Ex-O's pitcher Lopez signs minor league deal with Braves
The Atlanta Braves have signed former Orioles right-handed pitcher Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training, the National League team announced Monday. Lopez, 35, was 7-16 with a 5.00ERA with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. He pitched 200 innings, the second-highest total of his career, in his first full season since elbow ligament-replacement surgery in 2007. Lopez went 60-58 with a 4.72 ERA in 167 games (141starts) for the Orioles from 2002 to 2006. He has also pitched for the San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies during a major league career that began in 2000.
Women's college basketball
Coppin State suspends three players after Saturday melee
Coppin State suspended three women's players for one game for their role in a brawl after Saturday's loss to visiting North Carolina A&T. Suspended from Monday night's home game against Norfolk State were center Jeanine Manley and power forward Crystal Whittington, two juniors from Oakland, Calif., and small forward Leola Spotwood, a sophomore from Trenton, N.J. Coppin athletic director Derrick Ramsey said Manley was suspended for starting the fight and Whittington and Spotwood were suspended for participating in it. "These two institutions over the last 10 years have won the conference championship five times, so it's a heated battle between the teams. But that's not the behavior or the sportsmanship I want in my program," Ramsey said. Ramsey issued the suspensions after watching tape of the end of the game. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has not handed out any penalties of its own at this point. The Aggies scored the last seven points in the game after trailing by as many as 15 points in the second half.
Division I honors: UMBC junior forward Erin Brown was named America East Player of the Week after leading the Retrievers to a pair of wins and averaging 18.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. … Maryland freshman forward Alyssa Thomas was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Rookie of the Week for the third straight week and fifth time overall. … Navy freshman forward Audrey Bauer was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week.
Division III honor: Johns Hopkins junior guard Stephanie Fong was named Centennial Conference Player of the Week.
Men's college basketball
Loyola to play at Towson in BracketBuster on Feb. 19
Towson will host Loyola (11-10, 7-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) on Feb.19 at 7 p.m. as one of 57 games scheduled in the ninth annual ESPNU BracketBusters event. This will be the 69th meeting between the schools in a series that dates to 1934. It's Towson's longest series with any opponent; the Greyhounds lead 41-27, but the Tigers have won 15 of 22 times in the past quarter-century. The teams haven't played since an 83-69 Towson victory in the 2007-08 season opener. The Tigers will play a return game at Loyola in 2012-13. Virginia Military Institute of the Big South will play at Morgan State in another BracketBusters game. Neither will be televised.
Division I honors: Navy freshman forward J.J. Avila was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the fifth straight week. … Loyola freshman guard Justin Drummond was named MAAC Rookie of the Week.
Division II and III honors: Bowie State junior center Travis Hyman (Old Mill) and sophomore forward Byron Westmoreland (Mervo) were named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week, respectively. … Washington College junior guard Kevin Breslin was selected as Pride of Maryland Player of the Week. … Frostburg State junior forward-center Maurice Williams was named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
Father of former Terp Hill dies in fall at quarterback's home
The father of Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill (Maryland) died late Saturday at St. John's Medical Center in Springfield, Mo., after suffering a fall. Ted Hill was 60. The Detroit Free Press reported that Hill was helping work on a barn at Shaun Hill's home at the Lake of the Ozarks when he fell.
Women's college lacrosse: Heidi Pearce Yetman, a 2004 first-team All-American at Johns Hopkins, was named senior assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Washington College.
Varsity boys basketball: Domico James had a game-high 26 points to lead No. 15 Annapolis to a 101-62 victory over Northeast. Delonte Joyce had 13 points for the Panthers, Tajuan Watson 14 and Colin Varn 12. Annapolis hit 15 3-pointers and went 14-for-15 on free throws.
Varsity swimming: Loyola and Notre Dame Prep won the team titles at the National Catholic High School Swimming Championships over the weekend at Villanova and La Salle universities in Philadelphia. Loyola's Oliver Bennett (100-yard butterfly) and NDP's Kendall Krumenacker (100 freestyle) and Erin Dunseith (100 backstroke) won gold medals. Bennett also swam on two winning relays, the 200 medley with Kendrick McDonald, JP Clancy and Aaron Jones and the 400 freestyle with Alex Porter, Connor McGarvey and Cameron James. Dunseith, Summer Legambi, Maryellen Mangione and Leigh Musselman won the 200 medley relay for the Blazers, who scored 443 points to second-place Good Counsel's 297. NDP also won the 200-freestyle relay with Dani Potis, Nana Salvatori, Melissa Dorsch and Krumenacker. The Dons took their fourth straight title, scoring 448 points to beat Gonzaga's 371.
—From Sun staff and news services