Ex-Terp Langhorne an All-Star reserve

Blue, former center for 49ers and Colts, dead at 66

July 20, 2011|By Sports Digest

WNBA

Ex-Terp Langhorne an All-Star reserve

Washington Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) has been selected as an Eastern Conference reserve for the All-Star Game. It will be Langhorne's second consecutive All-Star appearance. The team's leading scorer, she is averaging a career-high 17.3 points per game and grabbing 7.9 rebounds per game. All-Star reserves were selected by the WNBA coaches. The game will be broadcast on ABC on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. from San Antonio. Earlier in the week, Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) was voted in as a starter for the East.

NFL

Blue, former center for 49ers and Colts, dead at 66

Forrest Blue, a quick, powerful center who made the Pro Bowl for the San Francisco 49ers from 1971 to 1974 and finished his career with the Baltimore Colts from 1975 to 1978, died Saturday at an assisted-living center in Carmichael, Calif. He was 66. A first-round draft pick out of Auburn in 1968, Blue was a 49ers mainstay for seven seasons and was a first-team All-Pro in 1971 and 1972. He retired after the 1978 season because of a degenerative disk and went on to become a general contractor and founded Forrest Blue Properties Inc. in the Sacramento, Calif., area. Blue was beset in recent years by health and memory problems, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Ravens' Plan in Motion helps support 19 nonprofits

The Ravens All Community Team Foundation has awarded nearly $100,000 in grants to 19 nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore area. In its fifth year, the Ravens' Plan in Motion project continued to provide grants of up to $5,000 for initiating and/or expanding programs or projects that promote physical fitness and nutrition education among youth. The 2011 Plan in Motion grant funding will support a variety of programs, such as fitness camps, Special Olympics training, swim classes and after school intramurals, all working to increase physical activity among area youth. Projects that received grants for 2011 include: funding for the Bridges Program at St.Paul's School; which offers more than 120 students physical fitness programs during the summer; continued support of the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital's Weigh Smart program; which has doubled the number of classes focused on improving physical fitness and the nutrition habits of overweight and obese children; providing the Coppin Aquatic Center with funds to boost water safety and sports participation among African-Americans; supporting Athletes Serving Athletes, which helps young athletes with disabilities and at-risk youth to pursue an active lifestyle through athletic competition; and, providing money to purchase heart-rate monitors and new sports equipment for young women at Sisters Academy. For more information, go to baltimoreravens.com/community.

NBA: The Washington Wizards will open the 2011-12 regular-season schedule at Verizon Center on Nov. 2 against the New Jersey Nets. The Wizards then host the Orlando Magic on Nov. 5, marking the first time since the 1978-79 season that Washington opens with consecutive home games.

Kayaking: Two-time Olympian Scott Parsons of Bethesda, who is training for the 2012 Games, will take questions on Facebook at 9p.m. Thursday. Go to the U.S. Olympic Team and click the Athlete Chat button.

Youth triathlon: The Kidz Triathlon, produced by TriColumbia as part of the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series, will be held Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at Clemens Crossing Elementary in the Hickory Ridge neighborhood of Columbia. Participants will get to meet 17-year-old Maryland native and author Hunter Lussi, who four years ago became the youngest person to complete an ultra-distance triathlon. For information, go to TriColumbia.org.

College football: General parking will be free for Towson's six home games in Lot 14 on the north side of Johnny Unitas Stadium. Additional general parking will be available in the University Union and Glen parking garages. Reserved parking will also be available for $60 for season-ticket holders all season ticket holders who are current Tiger Club members. … Bowie State is picked to finish third behind Elizabeth City State and defending division-champion Virginia State in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association North preseason poll. Senior linebacker Delano Johnson (Dunbar) and defensive back Kenneth Turner made the preseason defensive team.

Women's college basketball: Jeff Harada, most recently the head coach at Hawai'i Pacific, was named an assistant coach at Navy.

Men's college basketball: Hood College added three recruits: forward Darico "Rico" Provitt from South Hagerstown High, guard Ramon Smith from Frederick Community College and guard Adrien Straughn from Parkdale High.

College baseball: Washington College hired Scott Fenton as an assistant coach.

College acrobatics and tumbling: Maryland head coach Jarnell Bonds, who led the Terps to National Collegiate Acrobatics national championships in 2007, 2008 and 2010, will step down to an assistant coach role.

Women's college volleyball: Theresa Schwarzwalder (Wilde Lake), a 5-foot-8 outside hitter, is part of Hood's incoming class.

Women's college tennis: St. Mary's Aviva Brown (Old Mill), Katie Lackler (Marriotts Ridge) and Marie Rau (Howard) are were named Intercollegiate Tennis Association scholar-athletes.

College athletic training: Bowie State promoted assistant athletic trainer Kaitlyn D'Annibale to head athletic trainer.

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