Hawks cut ex-Terp Dixon; Wizards win on late foul shots
Former Calvert Hall and University of Maryland guard Juan Dixon was released Tuesday by the Atlanta Hawks, who trimmed their roster to 16 players. Dixon, who has averaged 8.4 points in eight seasons in the NBA with four teams, averaged 9.0 points in three preseason games. The Hawks have a backcourt surplus. Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson and backups Mo Evans and Mario West return from last season. The team acquired Jamal Crawford in the offseason and drafted Jeff Teague. Last season, Dixon averaged 5.2 points in 50 games with the Washington Wizards, who drafted him 17th overall in 2002.
Wizards: : Mike James made two of three free throws with 0.3 of a second left to lift the short-handed Washington Wizards to a 90-89 preseason victory over the host Philadelphia 76ers in a preseason game. James was fouled by Willie Green as he attempted a 3-pointer. The 76ers appeared to have the win wrapped up when Green hit a free throw with one second remaining. Randy Foye scored 17 points for Washington (4-3), and James had 15. The Wizards played without flu-ridden guards Gilbert Arenas and Mike Miller as well as guard Javaris Crittenton (left foot) and forward Antawn Jamison (right shoulder).
Holtz to be keynote speaker for US Lacrosse convention
Former college football coach and current ESPN analyst Lou Holtz will be the keynote speaker for the 2010 US Lacrosse national convention Jan. 15-17 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Holtz will address the convention Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. on overcoming seemingly impossible challenges by setting goals and working to achieve them. Despite never inheriting a winning team, Holtz compiled a 243-127-7 career record. Other speakers will include Mike Pressler (U.S. men's national team head coach/Bryant men's head coach), Joe Alberici (U.S. men's national team assistant coach/Army men's head coach), Tony Resch (U.S. men's national team assistant coach/Long Island Lizards head coach), Rick Sowell (U.S. men's national team asst. coach/Stony Brook men's head coach), Ricky Fried (U.S. women's elite team head coach/Georgetown women's head coach), Carole Cantele (U.S. women's developmental team head coach/Gettysburg women's head coach), Jenny Levy (University of North Carolina women's head coach) and Liz Robertshaw (U.S. women's elite team assistant coach/Boston University women's head coach). Registration is open at uslacrosse.org/convention; those who register before Nov. 15 will get a discount of half off the regular on-site registration fee of $150.
Loyola men: : The Greyhounds men will play six home games at their new facility, the Ridley Intercollegiate Athletic Complex, beginning with a March 13 date against Duke. Loyola and the Blue Devils will play the first men's lacrosse game at the complex that will be the home for men's and women's lacrosse and soccer. The Greyhounds, who have won at least a share of the past two Eastern College Athletic Conference championships, will open their 2010 season Feb. 20 in Annapolis against Navy. Loyola and the Midshipmen have not played since a 19-8 Greyhounds victory in the 1993 NCAA tournament.
Loyola's Darvill named ECAC co-Player of the Week
A day after earning Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Loyola senior forward Jamie Darvill was named the ECAC soccer co-Offensive Player of the Week. Darvill helped the Greyhounds (6-6-1 overall, 3-0-0 MAAC) record conference victories against Niagara and Canisius last weekend, scoring three goals and assisting on one.
More men's soccer: : Michael Bistany slipped a shot into the corner of the net just over two minutes into double overtime to lift Frostburg State (9-6-1, 5-3) to its fifth straight victory, 2-1 over visiting La Roche (7-8-1, 5-3) in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.
D.C. United: : Israel Lopez's 62nd-minute penalty shot lifted Mexican club Toluca to a 1-1 draw in the CONCACAF Champions League in Mexico City. Chris Pontius scored for United in the fifth minute. The draw gives Toluca 13 points and first place in Group B in the final round of group games. D.C. has 10 points.
Capitals: : Washington signed center Cody Eakin, its third-round choice in the 2009 entry draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. Eakin, 19, is a native of Winnepeg, Manitoba, who is in his fourth season with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League.
- From Sun staff and news services