Dec 13, 2013; Chester, PA, USA; Maryland Terrapins forward… (Evan Habeeb / USA Today Sports )
Men's college soccer
Mullins gets top Soccer America honor again
Maryland senior forward Patrick Mullins on Wednesday became the second two-time winner of the Soccer America Men's Player of the Year, joining Claudio Reyna of Virginia (1992-1993). Mullins led the Terps to the College Cup in his junior and senior seasons, accumulating 17 goals and 10 assists in 2012 and a nation-high 19 goals and eight assists in 2013. Jason Garey (2005) is the only other Terp to win the Soccer America honor.
Navy's top scorer Dunbar suspended for the year
Navy confirmed a Wednesday report in The (Annapolis) Capital that Tillman Dunbar, the leading scorer for the men's basketball team, has been suspended for the rest of the season. The program announced before a 63-48 loss to UMBC on Dec. 30 that Dunbar and sophomore guard Phil Guglielmo had been suspended indefinitely for violating unspecified academy rules. The newspaper reported that Capt. Bill Byrne, the Commandant of Midshipmen, made the decision Tuesday, and also said Dunbar could stay at the Naval Academy and possibly rejoin the team next season. Coach Ed DeChellis told the newspaper that he would talk to Dunbar, who leads the team in points per game (11.9) and assists per game (5.0), and Guglielmo about their future with the program.
More men's basketball: Jamion Christian Andrew Smeathers has transferred to Mount St. Mary's from Butler and has enrolled for the spring semester. Smeathers will sit out this season because of NCAA transfer rules. He appeared in 43 games for Butler from 2011 to 2013, scoring a career-high 17 points against Oakland City his freshman season.
Women's basketball: Freshman Lexie Brown of the sixth-ranked Maryland Terps was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award watch list. She is one of two freshmen in the country named to the 29-player list for the award, which goes to the nation's top point guard.
Honors: UMES selected its 2014 Hall of Fame class, which will be inducted Feb. 14 in the ballroom of the Student Service Center on campus. Dr. Hallie E. GregoryThomas Stewart Donnell BoneyAlbert SantioDawnette Douglas Clayton Nichols Members of the class are Hallie E. Gregory (athletic director, 1989 to 2000), Albert Santio (men's track and field, 1959 to 1963), Thomas Stewart (men's basketball, 1966 to 1970), Donnell Boney (men's basketball, 1982 to 1986), Dawnette Douglas (women's track and field, 1989 to1994) and Clayton Nichols (men's cross country-track and field, 1993 to 1997). Tickets can be purchased by calling 410-651-6496.
Baltimore Metro Baseball won't field teams this year
Baltimore Metro Baseball, an amateur league since 1977 with a reputation for luring many of the area's top players, announced that it will not field teams in 2014. League officials could not immediately be reached for comment, though online message boards indicated that the decision to end the league was made in November. In a 500-word explanation posted on its website, Baltimore Metro Baseball says that starting in the early 2000s, participation shrank from 135 teams in nine age divisions to 30 teams in three age divisions. The league lost players to other, newer leagues with guaranteed tournament entries, the announcement said.
Orioles: Vouchers for autograph sessions at FanFest will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. The list of autograph session times and participants will be posted at orioles.com/fanfest by 9 p.m. Friday. FanFest will be held Feb. 1 at Baltimore Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with early entry for Orioles season-plan holders beginning at 10a.m.
Minor leagues: UMES' all-time hits leader, Tre-Von Johnson, recently signed a professional contract to play for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks of the independent American Association of Professional Baseball.
McVay is named Redskins offensive coordinator
The Washington Redskins finalized the contract of offensive coordinator Sean McVay, making official what had been expected for nearly a week. After the hiring of Jay Gruden as head coach, people with knowledge of the situation said former tight ends coach McVay would be promoted to offensive coordinator. McVay worked with Gruden for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the United Football League's Florida Tuskers.
—Mark Maske and Mike Jones, Washington Post
Ravens: After refiling his deal with the NFL following an initial paperwork problem, the Ravens have signed former Houston Texans running back Cierre Wood to another reserve-future contract. The team signed Wood earlier this month, but the deal was disapproved and he was declared a free agent by the NFL. The Ravens updated the paperwork and refiled the one-year, $495,000 contract. Wood was released from the Texans in October and cut by the Patriots on Dec. 26 after being signed on Nov. 5. Wood rushed for 1,102 yards and nine touchdowns during his junior season at Notre Dame.