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Digest: Towson women's basketball edges George Mason for best start since '08-09

Sianni Martin, Raven Bankston and Jordyn Smith combined for 57 points Sunday to lead the Towson women's basketball team to a 79-75 win over George Mason (3-4) to improve to 5-0.

Martin finished with a game-high 20 points, Bankston had 19 and Smith added a career-high 18 for the host Tigers, who are off to their best start since the 2008-09 team started 5-0.

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After trailing by three at the half, Towson outscored the Patriots 25-18 in the third quarter for a 62-58 lead. The Tigers opened the fourth quarter on a 6-2 run and took their largest lead of the game, 68-60, with 7:44 to play. George Mason scored seven of the next nine points to cut Towson's lead to three, 70-67 with 4:35 to go, but a 3-pointer from Bankston pushed the Tigers' advantage back to six, 73-67, with 3:43 remaining.

Isaiah Still scored 16 points and Billy Giles' jumper with 1:35 remaining gave Robert Morris the lead for good, completing the Colonials' second-half comeba

After a 6-1 run brought the Patriots within 74-73 with 2:35 left, Smith scored four straight points to extend Towson's lead to 78-73 with 27 seconds to play.

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Brianna Bush added 10 points for the Tigers, who had four players score in double figures for the second straight game.

More women's college basketball: Pandora Wilson scored a game-high 21 points and Lakiah Sims added 17 points and seven rebounds, but host UMBC (2-3) fell to Princeton, 69-58. The Tigers (2-4) outscored the Retrievers 19-4 and shot 47.1 percent from the field in the fourth quarter and used an 11-0 run to pull away.

Men: Jacobi Boykins scored a career-high 26points, including six 3-pointers, to lead host Louisiana Tech to a 74-53 win over UMES (0-6). Erik McCree added 14 points and nine rebounds and Derric Jean had 14 points with a career-best 11 assists for the Bulldogs (3-2), who shot 51 percent from the field. Leading by just four at halftime, Louisiana Tech broke away midway through the second half with a 13-3 run over a nearly five-minute span to make it 56-41 with 9:43 to go. Bakari Copeland led the Hawks with 14 points and Ryan Andino added 10.

Et cetera

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Wizards' Beal fined $15K for throat grab Friday

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for grabbing the throat of Evan Fournier during Friday's game against the Orlando Magic. The punishment was announced by the league's head of basketball operations, Kiki Vandeweghe. The incident occurred during a fourth-quarter scuffle that resulted in double technical fouls being called on Beal and Fournier, as well as on Washington's Kelly Oubre Jr. and Orlando's Bismack Biyombo. While several players from both teams clustered together amid some pushing, Beal reached out with his left arm and grabbed Fournier's throat hard enough to leave a mark. Beal did not receive a flagrant foul. He finished with 14 points, eight assists and two rebounds as the Wizards won, 94-91.

Des Bieler and Candace Buckner, The Washington Post

NHL: The Washington Capitals reassigned forward Paul Carey to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. Carey, 28, made his 2016-17 season debut with the Capitals on Nov. 20 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and appeared in four games with Washington last season.

College wrestling: Maryland split its matches at the fifth annual Grapple at the Garden in New York, dropping its opening dual, 25-9, to Princeton (2-1) before ending the day with a 30-9 victory over Columbia (0-2). 13th-ranked Alfred Bannister (149 pounds) earned a pair of wins to remain undefeated (9-0). Maryland went 1-1 for the second straight year at Madison Square Garden, and is 1-3 this season.

Stan Salter’s betting tips and best bets for Monday’s special race day at Laurel Park.

Laurel Park: There will be carryovers in the 50-cent Late Pick 5, 20-cent Rainbow 6 and $1Super Hi-5 wagers on a special nine-race program today, which was rescheduled from Nov. 20, when races were canceled after the opener because of high winds. First race post time is 12:30 p.m. The Late Pick 5 went unsolved for the second straight day, leaving a carryover of $9,785.27. Today's Late Pick 5 spans Races 5-9 and is kicked off with a $40,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies going 51/2 furlongs on the Bowl Game Turf Course. The sequence also includes the featured eighth race, a $42,000 entry-level allowance for 3-year-olds and up at 11/8 miles on the Exceller Turf Course. There will be a carryover jackpot of $1,223.69 in the Rainbow 6, which covers Races 4-9. A Super Hi-5 carryover $1,148.01 will be available in the opener, a 51/2-furlong turf sprint that drew a field of 11 on the Bowl Game layout. … Jockey Forest Boyce posted a riding double Sunday, with Big Brother Bubba ($17) in the second race and Zipping By ($7.40) in the fourth.

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