Raiders sign Heyward-Bey; UM alum guaranteed $23.5M

Rookie receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland) signed a five-year contract with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday that will guarantee him at least $23.5 million. "It feels great to get it done," he said. A person involved in the deal told the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity that the seventh overall pick will get a base salary of $38.25 million along with the guarantee.

Men's college basketball

Kentucky alum Edwards named Towson assistant

Towson hired former Kentucky player Allen Edwards as a men's basketball assistant coach. Edwards was assistant at Virginia Commonwealth the past three seasons, during which the Rams earned two NCAA berths. Before that, he was an assistant at Morehead State.

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'Rachel' 4-5 Haskell favorite; Summer Bird 3rd choice

Preakness-winning filly Rachel Alexandra has been made the 4-5 favorite for the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. The 1 1/8-mile race Sunday also will feature Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird in a field of seven 3-year-olds. Summer Bird is the 7-2 third choice behind 3-1 pick Munnings. Calvin Borel will be aboard Rachel Alexandra, who drew the No. 6 post. Summer Bird drew the No. 2 post.

More horse racing: : The second half of the Maryland racing calendar starts on Saturday when Laurel Park opens an 11-day stand with late afternoon racing on Fridays (3:35 p.m.) and 1:10 p.m. posts on Saturdays and Sundays. The Humphrey S. Finney Stakes is the premier attraction Saturday.

WNBA: : Alana Beard scored 28 points, Nakia Sanford had 16, and the visiting Washington Mystics held on for a 78-75 victory over the host New York Liberty. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) had 11 rebounds for Washington (10-8), which won for the third time in four games. ... Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 17 points and the host Atlanta Dream dominated the Western-Conference leading Phoenix Mercury, 106-76.

Amateur baseball: : The Maryland Futures, comprising rising seniors from around the state, beat Kentucky, 14-9, and Missouri, 7-2, at the Midwest Classic in Plainfield, Ill.

College fencing: : Johns Hopkins named Austin Young women's coach and said he will continue as men's coach.

Pro soccer: : Abby Wambach scored in the 73rd minute to lead the Washington Freedom to a 1-0 win over the Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Soccer on Wednesday night at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds.

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