Digest (July 25): It's Pepsi, 'no Coke' as brand of Redskins

On the eve of training camp, the Washington Redskins announced that they'd moved on from one of their longest relationships. Coca-Cola had partnered with the team since it began playing in Washington in 1932, and on Tuesday the Redskins announced a long-term deal with PepsiCo. A month after the Justice Department gave up its fight over the Redskins' trademark, this agreement is evidence that yet another big company is unconcerned about the NFL team's name. Forbes recently estimated the Redskins are worth $2.95 billion, the 11th most valuable sports franchise in the world. It doesn't hurt that a Supreme Court ruling on trademarks in June went in favor of the Redskins, and that a Washington Post poll found that 90 percent of 504 Native Americans surveyed nationwide did not think the Redskins name was offensive. PepsiCo vice president of marketing Adam Harter said there was no concern about the Redskins' name. "The way we look at this, it's a team and league decision in our perspective," Harter said. "And we certainly respect the Supreme Court's ruling on it." Neither Harter nor Redskins officials would reveal the length of the contract or the financial terms.

Maryland baseball


Terps' new coach Vaughn to make $180,000 salary

New Maryland baseball coach Rob Vaughn will make a base annual salary of $180,000, according to a copy of his contract obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a Maryland Public Information Act request. Vaughn's deal, signed June 15, is for five years. The former Terps associate head coach succeeded John Szefc, who left for Virginia Tech last month after leading the program to unprecedented success, including three NCAA tournament appearances in the past four years. Vaughn's salary compares to that of Szefc's initial base pay in College Park. Szefc received a raise of nearly $100,000, from $160,000 to $251,000, in 2015 after leading Maryland to its second straight NCAA super regional. Virginia Tech reportedly will pay Szefc a base annual salary of $400,000, with $25,000 raises each of his seven years under contract. Under Vaughn's contract, he can earn performance-based bonuses ranging from $5,000 (for being named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year) to $50,000 (for winning an NCAA title). A conference regular-season or tournament championship nets $10,000, as does an NCAA tournament appearance. If Vaughn leaves for another position before June 2019, his buyout amounts to $100,000. The figure falls to $75,000 for the following two years, and to $50,000 for the final year of his contract. Vaughn, who served for five years under Szefc, has remade his coaching staff in the program changeover. Former director of baseball operations Matt Swope was announced Monday as the team's hitting coach — Vaughn's previous post — and the Terps in early July hired St. John's pitching coach Corey Muscara to the same position.

— Jonas Shaffer


Baltimore Country Club'sMcCarthy wins qualifier

Ryan McCarthy from Baltimore Country Club shot 69-63—132 and was one of two playoff winners in a U.S. amateur golf qualifying event at Argyle Country Club in Silver Spring. Michael Muehr of Potomac Falls, Va., earned the medal with a tournament-tying record of 57-64--131, while Morgan Egloff (67-65) of Chevy Chase claimed the other available spot in the four-man playoff. Luke Schaap (69-63) of Potomac and Peter Knade (68-64) of Easton became the alternates. In another amateur qualifier, Matt Oshrine of Baltimore collected the medal with a score of 68-72—140 at Woodmore in Mitchellville.

Youth soccer: Baltimore Celtic SC Christos made the most out of its first appearance in a US Youth Soccer National Championships game, earning a 4-0 victory over UFA 99 Premier (Ga.) in 18-and-under play. Jon-Nicholas Muller got Celtic off on the right foot, scoring in just the eighth minute of play. Celtics leading scorer from Region I championships, Samuel Solomon, made it 2-0 for Celtic going into halftime with the first of his two goals. Jacob Steinberg also scored.

Arena Football League: Washington Valor wide receiver T.T. Toliver has been named Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 16 against the Baltimore Brigade. Toliver, the league's all-time leader in receptions (1,234) and receiving yards (16,184) caught six passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns against Baltimore. Tampa Bay Storm linebacker/defensive back Alvin-Ray Jackson was named Defensive Players of the Week.

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