Roundup

December 16, 2009

Concussions

Baltimore girl on Capitol Hill: 'This [bill] would help ... kids'

Abby Cahalan, 13, of Baltimore, who had to give up soccer after suffering a concussion last year, participated in a Capitol Hill news conference to support a bill calling on the federal government to develop concussion management guidelines. The Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act, or ConTACT Act, would also establish a grant program to states to come up with ways to prevent, diagnose and treat sports-related concussions in schools. Cahalan said she hasn't done much since suffering her soccer concussion, after having been a very active kid. "This [bill] would help a lot of kids, and it would have helped me," she said.

Swimming

Merritt, Phelps Swim School team up on more locations

Merritt Athletic Clubs and the Michael Phelps Swim School are partnering on additional swim-school locations. The Michael Phelps Swim School will expand from a single location at Meadowbrook Aquatics Center to include the Merritt Athletic Clubs' Towson, Eldersburg and Canton locations. Swim classes include personal safety, stroke development, water sports and games, personal growth and rescue skills.

Colleges

UM soccer assistant Payne to become head coach at Army

Russell Payne (Glenelg), a men's soccer assistant coach at Maryland, was named head coach at Army. The Terps were 99-30-12 with two national championships during his six seasons on the sideline. Payne played goalkeeper at Maryland from 1993 to 1996.

Women's basketball: : Salisbury senior forward Kylie Hall (Lansdowne) was named Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Division III South Player of the Week.

Junior colleges: : The 12-sport Harford athletics program will make the transition to a National Junior College Athletic Association Division I classification across the board beginning with the 2010-11 season. Harford will become the first school in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference to have its entire athletic program compete at the highest NJCAA Division I level and the fifth school to have the same classification for all its sports. Baltimore City Community College (D-II), CCBC-Dundalk (D-II), Montgomery College-Germantown (D-III) and Montgomery College-Rockville (D-III) already have the same classifications for all their respective sports.

Et cetera

McCourt hearing set for May; Wizards edged Monday night

An ownership dispute between Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife will linger through at least a third of the 2010 season after a judge set a hearing for late May. McCourt, mired in a bitter divorce with wife Jamie, a Pikesville native, had wanted the ownership issue decided by spring training. Dennis Wasser, Jamie McCourt's attorney, complained that the proper documents to determine Frank McCourt's income and wealth hadn't been turned over. "There's been game-playing in this case, and it's not baseball," Wasser said. "It's hide-and-seek." He accused Frank McCourt of crying poverty and contracting a fictional illness, "RAIDS - Recently Acquired Income Deficiency Syndrome." Frank McCourt's attorney, Sorrell Trope, questioned whether Wasser was arguing his case to Superior Court Commissioner Scott M. Gordon or the two rows of reporters who attended the hearing. "He's certainly not in the batter's box," Trope said. "He's out in left field."

Wizards: : Eric Gordon matched his season high with 29 points and hit his final free throw with 11.3 seconds left, and Washington's Earl Boykins turned the ball over moments later to seal the host Los Angeles Clippers' 97-95 win over the Wizards on Monday night. Washington, which blew a 17-point second-half lead, has lost its past five games by a total of 11 points. Caron Butler scored nine of his 20 points in the final 2:43 for the Wizards, including a 3-pointer with 11.8 seconds left. Antawn Jamison had 32 points and 11 rebounds for Washington, while Gilbert Arenas had 16 points on 4-for-14 shooting.

D.C. United: : Midfielder Tiyi Shipalane, 23, signed with the Major League Soccer club for the 2010 season.

- From Sun staff and news services

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