Navy's Hurley falls short in 4-way playoff
Ben Martin two-putted for par on the first playoff hole Monday to win the United Leasing Championship at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind. Martin, who closed with a 67 on Sunday in the Web.com Tour event, defeated Billy Hurley III (Navy), Ashley Hall and Joe Affrunti in the playoff, which was delayed by more rain. Hurley, a former lieutenant and 2004 Naval Academy graduate, is still looking for his first win on the tour after heading into the final round ahead by two strokes. The Monday finish was needed after a four-hour weather delay Sunday. It was the first Monday finish for the tour since 2006. When play got underway Monday morning, Martin was the only player to find the 18th fairway off the tee. Hall and Hurley splashed their tee shots in the water, and Affrunti was in the left rough. Hall dropped another ball in the water en route to a quadruple-bogey. Affrunti and Hurley were both forced to lay up, then Martin put the pressure on as he dropped his approach 15 feet from the hole. Hurley scrambled for a bogey, while Affrunti also made bogey after laying up from the rough. "I'm sure all four of us sitting up there on the tee would have taken a four if they would have given it to us," Martin said. "It's a tough hole, and four is always a good score. I didn't know if I would win it with a four, but I probably wasn't to going to lose it." The playoff was needed because Hurley and Affrunti double-bogeyed the 17th hole Sunday to fall into a share of the lead. They finished at 11-under-par 277.
Spirit fires Jorden as coach, replace him with Parsons
The Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League announced that Mike Jorden has been relieved of his duties as coach after a 1-7-3 start in the team's debut season. The Spirit's current W-League coach, Mark Parsons, has been appointed as coach of the NWSL team. "I feel everyone at the club has, and will continue to have, great respect for Mike as a professional and as a person," Spirit general manager Chris Hummer said. "But the poor results of the past six weeks have pushed the team into last place, and that's just not something we can accept. We have the best fans in NWSL, and they deserve a winning team." Jorden was named the first coach of the Washington Spirit after leading the D.C. United Women W-League team to the Eastern Conference championship and W-League final in 2012. Parsons led the D.C. United Women Under-20s to the 2012 National Championship finals and previously spent six years in multiple coaching roles at Chelsea FC in England, including time as the head coach of Chelsea Ladies Reserve. The Spirit also announced the acquisition of forward Lindsay Taylor and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2014 college draft from Seattle Reign FC in exchange for the Spirit's second-round selection in that draft. A former Stanford star, Taylor was the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft and spent the season with Arna-Bjørnar in Norway after the league folded. She also has experience with the U.S. under-23 national team. In a corresponding move, the Spirit waived midfielder Domenica Hodak. Taylor is expected to be available for Wednesday's home game against FC Kansas City at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds at 7:30 p.m.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United's home game against the Montreal Impact on Aug. 3 has been moved to 7:30 p.m. The move allows the match to be televised on NBC Sports Network's "MLS Breakaway," a 90-minute show starting at 9p.m. that features live look-ins at games around the league.
3 Towson players named preseason All-Americans
Towson senior offensive tackle Eric Pike, junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern) and senior cornerback Jordan Love have been named to the Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-America team, the Sports Network announced. A fourth-year starter at tackle, Pike was chosen to the second team. West, who was the winner of the 2011 Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in the nation, also earned second-team honors. A transfer from Georgia, Love was named to the third team.
Woodlawn's Skeeters hired as George Mason assistant
George Mason announced the addition of Eric Skeeters (Woodlawn, Coppin State) as a men's basketball assistant coach. Skeeters joins the Patriots after four seasons at South Florida; before that, he was a member of the staff at Towson for six seasons, and also served as an assistant at Virginia Tech and Youngstown State, as well as Coppin State. Skeeters has worked with a number of NBA and international professional players, including the San Antonio Spurs' Gary Neal and a close relationship with the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic).
Tennis: USTA Serves, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association, announced it has awarded the Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons Association Inc. a $12,500 grant. During its 2013 spring funding cycle, USTA Serves gave 38 community tennis organizations and other foundations more than $324,723 in grants. BTP Core Programs for At-Risk Youth has become the primary provider of public access to tennis in the Baltimore area, particularly for moderate- and low-income youths in the city and Baltimore County. BTP manages out-of-school programming for up to 230 at-risk youths after school and in the summer, in addition to 450 or more students who will receive "exercise and fitness through tennis" in physical education classes. For more information, visit tennispatrons.org.
Conferences: The Capital Athletic Conference officially welcomed Christopher Newport, Penn State Harrisburg and Southern Virginia as members, bringing the conference's membership to an all-time high of 10.
College baseball: Jeff Lynch, a senior first baseman for Johns Hopkins last season, has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference South Player of the Year. Lynch also earned first-team All-ECAC South honors. The Centennial Conference Player of the Year and a second-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection by both the American Baseball Coaches Assocation and D3baseball.com, Lynch led the Blue Jays in batting average (.377), RBIs (52) and slugging percentage (.640) in addition to hitting 25 doubles, the second-highest single-season total in school history. ... Maryland's Kyle Convissar (Severna Park), Jimmy Reed and Jake Stinnett were selected to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic team.
—From Sun staff and news services