Digest (July 3): Riverdale's Frances Tiafoe survives four-set match at Wimbledon

Riverdale's Frances Tiafoe, a product of the Junior Tennis Champions program in College Park , saved 13 of the 15 break points he faced to upset 30th-seeded Fernando Verdasco in the first round of Wimbledon. The 20-year-old Tiafoe relied on a strong serve to win, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3, over the Spanish veteran and reach the second round for the second straight year. Tiafoe only had four break points himself but converted two of them as he repeatedly got the better of Verdasco on the big points. "I played to win when it was time to step up," Tiafoe said.



Caps give Hershey's topscorer one-year contract

The Washington Capitals re-signed forward Riley Barber to a one-year contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced. Barber's contract will carry an average annual value of $650,000 and $115,000 in the American Hockey League . The 6-foot, 190-pound forward led the Hershey Bears with 20 goals last season and ranked fourth in points (38). The Pittsburgh native also led Hershey in power play goals (10) and tied for first in game-winning goals (five). Additionally, Barber recorded 10 multi-point games. Barber has earned 120 points (59 goals, 61 assists) in 173 career AHL games with Hershey and was named Hershey's Rookie of the Year in 2016 following a 55-point season (26, 29). Barber, 24, made his NHL/Capitals debut on Feb. 24, 2017 against the Edmonton Oilers and played in three games with Washington in the 2016-17 season. Barber played at Miami University (Ohio) for three seasons from 2012-15 and earned 123 points (54, 69) in 116 games. He was drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round, 167th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft .


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Dulaney grad Busko wins age group in N.Y. triathlon

Dulaney High grad Bill Busko, 54, won his age group for the seventh consecutive year in Sunday's New York City Triathlon, an Olympic distance race. The race also served as the Life Time Tri Series Championship. Busko, now a New York resident, finished first in the men's 50-54 age group, beating 186 athletes with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 42 seconds. He finished 63rd out of approximately 5,000 overall. He will race in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 13th. He qualified by winning his age group at Ironman Chattanooga last September.

Women's college lacrosse: After six seasons as the coach at Bryant, Jill Batcheller will become the new coach at Drexel. The winningest coach in Bryant history, Batcheller finished 77-33.

Wizards : The Wizards are looking to fill their super-size hole at center with a player once known as "Superman." Center Dwight Howard , who was traded to the Brooklyn Nets from the Charlotte Hornets before the NBA draft, wants a buyout to become an unrestricted free agent. Once the trade becomes official and terms of Howard's buyout are completed, the Wizards plan to be at the front of the line to offer a contract to the three-time Defensive Player of the Year and eight-time All-Star, according to several people in the league familiar with the team's plans. ... On Tuesday, Jeff Green reached a one-year deal with the Wizards, giving the team a veteran backup forward with NBA Finals experience. Green, a 31-year-old native of Hyattsville, has career averages of 13.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. With the decision to sign with the Wizards, Green returns to the same arena in which he starred as a member of the Georgetown Hoyas for three seasons.

— Candace Buckner, The Washington Post

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