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Redskin rookie suffers season-ending injury

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Derrius Guice.  COURTESY PHOTODerrius Guice. COURTESY PHOTO  Derrius Guice’s rookie season was over before it began.

Guice, who was selected by the Washington Redskins in the second round of this year’s draft, suffered a torn ACL last week in the preseason opener against the New England Patriots.

“He’s a great kid, he’s going to work hard, he’ll recover and – so there’s no problem there,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. “You know, we are disappointed for Derrius. You know we had high hopes for him and what he could do for this football team and what he would accomplish in his rookie year as a person and all that good stuff. But I know that knowing him and knowing the doctors we have and the rehab that we are going to give him, provide for him, he will be 100 percent in no time.”

Guice, who was the 59th overall pick in the draft, rushed for more than 3,000 yards and scored 29 touchdowns in three seasons at LSU and became the first and only player in Southeastern Conference history to register three career games of 250 or more rushing yards.

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Local players earn honors on the college gridiron

Dwayne Haskins.  FILE PHOTODwayne Haskins.    FILE PHOTOThe University of Maryland’s season opener at FedEx Field is just days away but the spotlight surrounding the circumstances of Jordan McNair’s death has given the football program a black eye.
However, despite all the negative publicity revolving around the program, there is some good news emerging from College Park.
Maryland running back and kick returner Ty Johnson along with wide receiver Taivon Jacobs have been named to various preseason watch lists.
Johnson, a senior from Cumberland, has been named to the 2018 Paul Hornung Award Watch List.

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Maryland cuts ties with coach in wake of scandal

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University of Maryland logoIn the fallout from Jordan McNair’s death, the University of Maryland has parted ways with strength and conditioning coach Rick Court and placed head coach DJ Durkin on paid administrative leave.

Matt Canada, who was hired by Durkin in January, has been promoted from offensive coordinator to interim head coach.

Court, who was hired by Durkin in 2015, sent a resignation letter on Monday addressed to University of Maryland staff which included Durkin and Maryland athletic director Damon Evans.

“As a coach, it is critical for me to live what I strive to instill in my players, which is to be committed to the welfare of the team and to be a good man on and off of the field,” he wrote. “After thoughtful reflection, prayer and support, I have offered my resignation to the University of Maryland.”

McNair, a 19-year-old offensive lineman, died on June 13 after being hospitalized following a workout on May 29. The cause of death was ruled as heatstroke.

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Local teen to represent US in Fiji swim meet

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Phoebe Bacon, 16, of Chevy Chase to represent U.S. in Fiji swim meet. COURTESY PHOTOPhoebe Bacon, 16, of Chevy Chase to represent U.S. in Fiji swim meet. COURTESY PHOTO  In many ways, 16-year-old Phoebe Bacon is like many kids her age. The Chevy Chase native is learning how to drive and is looking at potential colleges as she heads into her junior year of high school.

In one big way, though, Bacon is different. In the pool, Bacon, who swims for Nation’s Capital Swim Club at its American University site, has become one of the best young swimmers in the country. After a stellar meet at last month’s U.S. Nationals in Irvine, California, Bacon will represent the United States in at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji from Aug. 23 to Aug. 27. The meet brings together many of the top swimmers ages 13 to 18 from non-European countries around the world, including Australia, Canada and Japan.

Bacon qualified based on her performance in the 100-meter backstroke, a race in which she finished fourth in the finals, in 59.31 seconds. That time was a little off her preliminary swim of 59.12, which is the second-fastest U.S. performance ever in the 15-16 age group. It was the first time she had been under a minute in the event.

“The time in prelims I was really happy with that,” Bacon said. “Going into finals I gained a little bit, but I was still so happy that I was under a minute twice in a day, which I thought was awesome.”

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Warrior Dash obstacle course makes its Montgomery County debut

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Participants in the 2018 Warrior Dash in Clarksburg use different strategies to maneuver through the mud pit and barbed wire. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE Participants use different strategies to maneuver through the mud pit and barbed wire section of the 2018 Warrior Dash obstacle course in Clarksburg.    PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  CLARKSBURG — The Warrior Dash made its Montgomery County debut over the weekend.

Dozens of weekend warriors made the trek to spacious High Point Farm Saturday to participate in one of the nation’s dirtiest events.

Runners from all around the region and points beyond competed in the 5k obstacle course race and festival that attracts more than three million participants worldwide.

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Redskins looking forward to coming season

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Washington Redskins' Simmie Cobbs, Jr. (15) makes a catch as safety Troy Apke (30) tries to cover at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond,Virginia on Fan Appreciation Day, Saturday.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHSimmie Cobbs, Jr. (15) makes a catch as safety Troy Apke (30) tries to cover at Washington Redskins Training Center on Fan Appreciation Day. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  RICHMOND, VA. — Washington Redskins diehards got a chance to watch their beloved Burgundy and Gold during Fan Appreciation Day Saturday at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

Fans lined up one by one outside the facility before practice to get a glimpse of the NFC East title contenders.

