Recent stories by Don Marcus
6:16 PM EDT, May 20, 2013
For as long as Ryan Hunter-Reay can remember, the Indianapolis 500 was a huge deal. As a small child growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Hunter-Reay used to plop down a plastic race track and line up his miniature race cars in front of the television set on the Sunday morning of Memorial Day weekend.
2:22 PM EDT, May 25, 2013
Antonio Barton had only a handful of Division I basketball programs interested in him three years ago coming out Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts, where he spent a post-grad year after playing his senior season at Lake Clifton.
2:11 PM EDT, May 25, 2013
Adam Benson is a different kind of weekend warrior.
8:51 PM EDT, May 18, 2013
He kept coming back, year after year, horse after horse, trying to get another victory in the Preakness Stakes before he was done. Going into the 138th running of the Triple Crown's middle leg, D. Wayne Lukas had tried eight times since Charismatic won at Pimlico Race Course in 1999 — with 12 different entries.
2:16 PM EDT, May 25, 2013
The 10th annual Coastal Conservation Association Maryland Catch and Release Fly and Light Tackle tournament is expected to attract some of the region's top anglers on June 1 between the Sassafras River and Cedar Point.
2:08 PM EDT, May 18, 2013
Robert Vigorito knew he had changed some lives over the years since he helped start the Columbia Triathlon in 1984. He transformed an inaugural event that attracted fewer than 100 competitors into one of the top triathlons in the country with as many as 2,500 coming to Centennial Park each spring since 1988.
8:54 PM EDT, May 23, 2013
There was a questionable forecast for Thursday night, making an evening boat cruise out of Annapolis an uncertainty for Maryland football coach Randy Edsall and a couple of his counterparts who came from College Park to schmooze with fans over dinner and drinks.
2:11 PM EDT, May 18, 2013
As Maryland takes part in National Safe Boating Week (May 18-25), Natural Resources Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Albert has a number of suggestions and warnings for those planning to be on the state's waterways this spring and summer.
6:52 PM EDT, May 17, 2013
She had a cool name and a hot jockey, but Fiftyshadesofhay didn't look like she had much of a chance for most of Friday's 89th Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
5:03 PM EDT, May 17, 2013
Nearly a quarter century ago, Gary Stevens was an up-and-coming jockey in Southern California, hoping to make his mark on the sport, put a lot of money in the bank and move on to something else as quickly as possible.
6:07 PM EDT, May 15, 2013
Horse racing fans talk about their sport not having a Triple Crown winner in nearly 35 years much the way baseball fans lament the fact that their favorite game has gone more than twice as long without a .400 hitter.
2:15 PM EDT, May 11, 2013
Once thought to be a somewhat out-of-the-way spot for winter ski trips and summer getaways from the scorching heat, Deep Creek Lake and the adjacent Wisp Resort could become "the No. 1 — bar none — adventure sports destination spot in the world" if Todd Copley has anything to do with it.
2:11 PM EDT, May 11, 2013
Beth Schub started surfing with one of her uncles on Long Island when she was 13, but she went off to college in Pennsylvania and later settled there after getting married, she thought she was pretty much done with the sport.
3:53 PM EDT, May 9, 2013
In Mike Lelchitski's office at Sports International Group, Inc., the company his father, Boris, founded more than a decade ago after emigrating to the United States from Russia, there is a framed panoramic shot of Comcast Center from the first men's basketball game played there in 2002.
5:28 PM EDT, May 6, 2013
When the United States Golf Association packed up its corporate tents after the 2002 Senior Open concluded, Caves Valley returned to its roots as a private club that was selective in the tournaments it hosted. Mandated to promote the amateur ranks, the Owings Mills club welcomed a handful of events in the intervening years — none involving professionals.
6:14 PM EDT, April 30, 2013
In a perfect world, Randy Edsall can envision the day when the Maryland football team plays before packed crowds at Byrd Stadium, when the Terps challenge perennial powers in their league, when he and his staff attract most of the top high school talent in the state as well as from other parts of the country.
2:28 PM EDT, May 4, 2013
What is now billed as the "world's largest rockfish tournament" began 30 years ago with a different catch in mind — bluefish — and pretty much remained that way until a decade ago.
1:24 PM EDT, April 27, 2013
Don Backe never won the America's Cup or any other world-class sailing event, but he probably had more of an impact on the sport around the Chesapeake Bay than any champion.
6:40 PM EDT, May 1, 2013
Penn State has had a run of the neighborhood for as long as anyone can remember, from its years as the most successful independent Division I-A football program on the East Coast and a national power, to a little more than the past two decades in the Big Ten.
1:26 PM EDT, April 27, 2013
Even as an experienced sailor, Peter McChesney said that racing the J/70 gives him a different kind of thrill.
9:20 AM EDT, April 17, 2013
More than a quarter century after he was forced to resign in the months following the cocaine-induced death of basketball star Len Bias, longtime Maryland coach Lefty Driesell was officially — and permanently — recognized Tuesday with the unveiling of a bronzed bas relief sculpture in his honor at Comcast Center.
2:28 PM EDT, April 20, 2013
Moving around has always been a big part of new Loyola basketball coach G.G. Smith's life.
11:00 PM EDT, April 19, 2013
While the majority of the University of Maryland's athletic teams will be trekking all over the Big Ten beginning in 2014, the Terps will have a few shorter trips when it comes to football.
12:14 PM EDT, April 15, 2013
What has been anticipated around the Maryland basketball program for months has become reality: sophomore Alex Len will forgo the last two years of his college career, a source with knowledge of the situation said Sunday night.
4:02 PM EDT, April 4, 2013
C.J. Fair is all too familiar with the history of former high school players from Baltimore who left Syracuse early for the NBA.
5:14 PM EDT, April 1, 2013
When Maryland opened the season five months ago against defending national champion Kentucky at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Terps were full of the hype and hope that comes when many expect a team to find its way to the NCAA tournament.
3:48 PM EDT, March 31, 2013
COLLEGE PARK — Before playing at Madison Square Garden in the 1990 ECAC Holiday Festival, Walt Williams was considered an up-and-coming player for a down-and-out program. A junior, Williams had stayed at Maryland rather than transferring to another school without penalty after the Terps were put on a harsh probation by the NCAA.
6:55 PM EDT, March 31, 2013
Loyola men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos, who has led the program to its first back-to-back seasons with more than 20 wins as a Division I team, has emerged as one of the top candidates for the opening at Siena.
9:24 PM EDT, March 30, 2013
WASHINGTON — A year ago, C.J. Fair and top-seeded Syracuse left Boston's TD Garden unfulfilled after losing to No. 2 seed Ohio State in the NCAA tournament's East Regional final. Fair had done little to help, taking just two shots and scoring eight points in a seven-point loss to the Buckeyes.
2:57 PM EDT, March 30, 2013
Imagine running a 10-kilometer race more than 185 feet in the air, looking down and seeing the Chesapeake Bay.
6:09 PM EDT, March 17, 2013
As Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo and offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper broke down film from the team's 2012 season, they noticed that the Midshipmen didn't look out of sync when freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds took the snap out of a shotgun formation.
