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Digest (July 19): U.S. defeats Australia, advances to world lacrosse final

The United States advanced to the championship game of the Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship by beating Australia, 14-5, in the semifinals Thursday in Netanya, Israel. The U.S. will play Canada in the championship game Saturday at 3 a.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Canada defeated the Iroquois Nationals, 15-4, in the other semifinal. The U.S. beat Canada, 11-10, in pool play Sunday. Thursday's U.S. win over Australia was a much tougher grind than a 19-1 pool play win over the Aussies on Saturday. Marcus Holman (Gilman) had a team-high four points, all in the second half, on three goals and an assist to pace the U.S. offense. Michael Ehrhardt, Ryan Brown (Johns Hopkins, Calvert Hall) and Rob Pannell each had two goals and Jordan Wolf had a goal and two assists as the U.S. again featured a balanced attack. Seven players scored the U.S. team's seven first half goals and 12 players had at least one point in the game. The U.S. was dominant on faceoffs for the second straight game with Greg Gurenlian (8-of-10) and Trevor Baptiste (9-of-12) combining to win 77 percent of the draws. U.S. goalie John Galloway improved to 6-0 in the tournament, making five saves. Saturday's championship is the sixth straight time that the U.S. and Canada have met for the world championship with the U.S. winning in 1998, 2002 and 2010 and Canada winning in 2006 and 2014.

Horse racing

Leatherbury closing inon 6,5000th career victory

Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury will reach the 6,500 mark with his next victory, which could come as soon as Saturday at Laurel Park . Leatherbury, 85, has Norman Lewis' Chateau de Vizille entered in Race 8, a second-level $42,000 allowance for 3-year-olds and up scheduled for 1 1/16 miles over the Exceller turf course. Co-highweighted at 124 pounds, the 6-year-old Jazil gelding drew Post 8 in a field of 11.

Today's races: Full fields and a 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot carryover of $7,292.31 will greet bettors when live racing returns to Laurel with a 10-race card today. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. Ninety-nine are entered, an average of 9.9 starters per race. There are five races scheduled for Laurel's turf course on the Bowl Game and Exceller layouts, which attracted a total of 57 entries, an average of 11.4 starters per race. Highlighting the program is a $40,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies going 5 ½ furlongs on the Bowl Game in Race 3 where Sexyama, a daughter of two-time graded-stakes winner Cairo Prince, is the 5-2 program favorite.

Et Cetera

Damascus' Furgeson namedstate's top wrestling coach

Damascus coach John Furgeson has been named National Wrestling Coaches Association Head Coach of the Year for the state of Maryland. Furgeson led Damascus to an unbeaten season and a Class 2A state dual meet championship. Nine of his wrestlers qualified for the state tournament and two won championships.

NHL : The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Madison Bowey to a two-year contract. Bowey's contract will carry an average annual value of $1 million. Bowey, 23, made his NHL debut Oct. 14 against the Philadelphia Flyers and recorded his first point Oct. 26, against the Vancouver Canucks . In 51 games during the 2017-18 season, Bowey had 12 assists, tied for ninth among rookie defensemen.

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