Sports Digest (Aug. 2): Gilman offensive lineman Zachary Franks commits to Penn State

Three-star offensive lineman Zachary Franks of Gilman committed to Penn State , he announced Thursday on Twitter. "I'm 100% in!!! #WeAre19," wrote Franks, who had more than 30 scholarship offers, including from Duke, Northwestern, Rutgers, Arizona, California, Louisville, Maryland, Nebraska, Mississippi, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Franks, a Class of 2019 prospect, is the No. 86 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 15 prospect in Maryland, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

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Maryland's Farina 61st after British Open first round

Rising senior Ludovica Farina of the Maryland women's golf team shot 1-over-par 73 in the first round of the Women's British Open on Thursday at Royal Lytham & St Annes in Lancashire, England, putting her in 61st place out of 143 competitors. Manjee Lee of Australia leads at 7-under. Farina birdied the ninth, 13th and 15th holes. Farina was set to tee off at 4:42 a.m. today, with live coverage on The Golf Channel.

NBA : Jamel Artis, a Baltimore native who attended Dunbar his freshman and sophomore seasons, signed a two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings , ESPN reported. Artis played 15 games with the Orlando Magic last year, averaging 5.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists on 39.2 percent shooting from the field.

Major League Soccer: Major League Soccer's board of governors has approved changes in D.C. United 's investment group, moves that will keep Jason Levien as the face of ownership and welcome several of his partners from Welsh club Swansea City. No one at United or MLS would speak on the record because the deal won't close for at least another week. But people familiar with the negotiations told The Washington Post that Levien will expand his alliance with U.S. businessman Steve Kaplan and at least four other Swansea City investors.

— Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Men's college basketball: Boys' Latin rising senior Cam Spencer has committed to play at Loyola Maryland. Spencer is the younger brother of Pat Spencer, the Greyhounds' star senior attackman in men's lacrosse.

Horse racing: Kallenberg Farms' Forever Liesl won the featured eighth race at Laurel Park . Ridden by Victor Carrasco for New York-based trainer Michelle Nevin, Forever Liesl covered 1 mile over a main track rated good in 1 minute, 37.05 for her third career win. R. Larry Johnson's Maryland homebred Questionoftheday won Race 2, a $42,000 entry-level optional claiming allowance for 2-year-old fillies, running 5½ furlongs in 1:04.50. Jerry Romans and JoAnn Smith's Partisan Divide completed a maiden-breaking rally in the third race, running 1 mile in 1:40.99 over a fast main track in the $40,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-olds. In the other open maiden special weight, a $40,000 event for fillies and mares 3 and up, Sookdeen Pasram's Timeless Curls ($2.20) led from start to finish to take the 1 1/16-mile event by 4¼ lengths in 1:45.13. Holiday Hopes ($4.20) was an easy 8 ½-length winner in the opener, a $40,000 maiden special weight restricted to Virginia-bred/sired fillies and mares 3 and up. The winning time was 1:39.01 for 1 mile. Apprentice jockey Weston Hamilton rode back-to-back winners with Timeless Curls ($2.20) in the fourth race and Kierland ($35.40) in the fifth. Daniel Centeno bookended the card with victories in the first on Holiday Hopes ($4.20) and ninth on Coop Tries Harder ($3).

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