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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
A Roland Park Country School senior placed 45th in the all-around competition on Wednesday at the World Gymnastics Championship in Antwerp, Belgium. Toni-Ann Williams, who trains at United Gymnastix in Reisterstown, was competing against 134 athletes from 57 countries, including United States Olympians McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross. Williams was 37th on floor exercise and 38th on vault. Williams, who is also a Jamaican citizen, became the first athlete to compete internationally for that country in women's artistic gymnastics.
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Sports Digest | October 7, 2014
Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore will compete in the still rings, vault, parallel bars and floor exercise for the United States in today's team finals at the World Championships in Nanning, China. Team finals begin at 7 a.m.; fans can watch live coverage on usagymworlds.com. The top 24 teams will advance to the team competition at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. NHL: The Washington Capitals signed forward Liam O'Brien to a three-year, entry-level contract. O'Brien was invited this preseason as an undrafted free agent and managed to outlast several rounds of cuts.
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By Aaron Kasinitz, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
Anthony DeLuca rolls out of bed around 2:30 most mornings. Though it's still dark when he steps through his front doors by 3:15, DeLuca can look to his left and still see his family's emus, cows, horses and chickens as he walks down a rocky driveway to his car. About 15 hours later, DeLuca will return to his Keymar home, about 10 miles north of Frederick, to care for those animals. For now, he's off to Laurel Roller Skating Center to start his day with a two-hour training session that begins at 4:30 a.m. DeLuca's morning routine is atypical for the average American 23-year old - but most 23-year-olds don't have a shot to become a world champion figure roller skater like DeLuca does.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps from competition for six months and removed him from its 2015 world championship team in response to the record-setting Olympian's drunken-driving arrest in Baltimore last week. The punishment came the day after Phelps announced he was checking into a six-week, in-patient treatment program to work on his personal life. “Michael's conduct was serious and required significant consequences,” USA Swimming's executive director, Chuck Wielgus, said in a statement.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
Maryland women's basketball star Alyssa Thomas has been named to the U.S. women's national team's 33-player pool for the 2014 world championships and 2016 Olympics. The two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year attended a U.S. minicamp in Las Vegas in October and is one of just six current college players chosen for the 2014-16 pool. (The others are UConn's Stefanie Dolson, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart, Notre Dame's Kayla McBride and Baylor's Odyssey Sims.
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By Barbara Pash | March 25, 2014
When he was younger, Arman Farazdaghi played with Legos. "I designed things that didn't work. I thought, I'll design something that works," said Arman, a 12-year-old seventh-grader who created the software program that operated a robot for the robotics club at Ridgely Middle School. "I started building things when I was a kid — a chest, a wagon. I like designing and building," said Cindy Jia, 11, a sixth-grader who helped to design and build the robot. "Before joining the robotics club, I designed one robot from parts I ordered online," said seventh-grader Noah Zipin, 13, and a team leader.
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By John Dedinas and John Dedinas,Contributing Writer | July 23, 1995
George H. Stram's house is full of wooden ducks, which have provided him with a hobby, a little extra cash and a world championship ribbon.Mr. Stram of Forest Hill took first place recently at the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition in Ocean City with his carving of a red-breasted merganser duck. The championship is an international event at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury."I'm not the greatest carver in the world," Mr. Stram said. "I do pretty well though."About 1,000 carvers from seven countries went to Ocean City to compete in five different carving classes: youth, novice, intermediate, open and world.
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By John Jiloty and Inside Lacrosse | July 19, 2014
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - The consensus among fans and analysts heading into Saturday's Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship final between Canada and the United states was that the Americans, dominant all tournament long, were the clear-cut favorites.  Canada, seeking its first gold since 2006, needed to win faceoffs and control possession to keep the ball away from Team USA's stacked offense, which came into the championship game...
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | May 4, 2003
WHEN YOU see a baton twirler out in front of a marching band, competition isn't the first thing that leaps to mind. But twirling can be justified as an athletic skill, and twirlers do compete as teams, as well as individually, although team twirling hardly has a huge following. Nevertheless, what is news here today is that Howard County is home to three age-group world championship twirling squads. The Dynamics, a twirling club operated since 1975 by Laurel's Linda Alford and training now at Volleyball House in Elkridge, found itself with 24 girls plus entourage in Marseille, France, last month, when France wasn't exactly the best place for Americans to be. Politics aside, the National Baton Twirling Association's world championships, conducted every three years, drew teams for about 10 nations, mostly from Europe, Alford said, with her club representing the United States in three of four categories of team competition.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
Each member of the Western High School Robotics team brings a range of individual strengths that help them compete, everything from a knack for maneuvering a remote control to extraordinary math and science skills. But, they say, they also have a competitive edge that's harder to match: girl power. It's what members on the all-girl team - called the "RoboDoves" after Western's mascot - say has helped them soar onto the national and international robotics scene, an intellectual sport that has traditionally been dominated by males and suburban school districts.
