Clarksville woman pleads guilty in Davies crash

Chick-fil-A Bowl to scout Terps-Seminoles game

November 18, 2010|By Sports Digest

Soccer

Clarksville woman pleads guilty in Davies crash

A Clarksville woman pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Va., federal court Tuesday to two alcohol-related charges in connection with a one-car crash that killed University of Maryland classmate Ashley J. Roberta, 22, in October 2009 and severely injured U.S. star forward Charlie Davies. Maria Alejandra Espinoza, 23, faces sentencing Feb.18 before U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton for involuntary manslaughter and maiming while driving intoxicated, both felonies. The charges carry a maximum sentence of eight years and five years in prison, respectively, but prosecutors agreed to recommend no more than 37 to 46 months under federal guidelines. Espinoza also must pay restitution to her victims and may face deportation. Hilton permitted Espinoza, a Venezuelan citizen who has lived legally in the United States most of her life, to remain free on her own recognizance, but ordered that she give up her passport pending sentencing. Roberta's mother, Jan, 59, of Phoenix in Baltimore County, said the family was considering civil litigation against Espinoza and others. Their lawyer, Charles A. Gilman of Timonium, declined to comment. Davies' lawyer, John D. Pels, repeated his statement that the soccer player "has left it in the hands of the U.S. attorney's office" and hoped to comment soon, including in a victim impact statement for Espinoza's sentencing. In court documents, prosecutors said the crash left Davies with fractures to his right leg, left elbow, eye socket and nose; a torn ligament in his left knee; lacerated bladder; and "serious head trauma." He was held out of the World Cup and has yet to play for the first team for his French squad, Sochaux, this year.

Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post

Colleges

Chick-fil-A Bowl to scout Terps-Seminoles game

Chick-fil-A Bowl representative Bruce Olecki will visit Byrd Stadium on Saturday to scout Florida State and Maryland for possible berths in the game Dec. 31 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The bowl hosts the Atlantic Coast Conference's first selection after the Bowl Championship Series; the opponent will come from the Southeastern Conference. The matchup will be announced Dec. 5. Florida State (7-3, 5-2 ACC), ranked No. 25 in the BCS, is in first place of the ACC Atlantic Division. Maryland (7-3, 4-2) is tied for second with North Carolina State. The Terps have played in two Chick-fil-A bowls, most recently in 2002.

Men's golf: Bart George (Broadneck) and Jack Whelan of Topsfield, Mass., have committed to Loyola as part of the Class of 2014. George helped the Bruins to their second straight Anne Arundel County title on Sept. 29 with an individual title; he also helped Broadneck win a district title en route to tying for second at the state tournament.

Women's volleyball: Navy junior outside hitter Lauren Carpenter, a history major with a 3.59 cumulative grade-point average, was named to the Patriot League's All-Academic team. … Frostburg State senior outside hitter Sarah Stephens and junior setter Kylie Carrington were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III All-America honorable mention team.

Nationals

Top pick Harper to start season at Hagerstown

First overall pick Bryce Harper, currently tearing up the Arizona Fall League, a league packed with the most promising prospects in baseball, will begin the season in Single-A Hagerstown, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday night. Rizzo had said Harper would begin in Single-A but hadn't specified if he would begin in Low-A Hagerstown or High-A Potomac. In Hagerstown, Harper would play for new manager Brian Daubach, a former Boston Red Sox slugger. Rizzo did not commit Harper to starting in Hagerstown, but the low level would allow Harper, 18, to develop against easier competition. Harper is hitting .323 in the fall league with a .613 slugging average, four walks and 10 strikeouts in 31 at-bats.

Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

Et cetera

Roos, Rigattieri, Panell team up for two winners at Laurel

Owner Manfred Roos, trainer John Rigattieri and jockey Dyn Panell combined for a pair of scores at Laurel Park. Rigattieri (14 winners) leaped over Ferris Allen and Hamilton Smith (13 each) into the top spot in the conditioner standings for the fall meeting. The New England-based Rigattieri, who has been wintering in Maryland since 2003, scored with Shawan Select ($5.40-sixth) and Afternoon Action ($10.80-eighth). Forest Boyce leads the jockey standings with 42 victories, 14 more than the injured Sheldon Russell. The meet ends Dec. 18.

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