Duke names building for Easton resident Pascal
Duke is naming an 80,000-square-foot building featuring a 120-yard football playing surface after Easton resident Bob Pascal, a Maryland state senator from 1970 to 1974 and Anne Arundel county executive from 1974 to 1982. Pascal, owner of the Pascal Group, provided a lead gift of $6 million for the project. A 1956 Duke graduate, he was an All-America running back who helped the Blue Devils to a three-year record of 20-8-3, including three Atlantic Coast Conference championships and a 34-7 win over Nebraska in the 1955 Orange Bowl. He was a third-round draft pick of the Baltimore Colts in 1956. The building, designed and constructed by The Beck Group with primary use scheduled for Duke's football and campus recreation programs, has a 65-foot ceiling at its peak and also includes a filming tower, retractable goal post and locker room facility for game officials. A dedication ceremony has been scheduled at the facility for Sept. 2. The Blue Devils open the 2011 season the following evening by hosting Richmond at 7 p.m. "Bob Pascal, a leader on the field and in the history of Duke's football program, has taken the lead in making the Pascal Field House possible," Duke president Richard H. Brodhead said. "We are grateful to Bob Pascal for this wonderful gift, which will benefit not only the football program but all Duke students who enjoy sports and athletic competition."
More college football: Johns Hopkins was picked in the Centennial Conference preseason football poll to finish first. The Blue Jays received 157 points and 14 first-place votes. McDaniel was picked to finish tied for eighth with 54 points.
Youth baseball: The Maryland state champion Hickory Hornets from Harford County won the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old Mid-Atlantic regional tournament in Spring City, Pa., on Tuesday, earning a spot in the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series on Aug. 13-20 in Winchester, Va.
Soccer: Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (Arundel) is on the 22-man U.S. roster that will face Mexico on Wednesday. The team also includes Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu (Maryland), Brondby defender Clarence Goodson (Maryland), D.C. United goalie Bill Hamid and former Benfica and former D.C. United forward Freddy Adu.
Varsity girls soccer: McDonogh's Ashley Spivey and Morgan Ruhl were listed among the nation's top 100 players to watch in the 2012 graduating class by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Spivey, a midfielder who was The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year last season, is ranked No. 7; Ruhl, a goalkeeper, is listed at No. 80.
Tennis: Top-seeded Gael Monfils of France and 11th seed John Isner won third-round matches at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, a hard-court ATP U.S. Open Series event in Washington. Monfils beat 15th-seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov, 6-2, 7-6 (11-9), and Isner outlasted fellow American James Blake, 7-6 (7-0), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4).
Baseball: The Washington Nationals confirmed that pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the first pick in the 2009 draft, who is recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction, will make his first rehabilitation start Sunday for the Single-A Hagerstown Suns. First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m.; gates will open at 2:05 p.m. … The Seattle Mariners released former Orioles designated hitter Jack Cust.
NBA: As expected, longtime Washington Wizards assistant coach Wes Unseld Jr. (Johns Hopkins, Loyola High) was named an assistant with the Golden State Warriors.
—From Sun staff and news services