Digest: William C. Rhoden to receive Lacy-Smith honor

William C. Rhoden, who wrote for The New York Times for 33 years, including the past 26 as "Sports of The Times" columnist, before retiring in July, is the winner of the third annual Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award presented by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The award is given to a journalist who has made significant contributions to racial and gender equality in sports.

Rhoden, a Morgan State alumnus, later worked for the Baltimore Afro-American, where he was mentored by Sam Lacy, the newspaper's sports editor, and spent three years writing for The Sun.


Rhoden will receive the Lacy-Smith award at a luncheon Nov. 16. Others honored will be Jimmy Roberts, Class of 1979, of NBC-TV and the Golf Channel and sportswriter and editor Susan Fornoff '79, who will receive "Distinguished Terrapin" Awards, and American Sports Network commentator Monica McNutt, a 2013 graduate of the Merrill College master's program, the winner of the "Rising Star" award. Special recognition will go to William "Brit" Kirwan, former University System of Maryland chancellor and UM president and Knight Commission co-chairman, and D.C. Sports Commission co-chairman Alan Bubes.

Also on Nov. 16, Maury Povich will moderate the 11th annual Shirley Povich Symposium; the topic will be "The Future of Sports on Television." For details, go to

Andrea Kraus blasts out of a greenside bunker Friday during her Senior Championship semifinal match against Tama Caldabaugh in the Doherty Women’s Amateur Championship.
Andrea Kraus blasts out of a greenside bunker Friday during her Senior Championship semifinal match against Tama Caldabaugh in the Doherty Women’s Amateur Championship. (staff, Steve Waters)

Women's golf: Andrea Kraus of Baltimore needed only 27 holes to eliminate two players and reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur championship at Wellesley (Mass.) Country Club. Against Corey Weworski of Carlsbad, Calif., she led all the way for a 3-and-2 victory, and she never gave Lin Culver of Palm Coast, Fla., a chance, winning four of the first five holes and finishing with an 8-and-7 triumph. Lisa Schlesinger of Laytonsville also won twice, beating Joann Ferrieri of Lake Worth, Fla., 2 and 1, and Stacey Camara of Windsor, Calif., 2 and 1.

Baseball: The Los Angeles Dodgers designated former Orioles right-handed pitcher Bud Norris (6-10, 5.10 ERA) for assignment. ... The Miami Marlins reinstated former Orioles left-handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen from the 15-day disabled list. ... The Chicago Cubs will activate former Orioles right-handed reliever Pedro Strop from the DL on Friday and plan to get him work that night; he has recovered from knee and groin injuries.

Men's college soccer: Unbeaten through seven matches and atop the Big Ten Conference, Maryland has climbed to No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America coaches' poll. The Terps (5-0-2) leaped three slots after they defeated Penn State in overtime and the three teams ahead of them in the poll lost or tied. Syracuse (7-0-0) is No. 2. Maryland will host No. 22 Michigan State (5-1-0) in a Big Ten Conference match Friday night. The Terps are 2-0-1 in the conference, and the Spartans are 2-0-0.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

College football: Bethany College freshman running back Raekwon Wright (Patterson) was named East Coast Athletic Conference Divison III South Rookie of the Week.

Wright did a little bit of everything for the Bison on Saturday, gaining 291 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 89 yards with a score while catching four passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. He also contributed 124 yards in the return game (92 kickoff, 32 punt).

Bethany College freshman running back Raekwon Wright (Patterson)
Bethany College freshman running back Raekwon Wright (Patterson) (Bethany College Athletics)

 “Raekwon is an explosive player. Last week we had the opportunity to get him some more touches and he took full advantage of his opportunity,” coach Bill Garvey said. ... Salisbury moved up to No. 15 in the Top 25 poll. Johns Hopkins stayed at No. 11.

Men's college lacrosse: Ohio State named Travis Crane a volunteer assistant coach; the Eastern Tech alumnus who played at CCBC-Essex, UMBC and Penn State spent the past three years coaching at Calvert Hall and as director of operations for FCA Maryland.

College field hockey: Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Holliday of Clarksville was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.