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By The Washington Post | June 17, 2011
The Washington Mystics spent most of Thursday night trying to atone for yet another slow start. Methodically, they trimmed the deficit from 17points to 12 to six to three. For less than a minute, they even took a one-point lead. But in the closing minutes of a 79-71 loss to the Connecticut Sun that dropped the Mystics to 1-3 on the season, the same deficiencies that forced them into a sizable early hole ensured they would not complete their comeback attempt. The Mystics have trailed at halftime in each of their four games thus far and have trailed by 12 points after the first quarter in each of their past two contests.
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Sports Digest | August 4, 2014
Milos Raonic won the first all-Canadian tournament final in Association of Tennis Professionals history, easily beating Vasek Pospisil , 6-1, 6-4, at Washington's Citi Open on Sunday for the men's singles title. It was Raonic's sixth title win; Pospisil was participating in his first ATP final. Raonic, who made it to the semifinals at Wimbledon last month, won $316,400 and is expected to have his ranking move up Monday to No. 6 in the world. This was the first time two Canadians played each other in a tour final since the beginning of the Open era in 1968.
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By The Washington Post | August 26, 2010
The Washington Mystics came into the WNBA Eastern Conference semifinals with a franchise-best 22 wins, a six-game winning streak and the top seed in the East. The one thing they forgot to bring was their defense. Washington's defensive shortcomings led to its 95-90 loss to the fourth-seeded Atlanta Dream on Wednesday night before 10,322 at Verizon Center. "I was very disappointed with our defensive effort," coach Julie Plank said. "You can't give up 95 points. ... Whether we were in man or we were in zone, their dribble penetration hurt us a lot. We were fouling too much, and they pretty much got what they wanted.
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Sports Digest | June 19, 2014
WNBA McCoughtry, Dream add to Mystics' misery, 83-73 Baltimore's Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) punished the Mystics for the second game in a row, scoring a game-high 27 points to power the host Atlanta Dream to an 83-73 win. McCoughtry, who also played a game-high 37 minutes, added six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Guard Bria Hartley (16 points) led the Mystics, who shot 47.1 percent from 3-point range but lost that advantage through deficits in turnovers, rebounding and overall field-goal percentage.
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Sports Digest | February 16, 2012
WNBA The WNBA Washington Mystics on Wednesday added free-agent forward-center Laura Harper , who started on Maryland's national championship team in 2005-06. Harper, the 10th overall pick in the 2008 WNBA draft, has played for the Sacramento Monarchs and San Antonio Silver Stars. She is averaging 13.6 points and 10.3 rebounds this season for Antakya in Turkey. The Mystics also added free-agent post player Ashley Walker and re-signed forward Kerri Gardin . College basketball Mount's Burke on administrative leave Mount St. Mary's placed men's basketball coach Robert Burke on paid administrative leave Wednesday and named assistant Matt Henry the team's acting coach.
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By Sports Digest | March 31, 2010
The Washington Wizards signed guard-forward Cartier Martin to a 10-day contract, president Ernie Grunfeld announced. Martin, 6 feet 7 and 220 pounds, had averaged 17.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 31 games this season for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Developmental League. He was signed to replace Alonzo Gee , who completed two 10-day contracts with the Wizards. Washington planned to sign him for the rest of the season, but Gee signed with the San Antonio Spurs. The Wizards also learned that guard Randy Foye has a strained ligament in his left wrist.
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Sports Digest | July 7, 2013
WNBA Mystics' Thibault becomes winningest coach in league history Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault became the winningest coach in WNBA with Saturday night's 62-59 win over the visiting Seattle Storm. Thibault surpassed Van Chancellor with his 212th career victory. The Mystics' win puts them back at .500 with a record of 6-6. Last season, Washington never reached the six-win mark, ending the season at 5-29. The Mystics moved into third place in the Eastern Conference — a half-game over the New York Liberty.
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Sports Digest | February 2, 2012
WNBA Mystics deal ex-Terp Coleman to Sparks The Washington Mystics acquired guard-forward Noelle Quinn from the Los Angeles Sparks on Wednesday, general manager and coach Trudi Lacey announced, in exchange for guard-forward Marissa Coleman , a former Maryland star. The 6-foot Quinn has played five seasons in the WNBA, including the past three with Los Angeles. After a distinguished college career at UCLA, Quinn was the fourth overall selection in the 2007 draft by Minnesota, where she spent her first two seasons.
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Sports Digest | April 16, 2014
The Washington Mystics acquired forward Tianna Hawkins (Maryland) and guard Bria Hartley from the Seattle Storm in exchange for forward Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) on Monday, the day of the WNBA draft. Hawkins was taken sixth overall in the first round by the Storm last year. The 6-foot-3 forward played in 33 games, averaging 3.4 points and 1.6 rebounds. At Maryland, Hawkins led the Terps to the Sweet Sixteen and was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013.
