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Australia edges Israel, 9-8, will face U.S. in FIL semifinal

FIL World Championships

Australia edges Israel, 9-8, will face U.S. in semifinal

Goalie Tom Vickery stopped shots by Matthew Cherry with five seconds left and Cody Levine earlier in the final minute to preserve Australia's 9-8 victory over Israel in a quarterfinal at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships on Wednesday night in Commerce City, Colo. Australia will play the top-seeded United States tonight at 6:30. Australia defenseman Callum Robinson, a rising junior at Stevenson, knocked down a shot during the final sequence.

Earlier Wednesday: The Iroquois Nationals squeaked past Scotland, 10-8, in the quarterfinals and will face Canada at 9:30 tonight in a rematch of Sunday's 9-8 Canada win.

Tuesday night: The United States did not allow a goal in the first half against the Iroquois, going on to win, 18-5, and clinch the overall No. 1 seed. Goaltender Jesse Schwartzman (Johns Hopkins, Pikesville) had five saves in the game and prevented the Iroquois from scoring until three minutes into the second half. Rob Pannell had seven goals, and Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) was second on the team with three. Brendan Mundorf (UMBC, Mount St. Joseph) had two goals, and Kevin Buchanan (Calvert Hall) and Marcus Holman (Gilman) added one each.


Wizards add free agent DeJuan Blair

The Washington Wizards have completed a sign-and-trade deal with the Dallas Mavericks to acquire free-agent forward DeJuan Blair for a trade exception and the rights to Emir Preldzic, a 2009 second-round draft pick. "DeJuan gives us a tough inside presence who can score and rebound at both frontcourt positions," general manager Ernie Grunfeld said. Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Wizards will sign Blair to a three-year contract worth $6 million. The move comes a day after Washington brought in forward Kris Humphries from the Boston Celtics for part of a trade exception obtained in the three-team deal that sent Trevor Ariza to the Houston Rockets. Blair, 25, a burly post player who averaged 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game as a reserve on the Mavericks last season, tweeted a reference to his new home Wednesday afternoon.

Brandon Parker, The Washington Post

More Wizards: Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay is due to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, but the Baltimore native said there's no way he'll return home and play for the Wizards. "I'd have way too many ticket requests," Gay told For The Win. "I'd have to have like 100 tickets a night." Gay averaged 21.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 2.1 assists per game at Archbishop Spalding in 2004. The McDonald's All-American grew up a Maryland fan and expressed interest in becoming a Terp before ultimately choosing Connecticut.

Scott Allen, The Washington Post

Et cetera

Maryland football opener Aug. 30 to start at 3:30 p.m.

Maryland football's season opener against James Madison at Byrd Stadium on Aug. 30 is set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff, and its home date against West Virginia on Sept. 13 is set for a noon kickoff, the Big Ten confirmed. Both will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

More college football: Navy's game at Temple on Sept. 6 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia will begin at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3. ... Navy junior Keenan Reynolds is one of 39 players on the watch list for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.

Women's college lacrosse: Jacksonville announced that former McDaniel coach Mindy McCord (Westminster) has signed a five-year contract extension through July 2019.

Men's college lacrosse: Yale announced that Liam Kelly (St. Mary's), a nephew of Chesapeake Bayhawks owner Brendan Kelly, will join the team for the 2015 season.

Men's college basketball: Coppin State's first game under new coach Michael Grant will be Nov. 14 at Oregon.

College baseball: Troy Austin Navy assistant Ryan Mau was named head coach at Longwood.

College administration: Anne Arundel Community College named Duane P. Herr as athletic director. Herr, of Glen Burnie, played baseball at AACC and Towson, and had been interim athletic coordinator since August.

ESPY Awards: The U.S. men's national soccer team, including Crofton's Kyle Beckerman and former Maryland players Graham Zusi and Omar Gonzalez, won for "Best Moment" for John Brooks' winning goal against Ghana at the World Cup. Brooks scored off a corner kick from Zusi in the 86th minute. ... Victor Espinoza, who rode California Chrome to victory in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, won for "Best Jockey."

Tennis: With the addition of fifth-ranked Tomas Berdych, the men's field for next week's Citi Open will now have seven of the top 20 players on the ATP Tour. The Czech will be the tourney's top seed when play begins Monday.

Girls gymnastics: Hannah Joyner of Waldorf and First in Flight and Maggie Musselman of Crownsville and Hill's Gymnastics will compete in juniors at the Secret U.S. Classic starting Saturday in Indianapolis.

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