The Washington Wizards proved they can beat the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks without John Wall on Saturday night, and they're likely going to have to do it again in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series tonight. The All-Star point guard still hadn't tried dribbling a basketball as of Sunday afternoon because the swelling in his left hand, a week after suffering five nondisplaced fractures in the Wizards' Game 1 win, had not yet subsided, according to coach Randy Wittman. "It's headed in the right direction," Wittman said. "Again, we're not to the point of him doing anything on the floor yet of that nature. But it's heading to a situation where, hopefully, he can get a ball in his hand and see how that feels, and you just take those steps like that." Wall was a late scratch for Tuesday's Game 2, which the Wizards lost, because he couldn't handle a basketball effectively. The Wizards blitzed the Hawks on Saturday, building a 21-point fourth-quarter lead before squandering it and requiring a buzzer beater from Paul Pierce. The victory buys Wall more time to return this postseason. The bones usually require four to six weeks to heal, but the Wizards haven't ruled Wall out from returning against the Hawks. Given the unpredictability of the schedule, the Wizards could eliminate the Hawks in five games by Wednesday, or the series could to a Game 7 next Monday.

Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post


Major League Lacrosse

Danowski, Poillon, Fioritio lead Bayhawks to 14-10 win

Attackman Matt Danowski and midfielder Peet Poillon (UMBC, Howard Community College) each had four points to lead a balanced offense, and Tyler Fiorito (McDonogh) recorded a career-high 22 saves as the Chesapeake Bayhawks earned their second road win of the Major League Lacrosse season, 14-10 over the host Charlotte Hounds. Chesapeake (3-1) remained in sole possession of second place in MLL heading into Saturday's showdown with the unbeaten New York Lizards (5-0). Midfielder Matt Mackrides had a hat trick and leads the Bayhawks with 14 points this season. Attackman Jack Rice (Boys' Latin), midfielder Ben Hunt (Severna Park) and short-stick defensive midfielder Jeff Reynolds (Maryland, Calvert Hall) added two goals each for Chesapeake, which won despite being outshot (45-36) and beaten on ground balls (34-20) and faceoffs (19-8). It was the Bayhawks' first victory at Charlotte (1-3) in four attempts. "We've been coming here for three years and haven't been able to get a win," Mackrides said. "There's a big difference between 3-1 and 2-2."

Et cetera

Maryland rallies at OSU to clinch vital baseball series

No. 28 Maryland scored seven runs in the seventh inning to push past host Ohio State, 14-10, and win a crucial weekend series. The Terps (35-17, 13-8 Big Ten Conference) fell behind 8-3 but scored 11 runs in the final three innings. Junior Jose Cuas hit a two-out, three-run homer in the seventh to put the Terps ahead of the Buckeyes (34-15, 13-8) for good. Maryland entered the weekend as the second-to-last at-large team in Baseball America's latest NCAA tournament projection. On Saturday, junior LaMonte Wade (St. Paul's) went 4-for-6 with four RBIs, but the Terps fell, 13-12. Maryland trailed 13-4 after five innings but scored eight straight runs and put the tying run on second in the ninth inning before freshman Kevin Smith grounded out to seal the victory for the Buckeyes.

More college baseball: UMBC defeated visiting Albany, 6-5, for its 12th straight win. The Retrievers (30-16, 13-8 America East Conference) clinched the No. 2 seed in the America East tournament. The Great Danes fell to 13-26, 6-11.

Men's college outdoor track and field: Navy senior Tom Buffone was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Men's college tennis: Johns Hopkins sophomore Mike Buxbaum has been selected to compete at the NCAA singles championship May 21-23 in Mason, Ohio.

Horse racing: The Maryland Jockey Club will offer two 50-cent Pick 4s and a 50-cent Pick 5 each with guaranteed pools of $250,000 during Friday's 14-race Black-Eyed Susan program at Pimlico Race Course. The first $250,000 guaranteed Pick 4 pool will be on races Nos. 8-11. The second $250,000 guaranteed Pick 4 pool will start with the Black-Eyed Susan and finish with the $100,000 Skipat and $300,000 The Sagamore Racing Pimlico Special. The $250,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool will be on races Nos. 7-11..

Museum: The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation will offer half-price admission to all visitors to its Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards today as part of the Orioles' Re-Opening Day celebration. Visitors will be able to view Chris Davis' home run ball and the official scorecard from last week's zero-fans game at Camden Yards. Admission for the day will be $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children 12 and under.

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit got goals from Crystal Dunn and Francisca Ordega and five saves from Kelsey Wys to secure a 2-2 road tie against the Portland Thorns on Saturday night.

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