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Guard Astroth leads Towson over Central Connecticut St., 58-49

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Guard Astroth leads Towson over Central Connecticut St., 58-49

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Sophomore guard A.J. Astroth scored a career-high 14 points to lead Towson (2-1) to a 58-49 win over Central Connecticut State (0-3) in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in West Long Branch, N.J., on Friday. Forward Timajh Parker-Rivera had eight points and nine rebounds for the Tigers. The Blue Devils shot just 4-for-21 in the first half, including missing all five of their 3-point attempts.

More men's basketball: Former Maryland coach Gary Williams will be enshrined Sunday in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014. Williams, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in August, is the first coach to be inducted in both halls of fame in the same year. The induction will take place at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, Mo. Williams earned 461 of his 668 career victories with Maryland, which he coached from 1990 to 2011. ... St. Mary's games today and Sunday at the Knee Center of WNY Tournament hosted by Medaille College were canceled because of snow in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Women's basketball: Junior Dominique Johnson scored a team-high 22 points to lead host Towson (1-1) to a 53-51 win over Rider (0-2) on the first day of WNIT consolation-bracket play. ... Junior Jody Chickey led Mount St. Mary's (0-2) with 10 points in a 60-42 loss to Campbell (2-1).

Women's volleyball: Junior Cindy Okpegbue had 22 kills as Coppin State (14-13) rallied to a 3-2 victory over Bethune-Cookman (10-20) in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference quarterfinal, winning 16-25, 25-20, 12-25, 25-18, 15-11. ... Sixth-seeded James Madison (17-13) earned a 3-2 victory over third-seeded Towson (27-5) in a quarterfinal of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Charleston, S.C., winning, 26-24, 25-22, 14-25, 22-25, 15-9. Senior Saitaua Iosia had 17 kills and seven digs for the Tigers.

Men's soccer: UMBC advanced past Wake Forest, 3-2, in penalty kicks on Thursday night in Winston-Salem, N.C., in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Retrievers (12-5-4) and Demon Deacons (10-7-2) played to a scoreless draw in regulation and two overtime periods before Michael Scott converted the game-winner in the fourth round. UMBC will face No. 4 Maryland on Sunday at 5 p.m. in College Park.

Women's soccer: Johns Hopkins senior forward Hannah Kronick has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America third team.

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Women's lacrosse: After spending a year as the director of lacrosse operations at Towson, Laura Zinkand will join Lycoming as an assistant coach in 2015. Zinkand played at Towson in 2012 and 2013.

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Archbishop Spalding alum Nairn re-signs with Spirit

The Washington Spirit has signed midfielder Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) to a new contract for the 2015 National Women's Soccer League season. Nairn, 24, started in 21 of her 23 appearances for the team in 2014. In 1,838 minutes, she had six goals and two assists. The Spirit acquired Nairn in a trade before the season with Seattle Reign FC, which drafted her seventh overall in 2013 out of Penn State. Nairn is on loan to the Melbourne Victory in Australia.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United coach Ben Olsen is a finalist for MLS Coach of the Year, while Bobby Boswell is up for Defender of the Year, Bill Hamid is nominated for Goalkeeper of the Year, and Steven Birnbaum is a finalist for Rookie of the Year. The LA Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez (Maryland) is also a finalist for Defender of the Year.

From Sun staff and news services

NFL: Washington has ruled out nose tackle Chris Baker (chest) and tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) for Sunday's game at San Francisco. Coach Jay Gruden said Friday that Barry Cofield, who played limited snaps last week in his first game back since being injured in the season opener, would share repetitions with Kedric Goldston and Stephen Bowen in Baker's absence.

Liz Clarke, Washington Post

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