2:45 PM EDT, March 23, 2013
Alix Membreno was not destined to play Division I college basketball, let alone become a key member of a team that has now made three straight NCAA tournaments. Recruited to Navy as a state champion and record-holder javelin thrower in New Mexico, Membreno quickly realized how much she missed basketball.
2:04 AM EST, March 9, 2013
Like professional athletes who get ready for their respective seasons in training camp, weekend golfers prep their games in the offseason. Some work out feverishly doing golf-specific exercises. Others take lessons to hone their swings. And more than a few simply go out and take their whacks on the driving range.
5:56 PM EDT, March 20, 2013
COLLEGE PARK — As the televisions in Maryland's locker room showed fans at Robert Morris storming the court after their team upset Kentucky in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night, the Terps seemed to differ in their reactions.
6:15 PM EST, March 8, 2013
Few sports can claim participants from toddlers to retirees, but BMX is one of them. BMX — short for bicycle motocross — will begin its local season when the first event in 2013 for Chesapeake BMX is held Sunday at Severn-Danza Park in Severn.
6:50 PM EST, March 5, 2013
— If it has been a roller coaster season in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Maryland basketball team the past two months, junior point guard Pe'Shon Howard might be the poster child for the erratic Terps.
10:15 PM EDT, March 18, 2013
The first cheer erupted among the Navy women's basketball players when they saw that another team would face top-seeded Connecticut in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
9:12 PM EST, March 2, 2013
For more than a decade, Towson's last regular-season home game has been a sleepy, sad event.
1:53 PM EST, March 2, 2013
Back this hitch up into the water
1:43 PM EST, March 2, 2013
The first step to being successful at fly fishing is tying a fly creatively enough to make it seem real to the fish you're trying to catch.
10:50 PM EST, March 6, 2013
COLLEGE PARK — Considering the shiny new white uniforms and the extreme weather that never quite materialized, Maryland dubbed Wednesday night's game against North Carolina a “White Out” for its students and fans who braved the elements to come to Comcast Center.
6:30 PM EST, February 25, 2013
With C.J. Brown back in a limited role after missing last season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe continuing to rehab their own knee injuries, Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Monday that his two healthy quarterbacks will be off-limits to contact when spring practice starts Saturday.
7:33 PM EST, February 21, 2013
His players sat silently in the corner of the locker room.
7:48 PM EST, March 1, 2013
COLLEGE PARK — They left Washington as friendly rivals, respecting each other's talents and having formed a bond from summer camps and scouting combines. They reunited as teammates briefly, first at the University of New Mexico and later at a junior college In Iowa.
4:26 PM EST, February 13, 2013
From Maryland's perspective, the basketball rivalry with Duke was born in the late 1990s when Gary Williams brought the Terps from the bottom of the ACC to the top. During the 2000-01 season — when the teams met four times, including in the ACC tournament and at the Final Four — it was considered the most heated college rivalry in the country.
6:19 PM EST, February 9, 2013
After finishing his freshman season at Maryland, Nick Faust figured that he had a good chance to become one of the men's basketball team's leading scorers as a sophomore. With the departure last spring of Terrell Stoglin, the Atlantic Coast Conference's top scorer a year ago, it seemed only logical for Faust to make that step.
3:10 PM EST, February 23, 2013
Larry Jenc has been working in the marine technology industry for more than four decades and, until recently, thought he was part of a dying profession.
3:11 PM EST, February 9, 2013
John Leck will never forget the look on the face of the paralyzed boy sitting in his wheelchair. When the arrow left the bow that had been strapped onto the eighth-grader's arm, a mixture of wonder and excitement was apparent as he watched it sail toward the target inside the gymnasium at Rocky Hill Middle School in Clarksburg.
3:08 PM EST, February 9, 2013
For many years, the Coast Guard Foundation held charity golf tournaments to raise money to help support enlisted personnel, reservists and their families who suffered a personal or financial loss.
4:16 AM EST, February 17, 2013
The memories are usually fuzzy, clouded by decades of other diversions or simply by the fact that, even back then, you'd already forgotten by the next day that you'd played.
8:37 PM EST, February 6, 2013
A few months after his team failed to hold late leads in several games, Maryland football coach Randy Edsall and his staff won three key down-to-the-wire recruiting battles Wednesday that could help hasten the rebuilding process for the Terps.
5:06 PM EST, February 2, 2013
NEW YORK -- The conversation took place during his freshman year at Maryland. Greivis Vasquez, still learning a new language and getting adjusted to playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference, sat down in his coach's office one day to talk about his dreams.
2:00 AM EST, February 3, 2013
Brian Doyle had been to the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show in Harrisburg, Pa., as a consumer, but the Pasadena resident was looking forward to this year's event for a different reason. Doyle and Ken Kerschner of Centreville were going for the first time as the partners in a new venture, Hammer Hollow Outfitters, booking guided hunts on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
10:24 PM EST, February 16, 2013
During halftime of Saturday night's game against No. 2 Duke at Comcast Center, Maryland freshman point guard Seth Allen gave himself a little pep talk.
3:18 PM EST, February 2, 2013
Michael Waddell didn't plan on being famous, at least among the hunters who now watch his weekly "Bone Collector" television show on the Outdoor Channel. He never thought about people buying his camouflage hats, T-shirts and other merchandise. He still can't believe that he has his own trademark muzzleloader with his now-recognizable logo engraved on it.
4:55 PM EST, February 16, 2013
Captain John Martino, the founder and president of the Annapolis School of Seamanship, will lead seminars during this year's Baltimore Boat Show at the Baltimore Convention Center from Feb. 28 to March 3.
1:30 PM EST, January 26, 2013
Bobby Spivey can walk through the halls of Sparrows Point High School without drawing much attention from anyone aside from his group of close friends. But put the 16-year-old in the small Southern hamlet of Stuttgart, Ark. — the self-proclaimed "Rice and Duck Capital of the World" — and Spivey is something of a celebrity.
6:46 PM EST, January 21, 2013
There's a generations-old adage in basketball that might go all the way back to the invention of the jump shot.
6:37 PM EST, January 19, 2013
The story has been told many times over the past three decades, as Bill Belichick went from being an up-and-coming defensive coordinator in the NFL to an unsuccessful first-time head coach with the Cleveland Browns to eventually becoming one of the most accomplished coaches in league history.
6:09 PM EST, January 18, 2013
COLLEGE PARK -- With the euphoria of its 51-50 near-the-buzzer win Wednesday over No. 14 North Carolina State fading, the Maryland men's basketball team knows it will have to do more than just the run the plays that second-year coach Mark Turgeon calls Saturday at North Carolina.
6:31 PM EST, January 18, 2013
The painting is hung prominently in the private office of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Titled "Wide Left," it shows an oversized football, a tiny goal post and the final score of 23-20, collectively representing the end of last year's AFC championship game won by the Patriots on former Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff's botched 32-yard field goal attempt in the waning seconds.
12:12 PM EST, January 19, 2013
Since 1998, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has taught more than 32,000 students in 1,200 classroom programs about the Chesapeake Bay, coastal and bay marine life, as well as the state's streams through its Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland (TEAM) program.
5:57 PM EST, January 29, 2013
His team has lost four of six games since its 13-1 start, including three straight on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference. After Mark Turgeon was widely praised for keeping the Terps competitive in his first season, fans are getting a little impatient with the progress the team has made in the coach's second year at Maryland.
