Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore won a silver medal in the men's vault final on the final day of artistic gymnastics at the Pan American Games in Toronto. Whittenburg, who attended Edgewood and represents Team Hilton and the U.S. Olympic Training Center, controlled his huge power on his handspring double front half out and Kasamatsu one-and-a-half for a 14.962. Cuba's Manrique Larduet took the title with a 15.125 average. The United States had not won a medal in men's vault at the Pan Am Games since 1987, when Scott Johnson took the silver. Whittenburg won silver Tuesday in floor exercise and still rings.
Long rallies to gold medal in 200 IM in Scotland
Jessica Long of Baltimore came from behind in the final 25 meters of the women's 200 IM SM8 race to win the gold medal on Day 3 of the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The three-time Paralympian finished in 2 minutes, 40.08 seconds, edging Russia's Olesia Vladykina by less than a second. Long experienced a similar battle in Monday's 100 butterfly S8 en route to her first gold medal followed by another win Tuesday in the 100 breaststroke SB7. "I'm a racer and I love some of those close races, especially when they turn out that well," Long said. "That's what I've been training for. ... ElizabethSmith I knew exactly what I needed to do to catch her."
McCarthy wins Md. Open with his second 67 in row
Denny McCarthy of Argyle Country Club used a second straight 3-under-par 67 to help him win the Maryland Open championship for the third time in six years, finishing with a 54-hole total of 204 at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase. McCarthy, a 22-year-old amateur, had started the round tied with pro Ryan Eibner of Gaithersburg, making his first start in the event, but Eibner dropped back on the front nine. Billy Hoffman, an assistant pro at Westwood CC in Vienna, Va., closed with a 67 to take second at 206. Walter Egloff, 18, of the Chevy Chase Club and an incoming freshman at Loyola Maryland, posted a last-round 68 to get third at 207.
Junior: Ben Reichert of East Amherst, N.Y., shot a second straight 5-under-par 67 to lead by one stroke with a 10-under-par 134 total at the AJGA Junior at Talbot Country Club. Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va, increased her two-round lead in the girls division to five strokes at 9-under 135.
Ravens ranked 24th most valuable sports team
Forbes released its annual list of "The World's Most Valuable Sports Teams" and the Ravens ranked 24th at $1.5 billion. The Ravens ranked 19th on last season's list with a value of $1.227billion. Forbes wrote that "the Ravens' $100 average ticket price ranks eighth in the NFL despite the team's playing in the 21st biggest market." The Ravens rank 10th among NFL teams; the Dallas Cowboys ($3.2 billion) were first.
For more of Jeff Zrebiec's blog post on the rankings, go to baltimoresun.com/ravensinsider.
More NFL: Reserve safety Jeromy Miles signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants after having talks this offseason about returning to the Ravens. A special teams ace, Miles played in every Ravens game last season, started twice and made a career-high 23 tackles with a fumble recovery and his first career interception.
Arena Football League: Former Maryland All-America wrestler Spencer Myers' conversion to football with the Terps last season has paid dividends: He has signed a contract with the LA Kiss to play on the offensive and defensive lines.
For more of Aaron Wilson's blog post on Myers, go to baltimoresun.com/terps
College football: Navy linebacker Myer Krah, Towson defensive lineman Jon Desir, Morgan State wide receiver Andrew King and McDaniel wide receiver Mike Oliveto were named nominees for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Krah also was named to the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, which honors community service.
Men's soccer: The Tampa Bay Rowdies of the second-tier North American Soccer League have agreed to a contract with one-time phenom Freddy Adu. Adu, 26, who was raised in Rockville and went to school in Potomac, has struggled to live up to expectations since making his debut at age 14 for Major League Soccer's D.C. United in 2004. Adu made his debut for the senior national team in 2006 at age 16, making him the youngest player to ever represent the United States at the senior level. He was the captain of the U.S. team at the 2007 Under-20 World Cup that current Rowdies coach Thomas Rongen led. Adu lasted just three months with his previous club in Finland, rated the 35th-best league in Europe.
WNBA: Allie Quigley scored 15 points to help the Chicago Sky (9-5) roll to an 85-57 win over the visiting Washington Mystics. ... Jewell Loyd scored 13 points and Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) had 12 as the Seattle Storm (4-12) ended a five-game losing streak with a 68-61 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks (2-11), who got 10 points from Kristi Toliver (Maryland).