August 01, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

- Ken Murray

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Morgan State picked 6th in MEAC football poll

Morgan State was selected in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference preseason football media poll to finish sixth. Voting was done by head coaches and sports information directors. Defending champion South Carolina State is picked to finish first, followed by Florida A&M. Morgan State, which was 6-6 last season and 4-4 in conference, had four players named to the preseason All-MEAC first team: senior running back Devan James, senior lineman Robert Norris, senior defensive end Justin Lawrence and junior cornerback Darren McKhan.

Golf: : Corrie Tayman-Tony Russo of Congressional Country Club won the Maryland State Mixed Twoball tournament with a 1-under-par 71 for the West Course at Baltimore CC. Anita Venner of Redgate GC and Stephen Martin of University of Maryland GC also had 71 but were not present for a playoff. ... Rick-Andrew Sovero of Rolling Road GC posted a 3-under 69 and won the Maryland State Father-Son championship at Prospect Bay CC.

Amateur baseball: : Troy Bennett (Stephen Decatur) celebrated his 17th birthday by four-hitting Michigan, 3-0, as the Maryland Futures improved to 3-0 in the Midwest Classic. The Maryland team is made up of 18 of the top rising high school seniors in the state.

Redskins: : First-round draft pick Brian Orakpo signed a five-year, $20 million deal that includes $12.1 million in guaranteed money, ending a one-day holdout on the day he turned 23. Orakpo, a defensive end at Texas, is expected to start at strong-side linebacker and move to the line in pass-rushing situations.

WNBA: : The New York Liberty, which nearly reached the WNBA Finals last year, fired coach Pat Coyle and promoted Anne Donovan to interim coach. The Liberty was 6-11 under Coyle, a former head coach at Loyola College.

Capitals: : Washington re-signed defenseman Milan Jurcina to a one-year contract. Jurcina, 26, appeared in 79 games for the Capitals in 2008-09 and had three goals and 11 assists.

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