Digest: Baltimore's Joe Connelly coaches City of Gods to The Basketball Tournament semifinals

City of Gods, a team coached by Baltimore's Joe Connelly, defeated The Untouchables, 86-79, on Saturday in Philadelphia to reach the semifinals of The Basketball Tournament, a $2 million winner-take-all event, for the second straight year. City of Gods will face defending champion Overseas Elite on Saturday in New York. It will be a rematch of last year's semifinals, won by Overseas Elite, 84-71. Connelly's team overcame a 13-point halftime deficit against The Untouchables, who had several former Pittsburgh players, including Jermaine Dixon, the younger brother of former Maryland star Juan Dixon. Xavier Silas, the son of ex-San Antonio Spurs All-Star guard James Silas, led the comeback by City of Gods, scoring 16 of his team-high 20points after the break. City of Gods shot 68.2percent from the field in the second half.

Don Markus


Off the court: Carmelo Anthony plans to meet with politicians, community leaders and other athletes Monday in Los Angeles to start a discussion about the recent violence involving police officers, the New York Knicks star said late last week while training with the U.S. Olympic team in Las Vegas. "We want to get youth. We want to get kids. We want to get adults. We want to get officers. We want to get teachers," said Anthony, a Towson Catholic alumnus who grew up in Baltimore. "We want to get community leaders, athletes, everybody, having this conversation and talking on both sides, hearing each other out. It's part of continuing what I started off."

In an Instagram post earlier this month after two African-American men were shot by police and five Dallas police officers were shot by a sniper, Anthony urged his fellow athletes to talk to their leaders and demand change. "We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right," Anthony wrote.


He added: "We have to step up and take charge. We can't worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard."

Horse racing

Lynch wins 4 at Laurel; Exaggerator unimpressive

Rub the Rock ($14.20) powered down the center of the stretch to catch front-running Amain and win the ninth-race finale Saturday at Laurel Park, giving jockey Feargal Lynch his fourth victory of the card. A former champion apprentice in England riding in just his second full meet in Maryland, Lynch had earlier wins on Futile ($4.60) in the third race, Terp Love ($22.40) in the fifth and Sallal ($9.80) in the co-featured seventh.

More Laurel: In his first race in nearly nine months, jockey Sheldon Russell closed with a flourish aboard Praise the Moon but came up a neck short of winner Futile in the third race. It was the lone mount of the day for Russell, 28, Maryland's leading rider in 2011 and a six-time meet champion at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course who tore his labrum and fractured his shoulder in two places in a Nov. 9 training accident. He is named on three horses today. … Evelyn Poehl of Italy hustled Michael DubbPeppermint Stick from the gate and stayed in front to win the Fegentri International Federation of Gentlemen and Lady Riders race. Favored Rudy Rodriguez at 2-1 in a field of seven for the $27,000 maiden claiming event, Peppermint Stick ($6.40) ran 51/2furlongs in 1minute, 2.93 seconds.

Saratoga Race Course: Preakness winner Exaggerator's status for Saturday's Jim Dandy Stakes in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is questionable after an unimpressive workout. Trainer Keith Desormeaux's colt breezed 6 furlongs for jockey Junior Alvarado in a sluggish 1:13.80 on Saturday morning on Saratoga's main track. "Off of that work, it doesn't seem he's tight enough or is struggling with the track," Desormeaux said. "It is making me leery of running in the Jim Dandy." The trainer rated the workout a "C or a C-plus."

Et cetera

Terps lose out to Buckeyes on DeMatha DE Young


DeMatha defensive end Chase Young, who had been coveted by Maryland, committed to Ohio State on Friday night during the Buckeyes' annual Friday Night Lights football camp in Columbus. Young is rated as the No. 1 player in Maryland, No.3 weak-side defensive end nationally and No.28 player overall in the Class of 2017 in the composite rankings. Ohio State has the nation's No. 1 class by a wide margin, according to Maryland was among the top 15 schools Young announced he was considering in April.

Daniel Gallen, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Major League Soccer: Sebastian Giovinco scored three goals and added an assist to break out of an eight-game scoring drought as host Toronto FC (7-7-6) earned a 4-1 victory over D.C. United (5-8-7). Two of the Italian star's goals came on free kicks 18 minutes apart in the first half, and the third came in second-half stoppage time as he poked home a cross from Mark Bloom.

National Women's Soccer League: Rookie Leah Galton scored in the 24th minute to lead Sky Blue FC (6-4-4) to a 1-0 victory over the visiting Washington Spirit (8-3-2).