The Washington Valor host the Baltimore Brigade tonight at 7. It's the first home game for the Valor since June 3, while the Brigade are playing their first road matchup in over a month. The game will be broadcast on Monumental Sports Network. Washington and Baltimore have split two games this season with the home team winning time. The Valor were victorious in Week 1 at Verizon Center, 51-38, while the Brigade took the Week 12 matchup at Royal Farms Arena, 51-41. The Valor will host the team's first "Christmas in July" celebration. Festivities included a pregame party, cookie decorating, family photo stations, team prizes, charitable donation opportunities and a surprise giveaway.
Five stakes winners in fieldof nine for Laurel Park race
Five stakes winners are among the field of nine older horses set for today's eighth race at Laurel Park, an open $50,000 scheduled for 1 mile over the turf course. Marengo Road, a stakes winner on turf and dirt, and multiple stakes winners Franklin Towers and Bodhisattva are joined by Laurel grass stakes winners Eyeplayeveryday and Talk Show Man in a race that precedes the featured $75,000 Concern for 3-year-olds on the dirt. Trained by Mike Trombetta, who is tied for second with nine wins at the current summer meet, Marengo Road won the Miracle Wood on dirt and the James W. Murphy on turf last year, both at one mile. He didn't race again for 11 months until finishing off the board in the Henry Clark on April 22 at Laurel and has since run sixth in the Red Bank (G3) at Monmouth Park and fifth by two lengths in an optional claimer June 15 at Delaware Park. ... After making six straight graded-stakes starts, including several Triple Crown preps, Lael Stables' home-bred No Dozing is back in Maryland and sprinting for the first time since last fall in today's $75,000 Concern. The 7-furlong Concern for 3-year-olds honors Robert E. Meyerhoff's Maryland-bred multi-millionaire, whose four career graded-stakes wins for trainer Dickie Small included the 1994 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) and 1995 Californian (G1).
More Laurel: Matt Schera's multiple-stakes winner John Jones is back in the Laurel Park barn of trainer Lacey Gaudet to begin preparations for a return to the track. The 5-year-old Smarty Jones gelding missed the first half of this year recovering from a minor injury that surfaced following his front-running five-length victory in the one-mile Jennings on Dec. 31 at Laurel.
Saratoga: A pair of Laurel-based horses are entered in two stakes that mark today's opening of Saratoga Race Course meet in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Maryland-bred Limited View, trained and co-owned by John Salzman Jr., takes an impressive front-running 33/4-length victory in her June 17 unveiling into the six-furlong Schuylerville (G3) for 2-year-old fillies. Sagamore Farm homebred Chubby Star drew Post 4 in a group of 11 3-year-old fillies for the Lake George (G3), contested at 11/16 miles on the grass. Trained by Horacio DePaz, the daughter of Malibu Moon broke her maiden last summer at Laurel and won an open allowance in April at Keeneland.
ESPN Films to broadcastshow on Dunbar basketball
ESPN Films will air "Baltimore Boys," a look at the journey of storied coach Bob Wade and his powerhouse Dunbar basketball teams. The documentary, co-directed by Marquis Daisy and Sheldon Candis, is set to air at 8 p.m. Aug. 8 on ESPN and at 3 p.m. Aug. 13 on ABC. In the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons, the Poets went 59-0 with 11 players reaching Division I play in college.
— Glenn Graham
Extreme sports: Nitro Circus is headed to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. Annapolis native and extreme sports star Travis Pastrana is hosting the event.
Women's soccer: Washington Spirit forward Mallory Pugh was named to United States roster for the Tournament of Nations, which beginS Thursday. ... The Spirit (3-7-3) play the second game of four straight road games tonight at 10 at the Portland Thorns FC (6-4-4).
Community college: Community College of Baltimore County-Essex named Kandice Schroeder as its women's lacrosse coach. Schroeder coached at Sparrows Point High (2015-17) and Patapsco High (2009-2015). ... Joel Dearring was named men's basketball coach at Howard Community College. Dearring was the associate boys basketball coach at Fairmont Heights High, where he won a state championship, and former head coach at Chesapeake College.