Digest: D.C. United's Hamid, former Terp Zusi named to U.S. Gold Cup roster

From Sun staff and news services

D.C. United's Bill Hamid missed the United States national soccer team's past two winter gatherings because of knee injuries, ill-timed setbacks that undermined his efforts to enter the 2018 World Cup roster conversation. He'll finally get a chance to make a fresh impression this summer. On Sunday, U.S. coach Bruce Arena named Hamid and 15 other Major League Soccer players to the 23-man squad for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial championship for teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean. The 12-nation tournament will begin July 7 and pass through 14 U.S. venues. Sporting Kansas City defender Graham Zusi (Maryland) also made the roster. Hamid will battle New York City FC's Sean Johnson for No. 2 on the depth chart behind veteran Brad Guzan, who will join Atlanta United next month after nine years in England. Tim Howard, the first-choice keeper for a third World Cup cycle, was allowed to remain with the Colorado Rapids. Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando, the primary No. 3 keeper in recent years, and Ethan Horvath, a prized prospect seeking to win the starting job with Belgium's Club Brugge, were passed over. Hamid has received several national team call-ups over the years but appeared in only two matches, against Venezuela in 2012 and Ireland in 2014. Arena selected the players from a 40-man provisional list, which was submitted several weeks ago. Aside from Howard, he did not choose regulars Michael Bradley, Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic, Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey. However, coaches of the quarterfinal teams are allowed to make as many as six changes after the group stage. Some from that aforementioned group are likely to arrive late.

—Steven Goff, The Washington Post

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Munene wins Baltimore Women's Classic 5K

Purity Munene, 30, of Columbia, S.C., won the Baltimore Women's Classic 5K in 17 minutes, 56 seconds. Emily Vonhedemann, 33, of Freeland was second in 18:18 and Shawanna White, 37, also of Columbia, S.C., took third in 18:40. Nelly Budro, 43, of Bel Air won the Masters division in 20:57, Maureen Hall, 52, of Parkville placed first in Grandmasters in 22:05 and Jill Goldman, 60, of Baltimore claimed the top spot in Senior Grandmasters in 23:26. Megan Benda, 12, of Parkton had the best time (20:52) in the 14-and-under division. The race, which started and ended at Rash Field, had 2,547 finishers from 30 states, 2,264 of which were from Maryland. Cities with the most finishers were Baltimore (602), Columbia (101), Ellicott City (89), Parkville (73) and Laurel (65).

WNBA: Tayler Hill scored 10 of her 17 points in the decisive second quarter and the Washington Mystics cruised to a 97-63 win over the Chicago Sky. Kristi Toliver (Maryland) scored all of her 16 points in the first half, Tianna Hawkins (Maryland) added 15 points, and Natasha Cloud, who started her college career at Maryland before transferring to Saint Joseph's, scored a season-high 12 for Washington (8-5). Ivory Latta hit a jumper as time expired in the first quarter, sparking an 18-0 run that gave the Mystics a 46-27 lead with six minutes left in the first half. Washington outscored the Sky 31-7 in the second quarter — Chicago's lowest-scoring quarter of the season — and took a 61-34 lead into the break. The Mystics set season bests for points scored in a quarter, fewest points allowed in a quarter and most points scored in a half. Allie Quigley hit a season-high four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points for Chicago (3-10). The Sky are winless in six home games this season. Mystics coach Mike Thibault returned to the bench after missing Friday's 93-76 loss to Minnesota to attend his father's funeral.

Horse racing: Chasing heavy favorite Rose Brier from the outset, Bertram and Diana Johnson Firestone's Special Envoy reeled in the defending champion after a stretch-long duel and got his nose down on the wire to win the $75,000 Edward Evans at Laurel Park's 11-race "Class on the Grass" program Saturday in 1 minute, 34.38 seconds. Amy Moore's multiple stakes winner Queen Caroline defended her title with a front-running 11/4-length victory in the $75,000 Nellie Mae Cox, Sam E English II's Tiz Our Time earned a four-length upset in the $75,000 White Oak Farm and R Larry Johnson homebred Do What I Say pulled away late to win the $75,000 M. Tyson Gilpin.

Golf: Chase Goff shot a 3-under 68 at the U.S. Naval Academy Golf Course last week to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur. Goff, an Annapolis resident and rising senior at Archbishop Spalding, had the best score out of 87 golfers in the qualifying event. He and two others will advance to the Junior Amateur, a championship for male amateur golfers under the age of 19, the week of July 17 at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan. It is one of 13 amateur golf championships organized by the United States Golf Association. South River's Joseph Gaulin shot an even-par 71 to finish fourth and earn alternate status for the Junior Amateur. If another player withdraws from the Junior Amateur, Gaulin could be invited. Canadian Angelo Giantsopoulos, the qualifier's only foreign-born player, and Dylan Rotter of Potomac both shot 70 and earned the other two available spots.

—Adam Zielonka, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Roller derby: The Charm City Roller Girls will host the inaugural BMore Classic Tournament on July 8 in Laurel. The tournament will include five visiting teams from across the nation and feature nine 30-minute games and three hourlong games to determine the champion. For more information, go to mt.cm/bmore-classic.

Baseball: David Stewart will discuss his book, "The Babe Ruth Deception," at the regular meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" on July 8 at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. For more information, call 410-992-1186.

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