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"Unite the Right 2" Fails

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Counterprotesters overwhelm alt-right organizers a year after Charlottesville

Counterprotesters stage their own march against the Unite the Right 2 march and rally held by white nationalists at Lafayette Square in Washington D.C.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  Counterprotesters stage their own march against the Unite the Right 2 march and rally held by white nationalists at Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fewer than 25 white nationalists who arrived Sunday afternoon to march, speak and stage their “Unite The Right 2” rally at Lafayette Square found themselves overwhelmed by thousands of counterprotesters from groups like Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement, and finally left before the rally was scheduled to begin.

“I hope this shows the white nationalists that we are willing to fight back,” said Prince George’s County resident Larry Hutchison, 31, who was one of a number of participants with handmade signs. “We are not just going to remain silent.”

Christopher Young, 44, said his outfit was the perfect attire to wear for the “Unite The Right 2” rally’s counterprotest. Young, who was born and raised in the District, decided to wear a Colin Kaepernick football jersey because “this is what he stands for” he said.

“Solidarity and numbers brings me out here today,” said Young, “because honestly, I wasn’t going to come. But I thought about for a while and I think the more people that are out here, the more it shows D.C. doesn’t want to have that here in the city.”

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Bethesda Big Train splits Baltimore Dodgers doubleheader

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Bethesda Big Train's Jacob Westerman safely steals second as Baltimore Dodgers' Short Stop DeAndre Shelton snags the errant throw. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBethesda Big Train's Jacob Westerman safely steals second as Baltimore Dodgers' shortstop DeAndre Shelton snags the errant throw. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — The Bethesda Big Train split a twin bill with the Baltimore Dodgers Monday at Shirley Povich Field.

After suffering a 7-6 loss to Baltimore in Game One, the Big Train dominated the nightcap en route to an 11-1 victory over their Cal Ripken League opponents.

The Big Train earned their 21st win and suffered their fourth loss this season while Baltimore moved to 8-15 on the campaign.

“Just to bounce back in Game Two and put six runs on the board in the first inning was huge,” said Big Train pitcher Alec Burleson, a two-way player who leads the league with eight home runs. “Just gave us a lot of cushion for our pitchers to get work in and it was just nice to have a lead the whole game.”

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Francesco Molinari wins Quicken Loans National; Tiger Woods places 4th

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Francesco Molinari smashes his drive on the 18th hole for a record-tying 8-under par performance on the day and 21-under par tournament - his first win on the PGA Tour. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKFrancesco Molinari from Turin, Italy smashes his drive on the 18th hole for a record-tying 8-under par performance on the day and 21-under par tournament - his first win on the PGA Tour. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — Although tournament host Tiger Woods was the center of attention throughout the week, Italy’s Francesco Molinari grabbed the spotlight on the final day of the Quicken Loans National.

Molinari earned his first official PGA Tour victory on Sunday and became the first Italian to win on the PGA Tour since 1947.

Molinari’s victory at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm helped him earn a handsome share of the $7,100,000 purse.

“I’ve always said that the next stage of my career would have been to win over here, and to do it in this fashion, it’s even better,” said Molinari, who pocketed a $1,278,000 paycheck. “I’m very proud the way I played today, probably some of the best golf I’ve ever played and I’ll ever play in the future. I think it’s hard to play better than this.”

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Bethesda Big Train push past Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts, 8-4

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Bethesda Big Train's Jacob Southern shatters his bat on a foul ball. He crushed the next pitch for a 2 RBI double off the center field wall. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBethesda Big Train's Jacob Southern shatters his bat on a foul ball. He crushed the next pitch for a 2 RBI double off the center field wall. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — The Bethesda Big Train, the best team in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, hosted the interdivisional Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts on a warm Monday night at Shirley Povich Field. The Big Train started off strong, until the T-Bolts tied it up, but then Bethesda got the job done for the 8-4 victory.

The Big Train got on the board early when third baseman Carson Taylor hit a sac fly to center field that sent shortstop AJ Lee home for the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

One inning later, with the bases loaded, two-way player Alec Burleson doubled to deep center field and cleared the bases, allowing Lee, catcher Jacob Southern, and outfielder Andrew Shebloski to score and extend Bethesda’s lead to 4-0.

However, the shutout disappeared in the top of the fourth, a half-inning later, when first baseman Tucker Childers hit an RBI double to left field to drive in outfielder Nicholas Atkinson and cut the deficit to 4-1.

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B-CC beats Takoma Academy in Capitol Hoops

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase's Elijah Wood throws down this dunk and scored 16 points in the 67-64 win over Takoma Academy. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBethesda-Chevy Chase's Elijah Wood throws down a dunk and scored 16 points in the 67-64 win over Takoma Academy. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK HYATTSVILLE — The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons overcame a two-point halftime deficit Monday en route to a 67-64 win over the Takoma Academy Tigers in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha.

“We all just decided to wake up and get the win,” said B-CC’s 6-foot-6 point guard Elijah Wood, who finished with a team-high 16 points for the Barons.

Wood, who added seven rebounds, led three B-CC players in double figures along with Kevin McAuliffe, who scored 14 points and Cole Doherty, who registered 11 points.

McAuliffe, a 6-foot rising senior, registered a double-double for the Barons, finishing with eleven rebounds.

