Joiner, Luo win titles at Turf Valley Resort; Md. golfers dot top 20
Tyler Joiner of Albany, Ga., won the JoS. A. Bank/David Leadbetter Championship in Ellicott City after a 3-under-par 210 forced a sudden-death playoff against Kevin Conners of Downington, Pa. In the girls division, Julie Luo of Centreville, Va., won with a tournament total of 6-over-par 219. Jake Leavitt of Woodstock tied for fourth with a 1-over-par 214. Also finishing in the top 20 were Errol Clarke of Mitchellville, Kyle Berkshire of Crofton, Nathan Tenpas of Chevy Chase, Chris Navarro of Davidsonville, Luke Schaap of Potomac and Brendan Peel of Potomac. Among the girls, Allison Wong of Rockville finished sixth. Delaney Shah of North Potomac, Jane Moon of Lutherville Timonium, Sydney Mills of Severna Park, Bryana Nguyen of Columbia and Mary Bryan Owen of Baltimore all finished in the top 20.
Defending champion Blast to host open tryouts in Oct.
The defending Major Indoor Soccer League champion Blast will conduct open tryouts in October in preparation for its upcoming season. The tryouts will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 and from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 20 at the Southeast Regional Recreation Center, 4021 North Point Blvd. in Dundalk. The team's training camp will begin in late October, with the 2013-14 MISL season set to start in mid-November. College players with remaining eligibility are not eligible. Current professional players must have a letter of release from their current club to participate. Players will be assessed by members of the Blast coaching and management staffs, including head coach Danny Kelly, assistant coach David Bascome and general manager Kevin Healey. Players who make it through the open tryouts will be invited to attend a three-day minicamp from Oct. 23 to 25. The registration fee for each player who attends open tryouts is $100. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All players must submit a tryout application to the Blast office by noon on Oct. 18. Applications are available at baltimoreblast.com.
According to a report by Belarusian television station ONT, unrestricted free-agent center Mikhail Grabovski is close to signing a one-year, $3 million contract with the Washington Capitals. Grabovski, 29, was bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this summer and always seemed like a potential fit in Washington, where center depth is a concern after Mike Ribeiro's departure. Grabovski has 94 goals and 123 assists in 367 NHL regular-season games, but he fell out of favor with Toronto coach Randy Carlyle last season. The two never saw eye to eye and after being bought out Grabovski called his former coach an "idiot" in an interview with TSN.
—Katie Carrera, The Washington Post
Boxer 'Bazooka Joe' Veazey slated for Aug. 31 fight card
Joey "Bazooka Joe" Veazey of the Baltimore Boxing Club will face Brandon Hadden of Pennsylvania in the main event of the "Hard Knock Life" fight card Aug. 31 at William Myers Pavilion. The card, presented by Jake Smith, is a tribute to the promoter's father, Arbutus-based Murray Smith Sr., a former promoter who died of cancer in July. In other bouts, Jerome Featherstone Jr., a former Oklahoma State and Boys' Latin wrestling star who began boxing less than two years ago, will oppose Kevin Ottley of Mack Lewis Boxing Gym, and Baltimore Boxing Club heavyweight Sam Crossed will fight Darnell Daniel of Washington. Bleacher tickets starting at $15 are available by calling 410-375-9175. Floor seats are $35, and individual VIP seats are available for $50. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the opening bell will sound at 8:15. All bouts are scheduled by USA Boxing. For more information, go to Baltimoreboxing.com.
Football: Maryland kicker Adam Greene (Broadneck) was named one of 33 finalists for the 2013 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame High School National Scholar-Athlete Awards, which honor five players across the country for their accomplishments as athletes, students and citizens at the high school level. The five winners will be announced the week of Oct. 9.