Maryland to host panel discussion on risks of playing sports
Maryland's Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism will host a panel Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. to discuss the risks of playing sports, from children to professionals. Panelists include Dr. Stephen A. Haas, a retired physician for the Washington Wizards, Capitals and Nationals; Sean Sansiveri, staff counsel for the NFL Players Association; Rick "Doc" Walker, a commentator for ESPN-980 and Comcast SportsNet; Olympic field hockey player Katie O'Donnell (Maryland); and George Washington University adjunct professor Mark Hyman, a former Baltimore Sun sports reporter. The panel will be moderated by George Solomon, the director of the Povich Center and former Washington Post sports editor. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-405-4605.
Navy-bound Bullen gets Sports Illustrated mention
Annapolis runner Hale Bullen earned a spot in the "Faces In The Crowd" section of the Feb. 18 edition of Sports Illustrated. The magazine talks about how the Navy-bound senior set a record while winning the 3,200 meters at the Anne Arundel County championships last month. Bullen also won the Class 3A Central Region meet Feb. 8, and he will compete in the Class 4A-3A state championship, which begins Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
College sports: UMass Lowell will move to Division I and join the America East Conference on July 1. The school, which is in Division II, will also add men's and women's lacrosse for the 2014-15 season, the Boston Herald reported on its website. The River Hawks will begin competing in 14 sports in the 2013-14 academic year and be full Division I members in 2017-18.
Laurel Park: Bullet Catcher, who made headlines last month after escaping from the Laurel backside and taking a 1.6-mile journey down the road, will headline today's eighth race, a $40,000 allowance. He is 1-of-8 lifetime, with five in-the-money finishes.
Baseball: Washington Nationals closer Rafael Soriano has not arrived at camp because of a visa problem and hopes to report by the end of the week, according to a person close to him.
—Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Football: The Washington Redskins have signed free-agent nose tackle Ron Brace, who appeared in 39 regular-season games before being released by the New England Patriots on Dec. 29.
—Mike Jones, Washington Post
Major League Soccer: D.C. United has acquired defender James Riley from Chivas USA for a 2015 second-round supplemental draft pick.
Foosball: The Maryland State Foosball Championships will be held at the Holiday Inn Columbia in Jessup beginning today and continuing through Sunday. More than 150 players are expected to vie for the $12,000 prize. Admission for spectators is free. For information, go to mdfoosball.com, call 410-905-5074 or email Marylandfoosball@gmail.com.
Varsity boys basketball: Rodney Hawkins, a 6-foot-7 forward who graduated from Lake Clifton last spring, will attend Saint Peter's, a Division I program in Jersey City, N.J.
To read more about Hawkins' commitment, read Matt Bracken's blog post at baltimoresun.com/varsityletters
College gymnastics: Ursinus junior Monica Durham (Catonsville) was named the Division III Gymnast of the Week after finishing 0.25 of a point short of breaking the all-around school record Sunday.
—From Sun staff and news services