Langhorne helps Mystics clinch top seed

August 23, 2010|By Sports Digest

Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Monique Currie scored a team-high 20 points to lead the visiting Washington Mystics to a 90-81 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday afternoon, clinching the Mystics' first regular-season Eastern Conference title on the season's final day. The Mystics (22-12), who have won six games in a row, will face the fourth-seeded Dream (19-15) in the first round of the playoffs. Angel McCoughtry (Patterson) scored a team-high 19 points but made only four of 14 attempts from the field for the Dream, who outscored the Mystics by 14 points in the fourth quarter after trailing 74-51. Langhorne shot 7-for-10 from the field just days after she was not named to the USA Basketball national women's team pool this week, causing an uproar among Washington fans and women's basketball pundits. Fellow Maryland alumna Marissa Coleman had eight rebounds, seven points and five assists off the bench.

United brings end to pair of droughts, beats Union, 2-0

Along the way to a 2-0 victory over the expansion Philadelphia Union, host D.C. United went ahead in a league game for the first time in more than 21/2 months and earned its first MLS win since early June. With two goals, Australian striker Danny Allsopp ended more than three months of personal failure against MLS adversaries and became the first D.C. player other than teenager Andy Najar to convert in league competition since before the World Cup break. United's first shutout victory also ended a five-game losing streak, stopped an overall league skid of eight matches, furnished the team's first home win in MLS since May 29 and provided interim coach Ben Olsen with his opening triumph after two defeats. "It's a bit of a relief for everyone," said Allsopp, who became the club's leading scorer with four goals. Allsopp's first-half strike, a one-timer from 12 yards after a dreadful touch by Union defender Danny Califf, put United (4-14-3) ahead for the first time since Chris Pontius' goal just before halftime at Seattle on June 10. "It had been so long," Olsen said, "I didn't know if we knew how to play with a lead." But with United composed in possession and pressuring Philadelphia's defenders into giveaways, D.C. was rarely threatened by the Union (4-11-5), which is winless in six straight and fell to 1-9-1 on the road.

UMBC falls to Drexel, 1-0, on goal in 84th minute

After battling the Retrievers to a scoreless draw for nearly 84 minutes, host Drexel (1-0-0) scored for a 1-0 victory over the UMBC women's soccer team (1-1-0) in the Dragons' season opener. UMBC freshman goalie Lauren Kadet finished with 11 saves in her college debut.

Maryland State Fair to begin weeklong schedule Friday

The Maryland State Fair, the only remaining state fair east of the Mississippi to continue to present thoroughbred horse racing, begins its seven-day meeting Friday. Nine races are on the program. Racing will be conducted over the next two weekends — Friday through Sunday and Sept. 3 through Sept. 6. Post time on all racing days is 1p.m. except Sept. 5, when first post is at noon. Timonium will again offer a bonus of $10,000 to be divided among the top four trainers who finish the meeting with the most winners and starters. Full-card simulcasting will be offered at Timonium on live racing days. Admission to the racetrack is included with admission to the fair.

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