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By Sports Digest | April 12, 2011
WNBA Mystics deal Harding, add 1st-rounders Phillips, Dunlap The Washington Mystics acquired center Ta'Shia Phillips , guard Kelly Miller and a 2012 first-round draft pick from the Atlanta Dream on Monday for guard Lindsey Harding and the Mystics' second-round pick in 2012. Phillips, 6feet6, who averaged 16.1 points and 12.4 rebounds in her senior season at Xavier, was selected eighth overall by Atlanta in the first round of Monday's WNBA draft. With the 11th pick, the Mystics chose Victoria Dunlap , a 6-1 forward from Kentucky who was Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
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Sports Digest | May 24, 2014
WNBA Langhorne set for Washington homecoming When Mike Thibault arrived in Washington two years ago with the assignment of rebuilding the Mystics, part of the process included having to relay disappointing news to longer-tenured players that they would not be part of the franchise's future. The most emphatic of those moves came on WNBA draft night when Thibault engineered a deal that sent Crystal Langhorne to the Seattle Storm in exchange for Tianna Hawkins and the No. 7 pick, who wound up being Bria Hartley.
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Sports Digest | April 16, 2014
The Washington Mystics acquired forward Tianna Hawkins (Maryland) and guard Bria Hartley from the Seattle Storm in exchange for forward Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) on Monday, the day of the WNBA draft. Hawkins was taken sixth overall in the first round by the Storm last year. The 6-foot-3 forward played in 33 games, averaging 3.4 points and 1.6 rebounds. At Maryland, Hawkins led the Terps to the Sweet Sixteen and was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013.
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Sports Digest | September 22, 2013
Men's college soccer No. 21 Retrievers storm past Greyhounds, 3-1 No. 21 UMBC received second-half goals from Geaton Caltabiano , Pete Caringi III and Kadeem Dacres to extend its unbeaten streak to 16 games and hand host Loyola Maryland its first loss of the season, 3-1, on Saturday night in the rain before an announced 768 at Ridley Athletic Complex. Caltabiano (Mount St. Joseph), a former Greyhound, scored the first goal in the 48th minute. Dacres had fired a shot at Loyola goalkeeper Zach Kane , but classmate Jamie Libby blocked the attempt.
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Sports Digest | September 20, 2013
Laurel Park Sheer Drama sets track record on opening day After a 14-week break, live racing returned to the major Maryland tracks with the opening of the Laurel Park fall meeting. "It is good to be back home," said Laurel Park-based trainer John Salzman Sr. "It is a whole lot easier and much more relaxed racing here instead of shipping out of town. " Salzman saddled Clapping to a score in the third race. The daughter of Congrats cruised to an early lead and held on to beat Looksgoodfromhere and six other 2-year-old fillies.
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Sports Digest | September 16, 2013
Swimming Bethesda's Ledecky named Athlete of Year Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky of Bethesda was named USA Swimming Athlete of the Year at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention on Saturday. The 16-year-old also took home the Phillips 66 Performance Award for her record-breaking performance in the 1500-meter free at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Ledecky earned four gold medals and broke two world records at the event. She broke world and U.S. records in the 1500-meter and 1800-meter freestyle and won gold in her first international relay, the women's 4x200-meter free.
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Sports Digest | August 19, 2013
Track and field Centrowitz wins silver in 1,500 at worlds Annapolis native and Broadneck graduate Matthew Centrowitz won a silver medal Sunday at the World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Moscow by finishing the 1,500-meter run in 3minutes, 36.78 seconds. Centrowitz, who won a bronze in the 1,500 at the 2011 World Championships, joins Bernard Lagat as the only U.S. men to win two medals in the 1,500 meters at the World Championships. Centrowitz finished a half-second behind Asbel Kiprop of Kenya, who defended his title and took the gold in 3:36.28.
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Sports Digest | June 19, 2014
WNBA McCoughtry, Dream add to Mystics' misery, 83-73 Baltimore's Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) punished the Mystics for the second game in a row, scoring a game-high 27 points to power the host Atlanta Dream to an 83-73 win. McCoughtry, who also played a game-high 37 minutes, added six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Guard Bria Hartley (16 points) led the Mystics, who shot 47.1 percent from 3-point range but lost that advantage through deficits in turnovers, rebounding and overall field-goal percentage.
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Sports Digest | June 3, 2013
WNBA Sloppy Mystics lose home opener to Dream, 73-63 While his players talked of a fresh start throughout training camp, new Washington Mystics general manager and coach Mike Thibault warned that a return to glory would be a long-term goal for the franchise. He wasn't kidding, either. Old habits, it appears, will take a lot longer than one offseason to fix. Bogged down by a litany of turnovers, the host Mystics lost their home opener Sunday to the Atlanta Dream, 73-63, in front of an announced 8,938 at Verizon Center . Forward Crystal Langhorne (Maryland)
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Sports Digest | August 5, 2013
WNBA Mystics dominated early, lose by 18 to Sparks Bolstered by first and third quarters in which they outscored Washington by 10 and 13 points, respectively, the Los Angeles Sparks earned a 75-57 victory in front of an announced 7,092 at Verizon Center on Sunday afternoon. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) was the only Washington player to score in double digits, netting 23 points and adding seven rebounds. Emma Meesseman was the Mystics' second-highest scorer, with nine points.
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Sports Digest | July 24, 2013
Lacrosse Vandy hires Severna Park grad Gardner as assistant Two-time All-American Julie Gardner (Severna Park) will join the Vanderbilt women's lacrosse program as an assistant coach, the team announced Tuesday. A 2012 graduate of Virginia, Gardner has spent the past year as an assistant coach at William & Mary, where her primary responsibilities included recruiting, social media, alumni relations, practice and game-day coaching. She will assume a similar role with the Commodores.
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