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Bays capture first two games at U-17/18 academy playoffs

The Baltimore Bays Chelsea won their first two games in the under-17/18 age group of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex in Frisco, Texas, defeating Crew Soccer Academy, 3-1, on Tuesday, a day after beating Lonestar SC Academy, 1-0. On Monday, Romilio Hernandez (Louisville) scored in the 65th minute, stealing the ball from a defender and finishing from 25 yards. The Bays qualified for the playoffs for the third straight year, earning the top seed in the Mid-Atlantic Division with a 10-1-1 mark. They are scheduled to take on Players Development Academy at 11 a.m. Thursday in their final opening-round game. The playoffs expose players to U.S. national team scouts and college coaches. The top two teams from each of the academy's 10 geographically based divisions, in addition to 12 wild-card teams, are seeded 1-32 and placed into eight groups of four.

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Pro tennis: The entry list has been announced for the Citi Open (formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic), which will take place July 28 to Aug. 5 at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Washington. The men's 32-player singles draw is led by No. 12-ranked American Mardy Fish and Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. Additional players include Kevin Anderson, the top-ranked South African; and former Top 10 ranked players Mikhail Youzhny and Tommy Robredo. Also slated to return are former world No. 2 Tommy Haas and American Sam Querrey. For the first time, the Citi Open has expanded the field to include a Women's Tennis Association tournament. The field is led by 20-year-old Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a former world No. 13, and features American teen Sloane Stephens, who is ranked 57th in the world.

Varsity boys basketball: Under Armour will serve as the title sponsor of the seventh annual Elite 24 Game, featuring 24 of the top underclassmen in the United States, the sports apparel company announced Tuesday. The Elite 24 Game is the only high school boys basketball event to bring together the top players in the country, regardless of academic class, as selected by a committee of experts from ESPNHS, ESPN college basketball recruiting and other leading talent evaluators, according to a news release. Taking place in Venice Beach, Calif., the event will be broadcast live on ESPNU on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.

Varsity boys soccer: Glenelg Country School hired Glenn Hayman (Oakland Mills) as coach. He replaces Cliff Walcott.

Amateur golf: Tyler Herriott of Brandywine and Old South Country Club jumped over six first-round leaders and won a playoff on the first extra hole to capture the 88th Maryland State Golf Association's Junior Amateur championship on the East Course at Baltimore Country Club. After Herriott and Connor Flach of Ellicott City and Turf Valley CC tied at 71-72—143, Herriott two-putted for par at the uphill opening hole to get past Flach, who three-putted from 25 feet for a bogey.

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