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Ray Lewis on ballot for College Football Hall of Fame 2014 class
Retired Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis is on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Lewis was a consensus All-American at Miami and was a runner-up for the Butkus Award, presented to the top college linebacker. He was a two-time All-Big East Conference selection who ranks sixth all-time in school history with 388 career tackles. The class will be announced in May and then honored by the National Football Foundation on Dec. 9 in New York. Other former Football Bowl Subdivision players on the ballot with local connections include former Ravens quarterback Randall Cunningham, Nevada-Las Vegas; former Ravens running back Ricky Williams, Texas; former Colts wide receiver Roy Jefferson, Utah; and former Colts fullback Tom Nowatzke, Indiana. Billy Thompson, a Maryland State defensive back, is on the Football Championship Subdivision ballot. He was a 1968 All-America first-team selection and was inducted into the UMES Hall of Fame in 1984.
—Aaron Wilson and Sun staff reports
NFL: The Chicago Bears cleared salary-cap space Wednesday by terminating the contract of punter Adam Podlesh (Maryland). Podlesh, a seven-year NFL veteran, had been with the Bears since 2011, averaging 39.5 yards per punt. Last season, his average dipped to 37.9 yards, his lowest since 2008. Podlesh had been signed through 2015 and carried salary-cap hits of $1.825 million for next season and $1.875 million for 2015.
Minor league basketball
Ex-Lake Clifton forward Melvin to join D-League
Former DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin (Lake Clifton) was claimed by the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League, the team said Wednesday. Melvin, who was leading DePaul in scoring (16.7 points per game) this season, left the school after he was suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules. The BayHawks, who are affiliated with the New York Knicks, claimed Melvin out of the league's free-agent pool. Melvin will be eligible for the 2014 NBA draft. Melvin, a Baltimore native, was the 2011 Big East Rookie of the Year. He is expected to join the BayHawks this week.
D.C. United gives Johnson designated-player status
D.C. United has extended 29-year-old forward Eddie Johnson's current contract and elevated his status to designated player. Johnson has 64 goals in his Major League Soccer career and 23 in the past two seasons with the Seattle Sounders. He has also played in 62 games for the U.S. men's national team and scored 19 goals.
Women's college basketball: Mount St. Mary's senior guard Sydney Henderson was named to the All-Northeast Conference first team. She's the first Mountaineers player to make the first team since Dita Krumberga in 2007. ... UMBC freshman forward Sara Tarbert was named America East Rookie of the Year and made the all-conference third team. Guard Taylor McCarley also earned a spot on the rookie team.
Women's college lacrosse: Moira Barry had a hat trick to lead No. 7 Boston College (5-1) to a 13-10 victory over Southern California (0-2). The Eagles outshot the Trojans 31-21.
College wrestling: Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock and Christian Boley, defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions, received the No. 1 seeds at 184 pounds and 197 pounds, respectively, for the conference championship Saturday at Virginia Tech.
Men's indoor college track and field: Johns Hopkins junior Mike Spadaro was named the Centennial Conference's Field Performer of the Year, freshman Andrew Bartnett was named Rookie of the Year and Bobby Van Allen was named Coach of the Year in a coaches' poll after the Blue Jays won their second straight league championship.
College softball: The Towson Classic, scheduled for today through Sunday, has been canceled because of poor field conditions.
Women's college volleyball: Maryland named Adam Hughes and Kristin Kenney assistant coaches and Stephen Yates director of volleyball operations.