Silver out as Western girls basketball coach
Western girls basketball coach Tiffany Silver was told Friday by principal Alisha Trusty that she and her staff would not be returning. Silver, a Western alum, said she wasn't given a "particular reason" for her release, "just that we weren't coming back, that they were going in a different direction pretty much," and said she was shocked and "crushed." In six seasons, Silver had a 126-29 record with the Doves and led them to five Baltimore City championships, five regional championships and three state title-game appearances. Last season, the No. 11 Doves finished 14-8 and defeated archrival Poly for the city Division I championship, but lost to Catonsville in the regional playoffs and did not get back to the state tournament. The Breezy Bishop Showcase, which Silver started in 2006 at Western, will continue, although a new location will have to be found. She said 50 teams have committed to this year's event, which takes place from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11. Silver, a city schools police officer, said she hopes to coach again soon but for the rest of the summer, she will focus on the final weeks of her pregnancy. She and husband Nick Usher, who was the Doves' girls junior varsity coach, are expecting their first child Sept. 8.
Free agents Bourque, Vokoun agree to deals
The Washington Capitals signed free agent wing Chris Bourque and goaltender Tomas Vokoun to one-year contracts Saturday. Bourque, 25, split time between Lugano of the Swiss-A league and Mytishchi Atlant of the Kontinental Hockey League last season, totaling 34 points in 47 games. Vokoun, a two-time All-Star, played 57 games with the Florida Panthers in 2010-11, his 13th NHL season. The 35-year-old posted a 22-28-5 record, with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.
Local duo take part in U.S. softball exhibition in Bowie
In an exhibition doubleheader Friday between the full U.S. national softball team and the junior national team in front of an announced 3,458 at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, senior team second baseman Lauren Gibson (Chesapeake-Anne Arundel) who plays at Tennessee, went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the first game and homered in the second game. Junior team designated hitter Kourtney Salvarola (Broadneck) who plays at South Florida, went 0-for-2 with a walk in the first game. The senior squad swept the doubleheader by scores of 11-0 and 7-0, tuneups for the Canadian Open FastPitch International Championship on July 9. "It's probably one of the most amazing experiences ever," Gibson said. "I can't ask for anything that's better than playing for my country." In December, the junior team will head to South Africa to represent the U.S. in the International Softball Federation Junior Women's World Championship in Cape Town.
MLS: D.C. United settled for a 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union after losing leads of 1-0 and 2-1. Josh Wolff's fourth goal of the year started the scoring in the 44th minute, but an own goal by United's Perry Kitchen tied the game at 1. Andy Najar scored in the 58th to give United another lead, but Carlos Ruiz's goal in the 84th earned Philadelphia the tie.
Women's World Cup: Former Maryland defender Nataly Arias played the full 90 minutes for Colombia in its 3-0 loss to the United States on Saturday. Arias, 25, played four seasons with the Terps and was a captain as a senior.
—From Sun staff and news services