Baltimore gymnast Donnell Whittenburg said he was "a little gassed out" after sliding out of bounds in the floor routine at Friday night's Pacific Rim Championships at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wash., which cost him the all-around gold medal. The U.S. men's team won the title for the fifth straight time after it claimed five of the six rotations (all but pommel horse) and placed four gymnasts in the top five.
The U.S. men's team won the title for the fifth straight time after it claimed five of the six rotations (all but pommel horse) and placed four gymnasts in the top five.
China's Weifeng Cai took top honors in the men's all-around, posting an 87.4500. Whittenburg was second, at 87.200, followed by American Sam Mikulak, with 87.150.
"I got a little gassed out during the routine," Whittenburg said. "But that means I need to get in the gym and do more numbers."
The U.S. women's trampoline team, featuring Jessica Stevens of Ellicott City, claimed the gold medal with a score of 292.085. Japan (290.741) was second, and Canada (286.810) finished third.
Navy DE Villalobos named spring's most improved
Navy rising sophomore defensive end Anthony Villalobos was named the winner of the Vice Admiral William P. Mack Award, presented to the most improved player during spring football drills as voted on by the coaching staff. "Anthony was very impressive this spring and is a guy that we are going to count on in the fall," coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "He has good size, is a hard worker and has a great attitude. He really wants to be good and I think he has a chance if he continues to work hard and stay focused." Villalobos was not on the three-deep entering spring practice, but emerged as the backup to Amos Mason at right end. Villalobos is the ninth defensive lineman to win the award in 41 years and the first since Bernard Sarra in 2013.
—Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group
Men's lacrosse: Towson junior attackman Joe Seider (Hereford) and Navy junior midfielder Matt Rees (Boys' Latin) were among the 10 names added to the Tewaaraton Award watch list. The pool of candidates will be trimmed to 25 on April 28 and to five finalists on May 12. The winner will be announced at the Tewaaraton Award ceremony on June 2 in Washington.
Women's lacrosse: Maryland junior defender Nadine Hadnagy was added to the Tewaaraton watch list.
Women's volleyball: Incoming Maryland freshman outside hitter Gia Milana was selected as one of 36 players who will train and compete as part of the U.S. Collegiate National Team-Indianapolis program. The squad is considered a second tryout for the U.S. national team. The group will train and compete June 21-30 in Indianapolis. After the program is complete, the athletes will be divided into three 12-player rosters and will compete in a round-robin tournament June 26-29.
Awesome Speed earns Preakness berth with win
Colts Neck Stables' Awesome Speed on Saturday won the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes for 3-year-olds run at 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 53.31 seconds at Laurel Park to earn an automatic berth in the Preakness on May 21 at Pimlico Race Course. Favored at 3-5 in a field of six, Awesome Speed finished a nose behind Governor Malibu after leading from the gate into deep stretch,but was promoted to the victory after Governor Malibu's disqualification for interference in the final sixteenth of a mile. The winning time was 1 minute, 53.31 seconds. I Came to Party, Flash McCaul, DT Goodie and Never Gone South completed the order of finish. Marengo Road was scratched.
More horse racing: In the Navy Now finished first at the $100,000 Weber City Miss Stakes at Laurel but was disqualified for impeding the progress of AP Majetstic inside the final sixteenth of a mile. With the victory, Triple Threat homebred AP Majetstic earned entry to the Black-Eyed Susan on May 20 at Pimlico. Alto Belle set a moderate pace of 25.03 seconds for the first quarter-mile, 49.35 for the half and was still in front after going six furlongs in 1:14.67, chased by It's a Journey making her 2016 debut and A P Majetstic racing three wide. In the Navy Now and jockey Jevian Toledo saved ground on the inside near the back of the pack and gained steadily to move into contention nearing the far turn. A P Majetstic and Victor Carrasco launched their bid on the outside and the two hooked up after straightening for home with only Its a Journey in range. In the Navy Now had a clear lead but drifted out under Toledo's left-handed whip in the final 70 yards causing Carrasco to momentarily check his mount. The winning time was 1:47.51.
Wrestling: Navy graduate Bryce Saddoris fell to Michael Hooker of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program in a 4-4 decision in the Greco Roman 66-kilogram quarterfinals at the United States Olympic Trials in Iowa City. Former Mid Danny Miller lost, 8-0, to Army WCAP's Caylor Williams in the 98-kg quarterfinals.
MLS: Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio each scored twice and D.C. United (1-2-3) earned a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps (2-3-1) to end a six-game winless streak.
Minor league basketball: Camontae Griffin (St. Mary's College, Dunbar) scored 40 points and Kendall Allison added 15 points but the host Bay Area Shuckers fell, 120-116, to the Rockville Victors in the second round of the American Professional Basketball League playoffs.