“It’s awesome,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. “The fans come out here, we’re very appreciate of our stay here in Richmond. They have been great to us. Bon Secours has been excellent to us, the Omni has been great so, it’s a first-class organization here and we’re happy to be part of it.”

Redskins defensive end Jonathan Allen, who was selected with the 17th overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft, enters his second season with high expectations. He was glad to see the fans in attendance.

“Oh I love it, man,” said Allen. “I love D.C. fans and it’s kind of crazy just ‘cause, like five or six years ago, that was me out there when we had the camp back in Ashburn. So, just being able to come out here and talk to the fans, you know sign stuff for them, just really just hang out with them, it’s fun, I enjoy it.”

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480 Club produces top DMV gridiron talent with top training

480 Club logoEarlier this summer, Jordan Addison received his first scholarship offer from the University of Maryland.
Addison, a rising junior at Tuscarora High School in Frederick County, is among a growing list of local student-athletes that have participated in the 480 Club, the brainchild of Watkins Mill High School graduate Joseph Hooks.
The 480 Club, established four years ago, offers training for student-athletes and the 480 Club Elite, which has been in existence for the past two years, features Montgomery County’s top players crisscrossing the country to compete in seven-on-seven tournaments.
“I’m the only Montgomery County team ranked top 15 in the country,” Hooks admitted.

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Chile defeats Sugarland Farm 8-3, wins third place in polo tournament

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Left to right, Greg Grigorian (3), Andres Prado, Lautaro Gracia (obscured), Federico Potel (2), and Eloris Snyder (2) battle for position on the ball during a polo match at the Congressional Polo Club in Poolesville on Sunday.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHLeft to right, Greg Grigorian (3), Andres Prado, Lautaro Gracia (obscured), Federico Potel (2), and Eloris Snyder (2) battle for the ball during the polo tournment between Sugarland Farm (yellow-and-blue) and Chile (blue-and-white) at the Congressional Polo Club on Sunday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  POOLESVILLE — It was a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon at the Congressional Polo Club, which offers a wide variety of equestrian activities ranging from polo to riding lessons to trail rides. The Sugarland Farm and the Chile polo teams, both composed of three players on horseback, took the outdoor arena in a battle for third place in the Rain and Mud Cup, ending in victory for Chile over Sugarland Farm, 8-3.

Chile, who wore blue-and-white jerseys, jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the first chukka, or period of play. Sugarland Farm players, who wore yellow-and-blue jerseys, used their mallets to drive the ball into the goal twice to take a 2-1 lead. However, the Chile team soon tied it back up at 2-2.

With the score 2-2 heading into the second chukka, Chile knocked the ball into the goal three times to take a 5-2 lead at the half.

It didn’t get any better for Sugarland Farm, as their opponent scored three more goals of their own. SF scored in the third chukka, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Chile polo team won 8-3.

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Churchill lacrosse team sets record for college recruits

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Churchill Bulldogs logoFor the past decade, Winston Churchill High School in Potomac has had a remarkable boys lacrosse program filled with many college commits and regional titles. This year was no different.

This past year, Churchill’s boys lacrosse program saw five of its seniors commit to playing in college: Brady Altobello, Ryan Leonard, Jack Taylor, Reed Moshyedi, and Jimmy Rubino.

According to head coach Jeff Fritz, they are the most recruits Churchill has had in one season, as no other public Montgomery County school has ever had more than two Division I recruits in a single year.

“These five were great gentlemen both on and off the field and I have no doubt in my mind that they will be successful in life,” Fritz said. “They were great leaders both on and off the field, in the classroom, and in the community!”

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2018 All-Sentinel boys basketball team named

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Georgetown Prep's Jared Bynum.  COURTESY PHOTOGeorgetown Prep's Jared Bynum. COURTESY PHOTO  Coach of the Year – Ryan Eskow, Georgetown Prep

Eskow guided the Little Hoyas to the 2018 IAC Tournament championship. “This group is so special,” he said. “I can’t even describe how special this group is.”

Co-Player of the Year – Jared Bynum, Georgetown Prep, Sr.

The St. Joseph’s recruit led the Little Hoyas to a 20-5 record, averaging a team-high 17.8 points per game.

Co-Player of the Year – Mikey Parker, Sandy Spring Friends School, Sr.

Parker, the school’s all-time leading scorer, averaged 21.8 points, 4.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game and was named the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference’s regular season and championship game MVP.

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