2:09 AM EST, December 16, 2012
Women's college volleyball
Webster MVP as Texas wins national crown
Junior two-time All-America outside hitter Bailey Webster (St. Paul's School for Girls) was named Most Valuable Player as third-seeded Texas (29-4) won the NCAA championship with a 25-11, 26-24, 25-19 victory over Oregon (30-5) on Saturday night in Louisville, Ky. Playing before the second-largest NCAA-final crowd, 16,448, the Longhorns won their second national title in eight Final Four trips. Webster led Texas in kills (14) and hitting (.500).
Former National Lannan agrees to deal with Phillies
John Lannan, the Washington Nationals' all-time leader in games started as a pitcher, agreed Saturday to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. The deal, which Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia first reported, will be worth $2.5 million with the chance for Lannan to earn up to $5 million based on incentives. Lannan, 28, started 134 games for the Nationals, including Opening Day in 2009 and 2010. Livan Hernandez Lannan spent much of the 2012 season with Triple-A Syracuse and went 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA in six major league starts. Washington didn't tender him a contract at the Nov. 30 deadline.
—Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
Minor leagues: Tripp Keister will manage the Hagerstown Suns, the Nationals' affiliate in the Single-A South Atlantic League. Keister, who is being promoted from the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Nationals, will fill the void left when Brian Daubach was promoted to the Potomac Nationals of the Single-A Carolina League. Keister will be joined by former Potomac manager Brian Rupp, who will take over hitting coach responsibilities, and Franklin Bravo who will return as pitching coach for the Suns.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan is discontinuing the sports talk show hosted by Washington Post columnist Mike Wise. The program, which began 3 1/2 years ago, ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until April, when it was shortened to noon to 2 p.m. This was a "ratings-based decision," according to the station's program director, who did not have further comment. Wise's co-host, Chris Johnson, is also leaving the station.
—Dan Steinberg, The Washington Post
Major League Soccer: D.C. United selected midfielder John Thorrington in Stage 2 of the Major League Soccer re-entry draft. Thorrington played in 19 games (14 starts) with Whitecaps FC in the 2012 season and has appeared in four matches internationally with the U.S. Men's National Team.
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers (3-2) fell, 130-122, to the reigning American Professional Basketball League champions, the Beltway Bombers (4-1), in Severn. Terry Hosley (Parkville/Maryland Bible) led the Shuckers in scoring with 35 points. Teammate Gus Chase (St. Frances) had 34 points and eight rebounds. Danny Thompson (Mount St. Mary's) had 21 points and 19 rebounds.
College administration: St. Mary's President Joseph R. Urgo has been appointed to the NCAA Division III Presidents Council. Urgo has served as a member of the NCAA's President Advisory Group since 2011. He will serve a two-year term on the council beginning in May and will be eligible to be reappointed to a four-year term in 2015.
College softball: The Career Group Inc. selected Bowie State sophomore outfielder Cassandra Clayborne as an honoree at the 27th annual Annual Black Engineer of the Year Association Conference.
—From Sun staff and news services
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