Tiafoe top-seeded in French Open juniors

Coppin State triple jumper Epps advances out of regional

June 01, 2014|Sports Digest

Tennis

Tiafoe top-seeded in French Open juniors

Francis Tiafoe, 16, of Riverdale Park in Prince George's County will make his French Open debut today in the first round of the junior tournament in Paris. Tiafoe, who grew up training on clay at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, is the top seed and will face 17-year-old wild card Clement Larriere. Tiafoe entered a lower-rung pro tournament in Spain last month, where he won two matches before falling to a 23-year-old Belgian in three sets. From there, he went to Barcelona Total Tennis, an academy co-founded by Francis Roig, a longtime hitting partner of eight-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal.

Liz Clarke, The Washington Post

College track and field

Coppin triple jumper Epps advances out of regional

Coppin State senior Christina Epps advanced to the NCAA outdoor track and field championships by placing third in the triple jump with a personal-best 43 feet, 11.75 inches (13.40 meters) on Saturday at the East Regional Preliminary in Jacksonville, Fla. "It means a lot to qualify for nationals," said Epps, who has rebounded from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in 2012 and will compete June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore. "I got there during the indoor season and it's nice to get there for outdoors. I had my ups and downs during the outdoor season. I remember being here two years ago and trying too hard. Today, I had a lot of nerves and excitement before I jumped. It was nice to perform well here and see how much I've grown." ... UMES senior Gayon Evans finished 11th in the women's 100-meter quarterfinals in 11.483 seconds, advancing to Eugene. ... UMBC senior Trae Proctor finished 22nd in the 110-meter hurdles quarterfinal in 14.09 seconds and failed to advance. Seniors Dennison Long and Andrew Smith, as well as sophomore Vincent Rentzsch, also competed for the Retrievers. Long and Smith earned quarterfinal berths in the 100-meter dash and 800-meter run, respectively, but did not advance further.

Et cetera

Carrasco nears McCarthy for Pimlico jockey title

Victor Carrasco rode four winners and moved to within seven wins of Trevor McCarthy for the top spot in the standings with three live racing days remaining in the spring meeting at Pimlico Race Course. The 2013 Eclipse Award-winning apprentice scored aboard Inspired by Grace ($4.40-race 5), Graeme's Song ($10.60-race 6), Sortano ($14.20-race 7) and Dulcedumbre ($7-race 10). The 21-year-old has ridden 33 winners during the meet. McCarthy, who rode at Monmouth Park on Saturday, has mounts in all nine races at Pimlico today, while Carrasco will ride in seven. The 35-day stand continues Friday and ends Saturday.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United extended its unbeaten streak at RFK Stadium to seven with a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City, pulling the club into second place in the Eastern Conference and back within two points of the front-running New England Revolution. Fabian Espindola scored his seventh goal of the season, an intended cross to the back post that caught goalkeeper Eric Kronberg stepping forward instead of back and floated into the top corner.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

WNBA: Marissa Coleman (Maryland) scored 11 points and passed 1,000 points for her career as the Indiana Fever (3-3) earned a 70-66 victory over the New York Liberty. Coleman added five rebounds. Former Terp Lynetta Kizer had five points off the bench for the Fever.

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