Wizards reportedly near deal with forward Al Harrington
The desires of Washington Wizards point guard John Wall and coach Randy Wittman to add a power forward who can stretch the floor from the perimeter might soon be met. According to a report on ESPN.com, veteran free-agent big man Al Harrington is leaning toward signing with the Wizards. A person with knowledge of the Wizards' plans confirms that the two sides are talking and have expressed "mutual interest." The 6-foot-9 14-year veteran recently negotiated a buyout with the Orlando Magic for the final two years of his $14.7 million contract and became an unrestricted free agent last week. Harrington was limited to just 10 games last season with the Magic after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in April 2012 that resulted in a staph infection. He has been training with Joe Abunassar at the Impact Academy in Las Vegas, where the Wizards watched him work out over the weekend. Harrington has been a valued reserve for much of his 14-year career, averaging 13.7 points and shooting 35.2 percent from beyond 3-point range with the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets and Orlando.
—Michael Lee, The Washington Post
Golf: Hagerstown's Dirk Shultz is in second at the Middle Atlantic PGA Professional Championship after the tournament's first day at Colonial Williamsburg's Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Leesburg, Va. The PGA professional at Beaver Creek Country Club shot a 66 in the first day, which puts him at 5-under-par. Schultz won the Holden Cup Invitational in Virginia earlier this month. Virginian David Newsom sits atop the leader board at 7-under. Sean English of Westminster and Jim Estes of Germantown are tied for third at 4-under. Baltimore's Joe Plecker is tied with three others for fifth, at 3-under, while Timonium's David Hutsell, Bishopville's Dennis Winters, Rockville's Brice Busse and Olney's Ricky Touma are all in the chase, below par. Eight competitors in the top 15 are from Maryland. The three-round, 54-hole tournament continues today.
Women's college basketball: Towson University graduate and Frederick native Megan Gebbia will serve as head coach at American. Gebbia spent the past 10 seasons at Marist, serving as the associate head coach for the past seven seasons. Before joining Marist, Gebbia served as an assistant at Wright State for the 2002-03 season and was in the same role at UMBC from 1996 to 2002. She also served as an assistant at American under Jeff Thatcher for the 1995-96 season, in which the Eagles went 16-12. Gebbia began her coaching career at her alma mater and served as team captain of the Tigers during her senior season.
Redskins: Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday he'd pushed back quarterback Robert Griffin III's first participation in full team drills during training camp from today to Wednesday. But Shanahan said he expects Griffin to be ready for the regular-season opener unless he suffers a setback in his recovery from knee surgery, adding that he's doing what he feels is best for Griffin even if it's not necessarily exactly what the quarterback wants.
—From Sun staff and news services