Sun's Preston named top Md. sportswriter

Dunbar grad Austin receives Hornung Award

January 11, 2013|Sports Digest


Sun's Preston named top Md. sportswriter

The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston has been honored as the Maryland Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association for the second straight year, it was announced Thursday. Preston, who has covered the Ravens since the franchise came to Baltimore in 1996, first as a beat reporter and then as a columnist, has worked for The Sun since 1983. He is a native of Essex and a graduate of Towson State, where he played football. He will be honored at the organization's 54th annual awards event June 8-10 in Salisbury, N.C. Mark Viviano of WJZ-TV was named Maryland Sportscaster of the Year for 2012, his third such honor.

College football

Dunbar grad Austin receives Hornung Award

West Virginia senior Tavon Austin (Dunbar) is the winner of the 2012 Paul Hornung Award, honoring the most versatile player in major college football. Austin — who finished as the Mountaineers' career leader in receptions, receiving yards and all-purpose yards — was one of two players in the nation with more than 500 yards in three different statistical categories (rushing, receiving and kick returns) and one of three players in the nation with 110 or more catches.

Navy: The team's banquet will take place next Friday night at Alumni Hall. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY.

College lacrosse

St. Paul's midfielder Llewellyn chooses Hobart

Hobart announced the addition of 14 players for the 2013 season, including 5-foot-9, 165-pound midfielder Gavin Llewellyn (St. Paul's). A captain of the lacrosse and soccer teams in 2012, Llewellyn was a member of the Baltimore Under Armour and Maryland Freestate teams. He was a four-year letterman and two-time Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champion in soccer, and he also played basketball for St. Paul's. "Gavin is really explosive and quick," Hobart coach T.W. Johnson said. "He will be able to break down a defender and create offense for us."

TV: The 2013 ESPN schedule features the debut of the ESPNU Wednesday Men's Lacrosse Game of the Week, and coverage across ESPNU and online totals 53 games, including seven women's games. All ESPNU programming will be available on computers at and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Inside Lacrosse contributed to this article.

Et cetera

Nats scout J. Vazquez; J. Bell, Tolleson join White Sox

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo traveled to Puerto Rico to watch free-agent veteran starter Javier Vazquez pitch Wednesday night in a winter league game, according to several reports there. The Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox also scouted Vazquez, according to a FOX Sports report.

James Wagner, The Washington Post

More baseball: The White Sox have agreed to minor league contracts with former Orioles infielders Josh Bell and Steve Tolleson, extending both nonroster invitations to major league camp. Tolleson, 29, is expected to compete with Angel Sanchez for a utility spot.

Major League Soccer: Maryland defender London Woodberry has signed a homegrown contract with FC Dallas, the club announced Wednesday night. A McKinney, Texas, native, Woodberry made the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America third team as a senior for the Terps in 2012, helping the Terps to eight shutouts and a trip to the College Cup for the first time since 2008.

Junior college: Two basketball players, CCBC-Dundalk shooting guard Devin Colston (Carver) and Harford Community College guard Capree Garner, were named December Student-Athletes of the Month. Both lead the nation in scoring, Colston (27.1 points per game) in Division II and Garner (23.3) in Division I.

Major League Lacrosse: Sources told Inside Lacrosse that MLL will host a regular-season game at Kennesaw State near Atlanta in 2013, a move that history has shown could lead to a future team in the region.

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