Broken ankle puts 'Pastranathon' on hold

X Games 17

Broken ankle puts 'Pastranathon' on hold

The much-anticipated debut of Travis Pastrana in the Nationwide Series has been put on hold after the action sports superstar sustained a broken right foot and ankle during an X Games 17 motorcycle event Thursday night in Los Angeles. Pastrana, an Annapolis native, crashed while attempting a double "toilet paper roll" maneuver on his motorcycle. During its broadcast of the XGames, ESPN reported that Pastrana was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. His injury will require surgery at a later date. "I am sorry this happened and will be back in action as soon as I can," Pastrana told ESPN shortly after his release from the hospital. Pastrana, who owns 16 X Games gold medals as well as championships in supercross, motocross and rally racing, was scheduled to make his first Nationwide appearance in today's 200-lap race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. In what had been labeled as "Pastranathon," the 27-year-old was attempting to compete in the X Games and the Nationwide race in the same week. Pastrana was scheduled for seven Nationwide races this season, driving the No. 99 Toyota for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing. He is slated to compete in the Sept. 9 event at Richmond International Raceway. "Like fans everywhere, we were so excited about Travis' debut Saturday night," team owner Michael Waltrip said in a statement. "We have a long-term vision with Travis, which includes lots of NASCAR. We can't wait to get him healed and in our race cars. We talked to our sponsor Boost Mobile and agreed to withdraw from Indy and delay our debut. We've waited a long time for someone like Travis Pastrana. I guess we'll just have to wait a little bit longer." Added Josh Sheehan, who was the bronze medalist in the Moto X Best Trick event: "I spent the last week at his place and spending time with him and his trainer, I realized how much time and effort he's put into that trick. I'm really bummed for him because he had it so close."


Mount's Robinson picked to U-18 men's national team

Mount St. Joseph senior Jalen Robinson was named to the U.S. under-18 men's national soccer team for the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. Robinson, who has signed with Wake Forest, scored late in the first half Wednesday to provide the U.S. with a 1-1 tie against rival Mexico in the second group game of the tournament. Robinson's goal came with just seconds remaining when he drove a low shot from about 8 yards away off Victor Pineda's corner kick. The U.S. earned four points in two group games and will face Georgia for third-place in the tournament. Denmark and Northern Ireland will play for the championship. Robinson, a three-year starter for the Gaels and 2010 first-team All-Metro pick by The Baltimore Sun, also entered as a substitute in a 2-0 victory over Israel on Monday.

Baltimore Bays Chelsea: The Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-19 team advanced to the United States Youth Soccer Association national championship game, to be played Sunday in Phoenix. The championship game will be a rematch of the game played on Friday, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Brian Graham (Bowie) scored for the Bays. Looking for their 10th national championship, the Bays have more national titles than any club in the country and have won at least one national championship every year since 2006.

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Cal Ripken World Series to be held Aug. 12-21

The Babe Ruth League's Cal Ripken World Series will take place Aug. 12 through Aug. 21 at the Ripken Academy in Aberdeen. The event consists of 10 U.S. teams and six international teams. The opening ceremonies will take place in the evening on the 12th, with a parade, Home Run Derby and a skills competition. Pool play runs from the 13th to the 17th, and four single-elimination tournament games will be played on the 19th. The international championship and U.S. championship will be held Aug. 20, with the winners advancing to the world championship the next day.

College baseball: Salisbury seniors Brian Green and Chris Greiner (Mount St. Joseph) and freshman Bill Root were selected to the Eastern College Athletic Conference All-South second team.

Horse racing: Preakness winner Shackleford, the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Sunday's $1 million Resorts Casino Hotel Haskell Invitational, is scheduled to work out at Monmouth Park with the third race field today. Trainer Dale Romans will send Shackleford from Barn 8 on the Monmouth Park backstretch to the paddock with the third race field, a $12,500 claiming event for colts and geldings. Shackleford will break from post No. 5 in the Haskell.

Maryland athletics: Two hundred eighty Terrapins student-athletes were selected to the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll, the most of any of the ACC's eight public institutions. The Honor Roll is composed of athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a GPA of 3.0 or better for the full academic year. Overall, the Terps were third behind Duke (425) and Boston College (407).

Men's college basketball: Rising seniors Kevin Breslin, Ryan Kearney and Adam Nay-mick were named captains at Washington College.

College baseball: The NCAA announced that UMES' Bryan Chaikowsky led Division I during the 2011 season with 0.2 triples per game. His nine triples were tied for second in the country.

Rowing: Rising seniors Kelsie Jensen, Kendall Mulligan and rising junior Rachel Benders will return as captains at Washington College.

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