Digest: Maryland grad Loritz 'Scooter' Clark named The First Tee executive director

Former Bethune-Cookman golf coach Loritz "Scooter" Clark was named executive director of The First Tee of Greater Baltimore. Clark, who grew up in Prince George's County and graduated from Maryland, "will lead fundraising initiatives, provide overall management of all fiscal operations and implement policies established by the The First Tee board," according to a release. Clark coached seven years at Bethune-Cookman, a historically black college in Daytona Beach, Fla., leading the team to five consecutive PGA Minority Collegiate titles among its 11 national championships. Clark was also recognized by the NCAA by raising the APR rate for the men's and women's golf teams for three straight years (2014-2016). "The First Tee of Greater Baltimore is dedicated to changing the trajectory of students' lives by reinforcing values like honesty, integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf," First Tee chairman Michael Hudak said in a statement. "Throughout his career, Scooter Clark has demonstrated a commitment to mentoring and developing better golfers and confident young leaders. We look forward to his enthusiasm and proven leadership on this organization as he returns to his home state of Maryland." Clark also served as head women's coach at Chicago State and developed golf programs while mentoring students at The First Tee of Chicago. Clark received a master's degree in sports management from Northern Illinois. The First Tee of Greater Baltimore strives to "promote healthy choices" for young people through golf, operating out of five municipal courses and 14 local and private clubs, including Caves Valley Golf Club, site of this week's Constellation Energy Senior Players championship.

—Don Markus



Redskins' contract talks with Cousins stagnant


Despite optimism expressed this offseason by Washington Redskins officials, two people familiar with the situation told The Washington Post late last week that little to no progress has been made in negotiations to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to a long-term contract extension. If Monday's 4 p.m. deadline comes and goes without an agreement, Cousins will play a second straight season on the franchise tag, meaning the Redskins will face the strong likelihood that they'll lose one of the most prolific quarterbacks in franchise history to free agency in 2018. The Redskins were reluctant to award Cousins a long-term contract after a promising first season as a starter in 2015, offering him an average salary of about $16 million per season, with $24 million in guaranteed money over the life of the contract. After Cousins was successful again in 2016, the quarterback and his camp have felt no pressure to settle for the hometown discount that Washington hoped for earlier this offseason when extending an offer worth around $20 million per season. The offer didn't increase as the deadline to use the franchise tag approached, so Cousins stood firm and the Redskins had to use the franchise tag a second straight year, which meant a commitment of nearly $24 million — fully guaranteed. The Redskins haven't extended Cousins another official offer since that earlier proposal, according to the same people that said the two sides were no closer to an agreement as of late last week.

Mike Jones, The Washington Post

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Quickley, Huerter help U.S. win bronze at World Cup

Immanuel Quickley (John Carroll) scored 11 points and Maryland sophomore Kevin Huerter added four points and five rebounds off the bench in the United States Under-19 men's basketball team's 96-72 win over Spain on Sunday to earn the bronze medal in the FIBA World Cup in Cairo. Quickley, who started at guard, went 4-for-5 from the field, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range, and added three rebounds. Spain was represented by Terps redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic, who had nine points, six rebounds and three steals in the bronze-medal game. In the gold-medal game, Canada routed Italy, 79-60.

Horse racing: Jockey Ramón Domínguez, who won 1,010 races in Maryland before retiring after suffering a head injury at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York in 2013, was inducted into the Delaware Park Wall of Fame. Domínguez, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, had 4,985 career wins during his career. The winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey from 2010 through 2012, he earned his first Grade 1 victory aboard A Huevo in the De Francis Dash at Laurel Park in 2003.