2:49 PM EST, January 26, 2013
Captains Sharing & Caring, a nonprofit foundation that gives children with terminal illnesses or physical disabilities and their families a day out on several local waterways, is looking to marinas, yacht clubs and those with private docks to hosts events this summer.
7:36 PM EST, January 23, 2013
Baltimore might have missed out on hosting World Cup matches when the U.S. lost its bid for the quadrennial event in 2022, but M&T Stadium will be part of another prestigious international soccer tournament when the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup comes to the city in July.
9:37 PM EST, January 14, 2013
Before his team began the Atlantic Coast Conference portion of its schedule earlier this month, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon begrudgingly acknowledged that the first three games could be pivotal for the Terps since the first two would be played at Comcast Center.
1:36 PM EST, January 12, 2013
Brenna Doherty's dream of becoming a world-class figure skater has had its share of bumpy landings. They began when Doherty was a freshman at Oakland Mills High in Columbia. After making the finals at junior nationals at ages 13 and 14, Doherty thought she wanted to try being a typical teenager.
1:39 PM EST, January 12, 2013
A 546-acre deer hunting area that opened in Anne Arundel County shortly after Thanksgiving and will close at the end of January has seen only seven deer taken so far, according to the deer project leader for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
10:38 PM EST, January 11, 2013
The last time the Loyola men's basketball team met Fairfield, a bid to the NCAA tournament was at stake. The Greyhounds staggered to the finish line — and promise land — after the lowest-scoring Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament final in history.
5:51 PM EST, January 4, 2013
COLLEGE PARK — Losing is not the only thing Maryland has avoided since its season-opening defeat to then-No. 3 Kentucky at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Terps have barely been tested during what has become a 12-game winning streak.
6:11 PM EST, January 8, 2013
COLLEGE PARK -- During his college career at Kansas, Mark Turgeon can remember Jayhawks coach Larry Brown constantly barking in his ear, more often telling the young point guard what he had done wrong than what he had done right.
8:19 PM EST, January 2, 2013
Dave Rather and Ray Lewis go back a long way. In 1997, Rather bought Mother's Federal Hill Grille, a popular Federal Hill restaurant that draws packed crowds for Ravens games. He has had season tickets since the Ravens arrived in Baltimore in 1996.
3:08 PM EST, December 29, 2012
Long before Doug Masiuk became a serious runner, he had to learn how take his lifelong battle with Type 1 diabetes one step at a time.
December 30, 2012
The inaugural First Day Out hikes were such a hit across 17 state parks in Maryland last New Year's Day, the state's Department of Natural Resources will be ringing in 2013 with a similar event at 20 different locations.
4:26 PM EST, December 31, 2012
From the moment Maryland freshman Charles Mitchell emerged as a legitimate Division I prospect a few years ago, the comparisons to another undersized and overweight power forward were pretty obvious.
10:25 PM EST, December 28, 2012
Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos has compared Bucknell center Mike Muscala to one of his favorite former NBA players for his hometown Boston Celtics. Muscala is not the second coming of Kevin McHale, but against the Greyhounds on Friday night, the 6-11 senior looked the part of a modern-day mid-major replica.
6:48 PM EST, December 27, 2012
During Kelly Coppedge's final conversation with her grandfather last Sunday, she says he was still thinking about Navy's football team.
12:53 PM EST, December 22, 2012
There are days when Navy wide receiver Brandon Turner wonders how he is still at the academy, his college football career winding down and graduation within sight.
12:56 PM EST, December 22, 2012
John Ragan concedes that he is neither computer-savvy nor very much interested in using the Internet.
5:02 PM EST, December 15, 2012
Hindered by cold, wet and windy weather at the start of the state's two-week firearm deer hunting season, as well as an abundance of acorns, fewer deer were taken this year, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
3:09 PM EST, December 8, 2012
Given Robert Vigorito's endurance as a six-time finisher of the world-famous Ironman Triathlon event in Hawaii, many figured that his tenure with the Columbia Triathlon Association would go on forever.
9:00 PM EST, December 6, 2012
Navy linebacker Brye French had never met Brendan Looney, only hearing stories about the former academy lacrosse star and his two brothers from longtime coach Richie Meade. Then one day during French's sophomore year, Meade told his team that the eldest Looney brother had died in Iraq.
3:49 PM EST, December 28, 2012
Ten down, two to go.
7:25 PM EST, December 27, 2012
What started out as the final game of a competitive four-year series between the men's basketball teams at Loyola and Bucknell became something more last summer. Friday night's game at Reitz Arena has become a preview, a taste of what the future holds for Jimmy Patsos and the Greyhounds.
5:04 PM EST, December 15, 2012
Terry Hutchinson was taught a long time ago to be resilient, to be able to adjust to the shifting winds on the sea or, for that matter, in life.
2:55 PM EST, December 1, 2012
The first week of the state's two-week firearm season for hunting deers has produced fewer deer taken and at least one hunter seriously injured.
9:27 PM EST, November 24, 2012
Wherever he has lived, whatever he was doing, Kimball Byron has always been drawn back to his running roots in Western Maryland and a 50-mile race that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
5:27 PM EST, December 26, 2012
If anyone wants to nitpick at Navy's football success over the past decade, a starting point — and finish line — might be the team's record in bowl games.
2:20 PM EST, November 23, 2012
Nick Faust caught the ball in the corner, his hands in a shooter's position and his eyes focused on the rim as if the Maryland guard was ready to launch one of his rainbow jumpers.
4:08 PM EST, December 7, 2012
Quarterbacks Trent Steelman and Keenan Reynolds will come into Saturday's Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia from nearly opposite directions.
3:00 PM EST, December 1, 2012
Kyle Lear was a freshman soccer player trying out for the JV team at Arundel High when he had to make a choice between continuing in the sport or devoting his weekends to another of his longtime passions: racing cars.
4:52 PM EST, December 1, 2012
Nine months before Bobby Ross came out of retirement to coach football at Army in December 2003, the United States began its military involvement in Iraq. As he dug into his new job at West Point, Ross was thinking more about how to rebuild a team that had lost all its games the previous season than the escalating casualties of war.
7:57 PM EST, November 19, 2012
Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon had to reschedule this team's practice Monday in preparation for Tuesday's game against Lafayette in order to attend the campus news conference to announce the school's move to the Big Ten from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
9:27 PM EST, December 8, 2012
Navy wide receiver Brandon Turner started off his senior year on a sour note. The team's leading pass-catcher in 2011 missed the season opener against Notre Dame and didn't start against Penn State after being suspended for failing his physical readiness test.
6:01 PM EST, November 28, 2012
Rarely, if ever, will a game between a team with a modest 7-4 record and its 2-9 opponent be as meaningful as the one scheduled to play here at Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 8. Then again, this year's meeting between Navy and Army has more at stake than usual.
2:12 PM EST, November 24, 2012
The final event of the 2012 season for the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association (MSSA) attracted more than 800 anglers on 220 boats in pursuit of almost $80,000 in prize money.
