Digest: Ben's Cat works out in advance of Aug. 20 Mister Diz

Legendary Maryland horse trainer King Leatherbury and Ben's Cat at Laurel Park on July 29, 2015.
Legendary Maryland horse trainer King Leatherbury and Ben's Cat at Laurel Park on July 29, 2015.(Doug Kapustin /For The Baltimore Sun)

Bred, owned and trained by Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury, 10-year-old Ben's Cat returned to work Friday at Laurel Park as he aims for his seventh consecutive win in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes on Maryland Pride Day on Aug.20. In his first timed breeze since finishing third in the Parx Dash (Grade 3) on July 9, the multiple Grade 3 winner went 4 furlongs in 50.20 seconds, ranking 13th of 19 horses. "He went OK," Leatherbury said. "It was nothing to brag on, but he got enough out of it. He'll work one more time [Friday] and we'll be all set."

Ben's Cat has run four times this year, winning a May 1 allowance at Pimlico Race Course and his fourth straight Jim McKay Turf Sprint on May 20 before third-place finishes in the Pennsylvania Governor's Cup Stakes and Parx Dash.


Cal Ripken World Series

Kennewick, Wash., to face Japan for Cal Ripken World Series title

Kennewick, Wash., scored in every inning but the last Friday and easily won the U.S. championship of the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen. Washington scored two or more runs in each of the first four innings en route to a 10-2 victory over Honolulu. "I never envisioned that we would put a 10-2 game on them, I figured 10-8, 5-4. We hit the ball well," Washington manager Bryan Knapik said. Kennewick will play in the World Series championship game tonight at 8 at Cal Sr.'s Yard against Japan, which defeated Puerto Rico, 3-0, on Kairi Matsumura's three-hitter in Friday night's International title game. Kenta Nozaki hit a two-run homer for Japan, which is back in the final after a two-year absence.

—Randy McRoberts, Baltimore Sun Media Group


Veazey victorious Thursday in his final amateur fight

Pasadena's Joe Veazey used a strong left hook to earn a three-round decision over Nigel Fennell of Salisbury in their 156-pound bout on Thursday at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. It was the 112th and final amateur fight for Veazey, who will be turning pro in the fall.

Pasadena's Joey "Bazooka Joe" Veazey, 17, a recent graduate of Northeast, defeated Nigel Fennell of Salisbury's Down Under Boxing Club in a three-round bout Thursday night at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie that represented the final amateur fight for both boxers. Veazey, representing Baltimore Boxing Club, used his speed and a strong left hook and jab to earn a decision over Fennell in their 156-pound bout. It was the 101st and final amateur fight for Veazey, who will turn pro in the fall. He finishes with an 80-21 record as an amateur for a .792 winning percentage. "I think tonight was one of my best performances in a long time," he said. "I think I was sharp as a tack out there."

Everything was on point out there. This was a 'I took him to school' type of fight," said Veazey, who lost to Fennell in Ocean City last year. "We fought one other time and he won a very, very close decision. In his hometown basically."


Mike Morea, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Major League Lacrosse: The Chesapeake Bayhawks would earn the first or second seed for the semifinals by beating the host Charlotte Hounds tonight at 7:30 in the regular-season finale for both teams. Seven teams are vying for four playoff berths. Chesapeake and the New York Lizards are tied for first place at 8-5. The Denver Outlaws and Rochester Rattlers have finished their seasons at 8-6. The Hounds, Ohio Machine and Boston Cannons are 7-6.

"It's crazy. Usually at this point, one or two teams have locked up a playoff spot," said Chesapeake coach Brian Reese, who has spent a decade coaching in the league. "I've never seen seven teams still alive going into the last game. It's exciting for the fans, but nerve-wracking for us coaches."

Chesapeake would make the playoffs with a loss if the Florida Launch beats Boston.

NFL: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe continued his public courtship with the Redskins this week, touting the virtues of a possible new stadium in Virginia during a lengthy interview with the team's official radio station.

"I view this as a Virginia team," the governor said on ESPN 980 on Friday morning, during an appearance at the team's training camp facilities in Richmond. "I know they're in Maryland right now. But a majority of the season ticket holders are Virginians, all the players live in Virginia, we have all of your [practice] facilities. . . . We're in very serious negotiations, as I assume other jurisdictions are. Listen, we would love to have them."


While the team's lease at FedEx Field doesn't expire until 2027, owner Daniel Snyder has already hired a stadium architect, Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group, which has released potential stadium designs. Officials from the District, where the team used to play, and Maryland, the team's home for the past 19 seasons, have also expressed interest in a new stadium.

Dan Steinberg, The Washington Post

More NFL: Washington Redskins rookie inside linebacker Steven Daniels will miss the entire season after tearing a labrum in one of his shoulders. Daniels, a seventh-round pick out of Boston College, is expected to have surgery Monday. ... The New York Giants waived former Ravens cornerback Tramain Jacobs on Thursday. Jacobs, 24, played three games for the Ravens in 2014 and five for the Giants last season.

Major league baseball: Joe Ross still has soreness in his right shoulder and will probably not return to the Washington Nationals as soon as his recent rehabilitation schedule suggested he would. The Nationals pulled the 23-year-old off his rehab assignment Friday but did not activate him, meaning he is still on the disabled list with no obvious next step. Ross last pitched Sunday in Syracuse, and he threw 42/3 innings and allowed three earned runs. He then rejoined the team in Arizona, where he was scheduled to throw a bullpen session, then make at least one more rehab start before returning. Now, he will not do that.

Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post

Youth baseball: Baltimore Orioles RBI lost, 4-3, to Detroit PAL RBI in the first game of pool play in the Junior Division of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities World Series in Cincinnati. Baltimore's Drew Gorsuch had a one-out, run-scoring single in the fourth inning.

Footvolley: Blast forward Lucas Roque will play for the U.S. team at the Rio Games World Footvolley Tournament on Aug. 25-28 in Rio de Janeiro. Footvolley combines beach volleyball and soccer.

Women's soccer: Navy coach Carin Gabarra, a former U.S. national team forward, was named the 15th-best player of all time by The Guardian.