August 20, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

College basketball

Terps guard Vasquez named preseason Wooden candidate

Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez was selected as a preseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year on Wednesday. The 6-foot-6 senior from Caracas, Venezuela, was one of 50 players selected, including 10 from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Vasquez was a second-team All-ACC selection as a junior, leading the Terps in scoring (17.5), rebounds (5.4), assists (5.0), steals (1.40) and minutes (34.6).

UMES: : 2009 Roanoke graduate Curtis Peery was named a men's graduate assistant coach.


Burke wins Mid-Amateur by 3 shots over B. Woods

Terry Burke of Burning Tree Club backed up a tournament-record 64 with a second-day 2-over-par 72 at Chestnut Ridge Country Club on Tuesday in Lutherville and won the Mid-Amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association by three shots. In equaling the tournament's 36-hole total of 136, he defeated Brian Woods of Baltimore CC, who shot 68-71-139. John Howson of Towson Golf and Country Club was third at 69-73-142.

Maryland State Senior Women's Championship:: Diane Herndon of Argyle CC shot 80-78-158 to win Tuesday at Holly Hills CC in Ijamsville.

Et cetera

Ex-Ravens fullback Neal released by Raiders

The Oakland Raiders released fullback Lorenzo Neal, who played last season for the Ravens. Neal, who signed with the Raiders in May, was expected to push Oren O'Neal and Luke Lawton for the starting fullback job but became expendable when O'Neal impressed Oakland's coaching staff with his recovery from major knee surgery. Neal, 38, was trying to latch on with his eighth NFL team.

Redskins: : Washington tight end Chris Cooley and defensive end Phillip Daniels missed practice, but coach Jim Zorn expects both to play against the Steelers on Saturday night. Cooley had spasms in his lower back. Daniels was rested after having fluid drained from his left knee. He injured the knee on the first day of training camp a year ago and missed the entire season.

United Football League: : The California Redwoods of the new league signed 31 players Tuesday, including former Ravens fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo and return specialist B.J. Sams.

Contest: : Lawson Lambert of Towson is among 18 grand-prize winners of the 25 Years of Sports Trivia Championship, earning a trip to the Bahamas. More than 141,000 players competed in the contest run by NTN Buzztime and Sports Legends Challenge. Maryland ranked as the 20th most knowledgeable sports state.

Betting: : Attorneys for pro sports leagues and the NCAA say a motion to dismiss an appeal involving sports betting in Delaware has no merit. The leagues are appealing the denial of an injunction that would have stopped the betting from beginning next month. A federal appeals court will hear arguments Monday, while a December trial is scheduled in Delaware on whether the sports betting plan is illegal.

Capitals: : Versus will broadcast seven Washington Capitals games to a national television audience in 2009-10, the network announced. NBC, which will operate under a flexible schedule for eight of the network's regular-season dates, has five potential Washington games to pick from.

College soccer: : The defending champion Maryland men were predicted by ACC coaches to finish third this season behind North Carolina and and Virginia. ... The Navy women were picked to recapture their third Patriot League crown in four years in voting by league coaches and sports information directors.

Steeplechase: : National Steeplechase Association, based in Fair Hill, announced the inaugural running of the U.S. Steeplechase Championships on Oct. 17 with 12 races contested for $700,000 in purse money at the Far Hills (N.J.) Race Meet and the International Gold Cup at Great Meadows in The Plains, Va.

Soccer: : Marathon of Honduras defeated MLS club D.C. United, 3-1, on Tuesday in the opening game in Group B of the CONCACAF Champions League in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Luciano Emilio scored United's goal.

Pro basketball: : The Maryland Marvels of the American Basketball Association will play their home games this season at Severn's Edward St. John Athletic Center, which opened last fall. The regular season will begin in December.

- From Sun staff and news services

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