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Beard's shot with 1.9 seconds left lifts Mystics to victory

Alana Beard hit a 16-footer with 1.9 seconds left to help the Washington Mystics beat the host San Antonio Silver Stars, 84-82, on Tuesday night. The Mystics (5-3) broke a three-game losing streak. The Silver Stars (3-4) were trying to edge past the .500 mark for the first time this season. Beard and Lindsey Harding led the Mystics with 19 points apiece. Beard picked up her fifth foul before the third quarter buzzer and went to the bench, but came back a minute later when the Silver Stars trimmed a 12-point deficit to one. The Silver Stars had a chance to win, but Belinda Snell's three-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

Women's college basketball

Towson to participate in Preseason NIT in November

Towson will start its 2009-10 season by participating in the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. Coach Joe Mathews and the Tigers will travel to West Virginia for the first game of the tournament Nov. 13. Towson will participate in a preseason national tournament for the first time in program history and in a national tournament for the first time since it was in the WNIT in 1969. "We are very excited about the opportunity to participate in the Preseason WNIT," Mathews said. "It is another step toward competing at a national level." The Tigers are guaranteed to play three games as part of the Preseason WNIT, which features 16 teams from across the country.

Mount St. Mary's: : Denise King, a Catonsville native, was hired as an assistant coach. King served as an assistant coach with the Rams for the past four seasons. "I am extremely excited to join the women's basketball staff at the Mount," King said.

Men's college tennis

Maryland hires Baylor's award-winning Spencer

Maryland hired Kyle Spencer, Baylor's assistant director of tennis and the reigning National Assistant Coach of the Year, to lead its program. Spencer, who has also coached professionally and played in the Olympics, spent the past three seasons at Baylor, which finished among the top 10 nationally each year. The Bears also captured the Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles each of those seasons.

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Crofton's Eure wins third Junior Amateur title in row

First-round leader Josh Eure, from Crofton, shot a 72 for a 36-hole total of 142 and won an unprecedented third consecutive Maryland State Golf Association Junior Amateur championship at the Country Club at Woodmore. The recent South River High graduate was followed by Alex Church, 15, from Timonium, who finished with a total 149. Ryan Cole of Mount Airy was third with a total of 150.

More golf: : Mark Sheftic shot a 70 to keep the lead after the three rounds of the PGA Professional National Championship in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M. Sheftic, 34, of Ambler, Pa., was at 8-under-par 205 heading into Thursday's final round. Dirk Schultz of Hagerstown is tied for 19th at 1-under 212. ... Stephanie Connelly of Pasadena, a University of Central Florida golfer who made a name for herself during the NCAA tournament at Caves Valley Golf Course in Owings Mills, has been playing on the Duramed Futures Tour. Connelly made the cut in each of her first two professional events.

Soccer: : Crystal Palace Baltimore fell to local rival Real Maryland, 1-0, on Monday night at UMBC Stadium.

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