August 10, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Men's soccer

Real Madrid overcomes Wicks of D.C. United for 3-0 victory

For the longest time, more than $300 million worth of spanking-new Real Madrid talent couldn't get the ball past a modestly paid goalkeeper named Josh Wicks, who dived left, right and took command in front of his net to keep D.C. United in the game against soccer's latest edition of the best team money can buy. The inevitable breakdown occurred in the second half, when Gonzalo Higuain shredded United's defense for two goals in a two-minute span, leading the Spanish powerhouse to a 3-0 victory over the Major League Soccer club in Sunday's exhibition before an announced 72,368 at FedEx Field in Landover. Arjen Robben added another goal for Real, which went 2-0 in its preseason swing through North America. Real defeated Toronto FC, 5-1, on Friday. "You never know when you're going play them again, so make sure you have your best game," said Wicks, whose $42,000 MLS salary would be pocket change for Real. United's usual home, RFK Stadium, couldn't hold all the U.S.-based Real fans who wanted to come, but the spectators in white spent the first half and part of the second applauding in appreciation for Wicks. He finished with six saves, including a diving, right-arm reflex stop against Robben in the 52nd minute. "The crowd actually gave me more confidence," Wicks said.


Whalen's 16 boost Sun to 96-67 win over Mystics

Lindsay Whalen had 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the host Connecticut Sun's 96-67 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday. Connecticut (11-10) tied Washington (11-10) for second place in the Eastern Conference. Connecticut led by 10 entering the fourth quarter, when Whalen scored nine points as the Sun gradually pulled away. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota added 15 points for Connecticut, while Asjha Jones and Sandrine Gruda had 14 apiece and Tan White scored 13. Jones set a franchise record with her 18th straight game scoring in double figures. Alana Beard had 18 points (16 in the first half), seven rebounds and five assists for the Mystics. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) added 14 points and Lindsay Harding 11 for Washington.

Major League Lacrosse

No postseason for Bayhawks; Lizards clinch playoff spot

The Washington Bayhawks (5-7) were eliminated from the Major League Lacrosse playoff chase Saturday night when the Long Island Lizards defeated the host Chicago Machine, 13-11. This is the Bayhawks' fourth straight summer missing the postseason since they won the Steinfeld Cup in 2005. The MLL's championship weekend is Aug. 22-23 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The Denver Outlaws face the Boston Cannons at noon Aug. 22 on ESPN2, followed by the Lizards against the Toronto Nationals at 3 p.m. The title game is at 1 p.m. Aug. 23 on ESPN2.

Women's Professional Soccer

Freedom forward Wambach has 2 goals, 1 assist in victory

Two goals and an assist from forward Abby Wambach propelled the Washington Freedom (8-7-5) to a 3-1 win Saturday night over Sky Blue FC (7-8-5) that clinched a spot in the Women's Professional Soccer playoffs.With the victory at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, the third-seeded Freedom will host Saturday's first-round match against Sky Blue FC.

Et cetera

Navy's Curry out of hospital after being treated for virus

Navy slotback Marcus Curry was released from the hospital after being treated all week for a virus, the Annapolis Capital reported. Curry participated in media day activities this past last Monday but was admitted to the hospital later that evening. Curry did not practice Saturday but hopes to begin this week.

Baseball: : The Kansas City Royals purchased the contract of left-hander and Ellicott City native Mike O'Connor (Mount St. Joseph) from the independent Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League.

Golf: : Blair Laubach shot a 2-under-par 69 at Forest Park Golf Course and won the 15th annual seniors championship of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation, beating Bill Wingerd by a shot and Louis Wright by two.

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