July 14, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Men's lacrosse

Penn's Voelker, who starred at Hopkins, to coach Drexel

Johns Hopkins alumnus Brian Voelker, who coached the Pennsylvania men to two NCAA tournament appearances in the past seven seasons, left the Quakers on Monday to become head coach at Drexel. Penn was 7-6 overall this season and 3-3 in the Ivy League. Before joining the Quakers, Voelker was coach and assistant general manager for the Baltimore Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse. He previously served for five seasons as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Johns Hopkins. Voelker graduated from Hopkins in 1991 as a three-time All-American.

Women's lacrosse

F&M's Paul, McDonogh grad, named D-III Coach of the Year

Franklin & Marshall women's coach Lauren Paul, a 1999 McDonogh graduate and Reisterstown native, was named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's Coach of the Year in NCAA Division III. In her first season as a head coach, Paul guided the Diplomats to this year's NCAA Division III national championship with an 11-10 win over Salisbury. The victory capped a 21-1 season and a championship season in which F&M avenged its two most recent losses - the 2008 championship game loss to Hamilton and a regular-season loss to Salisbury that ended the Diplomats' 35-game home winning streak.

Minor league baseball

Delmarva crushes Lexington, 19-0, sets franchise records

The Delmarva Shorebirds set a franchise record for margin of victory by routing the visiting Lexington Legends, 19-0, Monday night. The 19 runs are also the most the Shorebirds have scored in a single game at Perdue Stadium. Delmarva had a season-high 24 hits and 19 runs. Greg Miclat went 5-for-6 with three runs scored and an RBI, Kyle Hudson went 4-for-4 with five runs scored and an RBI, and Rodolfo Cardona went 2-for-6 with a run scored and six RBIs. Nathan Moreau allowed three hits in seven innings to earn his third win.


Tribune Co. considers placing Cubs in bankruptcy

The sale of the Chicago Cubs has to be approved by a bankruptcy judge, in addition to Major League Baseball, because the team's owner, Tribune Co., is in bankruptcy. That raises a thorny legal and public relations question: Should Tribune Co. place the Cubs, one of baseball's marquee franchises, in bankruptcy? It's an issue that has become significant as Tribune Co. moves closer to selling the team, Wrigley Field and related assets to the Ricketts family, Tribune sources familiar with the negotiations said Monday. Sources also have said Tribune Co., which owns The Baltimore Sun, remains in negotiations with a rival bidding team led by New York investor Marc Utay. Sources said that some of the banks that have agreed to lend the Ricketts family money to finance its $900 million offer have begun talking to other financial institutions about taking on some of the loans, an indication the Rickettses' deal is progressing.


French promoted to coach at Hershey; Mann is assistant

Mark French, the Hershey Bears' assistant coach the past two seasons, has been promoted to head coach of the Washington Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate. Troy Mann has been named the Bears' new assistant coach and will join French behind the bench as Hershey defends its Calder Cup championship in 2009-10. French replaces Bob Woods, who was promoted to assistant coach in Washington after leading the Bears to the AHL title. He joined the Hershey staff in January 2008 after Woods had been promoted to head coach. French previously was head coach and director of hockey operations for the Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League from 2005 to 2007. Mann comes to the Washington organization after spending the past four seasons with the ECHL's Columbia Inferno, the past three as head coach and director of hockey operations.

Signing: : Center-right wing Boyd Gordon signed a one-year contract. Gordon, 25, had five goals and nine assists in 2008-09. He was third on the Capitals with a .561 faceoff percentage in the regular season and led the team in the playoffs at .633. Gordon was also third on the team in short-handed ice time, playing 3:39 per game.

College football

Navy-Pittsburgh game time for Sept. 19 set for 6 p.m.

Navy's game at Pittsburgh on Sept. 19 at Heinz Field will start at 6 p.m., the Pitt athletic department announced. The Midshipmen's game at Rice on Oct. 10 will be at 2:30 p.m.

Division III: : Frostburg State and Salisbury will become the seventh and eighth teams to compete in Empire 8 football starting in 2011 as affiliate members. The Bobcats and Sea Gulls, who are expected to play a partial Empire 8 schedule in 2010, will join Alfred, Hartwick, Ithaca, Springfield, St. John Fisher and Utica.

Pro basketball

Wizards cut six prospects; WNBA honors Mystics' Beard

The Washington Wizards, who will open play in the NBA Summer League today, released Dwayne Anderson (Villanova), Ryan Ayers (Notre Dame), Jimmy Baron (Rhode Island), James Lang (Central Park Christian High), Alex Ruoff (West Virginia) and Diamon Simpson (Saint Mary's).

Mystics: : Washington guard Alana Beard was named the WNBA's Player of the Week. In two games, she averaged 20 points, four rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals. It is Beard's second Player of the Week honor this season.

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