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Alyssa Thomas scored 18 points and had 12 rebounds to help No. 9 Maryland (20-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) cruise to a 67-52 victory over host Miami (12-12, 4-7) on Thursday night. Freshman Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) had 11 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes. Alicia DeVaughn added nine points and 11 rebounds, all in the second half. The Terps, who led 36-27 at the half, finished the game with a 48-20 edge in rebounds and had 12 assists to five for the Hurricanes. Thomas' double double was her 19th in 24 games this season and helped Maryland reach the 20-win mark for the 10th time in coach Brenda Frese's 12 seasons. “I really like how we played and I thought it was a pretty complete game for us,” Frese said. “Anytime you go on the road in the ACC and as talented as Miami is, it’s just a really big win for us. Love the fact that we dominated the glass. I thought we were able to use our size inside to our advantage. I really thought our defense and our rebounding were keys for us.” Twenty-five of Maryland's rebounds were on the offensive glass. The Terps started the game on a 10-0 run and never trailed in their first victory at Miami since 2009. Miami tied the game at 21, but a 15-6 run in the final 4:55 of the half gave Maryland a 36-27 lead and a 17-4 run in the second half extended the advantage to 51-31. Thomas is just 111 points from breaking Crystal Langhorne’s school scoring record of 2,247 points. Thomas’ 1,112 career rebounds are 117 shy of Langhorne’s record of 1,229. With her 57th career double double, she needs just three to surpass Langhorne’s record of 59. The win was the Terps' fourth straight win after three consecutive losses. Maryland's next game is Monday at 7 p.m. at No. 3 Duke on ESPN2.
$50,000 stolen from Ed Reed, report says
Former Ravens safety Ed Reed is an apparent victim of a crime. Reed had $50,000 stolen from him in Houston, according to Local 2 News in Houston. According to the report, Houston police are looking for someone who broke the window of the 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year's car and stole a bag of cash containing $50,000 from the front seat. Reed withdrew the cash from a bank and had stopped at a Bank of America. Police reportedly believe Reed was followed. Reed, 35, is a pending unrestricted free agent. It's unclear whether he intends to continue playing or retire.
Larry Collmus hired to call races at Churchill Downs
Larry Collmus, a 1984 Mount St. Joseph graduate, has been named race caller for Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, beginning with opening night of the season April 26. The Derby is May 3. Collmus, 47, who started calling races at age 18 at Maryland tracks, will continue as race caller for NBC on its telecasts of the Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup. Collmus succeeds Mark Johnson, the first British announcer to call the Derby. Along with his television duties at NBC, Collmus serves as track announcer for the winter meet at Gulfstream Park and will continue there after he takes on his new post at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., for the spring, September and fall meets.
Laurel Park: Because of snow in the Baltimore and Washington markets, live racing was canceled for Thursday. This was the track's third cancellation of the year. Live racing is scheduled to resume today with a 12:35 p.m. post time. Entries for Monday's Presidents Day card will be taken today.
Major League Soccer: Clyde Simms, a defensive midfielder who spent most of his nine-year pro career with D.C. United, is retiring because of worsening kidney disease — the same ailment that afflicted NBA stars Alonzo Mourning and Sean Elliott. Simms, 31, was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis during his freshman year in high school. He said that his kidney function has declined from about 50 percent his rookie season to 20 percent now.
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Baseball: The Washington Nationals have acquired catcher Jose Lobaton, 29, and two players to be named from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-hander Nate Karns, 26. The Nationals also received minor league left-hander Felipe Rivera and minor league outfielder Drew Vettleson in the deal. Lobaton is expected to back up Wilson Ramos.
Women's college basketball: Towson's home game against Drexel was postponed from Thursday to today at 4 p.m. because of the snow.
Women's college lacrosse: Salisbury was picked in the Capital Athletic Conference preseason coaches' poll to finish first. The Sea Gulls have won the past 13 conference championships. St.Mary's is predicted to finish fifth and Frostburg State seventh.