Blackhawks named Winter Classic foe; Baltimore unlikely as site
The Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks for the Winter Classic on New Year's Day 2015, an individual with knowledge of the situation said Friday. The first interconference Winter Classic will be Washington's second appearance in the event; the Capitals defeated the host Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011. Although a site has not been named, Nationals Park is the overwhelming front-runner, according to sources. FedEx Field in Landover seems logistically impossible as an alternative, given that the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 28. Baltimore — either at Camden Yards or M&T Bank Stadium — would have made sense as a neutral site for a matchup between Washington and the Philadelphia Flyers, but with the Blackhawks as the opponent, it seems more likely the game will take place in Washington.
—Alex Prewitt, The Washington Post
WR Davenport becomes 11th Terps commit for 2015
Wide receiver Jahrvis Davenport committed to play for the Terps, he announced on his Twitter account. Davenport, a 5-10, 180-pound junior from Robinson High School in Tampa, Fla., is Maryland's 11th commit in the class of 2015. He also received offers from Ball State, Buffalo, Charleston Southern and Connecticut. Davenport is a two-star prospect according to Rivals.com and a three-star recruit according to 247Sports.
Track and field: Long Reach graduate Robert Carter was named Gatorade Maryland Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Carter, an All-Metro first-team selection who signed with Florida A&M, helped the Lightning win the Class 3A state championship with his performances in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles as well as the 400- and 800-meter relays.
For more from Alexander Pyles on on Robert Carter, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters
NCAA honor: The Colonial Athletic Association has nominated recent Towson graduate Kaitlin Burke (Loch Raven), a two-time CAA Women's Swimmer of the Year, for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The winner will be announced in October.
WNBA: The Washington Mystics (5-8) lost, 75-65, to the host Minnesota Lynx (10-4), their sixth defeat in the past seven games. The Mystics, who had just three players in double digits Friday with no player scoring more than 14, have broken 80 points only once this season, in a triple-overtime, 92-84 win June 1 over the Los Angeles Sparks. Leading scorer Ivory Latta (11.7 points per game) mustered just three points against Minnesota, who went 5-for-10 from 3-point range.
Wrestling: Two people affiliated with Maryland will be honored this weekend at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla. Terps coach Kerry McCoy, who lost only once in 136 matches at Penn State and excelled internationally, will be inducted as a distinguished member. Thomas Norris , a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference champion for Maryland, will receive the Medal of Courage; Norris earned a Congressional Medal of Honor as a Navy SEAL and has served as an FBI special agent for 20 years despite losing an eye in military service.
Golf: Boys and girls ages 12-17 can sign up for RBC Wealth Management's "Shot for College," a free youth clinic with PGA Tour golfer Brandt Snedeker on Monday at Bethesda County Club. The outing will include instruction from Bethesda teaching professionals. Each participant will have the opportunity to attempt two shots at a target 75 yards away for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship. For complete rules and to register, go to events.rbc.com/metron/forms/2014shotforcollege.form.