5:04 PM EST, November 23, 2012
Two days after hundreds of thousands of turkeys were consumed at dinner tables across the state, white-tailed and sika deers are now in the crosshairs for hunters looking to feast on venison. The state's two-week deer firearm season is scheduled to begin Saturday and run through Dec. 8.
4:54 PM EST, December 1, 2012
Statistics don't always tell the whole story for Mark Turgeon's teams, but based on how poorly Maryland rebounded and how rarely the Terps turned passes into baskets his first season, you might have thought a somewhat respectable 17-15 record was a mirage.
6:45 PM EST, November 26, 2012
As the Navy football team returned to the practice field Monday in preparation for its Dec. 8 game against rival Army, Coach Ken Niumatalolo and his players were thinking about one of their own fighting for his life in a Miami hospital after being seriously injured in a Thanksgiving night car accident.
7:05 PM EST, November 21, 2012
The University of Maryland's planned departure from the Atlantic Coast Conference has raised questions about the league's long-term survival, a sobering prospect for fans that grew up on games between the Terps and their Tobacco Road rivals.
7:37 PM EST, November 19, 2012
Maryland's decision to move from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten not only caught its fans and students — and possibly ACC officials — by surprise. The stunning announcement that was first rumored late last week and was made official Monday also came as a shock to many of the school's coaches.
10:48 PM EST, November 17, 2012
Considering what Keenan Reynolds had accomplished since taking over at quarterback for Navy more than a month ago, it was only a matter of time before an opposing defense was mostly designed to stop the talented freshman.
11:25 PM EST, November 20, 2012
COLLEGE PARK — Maryland coach Mark Turgeon didn’t seem to mind that his Terps missed a dozen 3-point shots and nearly as many free throws Tuesday night at Comcast Center. He even gave credit to Lafayette for hanging in with there only long-range shooting and surprisingly tenacious zone defense that shut down sophomore center Alex Len until early in the second half.
3:45 PM EST, November 16, 2012
Most of the 27 Navy seniors who will honored before Saturday's final home game against Texas State have contributed to the team's success on the field the past four years. But those who have made limited appearances — or even none at all — seem to share in that experience as much as those who have had starring roles.
7:02 PM EST, November 13, 2012
In the days following last month's nationally televised announcement that Texas twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison had chosen Kentucky over Maryland, there was a lot of message board chatter about Mark Turgeon possibly losing out on other top recruits, including Roddy Peters of Suitland.
6:46 PM EST, November 14, 2012
Marcus Curry is still in touch with many of his former Navy football teammates, most of them having moved on to their post-graduate military commitments and a few others who are now finishing their college careers for the Midshipmen.
5:47 PM EST, November 9, 2012
Despite a three-game losing streak and a seemingly never-ending string of depth-sapping injuries — the latest including the team's top offensive and defensive playmakers — Maryland enters the toughest stretch of its 2012 schedule with something it lacked a year ago: cohesion.
2:31 PM EDT, October 27, 2012
Stan Honey has spent much of the past two decades living a double life — as a computer graphics innovator who made televised sports more easily watchable for the casual fan and as a master yachtsman who navigated large boats to a long list of nautical accomplishments.
9:14 PM EDT, November 3, 2012
The impressive numbers keep piling up for Navy freshman Keenan Reynolds. The winning streak that corresponds with Reynolds' insertion at quarterback last month remains intact. The recent string of bowl appearances, following a year's hiatus, has been revived.
5:22 PM EST, November 15, 2012
The assumption for Maryland going into the 2012-13 basketball season was that one of the team's freshmen power forwards was going to take away many of James Padgett's minutes, and perhaps his starting job.
8:03 PM EDT, November 1, 2012
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo was standing on the field at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, before his team's season opener against Notre Dame, talking with longtime defensive line coach Dale Pehrson about the collective inexperience of the Midshipmen.
7:44 PM EDT, October 23, 2012
A year after being celebrated as one of the top college football coaches in the country, Towson's Rob Ambrose has been accused by a disgruntled former player of breaking NCAA rules and making offensive remarks to help pump up his team in a pre-game pep talk earlier this season.
4:58 PM EST, November 10, 2012
As obvious as it seems to state that the beginning and end of college basketball games often determine their outcome, the first half and final seconds of Maryland's 72-69 loss to No. 3 Kentucky on Friday night certainly played a huge part in the Terps leaving Brooklyn's Barclays Center disappointed rather than the talk of their sport.
5:59 PM EST, November 9, 2012
More than 20 years after arriving at the University of Hawaii as a big-armed quarterback from Los Angeles, Ivin Jasper knows his throwing days are behind him. Ken Niumatalolo can recall times before practice in recent years when Jasper would show off the arm by easily winning friendly distance competitions with the Navy quarterbacks.
2:12 PM EDT, October 26, 2012
The initial diagnosis was a sprained right knee. But as the two weeks Matt Aiken expected to miss turned into a month and the 2012 Navy football season began without him, the junior wide receiver made a rare request for an athlete at the academy.
3:16 PM EDT, October 20, 2012
Kaitlin Zembower had gone deer hunting with her father Jerry countless times over the years near their Frostburg home, but the experience they shared during last year's annual Maryland black bear hunt was much different.
4:59 PM EDT, October 19, 2012
As last Friday's game at Central Michigan unfolded for the Navy football team, one thing became abundantly clear: With freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds running the offense, the Midshipmen began to resemble the teams from Ken Niumatalolo's first three seasons as head coach and Paul Johnson's last five years in Annapolis.
2:06 PM EDT, November 3, 2012
Julie Culley had retired from competitive running, finishing her career at Rutgers burned out and banged up as a fifth-year senior. She had started the next phase of her life, coaching the women's track team at Loyola College and assisting the men's and women's cross country teams.
2:08 PM EDT, November 3, 2012
With an increase in the number of permits given out and a record number of bears killed during last month's five-day Maryland black bear hunt came another high mark — arrests made for illegal baiting and other violations.
6:11 PM EDT, October 11, 2012
The buzz surrounding Shaquille Cleare has dulled a bit since the 6-9 power forward from Houston announced more than a year ago that he was coming to Maryland. The spring and summer of 2012 had all been about whether his former AAU teammates, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, would join him here next year.
2:30 PM EDT, October 27, 2012
Nearly seven decades separate the youngest and oldest hunters who killed black bears in this year's state-controlled hunt, which ended Friday night. A record 92 bears were killed in Allegany and Garrett counties during the five-day hunt, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
10:08 PM EDT, October 20, 2012
The blowout defeats the Navy football team suffered early this season are a distant memory, in the record books but no longer embedded in its collective psyche. The struggling offense and a quarterback plagued by turnovers are also no longer part of the game plan.
9:54 PM EDT, October 19, 2012
There is an old soccer adage that a wet field is often the great equalizer, favoring teams that play a more grind-it-out style over those that are more offensively gifted.
5:31 PM EDT, October 17, 2012
What Navy freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds has accomplished the past two weeks has impressed some of his coaches and teammates in Annapolis to the point of astonishment.
3:13 PM EDT, October 11, 2012
The emotions and energy Navy puts into its annual game against Air Force typically takes a lot out of the Midshipmen for their next game.
