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Congressional Polo Club hosts George S. Patton Polo Cup

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POOLESVILLE – The pounding of horses’ hooves and the crack of mallet against ball were the only sounds that broke the silence in the wide open field. The horses wore saddles and leg wraps; the riders wore helmets and knee-high boots. Several members of the Congressional Polo Club shouted instructions to their teammates during a practice session before hosting the George S. Patton Polo Cup Finals on Sunday.

Even though the sport of polo has existed for centuries, the average person is unaware of the rules. The match is played with two teams of four players each. There are between four and eight periods which are called chukkas. Each chukka lasts seven minutes and the riders must switch horses several times during the match. The object is to get the ball through the goalpost on either end of the field by hitting the ball with a mallet while still mounted on the horse.

Nicolas Eurnekian is the head of the polo club and the manager of the Congressional Polo Academy. Eurnekian started playing polo with his family as a child growing up in Argentina.

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Platt Back At Towson

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DSC 4802Adrian Feliz-Platt. FILE PHOTOA Towson University official confirmed on Wednesday that former Seneca Valley standout running back Adrian Feliz-Platt has returned to the football program.

“Adrian has rejoined the team,” John Brush, Director of Media Relations in Towson’s Department of Athletics wrote in an email message.

Platt told The Sentinel “I had left for a few days due to personal reasons. They ended up letting me come back though.”

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DC United sits with the Spirit at the bottom

DC United (5-15-4) played a most unusual match, losing 1-0 against Real Salt Lake (8-12-5) at RFK Stadium this past weekend. The match started Saturday with the possibility of threatening thunderstorms, and broke off abruptly on the heels of an hour-long drenching and lively display of lightning at the stadium. Such a spectacular dumping of water would not be complete without inches-deep waterfalls on the stairways and newly-visible watermarks two feet high in some of the hallways within the restricted access areas of the stadium.
After the rain had stopped, the field could not be drained well enough for a restart of the match, and the referee called for a postponement. Sunday at 7 p.m. found DC United resuming the match in front of a crowd so thin, that management requested people with seats higher up in the stands to move closer to the field.

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Spirit back on the bottom again

On Saturday, the Washington Spirit (4-9-4) took on the Boston Breakers (3-7-7). A win would have moved the Spirit into eighth place. Instead they came up with a 2-2 draw, dropping them back into last place in the league. While the Spirit has 16 points, the same number as the Boston Breakers, their larger negative goal differential, -7, puts them back on the bottom. It’s hard to see a team with a storied reputation for being formidable league leaders sitting at the bottom of the rankings.
The Spirit has played matches where it looks like they are going to turn a corner towards stringing some wins together. Most recently they played Sky Blue FC on Saturday, Aug. 4. They won that match 4-1. All four Spirit goals were in the second half showing off their physical stamina and mental willingness to play hard until the end.
Four days later, the team who had just crushed Sky Blue FC is playing the Orlando Pride in Orlando. Orlando, like Washington was coming into this match with only four days since their last match. The Pride controlled the pitch and left the Spirit with zero goals while scoring three of their own. Orlando added three points to their standings, the Spirit added none.

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Matthew Balanc’s game is a slam dunk

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MPI MDElete 0038 1Matthew Balanc goes for the dunk during the Maryland Elite Summer League All-Star Game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER     Springbrook senior guard Matthew Balanc is a human highlight reel.

During the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the 6-foot-3 standout wowed fans with his highlight reel dunks.

Balanc, who averaged a team-high 20.4 points per game last season, erupted for 50 points last month in the Maryland Elite Basketball Summer League All-Star Game. He also earned game MVP honors despite his team’s 103-101 loss.

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Redskins Fall To Ravens

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BALTIMORE – Washington Redskins rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Allen got rave reviews following Thursday’s 23-3 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

Allen, the No. 17 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, recorded his first NFL sack midway through the second quarter against Ravens backup quarterback Ryan Mallet.

“I thought he did good,” said Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. “I saw him back there a couple times.”

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Wall succeeds in inking a new deal with the Wizards

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WASHINGTON – The Washington Wizards have locked up John Wall for the next several years.

On Friday, the Wizards held a news conference to announce the signing of Wall’s multi-year extension with the National Basketball Association franchise.

Wall, the top overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, signed a four-year, $170 million contract extension that will keep him in Washington through the 2022-23 campaign. Wall’s new deal starts with the 2019-20 season.

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Warrior Dash returns to Maryland

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MECHANICSVILLE—Warrior Dash returned to the state of Maryland on Saturday, as many participants took part in the event at Budd’s Creek in Mechanicsville in St. Mary’s County.

Warrior Dash is a 5k obstacle course with 12 world-class obstacles and over three million participants since 2009 that is held in many cities and states around the country.

“Our biggest and most exciting obstacles are Goliath,” said Rebecca Ryan, the lead event checker for Warrior Dash. “It’s got a big slide into a nice, cool pit of water, and then you get to climb through a very muddy mud pit under some barbed wire, and, of course, we have our classic fire jump, where you get to jump over the fire and show off your Warrior skills and get that new profile picture everybody’s hoping for.”

According to Ryan, about 10,000 people, including spectators and runners, were to show up at Budd’s Creek on Saturday. “It feels really good to put on an event that people enjoy,” she said, “and we have people who come back from year to year to have a great time.”

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Redskins Celebrate Fan Appreciation Day

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RICHMOND, VA. – Jonathan Allen, Arie Kouandjio and Terrelle Pryor Sr. were among the players who signed autographs and took photos with fans following a two-hour practice session on Saturday at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

Thousands of Redskins supporters came out for Fan Appreciation Day in advance of the team’s first preseason game.

“It’s a chance for the fans to see where we are and how far we’ve come,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.

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McClinton All-Stars narrowly defeat the Wash Associates 77-75.

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In a thrilling game, the Darren McClinton All-Stars (8-2) eked out a 77-75 come-from-behind victory over the A. Wash Associates (7-3) in the semifinals of the Kenner League at McDonough Arena on Saturday afternoon.

A buzzer beater attempt that would have won the game by A. Wash forward Keldon Johnson glanced off rim. The result, the All-Stars moved onto the finals.

“They had it last but we were able to make a stop,” said All-Stars head coach Darren McClinton.

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