Digest (Dec.28): Coppin State comes up short at Georgia Tech

Coppin State put a scare in host Georgia Tech for two-thirds of the game before fading, 76-62, on Wednesday night. The Eagles, who fell to 0-21 all-time against Atlantic Coast Conference teams, led by as many as six points in the second half and went up 54-51 on a 3-pointer by Cedric Council Jr. with 9:51 left before Georgia Tech (6-6) went on a 10-0 run and put the game away. Council led Coppin State (0-14) with 17 points and Lamar Morgan scored 12. Council, a native of the Atlanta suburb of Kennesaw, made 5-of-6 3-pointers. Karonn Davis scored all 10 of his points in the first half before missing all eight of his shots from the field in the second. Coppin State led 33-30 at halftime on the strength of the longball. The Eagles made 7-of-15 3-pointers in the first half after entering the game ranked No. 349 out of 351 Division I teams shooting 27.1 percent from behind the arc.

Mid-Major rankings: The Towson men's basketball team is ranked 12th in this week's Mid-Major Top 25 poll. The Tigers are 10-3 overall after dropping a pair of road games last week at Oakland, which is 25th in this week's poll, and Pittsburgh. Towson received 407 points to be ranked for the fifth consecutive week in the Mid-Major Top 25. The 10 non-conference victories are the most for Towson in its Division I history. Towson begins Colonial Athletic Association play and continues its road trip with a game against the College of Charleston, ranked fifth in this week's poll, Saturday at 4 p.m. at TD Bank Arena.



Gruden says Redskins wantto bring back QB Cousins


The questions always come in rapid succession — a constant flurry of inquiries centered on one singular theme: Kirk Cousins' future with the Washington Redskins. It's been a topic of conversation as long as Jay Gruden has been Washington's coach. But with the 2017 season coming to a close with Sunday's finale against the New York Giants — and the organization's plans for Cousins still unclear — Gruden has had to field even more questions about potentially losing his starting quarterback in the offseason. On Wednesday, the coach reiterated his desire to keep Cousins in the fold, adding that the six-year veteran knows how much he values him: "I'm sure he knows [how I feel]. I mean, he should know. I've made it clear. I've been working with him for a long time now and we've put a lot of time and a lot of work together with one another trying to get him better, and he's made me better. So that's worked out very well. Of course he knows that we want him back, but at the end of the day, like I said, agents, everybody gets involved and he's got to make a decision for himself."

— Kimberley A. Martin, The Washington Post

Moves: The Redskins signed quarterback Josh Johnson, who was with the Ravens during the 2016 preseason. ... The Indianapolis Colts placed former Ravens cornerback Rashaan Melvin on injured reserve with a dislocated bone in his right hand suffered while making an interception in Week12.


Wizards unveil uniformswith 'District of Columbia'

The Washington Wizards and Nike unveiled the team's City Edition uniform, the fourth and final uniform in the 2017-18 Nike collection. The Wizards' City Edition uniform displays "The District of Columbia" across the chest and features a marble pattern up the side panels in the shape of the iconic Washington monument with a beveled effect on the numbers that reflects the various monuments across the city. Images can be viewed at The uniform will be worn during 12 games (six home and six road) for the remainder of the 2017-18 season, with the first game set for Jan. 30 against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Capital One Arena.

Women's college volleyball: Maryland coach Steve Aird has resigned and has accepted the head coaching position at Indiana. Aird compiled a record of 55-74 (.426) in his four seasons with the Terps, including 18-14 in 2017.

Laurel winter-spring meet: Twenty-two stakes worth $2.25 million in purses, highlighted by a Winter Carnival program featuring the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie (G2) and $250,000 General George (G3) on Feb. 17, will be contested during Laurel Park's 2018 winter-spring meet. In all, 13 of 22 stakes will have purse increases of $25,000 for the 2018 winter-spring meet that opens Monday and runs primarily three days a week through May 6. They are the first of 171 race days submitted by the Maryland Jockey Club, an increase of nine days over 2017.


Indoor girls lacrosse: Quick Stix registration is underway for girls in grades 1-8 for winter indoor skills and scrimmages at Annapolis High School. The program begins runs on Sundays from Jan. 7 to Feb. 11. Online registration is available at Call Cathy Samaras, 410-573-1414 ext. 111, for more information.

From Sun staff and news services