Sieverts is MLL's Most Improved Player
Denver Outlaws attackman Jeremy Sieverts (Maryland) was named Major League Lacrosse Most Improved Player of the Year on Thursday. Sieverts, who did not play in a game for the Chesapeake Bayhawks a year ago, had 26 goals this season, including seven 2-pointers, with seven assists in 14 games. He was ninth in the league with 40 points and tied for seventh in goals, while his seven 2-point goals were tied for fourth. In other news, Hamilton Nationals attackman-midfielder Casey Powell, who ranks first in MLL history with 407 points, announced his retirement from the league. Powell, who won the 1995 NCAA title with Syracuse and was a four-time All-American, is a two-time MLL champion and has scored 595 points in the indoor National Lacrosse League.
More men's lacrosse: The Canadian Lacrosse Association has announced that Bayhawks attackman John Grant Jr. will be a member of Team Canada for the Duel in Denver against the United States at 9p.m. Sept. 8. The exhibition game, in Commerce City, Colo., is a prelude to the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship.
Women's college lacrosse: The bracket for the NCAA Division I tournament will expand from 16 teams to 26 effective with the 2013 championship. As a result, play-in games will be eliminated and 13 conferences would receive automatic qualifiers.
Action sports: Heimana Reynolds of Honolulu won the skate bowl final at the amateur Free Flow Tour event in Ocean City and earned a chance to compete against the pros today through Sunday at the Dew Tour Pantech Beach Championships at the same site. Zac Rose of Raymond, Maine, advanced in vert final, as did Nick Bruce, of Youngstown, Ohio, in BMX Park. Brad Harvey of Baltimore was ninth in skate bowl.
Men's college soccer: Loyola was picked to finish third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason poll behind Fairfield and Iona. In addition, senior back Gerwyn Jones and junior forward Stephen Dooley were named to the preseason All-MAAC team. ... UMBC was selected to finish fourth in America East, the same spot it finished last season. Stony Brook is picked for first place.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United acquired Colombian forward Lionard Pajoy, 31, from the Philadelphia Union for midfielder Danny Cruz. United also received an international roster spot, which was needed to accommodate Pajoy's acquisition. Pajoy has five goals and two assists in 20 appearances during his first season in MLS. Cruz, 22, won a starting job early this season, but in recent weeks, his playing time diminished.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
TV: "The Ripken Way, Japan's Rising Sun," a 30-minute documentary, will air on CBS SportsNet on Saturday. The program, hosted by Lou Tilley, follows Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. on his State Department-sponsored tour of Japan's earthquake- and tsunami-damaged regions.
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers of the American Pro Basketball League re-signed Llewellyn Smalley, a former All-America guard at Hawaii Pacific, who averaged 9.0 points last season. The Shuckers also re-signed Lamarr Shorts (Bryan), who averaged 8.1 points.
NFL: The Washington Redskins signed free-agent defensive lineman Marlon Favorite and placed injured nose tackle Chris Neild (torn anterior cruciate ligament) and receiver Darius Hanks (shoulder and clavicle injuries) on injured reserve.
NBA: The Washington Wizards released their 2012-13 preseason schedule, including one game at Verizon Center, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. against the New York Knicks. The preseason opener will be Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Varsity tennis: Archbishop Spalding named Jacqueline Burr (Salisbury) girls tennis coach.
—From Sun staff and news services