Digest (Jan. 31): Jarren Jasper progressing after heart transplant

Jarren Jasper, the 14-year-old son of Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper, is "progressing as expected" one day after receiving a heart tranasplant at Children's Hospital in Washington, according to Naval Academy spokesman Scott Strasemeier. Jasper had been on the waiting list for a heart transplant since August when a surgery designed to correct an abnormally fast heart rate was unsuccessful. Jarren went into cardiac arrest during the surgery, and the subsequent damage to his heart was severe.

Division II awards: Ten Bowie State players were named to the Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-Super Region Two squad. Junior Amir Hall and seniors Robert Chesson (Old Mill), Brandon Britton (St. Frances) and Bryan Redmond were named first-team offense, while junior Derrick Tate (Edmondson) was named to the first-team defense. Senior Victor Tamba Jr. and fellow senior Sean Copeland (Overlea) were name second-team offense and defense, respectively. Senior Dionte Jordan was selected third-team offense, and senior Rahman Kamara and sophomore William Flowers (Mervo) were chosen to the third-team defense.



Terps' Charles one of 10finalists for Miller Award


Maryland sophomore Kaila Charles is one of 10 candidates for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and WBCA's Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award. Charles leads the Terps in scoring (17.9), rebounding (7.9) and steals (1.9). She has scored in double figures in 19 of 21 games this season to help lead No. 11 Maryland (18-3) to the top of the Big Ten standings with a 7-1 record. The Miller winner will be announced during ESPN2's telecast of the national semifinal games in the NCAA tournament March 30. Maryland hosts Rutgers (17-6, 5-4) tonight at 7 at Xfinity Center in the Terps' annual Play4Kay Pink Game. The Terps will wear pink, and fans are encouraged to do the same in support of breast cancer awareness.

Men's college soccer: Johns Hopkins graduate student Bryan See and senior Mike Swiercz continue to add honors after the Blue Jays' 16-1-4 season. See was named the Goalie of the Year as well as a first-team All-American. Swiercz was named to the All-America second team.

College swimming: Johns Hopkins sophomores Brandon Fabian and Michelle Wang have been named the men's and women's Independent Swimmers of the Week by for their performances in the inaugural Blue Jay Invitational. The two combined for six pool records as well as six NCAA B times.

Major League Soccer: Despite initial misgivings, MLS has approved D.C. United 's request to play its home opener at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County. The March 17 match against the Houston Dynamo is tentatively scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. None of the involved parties wanted to comment on the situation, but an official announcement is expected soon.

— Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Wizards: Washington point guard John Wall is expected to miss about six to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The team announced the predicted timeline after Wall's operation on Wednesday. If Wall is sidelined for two months, he would sit out more than 25 games and return for the last half-dozen or so of the regular season.

From Sun staff and news services

Youth soccer: Central Maryland Soccer Association will sponsor the 21st Annual Old Line State Classic on April 28-29 in Jarrettsville. The event is United States Soccer Federation sanctioned through the Soccer Association for Youth. Single age level competition is available for under-8 through U-15 and the dual ages of U-16 and U-18; The competition is 7-v-7 for ages 8-10; 9-v-9 for ages 11 & U12; and 11-v-11 for ages 13-18. All teams are guaranteed three games in a round robin or championship bracket format. The registration deadline is April 13. For additional information, go to or e-mail


Outdoors: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public feedback for possible regulations on blue crabs, cobia, commercial license targets, fishery management plans, gear (stinger hooks), license free fishing areas, striped bass and trout. Go to the regulations page for information on each proposal at Comments are needed by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 20 and can be emailed to