Opening ties for Terps, Retrievers men's soccer teams

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Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski, shown during a game at Ludwig Field.

In a rematch of the 2013 national championship game, the No. 13 Maryland men's soccer team played to a scoreless draw with No. 4 Notre Dame in the opening game of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic on Friday night in Bloomington, Ind. The Terps (0-0-1) started five new players, including freshmen Sebastian Elney, Eryk Williamson, Diego Silva and Amar Sejdic. Eight rookies made their Terps debuts. Cody Niedermeier (Broadneck), who made his first start at Maryland after suffering two season-ending injuries in three years, made three saves en route to his first career shutout. The Terps outshot the Fighting Irish 7-1 in the first 45 minutes and held a 22-10 advantage in the category for the game, but managed only four shots on goal. Freshman Paul Bin had the Terps' closest call of the match with a header off the crossbar in the 71st minute. Maryland's Mael Corboz saved a shot at the goal line after Irish defender Max Lachowecki beat Niedermeier in the 68th minute. Niedermeier made two key saves in the final seven minutes of regulation. "I was extremely happy with the performance of the team and I thought we came out with a lot of commitment and concentration and we were connected and created a lot chances," coach Sasho Cirovski said. "The only disappointing thing was our execution in the final third. It is no shame tying Notre Dame, but it does feel a little empty because I think we deserved better." The Terps return to action on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. when they face St. John's in Bloomington.

More men's college soccer: Goals by Joseph Pratt and Kennedy O'Shea in the 69th and 87th minutes, respectively, helped No. 12 UMBC rally to a 2-2 double-overtime draw against Fairfield in the season opener for both teams before an announced record 2,874 at Retriever Stadium. UMBC fell behind, 2-0, after Fairfield converted a penalty kick in the 60th minute. But just over eight minutes later, senior Pratt took advantage of a goalie miscue and scored an unassisted goal to cut the deficit in half. The Retrievers outshot Fairfield 13-2 in the second half and got the equalizer when junior forward O'Shea headed in a shot from just outside the goal line after senior Darius Madison put the ball in perfect position for the finish. UMBC hosts Central Arkansas on Sunday at 7 p.m. ... Sophomore Thomas Moore's first career goal gave Navy (1-0) a 1-0 win at West Virginia (0-1).


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Cam Cameron on mend from prostate cancer


LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said Friday that has been treated successfully for prostate cancer and plans to maintain his regular coaching duties this season. "I'm fine. My health is good," Cameron, 54, said after practice Friday. "I've been given a clean bill of health. I've been involved throughout the entire training camp and I'm looking forward to the season." Cameron has been the offensive coordinator at LSU for the past two seasons and has also spent numerous seasons coaching in the NFL with several teams, most recently with the Ravens from 2008 to 2012. Cameron, who also is a skin cancer survivor, said he had "a procedure" a few weeks ago. "It's something we didn't overdo. It was an early positive prognosis and it turned out to be that," Cameron said. "We didn't overreact to it. We just handled it in a very professional manner. Certain things, you just got to take care of business, get the reports and move on, and it's positive. It's good. The support from this program and our players, coach Miles and our staff, I've never experienced anything quite like it," Cameron added. "I think that's been a big part of how this thing has progressed in such a positive way." LSU opens its season Sept. 5 at home against McNeese State of the second-tier Football Championship Subdivision. "He's been involved in everything that we've done," said head coach Les Miles, an old friend of Cameron since the two worked together as assistants at Michigan under Bo Schembechler. Cameron said he's still going through some "minor recovery stuff," but stressed, "I've been at practice. I've been at all the scrimmages. I'm in the press box in game day anyway. … Very, very few limitations and I would think I would be completely, 100 percent by Monday."

Women's soccer: Towson (0-2-1) got a goal each from Emily Marshall and Natalia Pinkey and earned a 2-2 tie with High Point (1-0-2) in the Tigers' home opener. ... Sophomore midfielder Gabby Boehmer scored her third goal in three games to give host UMBC a 2-1 lead in the second half, but the Retrievers (0-2-1) were unable to hold on, falling in double-overtime, 3-2, to George Mason (2-1-0). ... Senior midfielder Bailey Howard (Reservoir) was named captain for Washington College.

Field hockey: Freshman Linnea Gonzales (Patterson Mill) scored twice as No. 3 Maryland (1-0) won, 4-2, at Temple (0-1) in the first game of the Conference Cup. The Terps took 21 shots to the Owls' seven and had eight penalty corners to Temple's five.

Men's gymnastics: Sho Fukushima retired after 24 seasons as Navy's coach. Craig Holt will lead the team on an interim basis while the school searches for Fukushima's replacement. Holt, entering his 17th season with the program, has applied for and will be considered for the position.

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Centrowitz advances to 1,500 final at worlds

Matthew Centrowitz, a Broadneck alumnus, went to the front early in his 1,500-meter semifinal at the World Track Championships in Beijing and stayed there nearly the entire way. In a tactical heat, the leaders passed 800 meters in 2 minutes, 8 seconds before a fast last 300 meters propelled him to a fourth-place finish in 3:43.97, an automatic qualifying position to Sunday's final. It is the fourth straight world and Olympic championship final for Centrowitz, who medaled at the previous two worlds.

WNBA: Ivory Latta scored 24 points and the host Washington Mystics (16-11) shut down the Phoenix Mercury (17-12) late in a 71-63 victory. The Mystics scored the final six points after Brittney Griner's shot from the lane pulled the Mercury (17-12) within two with 2:43 to play.


National Women's Soccer League: The visiting Washington Spirit (8-5-5) clinched the fourth and final berth in the playoffs by earning a scoreless tie with FC Kansas City (8-6-5) on Thursday night.