Digest (July 5): Wizards set to match Nets' offer to Otto Porter Jr.

After his best NBA season, Otto Porter Jr. has a big offer to join the Brooklyn Nets. But it appears he'll be staying in Washington. Porter has agreed to sign an offer sheet with the Nets, a person with knowledge of the details told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The Wizards plan to match the offer and keep Porter, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because contracts can't be signed until today. The Vertical first reported that Porter had agreed to sign a four-year, $106 million offer sheet with the Nets. Under NBA rules, the Wizards would then have two days to match the offer since Porter is a restricted free agent. Porter finished fourth in voting for Most Improved Player last season after averaging 13.4 points and shooting 43.4 percent from 3-point range, fourth-best in the league. The No. 3 pick in the 2013 draft from Georgetown was one of the keys to a Washington team that reached the second round of the playoffs. The Nets tried the restricted offer route twice last summer and fell short both times. The Portland Trail Blazers matched the Nets' offer to Allen Crabbe and the Miami Heat did the same with Tyler Johnson.

More Wizards: The Wizards signed rookie free agent Mike Young to a two-way contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Young, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward, went undrafted out of Pittsburgh, where he averaged 19.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference third team in 2016 and 2017 and finished his college career ranked seventh in school history in scoring (1,835 points). The 2017-18 season will be the first year for two-way contracts in the NBA.


Horse racing

Training injury sidelinesPimentel for Laurel meet


Journeyman jockey Julian Pimentel will miss the rest of Laurel Park's summer meet and at least the early part of its fall stand with back and knee injuries suffered in a spill during training July 1. Agent Roniel Garcia said Pimentel, 36, fractured the T-12 vertebra in his back and tore the meniscus and broke the kneecap in his left knee when the horse he was exercising fell past the second wire and landed on him. The horse was unhurt, Garcia said. Pimentel was transported to the hospital, where he was diagnosed and placed in a brace on both his back and his knee. Garcia said he is scheduled to visit a specialist Tuesday to further assess the injury. Pimentel, a native of Colombia, has won more than 1,500 races in North America. He ranks sixth in purses ($239,634) and eighth in wins (eight) at Laurel's current summer meet, which began June 9 and ends Aug. 20. The 60-day fall meet is set to open Sept. 8.

Retirement: Panic Stable's Rose Brier, whose five career stakes victories all came at Maryland tracks and also owns a 1-mile track record over Laurel's turf course, was retired from racing Wednesday, trainer Jane Cibelli said. An 8-year-old Mizzen Mast gelding, Rose Brier won 14 of 40 career starts and finished with $527,116 in purse earnings. Most recently he was second by a nose to Special Envoy in the Edward Evans for Virginia-breds June 24 at Laurel, a race he won last year when it was contested at Pimlico Race Course.

College football

Woodson safety Boykincommits to Maryland

Three-star Woodson (D.C.) safety Noah Boykin committed to Maryland, giving the Terps their highest-rated skill position player in the Class of 2018. Boykin, who also claimed offers from Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma and other top schools, said on Twitter that his pledge was "one of the hardest decisions I will make in my life." Boykin is rated a four-star recruit and the No. 266 overall player by, but he's considered a three-star prospect on the three other major recruiting services. Overall, he's the No. 490 prospect, No. 3 Washington recruit and No. 47 cornerback in the composite rankings. The 14th member of Maryland's recruiting class, Boykin joins Woodson teammate Vincent Flythe as the second cornerback in the group. His commitment also again highlights defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim's value to the program's booming recruiting efforts. Of the five top-10 Washington recruits to have committed so far, three are Maryland pledges. Abdul-Rahim is the primary recruiter for each. He also is the primary recruiter for DeMatha four-star linemen Austin Fontaine and Evan Gregory, who committed in April.

—Jonas Shaffer


Capitals re-sign centerBoyd to one-year contract


The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Travis Boyd to a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000/$115,000). Boyd, 23, had 16 goals and 47 assists in 76 games with the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears during this past season, setting career highs in points, assists and plus-minus (+19). The 5-11, 191-pound center led Hershey in points and assists last season and was named team Most Valuable Player. In addition, he finished the season ranked tied for third in the AHL in assists and tied for sixth in points. The Hopkins, Minn., native had 38 goals and 80 assists in 154 career games with Hershey.

U-19 basketball: Immanuel Quickley (John Carroll), Kevin Huerter (Maryland) and the United States men's basketball team is a win away from the medal round at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Cairo. The unbeaten Americans routed winless Mali, 117-69, in round-of-16 action Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals. Quickley, who started, had three points, an assist and a rebound in 17 minutes, missing two of his three field-goal attempts. In 14 minutes off the bench, Huerter had four points, two assists and three rebounds on 2-for-5 shooting. Elsewhere, Maryland redshirt freshman Joshua Tomaic had two points, four rebounds and four fouls in nine minutes of Spain's 70-50 win over Iran. The United States will face Germany in Friday's quarterfinals, while Spain takes on Argentina.

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