Ambrose a finalist for Coach of Year Award
Towson's Rob Ambrose was named a finalist Tuesday for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. As a finalist, Ambrose is among the top five coaches in the Football Championship Subdivision in regard to on-field performance and success in the community and the classroom. If Ambrose is selected, via a combination of fan voting and votes from the media and National Football Foundation, he will be honored at the BCS National Championship and receive $50,000 to give to a charity of his choice and a $20,000 scholarship to the Towson Alumni Association. Fans may vote at coachoftheyear.com through Dec.22.
More honors: Johns Hopkins' Jim Margraff was honored as the American Football Coaches Association Division III Region 2 Coach of the Year. Blue Jays sophomore wide receiver Dan Wodicka was named to the d3football.com All-South Region first team. In addition, the Blue Jays placed senior center Ed Rodger, sophomore tackle Armand Jenifer, senior defensive end Kale Sweeney and senior safety Michael Milano on the second team, and senior quarterback Hewitt Tomlin on the third team. … Salisbury's Sherman Wood was honored as the AFCA Region 1 Coach of the Year.
Resolution introduced to keep United in Washington
Washington, D.C., City Council member Tommy Wells introduced a resolution Tuesday that states, among other things, the D.C. government "should take active steps to create strategies and solutions that keep D.C. United as a professional soccer team located within the District of Columbia." It doesn't commit the city to anything, but it could represent an interesting straw poll of D.C. politicos. Mayor Vincent Gray has already said no public money is available for a stadium project. United has been working with Events D.C., which manages RFK Stadium, for improved terms on the MLS club's lease. Buzzard Point in southwest Washington is the prime target for a new venue. The RFK site hasn't been ruled out. Meantime, Baltimore remains very much on United's radar as a permanent home if a Washington stadium solution isn't reached in the near future.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
Wizards: The team will begin its 2011-12 NBA season at Verizon Center on Dec. 26 against the New Jersey Nets. The Wizards will then be on the road for consecutive contests against the Atlanta Hawks on Dec. 28 and Milwaukee Bucks on Dec.30 before returning home for a New Year's Day game against the Boston Celtics. Highlights include a five-game homestand Jan. 14-22 that brings the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets and Celtics to town, a visit by the Chicago Bulls on Jan.30 and a visit by the Miami Heat on Feb. 10.
Women's college soccer: Maryland goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands is one of six nominees for the Canadian under-20 Player of the Year. Beanlands is among the player pool for the Canadian national team that will play in the 2012 London Olympics next July and August.
College swimming: St. Mary's junior captain Billy DeBoissiere (Atholton) picked up Capital Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week honors for the third time in the past four weeks.
Bayhawks: The Major League Lacrosse team will be at McGarvey's in downtown Annapolis from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 22 giving away holiday hams as part of the inaugural Ham It Up event.
—From Sun staff and news services