Digest: Wizards' Beal pulls out of consideration for Rio Olympics

From Sun staff and news services
At the Rio Olympics, a notable Wizards player will not be part of the U.S. basketball team.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has withdrawn from consideration for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, indicating Friday via Twitter that he plans to use the time to focus on getting healthy for the regular season.

Beal, who will become a restricted free agent Friday, played a career-low 55 games last season while dealing with a stress injury to his right fibula. Wizards officials confirmed Beal would not be participating in the Olympics, which will take place Aug. 5- 21.

"I have made the decision to dedicate this summer to getting in the best physical shape of my life and feel it is imperative that I stay true to my plan so I can be at my very best supporting my coaches and teammates for the upcoming season," Beal wrote.

Two spots remain on the 12-player U.S. Olympic team that will be finalized next week.

Gene Wang, The Washington Post

More Wizards: Washington signed four undrafted free agents shortly after the conclusion of Thursday's NBA draft, in which the team did not make a selection for the first time in franchise history. The Wizards, according to people familiar with the situation, added center Daniel Ochefu, a Baltimore native from national champion Villanova; Miami guard Sheldon McClellan; Texas A&M forward Danuel House; and Arizona center Kaleb Tarczewski. All four worked out for the Wizards this month and are expected to play for Washington's summer-league team next month in Las Vegas. Ochefu, at 6 feet 11, averaged 10 points and 7.5 rebounds to help the Wildcats win the second national championship in school history and was honorable mention All-Big East this past season as a senior.

Gene Wang and Tim Bontemps, The Washington Post

— The Wizards are prepared to make a major offer to center Joakim Noah, according to a report from The Sporting News. The Wizards are said to be willing to offer Noah, coming off shoulder surgery that ended his season with the Chicago Bulls in January, a full maximum contract. His deal reportedly would start at $26.6 million and reach nearly $120 million over four seasons. Noah averaged 8.8 rebounds and a career-low 4.3 points in 29 games last year. The New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks are also planning to make substantial offers to Noah, who played only 29 games last season before suffering a shoulder injury.

Capitals

Canadiens' Eller acquired for two second-round picks

The Washington Capitals acquired forward Lars Eller from the Montreal Canadiens for second-round draft picks in 2017 and 2018. The 27-year-old Eller had 13 goals and 13 assists in 79 games last season and has two seasons left on his contract at a salary cap hit of $3.5 million. In 442 NHL games, the native of Denmark has 73 goals and 83 assists.

More news: Washington selected 6-foot-1, 176-pound defenseman Lucas Johansen of the Western Hockey League's Kelowna Rockets with the 28th overall pick in the NHL draft. The Capitals held the No. 26 selection but swapped picks with the St. Louis Blues and acquired a third-round pick in return. Johansen, 18, the younger brother of Nashville Predator Ryan Johansen, had 10 goals and 39 assists in 69 regular-season games last season. … The Capitals re-signed forward Paul Carey to a one-year, two-way contract and defenseman Aaron Ness to a two-year, two-way contract. Both players spent most of last season with the Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, Pa., and are expected to do the same next season.

Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post

Et cetera

WNBA: Tayler Hill scored 18 points and former Maryland guard Natasha Cloud added a career-high 18, but the host Washington Mystics (7-8) fell, 91-79, to the Phoenix Mercury (5-9).

College baseball: Coppin State rising sophomore Andrew O'Dwyer was named to the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate League All-Star game today at Norfolk State as the starting center fielder and a relief pitcher representing the Berkley Bandits. O'Dwyer is batting .455/.567/.545 and has pitched 52/3 hitless innings in relief with nine strikeouts in 11 games for the Bandits.

Cycling: Pierre Bischoff, 31, of Germany was the first rider to complete the 3,089.1-mile Ride Across America that started in Oceanside, Calif., and ended in Annapolis, with a time of 9 days, 17hours and 9 minutes.

For more on the race from Baltimore Sun Media Group reporter James Peters, go to baltimoresun.com/outdoors.

Horse racing: With two days remaining in the Preakness meet, trainer Kieron Magee clinched his second consecutive Maryland meet title when Mothernaturespell won the fourth race at Pimlico Race Course. Magee is first with 14 wins at the current stand, which ends Sunday. … Trevor McCarthy posted a riding triple to move into a tie with Victor Carrasco atop the jockey standings at 26 wins. McCarthy won with Stillburnin in the second race, Blu Moon Ace in the seventh and Frisky Magician in the eighth. Jevian Toledo won twice, aboard She's On a Roll in the first race and I. E. Flash in the third. Carrasco's lone win came with Dattt Melody in the sixth. … There will be a carryover jackpot of $6,065.69 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 for today's Maryland-Virginia Breeders' Day program at Pimlico. First race post time is 1:10 p.m.

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