Digest: Brenda Frese, Juan Dixon part of D.C. Sports Hall of Fame class
From Sun staff and news services|
Jul 09, 2017 | 11:06 PM
Nine members were inducted into the Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday at Nationals Park. This year's class includes 20-year-old Katie Ledecky of Bethesda, who endeared herself to a Washington crowd last year when she brought the five Olympic swimming medals she won in Rio de Janeiro to the mound to throw out the first pitch — and made Bryce Harper hold them. The Hall also inducted former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who played basketball at Georgetown and practiced law in D.C. It inducted current Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese and former Maryland basketball standout Juan Dixon (Calvert Hall), who is now coaching at Coppin State. Fellow Maryland basketball star Tom McMillen, who also played for the Bullets, went in, too. Former Washington Post columnist and sports radio legend Tony Kornheiser joined the Hall of Fame. Capitals radio announcer Ron Weber also earned a plaque. Glenn Harris, longtime host of SportsTalk on Newschannel 8, became the latest TV personality to join. Mike Nelms, the former Redskins special teams standout, also gained a spot.
Ex-Terp Stone scores 11 in summer league debut with Hawks
After sitting out the Atlanta Hawks' first summer league game in Las Vegas on Friday, former Maryland center Diamond Stone got his first chance with his new team Sunday and made a positive first impression. Looking leaner and more athletic than he did in College Park, Stone finished with 11 points and five rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench in an 84-82 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. "I like Diamond Stone. He played limited minutes, but he had a fantastic first outing," former NBA guard and television analyst Steve Smith said after the NBA TV telecast. Not only does Stone have a good chance to make the Hawks' roster, he also appears to have a shot at being a rotation player for a team that appears to be in a total rebuild after trading center Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets and letting four-time All-Star Paul Millsap leave through free agency. The Hawks drafted former Wake Forest star John Collins in the first round, but the 6-10, 235-pound Collins seems more comfortable facing the basket than inside. Collins finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes Sunday. Coming off the bench, Stone was active from the start. He scored three quick baskets after replacing Richard Solomon, the third a thunderous dunk off an offensive rebound. He gave the Hawks the lead with back-to-back baskets in the fourth quarter. Aside from Collins, the only center the Hawks have under contract is Miles Plumlee. Stone, who was traded to the Hawks as part of a three-team trade last week, spent most of his rookie season with the Los Angeles Clippers in the Development League after being drafted No. 40 overall by the Pelicans and traded to the Clippers on draft night.
More NBA: Former Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon will compete in the Las Vegas Summer League with the Chicago Bulls. Benimon, who played in the summer league in 2016 for the Brooklyn Nets and in 2015 for the Cleveland Cavaliers, played for Qingdao in the Chinese Basketball Association last season, averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds per game.
•The Orlando Magic announced that they have signed former Washington Wizards point guard Shelvin Mack. Mack, 27, is expected to provide depth behind starter Elfrid Payton, either as a second- or third-string option. ESPN reported that Mack's contract will run for two years and be worth $12 million. The Magic have four point guards under contract for the upcoming season: Payton, D.J. Augustin, C.J. Watson and Mack. Mack appeared in 55 games last season for the Utah Jazz, averaging 7.8 points, 2.8 assists and 1.6 turnovers in 21.9 minutes per game.
—Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel
Major League Lacrosse: Chesapeake Bayhawks midfielder Myles Jones scored in overtime to give Team Stripes a 21-20 victory over Team Stars in the MLL All-Star Game on Saturday night in Sacramento, Calif. Jones, who was awarded $10,000 from New Balance for earning game Most Valuable Player honors, had a team-high four goals and added an assist.
Horse racing: Proportionality, a Maryland homebred daughter of Discreet Cat out of the Touch Gold mare All Mettle, took command at the top of the stretch and drew away to a 11/4-length victory in the $40,000 maiden special weight event at Laurel Park. Ridden by Horacio Karamanos, Proportionality ($10.20) ran 5 furlongs in 59.81 seconds over a fast main track. In the $42,000 entry-level allowance feature, The Mares of Diomedes' Robey's Boy ($91.40) pulled off a 44-1 upset under jockey Taylor Hole to create carryovers in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 and 50-cent Late Pick 5 for the return of live racing Friday. Jockey Jomar Torres and trainer Claudio Gonzalez teamed up for a pair of winners Sunday with Atascaderan ($7.20) in the second race and Negrito ($6.80) in the fourth. Also winning twice Sunday were jockey VictorCarrasco aboard Lost Story ($6) in the third and No Picnic ($18.60) in the eighth and trainer Mike Trombetta, who saddled Kabang ($4) in the seventh and No Picnic.