Digest: Wall's 18 points, 18 assists lift Wizards over Timberwolves, 112-105

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John Wall had a season-high 18 assists and scored 18 points to lead Washington a ninth straight home win.

John Wall had a season-high 18 assists and scored 18 points to help the host Wizards beat the Timberwolves, 112-105, on Friday night for their ninth straight home win.

Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins had 41 points on 16-for-30 shooting after scoring eight points in a loss to the 76ers on Tuesday night.

Bradley Beal had 22 points for Washington, and Marcin Gortat hit all nine of his field-goal attempts and scored 19 points. The Wizards have won 10 of 15 overall.

Karl-Anthony Towns added 18 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which has dropped six of its past eight.

More women's college basketball: Hannah Fenske scored the go-ahead basket on a jumper with 29 seconds left and added two free throws in the final second to lift visiting Navy (8-5, 1-1 Patriot League) to a 62-59 victory over Boston University (4-9, 2-0). Fenske scored 10 points. The Terriers used a 20-8 third-quarter run to come back. ... Raven Bankston scored 18 points, but Towson (7-6, 0-2 Colonial Athletic Association) fell, 72-64, to host Northeastern (6-8, 2-0). Claudia Ortiz scored a game-high 27 points and Maureen Taggart had 20 to power the Huskies. ... Maine coach Richard Barron is taking an indefinite medical leave for an undisclosed condition. Associate head coach Amy Vachon will take his place starting with today's home game against UMBC.

Football

Carpenter died from blunt-force trauma

Baltimore native and former NFL safety Keion Carpenter died from blunt-force head trauma suffered when he fell during a recent vacation to Miami, according to an autopsy report by the Miami-Dade County medical examiner. The investigation report said Carpenter, 39, collapsed about 8:15 p.m. Dec. 27 after running with his son to the family's car. Carpenter grabbed the driver's side mirror of the car before falling backward and striking his head on the ground. After his wife called 911, the report said, Carpenter regained consciousness and told medical responders his head hurt and he felt hot. He subsequently suffered cardiac arrest while traveling by ambulance to Jackson South Community Medical. He was unresponsive when he arrived at the hospital. Carpenter died Dec. 29 at 6:47 a.m. The official cause of death was acute epidural hematoma caused by head trauma, and the autopsy report listed Carpenter's fall as an accident. A toxicology report was not complete as of Friday afternoon, an official at the medical examiner's office said, but the investigation report said Carpenter had consumed a single rum and pineapple drink on the day he collapsed. Carpenter's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore.

Childs Walker

More NFL: The Washington Redskins signed nose tackle Phil Taylor to an offseason contract. A first-round pick out of Baylor in 2011, Taylor, a Clinton native, spent the first four years of his career with the Cleveland Browns. He was out of the league in 2015, then spent the offseason with Denver before suffering a knee injury in training camp. Taylor was released from the Broncos' injured reserve list on Aug. 10. The Redskins hosted him for a workout in Week 6, but he was not offered a contract. The Redskins also signed linebackers Khairi Fortt and Pete Robertson.

Mike Jones, The Washington Post

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London leaves Terps, will be Howard football coach

Mike London, who joined DJ Durkin's first Maryland football staff as defensive line coach last season, is leaving to become the head coach at Howard, a source confirmed Friday. London will be introduced at a news conference Monday at Howard. London, 56, was previously the head coach at Virginia from 2010 to 2015 and at Richmond, his alma mater, in 2008 and 2009.
— Don Markus

More college football: Georgia Tech named former Navy quarterback Craig Candeto quarterbacks/B-backs coach. Candeto, 34, a former Navy fighter pilot, played for the Midshipmen under coach Paul Johnson, now the Yellow Jackets coach. ... Towson punter Jake Ryder was one of 44 players selected to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. Ryder is majoring in exercise science and has a 3.706 GPA. He is set to graduate this spring.

Laurel Park: Graded stakes winners Heaven's Runway, Res Judicata, Stallwalkin' Dude and Hot City Girl are among the 51 horses nominated to a pair of $75,000 stakes that begin the winter meet stakes schedule next Saturday. The 6-furlong Fire Plug for 4-year-olds and up drew 28 nominees, topped by Heaven's Runway. Res Judicata, upset winner of the Salvator Mile (G3) last June at Monmouth Park, and Bold Ruler (G3) winner Stallwalkin' Dude, who has won multiple stakes and nearly $1.2 million in purse earnings, are also nominated along with multiple stakes winners Chublicious, Never Gone South and Sonny Inspired, and Maryland Million Sprint winner Nicaradalic Rocks. Hot City Girl, winner of the 2015 Charles Town Oaks (G3), heads 23 nominations for the 6-furlong What a Summer for fillies and mares 4 and older.

Baseball: Free-agent outfielder Travis Snider, an Oriole during the first part of the 2015 season, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will attend big league spring training. A first-round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2006, Snider, 28, hit .245 with three homers in 84 games last year for the Kansas City Royals' Triple-A Omaha team.

NHL: The Washington Capitals recalled forward Liam O'Brien from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. O'Brien, 22, has one goal and one assist in 13 career games with the Capitals. He has five goals and 13 assists in 28 games with Hershey this season.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United named Ryan Martin director of its youth academy.

College administration: Johns Hopkins hired Jonathan Kindred to the newly created position of assistant director of student athlete success. He was assistant director of academic services at UMBC the past two years.

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