Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

June 27, 2007

Colleges

Terps hire Levick as chief of staff

Saint Louis athletic director Cheryl Levick accepted the No. 2 post at Maryland. She will be chief of staff for Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow, a former AD at Saint Louis. Levick will run internal operations at Maryland, which has a $55 million budget and 27 intercollegiate sports. The school has won 15 national championships during the past 13 years.

Pro basketball

James to play for Team USA

LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers' All-Star forward, ended uncertainty about his status with the U.S. national team by saying he will play in next month's FIBA America's Tournament, where the Americans will try to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.

Mystics -- Alana Beard scored 20 points, 16 in the second half, to the lead Washington to a 91-75 WNBA win over the host Connecticut Sun.

Wizards -- President of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld will assume team president Susan O'Malley's title upon her departure at the end of June, but her duties will be divided among three senior team officials.

Bobcats -- Forward Gerald Wallace will become an unrestricted free agent Sunday after deciding not to extend his contract for another season.

Sailing

New Zealand takes 2-1 lead

In a classic duel off the coast of Valencia, Spain, the challenger from New Zealand prevailed in a race with eight lead changes to beat defending champion Alinghi and pull ahead 2-1 in the America's Cup.

Cycling

Tour de France: Riders must sign

The Tour de France won't accept riders who refuse to sign a new anti-doping charter. Cycling's governing body, the UCI, introduced the charter June 19 and asked all 600 ProTour cyclists to sign.

Baseball

Bonds says items will be in Hall

Barry Bonds will provide the Hall of Fame with an artifact when he breaks Hank Aaron's record with his 756th home run. Bonds met with Hall of Fame vice president Jeff Idelson.

Cardinals -- Almost two years after he retired, former All-Star closer Troy Percival returned to the big leagues, as he was called up by St. Louis.

Diamondbacks -- Randy Johnson will return to the rotation tomorrow, 10 days after he was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back.

Golf

Eure captures MSGA junior title

Josh Eure, from Crofton Country Club, had a competitive career-best 5-under-par 67 to close with a 36-hole total of 70-67-137, and won the Junior championship of the Maryland State Golf Association at Hampshire Greens GC in Silver Spring. The reigning Maryland State Public Schools champion is 16 and a junior at South River.

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