FROM SUN STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES — Nationals Park is expected to be announced as the host of the 2018 All-Star Game before the Washington Nationals' season opener Monday, a person familiar with the situation said. The Nationals host the New York Mets on Monday, and Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Washington hasn't had a baseball All-Star game since the Senators hosted the game at RFK Stadium in 1969. The Montreal Expos, the franchise moved to Washington by MLB, hosted the game in 1982. Under owner Ted Lerner, the Nationals have made a strong push to host the game and, according to two people familiar with the situation, including a high-ranking official, the team already has been told it will host the 2018 game.
—James Wagner, The Washington Post
River Rush wins big in featured race at Pimlico
After narrow losses in his previous two starts, the Keiron Magee-trained River Rush broke through with a commanding victory in Saturday's featured eighth race at Pimlico Race Course. The 6-year-old son of Orientate was pressured into the stretch run in the $42,000 11/16-mile optional allowance-claiming race before finishing with an 81/4-length victory under jockey Roimes Chirinos. "We loved the horse going into the race. Last time, he drew the outside hole and got carried wide. In the one hole, he saved the ground," Magee said. "We made the decision this morning to put him on the lead and see what happened." Sent to post with 7-2 odds, River Rush completed the course in 1 minute, 44.66 seconds for his second victory in five starts. Golden Glint closed to finish second, 11/2 lengths ahead of Monkey's Medal.
Friday: Nonna's Boy stalked the pace before drawing off through the stretch to capture the featured seventh race at Pimlico Race Course. Sent to post as the 4-5 favorite in a field of eight assembled for the $42,000 entry-level allowance, the Todd Pletcher-trained Nonna's Boy showed no rust from an eight-month layoff in the 6-furlong sprint. The 3-year-old son of Distorted Humor sat comfortably in third along the backstretch under jockey Trevor McCarthy before making a three-wide run on the far turn. As pacesetter My Vet's a Genius faded, 65-1 long shot Hertzalot took over at the top of the stretch, only to succumb to Nonna's Boy, which won a commanding 21/4-length victory in 1:12.40.
D.C. United's Silva scores late in 1-0 victory Friday
Luis Silva scored in the first minute of stoppage time and Bill Hamid recorded his third shutout of the season as D.C. United beat host Orlando City SC, 1-0, in Major League Soccer action Friday night. Silva, who made his first appearance of the season in the 76th minute, curled in a free kick from outside the 18-yard box past a diving Donovan Ricketts. United had three shots on goal within 10 seconds in the 58th minute. Conor Doyle had an open look from just outside the 18-yard box pushed aside by Ricketts, and Chris Pontius' rebound attempt was cleared by Brek Shea at the goal line. The ball sailed into the air, and Pontius' header was punched away by Ricketts. Hamid, the 2014 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, kept United (3-1-0) even with Orlando City SC (1-2-2) in the first half with an array of saves. He stayed low to make a body stop in the 33rd minute, charged to defend a breakaway in the 41st and dived to gather a header in the 45th.
College football: Class of 2016 cornerback prospect Travon Stott committed orally to Maryland on Saturday. "Blessed to announce that I have committed to the University of Maryland," tweeted Stott, a three-star prospect who plays at Good Counsel.
Men's college basketball: UMES senior forward Michael Myers Jr. was honored with the Riley Wallace Player of the Year Award, presented annually to the top transfer in Division I.
Philanthropy: The PGA Tour donated $10,000 to the Sifford Fund, a new scholarship UMES created to support undergraduates studying PGA golf management, matching the donation of Tiger Woods. Dr. Charlie Sifford was the first black man to play regularly on tour in the early 1960s. A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, he died Feb. 3 at the age of 92.
College football: Twenty-four NFL teams sent representatives to watch Bowie State senior tight end Khari Lee (Western Tech) at the school's Pro Day on Thursday. Lee was a three-time All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tight end and led the Bulldogs in receptions (34) and reception yards (389) last season.