Ex-Oriole Millar returns to St. Paul Saints, his first pro team

May 12, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

Baseball

Former Orioles first baseman Kevin Millar has signed with the St. Paul Saints, a team in the independent American Association. Millar began his pro career with the Saints in 1993 and went on to hit .274 with 170 homers in the majors over 12 seasons with four teams. He played last season with the Toronto Blue Jays, then was signed to a minor league deal by the Chicago Cubs, who released him March 30.

Men's college lacrosse

Loyola senior attacker Cooper MacDonnell and junior Jake Hagelin were named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Offensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively, on Tuesday after a vote of the conference's coaches. Joining MacDonnell and Hagelin on the All-ECAC first team were four Greyhounds teammates: senior attacker Collin Finnerty, senior defender Steve Layne, junior midfielder Eric Lusby and junior faceoff specialist John Schiavone. Loyola senior midfielder Taylor Ebsary was named to the second team. MacDonnell, who missed three games in March with a shoulder injury, is tied for the team lead with 22 goals. Hagelin has a 7.86 goals-against average, best in the ECAC and third-best in the country.

NFL

The Buffalo Bills signed running back Chad Simpson ( Morgan State), who spent the past two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and was used primarily as a kick returner. Simpson, who had 30 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown, is the latest addition to a crowded backfield that includes rookie first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller and Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson, who split the starting duties last season. Buffalo also has running backs Walter Mendenhall and Joique Bell on its depth chart.

Steelers: Pittsburgh signed wide receiver Isaiah Williams, who signed with the Ravens as an undrafted rookie last year but was cut before the season. Williams replaces Limas Sweed, who has been placed on injured reserve because of a torn left Achilles tendon, a move that means he cannot play this season.

Women's college basketball

Patty Coyle, a former WNBA coach and Loyola coach, was named a women's basketball assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh, which lost two of its three assistants after the season ended. Coyle coached the New York Liberty from 2004 to 2009, leading the team to four playoff appearances in five seasons before being fired at midseason a year ago. She was 100-77 at Loyola.

-- From Sun staff and news services

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