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Seven facts you should know about Maryland recruit Diamond Stone
Five-star center Diamond Stone commits to Maryland

Robert Stone was at his home in Milwaukee on Friday night when he got a text message from his son, Diamond.

“I had dropped him off at his friend's house and he said, ‘Dad, I'm ready to pick,' " the elder Stone said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun. “I asked, ‘Do you want to talk about it?' He said: ‘No, I'm ready. I know where I want to go. So he tweeted he wanted to go to Maryland.' ”

It was a tweet heard ‘round the college basketball world, as the 6-foot-10, 250-pound senior, rated the No. 2 center in the country and among the top 10 players nationally by most recruiting services, chose the Terps over home-state Wisconsin, as well as Connecticut and Oklahoma State.

Stone's oral commitment was confirmed by a Maryland source familiar with the recruiting process. Coach Mark Turgeon, who is not allowed to comment on Stone's decision until he signs a national letter of intent or completes the financial-aid package agreement for his scholarship, visited Stone in Milwaukee on Friday...

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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

Brionna...

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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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