Digest: Beal, Wall lead Wizards past Hawks

From Sun staff and news services

Bradley Beal scored 28 points and John Wall added all 22 of his in the second half to help the Wizards to a 104-100 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday night.

Wall also had 10 assists on a night he shot just 6-for-21 from the field, including two assists to Beal during a late 14-2 run that helped Washington ensure victory after Atlanta had led by as many as 12 early.

Ian Mahinmi had 10 rebounds off the bench as the Wizards used a 55-44 edge on the glass to overcome 40 percent shooting.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 29 points and Dennis Schroder had 18 to lead the Hawks, who suffered their fifth consecutive defeat.

Dwight Howard added 14 points and 16 rebounds while frontcourt mate Paul Millsap missed his third consecutive game with a sore left knee.

Washington solidified a 3-1 season series victory over Atlanta while ending its two-game skid.

Et cetera

Leonsis not worried about season-ticket sales for AFL Brigade

Baltimore's Arena Football League team has sold 500 season tickets for its inaugural season, but owner Ted Leonsis said it's way too early to be concerned. "I ask that you have a little patience with us. Let's have some fun together," Leonsis said during a speech Wednesday to the CEO Club of Baltimore. "We've sold like 500 season tickets. I think the arena seats like 10,000 people." The Brigade open their season April 7 against the Washington Valor. The Brigade, who will play at Royal Farms Arena, have been selling about 30 season tickets a week, according to Jeffrey Bowler, vice president for business operations at Monumental. Bowler said that pace does not concern him, given that the team has only recently begun its marketing. The team doesn't even have helmets yet, Leonsis said. "There is still three-quarters of the city that doesn't know this is happening," Bowler said.

— Jeff Barker

Indoor soccer: The defending-champion Blast are returning to the Major Arena Soccer League championship series after defeating the Milwaukee Wave, 2-1, in a mini-game in the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night on a tiebreaking goal by Tony Donatelli with 1:03 remaining. Earlier in the night, the Blast lost Game 2 of the best-of-three series to the host Wave, 8-4, forcing the 15-minute mini-game. The Blast won the opener, 8-7, in overtime Saturday night at Royal Farms Arena. The Blast advance to play the Soles de Sonora or San Diego Sockers, who will complete their Western Conference series Saturday at 10:05 p.m in Mexico. Soles won the first game of the finals, 7-3, Sunday in San Diego and are the defending conference champion.

Redskins: Washington hosted free-agent running back Tim Hightower on Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Hightower previously played for the Redskins in 2011, rushing for 321 yards and a touchdown in five games before tearing the ACL in his left knee. Hightower, 30, spent the past two seasons with the New Orleans Saints. The Richmond alumnus rushed for 548 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games (one start) in 2016.

— Master Tesfatsion and Mike Jones, The Washington Post

More NFL: A banner that reads: "BALTIMORE COLTS 1970 WORLD CHAMPIONS" and measures roughly 72 inches by 48 inches sold for $4,712.40, according to Lelands.com, the world's largest sports auction house. The winning bid was placed Saturday. The near-mint-condition banner, which includes an image of the team's helmet, was constructed from satiny parachute-type material with sewn-on letters, and likely was meant to be hung at Memorial Stadium indoors or for dinner, news conference or promotional events. ... The New York Giants signed former Ravens running back Shaun Draughn.

Baseball: The Milwaukee Brewers released former Orioles right-handed reliever Ryan Webb.

Men's college basketball: UMBC will host Liberty in the College Insider Tournament quarterfinals Sunday at 2 p.m. The Retrievers (20-12) advanced with home victories over Fairfield, 88-83, and Saint Francis (Pa.), 87-79 last week. Liberty (21-13) also played a pair of first- and second-round games at home, defeating Norfolk State, 73-64, and Samford, 66-58. UMBC is the third-most improved team in the nation (7-25 to 20-12). ... Maryland junior guard Melo Trimble was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I All-District Seven first team.

Women's college basketball: Harford Community College lost, 88-70, to No. 1 seed Gulf Coast State in the second round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I tournament Tuesday in Lubbock, Texas. Daisa Harris scored 26 points and Danielle Durjan scored 22 for the Fighting Owls, who outscored the Commodores 39-33 in the second half but couldn't overcome Gulf Coast's 34-point second quarter.

Women's college lacrosse: York sophomore defender Nicole Clauter (John Carroll) was named Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

College baseball: Navy freshman designated hitter Evan Lowery was named Patriot League Player of the Week. ... Radford freshman infielder Spencer Horwitz (St. Paul's) was named Big South Conference Freshman Player of the Week. ... Salisbury senior infielder Pete Grasso was CAC Player of the Week and Salisbury senior Jeff Oster was Pitcher of the Week.

Women's college ice hockey: Sophomore forward Karen Hudson (Glenelg) was on the Plattsburgh State team that defended its NCAA Division III championship with a 4-3 overtime win over host Adrian (Mich.) on Saturday. The Cardinals (28-1-1) won their fourth straight national title. Hudson, a Sykesville resident who played regionally for the Washington Pride, finished the season with two goals and five assists.

Roller Derby: Three Charm City Roller Girls teams — the Pigtown Butchers, Hampden Hons, and Dundalk Deviants — will compete in a tripleheader Saturday, March 25, at Skateland North Point, 1113 North Point Road, Dundalk. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. First whistle is at 8 p.m. Seating is bring-your-own-chair general admission. Details at facebook@charmcityrollergirls.

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