4-star F-C Fernando first commit for 2017
The Maryland men’s basketball team received its first oral commitment in the Class of 2017 from four-star recruit Bruno Fernando, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound big man from Angola who plays at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Fernando, who was a member of the Angolan junior national team that won the African championships this year and also played on the men’s national team that played in the Olympic qualifying event, committed after taking an official visit to College Park this weekend. John Mahoney, the coach at IMG Academy and a former assistant under John Beilein at Michigan and West Virginia, confirmed Fernando’s decision to play at Maryland. Fernando is ranked No. 62 overall by 247Sports.com and the No. 6 center prospect, though Mahoney said Fernando is more of a stretch-4, a power forward who can play on the perimeter. He was ESPN’s No. 71 prospect in the Class of 2016 before reclassifying. Fernando originally committed to Southern Methodist but decommitted after Larry Brown resigned. defeated 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-3 to win the Shenzhen Open title in China.
AUTO RACING: Daniel Ricciardo claimed a win for Red Bull at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. Lewis Hamilton suffered an engine failure and retired on lap 41 of the 56-lap race.
BASKETBALL: PG Courtney Vandersloot scored17 points as the Sky held off the Sparks 70-66 to force a Game 4 in the WNBA semifinals. Game 4 will be played in Chicago on Tuesday. In the other semifinal, the defending champion Lynx defeated the Mercury 82-67 behind 20 points from F Maya Moore to win the best-of-five series 3-0. … 76ers No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons will likely need surgery for a broken bone in his right foot. ESPN reported the surgery will keep Simmons out for three months. … Kings PG Darren Collison is expected to be suspended for the first eight games of the season for his guilty plea last month to a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.
GOLF: In-Kyung Kim won the Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing for her first LPGA Tour victory in six years. Kim finished at 24-under 268, a stroke ahead of thirdround leader Mi Jung Hur and 2014 winner Mirim Lee. … Lu Wei-chih won for the first time since having surgery four years ago to remove a brain tumor, winning the Mercuries Taiwan Masters in Tamsui for the third time. Lu finished at 5-under 283, a stroke ahead of Miguel Tabuena.
NHL: The Predators announced the team has extended coach Peter Laviolette’s contract through the 2020-21 season.
OLYMPICS: IOC President Thomas Bach told French President Francois Hollande he is “impressed” with Paris’ bid for the 2024 Games. Paris is competing against Budapest and Los Angeles to host.
SOCCER: Celta Vigo stunned FC Barcelona 4-3 in La Liga action. Elsewhere, Real Madrid was held at home 1-1 by Eibar and Atletico Madrid overcame the heroics of Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves, who saved two penalties, to win 2-0. … In the Premier League, Tottenham beat Manchester City 2-0 for City’s first loss this season and Laurent Koscielny scored a stoppage-time winner for Arsenal against Burnley for a 1-0 win. … Schalke put an end to its five-match losing streak in the Bundesliga with a 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. … Udinese fired coach Giuseppe Iachini, one day after a 3-0 loss to Lazio in Serie A. Iachini, who was fired twice by Palermo last season, took charge of Udinese in May but lost four of the opening seven matches this season. … The Western New York Flash defeated the Portland Thorns 4-3 after extra time to advanced to the NWSL final. The Flash will play the Washington Spirit in the title game. … Boston Breakers defender Whitney Engen said she was released by the U.S. women’s national team. Engen, who was on the roster at the Rio Olympics this summer, said coach Jill Ellis told her she was not a part of the team’s future plans. … Sunderland midfielder Lynden Gooch was called up to the U.S. national team for the first time. … on a penalty kick in the 81st minute and the Seattle Sounders beat the host Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, in Major League Soccer. In other action, the Montreal Impact beat host Orlando City, 1-0. TENNIS: Tomas Berdych Richard Gasquet