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Wizards' Beal returns to limited practice

Wizards' Beal returns to limited practice

Bradley Beal walked off the Washington Wizards' practice floor Thursday in shorts and his practice jersey in hand. He wasn't a full participant for the session, but that he was on the court at all is significant progress as he looks to return from a left shoulder injury he suffered 12 days earlier. Coach Randy Wittman explained Beal "did a little" Thursday and did not dismiss the possibility of the 22-year-old guard's practicing fully Friday in preparation for the Wizards' meeting with the Detroit Pistons on Saturday in Michigan, which opens the door for Beal to return to game action two weeks after the injury. "We have to see how he is from the little bit he did today and see where he is from a soreness standpoint and go from there," Wittman said. Washington's leading scorer, Beal has been sidelined since injuring his left shoulder against the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 7.

--Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post

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Basketball recruiting

St. Frances' Bracey commits to La. Tech

Daquan Bracey, a second-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro player last basketball season as a junior, had no shortage of college options. Dayton, Georgetown and Marquette were among the many programs to offer the St. Frances senior a scholarship. On Thursday, Louisiana Tech beat out those schools — plus James Madison and Towson — for Bracey's signature. The 5-foot-11 point guard signed a letter of intent with the Bulldogs.

For more of Matt Bracken and Glenn Graham's blog post on Bracey, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.

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Loch Raven to get gold football from alum Landeta

On behalf of the NFL, former punter Sean Landeta will present Loch Raven High School with a gold football today at 1:30 p.m. The NFL is sponsoring a program this year in which it is presenting the high schools of all former players and coaches who have played in Super Bowls with the gold football. Landeta played 22 seasons in the NFL with five teams and won championship rings with the New York Giants in Super Bowls XXI and XXV. Landeta graduated from Loch Raven in 1979, then played four years at then-Towson State before beginning his pro career in the USFL.

Mike Preston

Softball: Fifteen people will be inducted as the Maryland Slow Pitch Softball Association Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 on March 19. They are: Robert Baur, senior player, Kingsville; Rick Davis, player, Whiteford; Robert Dewese, senior player, Gaithersburg; Ron Grace, player, Aberdeen; Bill Hartlove, player-manager, Dundalk; Tucker Hercek, player, Westminster; Keith Hudson, senior player, White Plains; Gary Kroupa, player, Linthicum; Ted Lawson, manager-administrator, Reisterstown; Chip Mack, player-administrator, Highlandtown; Joseph Moyher, senior player, Bowie; Gino Pennacchia, player, Highlandtown; Ben Peterson, player, Leonardtown; Tim Potter, senior player, Ellicott City; and Steve Stielper, player, North Linthicum.

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit acquired two second-round picks (Nos. 12 and 20 overall) in the college draft from the Boston Breakers for midfielder Angela Salem, who played in 16 matches, starting 13.

Baseball: The Washington Nationals selected the contracts of infielder Chris Bostick and left-hander Nick Lee from Harrisburg and catcher Spencer Kieboom from High-A Potomac.

NFL: The Washington Redskins released running back Mack Brown from the practice squad and signed former Dallas Cowboys running back Christine Michael to the practice squad.

College football: Navy (8-1) is ranked first in the rankings for the Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy, which is awarded by the Metropolitan New York Football Writers to the best program in the Northeast or that plays half its schedule against Lambert-eligible teams. Pittsburgh (7-3) is second; Maryland (2-8) is 14th.

Women's college tennis: Navy named Gabby Pasternak a volunteer assistant.

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