Sports Digest



August 06, 2006

Timchal leaves Maryland for Navy's new program

Women's lacrosse coach Cindy Timchal is leaving the University of Maryland to become the first-ever coach for women's lacrosse at the Naval Academy.

"I'm excited about coming to Navy and it's truly an historic moment to be named the head coach of the first Division I women's lacrosse program at a service academy," Timchal said.

Timchal, the winningest coach in women's college lacrosse with a record of 336-86 in 25 seasons, spent 16 seasons with the Terrapins between 1991 and 2006. Timchal, a 1976 graduate of West Chester University, was 260-46 at Maryland, leading the Terps to NCAA tournament appearances in each of those years and to seven straight NCAA championships between 1995 and 2001. Maryland also won the NCAA title in 1992.

"We set our sights on seeking out the best candidates in the country for this position and we ended up with the finest coach in the history of the game," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said.

"Cindy is a marvelous teacher, coach and person," Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow said. "It has been a pleasure to have her on staff as one of our most accomplished coaches."

Navy will play a full club schedule next spring.

Pro basketball

Stevenson signs with Wizards

Free-agent guard DeShawn Stevenson signed with the Washington Wizards, giving the team insurance in case it decides not to match an offer sheet to Jared Jeffries. Stevenson signed a two-year contract that will pay the league minimum of $932,000 for the first year. Stevenson could wind up being a bargain for the Wizards, who will need a replacement for Jeffries if they decide not to match a five-year, $30 million offer sheet the restricted free agent signed with the New York Knicks.


Boudia, Brennan win national titles

David Boudia won his first individual national title - a 10-meter platform - in the U.S. National Diving Championships. Allison Brennan of Huntington Beach, Calif., won her first national title on 3-meter springboard.

Auto racing

J. Burton captures Allstate 400 pole

Jeff Burton and rookie Clint Bowyer gave Richard Childress Racing a sweep of the front row in qualifying for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in Indianapolis. Burton, who has driven in each of the 12 previous NASCAR races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway without qualifying higher than 16th, made an early lap of 182.778 mph stand up for his third pole of the season and only the fifth of a career that began in 1993.

NASCAR Busch Kroger 200 -- Points leader Kevin Harvick passed pole-starter Denny Hamlin on lap 84, built a lead of more than 2 seconds with 20 laps left and held off Reed Sorenson for his series-high fifth win of the season.

Formula 1 -- Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso were hit with time penalties and will resume their championship duel from the middle of the starting grid at the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest. Kimi Raikkonen of McLaren-Mercedes, last year's winner, won the pole position for the race in 1 minute, 19.599 seconds. Schumacher and Alonso incurred two-second penalties per qualifying session.

X Games

Pastrana captures rally car debut

Travis Pastrana followed up his electrifying double backflip the night before with a gold in rally car racing's debut at the X Games in Los Angeles. A dramatic tumble by Colin McRae, who had led Pastrana by .5 seconds heading into the final of eight stages, allowed the Davidsonville, Md., driver to win the race. Pastrana pulled off one of the greatest tricks in the 12-year history of the X Games, landing an unprecedented backflip on Friday that athletes were still talking about a day later. Pastrana didn't do anything nearly as dramatic in the rally race, but showed he's as good on four wheels as on two, winning by .52 seconds.


Brown captures Germany bike stage

Olympic champion Graeme Brown of Australia won the fourth stage of the Tour of Germany in Bad Toelz by a bicycle length while Erik Zabel of Germany took the overall lead.

Et cetera

Butcher, winner of Iditarod, dies at 51

Four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher has died in a Seattle hospital of complications from a recent bone marrow transplant, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' office said. She was 51. Butcher dominated the 1,100-mile sled dog race in the late 1980s. In 1986, she became the second woman to win the grueling race from Anchorage to Nome. She added victories in 1987, 1988 and 1990.

College lacrosse -- A member of the Duke University men's team has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, and prosecutors in return dropped a marijuana possession charge. Matthew Peter Wilson of Durham, N.C., a senior who played midfielder, is not among the athletes charged with raping an exotic dancer at a team party in March. He was suspended from the team after his arrest.

Golf -- Billy Mayfair, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this week at the Buick Open and had surgery in Arizona. Dr. Gil Brito at the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare Shea Hospital said surgery went well on Thursday and the cancer was contained.

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