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Digest: Darley's 29 points boost UMBC's record in conference to 3-0

Will Darley (Dulaney) scored a season-high 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, as visiting UMBC (12-4, 3-0 America East) earned an 84-68 men's basketball victory over Hartford (5-12, 0-2) on Wednesday night. The 3-0 start in league play equals UMBC's best in 14 years of America East competition; the 2007-08 championship team also started 3-0. Darley fell three points short of his career high, set at Stony Brook in the league quarterfinals a season ago.

More men's college basketball: Dajuan Graf scored 25 points on 9-for-18 from the field, Patrick Cole added 14 points and made all eight of his free throws, and host North Carolina Central (10-6, 1-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) won, 69-52, over UMES (4-13, 1-1). Bakari Copeland scored 13 points and Isaac Taylor added 12 for the Hawks, who turned the ball over 18 times in losing their second straight. ... Kyle Thomas (Milford Mill) matched his career high with 19 points to lead visiting Morgan State (6-10, 3-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) to a 62-59 victory over Florida A&M (4-12, 2-1) on Tuesday night.

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Women's college basketball: Sarita Condie scored a game-high 22 points to power host Navy (11-5, 4-1 Patriot League) to a 77-51 victory over Loyola Maryland (7-9, 3-2). The win was the fourth straight for the Midshipmen, who took charge with a 25-5 first-quarter run. Bri Betz-White led the Greyhounds with 11 points. ... Tyler Moore scored a game-high 20 points, but host UMBC (5-11, 0-2 America East) lost, 80-73, to Hartford (11-4, 2-0). The Retrievers lost their lead when the Hawks went on a 15-8 run in the third quarter. ... Mariah McCoy scored 13 points, but visiting UMES (7-6, 1-1 MEAC) lost 68-59 to North Carolina Central (3-11, 2-0). The Eagles finished the game on a 23-15 run.

Men's college lacrosse

Spencer among preseason first-team All-Americans

Loyola Maryland sophomore attackman Pat Spencer (Boys' Latin) headlines the four local players named preseason first-team All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse. After a freshman season in which he tied the school single-season record with 89 points and was named a second-team All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, Spencer was one of 16 to make the publication's first team Tuesday. Joining him were Maryland senior short-stick defensive midfielder Isaiah Davis-Allen, a first-team All-American in 2016; Navy senior defenseman Chris Fennell, the reigning Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year; and Notre Dame senior defenseman Garrett Epple (Calvert Hall).

-- Jonas Shaffer

Maryland football

Charges against Harrison and Turner are dropped

John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George's County State's Attorney, said Wednesday that all charges have been dropped against Maryland football players Lorenzo Harrison and D.J. Turner because of a "lack of sufficient evidence." Harrison and Turner, who were recently reinstated to the team after going through a series of disciplinary hearings at the school, had been charged after a Nov. 6 incident in which some fellow students told campus police they had been hit by BB pellets. The freshman players, who were teammates at nearby DeMatha Catholic, were suspended immediately and sat out the last four games of the season, including Maryland's loss to Boston College in the Quick Lane Bowl.

-- Don Markus

Transfer: Maryland redshirt sophomore defensive lineman David Shaw has transferred to Montana, the Football Championship Subdivision school announced Tuesday. Shaw appeared in six games for the Terps in 2016, making two tackles, his least productive season in College Park. He ended the year off the team's two-deep depth chart. As a true freshman in 2014, the former three-star recruit from Spring Grove (Pa.) appeared in seven games and started one. He had four tackles and one sack. The following year, he started the first four games at defensive tackle before suffering a season-ending elbow injury. He received a medical redshirt, preserving another year of eligibility.

-- Jonas Shaffer

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Gladchuk: Reports of NHL at Navy 'purely speculative'

Athletic director Chet Gladchuk called reports of Navy hosting an NHL game "purely speculative" and "extremely premature." Gladchuk was responding to a blog entry by Sportsnet reporter Elliotte Friedman that NHL officials were exploring the possibility of playing outdoor games at Army West Point and the Naval Academy. Friedman, an analyst for Sportnet's "Hockey Night in Canada" telecasts, wrote in a column there is consideration for the New York Rangers to host a game at Army's Michie Stadium. Speculation is the Washington Capitals would host a game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium if the idea moves forward. Gladchuk told the Baltimore Sun Media Group he's heard rumblings about the concept, but nothing formal has been presented to the Naval Academy Athletic Association. Gladchuk said such an event is at least two years away. "This is a long way down the road," he said.

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Baseball: The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a minor league contract with former Orioles pitcher Pedro Beato.

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