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Rockville's Helen Maroulis wins world wrestling title

Helen Maroulis, front wrestles Irina Ologonova of Russia during their women’s freestyle gold-medal match at the wrestling world championships Thursday night in Las Vegas.
Helen Maroulis, front wrestles Irina Ologonova of Russia during their women’s freestyle gold-medal match at the wrestling world championships Thursday night in Las Vegas. (John Locher / Associated Press)

Wrestler Helen Maroulis of Rockville won her first world championship Thursday night in Las Vegas, taking the women's freestyle at 55 kilograms/121 pounds. In the final, the top-ranked Maroulis peppered 2014 world silver medalist Irina Ologonova of Russia with an aggressive style, scoring on an array of leg attacks en route to an 11-0 technical fall win. After the match, Maroulis ran around the mat holding an American flag above her head in celebration. "The crowd was incredible," Maroulis told USA Wrestling. "I was excited before every match because I knew the crowd was going to be cheering. Every coach I've ever had since I was 7 years old is in the stands today. I was just so excited. I couldn't wait to walk out of the tunnel and get on the mat and just wrestle. It's just been great to have it here in Las Vegas." Maroulis, second in the 2012 world championships, captured her third career world medal and third in the past four years. "When I started to work with Coach Valentin [Kalika], he really sharpened up my defense a lot and we've been doing down-blocks, re-shots and all that stuff," Maroulis said. "I've seen progression in my tournaments throughout the year, and that's a good sign from me. A couple of times I did get into tricky situations, but luckily with the coaching and a lot of drilling, I worked on those kinds of reactions before the tournament." Maroulis rolled to a 10-0 first-round win over Mexico's Brenda Fernandez Salazar. Maroulis took a big lead before pinning third-ranked Evelina Nikolova of Bulgaria in the quarterfinals, then beat China's Qianyu Pang, 5-0, in the semifinals.

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Short-handed Terps tied in men's soccer by Michigan

The No. 4 Maryland men's soccer team played to a scoreless draw against visiting Michigan (2-1-1) in its Big Ten opener. The Terps (2-1-2) played a man down for 35 minutes after a red card to freshman Jorge Calix in the 75th minute. Maryland — which led the nation in shots heading into Friday's match — was held to 12 attempts. Cody Niedermeier (Broadneck) earned his second shutout in three starts for the Terps, making four saves. Calix received his red card for an elbow at 74:21. Maryland generated three decent scoring chances after the ejection, including a pair of shots by Mael Corboz near the end of the first overtime. The senior had a team-high five shots, including four on goal.

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More men's soccer: Zach Crandall scored in the 85th minute to give Longwood (2-1-0) a 2-1 win over visiting Navy (2-2-1). Willy Miezan sent a cross into the box and Crandall finished from 7 yards out. The Lancers opened the scoring in the 49th minute when Miezan scored from the top of the box. The Midshipmen evened the game at 1 in the 72nd minute on Aubrey Jones' penalty kick. Mark Shiiba was fouled in the box and Jones stepped up to convert the PK. Jones has scored a goal in three straight games and leads the team with three goals this year.

Women's soccer: Towson (4-2-1) earned its fourth straight shutout with a 4-0 victory over Mount St. Mary's (0-7) in the first game of the 2nd Annual Battle of Baltimore at UMBC's Retriever Soccer Park. The Tigers got goals from Emily Marshall, McKenzie McCaull, Katie Fullerton and Nicole Nicholas. Loyola Maryland (2-4) won the second game, 2-0, beating UMBC (1-5-1) on two goals by Rosy Hayes. ... Kristin Haugstad and Fia Jonsson each had a goal and an assist to lead visiting La Salle (2-2-2) to a 2-0 victory over Navy (3-4).

Field hockey: No. 8 Maryland controlled both ends of the field in its home match against No. 7 Albany, but the Great Danes (4-0) capitalized on two of their few opportunities as the Terps (2-3) fell, 2-1. Maryland took 23 shots to the Great Danes' five and had eight penalty corners to three.

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Racing resumes at Laurel with renovations ongoing

Laurel Park will open its fall meet today while it continues working on renovating its grandstand with a new simulcast room, 90 additional flat-screen televisions, a Bose speaker system, new food and drink options, and an app that allows fans to listen to tracks on their mobile device. The renovated grandstand is part of a nearly $17 million improvement project at the track. The Maryland Jockey Club is constructing three barns that will cost approximately $10 million. A $7 million project completed last winter included a new surveillance system on the front and backside of the track as well as 150 flat-screen televisions.

Minor league baseball: The Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League signed former Orioles outfielder Lew Ford.

NFL: The Buffalo Bills reached an injury settlement with former Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson.

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