Tournament directors group names Waxler CEO
Louise Waxler, a longtime official in the Baltimore-area soccer community, has been named president and CEO of the National Association of Tournament Directors, a professional association that unites tournament directors of all sports for the purpose of leveraging buying power and knowledge. Waxler began her career with the Soccer Association of Columbia in 1985 as director of the Columbia Invitational Soccer Tournament and served in that capacity until joining the Maryland Soccer Foundation in 2006 as director of soccer programs. She also has worked for the Washington Freedom and Philadelphia Independence women's pro soccer teams. In 2006, Waxler was elected as the third female president of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Terps lose Palsson to pro career in Europe
Maryland forward Haukur Palsson is leaving school to pursue a basketball career professionally in Europe — a blow to a program with a depleted frontcourt. Palsson, who is from Iceland, "wants to be closer to home and to be able to start providing for his family," coach Mark Turgeon said in a prepared statement Monday night. Palsson, 6 feet 6 and 190 pounds, averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game as a freshman. But he possessed inside toughness and could hit 3-pointers. A popular player with fans, Palsson could have provided an inside presence valuable for a team that lost center Jordan Williams to the NBA after his sophomore season. Palsson's older brother, Magnus, is a former Defensive Player of the Year in his Icelandic league. Another older brother also played. Both had been exchange students in the United States, and Palsson — who had long hoped to play professionally — followed them to this country.
Baseball: Draft pick Bryan Harper, the brother of 2010 first overall pick and Double-A Harrisburg outfielder Bryce, announced on his Twitter feed that he is set to sign with the Washington Nationals and report to their Rookie-level Gulf Coast League facility in Viera, Fla. Bryan Harper, a 6-foot-5 left-handed pitcher, was drafted in the 30th round out of South Carolina. … The Nationals unconditionally released pinch-hitter Matt Stairs. They designated Stairs, 43, for assignment last week.
—Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
Tennis: Top American Mardy Fish has withdrawn from the ATP Tour's Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington because of a foot injury suffered in the late stages of a three-set loss to Ernests Gulbis on Sunday in Los Angeles. James Blake, Legg Mason's 2002 champion and 2005 runner-up, dismissed Tatsuma Ito, Japan's second-ranked player, 6-3, 6-3, in 56minutes in first-round action.
—The Washington Post
Horse racing: Ask The Moon, bred, raised and sired in Maryland, won the Grade I, $250,000 Ruffian Handicap on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Ask The Moon was bred by Charles McGinnes and family at Country Life Farm. … Ben's Cat, bred, raised, owned and trained by Maryland's King Leatherbury, won the $200,000 Governor's Cup, the richest race this year at Penn National in Grantville, Pa., on Saturday.
Lacrosse: US Lacrosse opened registration for the 2012 US Lacrosse National Convention on Jan. 13-15, 2012, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Lacrosse coaches, officials and administrators with an active membership in US Lacrosse may register at uslacrosse.org/2012convention for the early-bird rate of $80 through Nov. 11.
Golf: Michael Weiner of Hayfields Country Club, registered out of Kiawah Island, S.C., and Marty West of Columbia Country Club secured two of the four available places in U.S. Senior Amateur sectional qualifying at Chartwell Country Club. Each shot 73 and was a playoff winner. Greg Osborne of Lititz, Pa., earned the medal with a 1-under-par 71, followed by Mike Jackson of Collingwood, Ontario, with a 72.
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers signed 6-foot-8, 235-pound Danny Quinn, a former All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and All-Anne Arundel County performer at Archbishop Spalding, who played at Towson University.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario was named Player of the Week after scoring twice in a 2-0 victory over the host San Jose Earthquakes.
Women's college lacrosse: Washington College named seniors Ann Eickelberg, Brooke Paulshock (C. Milton Wright) and Caroline Stanley (Hereford) as returning captains.
—From Sun staff and news services