Top takeaways from the Wizards’ clutch win against Charlotte

WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards beat the Charlotte Hornets 125-118 on Friday night at Capital One Arena. Here are five takeaways from what went down… 1. Some nights, no matter how bad their defense is, the Wizards are going to score so many points that their opponent simply can’t keep up. Friday night’s win over the Hornets was one of those games. The Wizards, for the most part, gave little resistance on the defensive end, allowing Charlotte to score 118 points and shoot 51.6 percent from the field. But the Wizards also found open looks from three and free lanes to the basket, as they scored 125 points and shot 14-for-34 (41.2%) from three. The Hornets were forced to play Washington’s style and they couldn’t do it for fourth quarters. After scoring 96 points through three, they were held to 22 points in the fourth.  2. Every time Davis Bertans plays like he did on Friday night, it becomes more amazing that the Spurs gave him up in a trade and that they did so for a prospect who was likely to never play for the Wizards. Bertans is an absolutely sensational outside shooter. He had 15 points in the first half on 5-for-7 from three-point range...

Protecting Beaded High School Graduation Caps In Wyoming

High School Native American students and their families have long-standing traditions of beading elements of their dress or wearing feathers on their tassels at graduation. This is to publicly honor the graduate in front of family and friends. But school districts in Wyoming don’t have policies protecting their right to do that. Hudda Curry-Herrera plays basketball for Laramie High School. He’s about to graduate and has a bright future ahead of him. “I know that’s my way to college is through sports.” Hudda explained one evening at a park shooting hoops, “My whole family would show up from the reservation. I’d have people come down every weekend. Or whenever we played. So, I would bring a good crowd to the home game here.” He always figured they’d all come down to see him graduate too and that he would be allowed to wear a beaded graduation cap and feather during the ceremony. When his mom graduated at a reservation high school, she wore full regalia and he wanted to do something similar. Laramie doesn’t have policy against decorating caps, but stories from other Native Students concerned Curry-Herrera. Like Navajo and ...