Digest: Local Paralympic athletes earn spots on U.S. teams for Rio Games

U.S. Paralympics announced the 115 athletes who have been selected to compete at the Summer Games held September 7-18 in Rio de Janeiro.

Locals on the swimming team include twelve-time gold medalist Jessica Long of Baltimore, two-time medalist Becca Meyers of Timonium (a Notre Dame Prep graduate), three-time medalist and U.S. Navy veteran Bradley Snyder of Baltimore, nine-time medalist Cortney Jordan (a Loyola Maryland graduate student), Elizabeth Smith, a Muncie, Ind., native who lives and trains in Baltimore, and Loyola Marland's McKenzie Coan and Alyssa Gialamas.


Tatyana McFadden has won the Boston Marathon wheelchair race four times. In April, she crossed the line first at Boston and then at the London Marathon within seven days. So why not go for seven golds at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro this September, in events from the 100 meters on up?

Named to the track and field team are sisters Tatyana and Hannah McFadden of Clarksville. Tatyana became the first Paralympian to qualify in all seven track and field events.

The Rio Paralympics are expected to be the largest in history, with more than 4,500 athletes competing from 176 countries.


More Paralympics: Zach Shattuck, a South Carroll alumnus from Mount Airy who attends Frostburg State, set American records in the men's S6 100 freestyle and the men's SM6 200 individual medley Saturday on the final day of the U.S. trials in Charlotte, N.C. He finished in 1 minute, 13.73 seconds in the preliminary freestyle and 3:01.09 in the individual medley final. Long won three races while Jordan, Meyers and Shattuck each won two races.

Major League Soccer

Navy grad Greenspan likely to rejoin Rapids today

Naval Academy graduate Joseph Greenspan has rejoined the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Greenspan has accepted the U.S. Navy offer to exchange active duty for serving in the reserves.

Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids announced Friday that Navy graduate Joseph Greenspan will be rejoining the team. Paul Bravo, vice president of soccer operations for the Rapids, said a roster move will likely be made today when the MLS transfer window opens.

In May, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that former Navy quarterback and Ravens sixth-round draft pick Keenan Reynolds would be allowed to pursue an NFL career while serving in the Naval Reserve Force. That decision applied to all recent Naval Academy graduates involved with professional sports and Greenspan — along with Reynolds, Joe Cardona (New England Patriots) and Chris Swain (San Diego Chargers) — accepted the reserve option.

"Keenan getting drafted was kind of the catalyst for some policy changes and I was informed that I would be included in all of it," Greenspan said Saturday. "When word came out about the football guys going reserves, I was told that was on the table for me as well."

Greenspan has temporarily been given an assignment in the Denver region while the paperwork transferring him to the reserves is completed. It is likely the New Jersey native will need to serve seven or eight years in the Naval Reserves.

Greenspan, a former two-time All-American who was drafted in the second round (26th overall) of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, appeared in three games as a rookie while also serving at a Navy recruiting depot in Denver. Colorado picked up the option on Greenspan's contract, but he was forced to leave the team in the offseason after being ordered by the Navy to report to his San Diego-based ship.

Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

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Ex-Towson Catholic guard Delaney signs with Hawks

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that guard Malcolm Delaney, a Baltimore native and a Euroleague star, has agreed to a deal.

Guard Malcolm Delaney, a Baltimore native and Euroleague star, has agreed to a $1.49 million, two-year guaranteed contract offer from the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. The 6-foot-3 Delaney starred at now-defunct Towson Catholic and was the All-Metro Player of the Year in 2007. He was a Euroleague All-Star in his second season playing for the Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban. He will be a candidate to play behind point guard Dennis Schroder, Atlanta's likely starter after Jeff Teague was traded to the Indiana Pacers last month. Delaney, 27, went undrafted out of Virginia Tech in 2011.


Horse racing: Jockey Trevor McCarthy, injured in a post-race spill Saturday at Laurel Park, took off his mounts Sunday and remains day-to-day with a sore right knee, according to agent Scott Silver. McCarthy, the leading rider in Maryland by wins off back-to-back meet titles at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course to open the year, was replaced on all nine of his mounts Sunday. He is named in seven of 10 races in today's holiday program.

Trevor McCarthy rode three winners Sunday on the closing day of the Preakness Meet at Pimlico Race Course to earn his second consecutive meet title in Maryland.

"He was sore this morning and we're just trying to give him a day and see how he is tomorrow and go from there," Silver said. "I don't think it's anything serious, just sore. I don't want to rush him back. I want to make sure he's good and if we have to miss a few days, we'll do it." After Monday, Laurel is closed until July 9. McCarthy, 22, is scheduled to ride in five of nine races Wednesday at Delaware Park including Conscription in the $50,000 Christiana Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. McCarthy is also the new regular rider for 10-year-old Maryland-bred multi-millionaire stakes-winning gelding Ben's Cat, who is being pointed to the $200,000 Parx Dash (G3) July 9.

National Women's Soccer League: A low shot by forward Francisca Ordega in the 79th minute and a volley by midfielder Tori Huster in the 85th helped the Washington Spirit (6-2-2) to a 2-0 victory over visiting FC Kansas City (2-5-4) on Saturday night.

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