Digest: Navy's Hurley drops into four-way playoff today

Mystics end losing streak with 23-point win over Tulsa; Capitals draft Burakovsky in 1st round

July 01, 2013|Sports Digest


Hurley drops into four-way playoff today

Billy Hurley III (Navy) and Joe Affrunti each double-bogeyed the 17th hole to fall into a tie with Ben Martin and Ashley Hall at the United Leasing Championship on Sunday and force a four-way playoff today at 8:45 a.m. Play was suspended during the final round of the Web.com Tour event for more than two hours because of rain earlier Sunday. All four players finished 72 holes at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind., at 11-under-par 277. Hall paced the leaders with a 6-under 66 during his final round, while Martin posted a 67, Affrunti carded a 70 and Hurley, a former lieutenant and 2004 Annapolis grad, shot even-par 72. Adam Hadwin (71) finished in fifth at 9-under and Alex Cejka (71) captured sixth at 8-under. It was a two-man race for most of the final round, with Hurley, who held a 2-stroke lead at the end of the second and third rounds, trying to maintain his advantage over Affrunti. After Hurley quickly got into red numbers for the day with a birdie at the second to move to 12-under for the tournament, Affrunti countered a bogey at the second with three straight gains from the third to pull within a stroke of the lead before play was halted to rain. When the players returned to the course after a lengthy delay, Hurley regained some cushion with a birdie at the 10th. Affrunti, meanwhile, traded a bogey at the sixth with a birdie at the seventh before rolling in another birdie at the 12th, moving him to 12-under. Affrunti made it two in a row with another gain at the 13th to meet Hurley atop the leader board. Affrunti briefly lost his share of the lead by dropping a shot at the 14th, but bounced right back with a birdie at the 15th. After each player parred the 16th, the duo posted matching double bogeys at the par-4 17th to fall into a tie with Hall and Martin, who were already in the clubhouse at 11-under. Hurley and Affrunti parred the 18th to force the playoff. Hall had countered his lone bogey with seven birdies during his final round, while Martin bounced back from a bogey at the first with six birdies over his final 17 holes to move to 11-under. All four of the co-leaders are seeking their first career win on the Web.com Tour; Hurley has three top-15 finishes this season.


Mystics end losing streak with 23-point win over Tulsa

The host Washington Mystics ended a five-game losing streak with an 84-61 victory over the visiting Tulsa Shock (3-10) at Verizon Center, Washington's most one-sided win in almost three years. Ivory Latta scored 15 points to lead the Mystics (5-6), who had four players score in double figures and held Tulsa to just 24 percent shooting. Four of the Mystics' previous five opponents had shot 49 percent or better from the floor. "This is huge," forward Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) said. "We had a rough stretch…. We were really aggressive. It was good for us." Washington's starters all scored nine or more points apiece, and all 10 players who saw action in the first half scored. The Mystics scored the final nine points of the half, in a span of 73 seconds, to take a 44-34 lead and went on a 21-9 run in the third quarter.

Preston Williams, The Washington Post

Wizards: With Jerry Sichting moving on to Phoenix, the Wizards have promoted former advance scout Pat Sullivan to the role of full-time assistant. Sullivan replaces Sichting, who left two weeks ago to become the lead assistant with new Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. Sullivan joined the Wizards last season after having previous stints as an assistant with the Detroit Pistons and the New Jersey Nets. A native of Bogota, N.J., Sullivan played college basketball at North Carolina, where he was one of just eight Tar Heels to reach three Final Fours (1991, 1993 and 1995). He later worked as an assistant at North Carolina and North Carolina-Wilmington before joining Larry Brown's staff with the Pistons, serving as assistant coach/video coordinator when the team won the NBA championship in 2004. Don Newman, Don Zierden and Sam Cassell (Dunbar) with continue to sit next to Wittman on the bench, while Sullivan and Ryan Saunders are expected to stay behind the bench. After the Wizards selected Porter and acquired Glen Rice Jr. in the draft, Wittman said the team remains relatively young, which might lead him to add another developmental coach to his staff.

Michael Lee, The Washington Post

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