Loyola junior Marlee Paton and sophomores Annie Thomas (John Carroll) and Sydney Thomas were unanimous selections to the Preseason All-Big East Conference women's lacrosse team, while the Greyhounds were picked to finish second in the league's coaches poll, the conference office announced Wednesday. Syracuse, the 2012 NCAA runner-up, earned all eight possible first-place votes in the pole, while Loyola garnered one. Coaches could not vote for their own team. The Greyhounds are coming off their second straight Big East title and return nine starters from a squad that finished the regular season with a program-best 7-1 record in conference play. Loyola then knocked off the then-No. 2 Orange, 13-7, in the championship game of the conference tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament for a second consecutive year.
Orioles: Individual tickets for the team's 18 spring training home games at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., will go on sale Saturday morning at 10. Spring training tickets can be purchased several different ways, but the team recommends purchasing tickets online or by phone to ensure the best game and seating options. Tickets can be purchased on the team website at orioles.com or by calling 877-222-2802. Season ticket packages, group tickets, suites and other specialty areas are available by calling 941-893-6300. ... The Orioles' weekly "Hot Stove Show" on WBAL Radio will broadcast live from Dempsey's Brew Pub & Restaurant at the Warehouse at Oriole Park on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 3p.m. Fans are invited to Dempsey's to listen to the show and meet that day's guests, current Orioles outfielder L.J. Hoes and Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop and MASN broadcaster Mike Bordick.
College baseball: Salisbury senior Andrew Levy, junior Bill Root and sophomores Brett Collacchi and Kyle Hayman were named NCAA Division III Players to Watch for 2013 by coaches and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in its Jan. 4 college preview issue. Gettysburg senior Ryan Taylor (Loyola) was also selected.
Redskins: Cornerback DeAngelo Hall had surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured right pinkie finger, a person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. Hall, a nine-year veteran, had ligament damage corrected and had pins placed in the finger as well. It's expected that the pins will be removed in two to three weeks and Hall will wear a splint for about a month before beginning rehab. Hall and his agent didn't immediately respond to inquiries about his surgery. Hall is believed to have played with the injury for about half the season. He recorded a career-high 95 tackles this season, along with four interceptions. Hall faces an uncertain offseason because he is owed a salary that could count $7.5 million against the salary cap. But Hall has said he is willing to restructure his deal to remain in Washington.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers will host a silent auction featuring signed Ravens items at Saturday's 7 p.m. American Professional Basketball League game against the Palmieri Jeans Destroyers at Annapolis Area Christian School. Halftime will showcase an exhibition game by the Maryland Ravens wheelchair basketball team, and one fan will have a chance to win $10,000 in a shooting skills contest.
—From Sun staff and news services