Digest (Aug. 15): Navy football to be featured on Showtime weekly series

Showtime will chronicle the Naval Academy football team this season with weekly installments of the all-access documentary series "A Season With Navy Football.'' The third edition of the series, immerses viewers behind the scenes and into the lives of the football players and coaches at the academy with weekly 30-minute episodes throughout the 2017 season. Notre Dame and Florida State were feature in the first two series. The series premieres Sept. 5 at 10 p.m. on Showtime, four days after Navy begins its season on the road against Florida Atlantic University. New episodes will premiere each Tuesday as the Midshipmen balance academics, athletics and military service while navigating a challenging football schedule.

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Midshipmen to openagainst two ACC foes

Navy announced its 31-game schedule that will feature 13 non-conference contests and 18 Patriot League games. In non-conference play, Navy will play five home games in Alumni Hall, six road games and two neutral-site games. The Patriot League schedule is split into nine home games and nine away games against each of the other nine conference members. Navy's non-conference highlights include opening the season with two ACC opponents (Pitt and Miami) and a three-game tournament at Florida Gulf Coast over Thanksgiving weekend. For the fourth straight year, Navy will open the season by hosting the Veterans Classic doubleheader at Alumni Hall. Alabama (19-15, 10-8 SEC) will face Memphis (19-13, 9-9 AAC) in the opener at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, while Navy and Pitt (16-17, 4-14 ACC) will play the second game of the doubleheader at 9 p.m.



Maryland Pride Day helps close Laurel meet

Multiple-stakes winners Greatbullsoffire and Phlash Phelps are among 49 horses nominated to a quartet of stakes worth $300,000 in purses on Maryland Pride Day on Saturday at Laurel Park. Highlighting closing weekend of Laurel's summer meet are four $75,000 stakes for Maryland-bred/sired horses — the Star de Naskra for 3-year-olds and the Miss Disco for 3-year-old fillies at 7 furlongs on the main track, and the Find for 3-year-olds and up and All Brandy for females 3 and older at 11/8 miles on the turf. Kathleen Willier's Greatbullsoffire, bred in Maryland by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds, is expected to make his 3-year-old debut in the Star de Naskra for trainer Hamilton Smith.Expedited Vision is nominated to make the 10-day turnaround in the Star de Naskra.

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