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In basketball odyssey, Eleanna Christinaki finds a home (and gyros) with No. 15 Maryland women

In basketball odyssey, Eleanna Christinaki finds a home (and gyros) with No. 15 Maryland women

Eleanna Christinaki arrived at Maryland in January not knowing two vitally important things: when she’d play competitive basketball again, and where to get some decent Greek food.

The Athens native had come to College Park to restart her promising college career after a sudden exit from Florida, a land of many Gators but few Greeks. A month into her time with the Terps, Christinaki heard about a place just off College Park’s main drag. NCAA rules forbade her from hoops, for the time being, but not gyros.

When she threw open the doors to Marathon Deli, it smelled like home. She scanned the menu — there were tyropitas and dolmades — and they had her favorite, avgolemono. Just to...

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