Thomas Walker scored in the 77th minute to help Pipeline Black defeat Maryland rival and defending national champion Baltimore Celtic 98/99, 1-0, on Saturday in Frisco, Texas, to advance to the Under-17 boys final at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships. Pipeline will play for the title today against Loudoun 98 Red of Virginia, which defeated Seattle United 98 Copa of Washington on penalty kicks after a scoreless overtime and a 1-1 tie in regulation. The final will be a rematch of the 2016 Region I final, in which Pipeline defeated Loudoun, 4-1. In Under-14 boys, Baltimore Darby 01/02 is headed back to the final for a second straight year after defeating Raiders City of Illinois, 2-1. Age-group leading goal scorer Theodore Ndje scored in the 14th minute and Richard Nichols made it 2-0 in the 33rd. The Raiders scored in the 35th minute. Darby will face Valparaiso United FC 02 JG of Arizona, which won, 3-2, in overtime against LVSA 02 Red of Nevada. The title match is today.
Cal Ripken World Series
Bel Air overwhelmed by 10-run 5th inning, 13-8
Maryland state champion Bel Air lost its first game of the Cal Ripken World Series, falling, 13-8, to Southwest champ Florence, Ala., at Cal Sr.'s Yard in Aberdeen. Bel Air scored single runs in the first four innings, then added four in the fifth inning for an 8-3 lead, but six errors contributed to a nightmarish 10-run bottom of the inning. "It's hard to look back; I still don't even know how it happened," Bel Air manager Darrell Barrett said. "We're up 8-3 going into that inning, they only had one ball out of the infield on that one hit that was long, when they hit that go-ahead, but you know, that's 12U baseball." Bel Air is back in action today at 12:30 p.m. against Midwest Plains champ Southeastern Denver.
City of Gods loses again in Tournament semis
For the second straight year, Maryland-based City of Gods lost to Overseas Elite in the semifinals of The Basketball Tournament, falling to the winner-take-all event's defending champions, 103-92, Saturday at Fordham's Rose Hill Gymnasium in New York. Former Arizona guard Kyle Fogg scored a tournament-record 42 points to lead Overseas Elite into Tuesday night's final against Team Colorado. Fogg helped erase a 15-point first-half deficit to tie the game at halftime, then helped his team lead by as many as 21 in the second half. The winner of the tournament will take $2 million in prize money, double last year's payoff.
— Don Markus
Coppin names Carter AD; UM gets 3 football commits
Coppin State named Derek Carter athletic director Friday. Carter has been AD at Montgomery College in Rockville as well as at Delaware State and Bowie State. He received his bachelor's degree in marketing education from Virginia Tech and a master's degree in sport management from Tennessee-Knoxville. Interim AD Alecia Shields-Gadson will continue to serve as associate AD.
Maryland football: The Terps picked up their third commitment of the day for the Class of 2017 when three-star Page (N.C.) running back Javon Leake pledged to attend the school. Leake is a consensus three-star recruit across the four major recruiting services. In the 247sports.com composite rankings, he's the No. 6 all-purpose back nationally, No. 17 player in North Carolina and No.526 overall prospect in his class. Earlier in the day, three-star Gonzaga (D.C.) offensive lineman Johnny Jordan and three-star Potomac running back Tayon Fleet-Davis committed.
— Daniel Gallen, Baltimore Sun Media Group
Noteworthy Peach wins feature at Laurel Park
Non Stop Stable's stakes winner Noteworthy Peach, Maryland's champion 3-year-old of 2015, coasted to the lead on the outside at the top of the stretch and powered away to a 21/2-length victory over Golden Glint in Saturday's featured sixth race at Laurel Park. Winner of the Jennings Handicap and second in the Federico Tesio last year, 4-year-old Noteworthy Peach ($7.20) only drew into the race when the $47,000 optional claiming allowance was switched from the Fort Marcy Turf Course to the main track. Noteworthy Peach, ridden by Jevian Toledo, ran one mile in 1 minute, 37.33 seconds over a fast main track for his fifth win from 11 career starts at Laurel.
"They were calling for storms today off and on and you never know where they're going to be. Actually they skirted us top and bottom and yesterday the turf course was real soft, so I didn't figure we needed much rain for them to take it off," winning trainer Gary Capuano said. "I didn't want to take him out too early. I was going to treat him with Lasix and take my shot. I knew we'd go to the flat mile. He likes the mud and he likes the mile and I just wanted to run, that's the main thing. I wasn't going to run him on the turf. I just took a shot and it worked out."
Toledo swung Noteworthy Peach to the outside where they cruised to the leaders and kept going, having plenty left to hold off a late bid from Golden Glint, followed by Eyeplayeveryday and Souperfast. Barrel of Love, Fredericksburg, M C Squared, Tekton and Top of Mind were scratched.
— Thomas J. McDermott's American Progress emerged with the lead in upper stretch and held off a drive from Twelve Stone in the stretch to capture Saturday's second race allowance. Sent off at 8-1 in a field of seven that included stakes winners Ravenheart and Corvus, American Progress ($18.40) ran 6 furlongs in 1:12.19 over fast main track. The $42,000 event for 3-year-olds and up was his first win in three starts since being claimed by trainer Pat Magill in mid-May. Ravenheart, winner of the Maryland Juvenile Futurity winner last fall, was making his 3-year-old debut for Olympic gold medalist and world champion skier Bode Miller and checked in sixth.
— There will be a 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot carryover of $7,743.33 for Sunday's nine-race program. First race post time is 1:25 p.m.
—Jockey Horacio Karamanos posted a riding triple aboard American Progress ($18.40) in the second race, Ruston Vow ($6.40) in the fourth and Shinkansen ($6) in the seventh. Trainer Lacey Gaudet won with The Pulse ($3.60) in the third and Ruston Vow.
Radio: The departure of Steve Davis from WJZ-FM (105.7 The Fan) will trigger other lineup changes starting Monday. Rob Long will be the new partner of Ed Norris from 6 to 10 a.m., with Bob Haynie replacing him alongside Vinny Cerrato from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jerry Coleman said he will be on the air 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays starting Monday as part of a new lineup.