Digest: Loyola assistant Loeffler named Johns Hopkins men's basketball coach

Johns Hopkins named Josh Loeffler, an assistant coach the past four seasons at Loyola Maryland, as its head men's basketball coach. Loeffler succeeds Bill Nelson, who announced his retirement in March after 31 seasons with the Blue Jays. He is the 16th head coach in program history and will assume his duties on June 1. Loeffler inherits a team that went 16-10 and finished tied for second in the Centennial Conference last season. Hopkins has had 26 winning seasons, 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and three Centennial Conference Championships in the last 29 years. At Loyola, Loeffler was responsible for practice and game preparation, opponent scouting and recruiting. The Swarthmore graduate also served as an assistant at Rutgers and Lafayette and was the head coach at Stevens Tech for two seasons.



NOOD Regatta delayeda day by inclement weather

DfThe first day of racing at the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta in Annapolis was postponed on Friday due to inclement weather. Racing is scheduled to begin on today at 11 a.m. The NOOD Regatta features the largest turnout in several years, with 220 teams registered to compete in 16 classes. In addition to one-design racing, 10 boats will participate in the North Sails Rally on Saturday, a race designed to give local crews on boats of any size the opportunity to participate in a single, day-long race. For more information, visit



Howard CC lacrosse teamsqualify for national events

Howard Community College's men's and women's lacrosse teams each won National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX championships, advancing to the nationals this month. The HCC men defeated Anne Arundel Community College,21-13, to earn a spot in next Saturday's national tournament, which they will host. The women defeated Anne Arundel, 14-11, to advance to the May 13 nationals at AACC.

Women's basketball: Maryland guard Eleanna Christinaki will travel to Europe to play with the Greek Senior Women's National Team in June. Christinaki will travel to Athens for training May 15. The team will visit Slovakia for friendly games May 26-27, to Rome for friendly games June 2-3 and return to Greece for games June 7-9. On June 14, the team will depart for Prague for the FIBA Eurobasket tournament June 16-25.

Baseball: Fran Zimniuch will discuss his book "Philadelphia Phillies: Where Have You Gone?" at a meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" on May 6 at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Details: Call 410-992-1186.

From Sun staff and news services

BOXING: Baltimore Boxing will host a show May 12 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Nick Kisner (Old Mill) will be featured in the main event, a 10-round cruiserweight bout. Kisner (19-3-1) will put his NABA title on the line against Alex Guerrero (12-1-1) of Salisbury. Boxing great Vinny Paz, the subject of critically acclaimed Bleed for This, is attending as a special guest of Baltimore Boxing Promotions and will be available to greet VIP ticket holders. Tickets, from $50, are on sale at or by calling 410-375-9175.

PRO LACROSSE: Major League Lacrosse will hold its collegiate draft May 28 at 11 a.m. at Toby Keith's Bar and Grill in Foxboro, Mass. The event will be broadcast live on Lax Sports Network. The NCAA Men's and Division I Women's Lacrosse Championships will conclude at Gillette Stadium that same weekend.