Maryland grad Toliver named WNBA Player of Week
Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver (Maryland) was named the WNBA's Western Conference Player of the Week, the first weekly award of her four-year pro career. In leading the Sparks to a 3-0 mark on the week and back into second place in the West, Toliver ranked first in the conference in scoring (25.3 points per game), second in 3-point field-goal percentage (.619 on 13-for-21 shooting ) and tied for second in steals.
Women's college soccer: Junior forward Ashlynn Soellner scored in the 90th minute to lift host Navy (3-1) to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over George Mason (2-2). Mids sophomore forward Morgan Dankanich evened the contest with her second goal of the night in the 81st minute. Also, Navy junior forward Paloma Perez was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in her career, sophomore defender Julie Schumacher was the Defensive Player of the Week and freshman midfielder Kaylie Davidson was selected as the Rookie of the Week. ... UMBC (0-3-1) lost, 1-0, to visiting Drexel (3-1) in a nonconference game. The Retrievers surrendered the lone goal of the contest with 24:46 left to play. The Dragons outshot UMBC 21-2. ... Penn State senior midfielder Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) was named Big Ten Conference women's soccer Offensive Player of the Week. Nairn scored three goals last weekend, including the game-tying goal against No. 1 Stanford. She additionally had two goals and an assist in the Nittany Lions' win over Central Michigan. With five goals this season, Nairn has already eclipsed last season's total.
Men's college soccer: Loyola junior goalkeeper Thurman Van Riper was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Van Riper played all 110 minutes in the Greyhounds' season-opening 0-0 tie at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Saturday and stopped three shots for his first career shutout.
Women's college volleyball: UMES sophomore outside hitter Saitaua Iosia was chosen as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time in her career. Iosia led the Hawks to a trio of match victories over the weekend, helping UMES win the SFC Terrier Invitational. UMES defeated NJIT, tournament host St. Francis (N.Y.) and Radford in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., to start the season at 3-0.
—From Sun staff and news services
Redskins: After first being told he would be released, Washington cornerback Kevin Barnes (Maryland) learned he instead would be traded to the Detroit Lions. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the Redskins were cutting Barnes. But another said the team later was able to work out the trade. It wasn't immediately clear what the Redskins would receive in return. Barnes, who served as the team's third cornerback last season, recording 26 tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups in 15 games, was competing for the same role this season. But he apparently lost that position battle to seven-year veteran Cedric Griffin, who signed as a free agent during the offseason. Barnes served as the Redskins' nickel back last season, but this year, coaches switched him to an outside corner position because they believed his height better suited him to play there rather than against slot receivers. Selected in the third round of the 2009 draft, Barnes played in 29 games for the Redskins, starting three of them. He recorded a total of 45 tackles, three interceptions and nine pass breakups. Barnes' release ranked among the most significant cuts the Redskins made Monday as they got down from 90 players to 75 by the league's 4 p.m. deadline. Also, the team released kicker Neil Rackers, receiver Sam Kirkland and running backs Lennon Creer and Antwon Bailey, according to sources and reports. The team reached injury settlements with cornerback Morgan Trent and receiver Lance Lewis, who have been hurt for the most of the preseason.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post