Digest: Wall, Beal lift Wizards over 76ers for 11th straight home win, 109-93

Wizards guard John Wall (2) reacts with center Marcin Gortat (13), of Poland, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Washington.

John Wall had 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Bradley Beal added 20 points and the host Washington Wizards used a second-half spurt to beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 109-93, on Saturday night.

Philadelphia had won three straight for the first time in more than three years. It played without rookie star Joel Embiid. He sat out to rest after scoring 24 points Thursday night against the Charlotte Hornets.


The 76ers raced to an early 13-point lead, but Washington outscored Philadelphia 24-11 in the final minutes of the first half, then for a 56-all halftime tie. The Wizards scored seven straight to start the second half, and a 10-0 run gave them a 77-62 lead with 3:37 left in the third quarter.

Jahlil Okafor, who hadn't played in the previous three games, had a season-high 26 points for Philadelphia.


The Wizards have won 11 straight at home, extending the longest home winning streak in the NBA this season.

Et cetera

Moore's 3s lead UMBC women to OT victory

Tyler Moore made two 3-pointers in overtime during a 10-7 run and host UMBC (5-11, 1-3 America East) won, 69-66, over Vermont (4-12, 1-3) in women's basketball Saturday. Moore finished with 10 points and Taylor McCarley led all scorers with 23 points for the Retrievers. The Catamounts' Hanna Crymble (18 points) made a layup with 17.6 seconds left in regulationto force overtime.

More women's college basketball: Host Coppin State (3-13, 3-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) took a 32-18 lead into halftime and won, 65-57, over North Carolina A&T (5-12, 1-3). Keena Samuels led Coppin State with 17 points. ... Host Boston University (6-11, 4-2 Patriot League) took its first lead since the first quarter with 34 seconds left in the game and hung on to win, 61-58, against Loyola Maryland (7-10, 3-3). Sophie Beaudry (24 points) was fouled making a layup and converted the free throw for a 57-54 Terriers lead. Bri Betz-White and freshman Stephanie Karcz each scored 14 points for the Greyhounds, who have lost two straight games. ... Alexis Carter scored a career-high 24 points, but Mount St. Mary's (3-13, 1-4 Northeast Conference) fell, 97-88, to host Saint Francis (Pa.). The Red Flash (7-9, 4-1) held off a fourth-quarter rally. ... Molly Sanders scored 14 points and host Navy (12-5, 5-1 Patriot League) won, 76-41, over Lafayette (1-17, 0-5). The Midshipmen opened the fourth quarter with an 18-4 run and made 12 3-pointers in the game. ... Host UMES (7-7, 1-2 MEAC) lost, 72-71,to Howard (6-8, 2-0). The Bison took the lead for good, 66-64,on a 3-pointer by Sarah Edmond with 7:04 left. Mariah McCoy led the Hawks with 13 points.

Men's college soccer: Mount St. Mary's named Bryan Cunningham coach of its resurrected program, which will return to competition in the fall 2018 season. Cunningham spent the past 10 seasons as coach at Central Florida, which made the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2010 and 2011.

Laurel Park: Raymond Mamone's Imperial Hint, sent off as the favorite in his Maryland debut, coasted to the lead on the far turn and sprinted clear down the stretch to win Saturday's $75,000 Fire Plug at Laurel Park. The 22nd running of the Fire Plug for 4-year-olds and up shared top billing on the nine-race card with the $75,000 What a Summer for fillies and mares 4 and older, won by Sweet On Smokey. Both races were 6-furlong sprints. Imperial Hint ($5.20) completed the distance in 1 minute, 10.52 seconds over a good main track for his second straight win. BB Horses' Sweet On Smokey won the What a Summer by a half-length in 1:11.89.

NFL: Recently fired Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry will join Sean McVay's Los Angeles Rams staff as linebackers coach, a person with knowledge of the situation said. The New Orleans Saints and the Jacksonville Jaguars met with Barry about their linebackers coach position, but the former USC linebacker will return to Southern California under McVay, 30, who spent three seasons as Washington's offensive coordinator until becoming coach of the Rams on Thursday.


Master Tesfatsion, The Washington Post

Varsity football: Bladensburg hired former Redskins cornerback Byron Westbrook as coach, moving on from Lester Overton after three years, the school said Friday. Westbrook, 32, of Fort Washington, played at DeMatha and Salisbury before signing with Washington as an undrafted free agent and playing there from 2009 to 2011.

Eric Goldwein, The Washington Post

NHL: The Washington Capitals recalled forward Chandler Stephenson from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.