7:15 PM EDT, October 10, 2012
Keenan Reynolds started his first game as a freshman in high school outside Nashville, Tenn., so the news that he was going to become the first freshman to start at quarterback for Navy in more than two decades doesn't seem like that big a deal to him.
7:01 PM EDT, October 9, 2012
Ricky Dobbs holds a special place in the recent history of Navy football. In the two seasons he started at quarterback, he led the Midshipmen in rushing and put up more than respectable numbers passing. He led the team to 10- and nine-win seasons. He helped Navy twice beat Notre Dame, as well as Missouri in a bowl game. He nearly beat Ohio State at "The Horseshoe."
3:00 PM EDT, October 7, 2012
Loyola basketball coach Jimmy Patsos said Sunday that sophomore point guard R.J. Williams (St. Frances) has been suspended until mid-January for an unspecified violation of team rules.
3:22 PM EDT, October 5, 2012
Chris Culton has been an assistant coach at Navy for a decade, working with the team's fullbacks his first five years and the offensive line the last five. Given the importance of those two positions in Navy's triple-option offense, it is fair to say that Culton has played a significant role in the program's success.
5:05 PM EDT, September 28, 2012
When Towson athletic director Mike Waddell broached the idea with Rob Ambrose of taking his football team down to play LSU in Baton Rouge for the fourth game of the 2012 season, the Tigers' coach was decidedly lukewarm.
6:50 PM EDT, October 8, 2012
Navy quarterback Trey Miller was held out of practice Monday after sustaining an ankle injury in Saturday's 28-21 overtime win at Air Force. With his left foot in a boot, Miller watched as freshman Keenan Reynolds ran most of the drills in preparation of Friday's game at Central Michigan.
2:34 PM EDT, October 6, 2012
For Jimmy Cornell, it was all about freedom.
6:41 PM EDT, October 1, 2012
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo has given junior quarterback Trey Miller chances to hold on to his starting job this season.
4:11 PM EDT, September 29, 2012
On Saturday, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources celebrated its fifth annual Park Quest event with Rendevous activities for the teams that completed at least 10 quests. Knisely, who helps run the popular event, discussed its origins and goals.
4:09 PM EDT, September 29, 2012
Deborah Gibson grew up on a dairy farm near Allentown, Pa., and learned at a young age how to hunt for deer and other animals.
2:38 PM EDT, October 6, 2012
The life of a triathlete is decidely different for amateurs and pros.
6:44 PM EDT, September 28, 2012
Plenty of Navy football players experience the same trepidation whether they go first to the academy's prep school or arrive directly in Annapolis from high school.
9:07 PM EDT, September 15, 2012
Navy came into Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon hoping to add to Penn State's collective misery from the past 10 months. The Midshipmen had designs on keeping the Nittany Lions and their new coach, Bill O'Brien, winless.
6:30 PM EDT, September 14, 2012
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said that his Midshipmen played near-perfect games to beat Notre Dame in 2009 and 2010, and came close to nirvana again before losing last season to nationally ranked South Carolina on the road.
1:49 PM EDT, September 22, 2012
For those looking to get outdoors before going indoors to watch the Orioles and Ravens on television Sunday, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy wants you.
6:37 PM EDT, September 11, 2012
The life of a Navy football player usually reflects the regimented daily grind of a typical midshipman. There is one major difference: on the field, the route taken by many of Ken Niumatalolo's players is not always like an early morning march, a ramrod straight line from Point A to Point B.
2:24 PM EDT, September 1, 2012
Sue Komaromy has been out of New York since leaving her home on Long Island more than a quarter-century ago to play volleyball at Towson. Yet there is still a lot of New Yorker that remains in the 44-year-old mother of two who lives in Sykesville.
9:10 PM EDT, September 29, 2012
For most of Ken Niumatalolo’s first four years as coach at Navy, the references to the past were nearly all positive reminders of how the program had kept up the standard set by his mentor and predecessor, Paul Johnson.
8:06 PM EDT, September 2, 2012
Will Power was widely considered to be nearly untouchable coming into in the Grand Prix of Baltimore. He had won the inaugural event last year, was on the brink of clinching this year's IndyCar Series title and, after sitting on the pole for Sunday's race, was leading 18 laps into the 75-lap race.
2:34 PM EDT, September 1, 2012
Scott Cusick might not have caught the right species of fish to win a big prize in last month's White Marlin Open, but the 40-year-old New Jersey angler certainly had a memorable — and massive — catch.
5:47 PM EDT, September 21, 2012
Not many college quarterbacks have faced the kind of immediate competition as Trey Miller has in his first three games as a starter at Navy.
11:02 PM EDT, September 18, 2012
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will take part in National Hunting and Fishing Day with a program at the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore on Sept. 22.
8:58 PM EDT, August 31, 2012
Years ago, a rising basketball coach at a little school in the suburbs outside New York used to introduce himself, "Jim Valvano, Iona College." In return, the coach who later gained national fame at North Carolina State said he would often hear, "Son, you're too young to own a college."
5:50 PM EDT, August 28, 2012
6:52 PM EDT, August 27, 2012
The biggest crowd Nick Sloan said he has kicked in front of was about 1,000 fans during his high school years in San Diego. The biggest kick Sloan ever made came last year, when he made a 39-yard field goal with three seconds left to help the Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS) team beat the Navy junior varsity in Annapolis.
7:06 PM EDT, September 13, 2012
Towson coach Rob Ambrose was having a conversation with his agent this spring and asked if he knew anyone interested in joining his staff to work with the defensive line.
5:15 PM EDT, September 8, 2012
The big one got away again at Saturday's Maryland Fishing Challenge finale in Annapolis.
5:36 PM EDT, August 30, 2012
John Howell was at the Naval Academy for several months before he ever heard Gee Gee Greene utter more than a few words. In the weight room at Ricketts Hall, on the practice fields and even when the football team was eating its meals, Greene said little to his fellow freshman or anyone else.
3:45 PM EDT, August 25, 2012
Ken Niumatalolo's life changed dramatically the day he was named to succeed Paul Johnson as Navy's football coach after the 2007 season.
3:47 PM EDT, September 8, 2012
In mourning the death of her son, Janet Manion started a foundation in his honor in the family's hometown of Doylestown, Pa. But in terms of celebrating Travis Manion's life, his mother and others wanted to do something to bring together the former Navy wrestler's passion for sports and the patriotism that had led him to the Naval Academy in the first place.
10:22 PM EDT, August 20, 2012
Jabaree Tuani and Kriss Proctor had much different football careers at the Naval Academy.
4:14 PM EDT, August 11, 2012
The first 10 days of preseason practice were not easy for Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo.
5:54 PM EDT, September 1, 2012
The outcome of Sunday's races could come down to how the drivers negotiate the chicane that officials initially removed after last year's inaugural event, then decided to put back late Friday night.
3:20 PM EDT, September 1, 2012
Sam Schmidt knows he would have been long retired by now, his racing career faded completely from life's rearview mirror. He isn't sure what he would be doing aside from helping his wife, Sheila, raise their two teenage children at their home outside Las Vegas.
6:46 PM EDT, August 14, 2012
— There is a lot of interest among Maryland football fans about who the No. 2 quarterback will be this season, in part because there are still some doubts about the consistency and passing ability of the team's returning starter, junior C.J. Brown.
