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NATIONALS-ORIOLES

Nationals hit 3 HRs in 6-2 win over Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) - Doug Fister allowed two runs over seven innings and the Washington Nationals hit three solo homers in a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

Wilson Ramos, Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth connected for the Nationals, who took control early and cruised to the finish in this interleague matchup between first-place clubs located 40 miles apart on I-295.

Each team has won once in the rain-shortened, home-and-home showdown that concludes Thursday night. Washington has won eight of 10 overall and Baltimore is 7-2 in its last nine games.

Manny Machado went 3 for 4 with a homer for the Orioles and Chris Davis had two hits and an RBI. Machado is 12 for 21 in four games since returning from a five-game suspension.

REDSKINS-TANARD JACKSON SUSPENDED

Redskins' Tanard Jackson suspended 4th time by NFL

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended for a fourth time for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The league announced Wednesday that Jackson has been suspended indefinitely without pay.

Jackson was also suspended indefinitely in August 2012. He was given what was expected to be his final chance to play again when the NFL reinstated him in May.

The Redskins re-signed him, and he said during a spring practice that this time would be different in part because of the "humbling experience" of having to work in a warehouse during his suspension.

The 28-year-old Jackson was suspended twice while playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: four games in 2009 and for 12 months starting in September 2010. He first signed with the Redskins in April 2012.

MYSTICS-SKY

Hartley leads Mystics to 72-65 win over Sky

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Bria Hartley scored 16 points and the Washington Mystics held off a late Chicago rally for a 72-65 victory on Wednesday in front of a Sky record 16,402 fans.

The Mystics (8-12) snapped a three-game losing streak as Emma Meesseman collected 12 points and 12 rebounds while Kia Vaughn added 10 points.

The Sky (8-11) dropped their third straight despite Sylvia Fowles' 19 points and 17 rebounds. Chicago rallied from a 13-point deficit to pull within five following Fowles' free throw with 2:41 left, but never got closer.

Epiphanny Prince scored 14 points, Jamierra Faulkner had 13 and Jessica Breland added 10 while Tamera Young had 12 rebounds for Chicago.

The Mystics beat the Sky for the second time this season.

NASCAR-ALMIROLA

Almirola: No apologies for rain-shortened victory

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Aric Almirola says he's making no apologies for gaining his first career Sprint Cup Series victory in a rain-shortened race.

Almirola put the famed No. 43 car of Richard Petty Motorsports in Victory Lane last Sunday in the delayed, and then rain-shortened race at Daytona International Speedway. It was the first victory in 544 races for the car Petty made famous. John Andretti won at Martinsville in 1999.

Almirola has spent two days doing a tire test at Richmond International Raceway.

He says he would feel bad if he'd been running in the back of the pack and stole the win. But he says he was already in front of the field when the rain came and could have won with or without the last thunderstorm.

NORTH CAROLINA-MEEKS

UNC's Meeks down about 45 pounds from last summer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks is still slimming down.

The rising sophomore says he weighs around 270 pounds, down about 45 pounds since arriving on campus. In an interview with reporters Wednesday, Meeks said he feels more explosive and can play longer stretches without fatigue.

The 6-foot-9 forward weighed 317 pounds last summer, but slimmed down to around 285 for preseason practices. He averaged 7.6 points and 6.1 rebounds in 34 games, though he often struggled to finish around the rim or over long-armed defenders inside.

Meeks says he has done better in the weight room and wants to weigh 265 pounds for next season. Meeks and rising junior Brice Johnson will have bigger roles up front for UNC after James Michael McAdoo left school early to pursue a pro career.

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