Checking in on athletes from the District, Maryland and Virginia in the London Olympics:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar got the ball rolling on the goal that helped Honduras beat Spain 1-0 in men’s soccer, eliminating a team many had considered the pre-tournament favorite from medal contention. In the seventh minute, Najar sent a ball down the left side to Roger Espinoza. Jerry Bengtson headed his cross home and Honduras made the goal stand up the rest of the way.
OTHER LOCALS OF NOTE
* Scott Parsons (Bethesda) finished 16th in kayak singles slalom, falling one spot short of a berth in the semifinals
* Kevin Durant (Rockville) led the U.S. basketball team with 22 points in a 98-71 victory over France
* Claire Laubach (Centreville) played 59 minutes in the U.S. field hockey team’s 2-1 loss to Germany, missing her only attempt on goal.
* William Coleman (Gordonsville, Va.) was 26th and Karen O’Connor (The Plains, Va.) 28th after day two in equestrian individual eventing.
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