24 - Conococheague defeats Caroline 16-6 in Maryland Junior League tourney.
25 - Clear Spring loses to West Salisbury 3-1 in 11-12 state tournament.
26 - Clear Spring eliminated from 11-12 state tournament in 10-5 loss to Brunswick. … Conococheague Junior League stars defeat Chesapeake City 9-4 to reach final at state tourney.
27 - Hagerstown PONY 13s lose opening game of World Series to Tijuana, Mexico, 9-3. … Conococheague loses in Junior League state final to Chesapeake 11-0.
28 - Hagerstown PONY 13s beat Fullerton, Calif., 8-6 in World Series.
29 - Hagerstown PONY 13s beat Tijuana 14-4 with 13-run fourth inning. … Federal 9-10 stars lose Eastern Regional opener 1-0 to Delaware.
30 - Hagerstown PONY 13s lose 16-6 Tamiami, Fla., to finish 2-2 in World Series. … Hagerstown PONY 14s defeat Tuscarawas 14-2 to go to East Zone finals in High Point, N.C.
31 - Federal 9-10 stars fall to New Jersey 16-7 after allowing 11 runs in first inning at Eastern Regional.
1 - Federal 9-10 stars drop to 0-3 in pool play in Eastern Regional after 8-7 loss to New York in 7 innings.
2 - Federal finishes 0-4 in pool play after a 6-0 loss to Pennsylvania.
3 - Michael Phelps wins 17th Olympic gold, taking first in the 100-meter butterfly. It is his last individual gold.
4 - Phelps concludes Olympic career with 18th gold as part of the USA’s 4x100 medley relay.
6 - Hagerstown native Christian Binford picks up first professional baseball victory, pitching Burling, N.C., past Pulaski in the Appalachian League.
9 - United States women’s soccer team beats Japan 2-1 for Olympic gold.
11 - Chris Navarro, only 14, takes the first-round lead in the WACO golf championship with a 6-under-par 66. … United States wins Olympic gold medal in women’s basketball with 86-50 victory over France.
12 - Frederick, Md., golfer Steve Ligi shoots 2-under 70 to win WACO championship with two-day 7-under 137. … Rory McIlroy blows the field away and wins PGA Championship by eight strokes. … USA men win Olympic basketball gold, beating Spain 107-100.
15 - Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown tears ACL and will miss entire season.
17 - National Hockey League players union head Donald Fehr warns of an owners lockout without a new collective bargaining agreement.
18 - Southern Cal is The Associated Press’ preseason No. 1 choice in college football.
20 - Twelve colleges in West Virginia, Ohio and Virginia — including Shepherd University — announce they are forming a new all-sports athletic conference, leaving the West Virginia Conference with just three members. … Augusta National breaks long-standing tradition with acceptance of first two women members.
23 - Redskins running back Clinton Portis announces retirement.
24 - U.S. Anti-Doping Agency strips 14 years of Lance Armstrong’s career, including his seven Tour de France titles, and bans him from sport for life.
25 - Tony Clement and Amy Blanco win Gary Brown 5 Mile Run titles.
26 - Japan defeats Tennessee 12-2 to win Little League World Series.
29 - National Football League announces replacement officials will begin working games in Week 1.
31 - Prep football season opens with South Hagerstown posting 47-0 win over Berkeley Springs, as Isiaha Smith runs for 242 yards and three scores. … North Hagerstown pounds Reginald F. Lewis 66-14.
2012 Year in Review: July and August
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