Digest: Maryland alum Mullins has hat trick in D.C. United's 6-2 rout of Fire

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Patrick Mullins scored three goals, Patrick Nyarko had a goal and two assists and host D.C.United beat the 10-man Chicago Fire, 6-2, in Major League Soccer on Saturday night. Mullins (Maryland) finished Nyarko's cross in the 40th minute to give United (7-8-11) the lead for good at 2-1. Mullins made it 3-1 in the first minute of first-half stoppage time and struck again in the 74th for a 5-2 lead. It was the first hat trick for D.C. United since Luis Silva did it in June 2014.

Luciano Acosta gave United the initial lead in the 25th minute with a close-range smash of Marcelo Sarvas' cross. Michael de Leeuw evened the score for the Fire (5-12-8) on a putback six minutes later. Khaly Thiam was sent off in the 34th minute when he threw the ball at Nyarko's face while Nyarko was still on the ground as a result of Thiam's tackle. Razvan Cocis capped Chicago's scoring in the second minute of first-half stoppage time, making it 3-2 before the break. Nick DeLeon netted D.C.'s final goal in the 89th minute.


National Women's Soccer League: Cheyna Williams scored in the 37th minute, Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) converted in the 55th and the first-place Washington Spirit (11-3-2) held on for a 2-1 win over the host Orlando Pride (6-10) on Friday night.



No. 4 Terps tie No. 16 UCLA, 1-1, in men's soccer Friday

The No. 4 Maryland men's soccer team started the season with a 1-1 draw at No. 16 UCLA on Friday night in Carson, Calif. Both goals came in the first five minutes. UCLA scored just over a minute into the match when Jason Romero beat redshirt senior goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier (Broadneck) to the far corner from short range. Senior Alex Crognale tied the game at 4:29 on a header off an assist from redshirt graduate Cody Albrecht after the first shot of junior transfer Jake Rozhansky's Terps career went off the crossbar. Maryland will host Hartford on Monday at 7p.m.

More men's soccer: Navy allowed two goals in the first 6:02 and fell, 2-0, on Friday night at the College of Charleston in the season opener for both teams.

Navy devoted significant time to special teams during practice last week. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo feels like the Midshipmen will be sound in the various specialty units.

Football: Sophomore Bennett Moehring will be Navy's kicker, coach Ken Niumatalolo said Saturday. Senior D.J. Grant-Johnson emerged from spring camp as the starter but has been hobbled by a leg injury this month and had his leg in a soft cast and used crutches during practice last week. Grant-Johnson could serve as a kickoff specialist when he returns. Junior Chris High will start at fullback in the season opener against Fordham on Saturday. He has been taking practice repetitions with the first unit throughout training camp. Projected starter Shawn White, a senior, missed nearly two weeks with a foot injury and returned to full-contact drills last week.

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Women's volleyball: Senior middle blocker Ashlyn MacGregor set a career high with 14 total blocks as Maryland (3-0) earned a 25-16, 25-14, 25-18 sweep of Sacred Heart (1-2) to win the Maryland Invite.

Junior middle blocker Hailey Murray and freshman outside hitter Gia Milana each had eight kills in the Terps 3-0 win (25-14, 25-15, 25-5) over Delaware State (0-2) earlier in the day.

Tennis: Three players from the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park will compete at the U.S. Open this week in New York. Frances Tiafoe, 18, who has surged up the ATP rankings to a career high No. 123 by reaching four ATP Challenger finals since April and claiming his first ATP Challenger title at the $100,000 Challenger Banque Nationale de Granby in Canada this month, will make his third Grand Slam main-draw appearance; he competed in the 2015 French Open and U.S. Open. JTCC's Denis Kudla, 24, fresh off representing Team USA at the Olympics in Rio de Janiero, also is in the main men's draw; this is the first year he has played in the main draw at all four Grand Slams. JTCC's Treat Huey, 30, will partner with Belarusian Max Miryni in men's doubles. JTCC's Usue Arconada, 17, lost Thursday in the second round of the Open qualifying draw, falling to 25th-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 (25).

Et cetera

Mystics beat Fever, 92-69, waive former Terp Hawkins

Tayler Hill scored 18 points, Kahleah Copper and Emma Meesseman had 17 each, and the visiting Washington Mystics beat the Indiana Fever, 92-69, on Saturday night to end a seven-game WNBA losing streak. The Mystics (10-15) had lost all seven of their July games, and the Fever (12-13) had won five of six. It was the first game back for both teams since the Olympic break.

The Mystics took the lead for good with a 9-0 run to open the second half, capped by Stefanie Dolson's jumper that made it 45-39. Indiana cut it 48-45, but would get no closer as Washington answered with a 9-2 run and stretched its margin to 26 in the final minute.


Earlier in the day, the Mystics (10-15) said they had waived forward Tianna Hawkins (Maryland), who is in the league's mandated concussion protocol. Hawkins is being evaluated by Mystics doctors and will continue to receive medical benefits. She is averaging 4.7points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Also, the team announced that guard Bria Hartley, averaging 6.5 points and 2.0 rebounds, is pregnant with her first child and will miss the rest of the season. The Mystics signed guard Leilani Mitchell, who averaged 11.3 points and 4.5 assists for Australia at the Olympics.

Golf: Sean McGarrity of Bethesda and Brad Riley of Olney won, 3-0, to highlight Washington's 8-4 victory over Baltimore in the annual Junior Team Match of the Maryland State Golf Association at Rolling Road Golf Club. Washington's third straight triumph gave it a 4-2 series lead. ... Baltimore's Classic Five Golf Courses will participate in Patriot Golf Day, a national fundraising effort to support families of military service men and women, on Labor Day weekend. Patriot Golf Day raises money for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides scholarships for postsecondary education for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our country. Classic Five Golf Courses will accept donations for Patriot Golf Day from Friday through Sept. 5. Donations may be made at the register at any of Baltimore's Classic Five Golf Courses: Pine Ridge, Mount Pleasant, Forest Park, Clifton Park and Carroll Park. For details, go to foldsofhonor.org and classic5golf.com.

Bobsledding: Former Mount St. Mary's track and field star Coby Rosemier-Gussio of Boonsboro finished 11th in the preliminary push championship competition on the wheeled track in Lake Placid, N.Y., with a two-run time of 9.30 seconds (4.66, 4.64). Ryan Bailey, an Olympic sprinter in 2012, won in 8.64 (4.34, 4.30). Athletes pushed the sled three times from the brake position, and the best two pushes were counted.

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