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Washington freshmen row into Temple Cup final

The Washington freshman crew is one win away from the Temple Cup. The Huskies on Saturday took down their second Harvard boat in as many...

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The Washington freshman crew is one win away from the Temple Cup.

The Huskies on Saturday took down their second Harvard boat in as many days at the Royal Henley Regatta, beating the Crimson lightweights by almost two lengths on the River Thames course in Henley-on-Thames, England.

The win over Harvard set up a showdown with yet another Ivy League program in Brown, only this time there's more at stake. A win Sunday would give Washington its second Temple Cup. It would also clinch a historic run for this year's freshmen, who have been perfect all season, including winning a gold medal at the IRA championships.

In the semifinals, Washington finished the 2,112-meter course in 7 minutes, 10 seconds, edging Harvard by 1 ¾ lengths, while Brown's 7:12 time put it 1 ¼ lengths ahead of St. Petersburg University of Russia and set up the final showdown.

The Huskies faced Brown twice this season, knocking off the Bears in a season-opening dual in Seattle, then again in the IRA Grand Final.

In what Washington coach Michael Callahan described as a "bare-knuckle fight" between two elite crews Saturday, the Huskies got a boost from the atmosphere at Henley, often described as one of the top early summer events in Britain.

"It's similar to Windermere Cup," Callahan said. "Imagine the Kentucky Derby on water."

Notes

• Huskies golfer Chris Williams dropped a 3-and-2 match to Europe's Sebastian Cappelen, and Team USA saw a 10-6 advantage after three rounds of the Palmer Cup evaporate on the final day of competition at The Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Europe won seven of eight matches and halved the other to win, 13.5-10.5.

Josiah Miller of Oak Harbor ran 80 yards for a touchdown and Jake Nelson of Lake Stevens passed for two scores, leading the West to a 28-21 victory in the East-West All-Star Football Game at Everett Memorial Stadium. The annual game is for graduating high-school seniors.

• The Seattle Sounders Women fell 1-0 to host Colorado in a USL W-League game.

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