Girl forced to miss part of game because of headscarf
A 12-year-old Muslim girl in Hagerstown was forced to sit out the first half of a basketball game by a referee who said her headscarf posed a safety risk. Seventh-grader Maheen Haq was allowed to play the second half wearing the hijab after a league administrator granted her a religious exemption. Daphnie V. Campbell says the girl's parents will have to provide a letter stating that the headscarf is part of their daughter's religion and accept liability for any injuries. She defended the referee's action. A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ibrahim Hooper, said there are hijabs with tear-away strips designed for sports that the girl could wear. He said cases like these can usually be solved with cooperation from both sides.
Hargrove returns to Indians in role of special adviser
Former Orioles manager Mike Hargrove is back with the Cleveland Indians as a special adviser. Hargrove, who managed the Indians to two World Series, will assist manager Manny Acta's staff in spring training, appear on game broadcasts and help with business, community and charity work. Hargrove has been in Cleveland's organization for 22 years, and was the Indians' manager from 1991 to 1999. He managed the Orioles from 2000 to 2003 and the Seattle Mariners from 2005 to 2007.
Nationals: Washington agreed to one-year contracts with outfielder Michael Morse and reliever Doug Slaten, avoiding salary arbitration with both players. Morse, 28, who batted .289 with 15 home runs and 41 RBIs in 293 plate appearances last year, agreed to a $1.05 million deal. Slaten, 31, a left-hander who had a 3.10 ERA in 49 relief appearances last season, gets a $695,000 salary.
Vann's 3-pointer in final seconds lifts Bowie State men
Senior Eric Vann scored a game-high 25 points, including a game-winning 3-pointer with five seconds left, to lift Bowie State (10-2, 5-0 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) to a 78-75 win over host Livingstone College (6-4, 2-2).
More men: McDaniel junior forward Louis Sarris-Grau was named PrestoSports/Pride of Maryland Player of the Week.
Women: Chantel Mattiola scored eight of the first 13 points by host Johns Hopkins (13-3, 10-2 Centennial Conference) in an 86-51 win over Bryn Mawr (0-14, 0-11). Mattiola finished with 16 points. … Visiting Bowie State (7-5, 3-2 CIAA) shot a season-low 37 percent from the free-throw line and fell, 64-60, to Livingstone (8-3, 3-1). Juliette Turner led Bowie with 16 points. … UMBC junior guard Michelle Kurowski was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
Women's college volleyball
Navy hires Juniata's Bock, winningest college coach
Larry Bock, the winningest coach in college volleyball history, has been named the new coach at Navy. Bock is 1,352-283-4 (.826) in 34 seasons as women's coach at Division III Juniata and six years as the Eagles' men's coach. Current UCLA men's coach Al Scates is second on the overall wins list with 1,185. Bock's Juniata women's teams were 1,252-192, including 358-14 (.962) against conference opponents and 67-23 (.744) against Division I teams.
Rapids pick Loyola's Bannister in MLS supplemental draft
The defending champion Colorado Rapids selected Loyola forward Phil Bannister with the last pick in the second round of the Major League Soccer supplemental draft. Bannister had 10goals and an assist in nine games before a knee injury ended his senior season. He finished his Loyola career with 40 goals, eighth in school history. Bannister is the first Greyhound drafted by an MLS team since D.C. United selected goalkeeper Milos Kocic in the second round of the 1999 MLS SuperDraft. … D.C. United selected South Carolina forward Blake Brettschneider with the third pick of the second round. Brettschneider led the Gamecocks this season in goals (seven) and assists (10).
Bowling: Tim Criss of Bel Air is 29th after second-round qualifying of the PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas with a 10-game pinfall of 2,184. Osku Palermaa of Finland leads with 2,355. Eddie VanDaniker Jr. of Essex is 63rd with 2,113, and Bobby Hall II of Landover is 115th with 1,921.
College honors: UMBC senior Sara Parkinson was named America East Women's Indoor Track Performer of the Week. … Johns Hopkins junior Cecilia Furlong was named Centennial Conference Women's Indoor Track and Field Performer of the Week. … Loyola sophomore swimmer Brennan Morris was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's Swimmer of the Week. … St.Mary's sophomore Kelly Heyde was named Capital Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer of the Week.
—From Sun staff and news services