Medical reasons force Navy linebacker Maika Polamalu to retire

Ex-Raven Brigance to hold event for ALS foundation

Navy football

Medical reasons force LB Polamalu to retire

Navy football senior Maika Polamalu has been forced to retire from the team because of medical reasons. Coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed after Tuesday's practice that team doctors determined that the inside linebacker would not longer be able to play football. Niumatalolo would not specify the nature of the medical problem but said it was not the result of multiple concussions. Cody Peterson D.J. SargentiPolamalu had been working with the starting unit at one of two inside linebacker positions. "It's tough because Maika is a great kid who comes from a great family," Niumatalolo said. "I just feel bad for him because he worked so, so hard during the summer. He was running with the ones and having a really good camp to this point." Niumatalolo said Polamalu will remain involved with the program as a student assistant coach this season. Polamalu, the cousin of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, initially played fullback but switched to inside linebacker his junior year.

Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Varsity football

MaxPreps ranks Franklin; Allen chooses Georgia

The Franklin football team is 12th nationally in MaxPreps' preseason ranking of medium-sized schools — those with 1,000 to 2,000 students. The Indians, who won their first state championship last season, return 18 starters. Among them are junior All-Metro wide receiver Steven Smothers, senior All-Metro offensive lineman Patrick Allen, and senior quarterback Jacquez Adams and All-Metro defensive back and wide reciever Jordan Adams, twins who have committed to West Virginia.

Katherine Dunn

Recruiting: Allen has committed to play at Georgia, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound recruit announced Monday on his Twitter page. In June, Allen was one of only two players from the state to attend the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge at M&T Bank Stadium.

Katherine Dunn

Et cetera

Ex-Raven Brigance to hold event for ALS foundation

The Brigance Brigade Foundation will host Three Rings for O.J., a celebration in honor of O.J. Brigance's 45th birthday, on Sept. 13 at Pimlico Race Course. All proceeds from the event will further the mission of the Brigance Brigade Foundation, an organization created by the former Ravens and Stallions linebacker and his wife, Chanda. The foundation's goal it is to equip, encourage and empower people living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) by providing patients and their families access to equipment and services. Brigance, the Ravens' senior advisor to player development, was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. The event will begin at 5 p.m. Ticket prices range from $50 to $150. For more information, go to

Pro Lacrosse: The Philadelphia Wings of the indoor National Lacrosse League have been purchased by the Mohegan Sun Tribal Gaming Authority and will move to Connecticut for the 2014-15 season, according to multiple reports. The move is expected to be officially announced today.

Jon Fogg

FIBA World Cup: USA Basketball has cut Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal from its national-team roster. Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap also was released as part of the first round of cuts that trimmed the roster from 19 to 16 players. USA Basketball officially announced the finalists Tuesday morning. Russell WestbrookWall went scoreless with four turnovers during Friday's showcase in Las Vegas. Beal scored 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line, but the Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson and Houston Rockets' James Harden were above him on the depth chart.

Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post

WNBA: Ivory Latta scored 16 points as the host Washington Mystics (14-15) routed New York, 79-46, to move 11/2 games ahead of the Liberty (12-16) in the East.

Men's college basketball: Towson released its nonconference schedule Monday. The Tigers will open their season against Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 14 as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. The Tigers will face Georgetown in the BB&T Classic on Dec. 7 at Verizon Center. … Coppin State coach Michael Grant has been named as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I Congress, representing the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Women's college basketball: Former UMBC guard Chelsea Barker was named the Retrievers' director of basketball operations.

Women's college lacrosse: Attacker Jenna Kerr (Marriotts Ridge), midfielder Maddie Tribbe (Towson High) and defender Audrey Liberati (Atholton) are a part of Towson's eight-player 2015 recruiting class. ... Broadneck rising junior defender Kayla Harris has committed to Navy.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United forward Conor Doyle will miss the rest of this season after suffering a right knee injury in training.

Golf: Nathan Chuwait shot a 6-under-par 65 in the first round to claim the lead in the boys division of the JoS. A. Bank/David Leadbetter Junior Championship at Turf Valley Resort's Hialeah Course in Ellicott City. Shannon Brooks shot a 2-over 73 to lead the girls division.


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