Digest: Wizards beat Hawks, close in on first place

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Washington has won three straight and 10 of 12, improving to 20-8 since Dec. 5 to creep up the East standings.

Otto Porter Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds, John Wall scored 19 and the visiting Wizards moved within a half-game of the Southeast Division lead with a 112-86 victory over the Hawks on Friday night.

Washington has won three straight and 10 of 12, improving to 20-8 since Dec. 5.

Kent Bazemore scored 15 and Dwight Howard had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Atlanta, suddenly clinging to that slim lead in the Southeast.

All five Washington starters scored in double figures for the 15th time this season, most in the NBA. Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat and Bradley Beal each had 15 points.

Et cetera

Terps land DeMatha recruit McFarland

Anthony McFarland, a four-star running back from DeMatha rated the nation's No. 3 all-purpose back, the No. 2 recruit in Maryland and the No. 160 overall player in the 247Sports.com Composite rankings, committed Friday to the Terps via Snapchat. He has scholarship offers from Alabama, Miami and Penn State among others.

NHL: On Thursday morning, the Washington Capitals announced that wing T.J. Oshie would be out for that night's game against the Devils because he had to return to Washington for a family matter. Oshie's wife, Lauren Oshie, later posted videos on Snapchat of T.J. dancing with their oldest daughter, Lyla, who is wearing a hospital gown. That seemingly is the reason for Oshie's departure. Without Oshie in the lineup, the Capitals beat the Devils in Newark, 5-2. Oshie has 18 goals and 14 assists in 40 games this season, his second since being traded to Washington.

Not long after Oshie became an American hockey hero with four shootout goals for Team USA in a victory over Russia at the 2014 Olympics, Lyla was born with a hole in her abdominal wall, with the intestines protruding, a condition called gastroschisis. Gastroschisis has a 90 percent survival rate if the child has surgery immediately after birth, and Lyla was in the hospital for three weeks after she was born. When Lyla had her three-month checkup, the doctor gave the OK to end the hospital visits.

— Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post

Arena Football League: The Baltimore Brigade, the city's new team, signed wide receivers Julian Talley and Ify Umodu. Talley, who played for the Pittsburgh Power as well as the New York Giants, and Umodu, who played for Northern Arizona, join fellow wide receiver Reggie Gray on the team's inaugural roster.

Men's soccer: D.C. United defender Taylor Kemp (Maryland) was among five players cut from the U.S. roster for Sunday's exhibition against Serbia in San Diego, the first game for the Americans since Bruce Arena replaced coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Baseball: Former Orioles president Andy MacPhail was elected to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame by historians and front-office officials. MacPhail, the Twins general manager from 1985 to 1994, helped build Minnesota's 1987 and 1991 World Series champions. ... The Texas Rangers agreed to terms with former Orioles left-handed pitcher Wesley Wright on a minor league contract.

NHL: The Washington Capitals reassigned forward Chandler Stephenson to Hershey of the American Hockey League.

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit signed defender Caprice Dydasco to a one-year contract.

Women's college basketball: Amber Reeves made a 3-pointer with one second left to lift host UNC Wilmington (7-12, 2-6 Colonial Athletic Association) to a 59-56 victory over Towson (11-8, 4-4). The Tigers' Sianni Martin made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 56 with 1:07 left. Raven Bankston finished with 14 points for Towson.

Minor league basketball: The Baltimore Shuckers of the Central Basketball Association announced that Kendall Allison (Southside) will return for a second season.

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