Rabil, Schwartzman receive MLL weekly honors
Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) and Denver Outlaws goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman (Johns Hopkins, Pikesville) were named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. Rabil had three goals, including a 2-point shot, and five assists in Boston's 17-16 win over the Ohio Machine in overtime Saturday. Schwartzman stopped 28 of the 34 shots he faced, an .820 save percentage, in Denver's 9-6 win over the Chesapeake Bayhawks that night. On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Rabil and Schwartzman will play for Team USA against Team MLL in the league's All-Star game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. The game will air on CBS Sports Network.
ESPYS: Maryland lacrosse star Taylor Cummings (McDonogh) was among four local athletes nominated Tuesday for ESPY awards. Cummings, a McDonogh graduate, was nominated for the Best Female College Athlete ESPY along with Breanna Stewart, Connecticut, basketball; Hannah Rogers, Florida, softball; Micha Hancock, Penn State, volleyball; and Morgan Brian, Virginia, soccer. Other ESPY nominees include Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances), best WNBA player; sit-skier/wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden (Atholton), best female athlete with a disability; and Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, best major league baseball player. Voting for the ESPYs continues at espn.go.com/espys/2014/ until July 16 at 9 p.m. That's when the awards will be presented on ESPN at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Gilman's Roberts to attend Northwestern
Gilman's Jelani Roberts, a speedy three-star receiver, officially committed to Northwestern on Monday, according to Rivals.com. Roberts, a member of the 2015 recruiting class, committed shortly after receiving an offer from the Wildcats earlier this month. He chose Northwestern over Boston College, Navy and Harvard, among other schools. Roberts, 5 feet 8, 160 pounds, has run the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds and has a 41-inch vertical jump. The rising senior has a listed 4.25 shuttle time and a 3.9 GPA. Roberts is ranked among the top 35 players at any position in Maryland, according to Rivals.com. Roberts helped lead Gilman to a 7-3 record this past season.
Maryland: The Terps continued adding to their 2015 recruiting class Tuesday with an oral commitment from Middletown offensive lineman Will McClain. The three-star recruit told InsideMDSports that he picked the Terps over West Virginia. "I was just thinking about it for the past couple of weeks, me and my family were, and I just felt like Maryland was the place for me," he told the website. "Before, I was just going around visiting and seeing what was a good feel. Then, I narrowed it down to WVU and Maryland. After that, I just sat down and talked about it, and Maryland was my pick." The 6-foot-5, 290-pound McClain helped Middletown (14-0), of Frederick County, to the Class 2A state title this past season.
Bowl: The Military Bowl announced that its 2014 game will kick off Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. It will be televised nationally on ESPN. This year's game is the first in a six-year cycle that will match a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference.
Charm game canceled; low ticket sales cited as reason
The Legends Football League appears to have played its last game at the Baltimore Arena. This Saturday's scheduled Baltimore Charm home game against the Atlanta Steam has been canceled, with both the Arena and the league agreeing that the main culprit was low ticket sales. LFL officials, however, also took a swipe at the arena, where the team's home games have been played the past four seasons. A statement emailed by Courtney Gifford, the league's marketing manager, blamed "the costly and in most cases unnecessary union fees as well as inflated arena rental fee, [that] makes it no longer an economically fair model for an event promoter or sports franchise."
Varsity baseball: The Team Maryland Futures games will be held Thursday at Baysox Stadium. The East team, which features Chris Ford (Arundel), Ethan Falsone (South River), Sean Healy (South River), Brad Hageman (Arundel), Truman Thomas (Southern), A.J. Robinson (Arundel), Nathanial Anthony (North County), Will O'Hara (Arundel), Eric Sieber (South River) and Colby Mueller (Severna Park), will play at 4 p.m. against the South team, which features Jack Barry (Reservoir), James Cain (Howard) and Jon Mierzwa (Reservoir). The West and North teams meet at 8p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m.
NHL: The Washington Capitals hired goaltender coach Mitch Korn from the Nashville Predators. A reputed developer of netminders using an arsenal of unique props — unbreakable mirrors, camouflage pucks and plywood barriers among them — Korn had spent 15 seasons in Nashville, all of them with new Capitals head coach Barry Trotz. Korn replaces Olie Kolzig, who is expected to remain with the franchise in a part-time capacity while moving closer to his family in Tampa Bay.
—Alex Prewitt, The Washington Post
WNBA: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had 16 points and Ivory Latta 14 points, helping the visiting Washington Mystics (6-9) end their four-game losing streak with a an 81-70 victory over the San Antonio Stars (7-7). Emma Meesseman added 10 points and 13 rebounds, and rookie center Stefanie Dolson scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter.