In a matchup between two of the NBA's top teams since New Year's Day, John Wall heard "MVP!" chants while producing 26 points and 14 assists to lead the host Wizards past the Pacers, 112-107, on Friday night.
After Monta Ellis made it a one-point game at 103-102 on a floater in the lane with about 1 1/2 minutes remaining, Wall took over. The All-Star point guard accounted for eight of Washington's last nine points on a 17-foot pullup jumper, a pass to Markieff Morris for a 3, and then three free throws.
Morris scored a season-high 26 points and had 10 rebounds, one game after sitting out a win at Brooklyn with an injured right calf.
Women's college basketball: Freshman Allison McGrath scored a career high 17 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead visiting UMBC (12-12, 7-4 America East) to a 64-47 victory over Hartford (14-10, 5-6) on Friday. The Retrievers used an 11-1 second-quarter run to pull away. ... Raven Bankston (12 points) cut the lead to one with two minutes left in the game, but host Towson (11-12, 4-8 Colonial Athletic Association) could get no closer and fell, 48-42, to UNC-Wilmington (9-14, 4-8) on Friday night. Sianni Martin also had 12 points for the Tigers.
Women's college indoor track and field: Johns Hopkins sophomore Felicia Koerner ran the second-fastest time in NCAA Division III history in the 3,000 meters as she placed sixth in the event at the Boston University Valentine Invitational. Her time was 9 minutes, 24.34 seconds. The record of 9:13.13 was set in 2005 by Wartburg's Missy Buttry.
Women's college lacrosse: Catherine Cordrey scored four goals to lead No 10 Duke (2-0) to a 20-5 victory over visiting Furman (0-1). Duke scored twice in the first minute of play. ... Elizabeth Cusick had four goals and two assists to lead visiting Stanford (1-0) to a 20-10 victory over UC Davis (0-1). The Cardinal outshot the Aggies 29-17. ... Mount St. Mary's was picked in the Northeast Conference coaches' preseason poll to finish fifth in the eight-team league. Bryant was picked for first.
Some of the nation's top teams have begun their schedules while others will open the season either this weekend or beyond.
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Men's college lacrosse: Justin Guterding's three goals and an assist helped No. 10 Duke (1-1) to a 10-5 win over visiting High Point (0-1). The Blue Devils lost to Air Force, 11-10, on Sunday. ... Johns Hopkins senior defenseman Nick Fields was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
Men's college tennis: Stevenson was picked to finish third and Hood eighth in the MAC Commonwealth preseason coaches poll.
Men's indoor college track and field: Mount St. Mary's junior jumper, hurdler and pole-vaulter Christopher Gabor was named Northeast Conference Field Athlete of the Week.
Women's indoor college track and field: Stevenson freshman sprinter Cierra Roberts was named ECAC Division III South Track Athlete of the Week.
NFL: Washington Redskins offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger is retiring at age 31 after eight seasons in the NFL. Lichtensteiger announced the news via the Redskins on Friday. He made a total of 75 starts at left guard or center for the Redskins after joining them as a free agent in 2010. He was drafted in the fourth round out of Bowling Green by the Denver Broncos in 2008. Lichtensteiger dealt with injuries the past two seasons, totaling only eight starts.
Orioles: MASN will broadcast seven spring training games during the Grapefruit League season, against the New York Yankees on Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.; the Philadelphia Phillies on March 5 at 1 p.m.; the Toronto Blue Jays on March 8 at 1 p.m.; the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 11 at 1 p.m.; the Detroit Tigers on March 19 at 1 p.m.; the Tampa Bay Rays on March 22 at 6 p.m.; and the Tigers on March 30 at 1 p.m.
NBA: The Washington Wizards assigned forward Danuel House Jr. to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League.
Women's soccer: The Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League signed defender DiDi Haracic.
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