Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

December 14, 2005

College football

QB Young makes All-America 1st team

Vince Young can claim at least one victory over Southern California this season. The Texas quarterback was selected for the Associated Press All-America team released yesterday, relegating Southern California's Matt Leinart, last year's first-team quarterback, to second team. Young was runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting to Trojans tailback Reggie Bush and was one of four Longhorns on the first team. Bush was one of three All-Americans from top-ranked USC and a unanimous first-team selection. The real test for No. 2 Texas comes Jan. 4 in the Rose Bowl, when the Longhorns and Trojans play for the national title. Texas offensive tackle Jonathan Scott also made the first team, along with Longhorns defensive back Michael Huff and defensive tackle Rodrique Wright. Wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett and safety Darnell Bing were the other USC All-Americans.

Pro basketball

If Artest is traded, ex-Terp may benefit

Sarunas Jasikevicius (Maryland), a 29-year-old rookie guard from Lithuania who figures to pick up significant playing time if the Indiana Pacers grant small forward's Ron Artest's request to be traded, says the team wouldn't be sacrificing its title aspirations by making a deal. "We can give up talent for team chemistry," said Jasikevicius, who is averaging 9.4 points and 2.9 assists, mostly as a reserve. "That's way more important than talent. We're going to find a way. If we can continue to play as a team, to hustle for 48 minutes and do all the little things, I think we have the talent to go very far." The Pacers are 12-7.

Magic -- After spending all season on the bench with an abdominal injury, star forward Grant Hill is expected to play for Orlando for the first time tonight against the New York Knicks. Hill had surgery for a sports hernia Oct. 31.

High schools

Arminio resigns from Perry Hall job

Perry Hall football coach Nick Arminio, 43, has resigned, citing a desire to spend more time coaching his son, Nicky, 10. Arminio was named The Sun's Coach of the Year for Baltimore County this past fall after guiding the Gators to an 11-1 record, their second straight county 4A-3A title and a 4A North Region title-game berth despite returning only four starters.

Soccer -- Severna Park standout Taylor Young has orally agreed to play at La Salle. The senior forward, a second-team All-Metro selection, had 13 goals and eight assists this season.

Field hockey

UM's Infante voted nation's top player

Maryland junior midfielder Paula Infante, who had 13 goals this year, was voted winner of the Honda Award as the nation's top field hockey player.

Tennis

Mistrial in suit against Williamses

A West Palm Beach, Fla., judge declared a mistrial in a lawsuit by promoters who contended Venus and Serena Williams reneged on a deal to play men in a proposed "Battle of the Sexes" event in 2001. Judge Jeffrey A. Winicoff granted a request for a mistrial by John Romano, attorney for promoters Carol Clarke and Keith Rhodes, after almost three weeks of testimony.

Speed skating

Ohno wins 1,500, slips up in 500

2006 Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno, 23, glided to victory in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. short-track championships in Marquette, Mich., but was placed second in the 500 after he wiped out on the final turn and slid across the line on his stomach. Kim Hyo-jung, 17, won the women's 1,500 and 500.

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