August 13, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Minor league baseball

Blue Crabs' Etchebarren named manager of Revolution

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs hitting coach Andy Etchebarren was named manager of the Atlantic League rival York Revolution on Wednesday. Etchebarren, a former Orioles player, coach and minor league manager, will make his debut for the Revolution on Friday night. Chris Hoiles, resigned as York manager Aug. 5. Etchebarren will finish the remainder of the season and continue as manager in 2010. Sam Snider, who had been interim manager, will return to his role as hitting coach. Etchebarren, 66, has 13 years of managerial experience in the minor leagues; 12 of those were spent with the Orioles, where he managed at every level.

Aberdeen: : IronBirds infielders Levi Carolus and Ty Kelly and left-handed relief pitcher Jake Smith were selected to play for the American League in the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League All-Star Game on Aug. 18 in State College, Pa. Pitching coach and former Orioles pitcher Scott McGregor will be pitching coach.


You can't tell Arenas was hurt, new coach Saunders says

New Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders said Gilbert Arenas' surgically repaired left leg is about four times as strong as it has been. Says Saunders: "He gets to wherever he wants to get on the court. His quickness is back. If you walked into the gym, you wouldn't know he was hurt." Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld says he expects Arenas to be ready from Game 1 this season. Coming off three operations in 1 1/2 years, Arenas played in only two games late last season. He is a three-time All-Star.


Meil now associate head coach of Towson men's basketball

Jim Meil, longtime assistant in the Tigers' men's basketball program, was promoted to associate head coach. A McDonogh graduate, Meil is in his second stint on Towson's staff. He was hired by Vince Angotti in 1982 and remained for 15 years, serving under Terry Truax from 1983 to 1997. Meil is entering his fourth season on Pat Kennedy's staff.

Soccer: : The Frostburg State men's team, led by defender Sean Jones (Severna Park), has been picked by coaches to finish third in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The women's team was picked for second.

Washington College: : Eleven people will be inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 10: Mike Bishop, 1993, soccer; Monica Blanco, 1990, tennis; Dave Cola, 1995, swimming; Alberto Diaz, 1994, tennis; Tom Eliason, 1942, tennis; Vince Gasior, 1986, basketball, baseball; Dave Hilliard, 1987, lacrosse; Beth Matthews, 1990, field hockey, lacrosse; Scott Quinn, 1997, baseball; Dave Slomkowski, 1992, lacrosse; Joe Szymanski, 1956, soccer, baseball, basketball.

Et cetera

High schools ban high-tech swimsuits in competition

The National Federation of State High School Associations has banned high-tech swimsuits that it said have been linked to record performances in recent years. The federation's board on Tuesday adopted a recommendation from the group's swimming and diving rules committee to ban high-tech suits for high school competition, effective immediately. The rule limits swimmers to one swimsuit constructed of a woven/knit textile material that's permeable to water and air, and doesn't aid buoyancy and doesn't have zippers or other fastening systems. Suits for males can't extend above the waist or below the top of the kneecap. For females, suits cannot extend beyond the shoulders or below the top of the kneecap.

Horse racing:: A day after Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra had her first workout since beating the boys again in the Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2, there's still no decision on when the filly will run next. The 3-year-old was in "great" shape Wednesday after her half-mile work in 50.72 seconds in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., assistant trainer Scott Blasi said. Several races remain under consideration: the Alabama on Aug. 22, the Travers on Aug. 29, the Personal Ensign on Aug. 30, the Woodward on Sept. 5 and the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 7.

Indoor football:: Mariners running back Isaiah Grier and defensive back Armar Watson were named to the All-Pro first team. Kicker J.R. Cipra, defensive back Richard Johnson and wide receiver Jamaal Stokes were named honorable mention.

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