Terps' Jones, U.S. earn women's basketball gold at World University Games
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Jul 14, 2015 | 1:55 AM
Maryland junior center Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) won the gold medal with USA Basketball at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. This marked Jones' first appearance with USA Basketball. Team USA went 6-0 in the tournament and beat Canada, 82-64, in the championship game. Jones had four points, two assists and two steals in the final. She averaged 7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds with five steals in the six-game tournament. "It was an unbelievable experience, and I feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity," Jones said. "It felt amazing to get to stand on the podium, receive a gold medal, and know that I helped represent our country in one of the greatest ways possible." Held every other year, the World University Games are organized by the International University Sports Federation.
Ex-Terp Garrison must register as sex offender
Former Maryland basketball player Travis Garrison will be required to register as a sex offender after being found guilty of assault and a sex offense. Anne Arundel County District Judge Robert Wilcox also sentenced Garrison to three years in prison, all suspended. On July 10, Garrison was found guilty on three counts of second-degree assault and one count of a fourth-degree sex offense for assaulting three women who were present at his wife's overnight birthday party. In 2005, Garrison was charged with a sex offense and second-degree assault stemming from an October incident at the Cornerstone Grill and Loft in College Park. Prince George's County District Judge Joseph Brown sentenced Garrison in 2006 to 100 hours of community service to be served within six months, placed him under two years of probation (one supervised) and ordered him to spend at least 10 hours lecturing for the Maryland athletic department "about the perils of athletes doing these kinds of acts." A 6-foot-8 Suitland native who was a McDonald's All American at DeMatha, Garrison averaged 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in the 2005-06 season with Maryland, his senior year. He last played professional basketball in 2012-13 in Europe; he was selected in the fifth round of the 2013 NBA Developmental League draft by the Texas Legends, but was waived in November 2013.
NBA: The Detroit Pistons have acquired former Terps guard Steve Blake from the Brooklyn Nets in a trade for forward Quincy Miller. Blake, 35, gives Detroit another point guard who can back up Reggie Jackson. The Pistons also have Brandon Jennings, but he's recovering from a major Achilles tendon injury. Blake, who has played in 812 NBA games in 12 seasons, averaged 4.3 points last season with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Brad Snyder and Jessica Long of Baltimore won world championships to open competition at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Snyder, a co-captain, secured his first world title with a time of 56.78 seconds in the men's 100 freestyle S11 to finish just eleven-hundredths of a second short of the world record set in 1986 by American John Morgan. Snyder, a Navy veteran who won gold in this event at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, started the morning off on record pace in preliminaries, breaking the championships record only to improve his time in the afternoon finals. "I've had my eye on that [world] record since 2012 and I know I'm capable of it," Snyder said. "I'm looking forward to hopefully having another shot at it in Rio next year. I've proved to myself that I'm capable and now I just have to do it." Long, a three-time Paralympian, added to her collection of 23 world medals, including 19 gold, by coming from behind to touch the wall .26 of a second ahead of Ukraine's Kateryna Istomina in the women's 100 butterfly S8. Long also beat her own meet record set at the 2010 world championships in Montreal to finish in 1:09.79. Becca Meyers of Timonium finished fourth in the women's 50 free S13.
Gymnast Whittenburg sixth in Pan Am Games all-around
Two-time U.S. champion Sam Mikulak won the men's all-around title Monday at the Pan American Games in Toronto, and Donnell Whittenburg (Edgewood) was sixth. Mikulak scored an 89.650 in the all-around, just .050 ahead of Cuba's Manrique Larduet's 89.600 total. Jossimar Calvo Moreno Whittenburg's total was 86.750. Whittenburg opened with the floor exercise, starting with a stuck one-and-a-half to double front. He received two 0.100 penalties for stepping outside the floor area but closed with a strong piked half-in, half out for a 14.700. Whittenburg earned a score of 13.350 on pommel horse. On the still rings, he opened with an Azarian Maltese, bounce cross, and push planche sequence. Nearly sticking his layout double-double dismount, he was rewarded with a 15.650. On the vault, he used a Dragulescu maneuver, giving him a 15.000. On the parallel bars, he scored a 15.500 after executing a front toss, peach-half, peach to one bar, peach sequence. He closed out his competition with a 12.550 on the high bar after missing his Cassina release move.
Local golf:Nicholas Mejia of Woodstock shot a 2-under-par 70 and claimed medalist honors at the AJGA Qualifier for the AJGA Junior at Talbot in Easton. In the girls division, Sofia Angela Legaspi of Quezon City, Philippines, medaled after shooting 2-over 74 at Talbot Country Club in Easton. Charlotte Simpson of Towson was tied for second among the girls with a 76. ... Jake Leavitt of Woodstock shot 66-71-70 — 207 and finished 11th at the Eastern Amateur Championship on Sunday at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club, Portsmouth, Va. Connor Flach of Ellicott City finished at 71-69-73 — 213, David Long of Catonsville shot 72-71-74 — 217 and Bennett Buch of Sykesville was at 72-72-76 — 220.