Digest: Terps men survive, 2-1, in 2OT in ACC soccer semifinal


Terps men survive, 2-1, in 2OT in ACC semifinal

Top-seeded Maryland survived a sluggish first half to defeat fourth-seeded Clemson, 2-1, in double overtime Friday night in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer championship in Boyds. Patrick Mullins evened the match at 1 with his league-leading 13th goal of the year in the 84th minute before the Terps, after outshooting Clemson 10-5 after a trying first half, benefited from an own goal after a corner kick from Helge Leikvang in the 103rd minute.

More men's soccer: In a rematch of the 2010 America East championship game won by the Retrievers, second-seeded UMBC (11-4-4) will host No. 5 New Hampshire (7-7-5) in the 2012 title game tonight at 7. The winner will receive the conference's bid to the NCAA College Cup. The Retrievers have won six consecutive games, outscoring their opponents 19-3 in that span.

Men's lacrosse: The University of the District of Columbia announced the hiring of Scott Urick as its first men's lacrosse coach. Urick, son of longtime Georgetown men's coach Dave Urick, comes to the university after 11 years as an assistant coach at Georgetown, where he helped lead the Hoyas to six NCAA quarterfinal appearances. The Firebirds will compete in the East Coast Conference beginning in the 2014 season.

Women's volleyball: Towson junior outside hitter Katy Buck (Mount de Sales) was named as a first-team selection to the Capital One Academic All-District II team.

Et cetera

Leffler-designed logo for 2013 Preakness unveiled

A striding horse set atop an oval that includes the checkerboard pattern of the Maryland flag will serve as the logo for the 138th running of the Preakness. The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the 2013 logo Friday. The Baltimore-based Leffler Agency handled the design for the 14th year in a row, this time under the auspices of its new creative branding division, brandNU Marketing. According to a release from the MJC, which owns Pimlico Race Course, the logo is derived from a 19th-century painting of racing at the track. "We at Leffler and brandNU take pride in the diverse styles and practicality that the logos have achieved over the years," said Bob Leffler, president and owner of the Leffler Agency. "They must be bold enough to translate on television, simple enough to serve on credentials and badges and have the dynamism to sell as a feature of apparel." Tickets for the Preakness, set to be run May 18, are on sale; have been on sale since Oct. 15; for information, go to . Seating information and ticket reservation forms can be found at preakness.com/tickets.

More horse racing: Laurel Park-based trainer Donna Lockard is bringing her horse trailer to the track Saturday to collect donations for the victims of the cyclone Sandy. Lockard will be driving the donations to New Jersey on Sunday for the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The trailer will be at the Laurel grandstand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Food Bank has requested bottled water, toilet paper, diapers, batteries, flashlights, blankets, socks, underwear, toothpaste, toothbrushes, canned goods, juice boxes and instant coffee.

Baseball: As the Washington Nationals and manager Davey Johnson near a final resolution for Johnson to manage next year, the sides agree that the 2013 season will be Johnson's last, according to a person familiar with the talks. The Nationals and Johnson, 70, remain on the verge of completing a deal that officially would make him Washington's manager again for 2013. Barring a change of plans during the next year, Johnson, a former Orioles player and manager, will manage one last season and then become a special adviser to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo in 2014.

Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

Major League Soccer: D.C. United's Andy Najar will miss the Eastern Conference finals after receiving a two-game suspension for throwing the ball at the referee during the playoff opener last weekend. He had already served an automatic one-game penalty Thursday, missing United's 1-0 victory at New York. The league's disciplinary committee punished him further, a decision that ends his season unless United reaches the MLS Cup on Dec. 1.

—Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Golf: John Francisco, PGA director of instruction at Piney Branch Golf & Country Club in Upperco, won the Middle Atlantic PGA Senior Player of the Year title.

Baseball: Infielder Ryan Normoyle, a 2012 Washington College graduate, signed with the Roswell Invaders of the Pecos League.




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