Phelps, Lochte headline start of Grand Prix Series
The top swimmers in the country, including Michael Phelps (Fells Point) and Ryan Lochte, will be back in the pool Friday through Nov. 14 for the Minnesota Grand Prix, the first stop of the 2010-2011 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series. The Grand Prix Series, which awards the top swimmer a $20,000 purse, includes a total of seven stops throughout the country. The Minnesota meet, which will be contested in short course yards, will also feature national teamers Elizabeth Pelton (Baltimore), Chloe Sutton, Missy Franklin, Christine Jennings, David Plummer and Tunisian Olympic gold medalist Ous Mellouli. Prelims begin at 9 a.m. and finals begin at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday. Phelps took home the prize in 2008 as the overall points leader of the series.
Tigers QB Hart suspended indefinitely for rules violation
Towson coach Rob Ambrose has suspended junior quarterback Chris Hart indefinitely for a violation of team rules, the school announced Friday. "Being a member of our football program carries with it certain responsibilities and expectations," Ambrose said. "Unfortunately, Chris has made choices that are not in line with the direction of our program. While this development is a disappointment, our team remains focused on Delaware [today] and toward our unified goal of finishing the 2010 campaign in a strong fashion." Bart Blanchard, a graduate student who transferred from The Citadel, is expected to start at quarterback today.
More college football: National Rehabilitation Hospital will honor former patient and University of Maryland football broadcaster Tim Strachan, a former DeMatha standout athlete and spinal cord injury survivor, at its 24th annual Gala Victory Awards on Wednesday at the Organization of American States in Washington. The evening is a tribute to former NRH patients for exemplifying exceptional strength and courage in the face of physical adversity. The evening will feature a cocktail buffet, a silent and live auction reception and the Victory Awards Presentation to the honorees. The awards presentation is set for approximately 9 p.m.
College field hockey
Terps advance to ACC title game, beating Deacons, 5-4, in 2 OTs
Junior defender Jemma Buckley scored on a pass from sophomore midfielder Megan Frazer three minutes into the second overtime period Friday to give top-seeded Maryland a 5-4 win over fifth-seeded Wake Forest in the first semifinal game of the ACC field hockey championship in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Terps advance to the championship game for the third consecutive year. After the Terps (18-1) took a 4-2 lead in the 61st minute, the Demon Deacons (10-9) rallied, scoring two goals within a span of just over two minutes. The game-tying goal came with five seconds to go in regulation. Senior Katie O'Donnell and freshman Jill Witmer led the Terps in scoring, registered two goals each. The Terrapins took 29 shots total, including seven in overtime. They held the Demon Deacons to just eight shots. Maryland moves on to the title game, which is set for noon Sunday. The Terps will face No. 2 seed North Carolina, which beat No. 3 seed Virginia, 1-0 in overtime in the other semifinal. The title game is a rematch of the 2009 NCAA championship, which the Tar Heels won, 3-2. The two last met in the ACC title game in 2004 with North Carolina prevailing 3-1. Sunday's championship game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.
Towson closes out season with 4-2 win over Georgia St.
Led by two goals from senior midfielder Marco Mangione (Calvert Hall), Towson (9-6-2, 3-6-2) snapped a three-game winless streak with a 4-2 Colonial Athletic Association victory over host Georgia State (7-7-3, 4-6-1) in the season finale for both teams. The second-leading scorer in the CAA, Mangione recorded his third two-goal game of the season as the Tigers earned their first victory since a 2-1 victory over Northeastern on Oct. 20. With 3:34 left in regulation, freshman Malcolm Manswell (River Hill) tallied the first goal of his college career by scoring off a feed from freshman forward Olakunle Banjo (Largo).
More men's college soccer: A flurry of long-range blasts launched host No. 3 Maryland (14-2-1) past Coastal Carolina, 5-0, on Senior Night. … Loyola (9-5-2, 5-2-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) could not overcome a Fairfield (5-7-5, 4-4-0) goal in the final minute of the first half, falling by a 1-0 score.
Women's college soccer: For the second straight year, Stevenson (11-6-1) will host the title game of the CAC championship, welcoming Frostburg State (15-3) today for a rematch of their regular-season meeting on the same field. Game time is at 1 p.m. … Tori Eskay (Urbana) was voted by the St.Mary's Department of Athletics and Recreation as the Athlete of the Month for October.