Douglas falls in final at Olympic boxing trials
Marlen Esparza of Houston, a six-time national champion, earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic boxing team at the trials Saturday night in Airway Heights, Wash., by defeating a fatigued Tyrieshia Douglas, 32-17, in the 112-pound final. Douglas, who trains at the Upton Boxing Center in West Baltimore, and Mayer were the only boxers to fight on all six days of the tournament, yet Douglas, though tired, was aggressive from the start. Esparza, wearing an American-flag bandanna under her red headgear, said she expected that, though, and waited until the third round to begin fighting back. By then Douglas had begun to wilt and her weak punches missed their target by wide margins. After the round, Douglas' corner handlers, who would not let her sit on her stool between rounds all week, had her take a seat. It didn't appear to help, though, as Esparza widened her margin. "I knew she was going to get tired. Because she always does," Esparza said. "I'm really happy. I've been waiting for this day forever."
Women's college swimming: Johns Hopkins captured its second straight Bluegrass Mountain Conference championship and fifth overall Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C. The Blue Jays accumulated 818 points through the four-day championship, including 251 on the final day. Sophomore Taylor Kitayama was named the conference Swimmer of the Year after winning six conference titles, and coach George Kennedy earned Coach of the Year honors for the second straight year. At the championship, Hopkins earned 10 conference titles — five relay and five individual. The Blue Jays also broke eight school records, including one that had stood for 12 years, in the process.
Men's college swimming: Johns Hopkins totaled 520.5 points over four days to finish in third place at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference championship Saturday. It is the Blue Jays' third straight top-three finish in their third season in the conference. Host Wingate won its fifth straight title with 714 points, while Queens University of Charlotte earned second place with 565 points.
College softball: Maryland (4-1) finished its weekend with a 2-1 win over No. 22 Kentucky (4-5) on Sunday. The Terps were led by pitcher Kendra Knight and a sacrifice fly from Bree Hanafin in the bottom of the ninth to score the winning run in their final game in the Florida Atlantic Kick-Off Classic.
Men's college track and field: Navy (8-2) placed second at the Patriot League indoor championship Sunday with 176.25 points, 8.75 points shy of first-place and host Bucknell (185).
Women's college track and field: Navy (21-1) concluded the Patriot League indoor championship with a second-place showing at Bucknell. Navy amassed 124 team points to finish as the runner-up to the first-place Bison (164).
Men's college basketball: Junior guard Micah Fraction (Baltimore City Community College) hit a floater as time expired to lift Kutztown to a 56-55 victory over Bloomsburg in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division thriller Saturday. With his team down one and 18 seconds to play, Fraction ran the offense for the Golden Bears. His contested 3-pointer with eight seconds left rimmed out and was tipped to him well outside the perimeter. The 5-foot-9 guard attacked the basket and put up a floater from the free-throw line that was nothing but net. The shot was Fraction's first made field goal of the game; he had been 0-for-10. It accounted for two of his three points on the night. "We had a good play drawn up to have shooters in the corner and Eric rolling to the basket," Fraction said about the final play. "Eric did a great job of tipping the ball out to give us a second chance. I was in a perfect position to see how much time was left and I knew I had enough time to penetrate a little bit to get a good shot off." With the win, Kutztown (16-8 overall, 13-7) moves into a first-place tie with Bloomsburg (17-8, 13-7).
Minor league basketball: Adrian Bowie (Maryland) scored 36 points to help the host Bay Area Shuckers (4-4) hand the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League-leading Palmieri Jeans (7-1) their first loss, 133-123, on Saturday. Jamarr Johnson added 23 points, and Derek Savage had 21. Fahreed Cheatham led Palmieri with 41 points.
Men's soccer: D.C. United goalie Bill Hamid and defensive midfielder Perry Kitchen were called up to the under-23 U.S. national team's training camp, which continues through March 1 in Dallas.
Capitals: Forward Keith Aucoin was assigned to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
—From Sun staff and news services