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Steelers sign Darrius Heyward-Bey to one-year deal

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Maryland standout wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to another one-year contract.

Heyward-Bey caught three passes for 33 yards last season in 16 games, including one start.

A former first-round NFL draft pick by the Oakland Raiders, Heyward-Bey has played in 88 games, including 65 starts. Heyward-Bey has 172 receptions for 2,413 yards and a dozen touchdowns in six NFL seasons.

Heyward-Bey was cut by the Raiders in 2013 after four seasons. The former McDonogh standout spent the 2013 season with the Indianapolis Colts under a one-year, $3 million contract. He caught 29 passes for 309 yards and a touchdown in 11 starts for the Colts.

He signed a one-year, $795,000 contract with the Steelers last year that included a $65,000 signing bonus.

Big and fast at 6 feet 2 and 220 pounds, Heyward-Bey ran the 40-yard dash in 4.23 seconds at the NFL scouting combine in 2009.

That speed hasn't always translated into consistent success for Heyward-Bey. He...

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21 Maryland athletes earn Big Ten academic honors

The Big Ten announced its academic all-conference list for winter sports Wednesday, and 21 Maryland athletes were honored.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their school and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

“We are proud of the hard work and dedication our student-athletes continue to display not only in the realm of competition but in the classroom,” Maryland athletics director Kevin Anderson said in a statement. “It has been an outstanding year both academically and athletically in our inaugural campaign as a member of the Big Ten.”

Here's the list of Maryland's honorees: 

Men’s basketball

Varun Ram, Senior, Physiology & Neurobiology

Evan Smotrycz, Senior, Masters: Real Estate Development        

Jacob Susskind, Senior, Double major: Accounting and Finance

Women’s basketball

Lexie Brown, Sophomore, Double Major: Finance and Marketing

Malina Howard, Junior, Kinesiology


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Maryland football notes: Brad Craddock taking honors in stride

Over the course of his Maryland football career, kicker Brad Craddock has accumulated some pretty impressive honors. After winning last season's Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top collegiate kicker, the rising senior will have plenty of eyes on him in his final year in College Park.

Thursday, the DC Touchdown Club will celebrate Craddock as the Washington Metro College Player of the Year. The awards banquet will also honor Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Ditka and former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann.

While Craddock said he's appreciated the pomp and circumstance after his near-perfect 2014 season, he's not much for relishing in that success. In fact, he'd rather stash his trophies away than keep them out on display.

“I don't really like looking at them too much, so I've hidden them in the back of my closet behind some golf clubs,” he said. “I'll look at them at the end of, I guess, when I'm finished kicking.”

Over spring break, Craddock continued to work on his craft...

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Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs to visit San Francisco 49ers, sources say

Maryland star wide receiver Stefon Diggs is scheduled to visit the San Francisco 49ers in early April, according to league sources.

The 49ers have been looking to add speed to their receiving corps and signed former Ravens and Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith to a five-year, $40 million contract this offseason. Smith has mentored Diggs.

Diggs met with the Ravens and several other teams during the NFL scouting combine.

Diggs declared for the NFL draft following his junior season with the Terps. For his college career, he had 150 receptions for 2,227 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The former blue-chip recruit from Good Counsel ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds during the combine. Diggs' time was nearly as fast as New York Giants standout wide receiver Odell Beckham's 4.43 last year at the combine.

Diggs has been rated as a third-round draft target by analysts, but the fast time could boost his stock into second-round consideration.

Diggs led Maryland with 62 catches for 792 yards and...

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Terps guard Melo Trimble suffered concussion in loss to West Virginia

UPDATE (7:25): Maryland point guard Melo Trimble suffered a concussion Sunday night against West Virginia, a men's basketball team spokesman said Monday night, and will continue to be monitored.

Trimble was cleared to fly back to College Park with the rest of the team on Monday morning, the spokesman said.

The star freshman left the Terps' 69-59 loss to West Virginia Sunday in Columbus, Ohio, with what the team had termed only a "head injury." He was not taken to a hospital after the game, the spokesman said.

Trimble was knocked out of the Terps' third-round NCAA tournament game twice.

He was dropped by a hard screen from West Virginia forward Nathan Adrian early in the second half. He returned to the game but left again for good at the 8:25 mark after he was accidentally kicked in the back of the head by teammate Damonte Dodd.

Without their floor general, the Terps (28-7) couldn't handle the Mountaineers' relentless pressure, leading to their elimination a step shy of the Sweet 16....

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West Virginia coach Bob Huggins' daughters call Terps' Dez Wells a 'rapist'