Four-time Maryland Horse of the Year Ben's Cat, who was euthanized July 18 after complications from surgery, will be returned to Maryland and buried at Laurel Park. Bred, owned and trained by Hall of Fame conditioner King Leatherbury, Ben's Cat raced exclusively in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 63 starts, Ben's Cat won 32 races (26 of which came in stakes or graded stakes events) and earned $2,643,782. "King Leatherbury asked if we would bury Ben's ashes at Laurel, since that is where he spent most of his life," said Georganne Hale, vice president of racing for the Maryland Jockey Club. "Ben's ashes will be laid to rest next to the historic Laurel paddock, which will allow fans the opportunity to visit his plot."
Ben's Cat retired in June to Bayne and Chris Welker's Spring Ridge Farm near Versailles, Ky. The Maryland Jockey Club announced in July that it is planning a celebration of Ben's Cat's life this fall at Laurel Park on Nov. 11, which will include a bobblehead giveaway in the champion's likeness. "It will be a very special day for Maryland's hero," said Hale. "We hope all of Ben's fans come out to honor him at Laurel Park on that day."
Stone waived by Hawks; Big Ten opponents named
Former Maryland center Diamond Stone was waived Monday by the Atlanta Hawks, less than a month after being acquired as part of a three-team trade that also included the Los Angeles Clippers, Stone's previous team, and the Denver Nuggets. The 6-foot-11, 260-pound Stone, who was the No. 40 overall pick after his freshman year at Maryland, averaged nine points and 3.5 rebounds in four games with the Hawks' summer league team in Las Vegas in July.
More: The Big Ten Conference announced each men's and women's team's opponents for the 2017-18 season. The Terps men will play Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue at home and away, while hosting Iowa, Minnesota, Rutgers and Wisconsin at Xfinity Center. Maryland will play only on the road at Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska and Ohio State. The Maryland women will host Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue and travel to Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin. They will also play home and away matchups with Michigan State, Nebraska and Rutgers.
Glen Burnie grad Albert retires after nine seasons
Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Branden Albert (Glen Burnie) abruptly retired Monday, ending his NFL career after nine seasons and two Pro Bowl appearances. Albert called it quits after three training camp practices and a brief discussion with coach Doug Marrone. Albert is the fifth NFL player to retire in the past week, following New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich, Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel, Patriots receiver Andrew Hawkins and Denver Broncos safety David Bruton Jr. The Jaguars acquired the 32-year-old Albert in a trade with the Miami Dolphins in March, giving up a seventh-round draft pick in 2018 that Jacksonville now gets back because Albert failed to be on the 53-man roster for at least three regular-season games. Albert skipped most of Jacksonville's offseason program because he wanted a new contract. He was scheduled to make $8.8 million in 2017 and $9.5 million in 2018.
More: Washington Redskins' second-year running back Keith Marshall tore the patella tendon in his right knee during Saturday's practice and will miss the entire season, two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed. The 2016 seventh-round pick also missed all of his rookie season with an elbow injury.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post
D.C. United says it's seeking investors, not selling team
D.C. United's primary investor said Sunday that he is seeking additional partners but has no plans to sell his majority stake in the Major League Soccer organization. Erick Thohir, United's general partner, told The Washington Post that he is "open to finding a good partner to make the club better." "If we don't find anyone who is really good for our team, we won't bring one in," he said from his home in Jakarta, Indonesia. "We're looking for someone who brings value." Thohir denied a New York Times story that, citing anonymous sources, said he and managing general partner Jason Levien are "quietly weighing a sale of the franchise." "No, not true," he said. Multiple MLS executives said they had no knowledge of Thohir selling the team.
More MLS: D.C. United is deep in discussions about acquiring Nigel de Jong, a two-time Dutch World Cup midfielder with an impressive portfolio but an infamous reputation. De Jong, 32, is reportedly on his way out of Turkish club Galatasaray after one season and, according to sources familiar with the situation, has been approached by United about returning to MLS before the league transfer window closes next week.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
Arena Football League: The Brigade (4-9)have clinched a playoff berth in their inaugural season, but their postseason seed will be determined by Friday's regular-season finale against the visiting Washington Valor (2-11). With a Brigade win, Baltimore would clinch the No. 3 seed and face the No. 2 seed Tampa Bay Storm (10-3) on the road Aug. 14. A Brigade loss would give Baltimore the No. 4 seed and a road matchup with the defending champion and No. 1 seed Philadelphia Soul (12-1) on Aug. 12.
Tennis: Top-ranked American John Isner withdrew from the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park in Washington because of a knee injury, tournament officials announced. Isner was the 2007, 2013 and 2015 runner-up at the Citi Open. Australia's Marc Polmans will replace Isner as the ninth seed.