Owings Mills' Isennock wins first pro event
Owings Mills native and Motorcycle-Superstore.com Bell Helmet rider Jason Isennock won his first career American Motorcyclist Association Pro J&P; Cycles Pro Singles Flat Track race Saturday night in Hagerstown. "It was exciting, and a lot of emotions made their way out after the race," he said in a news release. "We've driven 3,000 miles this year to get rained out twice, and then I drive an hour from home and get a win, so that was pretty special." Issenock battled with points leader Wyatt McGuire for most of the race. McGuire finished second and retained the series points lead heading into the next AMA Pro Flat Track event July 20 at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash.
The Washington Nationals announced a swap of players with the Chicago Cubs, sending minor league right-handed starter Ivan Pineyro and a player to be named later to the Cubs in exchange for veteran right-handed outfielder Scott Hairston and player to be named later. The Nationals had been interested in improving their bench with a veteran right-handed hitter and found one in Hairston, a 33-year-old in his 10th season and the brother of former Orioles utility player Jerry Hairston Jr. Hairston signed a two-year, $5 million contract this offseason, and the Nationals will also control his rights next season. Hairston has struggled this season with limited playing time, hitting .172/.232/.434 with eight home runs over 112 plate appearances. Last season with the New York Mets, Hairston hit .268 overall with an .803 OPS and 20 home runs.
—The Washington Post
Youth: The Maryland Monarchs under-18 team finished runner-up in the 19U bracket at the 25th Beast of the East tournament last weekend. The Monarchs won their division while going 6-0; however, the championship round was rained out. Based on total wins and runs allowed in comparison with 35 other teams, they were awarded the runner-up trophy.
College: Coppin State junior pitcher Michael Roberts was named to the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League All-Star team. He has a 3-0 record with a 0.55 ERA in 16.1 innings pitched for the Hamilton Joe's, one of 10 teams in the league. He has the second-most victories in the league and would rank second in ERA if he pitched enough innings to qualify. He will play for the South team in the league's All-Star game Wednesday in Cincinnati.
Terps' Diggs named to Maxwell Award watch list
Maryland sophomore Stefon Diggs has been named to the Maxwell Award watch list, as announced by the National College Football Awards Association. The Maxwell Award is given annually to the nation's top college football player. Diggs is one of 76 players to be selected and is one of 10 sophomores on the watch list. Semifinalists will be announced Oct. 26, with the finalists unveiled Nov. 25. The winner will be announced Dec. 12 at the Home Depot College Football Awards. Last season, Diggs led the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranked eighth nationally in all-purpose yards with 172.4 per game and ranked fifth in the league with 77.1 receiving yards per game en route to earning second-team All-ACC honors.
Football Championship Subdivision: Towson junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern) has been named to the Walter Payton Award watch list. He is one of 20 nominees for the award, given anually by the Sports Network to the top player in FCS. West, who won the Jerry Rice Award as the top FCS freshman in 2011, is a two-time All-American and two-time first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection. He has rushed for 2,340 yards in 21 games for the Tigers.
Ex-New Town star Tucker will not enroll at Tennessee
Former New Town girls basketball star Jannah Tucker will not enroll at Tennessee for "personal reasons," Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick announced Sunday. Tucker, a 6-foot guard, was a member of the U.S. under-18 national team last summer. She missed her entire senior season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Tucker was rated the No. 8 prospect nationally in the 2013 class by ESPN Hoop Gurlz.
Wizards: The team announced that it has signed forward Otto Porter and guard Glen Rice Jr. The Wizards selected Porter with the third pick last month's NBA draft and acquired Rice (taken 35th by the Philadelphia 76ers) in exchange for the 38th and 54th picks.
College field hockey: Maryland Missy Meharg has hired Joppe de Vries as an assistant coach and technical director. From 2010 to 2012, de Vries worked as South Africa's goalkeeping coach for both the men's and women's senior national teams in preparation for the London Olympics. He has also worked with various club teams in the Netherlands over the past 12 years while teaching physical education and marketing communications at the University of Amsterdam.
Capitals: The team added three players who will provide organizational depth to the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears, signing defenseman Tyson Strachan, right wing Matt Watkins and goaltender David Leggio to one-year two-way contracts.
Men's basketball: In its second game of the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, the United States remained undefeated in pool play by topping the Czech Republic, 96-53. Creighton forward Doug McDermott led all scorers with 23 points, while Virginia Commonwealth guard Treveon Graham, a Temple Hills native, scored six points and recorded seven rebounds in 19 minutes. The team will play its next game Wednesday at 1 p.m. against Sweden (0-2).
Women's pro soccer: The Washington Spirit will play in the first nationally televised game in National Women's Soccer League history Sunday at Seattle Reign FC. The game will be shown live on the Fox Soccer channel at 8:30 p.m.
World TeamTennis: The host Washington Kastles extended their winning streak to a record-tying 33 in their season opener against New York. The Kastles beat the Sportimes, 23-15, for their 33rd straight victory, matching the U.S. major professional sports record set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. They will try to break that mark tonight at 7:10 when they host the Boston Lobsters.
—From Sun staff and news services