Digest: Gonzalez, Carrasco clinch Laurel summer meet titles

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Claudio Gonzalez picked up two winners on Sunday's 11-race closing day program at Laurel Park to edge Kieron Magee, 21-19, and earn leading trainer honors at the 33-day summer meet. Victor Carrasco went winless with his only three mounts on the afternoon but finished as the leading rider with 36 victories, three more than Jevian Toledo, who rode four winners Sunday on his 23rd birthday to cap a six-win weekend. It is the fourth title in Maryland for the 40-year-old Gonzalez and the first since taking Laurel's 2015 winter meet. Gonzalez, who had four horses entered Sunday, clinched at least a tie when Martywiththeparty ($6.20) captured the fifth race, and became the sole winner when Magee ran second with Swingstage in the sixth. Carrasco, 25, had his summer ended prematurely by injuries the past two years but finished this summer strong to earn his fourth Maryland riding title and first since Pimlico's 2015 spring meet. Toledo swept the first two races to move into second place with 31 wins, one ahead of Russell, who was unseated by his mount, maiden filly Steve Said Don't, exiting the gate for the third race and took off the rest of the day as a precaution.


Whittenburg finishes third overall, earns spot on U.S. worlds roster

The generational shift is well underway for the U.S. men's Olympic gymnastics program. It's just not completely over. Two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak and 2016 bronze medalist Alex Naddour both overcame injuries to make the six-man 2017 world championship team announced Sunday. Donnell Whittenburg (Edgewood), an alternate on the 2016 Olympic team and a two-time world championship team member, also made the squad that will travel to Montreal in October. Yul Moldauer, who won the all-around title at the U.S. championships Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif., made his first world championship team. Eddie Penev and Marvin Kimble also will compete for the Americans. Moldauer will compete in the all-around, with the rest of the team working on individual events. There is no team competition at worlds, giving recently named high performance director Brett McClure plenty of flexibility to choose more event specialists. The meet runs Oct. 2-8. Staked to a two-point lead heading into the finals Saturday night, Moldauer overcame a shaky start to hold off Oklahoma teammate Allan Bower and Whittenburg to capture the all-around title. Moldauer, 20, posted a two-day total of 171.600, a full point better than Bower and nearly two points clear of Whittenburg. Moldauer, the 2016 NCAA champion, began the year with an impressive win at the American Cup in March. Whittenburg went through another uneven night Saturday but finished with a flourish, posting a 14.850 on still rings and a 15.000 on vault to surge past Modi and into third. "I definitely feel the confidence and the energy going up for me," Whittenburg said.

Et cetera

WNBA: Emma Meesseman scored 21 points and Kristi Toliver (Maryland) had 12 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the visiting Washington Mystics (17-12) earn an 87-82 victory over the Indiana Fever (9-21) to clinch a playoff spot.

Women's college soccer: Junior forward Evelyn Neidert scored on a cross from junior forward McKenzie McCaull 1:18 into the match to lead host Towson (1-0-1) to a 1-0 victory over Loyola Maryland (0-2-0). Redshirt senior Taylor Sebolao made three saves in the 12th shutout of her career. ... Olivia Bronson scored in the 43rd minute to lead visiting UMBC (1-0-1) over Mount St. Mary's (1-1-0).

Major League Soccer: D.C. United took advantage of Jared Watts' own goal for a 1-0 victory over the host Colorado Rapids on Saturday night. Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard was unable to reach Watts' wayward back pass from 40 yards out in the 27th minute. Bill Hamid made four saves to help United (6-15-4) end a seven-game road losing streak. Hamid had a spectacular save on Bismark Boateng's straight-on shot at the 36th minute mark. The loss spoiled interim coach Steve Cooke's debut for Colorado (6-13-4). He replaced the fired Pablo Mastroeni.

Major League Lacrosse: The Ohio Machine won their first championship Saturday night, topping the Denver Oulaws, 17-12, in Frisco, Texas. Marcus Holman led the Machine with four goals and two assists.

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