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Terps, UMBC, Navy in top 30 of preseason soccer rankings

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NCAA Division I runner-up Maryland leads a trio of local schools in College Soccer News' preseason top-30 rankings. The third-ranked Terps come in behind only defending national champion Notre Dame, which beat them for the title in December, and Virginia, which they beat in the NCAA semifinals. Maryland and coach Sasho Cirovski will be without two-time Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins but return a young, talented defense featuring goalkeeper Zach Steffen and outside backs Chris Odoi-Atsem and Suli Dainkeh. UMBC, ranked No. 20, returns eight starters from last season's America East regular-season and tournament championship team. The team loses forward Pete Caringi III but returns standout midfielders Geaton Caltabiano (Mount St. Joseph) and Mamadou Kansaye (McDonogh). After its first NCAA tournament berth since 1988, defending Patriot League champion Navy is ranked No. 26. Almost half of the Midshipmen's starters from last season do not return, but they do bring back Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Jamie Dubyoski (Loyola High) and Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Joe Greenspan.

Maryland football

Dunbar's Jones, Towson's Gillespie hoping to catch on

Malik Jones had one of the biggest hits of Maryland's preseason practice thus far, a nasty running blow to the chest of Jacquille Veii that could be heard across the practice field and left Veii on the ground for a few moments, trying to catch his breath. Matt Gillespie, meanwhile, had multiple tackles during the Terps' scrimmage Saturday, including one that stopped running back Wes Brown for a 4-yard loss. Jones, a redshirt freshman who played at Dunbar, is a scholarship player battling for playing time as a reserve defensive end, while Gillespie, who played defensive end at Loyola High, is a walk-on trying to make the transition to inside linebacker. But both have stood out at times through two weeks of preseason camp. Since he signed with the Terps last year, Jones has since added 20 pounds to his 6-foot-4 frame, and is up to 265. "I think Malik has done a good job," coach Randy Edsall said last week of Jones, who had 70 tackles and 18 sacks as a senior at Dunbar. "If he continues to work and he continues to be coachable and continues to study and prepare the proper way, he's got a chance to be a really good defensive end for us." Gillespie saw time with Maryland's second-team defense during the Terps' scrimmage Saturday with starting inside linebacker Cole Farrand not playing.

Matt Zenitz, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Et cetera

Silva scores twice as D.C. United beats Colorado, 4-2

Luis Silva scored a goal in each half to lead host D.C. United to a 4-2 win over the struggling Colorado Rapids on Sunday. Silva opened the scoring after 12 minutes, then had his goal matched in the 52nd by a wonderful strike from the Rapids' Dillon Serna. Silva found the net once more in the 67th, while Chris Rolfe and Fabian Espindola each added another goal for United (12-7-4), which moves to within two points of Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City. The Rapids (8-10-6) hurt themselves in the 12th minute with a giveaway in midfield that allowed Taylor Kemp (Maryland) to release Silva into the penalty area. The forward then cut the ball back to elude a defender and curled his shot around goalkeeper Clint Irwin and inside the right post.

FIBA World Cup: Guards John Wall and Bradley Beal aren't making the trip to Spain for the FIBA World Cup, but at least one member of the Washington Wizards is: Nene. The Brazilian big man took the floor against Team USA at United Center in an exhibition game Saturday night and scored 11 points in Brazil's 95-78 loss to the Americans. He shot 4-for-7 from the floor, 3-for7 from the free-throw line and grabbed five reboundsDrew Gooden.

Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post

WNBA: With the New York Liberty's 73-61 win over the Indiana Fever and the San Antonio Stars' 84-72 victory over the Chicago Sky on Sunday, the Washington Mystics earned the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Fever (16-18) will host the Mystics (16-18) on Thursday or Friday in their conference semifinals opener.

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