“That’s my first option so he’s very helpful,” said Wood. “He was a spot-up shooter last year. He can take you off the dribble. He’s just gotten better.”

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Gaithersburg Giants beat Rockville Express in dominant pitching duel

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Rockville Express second baseman Matt Kruszka tags out Gaithersburg Giants' Ryan Shinn in a steal attempt, but the Giants would go on to win the game, 3-1. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKRockville Express second baseman Matt Kruszka tags out Gaithersburg Giants' Ryan Shinn in a steal attempt, but the Giants would go on to win the game, 3-1. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — In Monday night’s game between the Gaithersburg Giants and Rockville Express, it was more about the pitching than the hitting, but the Giants were able to come through with clutch hitting towards the end for the 3-1 victory on the road.

The first score came from Gaithersburg in the top of the second inning when outfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo reached on an infield single as outfielder Ryan Shimm made his way towards home plate to give his team a 1-0 lead.

But the Express responded in the bottom of the fourth when catcher Evan Blum singled to left field to score outfielder Billy Godrick and tie the game up at 1-1.

The next four innings involved some hits but no runs thanks to some quality pitching. Nick Pantos of the Giants had himself a night on the mound, as he went seven innings and struck out 10 batters. This was the second 10-strikeout game for Pantos this season. Chandler Schultz pitched the last two innings and got the save.

“All I was trying to do was fill up the zone,” Pantos said. “The slider was working well today so I stuck with that. Good things tend to happen when you’re throwing strikes, and the defense made some good plays behind me. Everything really goes into it.”

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Landon Bears take down Good Counsel in Capitol Hoops game, 69-54

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Canin Reynolds (2) of Landon uses his speed and hops to score over Good Counsel's Dayjuan Waters. Reynolds was the game's high scorer with 25 points. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKCanin Reynolds (2) of Landon uses his speed and jumps to score over Good Counsel's Dayjuan Waters. Reynolds was the game's high scorer with 25 points. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  HYATTSVILLE — The quick one-two punch of Landon guards Canin Reynolds and Kino Lilly proved to be too much for their opponents as the Landon Bears took down the Good Counsel Falcons 69-54 Tuesday night in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School.

“I love Kino because he can shoot and I can always count on him to knock it down,” said Reynolds.

“Canin helps me get open shots because he can drive and kick, he does really well at that,” said Lilly.

At the start of the second half, Landon was down 29-28 after the Falcons had halted the Bears’ hot start.

“We picked up our defensive intensity,” said Good Counsel coach Anthony Guy. “The first couple minutes they were able to get any look they wanted but we turned up the ball pressure and got some hands in the passing lanes, turned them over, got some stops and that got us back in the game.”

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After several comebacks, Gaithersburg falls to Herndon Braves in 11th inning

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FCA Herndon Braves' catcher Mitch Mendler blocks the slide of Gaithersburg Giants' Trace Bucey. The Braves' defense held on for an 8-7 win in 11 innings. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKFCA Herndon Braves catcher Mitch Mendler blocks the slide of Gaithersburg Giants' Trace Bucey. The Braves' defense held on for an 8-7 win in 11 innings. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The visiting FCA Herndon Braves baseball team survived the third comeback attempt of the night by the Gaithersburg Giants to get the 8-7 win in the 11th inning in the season opener for the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League on Tuesday night.

“No lead is ever safe,” Braves manager Chris Warren said. “You have to just execute because they definitely did not quit and put themselves in a position to win the game at the end.”

After five innings of a defensive deadlock, the Braves struck first in the top of the sixth, when pitcher Ethan Delahunty grounded a shot up the right infield line to bring home pinch hitter Brandon White.

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Howard ends B-CC Barons’ run for a state title

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Joe Eisenberg checks out the scoreboard which would turn out to be the final 5-3 score against the Howard Lions in the 4A state semifinal game. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBethesda-Chevy Chase Barons' Joe Eisenberg checks out the scoreboard for what would turn out to be the final score, 5-3, against the Howard Lions in the 4A state semifinal game.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — It had been 29 years since B-CC last advanced to the state semifinals. This season, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons won two playoff games on walk-off hits, and finally once again reached the state semifinals.

However, at Shirley Povich Field on Wednesday the magical run ended, as the Barons fell to the Howard Lions of Howard County, 5-3.

“The character of the guys,” Barons head coach John Schmidt said on what he took away from this season. “Say what you want about talent; I remember how you take care of yourself on the field. Even in a win or a loss, I thought we carried ourselves very well.”

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QO Cougars defeat Clarksburg in baseball playoffs, 7-3

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Despite Clarksburg Coyotes' Andrew Abrams attempt at breaking up a double-play, Quince Orchard shortstop Ethan Frank maintained focus and retired both runners. PHOTO BY  MIKE CLARKDespite an attempt by Clarksburg Coyotes' Andrew Abrams at breaking up a double-play, Quince Orchard shortstop Ethan Frank kept his focus, and retired both runners.             PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The visiting Clarksburg Coyotes came up short Tuesday against the Quince Orchard Cougars varsity baseball team.

Quince Orchard scored five runs in the first inning en route to a 7-3 victory over the Coyotes.

The Cougars were led by Ethan Frank who registered an RBI single in the first inning along with Alec Sbily and Bryan Gurcan.

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