Pitt suspends Durand Johnson for season

Men's college basketball

Pittsburgh has suspended junior forward Durand Johnson (Lake Clifton) for the entire season for undisclosed reasons, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Johnson averaged 8.8 points and three rebounds per game last season before suffering a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury in the team's 16th game. Although he had been hobbled in the preseason by a sprained ankle, Johnson scored 19 points in an exhibition win Nov. 7.



Terps men beat Michigan State on PKs in semifinal

Zack Steffen stopped two penalty kicks to help the top-seeded Maryland men's soccer team over No. 5 Michigan State on Friday at Ludwig Field in Big Ten semifinal. The Terps (12-5-3) played the Spartans (11-4-5) to a scoreless tie through regulation before winning on penalty kicks, 3-2. Mael Corboz, Alex Shinsky and Tsubasa Endoh converted their attempts to lift Maryland to a third straight conference tournament championship match, the previous two being in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Spartans did not have a shot on goal until five minutes remaining in the first overtime period. The Terps will host No. 6 Indiana in the championship Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Patriot League men's soccer semifinal: Navy and Bucknell finished 110 minutes in a scoreless tie, but the Bison advanced to the final, defeating the Midshipmen, 5-4, in penalty kicks Friday night in Boston.

Men's cross country: Navy placed fifth at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship on Friday in University Park, Pa. Junior Steve Schroeder led the Midshipmen with a time of 30 minutes, 24 seconds and placed ninth out of 156 competitors to earn an automatic individual bid to the NCAA Championship.

Women's cross country: Navy finished ninth out of 29 teams at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional in University Park. Junior Kelley Robinson led the Mids with a 16th-place finish overall out of 207 runners. Mount St. Mary's senior Kristen Galligan finished 45th.

Et cetera

Jockey Cintron injured in sixth race at Laurel Park

Jockey Alex Cintron was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for facial X-rays after a fall in the sixth race Friday at Laurel Park. Maryland Jockey Club medical director Dr. Harry Harris indicated that Cintron, who is tied for sixth in the fall standings with 21 winners, might have a broken jaw. Cintron was riding Midnight Music in the far turn of the 51/2-furlong race for $35,000 claimers when the horse broke down and sent him to the ground. Miner's Quest stumbled over the fallen horse and tossed jockey Christian Santiago Reyes, who did a somersault before landing on the track. Reyes got up quickly and assisted at the site of the spill. Harris treated him on-site for a scrape to the left knee. Midnight Music was euthanized.

Preakness: The Maryland Jockey Club announced the selection of Canada as the host nation for the 2015 International Pavilion at the Preakness on May 16.

NFL: Ravens safety Darian Stewart was fined $22,050 for his illegal blind-side block on Jacoby Jones' punt return against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Rookie free safety Terrence Brooks was not fined for his concussion-causing hit on tight end Delanie Walker, according to an NFL spokesman.

Aaron Wilson

Youth Baseball: Ripken Baseball and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at the site of the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge youth baseball complex. The $22.5million facility will look out onto the Great Smoky Mountains and feature a two-level clubhouse with more than 14,000 square feet, a 2,749-square-foot concession/restroom building with an adjacent pavilion, and six lighted synthetic turf fields. Opening day is planned for spring 2016. The site will host elite 9- and 10-year-old baseball tournaments. The Pigeon Forge location will become Ripken Baseball's third Ripken Experience complex, following those in Aberdeen and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

From Sun staff and news services


NBA: Washington Wizards forward Nene practiced Thursday and Friday despite a sore shoulder. He's expected to play in tonight's 7 p.m. game against the Orlando Magic, coach Randy Wittman confirmed.

Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post

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