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Jackpot Pick 5 payout ends Laurel's winter meet

Jockey Sheldon Russell and trainer Claudio Gonzalez are Laurel Park's winter-meet champions.
Jockey Sheldon Russell and trainer Claudio Gonzalez are Laurel Park's winter-meet champions. (Maryland Jockey Club)

Laurel Park closed its 2015 winter meet Sunday with a mandatory payout of its Jackpot Pick 5. Five of five winners returned $1,037.02. Racing in Maryland shifts to Pimlico Race Course beginning Thursday. First-race post time will be 1:10 p.m. Pimlico's meet will be highlighted by the 140th Preakness, the middle jewel in racing's Triple Crown, on May 16. Sheldon Russell was the meet's leading jockey with 43 winners, four more than Jevian Toledo. Claudio Gonzalez was the leading trainer with 20 victories, four more than Hugh McMahon.

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Ex-D.C. United prodigy Adu signs to play in Finland

Former U.S. international Freddy Adu, who was raised in Montgomery County, signed a one-year contract with Finnish club Kuopion Palloseura. The club said on its website that the 25-year-old midfielder still has to pass a medical exam before the deal is finalized, and did not disclose financial details. The Finnish team becomes the 11th of Adu's pro career, as he has struggled to live up to expectations since making his debut at age 14 for D.C. United in 2004, the youngest player in Major League Soccer history. He was traded to Real Salt Lake in December 2006, sold to Benfica in July 2007, then loaned out to four different European clubs in four years. He last played for Serbian club Jagodina on a six-month contract that expired in December. The Finnish league season starts April 12.

More soccer: The Portland Timbers of MLS loaned forward Schillo Tshuma (Maryland) to T2 of the United Soccer League.

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Nationals reliever Janssen to have MRI on shoulder

Washington Nationals reliever Casey Janssen is expected to undergo an MRI exam on his sore right shoulder by today, manager Matt Williams said. Janssen has had trouble getting his shoulder loose recently and felt some discomfort during his last outing, March 23. Janssen, 33, signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Nationals in the offseason, expecting to take over as the eighth-inning replacement for Tyler Clippard. Janssen has made six spring appearances, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out five and walking two. Janssen was listed on the Nationals' pitching schedule to face the New York Mets on Saturday but was later removed.

James Wagner, The Washington Post

More baseball: The Seattle Mariners reassigned two former Orioles, left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders and outfielder Endy Chavez, to minor league camp.

Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers (7-7) closed the American Professional Basketball League regular season Saturday night with their third straight loss, falling to the 13-0 New Jersey Thunder, 118-98. Gus Chase (St. Frances) led the Shuckers with 20 points. The Shuckers will play a first-round home playoff game April 11 at 7 p.m. against a team yet to be determined.

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