Morgan's Howard named MEAC Defensive Player of Year

Morgan State linebacker George Howard was selected Tuesday as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. It marked the second consecutive season the Bears have had a player earn the honor. Howard is one of nine Morgan players named to the All-MEAC first or second team. The conference's head coaches and sports information directors made the selections. Howard completed his college career by leading the MEAC in tackles with 130. He ranks fourth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in tackles per game (11.8). Howard recorded nine tackles for a loss of 40 yards, one pass breakup, two quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles this season and had a career-high 18 tackles in a win over Towson. "It's definitely a deserving honor for a dedicated player," coach Donald Hill-Eley said. "He added excitement to the conference and a presence to our defensive unit. The young man worked hard ever since joining our program, and I'm very happy to see him achieve such an honor." Howard joins the Bears' Jarrell Guyton, who won the award in 2008, James Dozier, who won in 1990, and Eugene Simms, who won in 1973. Morgan players named to the All-MEAC first team were tight end Lamont Bryant and defensive lineman Justin Lawrence, while offensive lineman Robert Norris, running back Devan James, defensive backs Jody Ellis and Darren McKhan, punter Nicholas Adams and kicker Kemar Scarlett were selected to the second team.

Men's basketball: : Jean Cajou paced Mount St. Mary's with 20 points and five rebounds in a loss to visiting Niagara, 74-64. Tyrone Lewis scored 15 of his team-high 18 points in the first half for the Purple Eagles (4-2). After Pierre Brown's three-pointer got the Mount (2-2) within 30-28, Niagara closed the first half on a 10-3 run to take a 40-31 advantage.

Field hockey: : Salisbury sophomore back Tara McGovern was selected to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America first team, and senior forward Lauren Correll was named to the third team, marking the 29th consecutive season that at least one Sea Gull has been chosen as an All-American. McGovern started all 21 games, contributing to the Sea Gulls' ability to limit opponents to 0.52 goals per contest, the second-lowest average in program history. Correll, who was named a second-team All-American in 2007 and made the third team All-American last season, was the leading scorer for Salisbury in 2009, closing out her career with 20 goals and eight assists. ... Maryland junior Katie O'Donnell was announced as a nominee for this year's Honda Award, given to the nation's top field hockey player. The nomination is O'Donnell's second; she was nominated as a freshman in 2007. Maryland's Susie Rowe won the Honda Award in 2008.

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Davenport to play in Shriver's BCF Tennis Challenge

Lindsay Davenport, one of just four women to hold the year-end world No.1 ranking four times, has agreed to play in the Baltimore Community Foundation Tennis Challenge next month, joining the world's No. 1 doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan, and U.S. Open giant-killers Melanie Oudin and John Isner. "Lindsay is a future Hall of Famer," tournament chairwoman Pam Shriver said. "She ranks along side of Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert as one of only four players who have been ranked year-end No. 1 on four occasions. I can guarantee all of the matches will be ultra competitive." Davenport, 33, is the mother of two and semi-retired. She has not played on the WTA Tour since giving birth to her second child, a daughter, in June. The BCF Tennis Challenge, the longest-running annual charity event in the world, will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at 1st Mariner Arena. The "Let it Rip" Reception and Auction, featuring the Bryan Bros. Band playing music from its new "Let It Rip" album, will kick off Shriver's 24th annual charity fundraiser Dec. 8 at the Tremont Grand Hotel. Tickets can be purchased by calling 410-296-2929. Tickets for the BCF Tennis Challenge are on sale through all Ticketmaster outlets including the 1st Mariner Arena box office, or by calling 410-547-SEAT (7328). Sponsorship and ticket information also can be obtained by calling the tournament office at 410-296-2929 or online at

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Varsity: : Mount St. Joseph boys basketball coach Pat Clatchey earned his 400th career win as the Gaels (1-0) beat host Severn, 79-48. "It was a nice win, but it's just another game," Clatchey said. "It just shows my longevity." Clatchey is in his 18th season coaching Mount St. Joseph. He said he is pleased with some aspects of his team but called it a "work in progress."Ryley Beaumont led the Gaels with 24 points.

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