World Series of Poker
Oakland's Moon to face off against Cada for top prize
A 21-year-old playing in his first World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas is poised to become its youngest champion if he can beat an amateur logger who had never gambled for high stakes before entering the no-limit Texas Hold 'em tournament. Joe Cada, from Shelby Township, Mich., is 340 days younger than Denmark's Peter Eastgate, who last year broke the age record set by 11-time gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth two decades earlier. Cada is an online poker pro who should bring more experience to the table than 46-year-old Darvin Moon of Oakland. "I have a feeling it's going to be a long match," said Cada, who had almost no chips less than halfway into the marathon final table but now has a more than 2-to-1 chip advantage over Moon after 276 hands. He will face Moon tonight for the tournament's top prize of $8.55 million, and a coveted gold bracelet given to winners of world series events. Moon, a self-employed logger, finished Sunday's session with about the same number of chips he started with. He had the chip lead at the beginning of the nine-way final table Saturday afternoon but begins tonight an underdog to Cada.
UM field hockey team rallies to win ACC tournament in OT
The top-seeded Maryland field hockey team battled back from an early two-goal deficit to beat third seed Virginia, 3-2, in overtime Sunday to win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlottesville, Va. The Terps claimed their eighth ACC tournament championship and first back-to-back titles since they won four from 1998 to 2001. Junior Katie O'Donnell was named Tournament Most Valuable Player. Seniors Emma Thomas, Alicia Grater and freshman Megan Frazer were named to the All-Tournament team. Goals by the Cavaliers' Charlotte Van Den Broke and Tara Puffenberger put Maryland into a 2-0 hole, its largest deficit of the season. In the second half, O'Donnell and senior Nicole Muracco (assisted by senior Alexis Pappas) scored for Maryland to tie the score at 2 at the end of regulation. Frazer scored the winning goal off an assist by Thomas from a penalty corner 1:52 into overtime. Senior goalkeeper Alicia Grater finished with five saves.
With the win, the Terps earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, which starts next weekend.
More field hockey: : Top seed Ursinus (18-2) scored three goals in each half to defeat Johns Hopkins (13-6), 6-0, in the Centennial Conference championship game. It was the fourth consecutive meeting between the two in the conference tournament final.
Women's soccer: : Johns Hopkins (16-3-0) defeated Dickinson (15-4-1), 1-0, in Allentown, Pa., to win its fifth straight Centennial Conference tournament. Sophomore Paulina Goodman scored for the Blue Jays. Senior goalie Karen Guszkowski made seven saves for Hopkins.
Former Terps quarterback Statham signs with Mariners
Former Maryland starting quarterback Joel Statham signed with the Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association. As a sophomore in 2004, Statham won the starting job for the Terps and played in 10 games. He completed 126 of 234 passes for 1,590 yards and recorded eight touchdowns. In three seasons at Maryland, he totaled 19 games played, 1,947 yards and 10 touchdowns. Statham will compete against Mariners 2009 starter E.J. Nemeth, 2009 backup Matt Folke and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mike Potts for the starting position in 2010.
Basketball: : The Maryland Marvels of the American Basketball Association released their 10-man roster for the 2009-10 season. It includes guards Rogers Barnes (River Hill, Morgan State), Maurice Davis, Ronald Grant, Daryl Moore and Jamel White; forwards Eric Bigby and Anthony Breland; center Sam Wallace; shooting guard-small forward Kyle Sullivan (St. Mary's College); and forward-center Kenneth Simms. The Marvels will play the Eastern Basketball Alliance's Salem Mustangs in an exhibition at 5 p.m. Saturday at Severn. The season opener is at 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at Severn.
Golf: : Chris Baloga used a 2-under-par 68, the only sub-par round of the two-day 55th annual Baltimore City amateur golf championship, as a springboard to the title, finishing 70-68-138 to beat runner-up Tom Grem (72-74-146) by eight strokes at the Country Club of Maryland.
- From Sun staff and news services