John Tucker to be coach, GM of expansion Atlanta Blaze of MLL

Curley, Hopkins alumnus John Tucker is blazing a new trail for lacrosse in Atlanta.

The expansion Atlanta Blaze of Major League Lacrosse announced that John Tucker (Johns Hopkins, Archbishop Curley) will be coach and general manager. Tucker, who grew up in East Baltimore, has led Gilman to three Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championships and Loyola Blakefield to one. The East Baltimore native coached MLL's Boston Cannons for the past three seasons and won Coach of the Year in 2015. He coached the Los Angeles Riptide from 2006 to 2008 and the Washington-Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2009 and 2010. "I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to work with the Atlanta Blaze," Tucker said. "Atlanta is a growing lacrosse hotbed that is so excited to have professional lacrosse in their community. ... We have some hard work ahead of us, yet there is an exciting vision in Atlanta and it's an honor to be a part of it."

Varsity

Mount Saint Joseph rises to No. 7 in state football poll

Mount Saint Joseph jumped seven spots to No. 7 in this week's Maryland High School Football Media State Poll after its 35-21 victory Saturday over Bullis, which was ranked No. 8 in the preseason. In the first state poll since teams began playing, DeMatha remained No. 1, with Gilman staying No. 2 after its overtime win at Good Counsel. The Falcons' loss combined with McDonogh's 35-21 win over then-No. 6 Franklin boosted the Eagles to No. 3 while Good Counsel dropped to No. 4. Franklin fell to No. 10.

For more of Katherine Dunn's blog post on the rankings, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.

NFL

Ex-Ravens assistant Moeller suspended

The woman who filed an assault complaint against Cleveland Browns offensive line coach Andy Moeller said during a 911 emergency call that "he tried to strangle me." Moeller, the Ravens' offensive line coach from 2008 to 2013, has been suspended indefinitely by the team while the Berea, Ohio, city prosecutor investigates. Prosecutor Jim Walters said his review could take "a number of days." Moeller, 51, in his second season with the team, was suspended for two games in 2011 and fined $47,000 by the NFL for violating the league's personal-conduct policy. When he was suspended, Moeller had three other alcohol-related arrests in a four-year span. On the 911 call, the woman said she lives in Maryland. She identified her attacker as Moeller and said "he tried to strangle me and beat me up." She initially said she is Moeller's fiancee, "not anymore though."

Et cetera

Gervonta Davis to fight on Mayweather undercard

Super featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis of Baltimore will face Recky "The Terror" Dulay of the Philippines in an eight-round fight Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight is part of the undercard for the 12-round main event between Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Andre Berto. Davis is 11-0 with 10 knockouts; Dulay is 8-1 with five knockouts.

NBA: The Washington Wizards signed point guard Ish Smith and combo guard Toure' Murry to nonguaranteed contracts with training camp invitations, according to a person familiar with the situation. Neither player is expected to make the final roster; Washington is already at the 15-man limit, and a move to make room for another player is unlikely. If anything, the Wizards prefer entering seasons with a vacant spot for flexibility.

Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post

WNBA: Ivory Latta scored a season-high 25 points and the host Washington Mystics earned a 76-72 overtime victory over the Indiana Fever to clinch their third straight playoff spot. Tayler Hill added 14 points for Washington (17-15), which ended a four-game losing streak.

Men's college soccer: Maryland freshman Sebastian Elney and junior Cody Niedermeier (Broadneck) were named Big Ten Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively. ... UMBC senior forward Darius Madison was named America East Player of the Week.

Men's college lacrosse: Robert Maddux (St. Paul's) was named an assistant coach at Arizona State.

College football: The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association honored three Bowie State players: Matthew Goggans as Quarterback of the Week, Justin Nestor as Offensive Lineman of the Week and Christopher Palmer as Special Teams Player of the Week. ... Lincoln junior running back Stephen Scott (Poly) was named CIAA Offensive Back of the Week.

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