. 12 Nova

No. 12 Villanova (20-6, 9-4) vs. Xavier (17-9, 6-7)

Cintas Center, Cincinnati; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 12 Villanova presents a tough challenge for Xavier. Xavier has won one of its three games against ranked opponents this season. Villanova easily beat DePaul by 20 on the road on Wednesday.

STEPPING UP: The Wildcats are led by Collin Gillespie and Saddiq Bey. Gillespie has averaged 16.2 points and 4.5 assists while Bey has recorded 15.6 points and five rebounds per game. The Musketeers have been led by Tyrique Jones and Naji Marshall, who are scoring 13.8 and 15.5 per game,

Duquesne faces tough test vs No. 5 Dayton

Duquesne (18-7, 8-5) vs. No. 5 Dayton (24-2, 13-0)

University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 5 Dayton presents a tough challenge for Duquesne. Duquesne has played a ranked team only once this season and lost. Dayton has won all 13 games against A10 opponents this season.

BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Dayton’s Obi Toppin has averaged 19.4 points and 7.7 rebounds while Jalen Crutcher has put up 14.4 points and 4.7 assists. For the Dukes, Marcus Weathers has averaged 14.6 points and eight rebounds while Sincere Carry has put up 11.6 points and five assists.

Middle Tenn. looks to end streak vs Southern Miss

Middle Tennessee (6-21, 2-12) vs. Southern Miss (9-18, 5-9)

Reed Green Coliseum, Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Southern Miss looks to extend Middle Tennessee’s conference losing streak to five games. Middle Tennessee’s last CUSA win came against the UTSA Roadrunners 83-80 on Feb. 1. Southern Miss is coming off a 75-67 win over Florida International in its most recent game.

SUPER SENIORS: Middle Tennessee has relied heavily on its seniors. C.J. Jones, Antonio Green, Donovan Sims and Jayce Johnson have collectively accounted for 65 percent of the team’s scoring

Providence faces tough test vs No. 19 Marquette

No. 19 Marquette (17-8, 7-6) vs. Providence (15-12, 8-6)

Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 19 Marquette presents a tough challenge for Providence. Providence has won three of its seven games against ranked opponents this season. Marquette came up short in a 73-65 game at home to Creighton on Tuesday.

SUPER SENIORS: Marquette has relied heavily on its seniors. Markus Howard, Sacar Anim, Koby McEwen and Brendan Bailey have collectively accounted for 73 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 84 percent of all Golden Eagles points over