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Katie Ledecky leads Golden Goggle nominations with five; Michael Phelps has three

United States' Katie Ledecky holds her gold medal after winning the women's 800 meter freestyle final at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015.
United States' Katie Ledecky holds her gold medal after winning the women's 800 meter freestyle final at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. (Michael Sohn / AP)

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Olympic and world champion Katie Ledecky earned a leading five nominations for the Golden Goggle Awards, which honor the year's top swimming performances. The Bethesda teenager will vie for Female Athlete of the Year, Female Race of the Year for her victorious 200-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyles at this summer's world championships in Russia, and Relay Performance of the Year for the 4x200 free relay in Kazan. She has won two straight Female Athlete of the Year awards. Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps of Baltimore and open-water swimmer Jordan Wilimovsky earned three nominations each. Also nominated for Female Athlete of the Year are open-water swimmer Haley Anderson and Franklin. Lochte, Phelps and Wilimovsky will contend for Male Athlete of the Year. The awards will be presented Nov. 22 in Los Angeles. Phelps earned two nods in the Male Race of the Year category even though he didn't compete at worlds. He set world marks in winning the 100- and 200-meter butterfly at U.S. nationals in Texas. Among the Coach of the Year nominees are Bob Bowman, who guides Phelps; Bruce Gemmell, who oversees Ledecky; and David Marsh, who works with Lochte. Fan voting, which counts for a percentage of the final vote totals, is online and ends Nov. 13.

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Spirit coach Parsons quits; Backstrom back at practice

Mark Parsons, who guided the Washington Spirit to the National Women's Soccer League playoffs the past two seasons, stepped down as coach and general manager to pursue another opportunity. Parsons said the decision was his, that he was "thankful for everything," and that he hoped to be able to share information about his next job in the coming weeks. Equalizer Soccer reported Parsons will become the Portland Thorns coach. Paul Riley's contract with the Thorns expired after this season.

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NHL: For the first time in training camp, Nicklas Backstrom skipped onto the ice with the rest of the Washington Capitals, participating in a full practice, though for him it was noncontact. Backstrom had arthroscopic hip surgery in May, and the top-line center's status for the season opener is uncertain.

Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post

Women's golf: Tama Caldabaugh advanced to the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur semifinals by beating Jane Fitzgerald of Kensington, 3 and 1, at Hillwood Country Club in Nashville, Tenn. Caldabaugh, from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., took the lead with a par on the par-3 14, won the par-5 15th with a birdie and finished off Fitzgerald with a birdie win on the par-5 17th.

Women's college soccer: Sophomore forward Emani Silva (Arundel) tied a Washington College single-match record with three assists and freshman defender Olivia Sabatino scored three goals as the host Shorewomen (3-4-1) earned a 6-0 victory over Immaculata (2-6-1) on Tuesday. Washington College set a school record for assists in a single game with nine. ... Senior Riley Piechnick scored the winning goal in the 96th minute as Loyola Maryland (4-5-1, 2-0-1 Patriot League) earned a 2-1 overtime victory over visiting American (3-7-1, 0-2-1) on Wednesday night. ... Sophomore midfielder Meghan Hegarty scored in the 67th minute as host Navy (7-4-2, 1-0-2 Patriot) emerged with a 1-0 win over Lehigh (4-3-3, 0-1-2) on Wednesday night.

Men's college soccer: UMBC (6-2-1) won its third consecutive game Tuesday night with a 2-1 win over Howard (0-9-1) and improved to 100-22-25 at Retriever Soccer Park. ... Junior Samy Ramadane scored his first goal of the season in the 99th minute as visiting Johns Hopkins (6-3-1) rallied Wednesday night for a 2-1 overtime win over Gettysburg (7-1-1), which is ranked No. 19 in Division III.

College field hockey: Maryland fifth-year senior Welma Luus was named Co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.

College football: Navy senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds was named the Naval Academy Athletic Association Rolls-Royce Athlete of the Week.

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