Thompson, Morgan State earn acclaim in MEAC men's basketball poll


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Thompson, Morgan State earn acclaim in MEAC poll

Morgan State junior forward Kevin Thompson (Walbrook) was voted the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year and the Bears were ranked first in the preseason poll of the league's head coaches and sports information directors. Morgan sophomore swingman Dewayne Jackson also was voted to the All-MEAC preseason first team. The Bears received 20 of 22 first-place votes and 474 points; South Carolina State was second with 378. UMES was seventh with 242 and placed junior guard Hillary Haley on the second team. Coppin State received 84points, tied for last with Florida A&M.

Women: Morgan (234 points) was picked to finished seventh, Coppin (157) eighth and UMES (154) ninth in the MEAC preseason poll. Hampton (467 points) was selected to win the conference. Eagles junior center Jeanine Manley made the preseason first team.



College soccer



Mullins' goal helps No. 6 UM men top No. 2 UConn, 1-0

Freshman Patrick Mullins scored on a header from 12yards out in the 35th minute to lift the No.6 Maryland men (6-2-1) to a 1-0 victory over No. 2 Connecticut on Tuesday night at Ludwig Field. Zac MacMath recorded his second straight shutout against a Top 10 opponent.

More men: Goals by Calvert Hall alumni Chris Williams and Pete Caringi III helped visiting UMBC (5-3-1) earn a 2-1 victory over defending Patriot League champion Bucknell (4-6-0). Williams, a senior, and Caringi, a freshman, scored in the 23rd and 55th minutes, respectively. … Michael Rakoczy scored his fifth goal of the season in the 59th minute, but Navy (6-2-1) allowed a goal seven minutes later in a 1-1 tie at Howard. Bucknell's Tommy McCabe scored on a penalty kick in the 84th minute.

Women: Hood assistant coach Emily Clowser was promoted to interim head coach for the rest of the season, replacing Paul Wood, who resigned after two seasons.

More colleges

Linebacker recruit Stewart commits to Maryland

Jimmy Stewart, a 6-foot-31/2, 215-pound defensive end and wide receiver for Island Coast High in Cape Coral, Fla., pledged to Maryland on Sunday night. "Maryland feels like a family," said Stewart, who picked the Terps over offers from Colorado State, Kansas, Memphis and Middle Tennessee State. "The coaches were interested in me and treated me like a son." Stewart said the Terps are looking at him as an outside linebacker. For more of Matt Bracken's blog post, go to baltimore sun.com/recruitingreport.

More football: Salisbury junior superback Randal Smedley was named Atlantic Central Football Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 250 yards and four touchdowns. Sea Gulls senior defensive end Riley Fritts (Centennial) was Defensive Player of the Week.

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AIFA



Nemeth, Watson among Mariners award winners

The Mariners, who went 16-0 in winning the American Indoor Football Association championship this year, swept all four major league awards this week. Quarterback E.J. Nemeth was selected as Offensive Player of the Year, defensive back Armar Watson as Defensive Player of the Year, Chris Simpson as Coach of the Year and Greg Justice as General Manager of the Year. Nemeth and Watson were named first-team All-Stars along with six teammates: offensive lineman Jeff Tyler, running back Isaiah Grier, wide receiver Scorpio Brown, defensive end Fearon Wright, linebacker Adam Goloboski and kicker J.R. Cipra. The team was honored also for having the league's best front office.

Et cetera

Hauschka finds work in UFL; Wizards win preseason opener

Steve Hauschka was signed Monday to kick for the Las Vegas Locomotive in the United Football League. Hauschka hit nine of 13 field-goal tries with the Ravens before being cut last November. Las Vegas coach Jim Fassel cited Hauschka's long kickoffs as the reason for signing him and releasing Parker Douglass, who had hit four of six attempts.

NBA: Rookie point guard John Wall, the first pick in the draft, had 21 points and nine assists, Lester Hudson hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left and the Washington Wizards held off the host Dallas Mavericks, 97-94, in the preseason opener for both teams. Wizards star guard Gilbert Arenas scored 12 points in 26 minutes after being limited in training camp by a sprained right ankle.

Swimming: Olympian Katie Hoff, who grew up in Towson, will be among the 37 swimmers the United States will send to Dubai for the short-course world championships Dec. 15-19. Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps of Fells Point will not participate.

Pro basketball: The first-year Louisiana United of the American Basketball Association signed guard Greg Palmer, who finished his Salisbury University career in the spring.

—From Sun staff and news services

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