US Lacrosse announced Monday that five Chesapeake Bayhawks will be on the final, 23-man roster representing the United States at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship this month. Representing the Bayhawks on Team USA are attackman Brendan Mundorf (UMBC, Mount St. Joseph); midfielders Matt Abbott and Dan Burns (Maryland, Severna Park); and defensemen Michael Evans (Johns Hopkins, South River) and Jesse Bernhardt (Maryland). The Bayhawks' five players on the U.S. roster trail only the New York Lizards' six. Attackman Marcus Holman (Gilman); midfielders Kevin Buchanan (Calvert Hall) and Kyle Harrison (Johns Hopkins, Friends); defensemen Mitch Belisle (Severna Park) and Kyle Hartzell (Salisbury, Archbishop Curley); and goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman (Johns Hopkins, Pikesville) also made the cut. Team USA begins play at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., on July 10 against Canada.
After absence, Harper back in lineup, scores run in win
Fifty-seven games after he tore a ligament in his thumb, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper returned Monday night and made the team's lineup whole in a 7-3 victory over the visiting Colorado Rockies. Harper went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored on shortstop Ian Desmond's go-ahead, three-run double in the sixth inning. The might of the Nationals' lineup at full health took six innings to surface. But once it did, the Nationals turned a 2-1 deficit into a rocking-chair win. With one out in the sixth, after Ryan Zimmerman's RBI double, reliever Rob Scahill intentionally walked Harper to load the bases for Desmond. Before the game, though, Harper openly disagreed with the way manager Matt Williams filled out his lineup card. With the Nationals at full health Monday for the first time since Opening Day, Williams placed Harper in left field, Zimmerman at third base, Anthony Rendon at second and Danny Espinosa on the bench. "We've got one of the best second basemen in the league in Danny Espinosa," said Harper, 21, who added that he himself preferred center field. "I think Rendon playing third and Zim playing left is something that would be good for this team. I think that should be what's happening."
—Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
Wizards' Wittman trying to woo starters Ariza, Gortat
Randy WittmanWashington Wizards coach Randy Wittman and vice president of player programs Ed Tapscott left for Los Angeles on Sunday to meet with small forward Trevor Ariza today, the first day of the negotiating period, according to people with knowledge of the situation. The Wizards have made it a priority to sign Ariza and center Marcin Gortat, unrestricted free agents and defensive stalwarts on the franchise's first team to win a second-round playoff game since 1982. Wittman joined senior vice president Tommy Sheppard in Poland on Friday to assist Gortat in his basketball camp while also expressing the team's desire to bring him back. Sheppard stayed behind to meet with Gortat today. Both players have been linked to the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat and are expected to get raises from the $7.7 million each earned last season.
—Michael Lee, The Washington Post
Major League Lacrosse: Joe Walters (Maryland) was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week after lifting the Chesapeake Bayhawks to an 18-11 win Saturday against the host Florida Launch. Walters followed his three-goal performance in the MLL All-Star Game with four goals and four assists against the Launch to help secure the Bayhawks' third victory of the season. In the four games he has played, Walters has recorded five goals and 11 assists.
Baseball: Dave Zirin will discuss his book "Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down" at the regular meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" at 9 a.m. Saturday at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. For information, call 410-740-1145.
Community: The Orioles, OriolesREACH, and manager Buck Showalter and his wife, Angela, are working with KidsPeace to host a Halloween-themed race to benefit children in foster care. The fifth annual Trick-or-Trot 5K/one-mile walk will be held on Nov. 1. The race will begin and end at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded for top runners, age-group winners, fundraising teams and best costumes. Participants can register online. The registration fee is $35 through Oct. 27 and $40 the day of the race.
Golf: The American Junior Golf Association will return to Lothian when 96 players compete in the 54-hole stroke-play AJGA Annapolis Junior next week. Old South Country Club will host the event for the second consecutive year. The tournament practice round will be held Monday and tournament rounds will be held starting next Tuesday. Tournament tee times will run from 7 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. off the No. 1 tee. Admission is free. For more information, go to ajga.org.
College football: The Navy Football Fan Fest/Media Day will be Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Players will sign autographs on the blue side (press box-side) concourse from 10 to 11 a.m. before interacting with the fans on the field. Activities will include interactive inflatable games, giveaways and live music. Fans should enter the parking lot through Gate 5 off Taylor Avenue and enter the stadium on the Blue or press box side. There will be a $5 charge for parking. Event admission is free. For more information, contact Kris Morgenthaler at (410) 293-8712 or at email@example.com.
—From Sun staff and news services