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Ex-Terp Thomas makes WNBA All-Rookie team
Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (Maryland), who ranked fourth among WNBA rookies in scoring (10.0 ppg), second in rebounding (5.1 rpg) and eighth in assists (1.5 apg), made the league's All-Rookie team. She received seven votes. Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike, Tulsa Shock guard Odyssey Sims and San Antonio Stars guard-forward Kayla McBride received 11 votes each, and Washington Mystics guard Bria Hartley got nine.
Calvert Hall's Edwards commits to Providence
Calvert Hall's Drew Edwards, a Baltimore Sun All-Metro first-team pick, pledged Thursday to Providence, a program he "loved everything about." The 6-foot-3, 175-pound combo guard averaged 15 points and made the All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and All-Baltimore Catholic League first teams last season. He also considered Clemson (where his twin sister, Danielle, will play basketball next year), Dayton, Kansas State and Richmond.
For more of Matt Bracken's blog post on Edwards, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.
Reed to attend Auburn; Terps add basketball aides
Trayvon Reed, the 7-foot-1 center who was not allowed to enroll at Maryland after his arrest outside a College Park convenience store last month, has committed to play at Auburn, according to CBSSports.com. Reed, who was supposed to be part of Maryland's Top 10 recruiting class for the school's first season in the Big Ten, was charged with theft, resisting arrest and second-degree assault July 30 after being stopped by and then scuffling with an undercover police officer.
For more of Don Markus' blog post about Reed, go to baltimoresun.com/terpsblog
More Maryland men's basketball: Logan Aronhalt and John Auslander began their careers at other schools before coming to College Park. But they will start their coaching careers with the Terps. Both were officially added to Mark Turgeon's coaching staff Thursday as graduate assistants. Aronhalt played the 2012-13 season at Maryland as a graduate student after transferring from Albany. Auslander played three seasons in College Park after a year at Division III Greensboro College. They join Steve Asher, who is in his second year as a graduate assistant.
For more of Don Markus' blog post about the hirings, go to baltimoresun.com/terpsblog
More Maryland: The school has upgraded the video boards at its football and basketball facilities. There will be a new LED display at Byrd Stadium — including one with closed captioning — and side displays on a new Daktronic videoboard at the Xfinity Center. The cost of the project is $3.9 million, which will be raised through ticket sales and sponsorship without the aid of tax, tuition or general university funds, an athletic department spokesman said. The Byrd Stadium video board was 14 years old and had "operational issues" last season, spokesman Zack Bolno said.
For more of Don Markus' blog post about the video boards, go to baltimoresun.com/terpsblog
Towson's men's basketball: The Tigers will open Colonial Athletic Association play Jan. 3 at James Madison, according to the league schedule released Thursday, and will appear on NBC Sports Network on Feb. 15 when they visit College of Charleston.
Women's college soccer: Mount St. Mary's (0-3) lost, 3-0, at American (1-2), which broke the tie in the 40th minute on a goal by forward Marley Jennings.
College field hockey: Salisbury was picked to win the Capital Athletic Conference in the preseason coaches poll. The Sea Gulls, who finished last season 17-4, receieved 35 points and five first-place votes in the poll. St. Mary's was picked for fourth and Frostburg State for seventh.
Major League Soccer: Newly acquired forward Alan Gordon scored 67 seconds into the game — the quickest goal for the host Galaxy (12-5-7) this season — and Los Angeles never relinquished the lead as it rolled to a 4-1 victory over D.C. United (13-8-4) on Wednesday night.