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Digest (Sept. 20): Laurel Park adding Mondays to schedule

Laurel Park is switching to a new racing schedule that includes live racing on Mondays. By adding Mondays, Laurel will become the primary focus on the TVG Network, which will broadcast each race live that day. Racing had originally been scheduled to move to a four-day week, Thursday through Sunday, for October and November before returning to a three-day week, Friday through Sunday, in December. Instead, Laurel will operate from Friday through Monday, starting Friday, Oct. 6, with the first Monday card set for Oct. 9. The final Monday program will be conducted Dec. 18. First-race post time will remain at 1:10 p.m. through Oct. 16 before switching to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 through Dec. 31, closing day of the year-ending fall meet that began Sept. 8. Laurel's main track was refurbished during the break between the end of the summer meet Aug. 20 and the start of the fall stand.

Saturday Stakes: Nominations close today for eight stakes, three graded, worth $850,000 in purses as part of the Class on the Grass program for Commonwealth Day on Saturday at Laurel Park. All eight stakes, led by the $200,000 Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G2), $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G3) and $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3), will be contested over Laurel's turf course.

College basketball

Coppin's Dixon to makehome debut against Navy

The Coppin State men's basketball program released its 2017-18 schedule, which features nonconference home games against the Naval Academy (Dec. 6) and Mount St. Mary's (Dec. 22). The Eagles will also face three programs that finished in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll last season in Oregon, Cincinnati and West Virginia. Juan Dixon (Calvert Hall, Maryland) will make his home coaching debut against Navy. The Eagles start the season on the road Nov. 10 against Oregon. Go to coppinstatesports.com for the full schedule.

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Baltimore Boxing hostingbenefit fight card tonight

Baltimore Boxing will host a benefit fight card, Punches and Prayers for Alan Blyweiss, tonight at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. The main event is an East Coast Heavyweight Championship bout between Baltimore Boxing's Brian "Bam Bam" Haneschlager and Alexander Jefferson of Raleigh, N.C. Deshawn "Soul Snatcher" Chase will face Alexander Jefferson for the East Coast Welterweight Championship and Clayton Frazier challenges Alfonso Michaelson of Cambridge for the Maryland State Junior Middleweight title. The first bout is scheduled for 8 p.m. Go to baltimoreboxing.com for ticket information.

NBA: Washington Wizards starting forward Markieff Morris, facing felony assault charges in Phoenix, is expected to have sports hernia surgery Friday and could miss at least the preseason. Because of the birth of his daughter and the trial, the procedure — expected to be done in St. Louis — was delayed until this week. Wizards training camp opens Tuesday in Richmond.

—Candace Buckner, The Washington Post

Men's college soccer: Johns Hopkins senior Bryan See was named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Hopkins is ranked 16th in this week's United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) national poll. The Blue Jays are ranked third in the Atlantic South region and are also ranked seventh in the D3Soccer.com national poll. ... UMBC (5-1-1) scored two goals in a span of 3:39 late in the first half to post a 2-0 victory over Navy (1-6-0) on Wednesday evening.

College baseball: Tanner Biagini was named an assistant on Matt Tyner's first Towson staff. Biagini will work primarily with the catchers and hitters.

Varsity wrestling: Asmar Hagler, who coached at Wilde Lake, South Carroll and Digital Harbor, was named coach at Perry Hall.

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