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Digest (April 12): History museum plans to honor Cal Ripken Jr.

Former Orioles Hall of Fame infielder Cal Ripken Jr. will receive the National Museum of American History's "Great Americans" medal on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History Warner Bros. Theater in Washington. Ripken Jr.will be honored for lifetime contributions that "embody American ideals and ideas." Ripken, baseball's all-time "Iron Man," was raised in Aberdeen and spent 21 seasons with the Orioles. With his family, Ripken established the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation to improve the lives of children in underserved communities. He also served as commissioner for the White House Tee Ball Initiative to promote teamwork and volunteerism. In 2007, Ripken was named special public diplomacy envoy to the U.S. State Department and in 2015, he was named special adviser to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred on youth programs and outreach.

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Record Rainbow 6 jackpotavailable at Laurel Park

Live racing returns today to Laurel Park with a state record jackpot carryover of $295,762.95 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6. It is the largest jackpot carryover since the popular multi-race wager was introduced in Maryland on April 2, 2015, opening day of the spring meet at legendary Pimlico Race Course. The Rainbow 6 has gone unsolved for 28 consecutive programs dating back to Feb. 4, when it was taken down for a $5,896.30 payoff. The previous state record for the largest Pick 6 carryover was $275,322, reached heading into closing day of Pimlico Race Course's spring meet on June 6, 2015. A mandatory payout that day produced multiple returns of $12,518.28. ... Maryland is set to kick off its grass season with three of Saturday's 10 live races scheduled to be run over Laurel's world-class turf course.

Women's pro basketball: The Washington Mystics selected Ariel Atkins from Texas with the seventh overall pick in the WNBA Draft. A 5-foot-11 guard, Atkins helped the Longhorns to four NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances with the team moving on to the Elite Eight during the 2015-16 season. She averaged a career and team best 14.9 points, 3.2 assists and 2.5 steals during her senior year.

Girls lacrosse clinic: The St. Mary's College is sponsoring a series of spring skills clinics on April 22 for ages 4-17. For more information, email eemcdonnell@smcm.edu or call 240-895-3304.

Knight Commission: Dr. Christine Copper, the NCAA faculty athletics representative at Navy and the chairperson of the Patriot League Policy Committee, is one of three new appointees to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. The Knight Commission is a national organization dedicated to promote reforms that support and strengthen the educational mission of college sports.

From Sun staff and news services

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