Michael Phelps, Jessica Long among winners
Michael Phelps won two ESPY Awards on Wednesday night at the annual ceremony in Los Angeles, topping the "Best Male Olympian" and "Best Record Breaking Performance" categories, and Jessica Long took home the trophy for "Best Female Athlete With A Disability." Phelps, a Baltimore County native broke the all-time medals record at the Olympics last year by earning six in London, extending his career total to 22 medals. On July 31, Phelps tied Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina for the all-time medals mark of 18 when he finished second in the 200-meter butterfly, .05 of a second behind Chad Le Clos. An hour later he was in the pool again for the 4x200 freestyle relay, and this time he won gold for the record-breaking 19th medal. Long, who grew up in Middle River, set two world records and won eight medals, five golds, at the 2012 Paralympic Games. The Ravens were up for four awards but were shut out. Among others, they lost the "Best Game" category to Game 6 of this year's NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs and the "Best Team" category to the Heat.
Report: Hockaday, Bosse, six others to leave Terps
Eight Terps baseball players, including rising juniors K.J. Hockaday (John Carroll) and Matt Bosse (Calvert Hall), will leave the program, Maryland's student newspaper, The Diamondback, reported Wednesday, citing an individual with knowledge of the situation. Hockaday, a 2011 14th-round Orioles draft selection, played in 36 games this past season after starting all 56 his freshman year. In two years with the Terps, the third baseman had a combined .298 batting average with 98 total hits and 42 RBIs. Bosse, an outfielder, played in 54 total games in two years, but just in 17 games this past season. He hit a combined .231 with 25 hits and three home runs. The other players are outfielders Greg Olenski and Kyle Moore, left-handers Sam Carmack, Cam Hatch and Chase Tokunaga, and catcher Alex Ramsay. The individual said the players made their decisions because they did not fit into coach John Szefc's small-ball, up-tempo style, and their playing time was going to suffer as a result. The individual also said Hockaday's two-week suspension in late-April for a violation of team rules was a major factor in his decision to depart from the Terps.
Football: Navy sophomore Keenan Reynolds is one of 34 players on the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback award watch list. Reynolds took over as a freshman and led the 8-5 Midshipmen to seven of their victories, including six as a starter.
Men's lacrosse: The Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association appointed Loyola High graduate Ken Lovic as president. Lovic was an executive committee member and has been the Georgia Tech coach for the past 17 seasons.
Women's lacrosse: Notre Dame announced that McDonogh graduates Hannah Rees of Sykesville and Grace Muller of Ruxton will join the team starting next season.
Other: Hood hired Chad Dickman as head golf coach, assistant men's basketball coach and facilities coordinator. Dickman will work for his father, Tom, who is director of athletics and men's basketball head coach.
Former Terp Gonzalez added to Gold Cup roster
Former Maryland defender Omar Gonzalez was one of four players added to the United States' Gold Cup roster in advance of Sunday's quarterfinal at M&T Bank Stadium, as announced by CONCACAF on Wednesday night. Four players, including defender Oguchi Onyewu of Olney, were removed from the roster to accomodate for the changes. Other players added were forwards Alan Gordon and Eddie Johnson and defender Matt Besler. Defender Cory Ashe and forwards Herculez Gomez and Jack McInerney were also removed from the roster.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United traded defender Brandon McDonald to Real Salt Lake in exchange for a natural third-round selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and a conditional pick in 2015. McDonald, 27, made 63 appearances, including 62 starts, for United.
More soccer: The Baltimore Bohemians of the United Soccer Leagues' Premier Development League entered a partnership with Bohemian Football Club of the League of Ireland Premier Division. The deal will allow for an exchange of talent between the teams on and off the pitch. The Dublin-based club is the oldest Irish club in continuous existence and the oldest fan-owned club in Ireland, founded in 1890. . ... Connor Smith, a rising junior midfielder for McDonogh, has been invited to the U.S. under-18 national team camp Aug.9-13 in Portland, Ore. Smith, who also plays for the newly formed Baltimore Celtic Soccer Club, committed to Maryland this summer.
Men's basketball: Tommy Brenton, a former River Hill basketball star who finished his career at Stony Brook this spring, has signed a pro contract with Link Togichi Brex, a team based in the Tochigi Prefecture in Japan, about 80 miles outside of Tokyo. Brenton, the 2013 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year, was also honored his senior year as the America East Player of the Year. He was a Baltimore Sun All-Metro first-team selection and the 2006-07 Howard County Player of the Year.
Orioles: The team has picked up an extra top pick for next year's amateur draft thanks to the second year of the competitive balance lottery. As part of the most recent collective bargaining agreement, the 10 clubs with the lowest revenues and the 10 in the smallest markets are placed into a lottery each year, and six are awarded picks directly after the following year's first round amateur draft. The Orioles ended up with the second pick after the completion of next year's first round — which at this point will be 31 teams deep. So, for now, the Orioles will receive the 33rd pick of the next year's amateur draft. That could change slightly, however, depending on which teams sign compensation-eligible free agents this winter.
Women's lacrosse: Israel has advanced to the Federation of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup quarterfinals after beating New Zealand, 12-9. Kim Dubansky (McDonogh, Johns Hopkins) and Jenna Block (McDonogh) each scored twice in the victory, despite the Israelis being outscored by three goals in the second half. Block also added two assists. Israel, led by coach Lauren Paul Norris (McDonogh), will play Canada at 4:30 p.m. today with a spot in the semifinals on the line. The United States will play its quarterfinal at 12:30 p.m. today against Haudenosaunee.