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Digest: Gervonta Davis after Friday's win: Avila 'brought out the best in me'

Gervonta "Tank" Davis of Baltimore was pleased with his effort Friday night in stopping Mexico's Guillermo Avila 29 seconds into the sixth round of a Premier Boxing Champions super featherweight bout on Spike TV at the D.C. Armory in Washington.

"I knew Avila was going to be a tough, strong opponent," Davis said. "I cracked him a few times early, but he kept bouncing back every time. When I knocked him down, I could tell he wasn't hurt and was impressed by his toughness. He brought out the best in me. I'm happy I could get this victory for my team, my city of Baltimore, Floyd Mayweather and everyone that supports me."

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Undefeated super featherweight professional boxer Gervonta "Tank" Davis of Baltimore will return to the ring Friday night at the D.C. Armory in Washington in a bout televised on Spike TV.

Davis landed four straight lefts in the round, including a blow that dislodged Avila's mouthpiece, prompting referee Michelle Myers to halt the bout.

"I thought [Davis] did a good job of staying patient and not being overly aggressive, which is his nature," trainer Calvin Ford said. "He listened well to the corner and followed the game plan." Davis improved his professional record to 15-0 with 14 knockouts.

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When Demond Nicholson was a 6-year-old, he wanted to play contact football but was told flag football was his only option. That didn't appeal to him. Instead, his parents took him to the boxing gym at the Laurel Boys and Girls Club.

More boxing: Demond Nicholson (17-1 16KOs) beat middleweight Joshua Okine (28-5-1) by unanimous decision on the undercard at the D.C. Armory. "He's a tough dude," Nicholson, a lifelong Laurel resident and 2011 graduate of Laurel High, said after the fight. "Now I know what I need to work on to get prepared for whenever I get back in the ring." It was Nicholson's seventh straight win since his lone defeat, a sixth-round technical knockout in November 2014 to Lekan Byfield.

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Wizards beat Suns Friday, keep playoff hopes alive

Markieff Morris scored 21 points in his return to Phoenix to help the Washington Wizards beat the Suns, 106-99, on Friday night. John Wall added 22 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists, and Bradley Beal scored 21 points for the Wizards, who moved to 21/2 games behind the Indiana Pacers for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Morris, whose tumultuous 41/2-year Phoenix stint ended when he was dealt to Washington on Feb. 18, was booed in introductions and every time he touched the ball. "I've been booed 100,000 times, way worse than that," Morris said. "It doesn't affect me." Morris shot 8-for-14 and grabbed nine rebounds as the Wizards rallied to end a two-game losing streak. "I told him that means they love you," Washington coach Randy Wittman said. "When another team boos you, trust me, that means you were a hell of a player here. If you were a nobody, they wouldn't boo you." The Wizards trailed by eight points in the third quarter and 79-77 entering the fourth. Two consecutive baskets by Ramon Sessions put Washington up 96-87 with five minutes left.

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Ravens: The Ravens and Ravens RISE will host their annual Play Like a Raven Football Clinics, presented by Under Armour, at four regional locations spanning Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware the week of June 13. Participants will receive instruction from USA Football certified master trainers and Heads Up Football-trained coaches.

Former Ravens outside linebacker Brad Jackson, running back Jamal Lewis and cornerbacks Samari Rolle and Duane Starks will be in attendance to help lead the clinics. Skill- and age-specific groups will be available to provide each participant ages 5-15 with instruction tailored to their experience. In addition to the on-field clinics, entertainment will also be available for fans in attendance, with appearances by Ravens cheerleaders and mascot Poe, inflatables and autograph sessions with former Ravens.

Torrey Smith, heading into his second season with the San Francisco 49ers after playing four years with the Ravens, hosted his fifth annual charity basketball game Saturday afternoon at Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore. All proceeds for the event benefited the Torrey Smith Foundation, which provides for at-risk youth.

All clinics run 5:30 to 9 p.m. and cost $50, and participants will receive a clinic t-shirt provided by Under Armour. Clinics in Maryland include June 13 at Fort Hill High School in Cumberland and June 16 at Fallston Recreation Complex. To register, go to baltimoreravens.com/playlikearavenclinic.

Outdoors: Robert J. Koenke of St. Michaels, a member of theboard of directors of the art advisory board of the Waterfowl Festival in Easton since 1985, was hired as sporting and wildlife art expert by Guyette & Deeter.

Men's college basketball: Louisville's Damion Lee (Calvert Hall) had six points and three rebounds but the East fell to the West, 89-85, in Friday's NCAA all-star game in Houston.

MLS: D.C. United signed former Houston Dynamo and Orlando City starting goalkeeper Tally Hall. Hall, 30, started 130 league matches and had 35 shutouts with the Dynamo from 2009 to 2014. Hall earned more than $200,000 last year but signed with United for considerably less, multiple sources said. Per club policy, contract specifics were not disclosed. … Peru will face El Salvador at RFK Stadium on May 28 at 8 p.m. in an international friendly. Peru is 42nd in FIFA's world rankings while El Salvador is ranked 99th in the world. … United midfielder Marcelo Sarvas was fined an undisclosed amount Thursday for failing to leave the field in an orderly manner after receiving a red card in United's 3-0 loss to FC Dallas on March 26.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Baseball: The Toronto Blue Jays assigned former Orioles outfielder Junior Lake to Triple-A Buffalo.

College baseball: Freshman Marty Costes (Archbishop Curley) hit two home runs to lead host Maryland (14-13) to a 13-5 win over High Point (19-8), tying the Terps' season high for most runs in a game.

Men's college soccer: Loyola Maryland signed its first nationally ranked recruiting class, as the Greyhounds' Class of 2020 has been ranked No. 13 by College Soccer News. They are forwards Nico Brown (McDonogh), Josh Fawole (Long Reach), Shane Kastle and Brian Saramago; defenders Michael Colao and Jonathan Sousa; midfielders Francisco Contreras and Barry Sharifi.

Horse racing: A total of 58 horses were nominated to the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes and $100,000 Weber City Miss Stakes scheduled for next SundayApril 9 at Laurel Park. This year, the 1 1/8-mile Tesio for 3-year-olds will serve as a "Win and You're In" race for the 141st Preakness Stakes (G1), while the Weber City Miss for 3-year-old fillies run at about 1 1/16 miles is a "Win and You're In" race for the 92nd Black-Eyed Susan (G2), both May 21 at Preakness Race Course.

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