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Digest: Wizards' Wall reportedly has MRI on left knee

The Wizards' John Wall drives during the first half of a game against the Bucks Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Milwaukee.

Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall had an MRI exam on his sore left knee Friday, reports Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington, causing Wall to miss practice. "John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," coach Scott Brooks told Hughes of Wall's availability for tonight's home game against the Portland Trail Blazers. "We'll see how he feels and then make a decision from there." Wall's knee has been bothering him for a few weeks now and he sat out Sunday's loss in Toronto. But he returned for the Wizards' win in Milwaukee the next day and scored 15 points on 5-for-13 shooting to go along with six assists. "I was great. I was cool," Wall said about his health. "I missed some easy, early shots but I was fine." On Nov. 11, Wall received two bags of intravenous fluids to help with an illness, and his knee began to swell soon after that. He has had the knee drained on a few occasions since then. Nevertheless, he played 41 minutes in an overtime loss to the Hornets on Wednesday and finished with 31 points and 11 assists. Wall missed the start of the 2012-13 season with a knee injury and had offseason surgery on both of his knees after the 2015-16 season.

—Matt Bonesteel, The Washington Post


Men's college basketball: CBS Sports Network will air "Hoops Confidential: Veterans Classic," a behind-the-scenes look at the fourth annual Veterans Classic, the season-opening event that featured Alabama, Memphis, Pittsburgh and Navy earlier this month in Annapolis. The show will air Sunday at 3 p.m.

NHL: The Washington Capitals recalled forward Tyler Graovac from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.


Laurel winter-spring meet: Twenty-two stakes worth $2.25 million in purses, highlighted by a Winter Carnival program featuring the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie (G2) and $250,000 General George (G3) Feb. 17, will be contested during Laurel Park's 2018 winter-spring meet. In all, 13 of 22 stakes will see purse increases of $25,000 for the 2018 winter-spring meet that opens Jan. 1 and runs primarily three days a week through May 6. They are the first of 171 race days submitted by the Maryland Jockey Club, an increase of nine days over 2017.

Minor league baseball: The Bowie Baysox will host Baysox Winterfest at Prince George's Stadium on Dec. 8 from 6-8 p.m. The event will include an appearance by Santa Claus, arts and crafts, hot chocolate and holiday cookies. The Baysox team store will also be open. Go to for information.

Arena football: The Washington Valor will hold an open tryout for positions on the 2018 roster Dec. 9 at Athletic Performance Inc. in Gambrills from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring physical and skill-based testing. Register at