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Adrian Feliz-Platt Leaves Towson

DSC 4802Adrian Feliz-Platt evades tacklers during a game in October of last year. FILE PHOTO       Former Seneca Valley running back Adrian Feliz-Platt has left the Towson University football program.

A Towson athletic department official confirmed Platt’s departure in an email on Tuesday.

“Adrian Platt is not currently on the Towson football roster,” wrote John Brush, Director of Media Relations in Towson’s Department of Athletics. “He left over the weekend. There will not be an official statement from us in regards to his departure.”

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Matthew Balanc’s game is a slam dunk

MPI MDElete 0038 1Matthew Balanc goes for the dunk during the Maryland Elite Summer League All-Star Game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER     Springbrook senior guard Matthew Balanc is a human highlight reel.

During the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the 6-foot-3 standout wowed fans with his highlight reel dunks.

Balanc, who averaged a team-high 20.4 points per game last season, erupted for 50 points last month in the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League All-Star Game. He also earned game MVP honors despite his team’s 103-101 loss.

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Redskins Fall To Ravens

BALTIMORE – Washington Redskins rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Allen got rave reviews following Thursday’s 23-3 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

Allen, the No. 17 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, recorded his first NFL sack midway through the second quarter against Ravens backup quarterback Ryan Mallet.

“I thought he did good,” said Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. “I saw him back there a couple times.”

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Wall succeeds in inking a new deal with the Wizards

WASHINGTON – The Washington Wizards have locked up John Wall for the next several years.

On Friday, the Wizards held a news conference to announce the signing of Wall’s multi-year extension with the National Basketball Association franchise.

Wall, the top overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, signed a four-year, $170 million contract extension that will keep him in Washington through the 2022-23 campaign. Wall’s new deal starts with the 2019-20 season.

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Warrior Dash returns to Maryland

MECHANICSVILLE—Warrior Dash returned to the state of Maryland on Saturday, as many participants took part in the event at Budd’s Creek in Mechanicsville in St. Mary’s County.

Warrior Dash is a 5k obstacle course with 12 world-class obstacles and over three million participants since 2009 that is held in many cities and states around the country.

“Our biggest and most exciting obstacles are Goliath,” said Rebecca Ryan, the lead event checker for Warrior Dash. “It’s got a big slide into a nice, cool pit of water, and then you get to climb through a very muddy mud pit under some barbed wire, and, of course, we have our classic fire jump, where you get to jump over the fire and show off your Warrior skills and get that new profile picture everybody’s hoping for.”

According to Ryan, about 10,000 people, including spectators and runners, were to show up at Budd’s Creek on Saturday. “It feels really good to put on an event that people enjoy,” she said, “and we have people who come back from year to year to have a great time.”

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Redskins Celebrate Fan Appreciation Day

RICHMOND, VA. – Jonathan Allen, Arie Kouandjio and Terrelle Pryor Sr. were among the players who signed autographs and took photos with fans following a two-hour practice session on Saturday at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

Thousands of Redskins supporters came out for Fan Appreciation Day in advance of the team’s first preseason game.

“It’s a chance for the fans to see where we are and how far we’ve come,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.

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McClinton All-Stars narrowly defeat the Wash Associates 77-75.

In a thrilling game, the Darren McClinton All-Stars (8-2) eked out a 77-75 come-from-behind victory over the A. Wash Associates (7-3) in the semifinals of the Kenner League at McDonough Arena on Saturday afternoon.

A buzzer beater attempt that would have won the game by A. Wash forward Keldon Johnson glanced off rim. The result, the All-Stars moved onto the finals.

“They had it last but we were able to make a stop,” said All-Stars head coach Darren McClinton.

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McClinton All-Stars defeat On Point in Kenner League playoffs

 1Anthony Cowan gets set for a layup in the second half. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   WASHINGTON – Friday’s Kenner League basketball playoff game between Darren McClinton All-Stars and On Point featured some of the DMV’s top talent.

Anthony Cowan, a rising sophomore at Maryland, scored a game-high 35 points to lead Darren McClinton’s squad to a 92-82 victory over On Point at McDonough Memorial Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus.

“For me it’s always a blessing to be able to play against the best out there,” said former North Carolina Tar Heel Marcus Ginyard, a Bishop O’Connell graduate who finished with 19 points, “he’s definitely got a bright future ahead of him.”

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McCloud succeeds in coaching with a simple life time philosophy

The Maryland Elite Summer League varsity and junior varsity high school basketball celebrated a completion of a third successful season culminating with an All-star game July 31, a credit to founder coach David McCloud.

The league had been run under a different name by various groups including the Montgomery County Recreation Department. McCloud said when he came to the position the league only had a few teams competing and experienced a host of difficulties and mismanagement.

McCloud said his motivation came from the desire to deliver correct game information to teams and fans and to ensure teams wouldn’t have to compete in uncomfortable conditions.

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Hayburn brothers shine in Swim League All-Star meet

MPI swim 0650Takoma Park Swim Team’s Jasmine Barry, 14, competes in the medley relay. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER   LAUREL – The Hayburns have the Midas touch.

Brothers Jimmy and Joseph Hayburn combined to win five events Saturday during the Prince-Mont Swim League All-Stars meet at the West Arundel Swim Club.

The Bowie residents compete for the Whitehall Pool and Tennis swim team and are coached by their mother Teri and sister Annie.

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