Terps' Alyssa Thomas an AP Preseason All-American
Junior forward Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women's basketball team was named to the Associated Press Preseason All-American Team, released this week. The team was voted on by a panel of national media members. Thomas led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring last year with 17.2 points per game and was named ACC Player of the Year. She was just the second sophomore to earn the league's top individual honor. She finished the year among the best in the league with 8.0 rebounds per game, assists (3.2), free-throw percentage (80.1) and defensive rebounds (5.5). Thomas is joined on the AP's Preseason All-America team by Brittney Griner (Baylor), Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), and Odyssey Sims (Baylor).
More women: Towson's exhibition game against Holy Family, scheduled for Saturday, has been changed to a closed scrimmage. Tigers fans' first chance to see the team at Towson Center will be Nov. 13 in the home opener against Morgan State.
Men: John Zito has been named an assistant coach at UMBC, replacing Walt Fuller. Zito, 27, a former Retrievers forward who was a team captain in 2004-05 and 2005-06, served on the UMBC staff from May 2008 through October 2011. He was head coach at Beth Tfiloh in 2006-07. ... Loyola senior guard Robert Olson was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, an honor that recognizes student-athletes who excel in the classroom and on the court.
Maryland's Asper named a wrestling co-captain
The Maryland wrestling team has selected senior Josh Asper (Hereford) and juniors Christian Boley, Shane Gentry and Jimmy Sheptock as captains. At 165 pounds, Asper, who was voted to the position last season, is a two-time captain. Asper finished the 2011-12 season with a record of 28-4 and earned All-America status for the second consecutive year with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA championships. Captains were determined by a vote of wrestlers and coaches.
Football: McDaniel will dedicate the new Kenneth R. Gill Stadium on Saturday at halftime of its 1 p.m. game against Susquehanna. The $8 million-plus project includes a two-story brick-and-concrete multipurpose stadium facility, as well as a new entrance and roadway on West Main Street in Westminster, and is named for Kenneth R. Gill of Severna Park, a 1961 alumnus who is now a member of the Board of Trustees. ... Johns Hopkins (8-0, 7-0 Centennial Conference) is ranked third in the first official NCAA Division III South Region Poll of the season. Mary Hardin-Baylor is first, followed by Wesley. ... Towson and Delaware athletes will participate in the seventh annual Pigskin Pass on Friday and Saturday to raise money for Special Olympics in Maryland and Delaware. The Pass is a 58-mile relay run starting at the 50-yard line of Johnny Unitas Stadium and ending at Delaware Stadium. For information, go to pigskinpass.com.
Men's soccer: Loyola freshman forward Larry Ndjock was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.
Women's soccer: Penn State senior Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) was named Big Ten Midfielder of the Year and made the All-Big Ten first team for the fourth straight year.
Women's lacrosse: Georgetown named senior midfielder Kelsi Bozel (Notre Dame Prep) as one of its four captains for the 2013 season.
Men's swimming: Johns Hopkins senior Dylan Coggin was named the Counsilman Hunsaker National Swimmer of the Week for Division III.
Field hockey: Salisbury senior forward Erica Henderson was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Mid-Atlantic Region Offensive Player of the Week.
Trombetta to saddle two Breeders' Cup starters
Mike Trombetta, a 46-year-old Baltimore native, will saddle two runners on the Breeders' Cup card Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Next Question was an automatic qualifier in the $1 million Turf Sprint (Grade 1) by winning the Nearctic Stakes (G1) at Woodbine earlier this month. The son of Stormy Atlantic is 10-1 on the morning line. Strike the Moon is a 30-1 long shot in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). The daughter of Malibu Moon finished second to even-money favorite Groupie Doll in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) at Keeneland this month and worked a half-mile bullet at Laurel on Saturday morning. "Other Maryland-based runners on the weekend card include Animal Kingdom ($2 million Mile) and Kitten's Point ($1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf) from the Graham Motion barn.
Laurel Park: Apprentice jockey Christina Rodriguez earned her first career victory in Wednesday's sixth race. The 19-year-old was aboard 8-1 shot Over Marketed for trainer Tony Aguirre. They were fourth at the top of the stretch but were able to get to the rail and spurted clear inside the sixteenth pole to win by 1 3/4 lengths in the 5 1/2-furlong sprint. The Tale of the Cat filly paid $18.40.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls will play the first leg of their two-game playoff series Saturday night at RFK Stadium in Washington instead of Red Bull Arena because of Hurricane Sandy's impact on the New York area. The second match will take place Wednesday at the Harrison, N.J., venue, which lost power in the storm and might not be operational this weekend.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
—From Sun staff and news services