Monumental Sports & Entertainment is engaged in active conversations with Capital One about renaming Verizon Center, and a person familiar with the deal suggested that an announcement could be made by next week. The existing naming rights deal with Verizon, which predated Ted Leonsis' ownership of the downtown arena, was set to expire in 2018, and Leonsis had been vocal about his desire to land a more team-friendly arrangement. A new Capital One Center would bring back distinct memories of the Capital Centre, the Prince George's County arena that was once home to the Washington Capitals and then-Washington Bullets. Domain Name Wire reported this week that Capital One has registered more than 50 domain names that suggested the financial corporation could be taking over the naming rights, including "Cap1centerdc.com" and "capitalonearenadc.com." News that a deal was nearing completion was first reported by 106.7 The Fan.
— Dan Steinberg and Isabelle Khurshudyan,
The Washington Post
Tennis: Alexander Zverev took advantage of late errors by Jordan Thompson during a third-set tiebreaker to advance to the third round of the Citi Open in Washington. Leading 5-4 in the tiebreaker, Thompson put a routine backhand into the net and then double-faulted. The eighth-ranked Zverev put away the match with a cross-court forehand that the 75th-ranked Australian couldn't handle, winning, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5). Tenth-ranked Milos Raonic of Canada, who beat Zverev in the fourth round of Wimbledon this year, also advanced, defeating Nicolas Mahut, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (8). Raonic, the 2014 Citi Open champion, next faces veteran Marcos Baghdatis. They haven't played each other in five years. On the women's side, Oceane Dodin beat Sara Errani, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
Olympics: Swimmer Katie Ledecky of Bethesda and wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville are among five finalists for Female Athlete of the Month, the United States Olympic Committee announced. Ledecky won six medals — including five golds — while claiming three-peats in three individual events and setting a women's record with 14 gold medals in FINA World Championships. McFadden won gold in all four of her events to lead Team USA and tie for the most medals of any athlete at the World Para Athletics Championships in London.
Youth baseball: First baseman Maxwell Costes had an RBI double in the top of the third inning and an RBI single in the fifth, but Baltimore Orioles RBI (0-3) lost, 8-3, to Puerto Rico Aguadilla RBI in the final game of pool play in pool play in the Senior Division of the 25th Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities World Series at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The Orioles lost earlier in the day, 10-0, in a mercy-shortened game against Nobu Yamauchi RBI (1-1) at Xavier; they were limited to two singles — by Anthony Maggio and Chaze Brown — in five innings.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United midfielder Ian Harkes, who has started all but three matches in his rookie season, will miss three to four weeks with an ankle injury, coach Ben Olsen said. Harkes, a homegrown signing from Gonzaga High and Wake Forest, was injured early in the 4-0 defeat at Minnesota on Saturday and did not return for the second half. He has two goals and an assist in the past seven matches. Defender Taylor Kemp (Maryland), the starting left back, was given the day off Tuesday to rest a hip injury. He is expected back this week.
More men's soccer: The Baltimore Kings will hold their first game at 5 p.m. on Sept. 16 in Towson at Concordia Prep against fellow nonleague professional team the Washington Fire in the DMV Cup. Kings tryouts will be held Aug. 12 at Riverdale Baptist High in Upper Marlboro. For more information, go to baltimorekings.com.
Men's college lacrosse: Former Johns Hopkins assistant Seth Tierney agreed to a multiyear contract extension as coach at Hofstra, which climbed as high as second in the nation in the coaches and media polls after opening with 10 consecutive victories last season before finishing with an 11-3 record.
College administration: Terrence Lollie was named assistant athletic director for student services at Morgan State. Lollie spent the past seven years at Binghamton, including the last three as an academic counselor in the Student-Athlete Success Center. ... Former Howard Community College women's basketball assistant coach and athletic trainer Erin Foley has been named assistant athletic director at the college. Foley has been AD at Notre Dame Maryland since 2010 and was the interim associate vice president for student life.
College football: Lt. Col Robert Green, an assistant coach, retired from the Marine Corps on Friday. The 1998 Naval Academy graduate was honored at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for his 20 years of service.
— From Sun staff and news services