December 10, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services


UMES beats Navy in men's hoops for 1st time in 16 years

Hillary Haley scored 20 points as the host UMES men's basketball team built a nine-point halftime lead and held off Navy, 80-72, on Wednesday for its third straight win. UMES last beat Navy on Dec. 11, 1993, 82-71. Chris Harris led all scorers with 23 points for the Mids (4-6), who have lost two straight.

Women's basketball: : Mount St. Mary's led for 33 minutes and had a chance to tie the score in the closing seconds, but host Virginia Tech came away with a 44-42 win. After the Mount's Sandra Andresson (12 points) cut the deficit to 44-42 with 87 seconds remaining, Mount St. Mary's (3-6) called a timeout with 12.6 seconds left. Hassanah Oliver took the inbounds pass and drove the lane on the left side for the game-tying layup but missed. Lindsay Biggs scored all 15 of her points for the Hokies (6-3) in their second-half comeback.

Women's soccer: : Navy defender Shelly Moeller was named to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region first team, and goalie and team captain Beth Reed joined fellow senior Moeller on the Eastern College Athletic Conference All-Star second team. It is Moeller's third time receiving regional accolades and the second time she has been named one of the top three defenders on the region's first team.

Swimming: : York sophomore Jack Gottschalk was selected as the Capital Athletic Conference Men's Swimming Athlete of the Week after leading the Spartans to dual-meet wins over Salisbury and Goucher on Friday. Gottschalk captured the 1,000 freestyle, his second victory in two tries this season, finishing in 10 minutes, 46.50 seconds to win by more than 12 seconds. He then swam the second leg of the 200 freestyle relay, which the team finished in 1:29.41, setting a new school record.


Washington recalls Aucoin, Neuvirth from Hershey

The Washington Capitals recalled center Keith Aucoin and goalie Michal Neuvirth from the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears, general manager George McPhee announced. The recall is Aucoin's third this season. He has totaled one goal and four assists in eight games with Washington, and has recorded nine goals and 15 assists in 19 contests with Hershey. Neuvirth was recalled for the second time this season. He has played in one game for the Capitals this year and made 19 saves in a 3-2 home loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 20. Neuvirth is 10-5-0 with the Bears this year, with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. Washington goalie Semyon Varlamov is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Horse racing

Jockey Erick Rodriguez goes 4-for-4 at Laurel Park

Jockey Erick Rodriguez won all four races in which he rode at Laurel Park and tightened his hold on the top of the fall meeting standings. Rodriguez, 29, tied a career high by reaching the winners circle aboard Let Me Be Frank ($2.60-first), Northpoint Costas ($5.80-fifth), Ocean Nomad ($7.40-seventh) and Dazzling Success ($12.60-ninth). "We are having a successful meet, thanks to the owners and trainers," said Rodriguez, who has won 46 times during the fall meet, 12 more than apprentice Joshua Navarro. "Since we are winning, we are getting a chance to ride better horses, and with that comes confidence." Rodriguez also had four winners at Laurel on Nov. 23, 2003, April 10, 2005, and Oct. 31 this year. The meet ends Dec. 19.

Et cetera

Sunday's Blast-La RaZa game moved to 1 p.m. from 6 p.m.

The Blast's first road game of the season - Sunday at Monterrey - has been changed to 1 p.m. Eastern time after being originally set for 6 p.m. The game can be seen live on the Internet at The Blast takes a 1-1 mark into the game. - Glenn Graham

Indoor football: : The Baltimore Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association added three rookies to their training camp roster, including two former Maryland high school stars. Joining the team were wide receiver Delannie Spriggs Jr. (Northern); defensive back Richan Gaskins, who played at Eleanor Roosevelt High in Prince George's County; and wide receiver Damon Harrison. Spriggs was on the Salisbury University football team for one semester before becoming an All-America sprinter on the Sea Gulls' track and field team. Gaskins, who worked out for the Washington Redskins this year, played his college ball at Duquesne. Harrison played at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.

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