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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Maryland's lack of any inside presence at both ends of the court was a large part of its disappointing 17-15 season. Trying to rectify that, the Terps have added Slovakian 7-footer Michal Cekovsky, who spent last season playing at a basketball academy in the Canary Islands. According to a source familiar with Maryland's recruiting, Cekovsky will be eligible to play in the 2014-15 season. "He can really, really play," the source said. Cekovsky will join a recruiting class that already includes 7-foot-1 Trayvon Reed, who moved from his home outside Atlanta to play his senior year at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J. That class, led by McDonald's All-American Melo Trimble, is currently ranked 14th in the country by ESPN.com.
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By Aaron Oster | April 14, 2014
Former NFL and University of Maryland linebacker Shawne Merriman signed a contract with WWE late last week, ending months of speculation and adding another Terps player to the wrestling world. In November, Merriman had a workout at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., but it seemed like nothing developed and a contract wasn't offered at the time. But then Merriman took part in WrestleMania weekend, including appearing on camera in WWE's preshow panel for WrestleMania, as well as WWE Raw on Monday.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Maryland men's basketball assistant Scott Spinelli is in "serious negotiations" to become an assistant under new Boston College coach Jim Christian, Terps coach Mark Turgeon said Monday. "Nothing's final yet," Turgeon said. Spinelli did not respond phone calls and text messages from The Baltimore Sun.  Spinelli, who came with Turgeon from Texas A&M, grew up outside Boston and recruits heavily in New England. He was instrumental in the Terps landing Jake Layman out of high school and bringing in Evan Smotrycz when he transferred from Michigan.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
While pundits and prognosticators may assert that No. 9 Johns Hopkins' 11-6 victory over No. 5 Maryland on Saturday at Homewood Field in Baltimore furthered solidified the Blue Jays' prospects of grabbing an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, coach Dave Pietramala made it clear that he had no such desire to entertain the validity of that scenario. “I don't care about the big picture,” he said. “I've told you every week that what I care about is right in front of us, and what was right in front of us was Maryland and now we've turned around and what's right in front of us is Mount St. Mary's [on Monday]
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2012
Roddy Peters, the four-star recruit from Suitland who committed to Maryland on Tuesday, had a pretty good coach to learn from this past spring and summer while playing for D.C. Assault. Former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan, a former point guard himself, helped coach Peters on the local AAU powerhouse and believes the Terps made out well for themselves. "He's a terrific passer, a willing passer, who's great in the open court," Jordan said Wednesday from Los Angeles, where he is now an assistant with the Lakers.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
COLLEGE PARK — Brenda Frese will be the first to tell you she sometimes trampled through life, so intent on the goals ahead that she didn't necessarily worry about the bruised feelings left in her wake. If she wanted something, she took it, a brash style she used to transform the Maryland women's basketball program from losers to national champs in a mere four years. She was 35 then and couldn't have imagined she would need eight years to steer the Terps back to the Final Four.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2011
When I began covering college women's lacrosse, Maryland owned the sport. The Terrapins were in the process of winning seven straight NCAA championships and I watched them win the last five, including a thrilling 14-13 overtime win against Georgetown in 2001. After that, the Terps fell off the pace. The sport grew and the talent pool spread all around the country. A new power rose at Northwestern and soon threatened to surpass the Terps' title streak. But in May, the Terps made sure that wouldn't happen.
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By From Sun staff reports | May 5, 2011
Forward Diandra Tchatchouang and guard Dara Taylor won't be back with the Terps women's basketball team next season, a spokeswoman with the Maryland athletic department confirmed Wednesday night. The news was reported first by The Diamondback. Tchatchouang, who started all 32 games and averaged 8.7 points and 5.0 rebounds, will return to her native France after this semester to rehabilitate from an anterior cruciate ligament injury she suffered during the NCAA tournament. Taylor, a sophomore who averaged 1.7points and 2.2 assists as her playing time declined after 2009-10, will transfer to Penn State.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The pained look Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson has worn for most of the past two months has had more to do with his recovery from knee replacement surgery than what he endured watching the Terps men's basketball team's disappointing season. The solemn look was there Thursday, but this time it had more to do with the Terps' losing another close game than with his new knee. Anderson, who signed Mark Turgeon to an eight-year contract after Gary Williams retired suddenly in March 2011, said he still has faith that the Terps will turn it around.
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By Jeff Barker and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 2, 2010
Navy (in Baltimore): Terps and Midshipmen have played only 20 times (Navy leads, 14-6), but there have been some memorable and intense games between teams that could become true rivals. Morgan State: Terps will face Bears on just four days' rest. It's the first time the universities -- located just 36 miles apart -- have played in football. Maryland fans sure remember losing to Bears in men's basketball in 2009. At West Virginia: Ralph Friedgen says he loves border rivalries, and this marks the resumption of one. Mountaineers will rely on young quarterback Geno Smith and a strong running game.
