Digest (Sept. 14): Wizards retiring Phil Chenier's number

The Washington Wizards will retire Phil Chenier's No. 45 on March 23 before the Wizards' game against the Denver Nuggets. Chenier played nine seasons with the Washington Bullets (including the 1977-78 championship season) and spent 33 seasons as the team's television color analyst. He will join Wes Unseld (41), Elvin Hayes (11), Gus Johnson (25) and Earl Monroe (10) as the fifth player to have his number retired by the organization.

Capitals: Washington named Mitch Korn the team's director of goaltending and promoted Scott Murray to goaltending coach.


Sailing: The Sydney Flying Squadron, Australia's oldest open-boat sailing club, is visiting Annapolis this weekend to participate in a challenge-match-race regatta featuring classic American Sandbaggers and historical Australian 18-Footers. It will race its boats in the eighth annual Classic Wooden Sailboat Rendezvous & Race on Saturday and Sunday. The 18-foot skiffs, considered the fastest class of sailing skiffs, began racing on Australia's Sydney Harbor in 1892. The 18-Footers will be launching every day at 10:30 a.m. from the Annapolis Sailing School and will be on display to the public at 11 a.m. today and Saturday at the National Sailing Hall of Fame docks.

Horse racing: Laurel Park will host the Fall Festival of Racing on Saturday, featuring seven stakes worth $900,000 in purses, including the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3). First race post time is 1:10 p.m.


Women's college soccer: Penn State-Harrisburg junior goalkeeper Kayla Arnold (Francis Scott Key) made 16 saves in two games over the weekend at the DC Classic hosted by Catholic University, earning all-tournament recognition. Arnold posted her third shutout of the season, a 1-0 overtime win against Guilford.

College baseball: Dave Gage was named coach at Stevenson. Gage, who coached at Southern Vermont, is the third baseball coach in Mustangs program history.

College field hockey: Maryland sophomore Bodil Keus was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

College football: Navy senior linebacker D.J. Palmore was placed on the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll. ... Johns Hopkins sophomore quarterback David Tammaro was named Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week. ... Bowie State sophomore linebacker Gene Carson was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Special Teams Player of the Week. The Bulldogs' Damon Wilson was selected CIAA Coach of the Week.

From Sun staff and news services