NFLPA's view of franchise tag could put Ngata on market

Blast's Healey, Morris honored for January performances

February 04, 2011|By Sports Digest

Ravens

NFLPA's view of franchise tag could put Ngata on market

The NFL Players Association is disputing the NFL's contention it can apply a franchise tag to players whose contracts expire at the end of the 2010 league year, which throws into question the Ravens' ability to tag defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. A statement from the NFLPA said the union had "received reports that the NFL is advising clubs" they can use the franchise tag on unrestricted or restricted free agents. The rest of the union statement read: "The current CBA provides that 'each club shall be permitted to designate one of its players who would otherwise be an Unrestricted Free Agent [or Restricted Free Agent] as a Franchise Player each season during the term of this Agreement.' The 2011 season is not a 'season during the term of this Agreement' so the NFL has no valid basis for claiming the right to franchise players in 2011."

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Blast's Healey, Morris honored for January performances

Pat Healey (Calvert Hall, Towson University) and Pat Morris of the Blast were named Major Indoor Soccer League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Month, respectively. Healey had nine 2-point goals, eight assists and seven blocks in January; Morris had seven goals, three assists and 12 blocks.

Baseball: Outfielder Laynce Nix and the Washington Nationals agreed to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Nix, 30, played 97 games for the Cincinnati Reds last season, hitting .291 with four homers and 18 RBIs. In other Nationals news, minor league catcher Adrian Nieto was suspended 50 games after testing positive for Oxandrolone and metabolite, a performance-enhancing substance.

WNBA: The Washington Mystics hired Laurie Byrd as an assistant coach. She was an assistant for the New York Liberty the past two seasons.

College coaching: Frostburg State hired Carly Sweeney, a high school coach in Carlsbad, Calif., since 2009, to coach its field hockey team. … Former assistant coach Doug Dukes has rejoined the UMES women's bowling program as head coach, replacing Megan Raymond, who has resigned to concentrate on her photography career.

College signing: McDonogh swimmer Andrew Cosgarea signed an NCAA national letter of intent to attend Stanford.

College honors: Saint Augustine's senior running back Walter Sanders (Mervo) was named a Division II All-America honorable mention. … Mount St. Mary's senior midfielder Eric Detzel was named the Northeast Conference men's soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. … Towson seniors Marc Ingerman, a defenseman, and Peter Mezzanotte, a midfielder, were named to the Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association lacrosse team. … Johns Hopkins senior goalie Jeremy Selbst and sophomore driver Alex Whittam made the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches DivisionIII All-America first team. Blue Jays sophomore utility Ross Schofield was selected to the second team, and Navy senior attacker Luke Baldwin made honorable mention. … Junior Jess Palacio was named Patriot League Women's Track Athlete of the Week after setting a Navy indoor record in the 800-meter run. Midshipmen junior Cody Rome won the men's award. … Maryland senior Kiani Profit was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Women's Track and Field Performer of the Week.

—From Sun staff and news services

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