Atlanta Dream star Angel McCoughtry said she will sit out an undetermined portion of the 2017 season. McCoughtry (St. Frances) said in a letter released by the team that she needs rest after playing "a continuous year-round schedule with no offseason" in Europe and the WNBA for eight straight years. The two-time U.S. Olympian averaged 19.5 points last season to lead Atlanta to the second round of the playoffs. She did not say whether she might return at some point in the season. The top pick in the 2009 draft is an unrestricted free agent, so she might not have to even return to Atlanta when she decides to start playing again, though she has ties to the area as she is opening an ice cream store in the city this spring. Team president Theresa Wenzel said in a statement the Dream "respect her decision and look forward to her return." McCoughtry isn't the first WNBA star to take time off. Diana Taurasi missed the entire 2015 season to rest. Candace Parker took off the first part of that season as well to let her body heal. "I know it is a very difficult decision that Angel is making but is one she has to make for herself," Dream coach Michael Cooper said. "As head coach of the Dream, I'll continue to strive to put the best players on the court as we move towards bringing a championship to the city of Atlanta."
Services set for former NFL player Keion Carpenter
The family of Keion Carpenter, who died last week while on vacation in Miami, has scheduled services in Baltimore for the former Woodlawn High star and NFL safety. There will be a public viewing Sunday for Carpenter at Wylie Funeral Home in Randallstown (9200 Liberty Road) from noon to 4 p.m. His funeral will be Monday beginning at 11 a.m. (a family hour will be observed from 10 to 11 a.m.) at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore (6020 Marian Drive). In addition, a memorial vigil hosted by Shutdown Academy will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hanlon Park (2400 Longwood Street, at Longwood Street and Gwynn Falls Road). Shutdown Academy is one of the programs of the Carpenter House — the foundation Carpenter ran in Baltimore. Carpenter is survived by his wife and four children. He was 39.
Indoor: Baltimore's new Arena Football League team will announce its team name and reveal its uniforms Jan. 25, the team announced on Twitter. AFL free agency began Wednesday, and an expansion draft will be held later this month, the league said.
American Pharoah sires colt, likely the first of many
American Pharoah is a Preakness winner, a Triple Crown champion, an American Horse of the Year and now, for what's believed to be the first time, a father. Former American Pharoah jockey Victor Espinoza posted pictures of the newborn colt, the first foal out of the maiden mare Kakadu, on Facebook. The as-yet-unnamed horse was born at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at Brookdale Farm in Versailles, Ky. "It's very exciting," Fred Seitz Jr. of Brookdale Farm told BloodHorse.com. "For a first foal, he's a very nice, very attractive type. Personality-wise, I think he seems like he's going to take after his dad with that mellow-type personality. Most babies are kind of skittish and want to run around behind their mother, but he's not that type. You walk in the stall and he comes right up to you and starts chewing on your hand. He seems to be real bold and have that fun personality. He's what you look for if you're breeding Thoroughbreds, I think."
For more of Jonas Shaffer's blog post on American Pharoah, go to baltimoresun.com/preakness.
More horse racing: John Scheinman of Baltimore won the2016 Media Eclipse Award for Writingin the Feature/Commentarycategory, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Formand National Turf Writers And Broadcasters announced. Scheinman won for "Andrew Beyer: Rebel with a Cause," a profile of the formerWashington Postracing columnist, horseplayer and creator of the Beyer Speed Figures. The story appeared on the Paulick Report website Nov. 12. Retired longtime Baltimore Sun reporter Sandra McKee received honorable mention for "Line of Duty," her profile of Joe Miller, a horse ambulance driver at the Maryland racetracks. The story was published in the April 2016 edition ofMid-Atlantic Thoroughbred.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United acquired a 2018 fourth-round SuperDraft pick from Minnesota United FC in exchange for midfielder Collin Martin on Tuesday. Martin, 22, of Chevy Chase, signed in 2013 a Homegrown player out of Wake Forest and debuted that season.
Baseball: Bruce Adams will describe his trip to Cuba at a meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. For details, call 410-740-1145.
Minor league basketball: The Baltimore Shuckers of the Central Basketball Association will hold tryouts Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at Leadership Through Athletics at 2900 Hammonds Ferry Road in Lansdowne. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The $50 may be paid by cash or credit card. Register online for $40 at Facebook.com/BaltimoreShuckers. Players must be at least 18 or older and bring suitable practice gear. For details, email general manager, John Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men's college basketball: Bowie State's Darrell Brooks was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Week.
Women's college basketball: Bowie State's Shadae Swan was named CIAA Coach of the Week.