Fort team from Baltimore wins APA national 9-ball title
The Fort, a team from Baltimore, defeated the Ryders of Meriden, Conn., in the final of the Open 9-Ball Division of the APA National Team Championships in Las Vegas. The Baltimore team — Eddie Grau (captain), Manny Topal (co-captain), Ray Kikola, Sharon Kikola, John McSweeney, Don Wilson and Daniel Pietruska — advanced to the final with a victory over Land Sharks of Garner, N.C., and earned $15,000 in first-place money. The Open 9-Ball Division at the American Poolplayers Association event featured 399 teams from the United States, Canada and Japan.
Palace Baltimore adds Sanchez, Bumbut, Murphy
Crystal Palace Baltimore signed three players in its push to reach the USSF D-2 Pro League postseason. Forward Alan Sanchez, 22, was signed from the Real Maryland Monarchs, for whom he scored three goals in 20 appearances this season. Romanian-born Adrian Bumbut, 26, scored six goals in eight games with the Blast in 2008-09. Goalie Mark Murphy, 26, attended DeMatha and Mount St. Mary's and later played for the Richmond Kickers. Palace Baltimore released left back Stephen Basso, Cuban striker Yaikel Perez and Brazilian midfielder Lucio Gonzaga.
Strasburg's elbow surgery set for Friday in L.A.
Washington Nationals rookie ace Stephen Strasburg will have Tommy John surgery Friday to rebuild his injured right elbow, an operation that is expected to sideline him for 12 to 18months. The ligament-replacement surgery in Los Angeles will be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum, with Nationals team doctor Dr. Wiemi Douoguih assisting. Strasburg will begin his recuperation the day after the surgery, recovering at the Scripps Clinic in his hometown of San Diego. 21. in Philadelphia. Strasburg, 22, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, was 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA.
Dodgers: Frank McCourt has begun testifying in a divorce trial that could decide whether he has to share ownership of the club with estranged wife and former team CEO Jamie McCourt, who grew up in Pikesville. McCourt took the stand late Tuesday, saying it was his wife's idea to come up with a postnuptial marital agreement that would protect her assets from his creditors.
Colleges: All Star Baseball Academy of West Chester, Pa., is hosting a top-rated Fall Showcase Event on Oct. 16-17 at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. The showcase is for players 15 to 18 who hope to develop their skills and play for Division I to III programs. Register at allstarbaseballacademy.com or call 610-399-9356. The fee is $350 per player.
Kicker Ferrara's status uncertain for Navy game
Maryland's kicking game remains a question mark entering Monday's opener against Navy. Kicker Nick Ferrara has a groin injury, requiring coach Ralph Friedgen to make a game-day decision about the sophomore's status. Friedgen said Ferrara also needs to improve his field-goal percentage; he has struggled in practices. Ferrara had a solid freshman season — he was 18 of 25 on field-goal tries — and Friedgen said he hopes the kicker will return soon. If Ferrara can't play Monday, Travis Baltz will handle the kicking as well as the punting.
Ex-Northwestern star Nielsen added as Towson assistant
Hannah Nielsen, a two-time Tewaaraton Award and Honda Sports Award winner as the nation's top women's lacrosse player, has been named assistant coach at Towson to Sonia LaMonica. Nielsen was an assistant at Penn State last year and helped the Nittany Lions to a 10-7 record. A native of Australia, Nielsen was a four-year starter at midfield for Northwestern and led the Wildcats to four straight NCAA titles.
Field hockey: Maryland senior Katie O'Donnell was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's first Player of the Week of the 2010 season after her two-goal, three-assist performance helped lead the No. 2 Terps to a 2-0 opening weekend.
Women's soccer: Maryland junior Jasmyne Spencer was named co-ACC Player of the Week, to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week and among collegesoccer360.com's Primetime Performers for totaling three goals in two wins last weekend in Knoxville, Tenn.
Kraus, Isler share medal in U.S. Women's Mid-Am qualifying
Golf: In her first start since regaining her amateur status, Andrea Kraus of Pikesville and Hayfields Country Club shot 80 to share the medal with Connie Isler of Annapolis in qualifying for the U.S. Women's Mid-Am championship at Woodholme Country Club. Also advancing to Wichita, Kan., Sept. 25-30, were Lisa Schlesinger of Laytonsville, 81; Corrie Tayman of Bethesda, a 2008 quarterfinalist, 85; Shannon Ogg of Alexandria, Va., a 2003 finalist, 87; and Mimi Hoffman of Alexandria, Va., 87.
—From Sun staff and news services