Maryland men earn 700th victory
Maryland's seniors made their final regular-season home game a memorable one. They combined to score nine goals in a 15-6 drubbing of Binghamton on Tuesday at Ludwig Field, the 700th career victory for the Terrapins men's program. Maryland became just the fifth Division I program to reach that milestone, joining Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army. The Terps now boast an all-time record of 700-236-4 in their 84-year history.
Women's results:: Behind Brett Bathras' career-high four assists, No. 2 Maryland (15-0) produced an 18-12 victory over visiting Johns Hopkins (5-10) ... Juniors Erin Rawlick and Mary Ruttum combined for seven goals as Navy (10-4) defeated visiting Robert Morris (7-7) with a 14-6 win. ... Hood (8-7, 1-6 Capital Athletic Conference) ended its regular season with an 18-2 loss to visiting Stevenson (9-6, 4-3 CAC). ... Washington College (6-7, 1-6 Centennial) scored on its first nine shots en route to a 19-9 victory over visiting Bryn Mawr (3-11, 0-8).
Report: Stone, ex-Raven, suspended
Daren Stone, a former Ravens defensive back, was suspended four games by the NFL, Foxsports.com reported. The Web site said the reason for the suspension wasn't immediately known. Stone, who was not retained by the Ravens this offseason, made a costly mistake in the AFC championship loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers. He tossed Steelers cornerback Anthony Madison out of bounds during a punt return in the fourth quarter and drew an unnecessary-roughness penalty that moved the Ravens from their 39 to the 14. A 2007 sixth-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons, Stone was signed by the Ravens during the middle of last season and played in eight games.
AP: Saunders agrees to coach Wizards
Flip Saunders has agreed to become the new coach of the Washington Wizards, with an announcement expected next week, an NBA executive told the Associated Press. Owner Abe Pollin has approved the hiring of Saunders, the choice of president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld to succeed interim coach Ed Tapscott, the executive said. Saunders has coached for 13 NBA seasons, 10 with Minnesota and three with Detroit, with a career record of 587-396.
Celtics: : The NBA has suspended guard Ray Allen one game without pay for elbowing Cleveland forward Anderson Varejao in the groin Sunday.
On the court: : Paul Pierce hit the winning jumper, scored 31 points and hindered Philadelphia's shot at the Eastern Conference's sixth seed in the visiting Celtics' 100-98 win over the Sixers (40-41). Pierce made seven three-pointers for Boston (61-20), which did not have Allen and Kevin Garnett (strained knee) in the lineup. ... Flip Murray scored 17 points to lead the host Hawks (47-34) past the Heat (42-39), 81-79.
Fla. International hires I. Thomas
Isiah Thomas has agreed to a five-year contract with Florida International to coach the men's basketball team, a move that gives the Hall of Fame player and former NBA coach a chance to revive his career. Financial terms weren't immediately released. Thomas replaces Sergio Rouco, who was reassigned Monday after posting a losing record in each of his five seasons as coach.
Connecticut: : Women's coach Geno Auriemma is set to become coach of the U.S. women's basketball team for the next three years through the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, a person familiar with the hiring told the AP. ... Co-Big East Player of the Year Hasheem Thabeet, a 7-foot-3 center, has decided to enter the NBA draft.
Et cetera: : The school promoted assistant Chris Mack to succeed Sean Miller as men's coach. ... Services for former Morgan State and NBA star Marvin Webster, who was found dead last week in a Tulsa, Okla., hotel, will be held today through Friday. There will be public viewings at Vaughn C. Green Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown, today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Greater New Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore.
Washington Capitals vs. N.Y. Rangers
What: Eastern Conference first-round series (best of seven)
Game 1: 7 p.m. Wednesday; Verizon Center, Washington
Capitals overview: Alex Ovechkin, the NHL's leading goal-scorer, leads the second-seeded Capitals (50-24-8), who possess the league's third-most-productive offense. Mike Green (31 goals, 42 assists) leads a young defense, but Tom Poti has been hampered by a groin injury. Goaltender Jose Theodore is 4-0 as the starter in the first round with the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche.
Rangers overview: No. 7 seed New York (43-30-9) has struggled offensively as Chris Drury, Nikolai Zherdev and Scott Gomez have been inconsistent. All but one of the Rangers' defenseman has a minus in front of his plus-minus rating. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been a finalist for the Vezina Trophy the past three seasons.
Prediction: Capitals in five games.
Tarik El-Bashir The Washington Post