Top seed del Potro wins twice in a day

Citi Open

Top seed del Potro wins twice in one day

It had been nearly four weeks since Juan Martin del Potro last played a tennis match, losing to Novak Djokovic in the longest Wimbledon semifinal in history. Thursday at Washington's Citi Open, del Potro was scheduled to play twice. The tournament's two-time victor and top seed sailed through his first test, needing just 70 minutes to beat Ryan Harrison, 6-1, 7-5. After a shower, a meal and a few interviews, del Potro settled in for a few hours' rest in advance of the more rigorous test that awaited: a first meeting with the gifted German-born Australian, Bernard Tomic, with a place in the quarterfinals at stake. In nine years as a pro, del Potro had never been forced to play two matches in a single day, so he wasn't sure how to gird for the challenge, but he won, 6-3, 6-3. The schedule was the upshot of Wednesday's rain, which halted play before four of the 16 second-round matches could be completed or started. While No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori and No. 3 seed Tommy Haas joined del Potro in playing catch-up on the featured courts, Russia's Olga Puchkova played hardball on a side court and was penalized harshly for it. Puchkova was defaulted from the tournament and stripped of any prize money and points in the event for blasting a ball that hit a male linesman on the knee, bruising him badly enough that he was taken off court in a wheelchair. Puchkova said in a statement that it was an accident.

Liz Clarke, The Washington Post

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Settembrino returning to UMBC men's lax as assistant

Former UMBC defenseman and Binghamton assistant Steve Settembrino is returning to his alma mater as an assistant. He'll replace Ed Stephenson, who last week was named head coach at Massachusetts-Lowell, which will begin DivisonI play in 2015. Settembrino's hiring coincides with the promotion of assistant Andy Gallagher, another Retrievers alum who's been a part of head coach Don Zimmerman's staff since 2009.

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Women's college lacrosse: Lehigh has added former standout Virginia and South River goalie Kim Kolarik to the coaching staff. Kolarik, who graduated in May, has been co-head coach for Chesapeake Club Lacrosse based in Annapolis the past two years. A year earlier, she was a goalie coach for the Charlottesville Lacrosse Club in Virginia. ... Gabby Capuzzi, a former All-American for Ohio State, has been named an assistant coach at her alma mater. Capuzzi ended her career in 2012 as one of the most successful midfielders in program history and spent last season as a volunteer assistant. She moves into the position vacated by Amanda Belichick, daughter of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who was named the head coach at Wesleyan, her alma mater, after three seasons in Columbus.

College football: Navy will hold its media day and fan fest Saturday, the day of the team's first practice, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Autographs will be available from 10 to 11 a.m., and the first 250 children to arrive will receive a free T-shirt. Admission is free, but parking costs $5. For more information, call 410-293-8712 or email whitacre@usna.edu.

Soccer: Maryland senior forward Patrick Mullins has been selected as the Outstanding Male Amateur Athlete of the Year for New Orleans. Mullins will be among 26 individuals and two teams scheduled to be honored at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Aug. 10 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mullins won the 2012 Hermann Trophy, presented to the best male player in NCAA Division I soccer.

Golf: All three local golfers competing in the Junior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Course in Potomac Falls, Va., missed the 54-hole cut Thursday. Bryana Nguyen of Columbia missed the low-30 cut in the girls division by five strokes. Nguyen shot a 73 for the second straight round Thursday and finished the tournament with a three-round score of 227, tying her for 41st overall. Ellicott City's Connor Flach and Woodstock's Jake Leavitt each finished with a 54-hole score of 224 and missed the cut in the boys division by six strokes. The pair tied for 54th place.

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