Ex-Terps guard Toliver gets multiyear deal with Sparks
The Los Angeles Sparks have signed guard Kristi Toliver (Maryland) to a multiyear contract. Toliver made the All-WNBA second team last season and earned the Most Improved Player of the Year award after finishing sixth in the league in scoring (17.5 points per game), fourth in assists (4.9 a game) and second in free-throw percentage (.901).
US Lacrosse pleased by changes to helmet bill
US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen confirmed Friday that Maryland Dels. Jon Cardin and Dana Stein have agreed to major modifications to the language in House Bill 1123, which the two Democrats co-sponsored. Stenersen said the delegates agreed to allow US Lacrosse to provide updated language for the bill that will drastically modify its original intent. Instead of mandating headgear use by youth and high school players, the focus of the bill will change to requiring mandatory sport-specific education, training and certification for youth and high school coaches, consistent with US Lacrosse education curricula. "They are effectively pulling the bill, which is wonderful news," Stenersen said. "We are thrilled that the delegates are willing to work with us and are supportive of this change."
Bullet Catcher third in allowance; Campbell today
Bullet Catcher, who made headlines last month after escaping from the backside of the track and taking a 1.6-mile journey down U.S. 1, finished third in Friday's eighth race, a $40,000 allowance. Pass You Bye Bye ($5.40) won the six-furlong race by 4 1/2 lengths. Hard Line rallied to finish second by a nose. Bullet Catcher is 1-for-9 lifetime with six finishes in the money.
Today: Service for Ten is the 6-5 favorite in the $125,000 John B. Campbell Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile race. Service for Ten (6-5) has won four of his past five starts at Laurel, with an average Beyer speed figure of 95, since a 10-month layoff for trainer Damon Dilodovico.
Major League Soccer
United not considering move to Baltimore
Major League Soccer's D.C. United is no longer exploring the possibility of moving to Baltimore, according to The Washington Post. The franchise had flirted with the city as it attempted to persuade some government entity to give it a favorable deal on a new stadium. But the team's managing partner, Jason Levien, told the Post "the stars are aligning in a good way for us" in Washington and the team would focus on financing a project there with city assistance on infrastructure costs. Baltimore, spurred by high television ratings for the World Cup and a series of successful international matches in the city, commissioned a study of two stadium proposals in 2010. But neither project has gained financial backing.
Major League Lacrosse: The Charlotte Hounds announced a pair of trades through which the team will acquire attackman Ryan Young (Maryland) in addition to two 2014 college draft picks. The first part of the deal sent midfielder Stephen Berger (Washington College, Mount St. Joseph) to the New York Lizards for Young, midfielder Colin Briggs and a 2014 third-round college pick. The Hounds then traded Briggs to the Boston Cannons for a 2014 second-round college pick.
Women's football: Former Washington Redskins All-Pro wide receiver Garyk Clark was named coach the Baltimore Charm of the Legends Football League. Clark, who played in the NFL from 1985 to 1995, will replace Rick Reeder, who was released last week after a violation of the league's conduct policy.
Men's college basketball: Quinton Jackson scored a game-high 25 points and Charles Woods had 24 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 9 CCBC-Catonsville to a 91-77 upset of No. 1 Baltimore City Community College in a Maryland JUCO Conference quarterfinal in Bel Air. Catonsville (11-13) will play No. 5 Harford CC tonight at 6. BCCC (19-9) has the next two weeks off. The Panthers will take part in the 2013 Region XX tournament at Hagerstown Community College from Feb. 28 to March 3.
College baseball: Brandon Gonnella singled, doubled, tripled, walked and scored three times as Towson rolled to a season-opening 12-5 victory over host McNeese State.
Women's college lacrosse: Annapolis midfielder Alyssa Cooper, Loch Raven defender Sam Eckels, South River midfielder Hayley Gray and McDonogh defender Jenna Stover have signed national letters of intent to play for Furman's inaugural team in the spring of 2015.
Women's college indoor track and field: UMES freshman Petra Kubesova set a conference record in the 5,000-meter run during the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship in Landover. Kubesova finished in 17 minutes, 2.49 seconds.
College softball: Maryland opened the season with a 5-3 win over LIU Brooklyn in the Florida Atlantic Kick-Off Classic. Senior Sara Acosta went 2-for-2.