Digest: Riverdale's Frances Tiafoe loses in five sets in French Open
From Sun staff and news services|
May 29, 2017 | 10:43 PM
Frances Tiafoe of Riverdale in Prince George's County rallied from a two-set deficit to force a deciding fifth set against Fabio Fognini of Italy but fell, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 1-6, 6-0, in the first round of the French Open. Each player won 125 points, but Fognini was able to hold off the 19-year-old Tiafoe, who earned his first Grand Slam match victory in January in the first round of the Australian Open, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. Tiafoe, a product of Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, is ranked 68th in the world, while Fognini is 29th.
John Carroll's Quickley lists Maryland among his final four schools
After seeing two highly rated recruiting targets recently announce oral commitments to other schools, Maryland made the list of four programs still under consideration by five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley of John Carroll. Quickley, 6 feet 3, who is rated by ESPN as the No. 1 point guard in the country and the No. 12 player overall for the class of 2018, announced on Twitter on Monday that he is down to Maryland, Kansas, Kentucky and Miami. Duke and Virginia have been eliminated from his list. The Terps occupied the top spot in Quickley's tweet with the other three teams listed below. Quickley showed himself wearing No. 3 at each school — a number that hasn't been worn at Maryland since Juan Dixon in 2002. The Terps recently saw Prentiss Hubb, a four-star prospect from Washington rated the 10th-best point guard and 59th player overall by ESPN, commit to Notre Dame. Brandon Slater, a four-star prospect from Fairfax, Va., rated 42nd overall player overall by ESPN, committed to Virginia.
The UMBC and Maryland baseball teams were placed Monday in the Winston-Salem Regional for the NCAA tournament.
Maryland, UMBC placed in Winstom-Salem Regional
The UMBC and Maryland baseball teams were placed Monday in the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Regional for the NCAA tournament. The Retrievers won the program's first America East Conference title with a 2-1 walk-off victory against Maine on Sunday to earn an automatic berth, while the Terps received an at-large bid Monday. No. 4 seed UMBC (23-23) will face host and top seed Wake Forest (39-18) on Friday at David F. Couch Ballpark at 7 p.m. The No. 3 seed Terps (37-21), making their third NCAA tournament appearance in four years, will take on No. 2 seed West Virginia on Friday at 2 p.m. Friday's games will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Pac-12 champion Oregon State (49-4) was named the No. 1 overall seed. North Carolina (47-12) is No. 2, Florida (42-16) is No. 3 and LSU (43-17) is No. 4. The rest of the national seeds, in order, are Texas Tech (43-15), Texas Christian (42-16), Louisville (47-10) and Stanford (40-14). Play begins Friday in 16 regionals. Winners advance to eight best-of-three super regionals. Those winners move on to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Jockeys Horacio Karamanos, Kevin Gomez and Feargal Lynch each finished with seven wins, while Kieron Magee and Graham Motion tied for leading trainer with six wins apiece at the 12-day Preakness meet at Pimlico Race Course that ended with Monday's Memorial Day program. Entering Monday with a one-win edge over seven riders, Karamanos, 43, was held winless but earned his fifth career riding title in Maryland and first since Pimlico's 2010 spring meet. Gomez tied Karamanos with his victory aboard Unaquoi ($13.20) in the seventh race. Lynch won Monday's eighth race with 3-5 favorite Ascertain ($3.20) for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott to earn a share of his first title since relocating to Maryland last spring. Pimlico-based Magee, who shared Laurel's winter-spring meet title with Linda Rice, took a brief lead after No More Excuses ($7.60) captured the second race until Just Howard ($5.80) sneaked up the rail in the fifth to allow Motion to tie. Magee has won back-to-back Pimlico titles and three in the past four years, also finishing first in 2014. It is the first Maryland meet title for Fair Hill Training Center-based Motion. Live racing shifts to Laurel Park for its summer meet that runs June 9 through Aug. 20.
More horse racing: Apprentice Carlos Carrasco was shaken up when his mount, Fifty West, became fractious in the starting gate before Monday's ninth race at Pimlico. Fifty West was scratched and Carrasco walked under his own power to a waiting ambulance. ... Rosecroft will finish its spring meet this week with live programs today and Wednesday. Today's 12-race program will start at 6:40 p.m. There will be a 5:40 p.m. first race post Wednesday.
College track: Johns Hopkins closed the season at the NCAA Division III championships on Saturday. Senior Andrew Bartnett finished second in the pole vault with a Centennial Conference-record jump. Sophomores Tasha Freed (Steeplechase) and Felicia Koerner (5K) placed 10th in their events.
Pro basketball: Three Baltimore Shuckers made the Central Basketball Association All-Star team. Torey Fassett (Atholton) was named to the first team, Damarius Cruz to the third team and Jermaine Bolden (Douglass, Morgan State) to the fourth team.