Alex Ovechkin has brought the Stanley Cup to the World Cup. The Washington Capitals captain took the NHL trophy to a fan zone in Moscow where World Cup games are screened. With the Russian National Guard providing security, Ovechkin lifted the cup above his head in front of a crowd of fans, who were allowed to take photos with the trophy. "The cup is with us. The cup is in Moscow, Russia," Ovechkin said. "I am very happy for the people that can see it and touch it. I am very, very happy." Ovechkin wished the Russian soccer team well before it lost its quarterfinal match to Croatia, 3-2, on penalty kicks. Ovechkin won his first Stanley Cup championship a month ago.

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Maryland Open tees it upMonday at Fountain Head

The Maryland State Golf Association will hold the 97th Maryland Open Championship from Monday to Wednesday at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown. The format is 54 holes of stroke play, with all players playing 36 holes and a cut to the low 40 scorers and ties for the final round. The professional purse is approximately $45,000. The perpetual silver trophy will be engraved with the champion's name, and the low amateur's name will also be engraved onto the Harry Pitt Trophy. A number of past champions and runners-up are included in this year's field. Sean Bosdosh, the 2016 and 2012 Open champion, and the 2011 champion David Hutsell will compete for this year's title. Amateur Matt Bassler, the 2009 Open champion, will be in the field at this year's event. Other notable players include four-time runner-up Dirk Schultz of Hagerstown, and 2008 runners-up Jim Estes and Eric Egloff. This year's Maryland Amateur Champion (2018), Morgan Egloff, is in the field as well to see if he can follow up his impressive performance at Baltimore CC. Fifty-two of the 129 competitors were exempt from qualifying, while 77 players from the four qualifying sites filled the remaining spots. Neither the defending champion, Brad Miller, nor 2017's low amateur and winner of the Harry Pit Trophy, Patrick McCormick, will be competing in this years event. The Maryland Open is open to male amateur members of MSGA member clubs with a handicap index of 7.1 or less; to male professionals who are Middle Atlantic PGA members or registered apprentices; to male professionals employed by member clubs; and to male professionals who are residents of Maryland.

Major League Lacrosse : Nate Lewnes (UMBC, St. Mary's High) scored three goals while Jeremy Sieverts (Maryland, McDonogh) contributed a goal and two assists to help the Chesapeake Bayhawks beat the New York Lizards, 16-13, before an announced crowd of 5,443 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium . Attackman Colin Heacock (Maryland, Boys' Latin) continued his superb season by scoring three goals and assisting another for Chesapeake, which boasts an 8-2 record after 10 games for the first time since the 2012 championship season.

— Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Arena Football League : The Brigade fell, 42-35, to the Washington Valor on Saturday at Capital One Arena and finished the regular season at 7-5. Brigade wideout Brandon Thompkins was named Offensive Player of the Game after posting 113 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. The Brigade will play at the Philadelphia Soul in the first game of a home-and-home series in the AFL postseason next Sunday at 6 p.m. The Albany Empire play at Washington Valor on Saturday at 7 p.m.

From Sun staff and news services

Youth league: Team and program registrations for the Central Maryland Soccer Association's 2018 Fall Travel Leagues is open and will end July 31. Separate Saturday and Sunday league competitions are available. Both leagues will offer separate boys and girls divisional play in the single age levels of 8 through 15; and the dual ages of 15/16 and 17/18. A, B & C competition levels will be allowed where registrations permit. The league is open to all USSF affiliated youth travel and club teams. For complete league and registration information, go to cmsasoccer.com or email scorenews@aol.com for any additional information.

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