Sports Digest (July 28): Toliver has game-high 23 points in 119-112 loss in WNBA All-Star Game

Team Delle Donne 's Kristi Toliver of the Washington Mystics led all scorers with 23 points in a 119-112 loss to Team Parker in the WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday in Minneapolis. Toliver, who attended Maryland, was 7-for-11 on 3-pointers. She made five 3s in the final 5 minutes of the game as Team Delle Donne came back from a 14-point deficit. But Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore hit a 3-pointer of her own with 1:26 to play, pushing Team Parker's lead to six and all but sewing up her third straight Most Valuable Player award. Moore scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had six assists. She joined Lisa Leslie as the only three-time MVP of the game and became the all-time scoring leader in All-Star history, passing Tamika Catchings' mark of 108 points. Toliver had three assists and two rebounds. Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) of the Atlanta Dream had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists for Team Parker. Eschewing the traditional East-vs.-West format for the first time, the league let captains Elena Delle Donne of the Mystics and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks choose up sides from a pool of the top players in All-Star voting.

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Bayhawks clinch MLL berth; Rooney goal lifts D.C.

After two straight losses that all of a sudden complicated their postseason hopes, the Chesapeake Bayhawks (9-4) clinched a berth in the Major League Lacrosse playoffs with a 13-11 victory over the visiting Denver Outlaws (7-6). Ryan Tucker (Gilman), Josh Byrne and Steele Stanwick (Loyola Blakefield) each scored two goals for Chesapeake, which also clinched the No. 2 seed and will host a playoff game Aug. 11. The Bayhawks will close the regular season at the New York Lizards on Saturday.


Major League Soccer: Wayne Rooney scored his first MLS goal to help the host D.C. United beat the Colorado Rapids , 2-1, on Saturday night. United (4-9-5), who won for just the second time since May 19, took a 2-1 lead on an own goal in the 90th minute when Ulises Segura's cross deflected off Colorado's Niki Jackson into the net. Rooney, the 32-year-old English star who ranks second with 208 career Premier League goals, opened the scoring in the 33rd minute. Rooney ran onto a pass from Luciano Acosta and slipped it between the legs of Tim Howard into the net. Colorado's Kellyn Acosta, who was acquired in trade with FC Dallas on Monday, chipped a first-timer over goalkeeper David Ousted and inside the near post to make it 1-1 in the 82nd. The Rapids (4-12-5) are winless in their past five games.

NFL: Daron Payne injured his left ankle when he was stepped on in practice, and Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said the first-round pick is expected to miss two to three weeks. This is the second consecutive year the Redskins have had a defensive lineman they drafted in the first round from Alabama go down with a foot injury after Jonathan Allen had his rookie season cut short five games in because of a Lisfranc sprain. Payne shrugged off questions after practice Friday when he got rolled up on but wasn't on the field 24 hours later and wearing a walking boot. Gruden said Payne would be in the boot for about a week.

Horse racing: PTK LLC's Still There, facing stakes company for the first time in just her fourth career start, took command at the top of the stretch and steadily pulled clear through the lane to post a 3½-length upset of Saturday's $75,000 Twixt Stakes at Laurel Park . The 36th running of the 7-furlong Twixt Stakes for fillies and mares 3 and up highlighted an 11-race program as Laurel joined racetracks around the country on PDJF Day Across America to help raise money and awareness for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Ridden by Jevian Toledo for trainer Dane Kobiskie, Still There ($14.60) completed the distance in 1 minute, 21.72 seconds. ... Raymond Mamone's millionaire Imperial Hint, winner of the General George and Fire Plug Stakes in 2017 at Laurel, cruised by 3¾ lengths under a hand ride from Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano in the 6-furlong Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) for sprinters 3 and older at Saratoga Race Course. It was the 11th win from 17 career starts for Imperial Hint, who pushed his bankroll past $1.2 million. Eight of his wins have come in stakes, four graded. The Vanderbilt was his first Grade 1. Matt Schera's Irish-bred Glorious Empire, based at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, dead-heated for victory in the 13/8-mile Bowling Green (G2) on the grass. Sixth in the Henry S. Clark Stakes in April at Laurel, the 7-year-old gelding has won his past two races.

Minor league golf: Dominick Vennari, a Stuart, Fla., resident from Baltimore, won his second straight Minor League Golf Tour event with a 4-under-par 68 on Thursday at The Evergreen Club in Palm City, Fla. Vennari made five birdies and a bogey to edge Marc Mazza of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., by a stroke. Earlier in the week, Vennari won a 36-hole tournament on the West course at Fountains Country Club with par 142 on rounds of 73-69. Since joining the MLGT in September, 2016, Vennari has three victories and earnings of $10,950.70.

Baseball: The Cleveland Indians sent former Orioles left-handed reliever Andrew Miller (right knee) to Single-A Lake County for a rehabilitation assignment. ... The Milwaukee Brewers sent former Orioles minor league right-hander Zach Davies (shoulder) to Single-A Wisconsin for a rehab assignment.

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