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Digest: Wizards, Beal nearing five-year, $128 million contract

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The Wizards aren't wasting any time trying to lock up restricted free-agent guard Bradley Beal.

The Washington Wizards and guard Bradley Beal were progressing toward a five-year maximum contract early this morning, league sources confirmed to The Washington Post. Once completed, the deal will pay Beal somewhere in the neighborhood of $128 million over the life of the contract, based on the recently revised salary cap projection of $94 million for the 2016-17 season.

Having just turned 23 on Tuesday, Beal has career averages of 16 points per game and has shot 39.7 percent from 3-point range on more than four attempts per game throughout his four-year career. He was thought highly enough of to be given a shot at making the U.S. Olympic team this summer, though he eventually pulled himself from consideration to try to get ready for the start of next season.

Beal averaged 21.2 points, 5.2rebounds, 4.6 assists and shot 39 percent from 3-point range. There are doubts, however, about Beal's ability to stay healthy. He has played more than 70 games just once in his career and played just 55 last season. The past two seasons he's dealt with recurring stress injuries in his right leg, something that he said could lead to his minutes being monitored over the remainder of his career.

“Probably. Especially with the way my body works,” Beal said in January. “It doesn't want to listen to me so I got to, as much as I can, take care of it and be smart about it and probably moving forward through the rest of my career, it's probably something that's probably going to happen every year.”

The Wizards will be hoping Beal grows out of those issues, and they're making changes to their training staff this summer, as well. But if Beal can overcome them, Washington can say it has one of the better backcourts in the NBA, and the Wizards will now head into the rest of July trying to fill out the roster around them.

Although Beal and the Wizards have all but agreed to a new deal, the two sides will wait to sign it until Washington has used up its remaining cap room — roughly $31 million, based off that same $94 million projection. That's because Beal's cap hold of about $14 million leaves Washington with several million in additional cap room they'll have to sign players before they go over the salary cap to sign him, because they have his Larry Bird rights.

— Tim Bontemps, The Washington Post

Major League Lacrosse: Veteran attackman Brendan Mundorf (UMBC, Mount Saint Joseph) scored six goals on six shots and Joe Walters (Maryland) had three goals and three assists for the Chesapeake Bayhawks, who defeated the host Ohio Machine, 16-13, on Thursday night.

Mundorf was coming off a seven-goal game against the Boston Cannons.

"Brendan is on fire right now. He's playing a little different role these days — working off-ball and doing what he does best, which is catching and finishing," coach Brian Reese said. "There aren't many players in Major League Lacrosse history that do a better job of putting the ball into the back of the net."

Former Bayhawk John Grant led Ohio with four goals. Chesapeake will face a quick turnaround with a game against the New York Lizards on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

— Baltimore Sun Media Group 

Major league baseball: The Seattle Mariners placed backup catcher Steve Clevenger on the 15-day disabled list with a broken third metacarpal in his throwing hand. Clevenger, a former Oriole who attended Mount Saint Joseph, was hit by a foul tip Wednesday night. Clevenger, 30, was hitting .221 with one homer in 22 games. ... The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired former Orioles pitcher Bud Norris from the Atlanta Braves with minor league outfielder Dian Toscano, a player to be named and cash for minor league pitchers Philip Pfeifer and Caleb Dirks. Over his past five starts covering 291/3 innings, Norris is 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA.

Minor league baseball: Keith Bodie, manager of the Orioles' High-A Frederick Keys, was elected to the Double-A Texas League Hall of Fame.

Horse racing: The Maryland Jockey Club shifts live racing back to Laurel Park for the opening of its summer meet with a nine-race twilight program today starting at 3:40 p.m. A total of 94 horses are entered for today, an average of 10.4 starters per race, including 16 in the finale, a $22,000 maiden claiming event for 3-year-olds and up at 5 1/2 furlongs on the Dahlia Turf Course. Highlighting the card are a $40,000 maiden event at 5 furlongs on the main track for 2-year-old fillies in Race 7 featuring the debut of Sagamore Racing homebred Riley's Choice, and a $45,000 optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/16 miles on the All Along Turf Course in Race 8. The 24-day summer meet at Laurel will offer racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 21 with free admission and general parking. There will be a holiday program Monday, July 4 and no live racing July 8. First-race post times are 3:40 p.m. Fridays and 1:25 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

NHL: The Washington Capitals re-signed right wing Tom Wilson to a two-year, $4 million contract. Wilson, who was a pending restricted free agent this summer, will earn $1.75 million in 2016-17 and $2.25 million in 2017-18. His cap hit for the next two seasons will be $2 million. Wilson, 22, is the first of Washington's restricted free agents to re-sign, and he was the only one who wasn't eligible for arbitration. The former first-round pick scored 23 points (seven goals and 16 assists) last season, making significant improvements in his defensive zone play. Wilson's discipline has been an issue at times, as his 163 penalty minutes in 82 games with Washington last season led the team and was third in the league. In another move, the Capitals re-signed forward Zach Sill to a two-year, two-way contract.

Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post

Paralympic track and field: Wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden, an Atholton alumna from Clarksville, went 2-for-2 in the opening day of competition at the U.S. trials in Charlotte, N.C., winning the women's 800 T54 (1 minute, 48.58 seconds) and 5,000 53/54 (11:38.93). The 11-time Paralympic medalist will compete in three other events at trials, including today's 100 T54 race.

Paralympic swimming: Jessica Long of Middle River won the women's S8 400 freestyle at the U.S. trials in Charlotte, N.C. 

Pro basketball: Timajh Parker-Rivera, a 6-foot-7 forward who graduated from Towson in May, has signed to play for Lokomotive Bernau in Germany, a ProB team based in Berlin. He will begin training camp at the end of August.

Men's college basketball: Maryland's 2016-17 nonconference schedule features home games against Pittsburgh and Oklahoma State in addition to a road test at Georgetown and a trip to the Barclay's Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y.

— Jake Lourim

College football: Navy announced its 2016 recruiting class, which included 6-foot-3, 290-pound Gilman offensive lineman Wes Mehl of Westminster.

College swimming: Kim Davis Mercier, a 1978 Shepherd graduate who attended Catonsville, is one of three athletes who will be inducted into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 16. Mercier was a three-year captain and was the first Shepherd woman to participate in the AIAW Division II national swimming and diving championship.

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