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Digest: Ex-Ravens safety finalist for nation's top college football assistant

Digest: Ex-Ravens safety finalist for nation's top college football assistant
Ravens safety Jim Leonhard returns an interception for a touchdown during a game against the Bengals on Nov.30, 2008 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. (Andy Lyons / Getty Images)

No. 5 Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard, a former Ravens safety, was named one of four finalists on Monday for the Broyles Award, given annually to the top assistant coach in college football. The Badgers defense under Leonhard, who was a three-time All-America selection at safety at Wisconsin, gives up 237 yards per game, the lowest among major schools. No. 3 Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliot, No. 4 Oklahoma offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh and No. 6 Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele are the other three candidates. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.

Orioles

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Left-handed reliever Edgin signed to minor league deal

As the Orioles continue to build left-handed organizational pitching depth, the club has signed left-handed reliever Josh Edgin to a minor league deal, according to an industry source. Edgin — who turns 31 next month — has a 3.49 ERA over 129 relief innings with the New York Mets through parts of five major league seasons. Last season, Edgin had a 3.65 ERA over a career-high 37 innings with New York, pitching mostly in the middle innings. He was designated for assignment in late July and made just three appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas before landing on the disabled list with a left knee injury that ended his season. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee in September.

—Eduardo A. Encina

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Towson, UMES invited to women's volleyball tourney

The Towson and UMES women's volleyball teams have been selected to compete in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship. The 32-team tournament, with representatives from 23 conferences, is being played for the first time in 22 years. The first and second rounds will be played at eight on-campus sites. Making their first postseason appearance since 2004, the Tigers (26-5, 12-4 Colonial Athletic Association) will face host Colgate (18-7) on Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner will face the winner of Albany-Syracuse. UMES (27-8, 11-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), making its first postseason trip since 2012, will travel to West Virginia (18-12) tonight at 7. The winner will face either Campbell or Temple. For the full schedule, go to womensnivc.com.

Baseball: The Washington Nationals don't plan on having top prospect Victor Robles begin the 2018 season on their major league roster, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The club wants the center fielder to play every day and believes the top prospect needs more seasoning before doing that in the big leagues. He'll get that seasoning with Triple-A Syracuse. Washington, as currently constituted, is projected to have a starting outfield of Adam Eaton, Michael A. Taylor and Bryce Harper with Brian Goodwin as the fourth outfielder.

—Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post

College football: Virginia senior linebacker Micah Kiser (Gilman) was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team. Wake Forest sophomore punter Dom Maggio (Boys' Latin) received honorable mention.

College field hockey: Six Maryland players were selected to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Mid Atlantic Region first and second teams. Seniors Lein Holsboer, Carrie Hanks and junior Linnea Gonzales (Patterson Mill) were voted to the first team. Junior Sarah Holliday, sophomore Madison Maguire and freshman Bodil Keus earned second-team honors.

Women's ice hockey: USA Hockey added Haley Skarupa of Rockville to the United States national team training for the Pyeongchang Winter Games, bringing the roster to 26 players. The Olympic roster of 23 will be announced Jan. 1. Skarupa helped the Americans win the past three world championships.

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