Bradley Beal, who signed a five-year, $128 million maximum contract this summer, missed the Washington Wizards' practice on Thursday in Richmond, Va., after suffering a mild concussion, coach Scott Brooks said. Beal was injured Wednesday morning during the team's first of two practices, which were closed to the media. Midway through the session, Beal caught an inadvertent elbow to his head from center Ian Mahinmi, according to Brooks, and was removed from participation. He remained at the team hotel Thursday afternoon while the rest of the team returned to the court.
Though fellow guard John Wall did not witness the play — he was riding a stationary bike when the injury occurred — he described Beal as having a "knot on his head." According to the NBA's concussion policy, Beal cannot be cleared to play until he completes the "return-to-participation protocol" while showing that he is free of symptoms. "I spoke with him this morning, he's feeling a lot better," Brooks said. "So we'll see how he feels" today.
When speaking to reporters, Brooks twice offered the optimistic news that Beal felt "much better." However, when taking into account Beal's injury history, the announcement was met with a wave of fatalistic responses from fans on social media.
Beal, who signed a five-year, $128 million maximum contract this summer, appeared in only 55 games last year. Throughout his four-year career, due to various injuries, Beal has missed 25 percent of a possible 328 games.
This is Beal's second concussion in the last eight months. On Jan. 26, he absorbed a forearm to his face from Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and left the game with a broken nose and concussion. Though Beal missed the next game on the second night of a back-to-back, he returned to action on Jan. 28 wearing a protective face mask.
— Candace Buckner, The Washington Post
Major Arena Soccer League
Brazilian defender Elton joins Blast
The Blast signed Brazilian native Elton Lexandro de Oliveira Santos on Thursday to bolster its defense. A 31-year-old who has played professional outdoor soccer, Elton has spent the past two years in Romania, playing for Liga I's CS Gaz Metan Medias. "Elton is a quality player with the technical ability to come in and have an immediate impact on our team and help us win games," Blast coach Danny Kelly said in a news release. The Blast also announced that it will hold open tryouts Oct. 8-9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Southeast Regional Recreation Center on North Point Boulevard. For more information and an application, please go to baltimoreblast.com. The team will open its 2016-17 Major Arena Soccer League season Nov. 5, when it travels to Harrisburg to take on the Heat. The home opener will be Nov. 11 against the Milwaukee Wave.
— Glenn Graham
Parkville's Payne named Ravens Coach of the Week
Justin Payne was named the Ravens High School Football Coach of the Week after guiding Parkville to its first win over Perry Hall since 2009. After finishing 3-7 in his first season with the Knights, Payne has them off to a 2-1 start after upsetting their Baltimore County rival, 21-14, Saturday. Senior cornerback Vernon Miller Jr. picked off a Perry Hall pass with about a minute left to seal the win. It was the fourth turnover caused by the Knights against the Gators' high-tempo offense.
— Katherine Dunn
No. 3 Archbishop Spalding 3, St. Mary’s 0: Sarah Jordan, Margot Lawn and Kyler Greenwalt scored to lead the host Cavaliers (10-2, 6-1 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference) over the Saints (3-4-1, 2-4-1).
No. 1 South River d. Glen Burnie, 3-0: The host Seahawks (7-0), led by Emily Speciale (11-for-11 serving, seven assists, four aces), Madisyn Jones (11-for-11 serving, 11 digs, two aces), Samata Karabella (seven kills, five digs) and Jessica Adams (six kills), beat the Gophers (1-6), 25-6, 25-11, 25-13.
Katie Gouty led the Glen Burnie with four blocks.
No. 2 Broadneck 6, Annapolis 0: Maddie Bragaw and Lucy Parrott each had two goals and Talia Gabarra added a goal and an assist as the host Bruins (6-1-1) cruised past the Panthers (3-5).
Jenna Buto scored, Makenna Dean had two assists, Mia Camm, Hailey Small and Lela Clark each had an assist and Maura Dawson had three saves for Broadneck.
Ellie Pline made nine saves for Annapolis.
No. 9 South River 4, Chesapeake-AA 0: Dela Wadzink scored and had an assist as the visiting Seahawks (6-2) shut out the Cougars (3-4-1).
Jackie Natoli and Catherine Scamurra each added a goal for South River.
No. 11 Arundel 3, Old Mill 0: Ally Keller, Lexi Day and Tierney Crehan scored as the visiting Wildcats (4-2-1) defeated the Patriots (1-5-1).
Kasi Doss made 20 saves for Old Mill.
Glen Burnie 2, North County 1: Megan Schacklock and Sarah Morgan had goal in each half to power the visiting Gophers (5-4) over the Knights (1-6).
Jessica Mimms scored a second-half goal for North County.
Laurel Park: There will be a 20-cent Rainbow 6 Carryover of $8,832.41 greeting bettors when live racing resumes with today's 10-race program, beginning with a 1:10 p.m. first post. Through the first nine days of the fall meet, no single bettor has solved the Rainbow 6, which requires players to select the winners of the day's final six races. The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners.
Senior tennis: Carol Wood, 80, of Rockville was part of the U.S. squad that won the Doris Hart Cup at the Super Senior World Team Championships on Sept. 18-25 in Umag, Croatia. Wood, a retired physical therapist and an active USTA league player, teamed with Burnette Herrick of Tarboro, N.C., Judith Smith of Brookline, Mass., and Betty Hill of Burr Ridge, Ill., to beat Great Britain, 2-1, in the final. The Hart Cup is for women 80 and over.
Major league baseball: The Orioles will hold two rallies to generate excitement for the team's push for the postseason. The first, with former Orioles outfielder Joe Orsulak, will be today from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Mother's North Grille in Timonium. The second, with former Orioles pitcher Scott McGregor, will be Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Walmart in Towson Marketplace. The Oriole Bird and public address announcer Ryan Wagner will participate in both events.
College football: Navy is ranked second behind West Virginia in the initial Lambert Trophy Poll conducted by the Eastern Football Network. Navy won the Lambert Trophy last year, which is given to the best team in the East, for the first time since 1963. Maryland is third, Virginia Tech fourth and Rutgers fifth.
Women's college soccer: Host Hartford (8-3, 2-0 America East) scored three second-half goals in a 3-1 win against UMBC (4-7, 0-2).
— Sun staff and news services contributed to this article.