Ledecky wins twice; Taylor Murray to Ky.
Katie Ledecky of Bethesda earned two victories in less than an hour on the opening day of the Pan Pacific Championships on Thursday in Gold Coast, Australia. Ledecky, 17, the World Swimmer of the Year in 2013, took the 200-meter freestyle in 1 minute, 55.74 seconds, almost a second and a half ahead of her nearest rival. She then won the 800 freestyle in 8:11.35, just 0.35 outside the world record she set less than two months ago. Michael Phelps of Baltimore, competing in his first international meet since retiring after London 2012, is scheduled to make his first appearance today.
Girls basketball: Annapolis Area Christian School point guard Taylor Murray has committed orally to play at Kentucky. "It was a very difficult decision," said Murray, who led the county last year with 25.5 points per game while adding 9.6 rebounds and nearly 10 steals a game, said she considered several other offers before deciding on the Wildcats, who went 29-6 and fell to Baylor in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
—Baltimore Sun Media Group
Major League Lacrosse: Florida Launch attackman-midfielder Casey Powell, who was acquired from the Chesapeake Bayhawks in December, was named Most Valuable Player on Thursday. He compiled league bests of 33 assists and 63 points. Another former Bayhawk, Denver Outlaws attackman John Grant Jr., finished second, Ohio Machine attackman Marcus Holman (Gilman) was fourth, Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) was fifth, Outlaws midfielder Jeremy Sieverts (Maryland, McDonogh) was sixth and Ohio Machine midfielder Kyle Harrison (Johns Hopkins, Friends) was eighth.
More lacrosse: Tickets are on sale for the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, hosted by US Lacrosse on Oct. 25 at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley. They can be purchased online only at uslacrosse.org/HOF. The inductees are Stan Cockerton, Jay Jalbert, Erin Brown Millon, Steve Mitchell, Michele Uhlfelder, Peter G. Voelkel, Carole Wakefield (posthumous) and Margery Watson.
WNBA: The host Indiana Fever got 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals from Tamika Catchings to defeat the Washington Mystics, 78-73, in the first game of the best-of-three Eastern Conference semifinals. Ivory Latta led Washington with 22. Former Terps Marissa Coleman and Lynetta Kizer scored eight and six points, respectively, for the Fever.
Women's gymnastics: Maggie Musselman of Crownsville is 10th in the all-around after the first of two days of the P&G Championships juniors at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh with a score of 54.7. Jazmyn Foberg of Bayville, N.J., leads with 57.6.
Auto racing: Justin Boston of Sparks placed 30th in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, which was run Thursday morning after being postponed Wednesday night because of rain. Boston, who started 27th, completed 144 of 200 laps, leaving because of an accident. Sprint Cup standout Brad Keselowski won the race.
Ravens: Former Baltimore Sun reporter Jamison Hensley will talk about his new book, "Flying High: Stories of the Baltimore Ravens," at the Sports Legends Museum from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. The museum is offering half-price admission: $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children ages 3 to 12. Admission to the museum is not required to attend the event.