5:09 PM EDT, August 4, 2012
Nothing seemed out of sort for the Navy football team Saturday as coach Ken Niumatalolo and four of his players, including seniors Bo Snelson and Brye French, who answered questions on media day at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Snelson and French were recently stripped of their roles as team captains by administrators for breaking unspecified academy rules.
6:21 PM EDT, July 28, 2012
Maybe it was being unaccustomed to playing a preseason game in the sweltering summer heat. Or the fact that both teams were adjusting their tactics with new coaches. Or, perhaps, it was the reality that more than few soccer games end — in the sport's parlance — nil-nil.
2:43 PM EDT, August 25, 2012
Bill Woody had made up his mind prior to the 2012 White Marlin Open that this would be the last time he competed in what is billed as the world's largest sportfishing tournament.
2:59 PM EDT, August 18, 2012
Navy's scout team was supposed to replicate Notre Dame during a scrimmage Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The white uniforms and gold helmets were a pretty good imitation of the Fighting Irish; the players inside them were not.
2:06 PM EDT, July 31, 2012
To those on the outside, it would appear that much has changed for Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo and the Midshipmen over the past year.
3:34 PM EDT, July 28, 2012
John Irving came to M&T Bank Stadium from his home in New Jersey Saturday to see his favorite soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur, play in person for the first time. But Irving, whose allegiance is derived from the fact his father grew up near the team's base in North London, felt as if he could have been in Liverpool.
5:35 PM EDT, July 27, 2012
M&T Bank Stadium has been transformed again this week, to accommodate another kind of football team and fan.
11:46 PM EDT, July 16, 2012
— There has been much discussion in recent days about how this year's U.S. Olympic men's basketball team stacked up against its most famous predecessors, the Dream Team of 1992. There also has been a good deal of trash talking too by legendary trash talkers Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, not to mention Kobe Bryant.
7:03 PM EDT, July 26, 2012
Brad Friedel began his career in the English Premier League when there were only a handful of Americans playing soccer overseas. He has watched the country's top league gain popularity in the U.S. and has seen some of his fellow Americans become stars in England.
6:21 PM EDT, July 23, 2012
Former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams can relate to what Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien will likely experience in the aftermath of the sanctions on the Nittany Lions announced Monday by NCAA president Mark Emmert.
4:55 PM EDT, July 21, 2012
Ever since Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to an NCAA basketball championship as a freshman in 2003, his once-shiny reputation has been steadily chipped away.
5:08 PM EDT, July 15, 2012
As an NBA assistant coach since retiring after a Hall of Fame career, Patrick Ewing might have a better seat than many of his contemporaries to compare this year's U.S. Olympic men's basketball team to the fabled Dream Team of 20 years ago.
July 8, 2012
The relationship between Michael Oher and Sean Tuohy Jr. has — like Tuohy himself — grown dramatically in the 10 years since Oher was brought by Tuohy's family into their home in the leafy suburbs of Memphis.
5:00 PM EDT, July 21, 2012
Steve Wojciechowski still looks like the pugnacious point guard who came out of Cardinal Gibbons nearly two decades ago and proved those wrong who said he wouldn't make an impact at Duke.
9:49 AM EDT, July 26, 2012
There was an assumption during Jim Caldwell's eight years as quarterbacks coach of the Indianapolis Colts that he didn't have much to do. By the time Caldwell arrived for the 2002 season, Peyton Manning was four years into what is now sure to be a Hall of Fame career and his numbers were already impressive for a young NFL quarterback.
3:58 PM EDT, June 30, 2012
Caroline Queen remembers the feeling she had when she didn't make the U.S. Olympic kayaking team going to Beijing in 2008. She finished behind Heather Corrie, who had grown up in England.
10:49 PM EDT, June 29, 2012
It has taken three years, a stretch of time when their career arcs crisscrossed, when their successes and failures were dissected like frogs in a high school biology class, when they seemed to share little except the same swing coach.
4:16 PM EDT, July 13, 2012
A fixture on the mound and in the booth, Palmer to become a permanent part of Camden Yards on Saturday
Four years into his major league career, Jim Palmer had gone from being a 19-year-old phenom to a World Series hero who outpitched Sandy Koufax before his 21st birthday to a sore-armed 23-year old trying to figure out a suddenly clouded future.
11:00 AM EDT, July 11, 2012
Tom Yeager is old enough to remember when there was a Pac-8 rather than a Pac-12, when the Big Ten actually had the number of schools its name implied and when the college football landscape wasn't seemingly changing by the day, if not the hour.
2:59 PM EDT, June 30, 2012
Scott Parsons keeps going.
7:18 PM EDT, June 28, 2012
— Billy Hurley III might be in his element at steamy Congressional Country Club for the AT&T National. Not only is the former Navy golfer playing close to where he grew up in Leesburg, Va. and where he now lives in Annapolis, but the triple-digit temperatures that are expected this weekend could be to Hurley's advantage given his military training.
11:59 AM EDT, June 11, 2012
Ray Rice's absence from organized team activities has given the Ravens a chance to focus on a group of unproven players hoping to back up a player many consider the best all-around running back in the NFL.
9:56 PM EDT, July 1, 2012
Billy Hurley III came into the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club having missed the cut in six of his previous seven PGA Tour events. A week playing before friends and family proved to be the perfect panacea for the former Navy standout.
9:20 PM EDT, July 1, 2012
In the old days, Tiger Woods might have won the AT&T National with ease. In the old days, Woods might not have needed his closest competitor to bogey the last three holes at Congressional Country Club.
4:41 PM EDT, June 27, 2012
— If Tiger Woods is the star attraction and host of the AT&T National tournament beginning Thursday at Congressional Country Club, Beau Hossler is certainly high on the marquee.
3:04 PM EDT, June 9, 2012
Six Maryland state parks will participate in the Great American Backyard Campout on June 23.
4:39 PM EDT, June 16, 2012
BOWIE — Travis Hyman is used to the questions he has been asked ever since he showed up at the NBA's annual pre-draft showcase in Portsmouth, Va., back in mid-April.
6:54 PM EDT, June 26, 2012
— When Tiger Woods broke a 2 - 1/2 year drought without an official PGA Tour victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, it didn't come down to a crucial putt as in 2009. Woods, much like he did when he was the most dominant player on the planet, won by five shots.
7:44 PM EDT, June 1, 2012
With two degrees, Calvert Hall grad Bobby Lucas Jr. armed for success in Nationals' system and off the field
Bobby Lucas Jr. has an out pitch. It's not a 99 mph fastball that makes hitters flail or a nasty curve that causes them to freeze. It's the confidence that comes from having completed his education at George Washington University after being drafted last year by the Washington Nationals.
12:22 PM EDT, June 25, 2012
Former Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin thinks he was wrongly portrayed, on and off the court, in College Park, and seems confident he will get a chance to change his image in the NBA.
4:37 PM EDT, June 16, 2012
Duston Mersinger and Rick Broderick have been best friends for more than 50 years, having met in the second grade at the Sacred Heart School in Glyndon. It was there, on the field behind the school, where their passion for playing golf together began.
