Severna Park resident Daciek wins Mid-Atlantic title
Severna Park resident Patrick Daciek, a Virginia Tech alumnus, won the men's singles title at the U.S. Open National Playoffs Mid-Atlantic Sectional Qualifying tournament Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Matt Brooklyn at the Tennis Center in College Park. Patrick Daciek Matt BrooklynBrooklyn and partner Stephanie Wetmore, both assistant tennis coaches at Georgetown, took the mixed doubles title, 6-3, 6-1, over the Annapolis-area duo of Andrew Carlson and Olivia Gaudreault. In the women's singles final, Nika Kukharchuk defeated 14-year-old Raveena Kingsley, who trains in College Park, 6-2, 6-3, for her second straight sectional title. The winners will now play in the U.S. Open national playoffs championships in August, where they will have the chance to qualify for the U.S. Open.
Goettelmann comes out of retirement
Tim Goettelmann, one of Major League Lacrosse's inaugural players, will suit up for Chesapeake tonight against the New York Lizards — the team for which he has played his entire 11-year MLL career. Goettelmann, MLL's all-time goals leader (268) and second-most-experienced player (132 games played), announced his retirement from the league in January 2012, but he confirmed in a phone interview Wednesday morning his return. Goettelmann has slimmed down to 205 pounds and has been training with a mixed martial arts fighter. Goettelmann took a train from New York to Annapolis on Tuesday to practice with the team. He will be playing for Dave Cottle, his former coach at then-Loyola College, and sharing the attack position with John Grant Jr., his roommate at the MLL's inaugural combine. "Thirteen years ago he coached me at Loyola. God is working in mysterious ways right now. Playing for Cottle right now, I never thought in a million years that would happen again," he said Wednesday. Goettelmann has been itching to come back since the beginning of the season but had family obligations over weekends until now.
More news: Chesapeake sent midfielders JJ Miller (Annapolis Area Christian School) and Matt Casey to the practice squad and waived goalie Bruce Bickford.
Nationals send Strasburg to 15-day disabled list
The Washington Nationals have placed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 right lat strain in his lower back. Strasburg exited his start Friday in Atlanta after two innings when he aggravated the lat muscle, in which he had been feeling tightness for several starts. Strasburg will be eligible to come off the disabled list June 16, but lat strains often need between three and six weeks in recovery time. Manager Davey Johnson said the Nats' Saturday starter will come from Triple-A Syracuse. Strasburg, 24, is 3-5 with a 2.54 ERA in 12starts this year. Last season, the Nationals shut him down in September to protect him from future arm injury in the wake of his 2010 Tommy John elbow ligament-replacement surgery.
—Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
Paralympian Chalmers to stop in Baltimore Sunday
Paralympian Ryan Chalmers, who is attempting to push his racing chair across the United States in a record 71 days, will reach Baltimore on Sunday at around 3 p.m. He left Los Angeles on April 6 and hopes to reach New York on June 15. Chalmers, who was born with spina bifida, was inspired to take on the cross-country challenge to help the charity Stay-Focused, which empowers disabled teens to experience greater physical and social mobility through scuba certification and leadership development programs. The public is invited to greet Chalmers as he arrives at the Waterfront Marriott on Aliceanna Street. He's expected to take a dive at the National Aquarium. For more information, go to pushacrossamerica.org.
Photography: An exhibit displaying the work of Neil Leifer will open Friday at the Sports Legends Museum and run through October 2014. The exhibit will be housed in the museum's Thomas Winstead Jr. Gallery and will feature 54 images, including many of his memorable Sports Illustrated photos. Muhammad AliSonny Liston Alan Ameche
College Track and Field: Coppin State senior Jibri Victorian earned All-America second-team honors after he finished 16th in the men's 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. UMBC sophomore Mercedes Jackson finished 23rd in the women's 100-meter dash with a time of 11.67 seconds.
—From Sun staff and news services