Atlanta Dream guard Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) dribbles against Washington Mystics guard Ivory Latta during a game earlier this season.
Atlanta Dream guard Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) dribbles against Washington Mystics guard Ivory Latta during a game earlier this season. (Chuck Myers / MCT)

Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored five of her 21 points in the final 27.9 seconds to help the Atlanta Dream beat the host Washington Mystics, 64-61, on Friday night.

Tiffany Hayes added 12 points for the Dream (2-2), which trailed 49-38 at the end of the third quarter before scoring a season-high 26 points in the fourth.

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Shoni Schimmel hit two 3s to spark a 17-6 run, which was capped by a 3-pointer by Roneeka Hodges and pulled Atlanta within one with 4:41 to play.

Sancho Lyttle's steal set up McCoughtry's 3 which gave the Dream a 62-61 lead, its first since midway through the second quarter. Two free throws by McCoughtry capped the scoring.

Ivory Latta rimmed out a potential tying 3-pointer in the final second.

Emma Meesseman had 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Mystics (2-1) while Tayler Hill added 15 points.

Maryland football

Linebacker Ashiru transfers from UConn, can play immediately

Former Connecticut linebacker Jefferson Ashiru, who left the Huskies midway through last season, has transferred to Maryland and will be eligible immediately, the school announced in a release. Ashiru, a graduate transfer, will be pursuing his master's degree in real estate development at Maryland. Ashiru's exit from Storrs came under mysterious circumstances. In late November, before a game against Cincinnati, the school announced that Ashiru was no longer a member of the program. Tayo Ashiru told Brian Koonz, sports columnist for Hearst Connecticut Media Group, that his son had been "forced" out of the program. Huskies coach Bob Diaco told Koonz that Jefferson Ashiru "decided that he didn't want to be on the team anymore. I didn't decide it. He decided it." Father heard otherwise. "I asked him, 'Is this true? Are you tired of football? What is the story?' I wanted to know what was going on," Ashiru told Koonz. "He told me, 'No, Daddy. I love football.' That's what he told me. He said Diaco and the coaches were coming up to him at practice, yelling at him, and asking him, 'Do you love football? Do you love football?' He said, 'They want to get rid of me.' When he went back to his room, he told me he cried in a way he had never cried in his life." The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Ashiru started 18 games total for the Huskies, recording 107 tackles over three years. As a junior in 2014, he recorded 47 tackles (3.5 for losses) and an interception. In 2013, Ashiru finished fifth on the team with 58 tackles and tied for third with eight tackles for losses.

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Schedule: Maryland's first three home games at Byrd Stadium will begin at noon. The Terps open the season Sept. 5 against Richmond on ESPNU, before hosting Bowling Green on Sept. 12 on Big Ten Network and South Florida on Sept. 19 on ESPNews.

Men's college lacrosse

Penn State starting goalie Darcey dies in car accident

The starting goalie for Penn State's men's lacrosse team, Connor Darcey, died in a car accident in Boston's North End early Friday, according to multiple reports. Darcey, 21, was a Wellesley (Mass.) High graduate who just finished his redshirt sophomore season at Penn State. Reports indicate he was pronounced dead at the scene along with another person. Darcey was a passenger in a BMW convertible that hit a car and rolled over, ejecting the three people in the vehicle, according to the reports. In a 14-9 loss to Johns Hopkins in the first Big Ten Conference tournament, Darcey made 17 saves and was named to the all-tournament team. A few weeks earlier, in an 11-10 overtime loss to Hopkins, Darcey had 13 saves.

Et cetera

Whisper Fisher to play for Swoopes at Loyola-Chicago

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Whisper Fisher, an All-Baltimore County player from Owings Mills, will spend the next four years learning from one of the greatest women's basketball players of all time. Fisher, a 6-foot-2 forward, has signed a letter of intent to play at Loyola-Chicago, which is coached by Sheryl Swoopes. A three-time WNBA Most Valuable Player and three-time Olympic gold medalist, Swoopes has coached the Ramblers since 2013. As a senior at Owings Mills, Fisher averaged 18.6 points, 10 rebounds and 3.4 blocks. She played for the Maryland Lady Shooting Stars in the Amateur Athletic Union.

Baseball: The Washington Nationals and Reds have discussed a trade involving Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman, though no deal appears imminent, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweeted. Morosi called the talks "very preliminary."

Pro football: John Unitas Jr., president of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation and the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas, will sign copies of his book, "Johnny U and Me: The Man Behind the Golden Arm," today at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in the Long Gate Shopping Center at 4300 Montgomery Road in Ellicott City.

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