6:14 PM EDT, July 3, 2012
For decades, Liverpool soccer fans at the team's 120-year-old stadium, Anfield, have been singing their adopted anthem, "You'll Never Walk Alone."
11:55 PM EDT, May 30, 2012
The list of Brazilian soccer legends began with the incomparable Pele, who as a 17-year-old led his country to the first of five World Cups in 1958. It has continued, nearly unabated, for a half-century.
4:36 PM EDT, June 16, 2012
Getting ready for that long ride to the beach? It's time for parents to take away their kids' iPads, iPhones and even those soon-to-be outdated iPods.
8:34 PM EDT, May 29, 2012
The soccer term "friendly" can be a misnomer, depending on the teams playing the match and the circumstances surrounding it.
9:35 PM EDT, May 22, 2012
David Sperry, a starting cornerback for the Navy football team, has left the school after violating academy rules, two sources familiar with the situation said Tuesday.
5:12 PM EDT, May 19, 2012
The jockey had raced an Arabian horse only once before and had never met the trainer before.
8:56 PM EDT, May 28, 2012
The start of the 2012-13 college basketball season is more than five months away, but practice begins today.
5:06 PM EDT, May 26, 2012
— Christopher Gearhart does not know where he would be without fly fishing.
8:08 PM EDT, May 21, 2012
BETHESDA — A victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March seemed to signal Tiger Woods' return to a short list of the world's best golfers. His five-shot win was reminiscent of what Woods had done for more than a decade — right down to the signature fist pump.
9:25 PM EDT, May 19, 2012
Mike Smith appeared dazed in the moments after his horse, Bodemeister, was again beaten by Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another — this time by a neck in Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. The veteran jockey wore the frozen smile of a man hardly able to fathom what had just transpired.
7:52 PM EDT, May 18, 2012
Dickie Small grew up fox hunting with his family in Baltimore County, and the veteran horse trainer has occasionally seen the skittish red or gray creatures running around various tracks over the years. So the sight of a red fox at Pimlico Race Course early one morning last month did not make Small blink.
5:49 PM EDT, June 9, 2012
Lefty Kreh is to fly-fishing what James Naismith was to basketball and, perhaps, what Elvis was to rock 'n' roll.
May 19, 2012
In its fifth year, the Park Quest program run by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources closed its registration for 1,000 families in less than two hours Monday.
May 19, 2012
Ian Yarmus can spot them when he goes down to his favorite indoor climbing gym in Rockville or when he travels to Seneca Rocks in West Virginia, the place after which he named his now 3 -year-old daughter.
3:28 PM EDT, May 18, 2012
In its fifth year, the Park Quest program run by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources closed its registration for 1,000 families last Monday in less than two hours.
7:38 PM EDT, May 18, 2012
Bob Baffert seemed pessimistic about Mamma Kimbo's chances of winning the 88th Black-Eyed Susan Friday, mainly because the previously unbeaten filly had never raced more than 1 1/16 miles before coming to Pimlico Race Course. The bettors who helped make Mamma Kimbo even money to win were confident.
6:05 PM EDT, May 26, 2012
Those trying to celebrate what is traditionally considered an annual rite of summer — catching crabs to feast on — are reminded that those tasty critters typically can be found in the same waters as the state's reptile, the diamondback terrapin.
4:29 PM EDT, May 12, 2012
Powerboat racing has been compared with NASCAR or Indy car racing.
1:04 PM EDT, April 28, 2012
With the lure of making as much as $100,000 in prize money, nearly 4,000 anglers in some 650 boats are expected to descend on the Chesapeake Bay next weekend for what is billed as "the largest rockfish tournament in the world."
May 19, 2012
Ian Yarmus can spot them when he goes down to his favorite indoor climbing gym in Rockville or when he travels to Seneca Rocks in West Virginia, the place after which he named his now 3--year-old daughter.
7:03 PM EDT, May 17, 2012
Rick Dutrow knows there's a difference coming into Preakness with a horse that has won the Kentucky Derby and one that didn't even make it to the starting gate at Churchill Downs.
4:27 PM EDT, May 12, 2012
Katy McCabe spent six years in the Marines, including a 13-month tour in Iraq and two shorter stints in Afghanistan. So when she signed up for last year's Spartan Death Race, McCabe didn't think it would be more difficult than being in the military.
9:52 AM EDT, April 22, 2012
More than 300 days had passed since Matt Rutherford pushed out on his 27-foot boat from Annapolis after a quiet send-off. More than 27,000 miles had been navigated to help Rutherford become the first sailor in history to go solo and nonstop around North and South America.
2:05 PM EDT, May 5, 2012
They have survived badly sprained ankles and torn knee ligaments, mild concussions and more than their share of poor shooting days. Ralph Piersanti, one of the oldest in a group, has had two heart attacks.
6:42 PM EDT, April 23, 2012
As an 18-year old coming to the United States from England to play college soccer, Darren Eales figured the competition was not going to be as stiff as what he had faced in the motherland.
5:51 PM EDT, May 15, 2012
In another time, Maryland was a hotbed for horse racing, its history rich and its purses comparable to other states. It was a place where jockeys could make a career and not have to contemplate leaving for New York or California.
1:52 PM EDT, May 5, 2012
Sherry Stick has been to racetracks since her parents took their then 3-year-old daughter to one near the family's Delaware home. Going to Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness has been a regular activity for Stick since she graduated Salisbury in 2000 and moved to the Baltimore area.
8:09 PM EDT, April 21, 2012
A later start to the walleye season has resulted in the largest member of the perch family being "the most abundant fish species" in Deep Creek Lake, according to Al Klotz, Western Regional Fisheries Manager for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
8:09 PM EDT, April 18, 2012
The first months of a college athletic director's tenure are typically spent getting a feel for the landscape. For Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, his first seven months included leading a major overhaul that included the messy divorce with a popular football coach who also happens to be an alum and the sudden retirement of one of the country's most respected men's basketball coaches.
April 21, 2012
Don Backe and Karl Guerra share more than a love for sailing: After their lives were transformed by tragedy, both men used the sport and the organization they now run to regain their sense of purpose.
3:48 PM EDT, April 7, 2012
Snakeheads, which were illegally introduced into the Potomac River as far back as 2004, will continue to have a price on their nasty-looking heads.
10:34 PM EDT, April 12, 2012
Joe Vitt went directly from the football field at Towson State to his first job in the NFL as the strength coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1979.
4:00 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
Bob Ferry could spend his days on the deck of his Annapolis home that looks out onto the Chesapeake Bay, but he's not big on sitting still. He gave up boating when his three kids left the house and stopped playing basketball more than five years ago, at age 69, after he tore his rotator cuff. He and his wife of nearly 52 years, Rita, dote on their eight grandchildren, but on many of their visits, Ferry finds himself watching a basketball game on television.
4:28 PM EDT, April 14, 2012
Coming into spring football practice, Navy's Noah Copeland and Travis Bridges were relatively unknown commodities.
3:24 PM EDT, April 14, 2012
It is a story about faith, friendship — and perhaps a little fantasy. It is about three people whose ages span 30 years, but whose careers and experiences led them to find this historic town on Maryland's Eastern Shore as the perfect spot to start the next phase of their lives.
