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Harden scores 31 to lead Rockets over Wizards

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Harden scores 31 to lead Rockets over Wizards

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden scored 31 points to lift the Houston Rockets to a 99-93 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

After suffering a sprained ankle last Saturday against Dallas and missing Monday night's loss to San Antonio, Harden returned to lead the Rockets to their first victory under coach Kevin McHale in more than a month.

The Wizards threatened late in the fourth quarter, but Chandler Parsons scored eight straight points for Houston in the final three minutes, including two 3-pointers, to secure the victory. Parsons finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.

It was Houston's first victory since McHale rejoined the team last Saturday after taking a leave of absence for almost a month following the death of his 23-year-old daughter. McHale took a leave of absence Nov. 10 to be with his family as his daughter's health worsened. Alexandra ``Sasha'' McHale died Nov. 24 of complications from Lupus.

Rookie Bradley Beal had 20 points to lead Washington, which had five players in double-figures, including four starters. Emeka Okafor, a Houston native, had a season-high 19 points for Washington to go with six rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

After the Wizards scored the opening two points, Houston didn't trail until a brief spell midway through the third quarter. Harden hit a 3-pointer with less than 7 minutes left in the third, giving Houston a one-point lead, and the Rockets never trailed again after that.

Beal hit a 3 with one minute remaining in the first half to tie the game at 40. The Wizards trailed by as many as 14 in the first half before going on a 9-0 run late in the second quarter.

Toney Douglas hit a 3-pointer from beyond the half-court line as time expired in the second to put the Rockets up 45-42 at the break.

Jordan Crawford started at point for Washington, while A.J. Price remained out with a fractured right hand suffered last Saturday against Golden State. John Wall has missed the entire season with a stress injury in his left knee.

The Wizards also played without Trevor Ariza, who strained his left calf last Tuesday against Miami, and Trevor Booker (right knee), who started the first six games.

Notes: Chris Singleton had a career-high four blocks for Washington. . Patrick Patterson registered a season-high three blocks. . Houston C Omer Asik had 16 rebounds, recording double-digit rebounds for the second straight game and sixth time in his last nine outings.

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Washington Football Team activates TE Logan Thomas from reserve/COVID-19 list

Washington Football Team activates TE Logan Thomas from reserve/COVID-19 list

The Washington Football Team has activated tight end Logan Thomas from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced on Sunday.

Thomas was originally placed on the list on July 29 upon the tight end's arrival to training camp. 10 days later, he's been cleared to return.

It's unknown whether Thomas contracted the virus or not. Players can be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list if they have come in contact with someone else who has contracted the virus.

Washington has begun practicing over the past week or so, but the team has yet to do much more than walkthroughs on the field. Padded practices have yet to begin.

When practices resume on Monday, Thomas, 29, will be competing for playing time with Jeremy Sprinkle, Richard Rodgers, Hale Hentges and undrafted free agent Thaddeus Moss.

The tight end unit is arguably the worst position group on the team, so the Burgundy and Gold could use some contribution from Thomas in any way they can get.

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Nationals sign Jake Boone, who could be MLB's first fourth-generation player

Nationals sign Jake Boone, who could be MLB's first fourth-generation player

The first fourth-generation MLB player could make his career in Washington after Jake Boone—the son, nephew, grandson and great-grandson of former players—signed with the Nationals on Saturday as an undrafted free agent.

Boone’s father, Bret, played in the majors from 1992 to 2005. His uncle, Aaron, played from 1997 to 2009 and currently manages the New York Yankees. Bret and Aaron’s father Bob and grandfather Ray played for 18 and 12 years, respectively. Ray started the family dynasty in 1948, when he made his MLB debut as a shortstop for the Cleveland Indians.

Jake, a shortstop himself, was originally selected by the Nationals in the 38th round of the 2017 MLB Draft. He instead elected to honor his commitment to Princeton, where he played a total of 72 games and hit .250 with one home run and 24 RBIs. Bob, who is 72 years old, is a vice president of player development for the Nationals and senior advisor to GM Mike Rizzo.

With the 2020 MLB Draft being shortened to five rounds as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Jake didn’t have the chance to find out if he improved his draft stock enough to earn a higher selection. But after the rules were amended to allow for an increased number of undrafted signees, he will have the opportunity to follow in his family’s footsteps and get a Boone back on a major-league roster for the first time since Aaron retired in 2009.

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