Wizards lose Yi for two to four weeks with knee injury
Yi Jianlian will stay behind as the Washington Wizards attempt to end a 12-game road losing streak against the New Jersey Nets tonight. A magnetic resonance imaging revealed the forward has a sprained right medial collateral ligament. Yi, who said he would likely miss the next two to four weeks, was injured in the first quarter of the Wizards' 103-89 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday when Ron Artest fell on the same knee that he hyperextended Nov.13. Yi was forced to miss the next nine games, but he had come back to average 7.8 points and five rebounds in his next four games. Coach Flip Saunders said the Wizards will also likely be without guard John Wall (right knee tendinitis) and forward-center Andray Blatche (sore left knee) against the Nets.
—Michael Lee, The Washington Post
St. Mary's hires Valentine as women's lacrosse coach
St. Mary's named Maryland alumna Lisa Valentine coach of its women's lacrosse team. Valentine, the senior assistant and recruiting coordinator at Washington College, replaces Kara Reber, who resigned after two seasons to become coach of the start-up program at Division II Florida Southern. Valentine, 25, of Stevensville joined Washington as an assistant in the summer of 2008. She advanced to the NCAA semifinals at Maryland as a freshman and graduated in 2006. She later coached at Kent Island High.
Men's college lacrosse: Towson is picked to finish third in the Colonial Athletic Association Inside Lacrosse coaches poll behind Delaware and Hofstra. Towson senior short-stick defensive midfielder Pete Mezzanotte and senior defender Marc Ingerman made the All-CAA preseason team.
Football: Muhlenberg sophomore running back Terrence Dandridge (Archbishop Curley) was named to the All-Centennial Conference first team. … Salisbury senior wide receiver Alex Boseman, senior defensive lineman Riley Fritts (Centennial ) and senior running back Bryan Woolson (North Harford) will compete in the Metrodome All-American Bowl on Saturday at the University of Minnesota.
Women's soccer: Johns Hopkins senior defender Jenn Paulucci and Messiah sophomore midfielder Alex Brandt of Annapolis were named to the NCAA Division III All-America first team.
Swimming: Four athletes from Navy received weekly honors from the Patriot League: freshman Luke Hoffer, male swimmer; sophomore Laura Gorinski, female swimmer; freshman Hayden Jones, male diver; and sophomore Jordyn Nicholl, female diver.
Men's basketball: St. Mary's (7-2) stayed at No. 14 in the D3hoops.com poll. … Bowie State (5-1) fell from No. 11 to No. 20 in the NABC/Division II poll after suffering its first loss.
Uehara's deal will vest for 2012 if he reaches goals
Koji Uehara's new $3-million-base, one-year contract with the Orioles has been filed with the commissioner's office and will vest for 2012 if Uehara reaches either 55 games pitched or 25games finished next season. Those are fairly attainable goals if Uehara stays healthy. Even with two stints on the disabled list in 2010, Uehara pitched in 43 games and finished 22 last season. Uehara, 35, has a limited no-trade clause, meaning he cannot be dealt to six teams. Those specific clubs are not disclosed in the contract. For more of Dan Connolly's blog post, go to baltimoresun.com/oriolesblog.
More baseball: The Colorado Rockies named former Orioles infielder Lenn Sakata hitting coach for Single-A Asheville.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United claimed former U.S. national team forward Josh Wolff with the first overall pick in the second stage of the re-entry draft. He signed a one-year contract with a club-held option in 2012, United general manager Dave Kasper said. Although terms were not disclosed, Wolff, who will be 34 in February, had to accept a salary cut after earning $220,000 this year with the Kansas City Wizards, recently renamed Sporting Kansas City. He was with the Chicago Fire from 1998 to 2002, spent four years with Kansas City and played for 1860 Munich in Germany for 1 1/2 seasons before returning to the Wizards in 2008. This year, he had two goals and three assists in 25 league appearances (16 starts). In 2009, he scored a career-high 11 goals. "He fits our style, he's intelligent and he has the leadership qualities that will benefit our younger players," Kasper said. "It's a solid fit."
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
Swimming: The women's 800-meter freestyle relay team of former Towson resident Katie Hoff, Dagny Knutson, Missy Franklin and Dana Vollmer (Granbury, Texas) finished fourth at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Dubai in 7 minutes, 38.42 seconds. The team broke the American record set at the previous short-course worlds in 2008. China won gold and broke the first world record of 2010 with a time of 7:35.94. Australia earned silver in 7:37.57, and France won the bronze in 7:38.33. … Loyola freshman Julien Brice finished third in his heat of the 100 butterfly for his native St. Lucia. Brice clocked a time of 1:02.20 and did not advance.
NHL: The Washington Capitals recalled right wing Andrew Gordon and center Jay Beagle from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. They assigned defenseman Brian Fahey to Hershey.
—From Sun staff and news services