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Terps postpone weekend events because of storm

Maryland announced that all athletic competitions scheduled for this weekend have been postponed because of the impending winter storm. The women's basketball, wrestling and gymnastics events will be rescheduled at later dates. Maryland's wrestling match against Navy today has been moved to 1 p.m. in Annapolis. For rescheduling updates, go to terps/weatherinfo or follow @TerpsGameDay on Twitter.

Baseball

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Former Orioles outfielder-first baseman Steve Pearce is nearing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, according to an industry source. The Tampa Bay Times first reported the Rays were close with Pearce, saying that the sides have agreed to terms and the deal is pending a physical. Pearce was a favorite of Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who helped revitalize Pearce's career as a quasi-utility player, using him at first base, both corner-outfield spots and second base for the first time in his career last season. He had a breakout season in 2014, hitting .293/.373/.556 with 21 homers and 49 RBIs over 102 games. Pearce's 5.9 wins above replacement was the highest on the team that season. Pearce hit just .218/.289/.422 with 15 homers and 40 RBIs last season.

—Eduardo A. Encina

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More free agency: The Chicago White Sox and former Orioles reliever Matt Albers have agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees $2.25 million and includes a club option for 2017.

Spring training: Individual tickets for the Orioles' spring training games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. Fans can purchase tickets online by going to orioles.com/spring or by calling 877-222-2802.

Varsity football

Southern coach Meyers retires after 21 years

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Russ Meyers, who coached at Southern the past 21 years, has retired. Meyers, the longest-tenured football coach at one school in Anne Arundel County, led the Bulldogs to five playoff appearances since 2002. The 2006 team won the Class2A East Region title and fell to eventual state champion Edmondson in the semifinals. The Bulldogs went 1-9 in 2015 and have won just four games the past two years. Meyers, who won 101 games, said the team's struggles were not a factor in his decision.

—Bob Hough, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Et cetera

Horse racing: Laurel Park will go ahead with its scheduled program today but has canceled live racing Saturday and Sunday. Laurel and Pimlico Race Course will be closed for simulcasting Saturday, but they are tentatively scheduled to open for simulcast wagering Sunday. Live racing will resume Monday.

Men's college basketball: Jalen Ross came off the bench and scored a career-high 27 points as Hartford defeated host UMBC, 98-87, on Thursday night. The Hawks (7-13, 2-3 America East) never trailed, but the Retrievers (5-15, 1-4) came as close as 84-80 on a breakaway layup by Jairus Lyles with 2:42 left to play. Lyles, a sophomore transfer, finished with 24 points — his ninth game in a row of 17 points or better since joining the team Dec. 19. … Elijah Long (John Carroll) led Mount St. Mary's with 20 points, but the Mountaineers (8-12, 5-2 Northeast Conference) fell to host Sacred Heart, 76-71. The game featured 30 lead changes. BK Ashe missed a 3-point attempt with 7.2 seconds remaining and the Pioneers (4-14, 3-4) were able to seal the game at the free throw line.

Women's college basketball: Laura Castaldo scored a career-high 20 points on a career-best six 3-pointers, but visiting UMBC fell, 65-57, to Hartford. UMBC took the lead with a pair of free throws by Castaldo early in the fourth quarter, but it was all Hartford down the stretch. The Retrievers (11-8, 2-4 America East) cut the lead to six, but the Hawks (7-11, 3-2) held on.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid will miss four to six months recovering from knee surgery. Hamid, 25, underwent surgery last week in Los Angeles to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee.

—Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Youth football: Ravens youth football consultant Tom Laneve and Calvert Hall coach Donald Davis will travel to Indianapolis this weekend to take part in USA Football's Heads Up Football Master Trainer workshop.

Sailing: Bella Mente, skippered by Hap Fauth of Minneapolis, has clinched the Maxi 72-class title at the Quantum Key West Race Week regatta off the Florida Keys. Fauth, with tactician Terry Hutchinson of Harwood, won all three races Thursday and built an insurmountable lead entering today's final day of racing.

From Sun staff and news services

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