Navy alum Hurley keeps Web.com lead
Billy Hurley shot a 4-under-par 68 Saturday and maintained a two-shot lead after 54 holes of the United Leasing Championship, a Web.com Tour event in Newburgh, Ind. Hurley started slowly, made some birdie putts early on the back nine and then scrambled at the end to finish at 11-under 205, two better than playing partner Joe Affrunti (68). Hurley started with a two-shot lead over Affrunti but made just one birdie on the front nine and was passed for the lead when Affrunti turned in 4-under 32. "I battled that internally a little bit because I didn't feel I was playing poorly," said Hurley, a former lieutenant in the Navy and a 2004 Annapolis grad. "I knew I was playing well and I knew I was hitting a lot of good shots, so I knew it would come and it did." Hurley made birdie putts at Nos. 10, 11, 12 and the par-4 14th hole, the toughest of the week, playing to a scoring average of 4.517. Hurley bogeyed the par-3 16th to fall into a tie at 11-under. Affrunti then misread a par putt at No. 17 while Hurley saved par with a 15-footer to go up by one. Hurley gained another stroke on 18 when he saved par after a nearly perfect wedge shot left him inches from the cup. This is the first time in Hurley's Web.com Tour career that he has held a 54-hole lead. His previous best 54-hole effort came at the 2011 Children's Hospital Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he was in second place, two shots back of John Mallinger. Hurley has made the cut in seven of 13 starts this year and has three top-25 finishes. His best weeks are a pair of finishes tied for 13th at the Panama Claro Championship and the Chitimacha Louisiana Open. He came into the week No. 66 on the money list.
Bayhawks' Kelly wins entrepreneur award
The Chesapeake Bayhawks announced that owner Brendan Kelly is a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Regional Award. The honor recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The Bayhawks have won two Major League Lacrosse championships in the three years Kelly has owned the team, and the franchise has experienced more than 30 percent growth each year since 2010 in ticket sales and sponsorship, according to a team news release. Kelly is also is the owner and CEO of Smartlink, a national industry leader providing staffing and site-development services within the telecommunications, real estate, construction, engineering and IT industries, and Driven LLC, a members-only corporate transportation company.
College men: Roanoke announced the departure of assistant coach Zach Thomas (St. Paul's) after four seasons, including the past three as head assistant. The winningest player in Maroons program history with 62 career victories, Thomas was a two-time All-America attackman at Roanoke. The team's captain as a senior, he finished his career ranked among the all-time greats at Roanoke in scoring (fourth), goals (fifth), assists (tied for sixth), shots (second) and shots on goal (second). Thomas finished his senior year in 2009 with 34goals and a team-high 25 assists for 59 points. Thomas was a three-time All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection and was named the 2009 Roanoke College Male Athlete of the Year.
College women: Penn State announced that midfielder Steph Lazo (St. Mary's), defender Sarah Piazza (C. Milton Wright), midfielder Abby Smucker (C. Milton Wright) and defender Jane Truffer (Archbishop Spalding) are among the incoming freshmen who will play for the Nittany Lions next season. A member of the 2013 Under Armour South All-America team, Lazo played club for Maryland United 2013 East. She finished with 43 goals and eight assists as a senior. A four-year starting defender at C. Milton Wright, Piazza helped lead the team to four state tournaments, including the 2010 state championship game. Her varsity and NEMS club teammate Smucker is a US Lacrosse All-American and was named team Most Valuable Player as a sophomore and junior. A four-year starter, Truffer helped lead the Cavaliers to a 10-win improvement from 2011 to 2013. She also played for the Maryland United club team. ... The Atlantic Sun Conference announced that Old Dominion will join as an affiliate member in the sport in the 2015 season. Other teams competing in the Atlantic Sun for that season include Detroit, Howard, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Stetson and two programs that will be in their debut season, Furman and Mercer.
Navy 'Trials' documentary premieres on CSN tonight
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will premiere "The 2013 Sea Trials," an original one-hour documentary on the Naval Academy's annual Sea Trials training exercise for fourth-class midshipmen (plebes) tonight at 8. The program will focus on Class of 2016 participants Sara Giraldo, who competes on the Navy marathon team; Gary Coleman Jr., a native of Baltimore; and Max Goldwasser, a member of the Navy boxing team.
Major League Soccer: Camilo Sanvezzo beat Bill Hamid on a penalty kick in the 48th minute to help the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps (7-5-4, 25 points) to a 1-0 victory over D.C. United. (2-13-3, 9 points).
More soccer: Former Italian stars Alessandro "Billy" Costacurta and Massimo Oddo and UMBC coach Pete Caringi will run a Champions International Camp at CCBC-Essex on July 17-19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be joined by international coaches Malin Feuck, David Suazo and Stefano Eranio. This camp will benefit Red Card Cancer at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. For information, go to cic-camps.com.
Men's basketball: Virginia Commonwealth's Treveon Graham of Temple Hills made the 12-man roster for the USA Basketball Men's World University Games team that will depart for Russia on Monday. The games begin July 7.
Horses: The Maryland Jockey Club will host the second annual Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show on the Pimlico Race Course infield July 13 starting at 9 a.m. The event is part of the Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series. The inaugural event, held last July, featured 800 entries and raised $16,500 for the official charitable beneficiaries. Admission is free.
Women's college bowling: UMES senior Anggie Ramirez made the All-National Tenpin Coaches Association academic first team. Classmate T'nia Falbo made the third team.
Men's college tennis: Navy's Nicholas Gutsche, who graduated in May, won the Patriot League Sportsmanship Award.
—From Sun staff and news services