Terps' Thomas to attend Team USA minicamp next month
Maryland senior forward Alyssa Thomas, a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, has accepted an invitation to USA Basketball's minicamp Oct. 4-6 in Las Vegas. Thirty players were invited, including six still in college. Thomas led the ACC in points, rebounds and assists last season, when she became the only player in NCAA or WNBA history to average more than 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game for a season. The minicamp will be used to select players for the 2014 world championship team and the 2016 Olympic team.
Longtime Navy water polo coach Schofield resigns
Mike Schofield, who was in his 29th year as Navy's water polo coach, voluntarily resigned Thursday. Associate head coach Mladen Stanicic has been appointed as the interim replacement. Schofield, the school's all-time winningest coach in any sport with 631 victories, will remain as an instructor in the physical education department.
More water polo: Johns Hopkins senior co-captain Thomas de Lyon was named the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Women's soccer: No. 21 Maryland (6-4, 2-2) gave up two first-half goals and three after the break in a 5-0 loss at No. 3 Notre Dame (8-1, 4-0). ... Junior goalkeeper Erin Quinn (South Carroll) made nine saves, but host Towson (5-5-1, 0-1-0) fell, 1-0, to Delaware (6-4, 1-0) in both teams' Colonial Athletic Association season opener. The Blue Hens scored in the ninth minute.
Men's soccer: UMBC senior midfielder Travis Dennis scored in the 41st minute as the 11th-ranked Retrievers (8-0-0) won, 1-0, over visiting George Mason (4-2-1) on Wednesday night.
Broadcasting: Maryland will honor broadcaster Johnny Holliday's 35 years of service to the university at halftime of the Maryland-Virginia football game Oct. 12 at Byrd Stadium. ... The Towson Sports Network will launch the first of two television-style shows via TowsonTigers.com today. Tiger Football Report, hosted by Spiro Morekas, will air Fridays during the season and include interviews with coach Rob Ambrose. Tiger 411, which covers a range of sports, will air Tuesdays starting next week and is hosted by Zach Maskavich.
Football: Bowie State's Keith Brown was selected as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's Offensive Back of the Week. ... Salisbury defensive lineman Jeremy Keith was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week.
Cross country: The Johns Hopkins women topped the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III poll for the third time this season. The men's team jumped one spot and is tied for 20th.
Women's tennis: St. Mary's Anna Passaniti (Hereford) was chosen as the Capital Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week.
Ovechkin selected as first Sochi Games torchbearer
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will be the first Russian torchbearer for the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia. Ovechkin is scheduled to travel to Olympia, Greece, after the Capitals' home game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sept. 27 to participate in a ceremony to light the torch on Sunday.
Horse racing: Herman M. BraudeCherokee Artist, ridden by Eric Camacho, led from start to finish in the eighth race at Laurel Park, a $50,000 allowance. Cherokee Artist held off post-time favorite Indian Jones by a length and covered the mile on the main track in 1 minute, 36.23 seconds. The winner, who paid $8.20, has finished first or second in 20 of his 45 career races with earnings of $781,735.
Lacrosse: The LXM Pro Tour opens its fall schedule Saturday in Orem, Utah, about 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City. Team Maverik's Erik Krum (Salisbury) is averaging four goals per game and is second on the tour in goals scored. Former Chesapeake Bayhawk Johnny Christmas leads Maverik United in points with eight goals and four assists. For Team STX, Sam Bradman (Salisbury) leads the tour in points on 12 goals and an assist. The game will be aired by The Lacrosse Network at 7 p.m. at youtube.com/user/TheLacrosseNetwork.
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers of the American Professional Basketball League signed three former Anne Arundel County high school players: Jemuel Brown (Meade), Marlin Parker (North County) and Antonio Wright (Meade). The Shuckers also recently signed Dennard Abraham (Owings Mills, Franklin).