Digest: Maryland-based boys soccer team Pipeline Black wins U-17 national title

Maryland-based Pipeline Black defeated Loudoun 98 Red of Virginia, 2-1, in the Under-17 boys final at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships on Sunday in Frisco, Texas. Loudon scored on a penalty kick by Ermin Karic for a 1-0 lead, but Pipeline tied the game when Benjamin Alexander ran onto a long ball and scored from the right side of the box. Alexander scored the winner in the 85th minute, his fourth goal of the tournament, after chasing down another long ball. "I think that the overall experience was incredible," Pipeline coach Santino Quaranta said. "Being down 1-0 with 20 minutes to go and find a way back in was pretty special and it was kind of written in the history books for us. We felt we worked hard as we could all year and were rewarded for it, we felt it was meant to be."

In the Under-14 boys final, defending champion Baltimore Darby 01/02 fell to Valparaiso United FC 02 JG of Arizona, 2-0. In the 62nd minute, Valparaiso capitalized on a series of corner kicks when a diving save from Baltimore keeper Grant Farley rebounded to Paul Gindiri, who knocked it home. Denis Conteh doubled the lead in the final minute of regulation.


Pro basketball

Ex-Terps forward Carter Jr. to play in Italy's Serie A


Former Maryland forward Robert Carter Jr. signed with L'Enel Basket Brindisi of Serie A in Italy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In June, Carter reportedly turned down a chance to be drafted in the second round by two different teams that wanted to send him to Europe for more seasoning. Carter's agent told CSNMid-Atlantic in June that the Atlanta Hawks and Denver Nuggets both wanted to take Carter and send him to play overseas, but Carter chose to take his chances as a free agent with another team. Carter signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA's Summer League. He struggled with his outside shot in Las Vegas, shooting 0-for-11. Carter was the fourth recent Maryland player to sign with a European team. Dez Wells and Evan Smotrycz signed with teams in the top league in Germany, while Nick Faust (City), who finished his career last season at Long Beach, signed with a team in Israel's top league.

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Cal Ripken World Series

Hickory beats Atl. Beach; Bel Air routs S.E. Denver

Hickory (2-0) beat Southeast champion Atlantic Beach, Fla., 6-2, in Pool B play, while Bel Air (1-1) routed Midwest Plains champion Southeast Denver, Colo., 16-4, in four innings in Pool A at the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen. "A 2-0 start is really important to our team," Hickory manager David Miller said. "We knew we could come up here and compete with these teams." Parker McIlhenney had a double and three runs, Matt Archibald had two doubles and starter Brendan Purtell had five strikeouts for Hickory. Bel Air had 12 hits, including four home runs. Gabriel Rosica had a two-run homer in the second inning, followed two batters later by a two-run shot from Kevin Winn. Aiden Laurentius added a two-run homer in the eight-run third inning. "We're going to put runs up on the board, that's not going to be a problem," Bel Air manager Darrell Barrett said. Hickory has a day off today and Bel Air will play Honolulu, Hawaii, at 8 tonight at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

— Randy McRoberts,Baltimore Sun Media Group

Et cetera

Local boxer McCray wins 201-pound title in Missouri


Baltimore Boxing's Stefon "Showtime" McCray captured the Ringside World Championship in the 201-pound division in Independence, Mo. A former basketball star at Stevenson, the 23-year-old McCray earned a unanimous decision over Logan Johnson. "I'm feeling proud of my team and myself," McCray said. "I've been pushing myself really hard mentally and physically between the gym and watching film. Now it has all paid off."

More boxing: Heavyweight Dallas Butts will look to defeat Drew Ryan again as part of the "Rumble Young Man Rumble" card Thursday at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Joey "Bazooka Joe" Veazey, in his last fight before turning pro, will oppose Rashad Kirkpatrick. Other boxers scheduled to fight include McCray, Clayton Frazier, Justin "Psycho" Sykes and Ashton "The Goon" Sykes. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the first fight starts at 8p.m. For tickets, go to or call 410-375-9175.

Laurel Park: Daniel C. Crowley's Haley's Flip, back two weeks off an educational debut, led all the way to earn her diploma with a 61/4-length win in the fourth race at Laurel Park, a $33,000 maiden event for 2-year-old fillies. Bred in Maryland by Spendthrift Farm LLC and trained by Gary Capuano, the juvenile daughter of Archarcharch ran 5 furlongs in 59.29 seconds over a fast main track. "She ran really good the first time. She's a real gutsy filly, tries hard, good-looking filly," Capuano said. "She fit in here well. I thought she'd improve off of that race and she did. When those horses came to her, she took off. She really showed a little bit of heart." Phantom Shot was second, followed by Sweet Zoraya, Spicy Red Girl and even-money favorite Notthatitmatters. … Jockey Victor Carrasco tied Feargal Lynch for the lead in Laurel's summer meet standings at 17 with a riding triple. Carrasco swept the early daily double with 1-5 favorite Lady of Moray ($2.60) in the first race and Becky Kecki ($8.40) in the second, and took the fifth with 4-5 favorite Daily News ($3.60). … The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 11th consecutive program, growing the jackpot carryover to $9,449.08 when racing resumes with Friday's weekly twilight program. First race post time is 3:40 p.m. …Jockey Angel Cruz had two winners Sunday with Flame of My Heart ($2.40) in the third race and Open the Bank ($19.60) in the sixth. Capuano won with Hailey's Flip ($12.20) in the fourth race and How's Your Sugar ($11.80) in the eighth. … The last seven races were each won by horses bred in Maryland.

MLS: Hernan Bernardello scored in the 86th minute to help the visiting Montreal Impact (7-5-9) tie with D.C. United, 1-1. Patrick Mullins (Maryland) scored on a header in the 19th minute for United (5-8-8). The Impact's Didier Drogba received a red card in the 81st minute.

National Women's Soccer League: First-half goals from midfielder Estefania Banini and forward Cheyna Williams and a goal in stoppage time from defender Alyssa Kleiner led the Washington Spirit (9-3-2, 29 points) to a 3-1 win over visiting Sky Blue FC (6-5-4, 22 points). The game was postponed to Sunday after heavy rain and thunderstorms Saturday night. The Spirit are tied atop the league table with the Portland Thorns.