United, D.C. reach pact on new $300M stadium
D.C. United executives and Washington officials have reached a preliminary $300 million deal to build a 20,000-seat stadium for the team on Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington. The agreement, team and city leaders said, could end a decade-long search by the Major League Soccer franchise for a new venue that would allow it to leave RFK Stadium, where D.C. United has played since its founding in 1996 but where its investors say the team loses money every year. In 2011, the state of Maryland, Baltimore and the Maryland Stadium Authority approached United about moving into a proposed venue in Westport. But the current plan hinges on a series of proposed land swaps and development projects across Washington that could lead to political and logistical land mines. And persuading D.C. residents and lawmakers to back the deal is likely to be difficult.
—Jonathan O'Connell, The Washington Post
Major Indoor Soccer League: The league announced it has awarded a franchise to Reading, Pa., that will begin play in the 2013-14 season. Full details regarding the expansion team, including the club's ownership and name, will be announced at a news conference in Reading on July 30.Reading is the second new franchise set to join the MISL when the season begins in November. The club will join the St. Louis Ambush, which was announced in June.
Men's college lacrosse
Carroll Christian's Beam to be interim coach at Messiah
Messiah has announced the hiring of 2003 graduate Luke Beam (Carroll Christian) as interim men's lacrosse coach. Beam replaces Geof Weisenborn (South Carroll, UMBC), who resigned after the 2013 season following an eight-year stint. Beam arrives in Grantham, Pa., as the third coach in program history after serving as the first-ever head coach of the men's lacrosse program at Division III Millsaps in Jackson, Miss. He was hired in 2009 in advance of the Majors' inaugural season in 2011 and had an overall record of 8-32 in three seasons. Beam's teams improved in each season, with the Majors finishing 5-9 in 2013 after advancing to the Southern Athletic Association quarterfinals for the first time in program history. "It's really beyond words. It hasn't sunk in just yet," Beam said of returning to Messiah. "This is a great opportunity to be with a program that has meant so much to me. The program has a great tradition, as does the college itself. The excitement that comes with this opportunity to come 'home' to Messiah is enormous. It's leaving me somewhat speechless." Before landing at Millsaps, Beam worked for three seasons as an assistant coach at DeSales. His college coaching career began in 2006 at Division II Belmont Abbey in Charlotte, N.C., where he was a member of the Deep South Conference Coaching Staff of the Year. A former coach at Francis Scott Key and Michigan State, Weisenborn accepted a job with Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, Ill., as its full-time director of performance and boys lacrosse coach beginning this month.
Cal Ripken World Series
14th annual tournament to run from Aug. 9 to 18
Ripken Baseball announced the schedule for the 14th annual Cal Ripken World Series, which will take place Aug. 9 to Aug. 18 at the Ripken Experience in Aberdeen. The World Series is the culminating tournament of the Babe Ruth League's under-12 Cal Ripken Division, which features the 10 best teams from across the United States, with six international teams from Australia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico and South Korea. Pool play takes place from Aug. 10 to Aug. 14, with games played from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The All-Star Game takes place Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. On Aug. 16, the field will be narrowed to eight teams for the single-elimination round. The U.S. championship and international championship Aug. 17 and the world championship Aug. 18 will be televised live on CBS Sports Network and will feature commentary by Cal Ripken Jr. and his brother BillRipken. All tournament games are free to the public. Tickets are available online at WorldSeries.RipkenBaseball.com.
Butler's Blue wins Senior Amateur golf championship
Henry Blue of Green Spring Valley Hunt Club recorded a second-round 1-under-par 71 for a 36-hole total of 143 and won the 67th Senior Amateur championship of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association at Musket Ridge GC in Myersville. The Butler resident finished one stroke clear of first-day leader Tim Sughrue, Prospect Bay CC, who ended 70-74—144. Among other area scorers in the 53-player field were Joe Lefavor, U.S. Naval Academy GC, 63-73—146, and Steve Ford, Caves Valley GC, 77-70—147. George Washburn, Holly Hills CC, won the Super Seniors with 73-66—139.
Junior golf: Through two rounds of the Junior All-Star at Talbot Country Club in Easton, several local boys and girls, including Peter Knade of Easton, Eric Hall of Harwood, Lauren Kim of Woodstock and Sydney Mills of Severna Park, are in the top 10 with one round remaining. Knade shot an even-par 72 on Wednesday and is tied for seventh at 2-over overall, nine shots behind leader Sam Jung. Mills, who shot a 1-under 71, is 3-over overall and is tied for ninth. Rij Patel of Hunt Valley is 13-over. On the girls side of the American Junior Golf Association event, Kim is tied for seventh at 7-over, eight shots behind Madeline Chou. Mills is in 10th place at 12-over, and Killian Casson of Ellicott City is tied for 11th at 14-over.
—From Sun staff and news services
WNBA: Three days after coach Mike Thibault apologized to fans for an abysmal showing against the Indiana Fever, the Washington Mystics appeared to be headed for a repeat performance against the visiting Chicago Sky (12-5). But after falling behind by 21 points in the first half, the Mystics (9-9) stormed back to win, 82-78, taking advantage of the fourth-quarter absence of Sky rookie phenom Elena Delle Donne, a former Delaware star who left the game in the third quarter with concussionlike symptoms. "That's a heck of a win for a lot of reasons," Thibault said. "When you're down 21 and you're kind of wavering about your own individual and team pride, to step up and make a stand like we did was really good." After whittling their deficit to nine at halftime, the Mystics (9-9) bolted to an 8-0 run out of the break, with guard Ivory Latta scoring seven of those points. Rookie Tayler Hill then hit a 3-pointer with about four minutes left in the third to give Washington its first lead since 2-0, and the teams ended the quarter tied at 56. Then An unlikely fourth-quarter hero emerged for the Mystics in center Emma Meesseman, who has been inconsistent in limited action of late. Receiving extended playing time with Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) limited by back spasms, the rookie hit two jumpers in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, then forced a steal and took it the length of the court for a layup and a 64-60 Mystics lead.
—The Washington Post