5:34 PM EDT, April 2, 2012
In competition for another kind of football fan, the Baltimore Ravens hope to get a jump on the Washington Redskins when tickets go on sale Tuesday for this summer's friendly between two prominent English Premier League teams.
3:26 PM EDT, March 31, 2012
A number of hunting regulation changes are being considered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service as a result of receiving more than 1,000 comments at stakeholder meetings, public hearings and online forums.
3:29 PM EDT, March 31, 2012
Some 25 feet in the air, standing on the top of a wooden pole looking down at a few of his Archbishop Spalding rugby teammates, Zach McCloskey is ready to take what Clive Felgate calls "The Leap of Faith."
6:44 PM EDT, April 13, 2012
Something was missing for the Navy football team as it prepared last spring for the 2011 season. The practices were quieter, and for those on defense, a little too easy. What was missing — in retrospect, who was missing — was longtime defensive coordinator Buddy Green, who sat out spring practice after complications following gall bladder surgery.
1:06 AM EDT, March 12, 2012
Jimmy Patsos prepared his Loyola University basketball team for this year's NCAA tournament long before the Greyhounds earned the school's first automatic bid in 18 years last week. The planning began in December, when Loyola played road games at St. Bonaventure and Kentucky in less than four days.
10:55 PM EDT, March 17, 2012
On New Year's Eve, Shawn Wetzel went from his home near Gettysburg, Pa., down to his favorite fishing spot on the Potomac River at Fort Washington Marina.
March 21, 2012
As an entertainment entrepreneur, Earl Monroe is engaged in putting together a reality television show with a woking title of "What If?" As a Hall of Famer who wears a ring he received for being one of the NBA's top-50 all-time players, Monroe asks the same question of himself.
4:30 PM EDT, March 26, 2012
At opposite ends of their college basketball careers, Notre Dame fifth-year senior guard Brittany Mallory and Maryland freshman guard Brene Moseley view Tuesday night's NCAA tournament regional final at PNC Arena through much different eyes.
5:08 PM EDT, April 4, 2012
There were times in recent seasons when Navy's offense would go weeks without making any huge gaffes. The snaps from center Brady DeMell to quarterbacks Ricky Dobbs and Kriss Proctor would be crisp, and thehandoffs from Dobbs and Proctor to fullbacks Vince Murray and Alexander Teich textbook.
3:31 AM EDT, March 15, 2012
Joe Boylan was sitting with Jimmy Patsos at last Saturday's Loyola-Duke lacrosse game when the former athletic director asked the man he had hired as the school's basketball coach eight years ago if he had any preference as to where Greyhounds would play their first NCAA tournament game in 18 years.
2:58 PM EDT, March 24, 2012
When Tadgh Prendeville moved from his native Ireland to Baltimore for work more than a decade ago, he couldn't play Gaelic football without going to Washington. The same was true for Lucy Clerkin in her pursuit to play camogie, or hurling for women, which the Maryland native learned while visiting her grandmother in Ireland.
9:30 PM EDT, March 19, 2012
Brye French looked at Navy spring football practice a little differently during his first two years at the academy. It was a time Frye put on another kind of helmet and shoulder pads, picked up a lacrosse stick and gave football a rest.
2:54 PM EDT, March 24, 2012
Hunters, anglers and those hoping to drive off-road vehicles will need a COMPASS to get their respective licenses and registrations.
3:03 PM EST, March 10, 2012
Jimmy Patsos can pinpoint the day when his Loyola basketball team began its ascent that ultimately brought the Greyhounds to the brink of the school's first NCAA tournament appearance in 18 years. It came two days after New Year's last season, during a game against Marist.
4:23 PM EDT, March 31, 2012
The biggest overachiever in Maryland basketball history -- maybe in the modern college game -- is trying to beat the odds again.
5:13 PM EDT, March 31, 2012
Gary Williams spent this college basketball season out of coaching for the first time in more than four decades. A fundraiser for the university and an analyst for the Big Ten Network and ESPN 980 in Rockville, Williams was honored Wednesday night at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards ahead of the 10th anniversary of Maryland's national championship. The 67-year old sat down with The Baltimore Sun prior to the "An Evening With Gary Williams" celebration to discuss the anniversary.
5:26 PM EST, March 3, 2012
Kari Kephart grew up as a competitive runner, good enough to win state championships in the two-mile event and in cross country at North Hagerstown High as well as a conference title while on scholarship at Mount St. Mary's.
5:30 PM EDT, March 21, 2012
The scrutiny surrounding the Syracuse basketball team has been there for months, starting with the allegations of sexual abuse by former longtime assistant Bernie Fine and, more recently, with accusations that Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim used players for the past decade who had failed drug tests.
3:20 PM EDT, March 17, 2012
Steve Evan's trailer home in Millersville is a living, breathing tribute to an interesting life that on Monday will be 85 years and counting. Only a small part of it speaks to a bowling career that began when Evan was in his early 40s and trying his hand at every sport imaginable after going decades without playing one.
5:58 PM EST, March 2, 2012
Dr. Richard Ruggiero, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will make a presentation at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Blue Heron Room at Quiet Waters Park on "The fight to save African elephants, rhinos, hippos, chimpanzees and gorillas: The amazing story of a U.S. biologist's quest to preserve Africa's wildlife."
4:49 PM EDT, March 16, 2012
The players and coaches on the Loyola basketball team displayed varying emotions after their magical run to the school's first NCAA tournament in 18 years ended early Friday morning at the Consol Energy Center .
3:47 PM EST, February 25, 2012
This is typically a quiet time of year for hunters throughout the state. The four-month whitetail season is over at the end of January. The six-week waterfowl season that begins around New Year's has ended, too. Except for some geese and small game, Maryland hunters spend most of February and March celebrating their conquests and gearing up to do it again next fall.
12:45 AM EDT, March 28, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Maryland women's team buried itself with another big deficit Tuesday night against Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament regional final here at PNC Arena. Unlike defending national champion Texas A&M, the fourth-ranked, second-seeded Irish did not allow the Terps to get a second wind.
9:24 PM EDT, March 12, 2012
There was a moment in last Monday's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament final against Fairfield when Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos stared for several seconds toward the court during a television timeout, holding his two index fingers close together between his eyes and nose.
3:52 AM EST, March 10, 2012
An outcry of protests by some Maryland hunters upset about the substantial fee increase for yearly licenses has led to the Department of Natural Resources restructuring the proposal being considered by lawmakers.
8:03 PM EDT, March 15, 2012
Syracuse was the second of the four No. 2 seeds to lose to a No. 15 seed in the NCAA tournament , when the Orange was beaten by Richmond in 1991 at Cole Field House.
1:29 PM EST, March 2, 2012
Erik Etherly knows something about renewing old relationships. Though too young to remember the details of his parents' divorce when he was a year old, the Loyola University basketball player is still amazed at the fact that they remarried when he was 14.
10:14 PM EST, February 4, 2012
Randy Edsall goes back with Tom Coughlin more than 35 years, when the first-year Maryland football coach was a backup quarterback at Syracuse and Coughlin, now on the eve of his second Super Bowl as head coach of the New York Giants, was his offensive coordinator.
3:58 PM EST, February 11, 2012
Are you ready for some foosball?
9:35 PM EDT, March 14, 2012