Whittenburg has 'rough night' in finals
Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore finished 17th in the men's all-around finals Thursday at the Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China, with a score of 86.248. The Edgewood alumnus placed first overall in the still rings (15.266), 10th in floor exercise (15.100), 16th in parallel bars (14.533), 18th in high bars (13.866), 19th in pommel horse (13.783) and 24th in vault (13.700). In the Americans' team bronze win Tuesday, Whittenburg's scores in floor exercise (15.300), parallel bars (14.633) and vault (14.966) were higher than the scores he posted in the all-around Thursday. He did not compete in pommel horse or high bar in the team competition. "Well, as you can see, I had a rough night," Whittenburg told U.S. Gymnastics. "It's definitely good that I can look at the mistakes I had today and learn from that and try to fix it for parallel bar finals." Japan's Kohei Uchimura won his fifth consecutive all-around title with a 91.965, finishing ahead of Great Britain's Max Whitlock at 90.473 and Japan's Yusuke Tanaka at 90.449. American Sam Mikulak finished 12th at 87.591.
Indoor soccer: The Blast re-signed five players, including veteran midfielder Max Ferdinand, who was second on the team last season with 17 goals. Defender Mike Deasel and forwards Diego Zuniga, Levi Houapeu and Jamie Darvill also will return. In addition, the Blast signed midfielder Jonatas Melo. The team will begin training camp Oct. 20 in preparation for the inaugural Major Arena Soccer League season. The team will open at home Nov. 8 against the Syracuse Silver Knights at Royal Farms Arena (formerly Baltimore Arena).
NFL: Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams practiced in a limited capacity Thursday as he continues to tend to his injured right knee, coach Jay Gruden said. Tight end Jordan Reed was limited by hamstring strain. Linebacker Brian Orakpo (ankle), free safety Ryan Clark (ankle) and linebacker Perry Riley Jr. (knee) were held out of practice. Jason Hatcher Kedric Golston Akeem Jordan Frank Kearse Shawn Lauvao Tyler Polumbus Trenton Robinson
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Women's soccer: Washington Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defenders Ali Krieger and Crystal Dunn were named to the U.S. national team roster for the CONCACAF championship, which will start Wednesday and run until Oct. 26 in four U.S. cities. The Americans will finish the first round of group play against Haiti on Oct. 20 at RFK Stadium in Washington.
Laurel Park: Beginning Saturday, the first post will shift to 12:35 p.m. for the rest of the calendar year. Live racing continues on a Wednesday-through-Saturday schedule (with holiday exceptions) through Dec. 31. Next week, Laurel will conduct live racing Monday (Columbus Day) instead of Wednesday.
Baseball: Brian McKenna will discuss his book "Early Exits: The Premature Endings of Baseball Careers" at a meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way in Columbia. For more information, call 410-740-1145.
Men's college soccer: Seniors Grant Valenstein and Geoff Fries scored in the 77th and 89th minutes, respectively, as host Navy (6-4-2, 2-1 Patriot League) earned a 2-0 victory over No. 20 American (7-3-1, 1-2) on Wednesday night, raising its record against Top 25 teams to 2-0-1.