Digest: Birnbaum, Beckerman named to MLS All-Star team

D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum and Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (Arundel) were named Sunday to the Major League Soccer All-Star roster that will represent the league against Arsenal of the English Premier League at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., on July 28.

Beckerman, a Crofton native, was one of two commissioner's picks alongside FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz. The roster, selected by All-Star and San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear, is made up of 26 players, 24 of whom were selected by Kinnear with consideration for the Fan XI and player voting, plus the commissioner's picks.


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Locals help Maryland win Crab Claw Classic on Saturday


Maryland earned a 13-5 victory over the Mid-Atlantic in the rain-shortened Mid-Atlantic High School Baseball Classic at Joe Cannon Stadium in Anne Arundel County on Saturday. Archbishop Spalding had a Crab Claw Classic-best four players on the Maryland team. All four players — Nick Vermillion, Justin Pelletreau, Peter Godrick and Nick Benitez — contributed in Maryland's 11-run third inning that turned a 4-2 deficit into a 13-4 lead. Pelletreau was hit by a pitch to start the inning, Benitez, who was named Maryland's top fielder for his performance at Friday's combine, walked and Godrick singled to load the bases. All three would score. Vermillion singled in a run and then scored on Jack Glock's three-run, inside-the-park home run that capped the 11-run rally. Chesapeake senior Roland Siwinski made his second straight appearance in the 14th annual game, pitching a scoreless inning and hitting a two-run single in the third. Severn's Jordan Mathis also had a bases-loaded walk in the third. The game was suspended in the top of the fourth inning because of lightning and ended early because of poor field conditions brought by heavy rain and wind.

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Baseball: Maryland rising sophomore infielder Nick Dunn and rising junior infielder Kevin Smith will participate in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game after being named East Division all-stars Saturday. Smith, representing the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, will start at shortstop while Dunn, representing the Brewster Whitecaps, was named a reserve. The game is Saturday at Veterans Field in Chatham, Mass., at 6:05 p.m. Maryland has two of the Big Ten's three all-stars this season. Rising senior catcher Nick Cieri was named to the game last summer.

Horse racing: Colts Neck Stables homebred Pool Winner remained unbeaten this year and stretched his overall win streak to four races with a front-running victory in the feature event at Laurel Park. Ridden by Jevian Toledo for trainer Alan Goldberg, the 4-year-old gelded son of Broken Vow kept early challengers A P Elvis and Triple Burner at bay and dismissed a late bid from RockinnOn Bye to win the $55,000 open allowance by 2 lengths. Favored at 3-5 in a field of seven, Pool Winner ($3.40) ran 1/2- 51/2 furlongs in 1 minute, 1.34 seconds over a firm turf course. RockinnOn Bye was second, followed by Triple Burner, Bold Thunder and Jack's in the Deck. A foul claim against Pool Winner by Taylor Hole, jockey of RockinnOn Bye, for interference at the start was dismissed by racing stewards. … There will carryovers in both the 20-cent Rainbow 6 ($2,932.73 ) and $1 Super Hi-5 wagers ($8.28.17) when live racing resumes for Friday's twilight program at Laurel Park. First race post time is 3:40 p.m. … Apprentice jockey Kevin Gomez had a pair of winners, with Because He Can ($3) in the second race and Stolen Love ($14.20) in the fifth.

Men's college basketball: Oliver Brown was named Towson's director of basketball operations. Brown previously served as director of student-athlete development.

Honors: Bolivian midfielder Marco Etcheverry became the first D.C. United player to be inducted into the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame at Nationals Park before Washington's game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The MLS icon — known as "El Diablo" — was among 10 athletes, coaches and media who received the honor, including Christine Brennan, Patrick Ewing, Frank Herzog, Earl Lloyd, Dexter Manley, Missy Meharg, Bob Milloy, Hymie Perlo, Phil Perlo and Harold Solomon.

National Women's Soccer League: Estefania Banini scored twice to lead the Washington Spirit over host FC Kansas City, 3-2, on Saturday night. Joanna Lohman also scored for the Spirit (8-7-2) against the defending league champions. Shea Groom and Frances Silva kept Kansas City (3-6-4) close with a goal each.

Lacrosse: Ryan Conrad (Loyola Blakefield) capped a comeback by the U.S., scoring with eight seconds left to lift the Americans to a 13-12 victory Saturday night over Canada in the final of the Federation of International Lacrosse men's under-19 world championship in Coquitlam, British Columbia. The world championship is the eighth straight for the U.S., which is the only nation to have won the event since its inception in 1988, improving to 47-2 all time in under-19 play. Canada scored the first six goals and led 8-2 at halftime, 11-8 after three quarters and 12-9 with just more than seven minutes to play. Timmy Kelly (Calvert Hall) and Mac O'Keefe scored to cut the lead to one, and incoming Maryland recruit Jared Bernhardt buried an outside shot to tie the game with 2:34 remaining. Terps rising sophomore Austin Henningsen won 15 of 26 faceoffs for the U.S., and Bernhardt was named Most Valuable Player of the tournamentafter a one-goal, one-assist game.