The Brigance Brigade Foundation, an ALS patient support organization founded by former Ravens player O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda, announced the Million Dollar Roundtable Foundation awarded a $5,000 Worldwide Grant to the organization in support of its patient grant program. The MDRF award will provide people living with ALS access to essential equipment, resource guidance and support services. Each year, the MDRT Foundation provides more than $1million to charitable programs around the world through the Worldwide Grant, Quality of Life grant and additional programs. For more information about grant options and eligibility, go to mdrtfoundation.org.
Final weekend of racing setfor Laurel's summer meet
Laurel opens the final weekend of its 33-day summer meet with an 11-race program when live racing resumes today. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. Sixty-six are entered for six races over Laurel's turf course, an average of 11 per race, on the All Along and Dahlia layouts. There will be a jackpot carryover of $3,809.01 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 today beginning in Race 6.
Saturday's card: Elizabeth Houghton waited a lifetime to have a horse good enough to name after her favorite delicacy. Crabcakes lived up to those expectations, winning her first three starts and adding her name to a roster of more than 40 stakes winners bred by Buckingham Farm. Crabcakes' victory in the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship last December would be the last for Buckingham under Houghton's watch. The matriarch of the Chestertown racing and breeding operation died of a respiratory illness Aug. 7 at the age of 79. Trained by Houghton's nephew, Bernie Houghton, Crabcakes will run in Saturday's $75,000 Miss Disco, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies, one of three stakes worth $225,000 in purses on the 12-race Maryland Pride Day program at Laurel Park. Other stakes Saturday are the $75,000 Find for 3-year-olds and up and $75,000 All Brandy for fillies and mares 3 and older, both contested at 11/8 miles over Laurel's world-class turf course.
McDonogh's Mustipher commits to all-star game
McDonogh All-Metro defensive tackle PJ Mustipher committed Thursday night to play in the Under Armour All-America Game in January at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Mustipher is the second Baltimore player to commit to the 2018 game after St. Frances second-team All-Metro defensive end Eyabi Anoma. Earlier this month, Mustipher committed to play for Penn State. The 6-5, 290-pound senior is rated the No. 1 overall player in Maryland's Class of 2018 by the recruiting web site Rivals.com. The four-star prospect attended The Opening in Oregon in June, one of only about 150 players nationwide invited to the prestigious summer event. For Mustipher, the chance to play in the game lets him keep up with his big brother Sam Mustipher, an Under Armour All-American after his senior year at Good Counsel in 2013 and now an offensive lineman at Notre Dame. It means a lot to him to follow in his brother's footsteps.
— Katherine Dunn
Golf: Isaac Kim scored a match-best 25 points and Justin Allen was right behind him with 22 to help Marriotts Ridge pull away for a 92-80 season-opening golf victory over River HIll in a showdown between Howard County's top two boys teams from a season ago. David Stephens (23 points) and Alex Pak (22) did their part as well for Marriotts Ridge in the first group, helping offset a strong round from River Hill's top player Kevin Hickey (23 points). Marriotts Ridged defeated River Hill, 33-13, in the girls match as Faith McIlvain led the way with 21 points. Mount Hebron's boys topped Hammond, 62-20.
— Brent Kennedy, Baltimore Sun Media Group
NBA: The Washington Wizards have added another point guard by agreeing to a one-year deal with Donald Sloan, according to a report from The Vertical. In five NBA seasons, Sloan has has averaged 5.5 points on 40.9 percent shooting with 3.0 assists. He spent last season with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
—Candace Buckner, The Washington Post
— From Sun staff and news services