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By Chris Anderson and Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
Editor's note: Each week, InsideMdSports.com provides this blog with a Maryland recruiting feature that previously appeared as premium content on its site. For Maryland's spring game, the Terps hosted numerous recruits in the classes of 2015 and 2016 recruits. Fans were watching eagerly, hoping for another pickup. They got some good news, but it didn't come from the class they thought it would, as senior cornerback Denzel Conyers pledged to the Terps. “I was talking to the players about committing and how school goes, and then I had a meeting with coach [Randy]
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By Rich Scherr, For The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -- In recent years, the Maryland women's lacrosse team has made a habit of racking up lopsided wins. This season, the Terrapins also have learned how to pull out the close ones. For the fourth straight game, the No. 2 Terps went down to the final minutes Sunday against an opponent, surviving five ties before pulling away from No. 18 Virginia with five straight goals down the stretch in a 13-8 win in the final Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season matchup between the teams.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun and By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
As expected, Maryland assistant men's basketball coach Scott Spinelli has left to take a similar job at Boston College, according to reports Saturday. Spinelli, who grew up outside Boston, is expected to join the Eagles as new coach Jim Christian's top assistant, according to CBSsports.com. Spinelli is considered a top recruiter in New England. Spinelli's decision to leave Maryland comes in the aftermath of a disappointing 17-15 season for the Terps and a tumultuous week which saw three players leave the team.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
All season, Johns Hopkins has harped on the belief that one win or loss does not define a season. But with Saturday's 11-6 victory over No. 5 Maryland before an announced 9,553 at Homewood Field, the No. 9 Blue Jays took a sizable step toward cementing a berth in the NCAA tournament. Nothing is set in stone. After all, Johns Hopkins had wins against the Terps and Virginia last season, but that still wasn't enough for the program to extend its streak of NCAA tournament appearances to 42. So even though the Blue Jays improved to 7-3 and now have victories over Maryland, No. 18 Princeton and No. 19 Albany, they know that their postseason fate is far from guaranteed.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
Johns Hopkins owns a sizable 69-40-1 lead in their men's lacrosse series, but Maryland has won three of the last five meetings. The Blue Jays, who are 4-2 at Homewood Field this season, are trying to avoid three home losses in a season for the first time since 1996, while the Terps have won two of their last three visits to Homewood. No. 5 Maryland (9-1) is one of two teams in Division I with just one loss. (No. 1 Loyola is the other.) Ten days will have passed between the Terps' 19-6 rout of Robert Morris on April 2 and this contest.
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Peter Schmuck | April 12, 2014
Talk all you want about the new era of parity in college lacrosse, there's still nothing to compare with the rivalry that put the "old" in old-school. The 111th meeting between Maryland and Johns Hopkins drew a capacity-plus homecoming crowd to Homewood Field for a game that the No. 9 Blue Jays sorely needed to win to ensure that they would not be left out of the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row. The fifth-ranked Terps did not need it nearly as much, and the case could probably be made that their urgency deficit was evident until the final minutes of an 11-6 Hopkins victory on a simply glorious spring afternoon.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2013
We'll never know what exactly happened between Mark Turgeon and Pe'Shon Howard last season, as the Maryland coach and his former point guard each took the high road last spring when Howard left College Park and eventually wound up at Southern Cal. While Howard said he was transferring to be close to his ill grandmother in Los Angeles - which helped him get a waiver from the NCAA allowing him to play this season  - it's pretty easy to surmise that...
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By Jeff Barker | September 27, 2011
So are the Terps rebuilding? Randy Edsall made this comment after the 38-7 loss to Temple: “This is a process we're in. It's a process. It wasn't going to get changed overnight.” Let's consider that remark for a moment. I don't think Edsall meant that Maryland was rebuilding in the manner of a professional team that has been made over  -- say the Washington Nationals after arriving from Montreal. There are typically low expectations for teams in the early years of those sorts of reclamation projects.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
The Maryland women's basketball team's run to the Final Four triggered bonuses topping $100,000 for head coach Brenda Frese. The Terps upset top-seeded Tennessee and recorded three other NCAA tournament victories to advance to their first Final Four since 2006. Frese's bonuses total $100,507, based on her contract terms. According to the contract, Frese was to get “competition bonuses” for reaching the NCAA tournament's first round ($5,000), second round ($10,000), Sweet Sixteen ($15,000)
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -- A year ago, Stefon Diggs had turned Maryland's Red-White spring football game into an exhibition of elusiveness and versatility. He lined up as a receiver, punt returner and occasionally as a running back. On Friday night, the Terps were simply glad that the rising junior was healthy enough to be back in uniform. Diggs, who suffered a lower-leg fracture last season, has not been cleared for contact. He appeared for the annual spring game and participated in 7-on-7 passing drills - but not the game that followed - in front of an announced 8,319 on a rainy night at Byrd Stadium.
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