Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks has tentatively pegged Trey Burke as the starting point guard for the preseason opener against the visiting Miami Heat tonight at 8, replacing the recovering John Wall. Besides Burke, the starting five remains unaltered: Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat.
During Monday's practice, Wall, who has steadily progressed in strength after undergoing double-knee surgery, increased his workload to playing nearly 20 minutes in the team's five-on-five scrimmage. It was the first time Wall had participated in a live scrimmage this preseason.
Though Brooks prefaced the starting lineup with "as of right now," he certainly wants to keep the veterans' playing time within the 16-to-20 minute range. Also, Brooks said starters will not play through the entire preseason schedule.
"I don't know which games they will sit out as we speak now but sooner or later I will narrow that down," Brooks said, "I don't see guys playing all seven games."
While the preseason schedule ultimately does not count on the win-loss record, Brooks expects players to remain competitive in the games.
"Whoever's out there … they have to do the things that help us win games," Brooks said. "Regardless if you play three or four minutes or 20 minutes, you have to be locked in and focus on all of the things we've focused on the last nine practices."
As a team leader, Beal expects the same.
"I just want the same intensity, the same focus that we've had in practice," Beal said. "It's easy to talk smack to your teammates and go at your teammates but when it's a different team, it's a totally different thing. It's a new system and new plays … You don't know what play is coming, you don't know what is going on, so it really challenges you mentally."
— Candace Buckner, The Washington Post
Severn junior soccer standout Michelle Money has committed to play at St. John's. The center midfielder has nine goals and two assists this season for the Admirals, who are 5-4-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference. Last season, she was named to the Capital Gazette's All-County first team in Anne Arundel after scoring five goals and adding two assists. Money has been offered a full scholarship by St. John's, which competes in the Big East and has a 6-2-4 mark this season.
— Glenn Graham
Speed skating: Thomas Hong, a Maryland student who lives in Laurel and graduated from Atholton, was one of 12 athletes named to the US Speedskating Short Track Fall World Cup roster after finishing third Sunday in the A Finals 500-meter race at the Short Track World Cup Qualifier/AmCup in Kearns, Utah. April Shin of Rockville was also named to the team, which will compete in the International Skating Union Short Track World Cups on Nov. 4-6 in Calgary and Nov. 11-13 in Kearns.
NHL: The Washington Capitals made their second round of training camp cuts, as Jakub Vrana, Riley Barber, Liam O'Brien, Madison Bowey, Christian Djoos, Darren Dietz, Garrett Mitchell and Vitek Vanecek will report to Hershey Bears training camp.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post
Women's college lacrosse: Navy will host the Australian national team today at 4:30 p.m. and host its alumni game at 9 a.m. Saturday.
College football: Johns Hopkins senior quarterback Jonathan Germano (Offensive Player of the Week) and senior wide receiver-return specialist Bradley Munday (Special Teams Player of the Week) were honored by the Centennial Conference. … Salisbury freshman linebacker Patrick Bernardo was named New Jersey Athletic Conference Defensive Rookie of the Week.
Men's college soccer: Loyola Maryland freshman forward Brian Saramago was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week. … Johns Hopkins senior Bryan See was selected CC Defensive Player of the Week.
Women's college soccer: Johns Hopkins senior Meg Van de Loo was named CC Offensive Player of the Week. McDaniel junior Sarah McDonald was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Women's college volleyball: Towson freshman setter Marrisa Wonders was named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week.
College field hockey: Johns Hopkins sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Domanico (Bel Air) was picked as CC Defensive Player of the Week. … Salisbury junior goalkeeper Tressie Windsor was named Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Horse racing: Pimlico Race Course will host the Canter for the Cause to benefit Susan G. Komen Maryland and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance on Sunday. The annual event was originally scheduled in May but was postponed because of an equine herpesvirus breakout in the Mid-Atlantic. For more information, go to laurelpark.com/events/2016-10-09/canter-cause. For full event description and rules, go to usponyracing.com.