Men's college lacrosse
St. Paul's freshman Gordon orally commits to UNC
St. Paul's freshman attackman-midfielder Mitch Gordon orally committed to North Carolina on Saturday night, according to Inside Lacrosse. Gordon, who is 6 feet 2 and 160 pounds, plays for the Baltimore Crabs club team. Gordon and the Crabs lost to the West Coast Starz, 11-10 in four overtimes, at the National Scholastic Club Lacrosse Association Championships at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, Pa. In the 2014 division, the Crabs defeated the Starz, 11-4, for the title.
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Fresh off winning his third Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player, Alex Ovechkin said his fractured left foot is healing well. "Foot is OK. Right now, I'm walking fine. I'm going to start playing tennis soon so I'm going to be in good shape," Ovechkin said on a conference call Sunday from Moscow. "It's kind of getting better. I feel pretty good about my foot." Ovechkin, 27, suffered the hairline fracture when he blocked a shot in Game 6 of Washington's Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers. He played nearly three full games on the broken foot because he couldn't make the injury worse, finishing out the Capitals' first-round series and appearing in one game for Russia at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships. The star winger said it wasn't until after he played in the world championships that he had an MRI on his foot to determine the severity of the injury, but there was never a question to whether he would continue playing. Ovechkin is expected to be ready for training camp. "I make a blocked shot. The puck broke my foot, and I played with it. I never asked [head athletic trainer Greg Smith] or [team physician Dr. Benjamin Shaffer] about let's make an MRI or something," Ovechkin said. "I just played the game because it's the playoffs. It doesn't matter what happen. You have to be there and you have to play the best that you can. "The position, I was feeling like it was okay and I can still play hockey," Ovechkin added. "If you're hockey player, if you're playing for Stanley Cup, it doesn't matter what's happen. You're just gonna play." Ovechkin, who will soon join his fiancee, Maria Kirilenko, in London for Wimbledon, alluded to playing through other ailments in the lockout-shortened season but didn't divulge the nature of his injuries. "I know if I can feel it and maybe have some injection and I know I can play, I'm never going to say I'm not going to play. It's not my style," Ovechkin said. "If I can play, if I can hold my stick, if I can skate, of course I'm going to play."
—Katie Carrera, The Washington Post
19-year-old Morgan wins first Pro Circuit title in Del.
Nineteen-year-old Brianna Morgan took home her first title in International Tennis Federation Pro Circuit play by defeating No. 1 seed Jessica Moore, 7-6 (3), 6-3, at the third annual ResortQuest Pro Women's Open at Sea Colony in Bethany Beach, Del. Morgan, a Beverly Hills, Calif., native who is a sophomore at Florida, completed a stellar stretch in which the the unseeded and unranked teen took out the tournament's top three seeds.
College women: Morgan State junior Ekaterina Iakovleva was ranked 18th in the final 2012-13 Division I Atlantic Region Top 20 rankings, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. She is the first Bears tennis player to earn a regional ranking. Iakovleva would finish with a 21-2 record at No. 1 singles, including a 20-match winning streak to conclude the season, after defeating the MEAC Player of the Year, South Carolina State's Maria Cracium, 6-4, 6-4 in the title match. Iakovleva would receive All-MEAC Championship team honors at No. 1 singles, as well as No. 2 doubles with teammate Margarita Belyakova.
Struggling Spirit falls, 2-0, to red-hot Western New York
In front of an announced 4,569 — the second-largest crowd in franchise history — the Washington Spirit lost, 2-0, to the Western New York Flash (5-2-2) on Saturday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds. Veronica Perez broke opened the scoring for Western New York in the ninth minute, finishing in close on a feed from Adriana Martin. Vicki DiMartino added to the Flash lead in the 35th minute, scoring on an assist from Alex Sahlen. "We just didn't come out ready to play in the first half," Spirit coach Mike Jorden said. Western New York outshot Washington 10-7, but the Flash did not muster a single shot in the second half. "It's a really good crowd — nothing like I'm used to playing in front of," said Spirit defender Toni Pressley, who made her National Women's Soccer League debut Saturday against Western New York. "We have really good fans and everyone's excited to be here and see us, and we're really fortunate to have this big of a fan base." Pressley, a transfer from Russian club Ryazan VDV, made her debut alongside another newcomer, Teresa "Lupita" Worbis. Worbis, who has more than a decade of experience with the Mexico women's national team, joined the Spirit in late May and made her debut in the 70th minute Saturday. With the loss, the Spirit (1-5-3) remains in seventh place in the NWSL. Western New York (5-2-2) has not lost since April, going 5-0-1 in its past six matches. The Flash move back into third place, surpassing FC Kansas City by one point in the standings. The Spirit returns to action next Sunday when it visits FC Kansas City at 8:35 p.m. Also, the Spirit's Robyn Gayle and Diana Matheson have been selected to play for the Canada women's national team in an international friendly against Germany on Wednesday in Paderborn, Germany.
College wrestling: Maryland head assistant coach Todd Beckerman was named head coach at Brown. In Beckerman's eight seasons as an assistant, five under head coach Kerry McCoy, he has helped lead the Terps to four Atlantic Coast Conference titles, including championships in 2011 and 2012.
Men's basketball: A pair of DeMatha grads — Jerami Grant, a sophomore forward at Syracuse who hails from Bowie, and James Robinson, a Pittsburgh sophomore guard from Mitchellville — were chosen as finalists for the U.S. under-19 men's team at the FIBA U-19 world championships. Both played for the gold-medal U-18 team in last year's championships. The team will be cut to 12 before it begins practice in Washington on June 19.
—From Sun staff and news services