August 19, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services


Hoff leaving Baltimore for Fullerton, Calif.

Olympic swimmer and Towson resident Katie Hoff has decided to leave the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, where she has trained since 2003, for a Fullerton, Calif., training center to prepare for the 2012 Games in London, coach Bob Bowman said Tuesday. Hoff, 20, who competed in the Beijing Olympics, winning a silver and two bronze medals, has been in a bit of slump recently and will be leaving Baltimore in mid-September to focus on making the London Olympics, Bowman said. "In many ways it would be like going away to college for her, something she's never done. ... This will be something to giver her a spark, to start new and reinvent herself," Bowman said. Hoff and Bowman reached the decision for her to switch coaches, and coasts, this past weekend, he said. "My main concern is that Katie is happy and successful. This would be a great place for her to do it.," Bowman said. Hoff could not be reached for comment in time for this edition.

College football

Senior nose guard Frazier dismissed from Navy team

Senior nose guard Nate Frazier is no longer on the Navy football team, coach Ken Niumatalolo said Monday. Commander Joe Carpenter, an academy spokesman, confirmed that the nature of the issue that led to Frazier's dismissal from the team is administrative, not criminal. But "because this remains an ongoing administrative matter, the academy will not be able to provide additional details, in order to protect the individual's privacy," Carpenter said. Frazier, a two-year starter, participated in the first two weeks of practice and was dominant in a team scrimmage on Saturday. As a junior, he tied for the team lead in tackles for a loss with nine and was particularly disruptive in Navy's shutout victory over Army (seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss).

- The Washington Post

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Strasburg 'unlikely' to pitch in the majors this season

Acting Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says it's "very unlikely" newly signed No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg will be called up to the majors this season. A day after agreeing with Strasburg on a record-breaking contract worth $15.1 million over four years, the Nationals set about lowering expectations for the San Diego State pitcher, saying he won't necessarily be in Washington's rotation in 2010. Says Rizzo: "If he earns it, and he's ready for it, then we'll see where his talent takes him." Strasburg gets a $7.5 million signing bonus payable over three years. His 2009 salary is the $400,000 minimum, which comes to a prorated $102,732. He gets $2 million in 2010, $2.5 million in 2011 and $3 million in 2012.

Et cetera

UDC hires ex-Bullet Ruland as men's basketball coach

Former Washington Bullets center Jeff Ruland was hired as men's basketball coach at the University of the District of Columbia. Ruland, an assistant coach last season with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, played professionally for the Bullets, 76ers and Detroit Pistons and spent nine years as head coach at Iona, his alma mater.

WNBA:: Kristi Toliver (Maryland), who had been used sparingly if at all in recent games, scored 22 points, but the host Chicago Sky lost to the Phoenix Mercury, 106-99.

College basketball:: Richard "Magic" Ashley, who graduated from UMES in 2008, was named a graduate assistant coach with the Hawks women's team.

College volleyball:: UMES named Christina Estebane', the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year last season for the Hawks, a graduate assistant coach.

- From Sun staff and news services

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