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Digest: Delle Donne, several Mystics dealing with ailments

Digest: Delle Donne, several Mystics dealing with ailments
This Feb. 10, 2017 file photo shows Elena Delle Donne speaking during a news conference in Washington. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP)

Washington Mystics star forward Elena Delle Donne , who hasn't played in a game since she logged just 13 minutes in a victory over the Minnesota Lynx on May 27, is dealing with an illness that's being closely monitored because of her history with chronic Lyme disease and is listed as questionable for today's 4 p.m. home game against the defending WNBA champion Lynx (2-5). Natasha Cloud, who started her college career at Maryland, has missed three games because of kidney stones, which as of Tuesday she had still not passed. The team recently got LaToya Sanders back after the forward missed the first five games of the season with anemia. As if that's not enough, starting guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt sat out Tuesday's practice with a sore jaw after she took a hard fall at Phoenix last week and got clocked in the face during Sunday's loss to the Connecticut Sun. Point guard Tayler Hill is still recovering from an ACL tear from last summer.

— Ava Wallace, The Washington Post

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College football

Report: Tom Flacco , brother of Ravens QB, transfers to Towson

Quarterback Tom Flacco, the brother of Ravens star Joe Flacco, is set to leave Rutgers and join the Towson football team as a graduate transfer, NJ Advance Media reported Wednesday. A Tigers spokesman declined to comment on the report. The younger Flacco, a New Jersey native, joined the Scarlet Knights as a walk-on in 2017 after transferring from Western Michigan, where he appeared in 13 games over his first two seasons. He sat out this season because of NCAA transfer rules, and because he graduated from Rutgers in May, Flacco has two years of eligibility remaining. Unlike his bigger brother, the 6-foot-1 Flacco is more of a running threat. He averaged 9.5 and 7.4 yards per carry as a freshman and sophomore at Western Michigan, respectively.

— Jonas Shaffer

Men's basketball

NBA pro-am Brunson League begins Sunday

Some of the best basketball talent in the city will take part Sunday in the fifth annual summer basketball Brunson League, an NBA pro-am circuit hosted by Baltimore City Community College. Former high school stars who have played overseas, such as Patterson's Aquille Carr, Parkville's Terry Hosley and Edmondson's Stanton Kidd will play, according to the league. Some current and former NBA players could join in early July. More than 30 teams applied for 20 spots, making it the league's "biggest year," according to its organizer Sean Brunson. Regular-season games will run from Sunday to July 29 at the BCCC P.E. Center on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The first- and second-round playoffs will begin Aug. 3 and 5 and will roll into the final round and championship games, Aug. 10 and 12. On Aug. 19, there will be an All-Star game, followed by the game to close out the season, the Overseas versus NBA Community Give-Back Game, which will take place Aug. 26.

— Katherine Fominykh

Varsity boys soccer: Justin Gielen of DeMatha was named Gatorade Maryland Boys Soccer Player of the Year. The 6-foot, 180-pound senior forward had 23 goals and two assists this past season, leading the Stags (10-8-3) to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament championship game. Gielen was the leading scorer for his club team, Baltimore Celtic, en route to the squad's 2017 Under-17 U.S. Youth Soccer national championship.

College baseball: CCBC Dundalk named former Towson University pitching coach and Loyola Blakefield assistant Jon Karsos (Towson High) head baseball coach. Karsos, who played and coached with the Lions, replaces Kyle Campbell, who resigned at the end of the 2018 season after three years.

Horse racing: In addition to a live program of 12 races, fans at Laurel Park will be able to watch and wager on Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify's quest for history in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Laurel will open its doors a half-hour early at 11 a.m. for Belmont Day. First race post time at Laurel will be 12:35 p.m.

From Sun staff and news services

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