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Michael Jordan brought excitement, but not winning catch at White Marlin Open

Michael Jordan brought excitement, but not winning catch at White Marlin Open

Ocean City has been buzzing about Michael Jordan. The six-time NBA Champion wasn't taking the court, however, he was heading out to sea.

News of Jordan's entrance in the White Marlin Open fishing tournament has been circulating for weeks after rumors that the former Chicago Bull and Washington Wizard would be trying his hand at another feat, winning the world’s largest and richest billfish tournament, as well as competing for more than $6 million of prize money. 

The prize money is what attracts most of the tournament's entrants, but for Jordan, the purse is just a small accolade compared to adding another championship to his legacy.

Unfortunately for Jordan and his boat, Catch 23, the competition at this year's WMO stacked up.

According to WBOC, 248 boats competed on Friday out of a tournament record 404 that registered this year and Catch 23 never appeared at the scales during the week.

The winner of the 2019 White Marlin Open has experience in the competition, including what it takes to win it. 

Ocean City resident Tommy Hinkle claimed the top prize for his haul Thursday, a 79.5-pound white marlin, making history as the first two-time champion of the WMO after previously taking the crown in 2008.

"Once in 2008 and once in 2019. It just goes to show you, man, this tournament is up for anybody to win. You've just got to get out there and put the time in," Hinkle told WBOC.

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Local teams, stars congratulate Elena Delle Donne on historic second WNBA MVP award

Local teams, stars congratulate Elena Delle Donne on historic second WNBA MVP award

Elena Delle Donne is, once again, the Most Valuable Player in the WNBA.

She's the first player in WNBA history to earn the honor with two different teams.

"I am extremely proud of this honor, but we still have work ahead of us and we’re all focused playing our hardest to bring a championship to Washington," Delle Donne said in a release.

After the announcement of Delle Donne's historic achievement, her teammates and the greater D.C. sports community showered her with praise all over social media.

Delle Donne and the Mystics will take on the Las Vegas Aces in Game 2 of the WNBA Semifinals at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night.

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Elena Delle Donne named 2019 WNBA MVP for the second time following historic season

Elena Delle Donne named 2019 WNBA MVP for the second time following historic season

Elena Delle Donne has done it again.

For the second time in her career, the Washington Mystics' star has been named the WNBA MVP, Monumental Sports announced Thursday.

Delle Donne is the first WNBA player to earn the prestigious award with two teams, her 2015 honor while with the Chicago Sky.

“I would like to thank my teammates and coaches and our wonderful fans--I have the greatest teammates in the world, our coaches have put us in a position to succeed by forming this awesome unit and the energy of our fans has given us the best home-court atmosphere in the league,” Delle Donne said in the statement.

“Everyone has had a part in this, especially my wife and family, and it took a lot of hard work and focus from all of us together to get to this point.  I am extremely proud of this honor, but we still have work ahead of us and we’re all focused playing our hardest to bring a championship to Washington.”

During her 2019 season with the Mystics, Delle Donne averaged 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists, securing her spot on the All-Star team for the sixth time. Her most unbelievable feat, however, was becoming the first WNBA player to join the prestigious 50/40/90 club.

Delle Donne earned 51.5 percent from the field, 43.03 percent from beyond the arc and an incredible 97.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Steve Nash, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Larry Bird, Mark Price, Reggie Miller, Mark Nowitzki and Malcolm Brogdon are the only players in the history of the NBA to accomplish that feat.

The Mystics look for another win Thursday night en route to a Championship against the Las Vegas Aces for Game 2 of the WNBA Semifinals at 8:30 p.m.

You can watch the game on ESPN 2.

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