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Sports Digest | October 5, 2014
Baltimore's Donnell Whittenburg led the United States men's gymnastics team to a third-place finish during qualifications Saturday at the World Championships in Nanning, China. The U.S. team earned a 360.393, behind China (362.698) and Japan (361.609). Whittenburg finished fourth in the all-around standings with a total score of 89.361 to advance to the all-around final. The Edgewood graduate posted the team's highest score (15.500) on the still rings after closing his routine with a double-twisting, double-back dismount.
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Sports Digest | August 24, 2014
Gymnastics After a strong performance over the weekend at the P&G Gymnastics Championships in Pittsburgh, Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore was one of six gymnasts named to the U.S. senior men's national team that will compete at the World Gymnastics Championships in October in Nanning, China. The 20-year-old Whittenburg, who trains at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., impressed in Pittsburgh. The Edgewood alumnus won the vault with a score of 30.950, finished second in the still rings (31.200)
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By John Jiloty and Inside Lacrosse | July 19, 2014
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - The consensus among fans and analysts heading into Saturday's Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship final between Canada and the United states was that the Americans, dominant all tournament long, were the clear-cut favorites.  Canada, seeking its first gold since 2006, needed to win faceoffs and control possession to keep the ball away from Team USA's stacked offense, which came into the championship game...
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By Terry Foy and Inside Lacrosse | July 19, 2014
When the Canada and U.S. tangle at 9 tonight, they'll reignite a rivalry that offers pretty much everything a sports fan could want -  history, excitement, emotion and incredibly high stakes. When these two teams opened the FIL World Championships on July 10 in Commerce City, Colo., Canada jumped out to a 3-0 lead while holding the U.S. scoreless for the game's first 25 minutes. An eight-goal outburst over the next 20 minutes created separation from which the Canadians couldn't rebound.
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From Inside Lacrosse | July 17, 2014
1. Matt Abbott is the U.S. team's most important player One of the strongest reactions to the U.S. team's 23-man roster was the lack of a third short-stick defensive midfielder, and that criticism was exacerbated by  injuries to Dan Burns and Kyle Harrison in pool play . What it also shone a bright spotlight on is how consistent and reliable Matt Abbott is as a player. So many times, he's come in off the wings of a faceoff to make a tough ground ball look easy or pulled out of a so-so transition opportunity to calmly flip the ball to an on-subbing midfielder.
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By Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun and By Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Chesapeake Bayhawks attackman Drew Westervelt has been tuning in to the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships for the past week. After winning a gold medal with the United States at the 2010 championships, the John Carroll and UMBC graduate has been watching this year, but not only to support his country. Seven of Westervelt's Bayhawks teammates are competing in this year's championships in Commerce City, Colo. Despite the absence of those players, Chesapeake's season continues Thursday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against the Rochester Rattlers (7-3)
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BY ALLAN VOUGHT | November 4, 2011
It's been an extraordinary year for Havre de Grace - the racehorse, not to be confused with the Harford County city of the same name where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay. There are plenty of folks who live in Havre de Grace the city, however, who no doubt will be rooting for Havre de Grace the horse Saturday evening around 7 p.m. when the filly goes postward in the $5 million Breeders Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in Louisville....
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By Tom Schad, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2013
Cameron Naasz was introduced to ice cross downhill less than two years ago, but already he has become the face - and the future - of the sport in the United States. The 23-year-old finished third in this season's world championship standings. Naasz won the race in Lausanne, Switzerland, this month, finished second in the Niagara Falls, Ontario, event in December and third in St. Paul, Minn., in January. In just his second season of competition, Naasz became the most successful American in the recorded history of ice cross downhill.
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Sports Digest | July 13, 2014
Memorabilia Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn A nearly century-old Babe Ruth bat sold for $214,000 at a memorabilia auction Saturday night, but the first baseball whacked over the Yankee Stadium fence by the legendary slugger failed to land a new home. The auction, held at the Sports Legends Museum a day after the 100-year anniversary of Ruth's first major league game, featured 200 items related to the Baltimore-born home run king. Ruth's bat was discovered in a stash of pre-World War I Red Sox bats found in a 150-year-old home outside Boston, according to Goldin Auctions of New Jersey, which handled the sale.
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By Cody Goodwin, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
The newest addition to Hunter Ritter's trophy stand is shaped like a stop sign, made of wood and has a gold medal placed in the middle of it. The John Carroll senior earned the wrestling hardware in May after winning the FILA Cadet Freestyle National Championships in Akron, Ohio. Ritter went 5-0 at 85 kilograms - roughly 187 pounds - en route to the title. While the first-place finish was the culmination of long hours in the practice room, it was merely the beginning of an opportunistic and eventful couple of months - Ritter is set to compete in the FILA Cadet World Championships, which runs from July 15-20 in Slovakia.
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