Mystics fall to surging Sparks

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Mystics fall to surging Sparks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Candace Parker and Kristi Toliver scored 18 points each as the Los Angeles Sparks snapped a three-game skid with a 96-68 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night. Former Mystics star Alana Beard added 16 points for the Sparks (20-9), who swept the two-game season series against Washington. Los Angeles, which has already clinched a playoff berth and remains in second place in the Western Conference, finishes its five-game road trip Sunday against New York. Monique Curry scored 16 points for the Mystics (5-23), who lost their season-high seventh straight. Jasmine Thomas added 15 points for Washington, which was outscored 197-138 in its two losses to Los Angeles. The Sparks outrebounded the Mystics 39-29 and shot 62 percent from the floor (39 of 63) compared to the Mystics' 36 percent (25 of 69). Los Angeles led by 19 in the second quarter before settling for a 54-39 halftime lead. A 15-2 run stretched it to 34-20 early in the second, DeLisha Milton-Jones' corner 3-pointer later pushed it to 45-30, and Toliver hit back-to-back jumpers to make it 51-32. Mystics guard Shannon Bobbitt hit a 38-foot bank shot at the halftime buzzer. It was more of the same in the second half, with the lead growing to 83-56 early in the fourth quarter. Beard, making her first visit to the Verizon Center since signing with the Sparks in the offseason, received a loud ovation from the crowd in pregame introductions. The four-time WNBA All Star, selected by the Mystics in the first round of the 2004 draft, played six seasons in Washington before foot and ankle injuries forced her to miss the entire 2010 and 2011 seasons.

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DeAngelo Hall helped off the field with knee injury

DeAngelo Hall helped off the field with knee injury

Moments before the two minute warning in the first half of the Redskins game against the Giants safety DeAngelo Hall was helped off the field. It appeared Hall could put no weight on his right leg and was seen grasping his knee.

Redskins PR announced that Hall sprained his right knee and will not return to the game.

In nine years with the Redskins, Hall has started 94 games though this year he was converting to free safety after playing cornerback his whole career. A veteran leader for Washington, any absence for Hall will be a blow to the team both on the field and in the locker room.

With Hall out, the Redskins will need more from Will Blackmon and possibly Duke Ihenacho at safety. Deshazor Everett also could get snaps alongside David Bruton.

RELATED: NORMAN CARRIES BECKHAM IN ENDZONE

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Josh Norman lifts and carries Odell Beckham in the endzone

Josh Norman lifts and carries Odell Beckham in the endzone

Things are already getting weird between Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. 

On the Giants' second drive of the game, Norman got into it with Beckham in the endzone. Though, it wasn't the kind of mugging the two engaged in last season. Instead, it was....well, see for yourself. 

Norman picked up Beckham and nearly carried him to the sideline. Yeah, very strange. Norman nearly hauled in an interception on the next drive, but was unable to haul it in. Hopefully we'll get more chances to see the two of them go at it. 

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