The Big Ten Conference announced its tournament bracket Saturday, with Nebraska claiming its first Big Ten championship title and earning the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Huskers clinched the outright Big Ten championship with a victory at Penn State on Saturday. The eight-team, double-elimination tournament begins Wednesday with first-round games and continues through Sunday's championship game on May 28 at Indiana. The first pitch of the tournament will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday when No. 3 Minnesota takes on sixth-seeded Indiana. Second-seeded Michigan will take the field at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday against No. 7 Northwestern. The tournament will continue at 5 p.m. when No. 1 Nebraska plays No. 8 Purdue. The final game on Wednesday will feature No. 4 Maryland and No. 5 Iowa at 8:30 p.m.

Results: Senior Brandon Gum and junior Kevin Smith both notched three hits as the Terps pushed past High Point, 9-2, on Saturday. The Terps (34-19, 15-9 Big Ten) scored eight runs in the first three innings to pull away from the Panthers. Junior righty Taylor Bloom earned the win, scattering eight this over six innings while allowing just two runs. The Terps' 34 wins are the third most in a single season in program history, equal to the 2002 team. Those 34 wins also ties the 2002 and 2014 teams for the second-most regular-season wins in Maryland history. ... Towson closed the season with a complete-game victory from senior left hander Kyle Stricker in a 4-2 victory over North Carolina-Wilmington. In just his third start of the season, Stricker (3-2) kept one of the best offensive teams off balance all afternoon. The lefty allowed just two runs on seven hits and five strikeouts in his first career complete game. With the game tied at 2 in the sixth inning, third baseman Richard Miller hit a solo home run to right field for e the game-winning run. The Tigers finished the season 20-34 overall, 6-18 in the Colonial Athletic Association. ... Mount St. Mary's dropped a 7-3 decision to Wagner on Saturday in the regular-season finale. ... Top-seeded Johns Hopkins suffered its first loss in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, losing to third-seeded Wheaton (Mass.), 6-1. The loss ended the Blue Jays' 21-game winning streak. Hopkins plays the winner of second-seeded Shenandoah and fifth-seeded Alvernia tday at noon.



Stevenson qualifies twofor Division III nationals

Stevenson Senior Devonte Williams and freshman Danika Ani qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Thursday through Saturday at SPIRE Sports Institute in Geneva, Ohio. For Williams, it marks his third trip to nationals, as he qualified this year in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Ani, who becomes Stevenson's first qualifier for nationals on the women's side, qualified in the shot put, an event in which she also qualified for indoor nationals earlier this season. ... Maryland qualified eight athletes for the NCAA East regional meet Thursday to Saturday in Lexington, Ky. Terps competing at the at the UK Outdoor Track and Field Complex on the campus of the University of Kentucky, include seniors Micha Powell and Lisa Meneau; juniors Alexandra Lucki, Peyton Wade, Claudia Ababio, Emma O'Hara and Kayla Richardson; and sophomore Greg Thompson.

Bass fishing: Pro Bryan Schmitt of Deale brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 15 pounds, 12 ounces to take the lead at the FLW Tour on the Mississippi River presented by Evinrude with a three-day cumulative total of 15 bass totaling 46-12. He now holds a 12-ounce advantage over Day 2 leader Andy Morgan heading into the final day of the four-day event that featured 160 of the world's best bass-fishing professionals casting for a top award of up to $125,000. Schmitt, a renowned river and tidal-water specialist, said that he caught his fish throwing a swim jig and a vibrating jig through sparse grass.

WNBA: Nneka Ogwumike scored 23 points, rookie Sydney Wiese added 22 — hitting six 3-pointers, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Washington Mystics, 99-89, on Friday night. Before the game, Los Angeles received its 2016 championship rings. Elena Delle Donne finished with 27 points for Washington (1-1) and Tayler Hill added 20. Kristi Toliver (Maryland) scored 15 points in her return to Los Angeles (2-0), where she spent seven seasons.

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