Digest: Ex-Terps lineman, Severn native A.J. Francis signed to Redskins' practice squad

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The Redskins signed ex-Maryland defensive lineman and Severn native A.J. Francis to their practice squad.

The Washington Redskins signed defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Maryland) to their practice squad Wednesday. Francis, 26, a Severn native who played at Gonzaga College High in Washington, was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention with the Terps in 2012, his senior year. He signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Over the past three seasons, Francis has spent time on the active roster and practice squad of the Dolphins as well as the Seattle Seahawks. He has two tackles in three career games.

More: For the second time this season, a Washington Redskins player has earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Jamison Crowder received the award after his 85-yard punt return for a touchdown in Washington's 16-10 victory Sunday over the Ravens. It was his first career special teams touchdown. Before Sunday's game, the Redskins had not scored on a punt return since Oct. 26, 2008. Crowder's averaging 27.7 yards on seven returns this season, leading all qualified NFL players. Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins won the award in Week 3 after making five field goals in a victory over the New York Giants. … Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of seven Redskins players listed as a limited participant during Wednesday's practice. He returned to the practice field for the first time since suffering a right ankle injury in Week 3. Breeland said the ankle was stiff, but he didn't experience any pain during practice. He doesn't think it's enough to affect his play, however. He has been sidelined the past two games because of the injury, and Breeland said he's itching to get back onto the field. Along with Breeland, inside linebacker Su'a Cravens (concussion), cornerback Dashaun Phillips (hamstring), outside linebacker Trent Murphy (shoulder), left tackle Trent Williams (knee), defensive end Chris Baker (foot) and cornerback Josh Norman (wrist) were all limited. Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (Achilles tendon) and tight end Jordan Reed (evaluated for a concussion) were the only two players to miss practice.

Master Tesfatsion, The Washington Post

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Maryland Million 5K race Saturday at Laurel Park

The second annual Maryland Million 5K road race will take place Saturday at Laurel Park, one week before the 31st running of the racetrack's Jim McKay Maryland Million Day program. The 3.1-mile event kicks off at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 1-mile fun run at 8:45. Registration fees and funds raised by participants will go to benefit race organizer Special Olympics Maryland. Participants will begin by running through Laurel Park's starting gate and continue in a loop around Laurel Race Track Road before finishing down the homestretch of the main track in front of the grandstand. Postrace refreshments will be served and an awards ceremony held in the winner's circle at 9:45 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. near the Billy Barton statue in front of the grandstand. The cost is $30 for preregistrants and $35 on race day. Participants who raise a minimum of $30 are not required to pay a registration fee.

Men's college soccer: Andrew Hopkins scored the winning goal in the 65th to give Navy (3-6-3) a 2-1 win over visiting Longwood (4-7-1) on Tuesday in a nonconference match. Brock Dudley opened the scoring for the Midshipmen in the 37th minute with his first career goal. … Gabriel Carlsson took 18 seconds to answer host St. John's second-half free-kick goal, and Loyola Maryland (5-5-2) played the Red Storm (5-3-4) to a 1-1 tie in the nonconference finale for both teams Tuesday. Carlsson's goal tied the NCAA's 15th-fastest response to an opposing tally.

Women's college soccer: Two first-half goals helped Navy (6-8-2, 2-2-1 Patriot League) secure a 2-1 win over host Howard (8-4-2, 5-0-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) on Tuesday.

College field hockey: Stevenson (3-8) defeated host McDaniel, 3-1, in nonconference action Tuesday. Sarah Bach (Manchester Valley) had the lone goal for the Green Terror (3-9)Tanner RidgelyAshley MeyerRosemarie Neiva.

Women's college volleyball: Towson hit 11 service aces in a 3-0 victory over Delaware State (0-19) on Tuesday. The host Tigers (16-5) ended a two-match losing streak. … Morgan State swept Delaware State at Towson earlier Tuesday. The Bears improved to 3-16 overall and 3-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, while the Hornets fell to 0-5 in league play.

Men's college lacrosse: Mike Poppleton (Johns Hopkins) was named a Drexel volunteer assistant. The Chesapeake Bayhawks faceoff specialist was a second-team All-American in 2013.

Ironman Triathlon: Cockeysville native Billy Busko finished 35th in his age group in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, on Saturday. Busko, 52, was the seventh-fastest American among the 205 men ages 50 to 54, finishing in 10 hours, 25 minutes, 44 seconds. The Dulaney graduate qualified by finishing third in his age group in the Ironman Coeur d'Alene in Idaho on Aug. 21.

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