Digest: Coppin State men beat D-II Goldey-Beacom in OT, 89-83, for first win

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The Eagles rallied from a 16-point deficit for their first win of the season, ending a 12-game skid.

Dejuan Clayton made three free throws with 0.6 of a second left in regulation to force overtime, and the Coppin State men's basketball team earned its first victory of the season, 89-83 over visiting Goldey-Beacom on Thursday night.

Clayton was fouled behind the arc and tied the game at 78. Shakeem Wilson had a 3-point play to give the Division-II Lightning the lead to open overtime but Goldey-Beacom didn't score again. Josh Treadwell tied the game with a 3-pointer before Terry Harris (Baltimore City Community College), who scored five of his 21 points in the extra session, added the next three points.

The Eagles (1-12), who trailed by 16 in the first half, outscored the Lightning (7-3) in overtime 11-5.

Coppin State's Tre' Thomas (BCCC) scored 25 points.

Wilson led Goldey-Beacom with 25 points.

College football

Spalding QB Fochtman commits to Navy

Citing a similar offense to the one he ran at Archbishop Spalding, a quality education and the proximity of the campus to his home, Cavaliers senior quarterback Evan Fochtman committed to Navy, choosing the Annapolis school over Army West Point and Penn. "It was just the opportunity that it gives me later in life, the opportunity to play at such a high level and a great education," said Fochtman, who will report to Annapolis this summer instead of heading to the Naval Academy Prep School in Rhode Island. "I think [Navy's run-heavy offense] fits me extremely well and that's part of the reason." Spalding coach Kyle Schmitt also believes his two-way-threat quarterback will transition nicely to Navy's option offense, as has former Cavaliers and current Midshipmen signal caller Zach Abey. Fochtman, who shared the Jim Rhodes Memorial Trophy, given by the Touchdown Club of Annapolis to the outstanding high school football player in Anne Arundel County, completed 128 of 207 passes this season for 1,747 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 1,120 yards and 14 scores on 153 carries.

James Peters, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Honor: Senior Jake Ryder, who set a Towson record by averaging 45.8 yards per punt, was named to the Associated Press All-America second team. He's the first Tigers punter to be named an All-American since Sean Landeta (Loch Raven) made the Division II first team in 1982.

Et cetera

Ohka, now a knuckleballer, gets minor league O's deal

The Orioles announced four minor league signings, headlined by the latest bid for a comeback by 40-year-old Japanese right-hander Tomo Ohka. Ohka, who last pitched competitively in the independent Atlantic League for the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2014 and hasn't pitched in the major leagues since he was with the Cleveland Indians in 2009, has reinvented himself as a knuckleball pitcher and was in spring training with the Toronto Blue Jays three springs ago. Ohka, originally signed by Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette back when Duquette was in charge of the Boston Red Sox in 1998, also tried out for the Orioles back in 2013, when he began working on his knuckleball. Duquette, whose tenure in Boston also included the emergence of knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield, has tried with Eddie Gamboa and Zach Clark to add a knuckleballer to the Orioles' ranks as well. The Orioles also signed infielders Garabez Rosa and Sean Coyle, and outfielder Chris Dickerson.

— Jon Meoli

Men's pro soccer: D.C. United of Major League Soccer have submitted an application to the United Soccer League to own and operate a secondary squad in the Washington area starting in 2018, sources said. United have begun a preliminary search for a playing venue, with Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds and Maryland's Ludwig Field under consideration.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Horse racing: Jockey Garrett Gomez, who won 3,769 races in a 25-year career that included 13 Breeders' Cup victories and struggles with substance abuse, died Wednesday in southern Arizona. He was 44. Gomez finished third in the 1994 Preakness aboard Concern. ... Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who won the Preakness in 1997 on Silver Charm, in 2001 on Point Given and in 2013 on Oxbow, will undergo a potentially career-ending hip replacement before Christmas. Stevens, 53, has 40 victories this year on 316 mounts, with earnings of $5.9 million.

Varsity boys basketball: Anthony Higgs scored a game-high 22 points to lead No. 5 Perry Hall (3-0) to a 61-57 win over No. 11 Calvert Hall (3-5). Brendan Adams had 18 points for the host Cardinals, who upset No. 9 Glenelg Country, 78-75, in overtime Wednesday. ... Rock Creek Christian Academy (4-0) used second-chance points to earn a 90-56 win over visiting Annapolis Area Christian (5-3). Brandon Joseph had 19 points for the Eagles.

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