Salisbury wins NCAA D-III tourney opener
Senior running back Joe Benedetti ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns and senior linebacker Rodney Hill blocked an extra-point attempt and intercepted Rowan's Paul Hamersma late as No. 14 Salisbury defeated the visiting Profs, 17-9, in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament Saturday. Benedetti scored from 10 yards out with 3:19 remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Salisbury (9-2) defense picked off Hamersma on consecutive drives to hold off Rowan (7-3). The Gulls will face Widener, a 44-14 winner over Bridgewater State, on Saturday at noon at a site to be determined.
UM has 4th-ranked women's hoops recruiting class
Six-foot forward A'Lexus Harrison (Digital Harbor) and 6-3 center Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) are part of a four-player Maryland women's basketball recruiting class that is ranked fourth nationally by Blue Star Report and Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. The other two players are 5-9 point guard Lexie Brown of North Gwinnett High in Suwanee, Ga., and 5-11 wing Shatori Walker-Kimbrough of Hopewell High in Aliquippa, Pa. Blue Star ranks Brown as the No. 15 recruit, followed by Harrison at No. 28, Walker-Kimbrough at No. 38 and Jones at No. 46.
More women's basketball: Three players signed national letters of intent with Towson: Brianna Bush, a 6-2 forward from Fort Washington who attends Elizabeth Seton; Paige Mosley, a 5-11 wing from Atlanta who plays at the Wesleyan School; and Stephanie Ratliff, a 6-4 center from Orlando, Fla., who attends Dr. Phillips.
Women's cross country: Navy sophomore Annie-Norah Beveridge placed 116th out of 253 runners in the NCAA championships Saturday at Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Beveridge completed the rolling 6K course in 20 minutes, 53.3 seconds. Her finish was the best by a Mid at the national championship race since Melissa Foon placed 75th in 2000. Iowa State's Betsy Saina won in 19:27.9.
Field hockey: Seven members of sixth-ranked Maryland were voted to the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association's All-Mid Atlantic Region teams. Maxine Fluharty, Megan Frazer, Harriet Tibble and Jill Witmer were named to the first team. Katie Gerzabek, Ali McEvoy and Sarah Sprink made the second team. ... McDaniel senior midfielder Paige Messersmith (Dulaney) and Johns Hopkins senior Maggie Phillips were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-South second team. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute junior midfielder Sarah Krolus (Garrison Forest) was named to the Division III North Atlantic second team.
Women's soccer: No. 4 seed Maryland lost, 3-2, in overtime to Denver in the second round of the NCAA tournament Friday night in Palo Alto, Calif. The Terps (14-7-2) took a 2-0 lead on an early goal by junior Hayley Brock and another by Becky Kaplan in the 60th minute, but the Pioneers came back with a goal in the 68th minute and a penalty kick with 40 seconds left in regulation, then ended the game in the 94th minute.
Negro Leagues Museum honors three Orioles
Three Orioles were among the recipients of this year's Legacy Awards, which annually recognize the best in baseball by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The awards are given in the name — and spirit — of Negro Leagues legends. Orioles closer Jim Johnson, who set a club record with 51 saves, was the recipient of the American League Hilton Smith Award, given to the league's best relief pitcher. Manager Buck Showalter was awarded the AL Charles Isham "C.I." Taylor Award, which is given to the league's top manager. And Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was the recipient of the John Henry "Pop" Lloyd Award, which is presented in recognition of "baseball and community leadership." The annual Sam Lacy Award, named for the legendary Baltimore Afro-American sports journalist and given to the baseball journalist of the year, was awarded to MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds. The winners will be honored Jan 12 at the Gem Theater in Kansas City, Mo., the home city of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
—Eduardo A. Encina
—From Sun staff and news services