Frances Tiafoe, a 17-year-old from Riverdale in Prince George's County, has earned his first main-draw Grand Slam tournament berth by clinching a French Open wild-card entry through the U.S. Tennis Association. The USTA said Tiafoe assured himself of finishing with the best results among American men at three events played on green clay on the Challenger tour by reaching the final in Tallahassee, Fla., with a victory Friday. He earlier made it to the quarterfinals in Sarasota, Fla., and the semifinals in Savannah, Ga. As part of a reciprocal agreement with the French tennis federation, the USTA gets one men's and one women's wild card for Americans at Roland Garros. The French Open starts May 24 in Paris.
Men's college basketball
Ex-Miller Tyson Smith will transfer to Loyola-Chicago
Former Milford Mill basketball standout Tyson Smith announced that he is transferring to Loyola University Chicago after spending his first college year at College of Southern Idaho. Smith, a 2012 Milford Mill graduate, averaged 18.3 points in his senior year to help lead the Millers to the Baltimore County championship. After spending a year at Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix, Smith went to Southern Idaho, a junior college that competes in the Scenic West Athletic Conference, where he averaged 10.5 points and 3.4 assists this past season. Smith started his high school career at Owings Mills, helping the Eagles win a region championship in the 2010-11 season.
Ross' first career complete game boosts Towson, 4-3
Right-hander Kevin Ross pitched his first career complete game in helping Towson (15-30-2, 8-12 Colonial Athletic Association) to a 4-3 victory over visiting Northeastern (20-24, 10-7). Ross (2-6) retired the first 12 hitters he faced and set the side down in order in every inning except the fifth and ninth. The sophomore allowed just five hits and struck out five. Mark Grunberg went 3-for-4 for the Tigers with an RBI. Chris Henze homered for the third straight game and Richie Blosser extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
More college baseball: Freshman Jamal Wade (St. Paul's) hit his fourth home run of the season, but No. 20 Maryland (32-15, 11-6 Big Ten) lost, 13-2, to visiting Indiana (25-19, 8-10), which scored seven runs in the eighth inning to pull away. Junior Kevin Martir had two doubles and an RBI for the Terps. ... Visiting UMES clinched second place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Northern Division with a win Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader, 9-3, against Delaware State. The Hawks (16-29, 14-9) fell, 5-1, to the Hornets (13-27, 12-11) in the second game. ... Conor Reynolds (Loyola Blakefield) hit a three-run home run to lead Johns Hopkins (25-10-1) to a 6-3 win over visiting Haverford (15-20). The Blue Jays advanced out of the losers' bracket to the Centennial Conference championship game, where they will host Franklin & Marshall today at noon. Johns Hopkins needs to win twice today to capture the title.
Major League Soccer
Espindola helps D.C. United to its best eight-game start
Fabian Espindola had a goal and an assist and D.C. United beat the Columbus Crew, 2-0, on Saturday night to move into a tie for first place in Major League Soccer. Espindola opened the scoring in the 15th minute, finishing Chris Rolfe's end-to-end break with a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Steve Clark. Sean Franklin volleyed home Espindola's corner kick in the 41st. Bill Hamid had his fourth shutout in six starts. United (5-1-2) won its second straight game, extending its unbeaten streak to six. It's the best eight-game start in franchise history. Federico Higuain narrowly missed a header in the 53rd minute for the Crew (3-3-2), which had won four straight.
Pevarnik, Magneja tied for boys lead at Preseason Junior in Elkton
Brady Pevarnik of Latrobe, Pa., and Milan Matneja of Fairfax, Va., are tied for the lead in the boys division after shooting a 1-over-par 72 at the Preseason Junior at Chesapeake Bay presented by Golf Performance Center. Zachary Barbin of Elkton is tied for fifth at 74. In the girls division, Lauren Muhlbauer of Newtown, Pa., leads after shooting a 7-over-par 78 at Chesapeake Bay Golf Club at Rising Sun.