Skins' RGIII cleared to play, but Andrews still has 'concerns'
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III received clearance to play in the regular-season opener from orthopedic surgeon James Andrews after one final workout and examination Thursday night. Andrews gave his stamp of approval after watching Griffin go through a roughly 30-minute workout before the Redskins' game at Tampa Bay. After his workout, Griffin and Andrews walked off the field together and headed to Washington's locker room. The doctor then examined Griffin's knee and shortly after informed Griffin and the team of his decision to clear him to play. Coach Mike Shanahan said Andrews cleared Griffin but added that the surgeon said there were "a couple of concerns that he had. I'll talk to Robert over the weekend, and I'll let you guys know on Monday." Shanahan declined to say what the concerns were.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post
Ex-Maryland center Len signs rookie deal with Suns
The Phoenix Suns signed first-round draft pick Alex Len on Thursday. Len, the No. 5 overall pick in June's NBA draft, averaged 11.9 points, 7.8rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 38 games for Maryland last season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Major League Lacrosse
Change to 2014 schedule splits up semifinals, final
Major League Lacrosse announced a revamping of its 2014 season, including changes to Championship Weekend. The draft will be held in Philadelphia on Jan. 10. The regular season will begin April 26 and end the weekend of Aug. 9. The semifinal rounds will be played the weekend of Aug. 16 at the home of the two higher seeds. The championship will be Aug. 23 at a location to be announced. The site and format of the 2014 All-Star Game will be announced in coming weeks.
Loyola men's lacrosse announces recruiting class
Loyola announced its incoming 15-player men's lacrosse recruiting class, which features two players from Maryland. Joining the program are: attackers Matt Cunningham (Exeter, N.H./Deerfield Academy), Jordan Germershausen (Reisterstown/Calvert Hall), Johnny McNamara (Mansfield, Mass./Brewster Academy), Nick Sawyer (Waxhaw, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Zack Sirico (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville); midfielders Romar Dennis (Huntingtown/St.Mary's Ryken), Nick DeSisto (Canton, Mass./The Rivers School), Ryan Fournier (Ottawa, Ontario/The Hill Academy), Mike Perkins (Jamesville-Dewitt, N.Y./Jamesville-Dewitt), Graham Savio (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) and Brian Sherlock (Nissequogue, N.Y./St. Anthony's/North Carolina); long-stick midfielder Ross Schnitzer (Scarsdale, N.Y./Iona Prep); defenders Jack Carrigan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) and Adam Monticollo (Medford, N.J./St. Augustine Prep); and goalkeeper Sam Beazell (Potomac Falls, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes).
Field hockey: Four players scored as Johns Hopkins defeated host Washington & Lee, 4-0, in both teams' season opener Friday afternoon. Sophomore Zoey Atabek earned the shutout in her first career start.
Women's soccer: Sophomore Riley Barger scored her first career goal to help propel host No. 15 Maryland (3-0-0) to a 3-0 win over George Mason (0-1-1) at Ludwig Field. … Mount St.Mary's fell to Temple, 1-0, at Waldron Family Stadium on Thursday night. The Mount dropped to 1-2, while Temple is now 3-0.
Men's soccer: Senior forward Pete CaringiIII (Perry Hall) scored twice in the first 24 minutes of play, leading host UMBC to a 3-1 victory over Seattle in the season opener for both squads in the Spring Hill Suites Arundel Mills BWI Kick-Off Classic. … Navy (0-0-1) played host Davidson (0-0-1) to a 1-1 double-overtime draw in the season opener for both schools. … Freshman midfielder Laura Tocci scored her first career goal to give host Washington College a 1-0 win over Neumann. The Shorewomen are now 1-0, while the Knights are 0-1.
Volleyball: Senior Mary Cushman had a match-high 16 kills and junior Ashleigh Crutcher added 15 kills to lead Maryland to a 3-0 win over George Washington in the season opener for both teams at the GW/Nike Invitational George Washington's Smith Center. … UMBC won the opening set on one of 10 kills by sophomore Krystal Mlemchukwu (Western Tech), but Ole Miss (1-0) rallied and took the next three to defeat the Retrievers (0-1) in four sets at the GW/Nike Invitational.
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