On Saturday, in conjunction with Black History Month, Maryland will recognize the 50th anniversary of the 1965-66 national championship game between Texas Western and Kentucky, which was played March 19, 1966, at Cole Field House. The Miners, the first team with an all-black starting lineup to win the title, beat a heavily favored all-white Wildcats team coached by Adolph Rupp.
A 5:30 p.m. panel discussion at Xfinity Center's Heritage Hall will feature former Texas Western players Orsten Artis, Louis Baudoin, Willie Cager, David Lattin, Nevil Shed and Willie Worsley. Terps play-by-play man Johnny Holliday will be the host.
More men's basketball: Point guard Melo Trimble survived the cut from 25 to 20 for the John R. Wooden Award, which goes to the nation's best player. Trimble was one of four sophomores, along with Duke guard Grayson Allen, Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis and Brigham Young center Jakob Poeltl. LSU forward Ben Simmons, widely expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, was the only freshman on the list. Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is the favorite.
Women's basketball: Maryland junior center Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) and junior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough were among 34 players named to the Naismith Award Midseason List. Walker-Kimbrough is averaging 19.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game; Jones is averaging 15.2 points per game and 9.8 rebounds. ... Peri Curtis scored 14 points and host Navy (12-11, 6-6 Patriot League) finished strong to earn a 45-38 win over Loyola Maryland (9-14, 6-6). Navy increased its 32-29 third-quarter lead with a 13-9 run in the fourth quarter. Colleen Marshall had 11 points for the Greyhounds.
Football: Maryland joined the chase for one of the nation's most sought-after high school football players in the Class of 2017 when it offered a scholarship to five-star recruit Dylan Moses of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., on Wednesday night, according to his Twitter account. "Just got offered by Maryland!!!" Moses tweeted. "Gotta take a visit soon." There was also a heart-eyes emoji involved and, in a later tweet, a diamond. Maryland is a long shot to land the 6-foot-2, 220-pound outside linebacker-athlete. Moses was committed to LSU for almost two years from Sept. 23, 2013, to Aug. 3, 2015. The 247sports.com Crystal Ball predictions still list LSU as the favorite at 81 percent, with Alabama a strong possibility. Moses also told ESPN he's waiting to hear from Michigan, which signed the nation's top recruit in the Class of 2016, New Jersey defensive tackle Rashan Gary.
For more of Daniel Gallen's blog post on Moses, go to baltimoresun.com/trackingterps.
Baseball: Maryland was voted the preseason runner-up to Michigan in the Big Ten by conference coaches. Junior catcher-designated hitter Nick Cieri, junior starting pitcher Mike Shawaryn and sophomore shortstop Kevin Smith were named Players to Watch. ... Navy was picked to finish first, three points ahead of Holy Cross, in the Patriot League's preseason poll of head coaches and sports information contacts. Midshipmen senior Luke Gillingham was picked to repeat as Pitcher of the Year and was joined on the All-Patriot League preseason team by junior reliever Jett Meenach, junior catcher Adrian Chinnery, senior center fielder Robert Currie, senior left fielder Sean Trent and sophomore outfielder-designated hitter Stephen Born.
Men's lacrosse: Johns Hopkins senior attackman Ryan Brown (Calvert Hall) was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after scoring six goals and adding an assist Tuesday night. ... Ohio State sophomore defenseman Brendan Barger (Gilman) was named Defensive Player of the Week after helping limit Furman to 19 shots in the Buckeyes' season-opening 8-7 win.
Women's lacrosse: Jenna Kerr (Marriotts Ridge) and Emily Gillingham each scored twice to lead host Towson to a 9-1 victory over Monmouth in the season opener for both teams. Freshman goalie Angie Benson made five saves in her first college start. ... Because of dangerous winds and cold temperatures forecast for Saturday, the Navy women's home opener against No. 5 Duke has been moved up to Friday at 4 p.m. The game will still be streamed on PatriotLeague.TV.
Orioles sign righty reliever Thayer, invite him to camp
The Orioles signed veteran right-handed relief pitcher Dale Thayer to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Thayer, whose agent, Tom O'Connell, announced the agreement Wednesday on Twitter, made 38 appearances in 2015 out of the San Diego Padres bullpen after three straight seasons with at least 64 appearances. Since he broke into the majors full time in 2012, Thayer has a 3.19 ERA with a 1.183 WHIP in 241 appearances. He was granted free agency in October.
Football: The DC Touchdown Club will honor Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting, as Washington Metro College Player of the Year at its 3M Awards Dinner on April 14 in Bethesda. Under Armour will be presented with the Founders Award. Damascus running back Jake Funk will receive the Maryland High School Player of the Year award. Wise coach DaLawn Parrish (Howard) will receive the Washington Metro High School Coach of the Year award. For details, contact Steve Beck at 301-370-5454 or email@example.com.