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Women's college basketball

College of Notre Dame cancels rest of season

College of Notre Dame of Maryland has canceled its 2009-10 season after serious injuries to several members of the team left the roster depleted to the point where continuing to play would put the health and safety of the players at risk, athletic director Michael Spinner said Monday in a statement. Rob Long resigned after three seasons as coach and was replaced on an interim basis by soccer coach and recruiting coordinator Kirsten Russell, a former college basketball player and assistant coach who will oversee the program's administration and recruiting to rebuild the team for 2010-11. Russell was assistant women's coach at Washington College in 2008-09; she was an assistant at Luther, her alma mater, in 2005-06. A national search for a head coach will begin in February.

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Goode, Griffin receive weekly basketball honors

Mount St. Mary's senior Jeremy Goode was named Northeast Conference co-Player of the Week after he averaged 20.0 points, 4.0 steals, 3.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in two wins last week. ... St. Mary's senior guard Camontae Griffin (Dunbar) was named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week after averaging 26.0 points in three games to lead the Seahawks to their second straight championship in the Pride of Maryland Tournament. Griffin scored a career- and tournament-high 51 points in Sunday's title-game victory over Hood. ... Tonight's game between host Stevenson and Washington originally scheduled for 8 p.m. has been moved to 7 p.m.

Volleyball: : Jillian Unitas (St. Paul's School for Girls) collected a season-high 20 digs to lead Flagler to a 3-1 win (27-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-14) over host Wingate for the NCAA Division II Southeast Region title Sunday night. Flagler (35-8) advances to the Elite Eight and will face East Region champion Dowling (29-6).

Field hockey: : Maryland junior Katie O'Donnell and senior Emma Thomas were named NFHCA first-team All-Americans. Seniors Nicole Muracco and Alicia Grater were selected to the second team, and senior Alexis Pappas earned a spot on the third team.


Fisher's goal early in OT caps Senators' comeback

Mike Fisher scored 1:14 into overtime, giving the host Ottawa Senators a 4-3 comeback victory over the Washington Capitals. Fisher batted Chris Phillips' centering pass out of the air and past Semyon Varlamov for his 10th goal of the season. Brian Elliott made 25 saves in his fifth start for the Senators, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third period to win their fourth in a row and wrap up a 4-0-1 homestand. Alexandre Picard scored Ottawa's second goal in a span of 4:20 on a power play 7:40 into the third to tie it at 3. Peter Regin gave the Senators a 1-0 lead 7:27 in before Ottawa allowed three straight goals.

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Phelps looking ahead to better times in 2010

Michael Phelps is ready to put an up-and-down post-Olympic year behind him and focus on the challenges that await in 2010, including adjusting to a ban on the high-performance suits that rocked his sport. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist from Baltimore will compete in one final meet, Duel in the Pool on Dec. 18-19 in Manchester, England, before closing out the year. "The biggest thing right now is me getting back in shape," he said. Phelps' recent trip to Europe for two World Cup short-course meets produced a batch of what he described as "pretty awful slow races," resulting in no victories, let alone any records. In preparation for the Jan. 1 ban on high-tech suits, Phelps wore an old-style suit, making him look even slower against his polyurethane-clad competition. "In a way I'm kind of happy that happened, to light the fire a little bit more," he said.

Soccer: : The new league that Crystal Palace Baltimore joined last week has been named the North American Soccer League. The second division men's professional league is scheduled to begin play this spring. The original NASL lasted from 1968 to 1984 and briefly made a splash with the likes of Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Johan Cruyff. The new NASL has nine teams: Crystal Palace Baltimore, Carolina RailHawks, Atlanta Silverbacks, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Montreal Impact, St. Louis Soccer United, Tampa Bay Rowdies and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

- From Sun staff and news services

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