Digest: Dream put franchise tag on Angel McCoughtry

Angel McCoughtry isn't going anywhere when she returns from her break from the WNBA.

The Dream gave the franchise tag to their star player Sunday so that when she does decide to play again she'll be in Atlanta.


Earlier this month, McCoughtry (St. Frances) announced she'd skip an undetermined portion of the coming WNBA season. She said she needs rest after playing a continuous year-round schedule with no offseason in Europe and the WNBA for eight straight seasons.

Other players that were given the franchise tag include Phoenix's DeWanna Bonner, Seattle's Crystal Langhorne (Maryland), Connecticut's Camille Little and New York's Tanisha Wright.


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United expected to sign Hermann winner Harkes

D.C. United has reached agreement in principle with Hermann Trophy winner Ian Harkes, multiple sources said. Barring late complications, the former Wake Forest midfielder will sign a multiyear contract with the Major League Soccer team this week. Before deciding whether to accept the offer, Harkes wanted to explore options with second-flight clubs in England. Harkes started 82 matches at Wake Forest and led the Demon Deacons to the College Cup championship game last month en route to being named the nation's best player.

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Women's college basketball: Raven Bankston hit a layup with four seconds to play to lift Towson to a 61-59 win over visiting College of Charleston (5-11, 2-3 Colonial Athletic Association). After trailing 38-29 at halftime, Towson (9-7, 2-3) opened the third quarter on a 12-3 run and tied the game at 41 with 5:47 to go in the period. Bankston finished with 12 points and Raine Bankston added 13 points for the Tigers, who trailed by as many as 13 points.

College wrestling: Maryland won five bouts against Michigan State, including a pin for redshirt sophomore Patrick Gerish (165), but fell to the host Spartans, 19-17. The Terps moved to 2-9 (0-4 Big Ten Conference) while the Spartans improved to 3-6 (1-4).

Horse racing: Laurel Park is hosting a special nine-race Martin Luther King Jr. program today. First race post time is 12:30 p.m. Today's feature comes in Race 8, a $47,000 third-level optional claiming allowance for 4-year-olds and up. The seven-furlong sprint attracted a field of eight including multiple stakes winner Never Gone South; Afleet Willy, coming off back-to-back wins 22 days apart at Laurel last month; Grade 3-placed Cocked and Loaded; and stakes-placed Final Prospect and Any Court Inastorm. After today's program, live racing returns to Laurel on Saturday with four $75,000 stakes: the Native Dancer for 4-year-olds and up and Nellie Morse for females 4 and up at about 1 1/16 miles, and the Frank Whiteley Jr. for 3-year-olds and Marshua for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.