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Digest (Aug. 10): Maryland tennis team wins 18U sectional title

A junior tennis team from central Maryland won the 18-and-under Intermediate title at the USTA Mid-Atlantic Junior Team Tennis Section Championships, topping a field of 35 teams in Richmond, Va. The team featured Alexandre Nazaire (Ellicott City), Amanda Grebosky (Reisterstown), Bill Cao (Clarksville), Brooke Santoriello (Bel Air), Derrick Ngo (Bel Air), Jessica Ye (Timonium), John Freal (Clarksville), Peter Ho (Ellicott City), Prateek Swamykumar (Clarksville), Richard Huang (Sparks), Sarah Grebosky (Reisterstown), Snigdha Puram (Elkridge), Tess Weber (Ellicott City) and William Liu (Ellicott City). The section championships serve as a springboard to the USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships in Orlando, Fla., in September.

Wizards: The NBA announced that the Wizards will tip off the 2017-18 season at Capital One Arena with a nationally televised game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 18. Washington will face the Celtics in Boston in a nationally televised game Christmas Day.

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Horse racing: Lael Stables' Grade 3-winning homebred Divining Rod, who ran second in the Cigar Mile (G1) in late November, makes his long-awaited return to the races in Saturday's $75,000 Polynesian at Laurel Park. The 7-furlong Polynesian for 3-year-olds and up is one of two stakes on an 11-race program along with the $75,000 Twixt for fillies and mares, also at seven furlongs. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. ... Multiple Grade 3-winning sprinter Whitmore, having overcome a minor foot issue, returned to work over the weekend and is expected to make his next start in the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Sept. 16 at Laurel Park. Trainer Ron Moquett had planned to run Whitmore in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) on July 29 at Saratoga Race Course but he was forced to withdraw the 4-year-old Pleasantly Perfect colt from consideration the day entries were taken.

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