United makes front office changes after 3-win season

Terps' Fluharty named ACC field hockey Co-Player of Week; Clark is first Towson player to win FCS National Defensive Player of the Week honor

October 30, 2013|Sports Digest

Major League Soccer

United makes front office changes after 3-win season

A year after dismissing several high-ranking executives, D.C. United on Tuesday fired Doug Hicks, who was promoted to chief marketing officer last fall. Aprile Pritchet, a fixture in community relations who oversaw the club's charitable operations, and communications coordinator Sarah Lerner were also let go. Saddled by a 3-24-7 record — the fewest wins in Major League Soccer history — and an antiquated home venue at RFK Stadium, United saw average attendance fall to an all-time low: 13,646, a 1percent drop from last year. Owner Jason Levien and partners Erick Thohir and Will Chang are weighing whether to retain head coach Ben Olsen and general manager Dave Kasper. Both are under contract through 2014.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

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Terps' Fluharty named ACC field hockey Co-Player of Week

Maryland junior Maxine Fluharty of the No.1 Maryland field hockey team was chosen as the Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week for her two-goal performance in a 4-1 victory at home over No. 5 Virginia on Friday. The Terps (17-1, 5-0) clinched the conference's regular-season title. She also had an assist in a the 9-0 win over visiting Georgetown on Sunday.

Men's college soccer: UMBC (12-1-2) picked up one first-place vote and remained No. 7 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America DivisionI poll and is No. 6 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings. ... Salisbury (15-2) is No. 10 in the NSCAA DivisionIII poll and No. 9 in the D3soccer.com poll.

Women's college soccer: UMBC sophomore forward Alexa Quaranta (Perry Hall) garnered 2,076 of 6,338 total votes through the league's social media sites to become the America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year. Quaranta leads UMBC with seven goals and 15 points on the season. ... Johns Hopkins junior Hannah Kronick was named the NSCAA Division III Player of the Week after scoring three goals and two assists in the Blue Jays' three shutout victories last week.

College Football: Towson senior linebacker Telvion Clark was named the Football Championship Subdivision National Defensive Player of the Week. Clark is the first Tiger ever to win the award. He led the No. 7 Tigers (8-1) to a 48-32 victory at Richmond on Saturday by collecting a career-high 16 tackles, and his sack forced a fumble that he recovered and returned for a 32-yard touchdown. ... Virginia Tech senior cornerback Kyle Fuller (Mount St.Joseph), the leader of a defensive unit that ranks first in pass efficiency defense and is 11th nationally in passes defended, was one of five ACC players to be chosen as semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is presented annually by the Maxwell Football Club to the nation's top defensive player. ... Salisbury senior linebacker Matt Banta (Marriots Ridge) was named Empire 8 Division III Defensive Player of the Week after he had nine tackles, 1.5 sacks and recovered a fumble in the Sea Gulls 17-0 win over host Hartwick on Saturday. ... Bowie State senior Delante White (Temple Hills, Md.) was selected as Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Division II Defensive Back of the Week after recording a personal season-best 13 tackles to lead the Bulldogs in Saturday's 34-7 victory over visiting Virginia Union.

Women's college basketball: Maryland, which is ranked No. 5 in numerous preseason polls, defeated visiting Catholic, 110-34, in its first exhibition game of the season.

Preakness: The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the logo for the 2014 Preakness. The 139th running of the race will be May 17 at Pimlico Race Course. In the logo, which was designed by the Leffler Agency for the 15th straight year, the race is underway as three horses gallop over the word Preakness. The colors of the Maryland flag are primarily used in the logo. Tickets for the Preakness can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 877-206-8042 or by logging on to ticketfly.com.

Varsity football: HerbFM Sports Radio and High School Cube will air Friday's game between John Carroll and Archbishop Curley. The game will be broadcast at highschoolcube.com at 7 p.m., and the halftime and postgame shows also will be aired at HerbFM.com.

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