Maryland women rally
to take lacrosse crown

Northwestern’s lacrosse dynasty is over, courtesy of a stunning comeback by Maryland.

Maryland won its 10th NCAA women’s lacrosse title Sunday, rallying from a six-goal deficit to defeat the five-time defending champions 13-11 in Towson, Md.

The Terrapins (22-1) earned their first title since 2001 and preserved their record of seven straight titles, set from 1995-2001. Maryland also ended Northwestern’s run of 23 consecutive tournament wins,

The game was played before 9,782 fans, the largest crowd to watch a women’s lacrosse event in United States history. The previous record was 8,762, for the semifinal round Friday.

Also: Unseeded Austen Childs of Louisville beat Auburn’s Tim Puetz 7-6 (2), 6-0 to reach the men’s NCAA tennis singles final against Stanford’s Bradley Klahn.

Klahn eliminated top-seeded Henrique Cunha of Duke 6-2, 6-2 to earn a spot in today’s title match in Athens, Ga.

Chelsea Gullickson of Georgia, playing on her home court, will meet second-seeded Jana Juricova of California in the women’s championship match. Juricova beat Miami’s Laura Vallverdu, 7-6 (6), 6-2.

Gullickson, who lost in the semifinals to Vallverdu last year, beat fourth-seeded Hilary Barte of Stanford, 7-6 (6), 6-3.


Ex-NBA standout Walker
working on comeback

Former NBA player Antoine Walker is back in Kentucky practicing with his college coach, Rick Pitino.

The Courier-Journal reports that Walker is attempting to make a professional comeback after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy earlier this month. He has been conditioning with Pitino at the University of Louisville to get back into playing shape. Walker played under Pitino at Kentucky in the mid-1990s.

Walker said he knows he’s “got one shot” to make it back into the league.

According to his bankruptcy filing, Walker reported having $4.3 million in assets and $12.7 million in liabilities. In November 2009, he agreed to pay more than $900,000 to settle bad check charges at three Las Vegas casinos and avoid trial on felony criminal charges.

Also: Ivan Basso won the Giro d’Italia for the second time, capturing his first major title since returning from a two-year doping ban.

The Italian took the race lead after Friday’s epic mountain stage, stayed in front during another climbing leg Saturday and cruised to victory in the concluding individual time trial, which ended beside the ancient arena in Verona, Italy.

Basso won his first Giro in 2006, then was suspended in 2007 for his involvement in the Spanish doping scandal Operation Puerto.

Lewis Hamilton led McLaren to a 1-2 finish at the Turkish Grand Prix after a costly run-in between teammates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel denied Red Bull a shot at the top two spots in Istanbul, Turkey.

The pair touched as Vettel looked to pass along the Istanbul Park Circuit’s fastest section, causing the German driver to spin out of the race. Webber, who had led for the entire 40 laps to that point, recovered for third behind Jenson Button as Red Bull’s pit-lane team looked on in disbelief.

The McLaren team also had some nervous moments near the end as its drivers exchanged the lead, but Hamilton eventually earned his first win of the Formula One season by 2.6 seconds after rain sprinkled the circuit. It was McLaren’s second 1-2 showing this season.

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