UMBC's Mohamed Hussein breaks Egyptian swim record

Isner reaches 3rd round of Citi Open in familiar fashion

August 01, 2013|Sports Digest


UMBC's Mohamed Hussein breaks Egyptian record

UMBC senior Mohamed Hussein broke the Egyptian record in the 200-meter individual medley at the FINA World Championships on Wednesday in Barcelona, Spain. His time of 2 minutes, 2.29 seconds broke his record of 2:03.11, set in Olympics qualifications last year. However, his 29th-place finish out of 50 swimmers was not enough to advance him to the semifinals. He still has swims in the 50 backstroke, 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay remaining. Meanwhile, U.S. swimmers Missy Franklin and Michael McBroom received medals on the day, as Franklin won gold in the women's 200 free (1:54.81) and McBroom earned silver in the men's 800 free (7:43.60). Today's finals, which start at noon, include the men's 200 IM and 100 free, and the women's 200 butterfly, 50 back and 4x200 free relay.

U.S. open: North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmer Gillian Ryan won her second title in as many days, taking the women's 400 free in 4:07.84 Wednesday night in Irvine, Calif. Ryan won the 800 free Tuesday in 8:25.57.


Isner reaches 3rd round of Citi Open in familiar fashion

Just months removed from his college days at Georgia, John Isner announced himself to the tennis world on the hard courts of Washington in August 2007, storming into the final of what was then the Legg Mason Tennis Classic by winning five consecutive third-set tiebreaks. The 6-foot-10 Isner was ranked No. 839 in the world at the time. He is now the No. 1 American. But in six years, little has changed about Isner's penchant for tiebreaks. Wednesday at the Citi Open, he advanced to the third round by defeating fellow American Alex Kuznetsov, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4), in the first meeting of their careers. As the tournament's No. 8 seed, Isner had the benefit of a first-round bye. And it was welcome, given that he contested a hard-court final at Atlanta on Sunday, saving two match points against Kevin Anderson en route to another close victory. A native of Greensboro, N.C., Isner currently leads the men's tour with 558 aces this season. But because he lacks a strong return game, he typically struggles to break serve. With so much experience in the format, Isner has learned not to stress when a set is deadlocked at six games each. "I won four matches last week that were super tight," Isner said. "I could have lost all of them. I could have lost today. I just try to focus. And I play pretty well in the tight moments. Having my weapon — my serve — and being able to get free points puts pressure on my opponents." Also advancing Wednesday was American Mardy Fish, who defeated Julien Benneteau of France, 6-3, 7-5. Fish has only recently returned to competition after being diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia last year. And he's keeping himself busy, competing with Radek Stepanek in doubles, as well. With heavy rain bringing a halt to the proceedings shortly before 8 p.m., the evening's women's matches were postponed until today. Men's play was suspended at 11:35 p.m.

Liz Clarke, The Washington Post

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Terps showing interest in German forward D. Uhl

Dominique Uhl, a 6-foot-8 wing from Germany, has starred this summer for the Jersey Shore Warriors (Pa.), but it still surprised some when he was offered a basketball scholarship by Maryland last week. One person it didn't surprise: his Jersey Shore Warriors coach, Tony Sagona. "He's a good athlete, and the last 25 days he's been really good," Sagona said. "He's got a great upside. He's long. He's starting to shoot the ball real well, he can pass, he's got good potential. They look at that — he's only in high school." Sagona said the Maryland basketball staff has been watching Uhl play the past couple of weeks. Maryland joins Iowa, Boston College, Northwestern, Temple and Penn State as the primary schools who have made offers. Uhl, a rising senior, will start to look at schools next month. Uhl can play either forward position.

Youth baseball: The Maryland Monarchs under-18 club from Gambrills won its second National Amateur Baseball Federation senior championship Sunday in Struthers, Ohio. Isaiah Pasteur (Winters Mill) hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning with the bases loaded to secure a 7-6 victory over Youngstown (Ohio) Creekside Fitness for the championship.

Running: The fourth annual Casey Cares 5K will take place Saturday at 8 a.m. at Camden Yards. Nick Markakis and his wife, Christina, will be the race ambassadors, and registration includes free refreshments and a "Home Plate Finish" photo. Registration costs $35 online through Friday and $40 on race day. Proceeds benefit the Casey Cares Foundation, which provides programs to uplift critically ill children and their families. For more information and to register, go to

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