The first overall men's finisher, Benjamin Winterroth… (ASI Photography )
Winterroth, Cairns win 21.52-mile competition
Benjamin Winterroth of Silver Spring and Hilary Cairns of Washington took home victories at TriColumbia's third annual Celebrating Heroes Sprint Triathlon on Sunday at Centennial Lake Park in Columbia. More than 1,000 endurance athletes, including both able-bodied and physically challenged athletes, participated in the race, which consisted of a 0.62-mile swim, 17.5-mile bike ride and 3.4-mile run. Winterroth, 31, won the men's division with a time of 1 hour, 20 minutes, 50 seconds, defeating the defending champion and course record holder, Anthony Van Lierop. Cairns, 42, was the top female finisher, with a time of 1:30:55. Both winners took home a cash prize of $800. Top finishers over age 40 in the Master's Division also took home cash prizes of $200 each. The first-place male in the Masters Division was defending champion Joseph Decker, 41, of Columbia, with a time of 1:31:21. The female Masters winner was Michele Tuttle, 49, also of Columbia, in 1:36:37. More than 15 paratriathletes competed as well. The top paratriathlete in the Hand Cycle Division was Scott Seiss, 45, with a time of 1:56:28. The winner in the Class 3 Division was Ray Gabriel, 32, of Falls Church, Va., in 2:26:54. In the Class 5 Division, Chase Baker, 40, of Purcellville, Va., won with a time of 2:37:05. Lastly, in the Top Physically Challenged Open Division, James Banks, 13, of Baltimore took first in 2:11:40.
United falls, 3-2, to Red Bulls; teams now tied for 1st place
Chris Pontius scored 31 seconds into D.C. United's match against the New York Red Bulls, the fastest opening goal in the club's 17-season history and a staggering jolt at the renewal of a revitalized Major League Soccer rivalry. Most of the remaining 891/2 minutes, however, weren't as pleasant for United, which conceded three consecutive goals, including a pair by an old friend, and dropped a 3-2 decision before an announced sellout of 25,187 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. "We thought it was going to be another 3-0 game and sat back and let them move the ball," United captain Dwayne De Rosario said, referring to United's fast start during a 4-1 win over New York in April, when Pontius scored in the eighth minute. "The second half we started to take the game to them. We had chances. Another day we could've walked away with a tie." Pontius added a second goal midway through the second half to trim the deficit to one, but New York (9-4-3) repelled United (9-5-3) in the late stages to forge a first-place tie in the Eastern Conference at 30 points. Brandon Barklage, who suffered two anterior cruciate ligament injuries in three seasons with United before joining New York this year, scored his first two career goals in the first half, and Jan Gunnar Solli struck shortly after intermission. Pontius increased his team-best total to eight — five against the Red Bulls — but United saw its winning streak end at four at the midway mark of the season.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
More D.C. United: Carlos Llamosa, Ben Olsen and Tony Sanneh are this year's nominees for the club's Hall of Tradition. One player will be chosen through a fan vote at dcunited.com. Voting is now open with all participants provided a chance to win two tickets with field-side access for the induction match, set for Sept. 15 when United faces the New England Revolution at 7:30 p.m.
WNBA: Ann Wauters and Sue Bird each scored 14 points as the host Seattle Storm (5-7) cruised past the Washington Mystics, 72-55. Wauters also had seven rebounds while Bird added five assists and four boards for the Storm, which earned its fourth straight win. Katie Smith, Camille Little and Tina Thompson contributed nine points apiece in the victory. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) scored a game-high 21 points for Washington (2-8), which dropped its third consecutive game. Matee Ajavon had 11 points and Noelle Quinn scored 10 in defeat.
Major League Lacrosse: Boston Cannons attackman Kevin Buchanan (Calvert Hall) will play in the MLL All-Star Game on Saturday at FAU Stadium in Palm Beach County, Fla. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN3 at 7:30 p.m. The event features a Young Guns vs. Old School format, with Buchanan playing for the Old School team. This will be Buchanan's second All-Star Game appearance.
Capitals: Comcast SportsNet will air an encore of eight memorable Capitals games from the past season and playoffs as part of Capitals Best of 2011-12. The series will air today through July 5.
Field hockey: Team registrations are being accepted for the Maryland Summer Field Hockey Festival on July 20-22 in Westminster. The festival is open to travel-level school, recreation and club-affiliated teams. Competition is available in the middle school under-14, junior varsity and varsity levels, and the coed 21-and-older level. Teams are guaranteed four 50-minute games, with playoff and championships scheduled where applicable. For information, contact Gayle at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike at email@example.com, or call 410-363-8610. Registration forms are available at usamateursports.com/fh_summer.
—From Sun staff and news services