Orioles scout team wins amateur national title
Youse's Orioles, an amateur scout team for the Baltimore Orioles made up of college players, won their 29th All-American Amateur Baseball Association national championship by beating Johnstown Delweld twice in Johnstown, Pa., on Sunday. Youse's handed Delweld its first loss of the tournament, 12-5, in the first game to force a winner-take-all final in the double elimination tournament. The Orioles then clinched the title with a 13-3 victory. First baseman Ryan Ripken (Gilman), Cal Ripken's Jr.'s son, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after batting .484 with 13 RBIs in seven games, leading Youse's to a 6-1 record.
Varsity: Gary Gubbings has been named the new baseball coach at South River, replacing the retired Ken Dunn. Gubbings spent the past six years as an assistant coach under Dunn, who stepped down after 35 seasons. In the spring, Dunn earned Baltimore Sun All-Metro Coach of the Year honors after leading the Seahawks to a 20-5 season and the program's first state title. South River defeated Catonsville, 6-0, to capture the Class 4A state crown.
Redskins' Griffin expected to increase intensity of drills
The practice activities of quarterback Robert Griffin III are expected to be intensified in the coming days at the Washington Redskins' training camp, according to two people with knowledge of the team's planning. One person familiar with the situation said it is expected that Griffin's first drills against an 11-man defense will take place on Tuesday. It wasn't clear how significant his workload would be, however. Another person with knowledge of the Redskins' broad planning for Griffin said that Griffin, barring a setback, is likely to take part in some full-team drills "soon" but did not say precisely when that is expected to happen. Both of those people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. It is not clear how firm the Redskins' plans for Griffin's activities are. Coach Mike Shanahan has said he would stick to his training-camp plan for Griffin's practice workload unless Griffin suffers a setback. Shanahan has declined to say publicly when he will allow Griffin to participate in full-team drills at training camp. Griffin is expected to have at least one more day of scaled-back practice activities when the Redskins return to work today at their training camp facility in Richmond, Va. The reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Griffin underwent surgery three days after the Redskins' wild-card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks to have tears of the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his right knee repaired.
—The Washington Post
WNBA: Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) scored 18 points to lead the host Washington Mystics (11-13) to a 74-63 win over the Connecticut Sun (6-15) at Verizon Center. Langhorne knocked down seven of 15 shots from the field and grabbed nine rebounds, including four offensive. Ivory Latta hit a trio of 3-pointers and Monique Currie scored 12 points for the Mystics, who won their second straight game on the heels of a four-game losing streak. Tina Charles had a double double with 18 points and 12 rebounds while Kelsey Griffin scored 17 points for the Sun, which lost their third straight game. Washington never trailed and led by as many as 21 points.
Swimming: The four-swimmer relay team of Russell Shiels, Polly Surhoff, Lauren McQuaid and Andy Cosgarea from the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center in Baltimore won the 28.5-mile Manhattan Relay in New York on Saturday. Surhoff is the wife of former Orioles outfielder B.J. Surhoff, and all four are alumni of North Baltimore Aquatic Center.
Horse racing: As he continues to train toward the Grade I $1 million Travers Stakes on Aug. 24, Kentucky Derby winner Orb arrived at Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey's barn at Saratoga (N.Y.) Race Course midafternoon Sunday after a 51/2-hour van ride from the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton. Showing good energy, the Malibu Moon colt was led out by groom Crisanto Maldonado and walked the shedrow before being led to his stall and then out to graze. "He's a good shipper. I liked the way he came off the van," said McGaughey, who was joined at the barn by Ogden "Dinny" Phipps, who co-owns Orb with Baltimore County resident Stuart Janney III. "I think he's gotten bigger." McGaughey stood close by as Maldonado grazed Orb outside the barn. Orb had been at Fair Hill since the day after running third in the Grade I Belmont Stakes on June 8 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. He had six works there, including a five-furlong breeze in 59.70 seconds on Saturday. "They had to bring him in yesterday [from grazing after the work], he was feeling so good," McGaughey said. Orb will walk under tack Monday morning, said the trainer, then gallop as he continues to train toward the Travers.
—From Sun staff and news services