Digest (July 14): United States eases past Australia at world lacrosse games

Two days after needing a second-half comeback to beat the Iroquois Nationals, the United States rolled to a 19-1 victory over Australia on Saturday in the Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship at Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel. Kevin Unterstein scored just 17 seconds into the game as Trevor Baptiste won the opening draw, Michael Ehrhardt picked up the ground ball and threw it ahead to Unterstein who let loose after finding no resistance. Paul Rabil scored, then Jordan Wolf added back-to-back goals, and Ned Crotty notched a goal to give the U.S. a 5-0 lead just over 10 minutes into the game on a hot afternoon in Israel. The U.S. then went scoreless over the next 13 minutes, but continued to play lockdown defense. "We were looking to be a little more aggressive from the start," U.S. coach John Danowski said. "The guys felt they were a little on their heels Thursday night in the first quarter. We gave up five goals in that first quarter and then four goals in the next three quarters. Today, they wanted to come out from the beginning and play a little more physical and establish themselves." Ryan Brown (Calvert Hall, Johns Hopkins) broke the U.S. team's mini drought four minutes into the second quarter and the U.S. put on a show, scoring seven times in the quarter to take a 12-0 halftime lead. Ryan Brown (Calvert Hall, Johns Hopkins), Marcus Holman (Gilman), Tom Schreiber and Wolf all had hat tricks for the United States, which improved to 2-0 to stay atop the Blue Division standings. Wolf added two assists for a team-high five points. The U.S. plays defending world champion Canada today at noon (ESPN2).

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UMBC grad Lyles readyto compete for roster spot

After Jairus Lyles, the star of 16th-seeded UMBC's upset of No. 1 seed Virginia in this past March's NCAA tournament, learned the Utah Jazz had offered him a two-way contract, he was awed by his dream inching closer to becoming true. "It's incredible," he said Saturday, two days after signing with the Jazz. "It's only a [two-way] contract, but just to say that I signed an NBA contract, coming where I come from, it's just an incredible feeling, a blessing, a very humbling feeling." Lyles, 23, has played with the Jazz during Summer League play, used in a secondary role off the bench. The 6-foot-2 guard entered Saturday averaging 7.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists over four total games — two in the Utah Jazz Summer League and two in Las Vegas. "I played pretty good, not my best, but pretty good," Lyles said. "I guess [the Jazz] just believed in me. That's all you can ask for." After the conclusion of the 12-day circuit in Vegas, next up for Lyles will be training camp, where he'll compete for a roster spot. If he does not succeed, he'll play for the Jazz's G League team in Salt Lake City this season.

— Katherine Fominykh

Major League Soccer: D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney didn't start Saturday's game against the Vancouver Whitecaps , but he made a quick impact when he entered the game as a substitute. Rooney, 32, assisted the third goal in his new teams's first game at Audi Field in a 3-1 victory over the Whitecaps.

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