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Digest (July 14): Brooke Griffin's four goals lead United States past Australia

A dominant stretch midway through the first half carried the United States women's lacrosse team to a 15-8 victory over longtime rival Australia during pool play at the Federation of International Lacrosse Rathbones World Cup in Guildford, England, on Friday afternoon. After the teams traded goals early, the U.S. ripped off six straight goals over a span of 11 minutes to take an 8-2 lead. Brooke Griffin (South River) scored back-to-back goals to start the run. Jen Russell, a veteran defender for the U.S. team, was named the Player of the Match. Griffin had four goals for the second straight game to pace the U.S. offense while Kelly Rabil (Hammond) and Alex Aust (Maryland) each contributed three goals and an assist. The U.S., which beat Scotland 19-3 on Thursday, is 2-0 at the event and plays host England on Saturday. England is also unbeaten after beating Wales and Scotland in its first two games.

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One-time Triple Crownthreat training in Elkton

M M G Stable's multiple Grade 3 winner El Areeb, sidelined since late March with a knee injury, will move to the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton this weekend to continue his recovery. Laurel Park-based trainer Cal Lynch said the 3-year-old Exchange Rate colt will leave Saturday for Fair Hill under the care of Bruce Jackson. There, he will begin exercising on the AquaTred, an underwater treadmill that reduces stress on the joints. El Areeb was one of the leading Triple Crown contenders when he exited a March 29 workout with a fractured knee. He had surgery April 3 at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., and stitches removed April 17, and subsequent exams showed the healing process is on schedule.

Laurel Park: Sagamore Farm's Barry Lee overcame an inside draw and some early pressure to draw off for a convincing 61/2-length victory in his debut at Laurel Park on Friday. Favored at even money in the field of ten 2-year-olds, Barry Lee ($4.20) completed five furlongs in 57.96 seconds over a fast main track in the $40,000 maiden special weight event. V.I.P. Code, another first-time starter, was a distant second.

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Brigade could clinchberth in AFL playoffs

The Brigade (4-6) are in a position to clinch an Arena Football League playoff berth when they host the Tampa Bay Storm today at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. Baltimore would secure a playoff berth if they beat the Storm (8-3) and the Washington Valor (1-9) loses their matchup with the host Philadelphia Soul (10-1) tonight.

Capitals signing: The Washington Capitals re-signed left wing Liam O'Brien to a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000/$85,000). O'Brien, 22, appeared in one game with the Capitals this past season and has one goal and one assist in 14 career NHL games with Washington. He had 30 points in 64 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

Women's soccer: The Washington Spirit travels to face the Houston Dash today at 8:30 p.m. for the third and final meeting between the two sides this regular season. Washington is on a streak of earning points in four of its past five games, highlighted by shutout wins over Houston and Portland Thorns FC.

Navy track: Jamie Cook was hired by the Naval Academy as director of its men's and women's track and field programs. Cook has had a 17-year coaching career as an assistant at both Penn and Oregon, where he coached Olympians, national champions and All-Americans..

Wizards signing: Rookie free agent Devin Robinson was signed to a two-way contract. As a junior, the 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward averaged 11.1 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds for Florida.

From Sun staff and news services

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