- - Monday, August 29, 2011

SOCCER

D.C.’s Pontius summoned to U.S. national team

D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius was called up to the U.S. national team Monday for upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium.

Coach Juergen Klinsmann added Pontius and defender Jonathan Spector as replacements for the injured Heath Pearce and Zach Loyd. It’s the second call-up for Pontius, who participated in a January 2010 training camp.

Pontius, 24, is enjoying a standout campaign in his third season with United. After missing much of the 2010 season to injury, he leads the club in games and minutes played and is second on the team with seven goals.

The California native will be joined in camp by United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who was named to the original 24-player roster. Pontius and Hamid will be looking to make their first national team appearances.

The U.S. will play Costa Rica on Friday in Carson, Calif., and face Belgium on Sept. 6 in Brussels.

United-Portland match rescheduled for Oct. 19

Major League Soccer announced the postponed match between D.C. United and the Portland Timbers, originally scheduled for last Saturday, has been set for Oct. 19. The match will kick off at 8 p.m. at RFK Stadium. Tickets from the orignal contest will be valid Oct. 19.

D.C. United now will play their final three games of the regular season in just eight days - with all three coming at RFK Stadium (Oct. 15 vs. Chicago Fire, Oct. 19 vs. Portland and Oct. 22 vs. Sporting Kansas City).

United also will host Chivas USA on Sept. 21 and Real Salt Lake on Sept. 24.

GOLF

Woods wants to justify selection to Presidents Cup

NEW YORK | Tiger Woods said Monday that he would play in the PGA Tour’s Frys.com Open in October to justify his early selection by United States captain Fred Couples for the Presidents Cup.

Last week, Couples said Woods would be one of his two wild card picks for the Nov. 17-20 team competition in Australia, though he had urged the rusty former world No. 1 to compete in at least one more event before then.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Frostburg player dies after collapsing during practice

FROSTBURG, MD. | A Frostburg State University football player has died after collapsing during practice. Derek Sheely collapsed Aug. 22 after being escorted from the field. He died late Sunday.

He was fullback for the Bobcats and a senior majoring in history and political science.