Former Naval Academy athlete Lt. Jesse Iwuji is scheduled to make his debut in a NASCAR national series start during this weekend's Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Reaume Brothers Racing announced earlier this week. Iwuji is racing in the K&N Pro Series West & East and the ARCA Series. Iwuji, an active member of the Navy reserves, will race the No. 34 Reaume Brothers Racing Truck on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Truck Series event. "I'm looking forward to it, it's going to be definitely fun for sure," Iwuji told "It's going to be a really cool experience, but something I think a lot of people who are out there serving can see and hopefully it helps inspire them and motivate them to go after their goals and dreams because it's something a lot of people think they can't do or couldn't do." Iwuji's racing journey began in 2015, when he started racing Late Models before moving into the K&N Pro Series and ARCA Series. Iwuji was a backup safety for Navy's football team from 2006 to 2009 and also competed for the Mids' track and field team in sprint events.



Mystics to make playoffdebut in new, smaller home

The Washington Mystics broke into two groups and lined up for a shooting drill Tuesday afternoon at the end of their first practice of the postseason, each team trying to make seven shots from one spot before shifting to another location. As players shuffled from the top of the key to the elbow to the corner of the court and back, each shooter made mental notes. Everything from the arena's lighting to where the seats are positioned behind the basket to how sticky the floor felt running from one spot to the next got filed away, logged in the back of the Mystics' minds as they acclimated to George Washington's Smith Center, their intimate new home for the playoffs. When third-seeded Washington (22-12 in the regular season) opens its postseason against sixth-seeded Los Angeles (19-15) today at 6:30 p.m., it won't be in its usual home, the cavernous, 18,000-capacity Capital One Arena. Instead the Mystics will battle the 2016 WNBA champions some two miles west, in a 5,000-seat college arena that is playing host for the WNBA playoffs while the venue the Mystics shared with the Wizards, Capitals and Washington Valor undergoes significant renovations.

— Ava Wallace, The Washington Post

Et Cetera

Freshman linebacker getsrelease to leave Maryland

Freshman linebacker Nihym Anderson, a former three-star prospect from Vineland, N.J., has been granted his release from Maryland and will be able to transfer, a team spokesman confirmed Wednesday. The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Anderson, who was not expected to play much if at all this season, is the first Terp to leave the program since an ESPN report that described a "toxic culture" within the football team. He is the second Terp to leave the team this month after linebacker Brett Shepherd departed a few days before ESPN's report. Anderson was rated the No. 23 overall prospect in New Jersey and No. 975 player overall in the 2018 class, according to the Composite rankings. Class of 2019 recruit Parker Moorer, a three-star offensive lineman from North Carolina, announced Aug. 11 — the day third-year coach DJ Durkin was placed on administrative leave following the heatstroke death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair on June 13 — that he had reopened his search after orally committing to Maryland.

— Don Markus

Women's college soccer: The Johns Hopkins women's soccer team earned nine of 12 first-place votes for a total of 99 points as the Blue Jays topped the Centennial Conference preseason poll. JHU edged defending champions Swarthmore for the top spot. The Blue Jays went 10-0 in conference play last season, winning the regular season crown before falling to the Garnet in the tournament on penalty kicks. Hopkins earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight before falling to eventual champion Williams. JHU finished the season 18-3-3. Hopkins opens up the season Aug. 31 against Washington & Lee in Pittsburgh.

National Women's Soccer League: Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle and forward Mallory Pugh were named to 23-player training roster for the U.S. national team as it prepares for a pair of international friendlies against Chile on Aug. 31 and Sept. 4. ... Spirit defender Rebecca Quinn has been named to the Canada national team roster for an international friendly against Brazil on Sept. 2 in Ottawa.

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