Digest: McKinnie, Dolphins meet; Vellano to Pats

Hood coach Mattoon out as men's lacrosse coach; Loyola's Fletcher honored

April 30, 2013|Sports Digest


McKinnie, Dolphins meet; Vellano to Pats

Ravens veteran free agent offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie visited the Miami Dolphins on Monday and underwent a physical, according to a source. There was no deal immediately with the former Pro Bowl lineman, with the source saying: "Nothing more than [a] visit right now." Another NFL source familiar with Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland's thinking on McKinnie described this as a "look-see meeting." McKinnie got a preliminary inquiry before the NFL draft from the San Diego Chargers, and they talked to him Monday. No visit has been scheduled yet, but that could develop soon. The Ravens haven't made an offer for McKinnie to return but haven't closed the door on potentially bringing him back. "Just finished a good day of meetings & workouts! Nothing final yet," McKinnie wrote on his Twitter account, also posting a photo of Dolphins workout gear. McKinnie, 33, is an unrestricted free agent who started every game in the playoffs after being replaced at left tackle during the regular season by Michael Oher. The 6-foot-8, 354-pound New Jersey native has been working out regularly in South Florida. McKinnie has battled conditioning and weight issues in the past. McKinnie was contacted by the Chicago Bears when free agency started, but they quickly reached a deal with former New Orleans Saints and Towson offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod.

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Free agents sign: Maryland All-America defensive lineman Joe Vellano is joining the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent, according to Terps coach Randy Edsall. Former Towson defensive end Frank Beltre signed with the Chargers, and former Tigers safety Jordan Dangerfield signed with the Buffalo Bills.

On TV: Former Navy slotback Zerbin Singleton will appear on the "Steve Harvey Show" on Wednesday.

College lacrosse

Hood coach Mattoon out; Loyola's Fletcher honored

Jeremy Mattoon will not be back for a third season as Hood men's coach. Adrienne Mullikin, the college's sports information director, said Monday afternoon that Mattoon did not coach in the Blazers' regular-season finale against Widener on Saturday, a 17-7 loss. Citing privacy laws, Mullikin declined to discuss the reason for Mattoon's departure. Mullikin said a national search for his successor will begin soon. Hood compiled a 15-35 record under Mattoon.

Men's honors: Loyola junior defenseman Joe Fletcher received the final Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week award for the season Monday after helping the Greyhounds defeat host Johns Hopkins, 8-4, on Saturday. ... Villanova senior attackman Jack Rice (Boys' Latin) was selected as the Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Rice scored four goals in a 19-11 victory over Providence on Saturday that secured a share of the program's first regular-season conference title. ... UMBC freshman midfielder Pat Young was tabbed as the America East Rookie of the Week, his second honor in a three-week span. ... Hood sophomore defenseman James Weger and junior faceoff specialist Randolph Clark were selected as honorable-mention All-Commonwealth Conference,

Division III men's poll: Stevenson (15-2) stayed at No. 4 and Washington College (12-3) at No. 10 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association coaches' poll. Salisbury (14-4) dropped one spot into a tie for No. 8.

Women's honors: Loyola junior midfielder Marlee Paton and Notre Dame junior midfielder Margaret Smith (McDonogh) were named to the Big East honor roll. ... Salisbury junior attacker Katie Bollhorst (St. Mary's) was one of six players from the Capital Athletic Conference regular-season champion Sea Gulls named to the All-CAC first team. Joining her were senior attacker Lauren Feusahrens, sophomore midfielder Bethany Baer (Westminster), junior defender Meghan Toomey (St. Mary's), sophomore defender Laura Maskell (Marriotts Ridge) and junior goalie Ashton Wheatley. Others on the first team included Frostburg State senior midfielder Taylor Cassatt (Liberty); St. Mary's freshman midfielder Shelby Newman (Manchester Valley) and sophomore defender Paige Decker (River Hill); and York junior attacker Erica Mulford (Seton Keough), senior attacker Kim Wayson (Southern) and senior defender Katie Vautier (Archbishop Spalding). The second team included Frostburg State sophomore defender Jessica Jones (North County) and junior attacker Megan White; Marymount junior goalie Kiki Niebuhr (Winters Mill); St. Mary's senior attacker Emily Shafer, senior midfielder Lauren Grey (South River) and freshman defender Lizzie D'Agostaro (C. Milton Wright); Wesley senior attacker Jennifer Jacobs (Aberdeen); and York senior defender Jordan Hall (South River), senior attacker Leah Schultz (Seton Keough) and junior defender Jess Soroka (Chesapeake-AA).

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