Former Orioles and current Washington Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery Thursday to repair a torn right labrum. The Nationals feared the veteran's lingering shoulder injury was bad when it didn't respond as well as expected to rest and treatment, and recent doctors' evaluations and an X-ray with contrast dye revealed the tear. McLouth has been playing with a hurt labrum all season, manager Matt Williams said, but the symptoms worsened when he made a diving attempt for a triple late last month. "It hasn't gotten any better since," Williams said. Williams said McLouth is expected to be ready for 2015 spring training. When McLouth first landed on the disabled list Aug. 4, the Nationals were hopeful shoulder inflammation wouldn't keep the outfielder out long. But McLouth had been playing with at least some discomfort for a while, and after the dive worsened it, the shoulder didn't improve with rest. McLouth has said the shoulder injury wasn't the reason for his rough first season in Washington. The Nationals signed him to a two-year, $10.75 million contract in hopes he would shore up their bench, but McLouth hit .173/.280/.237 with one home run and 35 strikeouts in 79 games. He acknowledged earlier this month that the shoulder had hampered his preparation.
—James Wagner, The Washington Post
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Ex-Bayhawk Powell voted Offensive Player of the Year
Florida Launch attackman Casey Powell was voted the Offensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and general managers. With 30 goals and a career-high 33 assists this season, Powell finished with a league-best 63 points, six ahead of the second most. Powell, whom the Chesapeake Bayhawks traded in December for midfielder Joe Walters (Maryland), scored in all 14 regular-season games and finished with the second-best shooting percentage among attackmen (.524). John Grant Jr., the Most Valuable Player in the Bayhawks' championship victory last season, finished second, while Ohio Machine attackman Marcus Holman (Gilman) and Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) were third and fifth, respectively.
Busko qualifies for Kona for sixth consecutive year
Cockeysville native Billy Busko qualified Sunday for the Ironman World Championship for the sixth straight year. Busko, who ran cross country at Dulaney, finished third among 232 men ages 50 to 54 in the Ironman North American Championship Mont-Tremblant in Quebec with a time of 10 hours, 3 minutes, 30 seconds. He clocked 3:25:53 in the marathon, good for 76th overall out of 2,317. The Ironman will be Oct. 11 in Kona, Hawaii.
Sparks' Boston to make Truck Series debut today
Automobile Racing Club of America Racing Series veteran Justin Boston of Sparks will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut today at Bristol Motor Speedway. Currently fifth in the ARCA Racing Series, Boston will drive Venturini Motorsports' No. 25 Toyota Tundra at the UNOH 200. Boston has a victory at Toledo Speedway to go along with five top-five and eight top-10 finishes this season.
WNBA: Los Angeles guard Kristi Toliver (Maryland) was named Western Conference Player of the Week after she finished third in the conference in points per game (18.7) and tied for fourth in assists per game (four). She also was second in 3-point field-goal percentage (.563) and third in overall field-goal percentage (.667). It is Toliver's first such honor this season and second of her career.
Men's college soccer: Four area players are among College Soccer News' preseason All-Americans. Navy senior defender Joseph Greenspan and UMBC senior defender Oumar Ballo (CCBC-Essex, Archbishop Curley) were named to the first team, while Maryland senior midfielder Dan Metzger and sophomore goalkeeper Zach Steffen made the second and third teams, respectively. … UMBC was voted the unanimous favorite in the America East Conference by the league's head coaches. The Retrievers are two-time defending conference champions.
Women's college volleyball: Towson was picked to finish seventh in the nine-team Colonial Athletic Association by the league's head coaches.
Women's college lacrosse: Molly Evans has been named the head coach at CCBC-Catonsville. Evans spent the past seven seasons as the head coach at Hood.
Men's college lacrosse: Assistant coach Ben Libertini has been promoted to interim head coach at CCBC-Catonsville.
Ravens: Former Baltimore Sun reporter Jamison Hensley will talk about his new book, "Flying High: Stories of the Baltimore Ravens," at the Sports Legends Museum from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. The museum is offering half-price admission: $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children ages 3 to 12. Admission to the museum is not required to attend the event.
Boys lacrosse: The Next Level Lacrosse Club will hold open tryouts starting Thursday at Landon in Bethesda. Go to http://www.nextlevelathletes.net to register. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
—From Sun staff and news services