Digest (July 21): Delle Donne scores 30 as Mystics rout Liberty; Brigade to host ArenaBowl

Elena Delle Donne had 30 points and 10 rebounds to help the Washington Mystics beat the New York Liberty 95-78 on Saturday in a WNBA game. The All-Star captain had 15 points in the first quarter, hitting all six of her shots — including three 3-pointers. Washington (14-10) led by eight at the half, and Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver (Maryland) combined for 20 points of the team's 32 points in the third quarter to extend the advantage to 75-53. New York (7-17) tried to get back in the game behind rookie Kia Nurse , who had eight straight points during one stretch to get the Liberty within 11. But that's as close as they could come. Toliver finished with 19 points and eight assists. Tina Charles scored 22 points, and Sugar Rodgers added 16 for New York. The Mystics visit Connecticut on Tuesday in their last game before the All-Star break.

Horse racing


Keep Your Distance goesdistance in Laurel feature

Super C Racing Inc.'s Keep Your Distance, racing first time off the claim for trainer Kieron Magee, led from gate to wire for an easy 4-length victory in Saturday's featured third race at Laurel Park . Under jockey Jorge Vargas Jr. Keep Your Distance ($9.80) ran 51/2 furlongs in 1:04.53 in the $50,000 third-level optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares 3 and up that was rained off the turf onto a sloppy main track. In Saturday's co-feature, Two Rivers Racing Stable and MCA Racing Stable's My Enigma was a 21/2-length winner of Race 9, a $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up moved off the turf to the main track. The winning time for 5 ½ furlongs was 1:05.39. ... Today's 10-race program will have a jackpot carryover of $11,332.12 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 (Races 6-10) after going unsolved during Saturday's card. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. ... Jockey Victor Carrasco registered a riding triple Saturday with Censure ($17) in the first race, My Enigma ($13.20) in the ninth and Gorse ($4.80) in the 10th. Jockey Kevin Gomez had two wins, aboard Crazed ($4.40) in the second and Goodluckjohnathan ($12.20) in the sixth.


Pro soccer

Martinez's record effortsends Atlanta past United

Josef Martinez set an Major League Soccer record with his sixth career hat trick and Atlanta United rallied to beat D.C. United , 3-1, on Saturday. Martinez has a league-leading 22 goals in 22 appearances this season. With 12 matches to go, he's on pace to break the MLS season scoring record of 27 held by Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips. Martinez tied it at 1 for Atlanta (13-4-5) in the 30th minute, beating goalkeeper David Ousted to Hector Villalba's cross and finishing with a header from close range. Martinez headed home the deflection off Andrew Carleton's cross in the 54th minute, then rounded Ousted on a breakaway for an open-net finish in the 73rd. Zoltan Stieber scored the opening goal for D.C. United (3-8-5) in the eighth minute.

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit's game with the Houston Dash was postponed Saturday night and rescheduled for today at 10 a.m. at the Maryland SoccerPlex.


Hounds rout Bayhawksin Major League Lacrosse

A depleted roster finally caught up to the Chesapeake Bayhawks, who had their seven-game winning streak snapped on rainy Saturday night in Annapolis. Attackman Matt Rambo (Maryland) and midfielder Kevin Cooper (Maryland) led a contingent of former University of Maryland standouts who led the Charlotte Hounds to a 20-10 rout of the Bayhawks before an announced crowd of 2,544 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium . Cooper scored four goals and assisted another while Rambo totaled a goal and three assists for Charlotte (7-6), which desperately needed the win to keep alive its playoff hopes. Attackman Colin Heacock (Maryland) scored three goals for Chesapeake (8-3), which lost for the first time since May 3.

— Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group



Arena Football League: The Washington Valor defeated the Albany Empire, 47-40, on Saturday to advance to the ArenaBowl against the Brigade, which clinched a spot in the title game Friday night. The ArenaBowl will be played Saturday at Royal Farms Arena at 7 p.m. The League’s 31st championship game will be seen live on CBS Sports Network.

Women's College: The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association named Salisbury coach Jim Nestor earned recognition from the organization as the Division III Chesapeake Region Coach of the Year.

From Sun staff and news services