Rutherford sets Americas record
Matt Rutherford crossed the finish line at the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel Bridge in Norfolk, Va., at 10:48 a.m. Wednesday, becoming the first solo sailor to circumnavigate North and South America nonstop. Rutherford, who is sailing a 27-foot boat christened the St. Brendan, will step on land for the first time Saturday at noon during a public ceremony in Annapolis. The event will be streamed live from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at solotheamericas.org and crabsailing.org.
Knight no-hits Howard; UMBC's Kennedy honored
Kendra Knight pitched her second career no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader as host Maryland (25-17) earned a 9-0 softball victory over Howard (5-28). The Terps won the second game, 10-0. Knight, the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week, pitched all five innings of the first game and three innings of the second. She didn't allow a hit until the third inning of the second game. She had 19 combined strikeouts and three walks.
Women's volleyball: UMBC senior Iman Kennedy has been selected as one of 10 female national finalists for the 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, given by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine to students who excel in sports, in the classroom and in community activism.
Women's soccer: St. Mary's announced that sixth-year coach Brianne Weaver, who graduated from the school in 2000, will leave to pursue a similar position at Bowdoin. Weaver led St. Mary's to Capital Athletic Conference tournament finals in 2006, 2008 and 2011 and won the school's first CAC championship in 2008.
Women's bowling: Fresh off her winning the Most Outstanding Performer award at the NCAA championships, UMES junior T'nia Falbo has been announced as one of eight finalists for the Bowling Writers Association of America Collegiate Bowler of the Year.
Baseball: Wednesday's game between Maryland and host Towson was postponed until Tuesday.
Men's track and field: Salisbury senior Jay Drenner was selected as the CAC Field Athlete of the Week, and sophomore Jacob Adedeji earned Track Athlete of the Week honors.
Women's track and field: Salisbury junior Chelsea Tavik was honored as the CAC Field Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this season, and sophomore Kara Tolson was named Track Athlete of the Week.
Men's golf: Mount St. Mary's freshman Ryan Triller (North Harford) was named Northeast Conference Co-Golfer of the Week.
Gaffney says Redskins plan to trade or release him
Jabar Gaffney, the Washington Redskins' leading receiver in 2011, said the team plans to trade or release him and he has been told not to show up for the team's offseason conditioning program in Ashburn, Va. Gaffney, a 10-year veteran who had 68 catches for 947 yards and five touchdowns last season, said Redskins general manager Bruce Allen delivered the news to Gaffney's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, Friday. That was a day after a series of obscene messages directed at Gaffney's wife and Oakland Raiders defensive back Lito Sheppard was unleashed on Gaffney's Twitter account. Gaffney has tweeted that his account was hacked. "That wasn't me. I'm a man. Taking to Twitter to handle business is childish," Gaffney said in an interview Wednesday.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post
Ravens: Kevin M. Byrne, the team's senior vice president for public and community relations, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquette University's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Marquette University Alumni Association in a ceremony April 27. Byrne earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University in 1971.
Horse racing: Anne Hambleton, a former steeplechase jockey who has ridden in the Maryland Hunt Cup and won a race at the My Lady's Manor, has written a young reader novel about a racehorse: "RAJA, Story of a Racehorse." She will sign copies of the book at the Maryland Junior Hunt Cup on April 29 at Shawan Downs from 2p.m. to 4 p.m. and at Pimlico's junior racing day, Chasing for Children, May 6 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.
Baseball: Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic, which will feature five Hall of Famers, including former Oriole Eddie Murray, on June 16 in Cooperstown, N.Y., will go on sale Saturday at 9a.m. at the museum, online at baseballhall.org and at 866-849-7770. The legends game at Doubleday Field will feature more than two dozen former major leaguers. For more information, go to baseballhall.org.
Cheerleading: The Maryland Marlins All-Stars are hosting their first spring clinic on Friday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will be instruction and tips on improving cheerleading and tumbling skills for your current team or for all-star/school tryouts. Participants ages 7-18 years (teams are available for 4-18 years). Preregister by contacting 410-796-2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, age and experience, if any. Fee is $5. Tryouts will be May 18 5-9 p.m. and May 20 11a.m.-4 p.m. For details, go to marylandmarlins.com.
—From Sun staff and news services