Leadership an issue in Teich's suspension
Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo said Thursday that he had suspended senior captain Alexander Teich after a series of incidents involving Teich's leadership role on the team. Without being specific, Niumatalolo said they began during Saturday's loss to Air Force and spilled into the first two days of practice this week. Niumatalolo said he kicked the team's leading rusher off the field midway through Tuesday's practice. He announced Wednesday that Teich would "probably" not play Saturday against Southern Mississippi at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Niumatalolo confirmed Thursday that Teich would not play Saturday. "The thing that makes Alex a great player is that he's emotional, just like I am," Niumatalolo said. "He's a great kid, and I know he took that loss hard. Some of the stuff that happened was detrimental to us getting ready for this game." Before meeting with Teich on Thursday, Niumatalolo said the suspension would likely be for only a game. The Capital newspaper reported Thursday that Teich had walked off the field Saturday as Air Force's band was playing its fight song and was the only Navy player to so.
More college football: Host Fairmont State (5-1) took a 29-point halftime lead and cruised to a 49-20 nonconference victory over Bowie State (3-3). Bulldogs senior quarterback Andrew Johnson completed 21 of 35 passes for one touchdown and a season-high 200 yards, but he was intercepted twice and sacked four times.
Horse racing: In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pimlico Race Course lit the wall of its clubhouse pink and said it will stay pink all month. "We have found that this specific ZIP code, 21215, is being severely affected by breast cancer and has the highest mortality rate in Baltimore City," said Robin Prothro, executive director of Komen Maryland, an affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Varsity football: Butch Shaffer was named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week after leading Glenelg to a 17-14 victory over Hammond. The No. 11 Gladiators (5-0) have matched their season win total from a year ago when they finished 5-5 and are the only unbeaten team in Howard County.
Men's college basketball: Sporting News named Navy freshman wing Donya Jackson (Calvert Hall) the top newcomer in the Patriot League in its preview issue. Jackson was a two-time Baltimore Catholic League Defensive Player of the Year.
—From Sun staff and news services