Digest: Broncos add former Raven Leonhard

Pontius lifts D.C. United to another home win, 1-0

August 05, 2012|Sports Digest

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Broncos add former Raven Leonhard

The Denver Broncos signed free-agent safety Jim Leonhard on Saturday. The 29-year-old former Raven had 48 tackles and one interception in 13 games last season for the New York Jets, with whom he had played since 2009. An undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin, Leonhard played in 94 NFL games since 2005 with the Buffalo Bills, Ravens and Jets. He has 326 tackles, six interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 31/2 sacks.

Redskins: Washington signed former Ravens offensive tackle Tony Moll. Drafted by the Packers in the fifth round of the 2006 draft, he has played in 63 games over his career, including 22 starts. Last year with the Chargers, he played in three games and started one.

Major League Soccer

Pontius lifts D.C. United to another home win, 1-0

Chris Pontius scored his 10th goal as D.C. United extended its home undefeated streak to 10 games with a 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. Pontius, Most Valuable Player of the MLS All-Star Game, scored in the 49th minute for the game-winner as he slammed home a rebound from just a few yards out. His 10 goals are three more than his previous career high, set last season. D.C. (11-7-3) lost its home opener to Sporting Kansas City in March, but since has won eight of its 10 home MLS matches. United has won its past six at home. United remained fourth in the Eastern Conference but moved within four points of first place. The Houston Dynamo and Sporting are tied with 40 points atop the East. Columbus fell to 8-8-4.

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Blue Jays send down Cecil; Hornets sign Mason

The Toronto Blue Jays optioned pitcher Brett Cecil (Maryland) to Triple-A Las Vegas. Cecil (2-4, 5.72 ERA) allowed nine hits and four runs in five innings in a start Friday night against the Oakland Athletics.

NBA: The New Orleans Hornets signed free-agent guard Roger Mason. Mason averaged 5.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 52 games with the Washington Wizards last season. Heading into his ninth pro season, the former Virginia star has averaged 6.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 424 games for five clubs.

Soccer: Three D.C. United Academy players have earned U.S. Soccer Development Academy end-of-year awards. U-18 midfielder Collin Martin, defender Patrick Foss and U-16 defender Suliaman Dainkeh were named to the East Conference Starting XI in their respective age groups.

Youth baseball: Tryouts will be held for the 2013 Pasadena Eagles under-11 travel team today and Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. at Havenwood Park. The team is anticipating four or five tournaments during the fall and will play in a travel league next spring, as well as multiple tournaments. Contact Tim Rathell at 443-618-2829 or teamrathell@comcast.net for more information.

College administration: Coppin State deputy athletic director Alecia Shields-Gadson has been named chairwoman of the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee for this school year. She has been on the committee for the past three years.

Men's college basketball: Hood added guard Wyatt McBee (Southern Garrett) and swingman Evan Fritsche (Century) to its 2012-13 roster.

Women's college basketball: Hood added three recruits to the 2012-13 roster: guard Alexis Andrukat (Smithsburgh), forward Chloe Scott (Frederick) and forward Rachel Kessler (a transfer from Salisbury) to its 2012-13 roster.

Women's college bowling: Coppin State's Loren Johnston and Stephanie Simmons each received All-Academic recognition from the National Tenpin Coaches Association.

Women's college volleyball: UMES outside hitter Saitaua Iosia was picked as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year and setter Jessie Vicic was selected to the All-MEAC preseason team. In addition, the defending conference champion Hawks were chosen to finish first in the Northern Division.

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