Digest: UMBC's Ryan Odom named nation's top first-year men's basketball coach

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UMBC's Ryan Odom received the Joe B. Hall Award, presented annually to the top first-year coach in Division I. After finishing 7-25 last season, Odom led UMBC (21-13) to its first winning season since 2007-08, when the Retrievers went to the NCAA tournament. The 21 wins are the second most in school history and UMBC finished the year as the nation's third-most improved team, behind only Minnesota and UCLA.

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Redskins agree to terms with Wilde Lake grad Zach Brown

The Washington Redskins have made their most significant defensive acquisition nearly a month into free agency, agreeing to terms on Monday with inside linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) after his visit to Redskins Park, according to Brown's agent. In a brief telephone interview Monday, Miami-based agent Michael Katz confirmed the deal reached with the Redskins, in which his brother Jason served as the lead agent. "Zach is now back home, where he's from, so it's a great homecoming," Michael Katz said. "The Redskins organization, starting from the head coach all the way down, was what really helped Zach make his decision. He's going to come in and be an instant leader there." Brown, who attended Wilde Lake and Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., will join the team with 49 career starts in five NFL seasons. He was viewed as one of the top inside linebackers during free agency, but Brown's asking price was reportedly higher than what NFL teams were willing to pay at the start of the signing period. He switched agents two weeks ago as a result.

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More NFL: ESPN announced Monday the former Buffalo Bills and New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is joining its "Sunday NFL Countdown" show as an analyst. The former Ravens defensive coordinator will also contribute to SportsCenter and ESPN Radio. He will make his debut Saturday as part of the network's coverage of Florida State's spring game.

Major Arena Soccer League: Blast defender Elton de Oliveira was named to the MASL All-Rookie Team. Forward Tony Donatelli and midfielder Adriano Dos Santos received All-MASL honorable mention.

Men's college lacrosse: Friday's 12-6 victory over Rutgers was significant for Johns Hopkins as the team moved from 10th to fourth in the NCAA's second release of the RPI rankings. The Blue Jays (6-3) leapfrogged six other teams and trail only No. 1 Notre Dame (5-2), No. 2 Syracuse (7-1), and No. 3 Penn State (10-0). Maryland (6-2), which defeated Michigan, 15-8, on Saturday, moved from eighth to seventh in the RPI rankings. Towson (5-3) was another big mover, rising from No. 21 to No. 15 after edging Drexel, 8-7, on Saturday. Among area programs, UMBC (4-5) dropped from No. 27 to No. 29, Loyola Maryland (6-4) rose from No. 39 to No. 35, Navy (5-6) moved from No. 44 to No. 41, and Mount St. Mary's (2-6) fell from No. 47 to No. 51.

—Edward Lee

Women's college lacrosse: Navy freshman attacker Kelly Larkin earned her record sixth Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor.

College baseball: Maryland (18-8, 5-1 Big Ten) outscored host Rutgers 15-2 in a doubleheader Sunday to take both games and finish off a series sweep. Tyler Blohm (Archbishop Spalding) earned the win in Game 1, 9-1, after allowing just one hit in 52/3 innings. In Game 2, Taylor Bloom of Crofton and Tayler Stiles combined to allow just one run in eight innings in a 6-1 victory. First baseman Brandon Gum and outfielder Marty Costes (Archbishop Curley) each hit a home run in Game 2 for the Terps. The Scarlet Knights fell to 10-17, 0-3.

NHL: Washington Capitals left wing Marcus Johansson was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week.

Boxing: Three Shabazz Brothers Boxing fighters from Baltimore will compete in the Showtime Championship Boxing event April 14 at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill featuring Dmitry Bivol against Samuel Clarkson. Malik Hawkins (10-0, 7 knockouts) will battle in a co-featured matchup for the WBO-NABO welterweight title against Juan Ruiz (18-0, 11 KOs) in an eight-round 147-pound bout. Hasim Rahman Jr., son of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, will have his first four-round fight against Kansas City, Mo., native Brian Imes (1-4, 1 KO) on the nontelevised undercard. Also on the card will be Travis Reeves (13-2-2, 7 KOs), who knocked out Aaron Quattrocchi in the second round Nov. 12 for the USBO light-heavyweight championship. Reeves also will be on the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance card June 17 at Du Burns Arena. For tickets, call 443-377-2505 or go to ticketmaster.com.

Men's golf: The Constellation Senior Players Championship, the fourth major of the season on the PGA Tour Champions, is seeking 900 volunteers for the tournament, which returns to Baltimore on July 11-16 at Caves Valley Golf Club. Volunteer opportunities include acting as on-course marshals and walking scorers, assisting with player transportation and setting up the course. Every volunteer is required to work a minimum of three shifts ranging from four to six hours. Volunteers are charged an $80 registration fee that offsets expenses and enables the event to donate to the community. With the fee, volunteers will receive a uniform (Nike golf shirts and one visor or hat), meal vouchers and a volunteer credential allowing access to the championship all week. Additionally, volunteers will receive a weekly guest ticket for championship week, as well as an invitation to the volunteer appreciation party. For youth participants ages 13-18, there is an option to volunteer as a Youth Standard Bearer at no charge. Standard Bearers must also meet the three shift requirement and will receive a T-shirt, hat, volunteer credential and lunch on volunteer days. For details, go to volunteers.cspgolf.com or call the championship office at 410-648-4618.

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