Back in scoring mode, Arenas leads 106-102 win over Toronto
Gilbert Arenas broke out of a scoring slump by dropping his new pass-first approach. Arenas had 22 points and nine assists, Antawn Jamison had 30 points and 12 rebounds and the visiting Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors, 106-102, on Tuesday night. "We've got confidence in him," Jamison said of Arenas, who was limited to just 15 games the past two years because of knee problems. "We know he's going to find a way to get out of it and make us a better team and start being his old self again, too." When Jamison returned to Washington's lineup after missing the first nine games of the season with an injured right shoulder, Arenas stopped trying to score and started trying to be a playmaker. He ended up hardly scoring at all, finishing with nine and six points in Washington's previous two games. "I started, in my mind, winding myself out of scoring," Arenas said. "It was to the point where, when I did shoot it, I was never in sync, I was never in aggressive mode." It was the first time Arenas had failed to score at least 10 in back-to-back games since his rookie season in 2002, so he changed strategies again after a chat with coach Flip Saunders. "Flip sat me down after the last game and said, 'Play how you play. Play your way.' I was like, 'All right.' "
Georgia Tech's Johnson voted ACC's top coach
Two seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference, two Coach of the Year awards for Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson. The former Navy coach again was the overwhelming choice as the ACC's top coach, as selected by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Johnson received 24 of a possible 40 votes cast by ACSMA members, easily outdistancing his counterpart in this week's ACC championship game. Clemson's Dabo Swinney had 10 votes, followed by Duke's David Cutcliffe (4) and Boston College's Frank Spaziani (2). Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams was named ACC Rookie of the Year, and Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly was selected Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Division III: : Johns Hopkins (10-2), which will play at Wesley in the NCAA quarterfinals Saturday, jumped from 10th to fourth in this week's ECAC Lambert Meadowlands Division III Poll. This is the highest Johns Hopkins has ever been in the poll, which ranks teams in the East.
Ex-Terp Stokes named District of Columbia assistant
Former Maryland guard Terrell Stokes has been named a men's assistant coach at the University of the District of Columbia. Stokes most recently served four years as an assistant at Loyola. Stokes, a 2002 Maryland graduate, was a three-year starting point guard who helped the Terps to two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.
Honor: : Navy men's guard Chris Harris was named ECAC Division I Player of the Week after averaging 27.0 points in two games last week, including 37 against Towson.
Jean, Kilpe Huber among 8 headed to UMBC Hall
The UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame Committee announced that the following eight nominees will be inducted Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the BWI Airport Marriott Hotel: Huguens Jean (track and field, 1999-2003), Ingrid Kilpe Huber (swimming and diving, 1999-2003), LaNae Baker (volleyball, 1995-1998), Kevin Goh (swimming and diving, 1997-2001), John Jancuska (head baseball coach, 1978-present), Craig Linthicum (lacrosse, 1978-1981), Monica Logan (women's basketball, 1995-1999) and Deanna Vecchio (softball, 1999-2002). Jean attended Howard High, and Kilpe Huber went to Centennial.
Women's lacrosse: : Redshirt junior attackman Brittney Zerhusen (Century) was named one of three Ohio State captains for the 2010 season. Zerhusen, who sat out last season, started all 18 games in 2008, recording a team-high 36 goals, tied for seventh most in a season in program history.
Field hockey: : Salisbury sophomore defender Tara McGovern was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Mid-Atlantic Defensive Player of the Year. McGovern was also selected to the Mid-Atlantic All-Region first team. Senior forward Lauren Correll was named second-team All-Region.
Soccer: : Crystal Palace Football Club USA president Pete Medd was named Executive of the Year in the United Soccer Leagues' Second Division.
- From Sun staff and news services