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Hunt Valley's Rij Patel leads Gilchrist junior golf event

Hunt Valley resident Rij Patel watches his tee shot during the 2013 MIAA individual championships at Baltimore Country Club. Patel finished tied for second.
Hunt Valley resident Rij Patel watches his tee shot during the 2013 MIAA individual championships at Baltimore Country Club. Patel finished tied for second. (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore Sun)

Rij Patel of Hunt Valley used six birdies and one eagle to shoot a 5-under-par 67 on Tuesday and take a one-shot lead after one round in the boys division at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior at Old South Country Club in Lothian. Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., shot a 3-under 69 to lead the girls division by two strokes. Patel opened with an eagle on the par-5 No. 1 and closed his round with three straight birdies. "I kept the ball in front of me, made some important putts and had a lot of good birdie opportunities," Patel said. "I am going to keep my same game plan for tomorrow and hope it works out well for me." Tied in second are Peter Knade of Easton and Michael Jones of Potomac. Brooks, a Tennessee commit ranked No. 20 in the Polo Golf Rankings, had five birdies. Sydney Mills of Severna Park is in a three-way tie for third at 73.

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Brigance to be honored at IronBirds game tonight

O.J. Brigance will be honored as the Hometown Hero tonight, when the Aberdeen IronBirds return home to take on the Staten Island Yankees. Brigance, the Ravens' senior advisor to player development, won a Super Bowl with the team in 2000 and was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2007. Brigance has since created a foundation called the Brigance Brigade to help raise money and awareness about ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. He and his wife, Chanda, will take part in the lineup card exchange before the game. Fan nominations are accepted throughout the year and voted on by the fans on the IronBirds website.

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Recreational basketball: Registration for the B'More Night Hoops Basketball League, which runs Sunday through Sept. 6, will end Thursday. The league, for ages 15 through adult, runs every Sunday night for eight weeks on outdoor courts. For more information, call 410-396-7019 or email bcrpsports@baltimorecity.gov.

NHL: Washington Capitals single-game tickets for the 2015-16 season will go on sale today at 10 a.m. at 800-745-3000, on WashingtonCaps.com, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at Ticketmaster outlets, including the Verizon Center box office.

Women's basketball: Maryland rising junior Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) had 13 points as the United States (3-0) rolled to a 92-54 win over the Czech Republic (2-1) at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. Team USA will play Thursday in the quarterfinals against the No. 2 seed from Group A, either Hungary or South Korea, at 7 a.m.

Horseshoes: The Baltimore Metro Horseshoe Club will host its Summer Classic with National Horseshoe Pitchers Association-sanctioned pitching Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Those wishing to practice or qualify for the tournament should arrive by 9 a.m. at Pottery Farm Park Courts, Back River Neck Recreation Center, 801 Back River Neck Road, Essex. For information, call Terry at 410-686-5174.

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College football: Virginia Tech junior cornerback Kendall Fuller, a Baltimore native, and Maryland junior cornerback Will Likely were named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, which goes to the best defensive player in college football. Navy senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the top player in the nation.

College tennis: Mount St. Mary's named Samantha Pinchoff, a 2014 graduate of the school, as coach of the men's and women's programs. Phil Hammond recently retired as the Mount's all-time wins leader for the women's and men's programs at the Division I level with 134 and 107, respectively.

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