December 09, 2009

Abe Pollin memorial service

Jamison: 'His time here, he really made a difference'

Former Wizards owner Abe Pollin was remembered as a civic-minded visionary, passionate sportsman and generous philanthropist at a public memorial service Tuesday night in Washington. "He's done all these things for so many people, not only here in this country, but in other countries as well. Kids he's helped out with all the scholarships that he's given," said Basketball Hall of Fame guard Earl Monroe, who played for Pollin's Baltimore Bullets from 1967 to 1971. "Those are the things that will live on long after today. That legacy that he's leaving, this is what it's all about." Pollin, 85, died Nov. 24 from corticobasal degeneration, a rare brain disease. Pollin had donated $3 million toward finding a cure for the brain condition at the time of his death. Tuesday's public memorial service was held at Verizon Center, which Pollin built with his own money and opened in 1997 as the home of the Wizards and the NHL's Washington Capitals. Photos of Pollin, who made his fortune in construction, were displayed on the scoreboard hanging over the court, along with video and photos of significant moments of his life. The entire Wizards team attended the ceremony, along with fans, former players, co-workers and employees, and those touched by Pollin's kindness. "He believed in people," Wizards forward Antawn Jamison said before the ceremony. "He believed in this city when people didn't believe in this city. ... His time here, he really made a difference."


Loyola men's lacrosse team picked to finish first in ECAC

ECAC lacrosse coaches picked the Loyola men's lacrosse team to finish first in the conference this season and named Greyhounds senior Cooper MacDonnell the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Loyola received 47 points, outdistancing Denver (41) and Ohio State (40).

Women's lacrosse: : Ohio State signed Glenelg attacker Katie Chase, Mount de Sales midfielder Cara Facchina and C. Milton Wright defender Tayler Kuzma to letters of intent. ... Towson signed North Harford midfielder Rhiannon Coogle, Winters Mill midfielder Katie Leech, Westminster midfielder Kelly Murkey, Good Counsel defender Kaitlin Sheridan and Broadneck defender Allison Thornton to letters of intent.

Men's basketball: : Navy guard Chris Harris was named the Mid-Majority Baller of the Week by, which covers mid-majors.

Baseball: : Towson signed Atholton right-handed pitcher-infielder Chris Acker and Cardinal Gibbons outfielder Dominic Fratantuono to letters of intent.

Soccer: : Johns Hopkins senior goalkeeper Karen Guszkowski was named to the NSCAA NCAA Division III All-America team. She was joined on the All-Mid-Atlantic first team by two teammates, junior Jessica Hnatiuk (John Carroll) and sophomore Erica Suter (River Hill). Junior Jenn Paulucci was named to the All-Mid-Atlantic second team. ... Blue Jays juniors Scott Bukoski and Kevin Hueber were named to the ECAC South All-Star second team.

Field hockey: : Salisbury's Dawn Chamberlin was named the Dita/National Field Hockey Coaches Association South Region Coach of the Year.

College wrestling: : Maryland All-America senior Hudson Taylor was named Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week.

Indoor track: : Loyola freshman sprinter Whitney Gibbs was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Performer of the Week.

- From Sun staff and news services

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D.C. wholesaler, two buyers indicted in bay poaching case

A Washington fish wholesaler and two of its buyers have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Greenbelt for their alleged roles in the largest striped bass poaching case in Chesapeake Bay history. Ocean Pro Ltd., also known as Profish, and Timothy Lydon of Bethesda and Benjamin Clough of Grasonville have been charged in federal district court with purchasing illegally caught striped bass from the Maryland and Virginia portions of the Potomac River from 1995 through 2007. The company and men are accused of violating the Lacey Act, which prohibits the transportation, sale or purchase of fish and wildlife harvested illegally. The maximum penalty for individuals is five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000; corporations face a maximum fine of $500,000.

- Mike Klingaman

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