McCoughtry's playoff-record 42 put Dream into WNBA finals

Terps safety Tate wins Nagurski weekly award

September 08, 2010|By Sports Digest

WNBA

McCoughtry's playoff-record 42 put Dream into finals

Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored a WNBA playoff record 42 points to help the host Atlanta Dream beat the New York Liberty, 105-93, on Tuesday night to complete an unlikely march to the league finals. Cappie Pondexter led New York with 36 points and nine assists. McCoughtry surpassed the 41points that Tamika Whitmore scored against the Detroit Shock while she played for the Indiana Fever in 2006. McCoughtry's previous career high was 34points. Pondexter's 36 points is the third highest ever in a playoff game. The Dream, the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, swept the Washington Mystics in the first round before also winning two straight over the Liberty in the conference finals. Atlanta, a third-year expansion franchise that set a league record with 30 losses only two years ago, will face the Western Conference champion Seattle Storm in the WNBA finals. The best-of-five series will begin Sunday in Seattle.

Colleges

Terps safety Tate wins Nagurski weekly award

Maryland free safety Kenny Tate has been named the Football Writers Association of America/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week. Tate, a 6-4, 220-pound junior free safety from DeMatha, made the play of the game in a 17-14 victory Monday when he stopped Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs on fourth down from the 1-yard line with 34 seconds remaining. Tate finished with a career-high 12 tackles and forced two fumbles, one inside the 5-yard line when it appeared Navy was able to tie the score in the third quarter. Tate also was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Defensive Back of the Week; teammate Joe Vellano was named the ACC's top defensive lineman. Making his first start, Vellano, a sophomore, had 10 tackles, including five solo stops, as well as three tackles for loss and two sacks.

Men's soccer: Navy freshmen Dave Arnold (Mount St. Joseph) and Patrick Sopko have been named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively. Arnold, a forward, had the game-winner against Wofford and two goals against Virginia Military Institute. … UMBC freshman forward Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall) was named America East's Rookie of the Week. Caringi scored a pair of goals in his college debut. Junior midfielder Nirav Kadam was named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week. … York junior midfielder Mike Gill (Calvert Hall) was named Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. … Chris Wheeler scored two goals to lift visiting Mount St. Mary's (1-2) to a 2-0 win over host Howard (1-2).

Men's lacrosse: Johns Hopkins named Jamison Koesterer an assistant coach. Koesterer, a 2007 Hopkins graduate and a four-year letter winner for the Blue Jays, will coach the faceoff specialists and assist Bobby Benson with the offense. Koesterer replaces Dave Allan.

Field hockey: St. Mary's sophomore forward Lauriann Parker (Glenelg) was named CAC Offensive Player of the Week. … Stevenson senior goalkeeper Kara Zimmerman (Arundel) was named CAC Defensive Player of the Week.

Women's soccer: Junior goalkeeper Alicia Miller made three saves as host Mount St. Mary's (2-2-1) earned a 1-0 victory over Towson (2-2-1). … Hood senior midfielder Cara Jordan was named CAC Offensive Player of the Week. … Frostburg State junior goalie Michelle Buckmaster was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week.

Volleyball: Stevenson freshman setter Jessica Geiselman (Winters Mill) was named CAC Player of the Week.

Mount St. Mary's: The school announced the additions of three assistant coaches: 2010 graduate Christina Koerper (women's golf), Jessica Front (women's swimming) and David Brooks (baseball).

NFL

Report: Redskins, Titans talking about Haynesworth

The Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans discussing a trade of disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, people with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the talks are confidential. Washington signed Haynesworth to a $100million contract in 2009 as a free agent, and the tackle accepted a $21million bonus in April. It has been a battle of wills between Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and the ex-Titans star since then.

Running: The Travis Manion Foundation will host the 9/11 Heroes Run, a 5K and 1-mile fun run, this weekend in multiple locations across the country, including Sunday in Annapolis. The Travis Manion Foundation was created in 2007 to support families of fallen heroes, to use fellowship opportunities to enable disabled veterans to continue a life of service, and to help in creating a generation of future leaders for our country. For more information, go to travismanion.com.

—From Sun staff and news services

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