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Major League Lacrosse
Loyola's Fletcher drafted third overall; Bayhawks take Harris
Loyola Maryland defenseman Joe Fletcher was selected third overall in the Major League Lacrosse college draft Friday night by the New York Lizards. Fletcher is the Greyhounds' highest pick ever; Gavin Prout was selected sixth in 2001. The Ohio Machine selected Princeton midfielder Tom Schreiber No. 1 overall. Schreiber ranks first all time among Tigers midfielders with 76 career goals and 73 assists. The Charlotte Hounds chose Maryland defenseman Michael Ehrhardt with the seventh pick. Ehrhardt was a second-team U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American in 2013. Loyola midfielder Pat Laconi was chosen by the Hounds with the first pick of the second round, which also included Ohio State defenseman Joe Meurer (McDonogh) being taken by the Florida Launch, Maryland midfielder Mike Chanenchuk by Charlotte, Johns Hopkins midfielder Rob Guida by Ohio, Towson attackman-midfielder Thomas DeNapoli by Charlotte and Stevenson faceoff specialist Brent Hiken (Pikesville) by the Denver Outlaws. Loyola attackman Justin Ward (Old Mill) was taken in the third round by Charlotte, and Maryland goalie Niko Amato went to Florida in the fourth. Hopkins defenseman Jack Reilly went to Boston in the fifth. Hopkins midfielder Phil Castronova went to Boston in Round 6. In the seventh round, North Carolina midfielder R.G. Keenan (Boys' Latin) was drafted by Ohio and UMBC faceoff specialist Phil Poe went to Boston. The defending champion Chesapeake Bayhawks, who did not have a pick until the third round, selected defensive midfielder Matt Harris out of Syracuse 21st overall. Harris ranks third all time with the Orange in turnovers with 47 and was named to the All-Big East second team in 2013. The Bayhawks selected Navy defenseman Pat Kiernan, Hobart attackman Alex Love and Hopkins attackman Brandon Benn in the fifth, St. John's attackman Kevin Cernuto in the sixth, North Carolina midfielder Mark McNeill in the seventh and Maryland defenseman Brian Cooper (Archbishop Spalding) in the eighth with the draft's last pick.
Ex-Baltimore heavyweight Middleton dead at 71
Former Baltimore heavyweight contender Larry Middleton died Thursday at age 71. Middleton won 23 bouts, including 14 by knockout, lost 10 and drew 10 in a career that started in 1965 and ended in 1978. Fighting out of Baltimore-based trainer Mack Lewis' gym, he won 19 straight bouts from 1966 to 1972, including a decision over eventual champion Joe Bugner in 1971. Middleton also fought other prominent heavyweights, including Vernon MasonAlvin Anderson Joe BugnerRon Lyle, Jimmy Ellis, Oscar Bonavena, Duane Bobick, Ken Norton and Jerry Quarry. After retiring, Middleton campaigned against violence and drug activity in the Murphy Homes community in the late 1980s, and founded "The Middleton Program" and "Operation Champ" programs to keep youths off the streets. The Middleton family will hold a public viewing Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Derrick Jones Funeral Home, 4611 Park Heights Ave. in Baltimore. Services will be 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Set the Captives Free Outreach Center, 7111 Windsor Mill Blvd. in Windsor Mill.
Men's college soccer
Terps forward Mullins wins second MAC Hermann
Patrick Mullins, who helped spark Maryland's run to the NCAA tournament final in December, captured his second straight MAC Hermann Trophy on Friday night. Mullins became the first Terp and seventh player overall to claim back-to-back Hermann honors, which are awarded to the best player in Division I soccer. Maryland lost to Notre Dame in the title game, but Mullins posted 46 points on 19 goals and eight assists. The points and goals are tied for the fifth-highest single-season marks in program history. The forward capped his college career with 47 goals and 119 points and is a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection and a two-time ACC tournament Most Valuable Player.
RB Brown will return for first Big Ten season
Suspended Maryland running back Wes Brown has been reinstated by the school, his attorney said. "It's official. He has been reinstated," attorney Jason Shapiro said. The move by the school had been expected. Brown, Maryland's second leading rusher in 2012, was suspended in early August after a confrontation with police and missed the entire 2013 season. He was told that if he reached certain benchmarks, some related to community service, he would be eligible to come back to school after the fall semester. Otherwise, the suspension was to last a full year. Without Brown, the Terps ranked 10th in the ACC in rushing.
O's re-sign Casilla to minors, invite him to spring training