No doubt that RGIII will start for Redskins in opener, source says
After watching Robert Griffin III in practices the past two weeks, several Washington Redskins said they firmly believe he will be the team's starting quarterback in the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Orthopedist James Andrews, who repaired Griffin's damaged right knee in January, must give final approval before Griffin is cleared to play, but several people who have been involved in Redskins' practices said Griffin has taken practically all of the snaps with the starting offense last week and this week and he has closely resembled the dynamic player who was named the NFL's offensive rookie of the year last season. Another person with knowledge of the situation, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, said he senses that the pending examination of Griffin's knee by Andrews is being regarded by many within the organization as merely a formality. "He's taking all the snaps with the ones," that person said, referring to the starters. "He's looking great. I don't think there's any doubt he's playing and I think everyone in the building is looking at it that way. I think they look at that last checkup as a done deal." Coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday that he expects Andrews to be in Tampa, Fla., for the Redskins' preseason finale Thursday and to reexamine Griffin's knee then.
—Mark Maske and Mike Jones, The Washington Post
No Duke or UNC on Terps women's ACC home slate
The Maryland women's basketball team's 2013-2014 ACC schedule, released Wednesday, features a home game against 2013 NCAA tournament semifinalist Notre Dame but none against Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Duke or North Carolina. The Terps open their final ACC season at North Carolina on Jan. 5, and host the Fighting Irish at Comcast Center on Jan. 27 in what will be their first matchup as league rivals. In a meeting of likely conference favorites, Maryland will play at Duke in a nationally televised Feb. 17 game. The Terps close out their regular season at home against Virginia Tech on March 2.
Men's basketball: Mount St. Mary's will face teams from the Big Ten, Big East and Big 12 in its nonconference schedule for the 2013-2014 season. The Mount opens the season at West Virginia on Nov. 8 before facing Villanova on Nov. 13 and Brigham Young on Nov. 15. Mount St. Mary's will play at UMBC on Nov. 17 and at UMES on Nov. 20 before opening its home schedule against American on Nov. 23. Also notable on the Mount's schedule are games against Michigan State (Nov. 29), Loyola (Dec. 7), Penn State (Dec. 22) and Texas Tech (Dec. 30).
Wrestling: Maryland signed nine student-athletes for the 2013-14 season, including three Marylanders: Sean Twigg (285 pounds, Glenelg), Ryan Kail (285, Stephen Decatur) and Daniel Sanchez (133/141, Georgetown Prep).
Terps, Navy men land pair of oral commitments
Calvert Hall sophomore midfielder Ethan Mintzer has orally committed to Maryland. Playing on the Cardinals' first two midfield lines this spring, Mintzer had eight points as a freshman. He also considered Ohio State, North Carolina and High Point. Junior long-stick midfielder Garrett Bullett of Alta High in Sandy, Utah, also has orally committed to Maryland. An offensive-minded defender also able to play down low, Bullett also considered Rutgers, Denver, Marquette and Ohio State. Junior faceoff specialist-midfielder Sam Kopf of Seattle Prep orally committed to Navy in May. Junior long-stick midfielder-defender Connor Freeborn of Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del., also has orally committed to Navy. Boys' Latin junior attackman Patrick Spencer has orally committed to Loyola. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound recruit considered Villanova and Fairfield as well. Senior defenseman Ryder Harkins of Malvern (Pa.) Prep also orally committed to Loyola, in May, according to PhillyLacrosse.com. The left-hander also considered Lehigh, Lafayette, Army and Brown. St. Paul's senior defenseman Connor Keenan has orally committed to Quinnipiac, while Crusaders teammate and senior midfielder Mason Witzler has orally committed to UMBC.
Men: Bayhawks attackman Casey Powell announced Wednesday that he had withdrawn his name from consideration for the U.S. men's national team that will compete at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Denver. Saying he made the decision with "a heavy heart," Powell, who captained the United States at the 2006 championship, tweeted: "It was my greatest honor to wear the USA jersey."
Mystics hold off Atlanta in overtime for road win
Monique Currie hit a late 3-pointer to force overtime, and the Washington Mystics edged the host Atlanta Dream (14-12) and Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances), 85-80. Currie, Tayler Hill and Ivory Latta each scored 15 points for Washington (14-15). McCoughtry, who had 23 points, injured her right ankle midway through overtime and did not return.
Women's soccer: Washington Spirit midfielder Diana Matheson was selected to the National Women's Soccer League's Best XI, while defender Ali Krieger was named to the NWSL Second XI.