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Digest: Sloppy Mystics lose home opener to Dream, 73-63


Sloppy Mystics lose home opener to Dream, 73-63

While his players talked of a fresh start throughout training camp, new Washington Mystics general manager and coach Mike Thibault warned that a return to glory would be a long-term goal for the franchise. He wasn't kidding, either. Old habits, it appears, will take a lot longer than one offseason to fix. Bogged down by a litany of turnovers, the host Mystics lost their home opener Sunday to the Atlanta Dream, 73-63, in front of an announced 8,938 at Verizon Center. Forward Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) scored a team-high 15 points and point guard Ivory Latta added 14 points and seven assists, but it mattered little given how sloppily Washington played throughout the afternoon. After averaging nearly 17 turnovers per game a season ago, when they finished with the worst record in the WNBA, the Mystics committed 21 on Sunday and watched the Dream score 24 points off them. At times, though, the miscues were almost comical. Washington had 10 turnovers in the first quarter and didn't have more points than giveaways until midway through the second quarter. All 10 Washington players who took the court in the first half had at least one turnover by halftime, and the Mystics (1-1) entered the locker room down by 13. "I don't know what that was. I couldn't even explain it, but it wasn't good," Latta said. "Trust me, when we got here at halftime, [Thibault] let it be known it wasn't good.We've got to protect the ball." The Dream (3-0) scored 19 second-chance points, and Washington didn't get to the foul line until four minutes remained in the third quarter.

Mark Giannotto, The Washington Post

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D.C. United's winless streak hits 11 with 2-0 loss to Fire

D.C. United provided a first-half own goal and new Chicago forward Mike Magee cashed in on a late opportunity in the second half on the way to a 2-0 win for the host Fire (3-7-2, 11 points) at Toyota Park. Minutes after he was denied on a breakaway, Magee took a feed from Patrick Nyarko and beat United goalie Joe Willis for his seventh goal of the season and first with his new team. D.C. United (1-10-2, 5 points) saw its winless streak hit 11 games; United hasn't won in Major League Soccer since a 1-0 victory over Salt Lake on March 9. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson and the Fire defense limited United to eight shots Sunday and none on target as Johnson earned his third shutout. The Fire had 14 shots, including nine in the second half.

Jack McCarthy, For Tribune Newspapers

Men's college lacrosse: Denver coach Bill Tierney has signed a contract extension through the 2017 season. The contract, which is for five years, is retroactive to July. Terms were not disclosed. Under Tierney, a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Pioneers have earned four straight berths to the NCAA tournament, including trips to the semifinals in two of the past three seasons. The Pioneers have a 50-20 overall record under Tierney.

Women's college lacrosse: Eight players with Baltimore-area connections were named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Conference teams. Denver sophomore attacker Jill Remenapp (Century), Denver sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Hook (Severn), Stanford junior midfielder Anna Kim (River Hill), Stanford junior defender Megan Lerner (McDonogh) and California junior defender Grace Parente (Bryn Mawr) were chosen to the first team, and San Diego State sophomore attacker Bailey Ewing (McDonogh), Oregon junior attacker Shannon Propst (Fallston) and Denver senior defender Jessica Gring (Notre Dame Prep) were selected to the second team.

From Sun staff and news services

Other lacrosse: Next Sunday, the Federation of International Lacrosse will hold a special ballot regarding the Iroquois Nationals' omission from the Blue Division in the upcoming 2014 World Games in Commerce City, Colo. Gewas Schindler, general manager of the Iroquois Nationals, wrote an open letter to the 28 voting members of the FIL seeking support to reject the bylaw that prohibits the Nationals from participation in the Blue Division. The Iroquois did not participate in the 2010 games because of a passport issue and are not scheduled to compete in the elite Blue Division among the world's best squads.

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