It's officially summer and even if you can't get to the beach, there's a lot going on in DC on the first weekend in June.
1. Start with the Washington Mystics home opener, Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 PM: It's not only the home opener but the first regular season game at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. There will be a block party before the game, starting at 2 PM with food, a free youth basketball clinic and a chance to win prizes. More information here. (And if you can't make it out to the game, flip on the TV to NBC Sports Washington).
2. DC United takes on San Jose Saturday, 8 PM at Audi Field: Washington is coming off a 3-3 tie to the Chicago Fire and looking to hold onto their spot atop the Eastern Conference. San Jose, in its first-ever visit to Audi Field, is on a two-game win streak. Tickets are still available here (and StubHub and all of those other places).
3. The Washington Spirit battles Utah for first place Saturday, 7 PM at the Maryland SoccerPlex: The Spirit's only loss this season came at the hands of Utah, which is known for its stifling defense. But, with both teams missing a number of key players due to the Women's World Cup, it will be a different game. Tickets start at $20.
4. It's retro sunglasses day at the Orioles on Saturday. The Birds also face off against the Giants at 4:05 PM at Camden Yards on Saturday and 1:05 PM on Sunday (when its "kids run the bases" day, which sounds fun.)
5. Your non-sports event: Hungry? Check out the Taste of Peru: From 10 AM to 6 PM Sunday at the University of the District of Columbia. Tickets and more information here.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The owner of Maximum Security says the horse will not run in the Preakness and will appeal his disqualification as the Kentucky Derby winner.
Gary West confirmed the decision by phone to The Associated Press. He says "there's really no need, not having an opportunity to run for the Triple Crown to run a horse back in two weeks."
Maximum Security became the first Derby winner to be disqualified for interference on Saturday. After an objection, racing stewards ruled that the colt swerved out and impeded the path of several horses between the far and final turns. Country House, a 65-1 shot, was elevated to first.
West has said he realizes the appeals process will take "months, if not years." The owner has sought to see replays of the race that stewards used to reach their landmark decision.
Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points, Kristi Toliver added 19 and the Washington Mystics used an 18-2 fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Fever 76-62 on Wednesday night.
Washington (21-11) has won seven straight and is one game behind second-place Atlanta (22-10), with the top two seeds getting double-byes in the playoffs.
Monique Currie scored 14 points for Washington. She made back-to-back 3-pointers to start Washington's 12-2 game-opening run. The Mystics were 5 of 6 from 3-point range in the first quarter and finished 9 of 22.
Delle Donne, Toliver and Currie each scored in double-figures in the first half to help Washington take a 48-41 lead.
Natalie Achonwa led Indiana (5-27) with 15 points. Candice Dupree added eight points and became the ninth player in WNBA history to reach 6,000 points. Dupree needs two points to tie Lauren Jackson (6,007) for eighth on the scoring list. Diana Taurasi leads the pack with 8,506.
Indiana started the second half on a 10-0 run to take its first lead at 49-48.