Denver Nuggets swingman Will Barton (Lake Clifton, City) will not agree to a contract extension this offseason and will test unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2018, according to a report from ESPN. Barton, 26, will be entering the final year of his three-year, $11 million contract in the 2017-18 season. Barton averaged 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists off the bench this season and shot a career-high 37 percent from 3-point range.
Jockey suspended for allegedly punching horse
An alleged incident in Saturday's Maryland Hunt Cup has left one jockey suspended. Race stewards have suspended jockey Trevor McKenna after one of the judges on the 4-mile Glyndon course observed him allegedly punching his 10-year-old horse, Great Halo, when the horse refused to jump the third gate. According to Don Clippinger, the director of communications for the National Steeplechase Association, McKenna will face a hearing on the allegation.
—Rich Scherr, For The Baltimore Sun
Derby prep: Trainer Graham Motion gave Irish War Cry his only work before Saturday's Kentucky Derby at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton. Isabelle de Tomaso's homebred was timed in 1minute, 13.20 seconds for 6 furlongs over the main track under jockey Rajiv Maragh, who drove down from New York for the breeze. Maragh and Irish War Cry teamed up for the first time to win the Wood Memorial on April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York.
Laurel Park: Ninatt Gardner's Royal Renege came with a steady drive on the far outside to run down leaders Daylight Ahead and Giddy Up and win the featured second race. A 7-year-old Pennsylvania-bred mare making her first start in nine months for trainer Liz Merryman, Royal Renege ($16.60) ran 51/2 furlongs in 1:01.62 over a Fort Marcy Turf Course labeled firm to win the $47,000 third-level optional claiming allowance by a length.
Arena Football League
Brigade fall Saturday to defending-champion Soul
The Baltimore Brigade (1-2) fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter in a 69-34 loss to the defending Arena Football League champions Philadelphia Soul (3-0) on Saturday night in front of an announced 11,833 at the Wells Fargo Center. Wide receiver Julian Talley caught two touchdown passes and wideouts LaQuan Williams (Maryland, Poly) and Paul Browning each added a touchdown reception for the Brigade. Quarterback Shane Carden threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter to cut the Brigade's deficit to 35-21 at halftime, but Soul wideout Ryan McDaniel had two of his five touchdown receptions in the third quarter to stretch Philadelphia's lead to 48-28. Baltimore's home opener is Sunday against the Tampa Bay Storm. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena.
Illinois takes Big Ten at Five Farms; Loyola wins Patriot
Illinois' Dylan Meyer won the individual championship with a 5-under 205 (63-73-69) as the Fighting Illini claimed their third straight Big Ten men's golf championship with a score of 11-under 829 at the Five Farms Golf Course at Baltimore Country Club. Maryland moved up four spots to finish eighth (26-over 866). Terps junior David Kocher finished fourth overall and earned all-championship honors. He finished the tournament 2-under with a score of 71-72-65—208.
More men's college golf: Loyola Maryland captured its third Patriot League championship in the past four years with a 5-under 835 through three rounds at Bucknell Golf Course to break a tie with Army West Point and win by five strokes. Navy shot 15-over 855 to place fourth. Greyhounds seniors Connor Flach (Centennial) and Will Wears and sophomore Erick Alonso were named first-team All-Patriot League, while Loyola junior Brendan Peel and Navy sophomores Matthew Starobin (Archbishop Spalding) and Griffin Peters received second-team honors. Loyola's Chris Baloga' was picked as Coach of the Year. ... Stevenson won its second straight Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth title at the Hershey (Pa.) Country Club with a score of 55-over 623. The Mustangs' Austin Fuglestad and Andrew Wally received All-MAC Commonwealth first-team honors and Stevenson's Chris Ramer was named the Coach of the Year. ... McDaniel finished fourth at the Centennial Conference championship at Bridges Golf Club in Abottstown, Pa. Green Terror freshman Christian Garruppo finished tied for 10th and was named Centennial Rookie of the Year.
College baseball: Indiana hit a grand slam with two outs in the seventh inning to earn a 6-3 victory over visiting Maryland. After the grand slam, a lightning delay stretched the game toward a predetermined 2:35 p.m. travel curfew. When the game resumed at 2:20 p.m., Maryland played its half of the eighth inning but was unable to score. Taylor Bloom of Severna Park allowed two earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in six innings for the Terps (29-13, 14-5 Big Ten).
Major League Soccer: Luciano Acosta broke a tie in the 36th minute, Sebastien Le Toux had the only second-half goal and D.C. United (3-3-2) earned a 3-1 win over Atlanta United (3-3-2) to end a four-game road winless streak.
Running: An estimated 1,000 people participated in The Brigance Brigade Foundation's fourth annual 5.7K Championship Race & 1.57 Mile Family Run/Walk at Canton Waterfront Park. The event celebrates the kickoff of ALS Awareness Month and the 10-year anniversary of former Ravens linebacker O.J. Brigance's ALS diagnosis. Roughly $150,000 was raised for the foundation. The top fundraising team was Val's PALS, raising $25,000. Andrew Cantor won the male 5.7K race in 19 minutes, 8 seconds, followed by Eric Perlozzo (21.07) and Kevin Creamer (21:50). Jessica Hnatiuk took the female 5.7K race in 23:31. Stephanie Shepard (23:34) was second and Allison Gregory (23:50) was third. Guests included current Ravens Ryan Jensen and Eric Weddle and former Ravens Torrey Smith (Maryland) and Michael McCrary.