Frances Tiafoe defeated Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-2, on Tuesday in the Australian Open, his first Grand Slam match victory. "I know in the back of my head I have a Grand Slam win, which definitely takes a lot off of me, a big load off," said the No. 108-ranked Tiafoe, who turns 19 on Friday and is from Riverdale in Prince George's County. Later this week, Tiafoe will face Germany's Alexander Zverev, a 19-year-old ranked No. 24 in the world, in the second round. The two have never played each other on the pro tour, but Tiafoe expects a "fun match to watch" against his good friend from the junior circuit. "I'm pretty happy with my progression so far and hopefully can keep it going," Tiafoe said.
—Kelyn Soong, The Washington Post
Soccer: D.C. United has offered a homegrown contract to Maryland attacker Eryk Williamson, but it's unclear whether he will accept it or return to College Park for his junior season. The Alexandria, Va., native is in the Los Angeles area with the U.S. under-20 men's national team, which is preparing for the CONCACAF U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament next month in Costa Rica. After a promising freshman campaign in 2015, Williamson did not have a breakout season with the Terps this past fall and has been advised by many close to him to stay in school for at least one more year in order to hone his skills. With a strong performance next fall, he would probably put himself in position for a better contract.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
Men's college basketball: Towson senior forward Arnaud William Adala Moto was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week after leading the Tigers to a pair of victories. Adala Moto averaged 18 points and 8.5 rebounds against Delaware and Northeastern. … Navy junior guard Bryce Dulin received Patriot League Player of the Week honorable mention.
Women's college basketball: Coppin State senior guard Keena Samuels was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week while freshman center Chance Graham earned Rookie of the Week honors for the second straight week. Samuels averaged 22 points and 6.5 rebounds against Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina A&T. Graham had a combined 14 points and 17 rebounds, including a season-high 14 rebounds in the win over North Carolina A&T.
College baseball: Maryland was ranked No.22 in D1Baseball.com's preseason top 25. The Terps, who won 30 games and made an appearance in the Big Ten Conference tournament semifinals in 2016, return two weekend starting pitchers and seven members of their everyday lineup.
College diving: Loyola Maryland junior Sam Baluzy and sophomore Lindsey Staszewski earned Patriot League Male Diver of the Week and Female Diver of the Week honors, respectively. Both swept their respective events Friday in dual-meet action at Bucknell.
Men's college track and field: Former Maryland runner and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Florent "Flo" Groberg will receive the NCAA Award of Valor at the NCAA Honors Celebration today. The Award of Valor is given to a student-athlete, coach or administrator who, when confronted with a situation involving personal danger, averted or minimized potential disaster by courageous action. The award is not presented annually, but in the event of an outstanding act of valor. Groberg competed for Maryland as a member of the track and field and cross country teams from 2003 to 2006. Groberg received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Afghanistan on Nov. 12, 2015. … Navy sophomore Dan Kelly was honored as Patriot League Male Track Athlete Of The Week after he recorded a personal-best qualifying time of 1 minute, 3.68 seconds in the 500-meter run at the Navy Winter Invitational, the fastest time in the event among Patriot League runners.