Digest: Frances Tiafoe ends Alexander Zverev's 10-match win streak
From Sun staff and news services|
Aug 17, 2017 | 3:00 AM
Frances Tiafoe of Riverdale in Prince George's County defeated Alexander Zverev, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the Round of 32 at the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday to end the 20-year-old German's 10-match win streak. Zverev, ranked No. 7 in the world, had won two straight ATP World Tour events entering Wednesday's match — beating Kevin Anderson for the Citi Open title and 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer for the Montreal Masters crown — and was a favorite to capture his seventh title of the year in the last major US Open hardcourt tuneup. Zverev could have matched Andre Agassi in 1995 with the only ATP Washington, Canada and Cincinnati title hat trick in a year. "I can't believe it," Tiafoe said. "To win a match like that was great for me." Tiafoe, a product of the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, was previously 1-12 against players ranked among the top 50. Zverev's grueling streak finally caught up to him against Tiafoe, who was more aggressive as the match went along. "I'm completely dead right now," Zverev said. "I have been dead for the past two days. I could have easily pulled the plug in the second set, but I'm not going to retire just because I'm tired. And he's too good of a player to beat when I'm in this stage." Tiafoe, ranked No. 87, will face fellow American and No. 14 seed John Isner in the Round of 16 today at 10 a.m.
Towson's LaMonica named coach of WPLL's Brave
Towson women's lacrosse coach Sonia LaMonica (Maryland) was named head coach of the Baltimore Brave of the Women's Professional Lacrosse League. The WPLL, which will begin play next summer, will field five teams during its inaugural season. Along with the Brave, the other teams will be the New England Command, the New York Fight, Philadelphia Fire and Upstate Pride. LaMonica joins a veteran coaching group as Navy's Cindy Timchal was named the coach of the Fire, Hofstra's Shannon Smith was picked to guide the Fight, former Dartmouth coach Amy Patton will lead the Command and Wagner's Katie Rowan will guide the Pride. The WPLL will hold a draft for its inaugural season Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The draft can be seen live on Lax Sports Network.
NFL: The Detroit Lions waived linebacker Brandon Copeland (Gilman) with an injury designation after he tore a pectoral muscle in the team's preseason opener. Copeland will either go on injured reserve or be released with an injury settlement if he clears waivers.
Golf:Henry Angier, 20, of Grasonville recorded a par-matching 70 in the final round of the 35th Bubby Worsham Memorial tournament and won his first multiple-day event with a 54-hole total of 210 at Glenn Dale Golf Club. Brandon Wilson, 16, a St. Paul's junior from Perry Hall, was second with 213 among the 24 players who survived a 36-hole cut of 151. Ryan Kelly of Annapolis and Jackson Mote of Alexandria, Va., tied for third at 214.
College football: Maryland center Brendan Moore was selected to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list. The award recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits "the enduring characteristics that define Hall of Famer Earl Campbell." The nominee must also be born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas high school and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year college. Five finalists will be named in December, and the winner will be announced at a banquet Jan. 11, 2018. ... Johns Hopkins earned 18 of 20 first-place votes and 162 points to earn the top spot in the Centennial Conference preseason poll of head coaches and athletic communications directors. Muhlenberg picked up one first-place vote and 138 points to finish second in the poll. Susquehanna (117) received the other first-place vote and finished fourth.
Men's college soccer: Maryland unanimously claimed the top spot among nine Big Ten Conference teams in the preseason coaches poll. Indiana placed No. 2 in the poll, followed by Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan. Terps junior midfielders Amar Sejdic and Eryk Williamson and junior forward Gordon Wild were named to the Big Ten preseason honors list.
Women's college volleyball: Maryland announced the hiring of Kyle Thompson as director of operations and Steve Semler as a volunteer assistant coach.
Cheerleading: Morgan State won gold this past weekend at the National Cheer Association camp in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The team of 33 women finished first in the Divisional Evaluation (Division I and II), and earned the third highest overall score in the entire camp to claim a bid to the NCA national championships in April in Daytona, Fla.