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Broadneck alum Centrowitz wins 1,500 at U.S. nationals

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Broadneck alum Centrowitz wins 1,500 at U.S. nationals

Oregon junior Matt Centrowitz (Broadneck) used a stunning kick in the homestretch on the 1,500 final at the U.S. track and field championships Saturday in Eugene, Ore., to run down four-time world champion Bernard Lagat and claim an improbable U.S. title in 3 minutes, 47.63 seconds. He will represent the United States in the event at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea, in August if he can achieve the necessary qualifying time (3:35.00) before the meet. "I don't think it's sunk in yet," said Centrowitz, 21, the son of American University track coach Matt Centrowitz, a four-time U.S. 5,000 champion and two-time Olympian. "Competing against the caliber of athlete those guys are, guys I looked up to like Lagat, it means everything. … It's just awesome. Right now, I'm taking it all in." Lagat, 36, finished in 3:47.96. Centrowitz has won three straight Pacific-10 1,500 titles and took fifth at the U.S. championships in his first appearance last year.

Amy Shipley,The Washington Post


Van Lierop repeats, sets course mark in Columbia race

Anthony Van Lierop, 38, of Baltimore won the men's division of TriColumbia's Celebration Sprint Triathlon for the second straight year Sunday, setting a course record of 1 hour, 20 minutes, 12 seconds. More than 1,400 endurance athletes participated in the race, which consisted of a .62-mile swim, 17.5-mile bike ride and 3.4-mile run that ended in Centennial Park. Suzanne Serpico, 31, of Columbia was the top female finisher with a time of 1:27:31. Rounding out the top five men were Benjamin Winterroth, 30, of Baltimore, 1:21:15; Ryan Hardy, 26, of Bethesda, 1:25:11; Daniel Proulx, 35, of Hanover, 1:27:25; and Steve Meininger, 42, of Clarksville, 1:29:42. Serpico was trailed by Elizabeth Flynn, 40, of Columbia, 1:34:53; Samantha Bird, 33, of Burke, Va., 1:35:07; Robin Witlin, 38, of Oak Hill, Va., 1:35:20; and Jocelyn Saunders, 46 of Newark, Del., 1:35:23. Joseph Decker, 43, of Columbia was the top masters finisher; the first women's masters finisher was Janelle McIntyre, 46, of Ellicott City.

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Fish in Legg Mason field; Capitals acquire wing Brouwer

American Mardy Fish, the sole American man to advance to Wimbledon's round of 16, will be the top-ranked player this summer at Washington's Legg Mason Tennis Classic. The ATP Tour hard-court event, which will be played July 30-Aug. 7 at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Northwest Washington, will include 10 of the world's top 30 players, with Fish, ranked No. 9, leading the way. Tournament officials Saturday unveiled the full list of commitments for the tournament — 38 players in all — leaving 10 spots in the 48-player field to be awarded through wild-card entries (four) and qualifying rounds (six). Fish will be joined by American Andy Roddick, a three-time Legg Mason champion who was ushered out of Wimbledon in the third round Friday by Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Other Americans in the draw are hard-serving John Isner, a 2007 Legg Mason finalist; Californian Sam Querrey; the tournament's 2002 champion, James Blake; and 23-year-old Ryan Sweeting of Houston. Also returning are fan favorites Marcos Baghdatis, a 2010 Legg Mason finalist, who pushed world No. 2 Novak Djokovic to four sets Saturday at Wimbledon; and Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, who won the Legg Mason in 2004. Argentina's David Nalbandian, who won the tournament as a wild card last summer, will return to defend his title.

Liz Clarke, The Washington Post

NHL: The Washington Capitals on Saturday traded their first-round draft pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for left wing Troy Brouwer, 25, who finished fifth in the NHL last season in hits with 262. "He seems like the kind of leader that we're looking for," general manager George McPhee said. Brouwer is set to become a restricted free agent July 1 but said he has no concerns about being able to come to terms with the Capitals on a new contract in a timely fashion. In each of the past two seasons with Chicago, Brouwer's salary counted $1.025 million against the cap. Although he underwent surgery on his right shoulder this offseason, Brouwer said he expects to be ready for the start of training camp and that his recovery is progressing well.

Katie Carrera, The Washington Post


Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the host Washington Mystics (2-5) to an 83-63 win over the Tulsa Shock (1-8). Marissa Coleman (Maryland) and Nicky Anosike each had 13 points for the Mystics, and Coleman added a career-high 12 rebounds. Anosike had 10 boards. Matee Ajavon scored 21 for Washington. The Mystics shot 50 percent from the field in the second half. Liz Cambage recorded 15 points and seven rebounds for the Shock, who got 11 points from Sheryl Swoopes.

More WNBA: Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances), who is battling a knee injury, had 15 points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes, but it wasn't enough as the Atlanta Dream (2-7) lost, 92-86, to the visiting San Antonio Silver Stars (6-1).

—From Sun staff and news services

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