Francis, Massenburg among guests added to Williams gala

Men's college basketball

Francis, Massenburg among guests added to Williams gala

Maryland men's basketball head coach Gary Williams will be joined by a few more special guests when he is inducted into the Sports Legends Museum's Hall of Legends on Sept. 30 at the Hippodrome in Baltimore. Guests added to the event include former Terps guard and NBA first-round pick Steve Francis, ex-Maryland and NBA forward-center Tony Massenburg, University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith and Loyola men's basketball coach and former Terps assistant Jimmy Patsos. The event will include tributes to Williams from former players, Hall of Fame coaches and other special guests, including Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Villanova coach Jay Wright and former Maryland players Len Elmore and Walt Williams. Gary Williams will join previous gala honorees Babe Ruth, Johnny Unitas, Art Modell, Jim McKay and Brooks Robinson in an area reserved for those individuals who have contributed at the top echelon of state and national athletics. Proceeds will benefit the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, Coaches vs. Cancer and the University of Maryland men's and women's basketball weight room project, as designated by Williams. Tickets start between $40 and $60 for program-only seating at orchestra level and in the balcony, while $150 tickets include the cocktail reception from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the program. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-7328 or visiting

Loyola: Luke D'Alessio, who compiled a 199-96 record over 10 seasons at Bowie State, was named a Greyhounds assistant. Before coaching the Bulldogs, D'Alessio spent six years at CCBC-Catonsville, where he was 124-52 with a program that previously had 14 consecutive losing seasons. Last season, D'Alessio coached the UCC Blue Demons, a professional team based in Cork, Ireland, to a 16-8 record.

More colleges

Greatwich's assists boost Towson's soccer record to 5-0

Led by two assists from senior defender Phil Greatwich, Towson extended its season-opening winning streak to five games with a 3-1 nonconference victory over visiting Longwood (0-5-0) on Wednesday. The Tigers, who are ranked fourth in the NSCAA/South Atlantic Region poll, are off to their best start since 1995, when they opened the year with eight consecutive wins.

More Division I men's soccer: Michael Rakoczy scored a pair of goals and freshman Nick Dubee tallied his first career goal in the 83rd minute to give visiting Navy (4-0-0) a 3-1 victory over Delaware (0-4-2) and its best start since the 1991 team began the season 5-0-0. The victory ended a six-game winless streak to Delaware, dating to 2001. … Senior forward Levi Houapeu scored with 22 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to give host UMBC (3-2-0) a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over La Salle (0-3-1). Retrievers freshman forward Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall) tied the game with 5:01 remaining.

Division III men's soccer: Max Rutherford converted a penalty kick in the 78th minute to lift host McDaniel (3-3) to a 2-1 nonconference victory over Elizabethtown (2-1-2).

Division I women's soccer: UMBC (1-5-1) scored twice in the first half but allowed four second-half goals and fell to visiting George Mason (4-2-1).

Division III field hockey: St. Mary's is ranked for the first time in the Division III poll, coming in at No. 20.

Nick Adenhart case

Defendant's kin testifies he encouraged drinking

The stepbrother of a man charged with murder in a drunken-driving crash that killed rookie Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart (Williamsport) and two others testified in Santa Ana, Calif., that he persuaded the defendant to keep drinking after he said he wanted to stop. Raymond Rivera said he and defendant Andrew Gallo spent hours drinking at two bars before the deadly crash. When Gallo went to the restroom, Rivera said he ordered two more beers, but Gallo wanted to go home rather than drink them. Rivera testified that he egged Gallo on, telling him that he paid for the beers and they should finish them. Gallo has pleaded innocent to three counts of second-degree murder.

Et cetera

Terps alum Estes honored by PGA with Patriot Award

Maryland alumnus Jim Estes of Germantown, the PGA director of instruction at Olney Golf Park, was named recipient of the Patriot Award, presented by The PGA of America to PGA professionals. In 2007, Estes founded the Salute Military Golf Association, which has teamed with officials of Walter Reed Medical Center and Middle Atlantic PGA Professionals in developing instruction programs and events to serve veterans as well as their families.

NHL: The Washington Capitals will have all 82 games televised during the 2010-11 regular season. Comcast SportsNet will televise 70 games, with all broadcasts available in high definition (HD) for the first time. Comcast SportsNet's coverage of the coming Capitals season includes 59 games on Comcast SportsNet and 11 games on Comcast SportsNet Plus. The remaining 12 games will be broadcast by the NHL's national television partners, Versus and NBC.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United signed 19-year-old Brazilian midfielder Junior Carriero.

—From Sun staff and news services

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