Nike pulled out all the stops to prevent Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, a Washington native, from signing a shoe deal with Baltimore-based Under Armour. Durant's seven-year contract with Nike is expiring, and Under Armour reportedly offered him a 10-year deal worth $265million to $285 million. However, Nike has exercised its right to match any rival shoe company's offer to the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player, according to ESPN. Nike officials on Saturday told Durant and his representatives at Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports that they would match Under Armour's offer. According to the report, Durant likely will make more money from Nike over the next two years than the $41.2 million the Thunder owe him during that span. "For Nike, this was nothing to them," said analyst Omar Saad, senior managing director of International Strategy & Investment's luxury, apparel and footwear team. "They could easily build Durant's business enough, assuming normal margins, where they could generate a cash flow of $60 million a year. And Nike is really good at monetizing its marketing assets, way better than anyone else." It is not clear whether Nike matched Under Armour's deal or offered more.
Morgan St. falls Saturday, 1st game since Meadow's death
Morgan State couldn't quite win one for Marquese Meadow on Saturday night, but the Bears plan to play for him all season. The Bears played with heavy hearts in their season opener after the death of the freshman defensive lineman Aug. 24. They fought back from a 14-point deficit only to lose, 31-28, to host Eastern Michigan. "It was an emotional roller coaster all week," said former Maryland assistant coach Lee Hull, making his head coaching debut. "The guys really wanted this game for Marquese. That's why it hurt so bad that we lost the way we lost. But they did a good job of trying to stay focused so they could come out here and perform and try to get the win for Marquese." Meadow collapsed in practice Aug. 10, and an autopsy determined that he died of complications from heatstroke. A moment of silence was observed before the kickoff. Quarterback Robert Council went 18-for-28 for 269 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 71 yards in Hull's spread attack. He found Thomas Martin on a 75-yard touchdown pass to put the Bears up 28-21 in the third quarter. But Morgan State couldn't stop the run in the second half, giving up 200 yards on the ground after halftime and 292 overall.
Browns sign ex-Cardinal Gibbons standout Small
The Cleveland Browns' backfield is taking on a Baltimore flavor. The team signed former Cardinal Gibbons and Arkansas fullback Kiero Small, according to an NFL source, and the Browns already have former Towson running back Terrance West, a third-round draft pick, on the active roster. Small, drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks, was cut by the Super Bowl champions on Saturday. He worked out for the San Diego Chargers and Atlanta Falcons and visited the Browns. He also participated in the Ravens' local-prospect day.
Men's college soccer: UMBC senior forward Kay Banjo (Towson) scored a pair of goals as the host Retrievers came away with a 2-1 victory over Sacred Heart (0-2) in the Doubletree BWI Classic. Banjo was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, finishing with two goals and two assists in two games. The No. 15 Retrievers (2-0) and Delaware (2-0) each won twice in the invitational, but UMBC won the tiebreaker with a goal differential of plus-five, compared with the Blue Hens' plus-four. … In a game delayed nearly two hours by lightning, interrupted again in the second half for more than an hour and finally called in the 82nd minute, Navy tied Saturday with Randolph, 1-1, in Maryvale, Tenn. Both teams are 0-0-1 this season.
Women's college soccer: Behind senior forward Morgan Dankanich's goal and assist, Navy defeated host Stetson, 3-1. The Midshipmen improved to 1-2-1, while Stetson fell to 0-3-1. Freshman forward Clare MacAdam and sophomore forward-defender Cat Macklin also scored for Navy. … Two second-half goals were not enough to lift Loyola Maryland over visiting DePaul, which won, 4-2, its fourth victory in as many games this season. Loyola dropped to 1-3 overall. … In its home opener, Mount St. Mary's (0-4) conceded a first-half goal and could not find the equalizer in a 1-0 loss to Lehigh (2-0). … No. 6 Johns Hopkins (2-0) defeated St. John Fisher, 3-0. The Cardinals fell to 1-1.
College field hockey: No. 1 Maryland scored four goals in the second half to push past Northeastern, 4-1, in the Terps' final game of the Conference Cup at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Lancaster, Pa. Despite outshooting the Huskies (0-2) 14-2 in the first half, the Terps (2-0) entered halftime in a scoreless tie. … Freshman defender Tessa Jarvis scored her first career goal, but Towson (0-1) lost to host St. Joseph's, 4-1, which improved to 2-0 this season.
Women's college volleyball: Adreene Elliott averaged 4.5 kills per set over three matches as Maryland captured the Phoenix Invitational title Saturday. The Terps defeated Liberty, 3-2, and San Jose State, 3-0, to add to their win over Elon on Friday and improve to 3-0.
—From Sun staff and news services