Redskins cut wide receiver Thomas after trade efforts fail
The Redskins released Devin Thomas on Saturday, cutting ties to the third-year receiver who came to Washington with lofty expectations but leaves without a single reception in 2010. The decision to waive Thomas, who started 10 games under coach Jim Zorn in 2009 but was buried on the depth chart under coach Mike Shanahan this season, removes one of the highest-profile draft picks made by Vinny Cerrato, Shanahan's predecessor as head of football operations. The Redskins were trying to trade Thomas but were unable to work out a deal. Running back Keiland Williams will take Thomas' place on the 53-man roster. According to a league source, Williams is expected to play today against the Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field.
UNH player from Baltimore jailed on felony rape charge
A New Hampshire football player from Baltimore accused of raping a woman at a party remained in jail Friday after a judge declined to release him on personal recognizance. JeRome Wilkins, 19, was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault. His lawyer, Andrew Cotrupi, asked a judge to release him Friday, saying the incident consisted of consensual sex between two intoxicated individuals. Rochester District Judge Daniel Cappiello refused, setting bail at $50,000. Assistant County Attorney Kathryn Smykowski said Wilkins is accused of raping a 19-year-old acquaintance who graduated from UNH in May and had returned to visit friends June 30. Witnesses found the woman partially dressed, bleeding and crying outside a house shared by numerous football players, Smykowski said. Wilkins initially told police he had seen the woman at the party but hadn't had sex with her. Cotrupi said his client, a business major, has no criminal record and has never faced any disciplinary act at the university. Wilkins has been suspended from the team, and the university will likely suspend him as well, Smykowski said. According to the UNH athletic department's website, Wilkins was a backup defensive back last season and sat out the 2008 season as a redshirt. Wilkins is due in court Oct. 22 for a probable cause hearing.
Field hockey: Maryland (11-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), ranked No. 2 in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, beat visiting No. 14 Duke, 3-1. Senior Katie O'Donnell and freshmen Ali McEvoy and Jill Witmer each scored in the win. The Blue Devils dropped to 6-7 and 0-4 in the ACC. … A first-half goal from junior midfielder Chelsea Smith (South Carroll) gave host Frostburg State an early 1-0 lead, but it wasn't enough as the Bobcats fell to York, 3-1.
Men's soccer: UMBC (5-3-2, 0-0-2 America East) extended its unbeaten streak to a season-high three games as it battled host New Hampshire (5-2-3, 0-1-1) to a scoreless draw after two overtime periods. … Junior forward Ian Wilson (College Park) scored in the second half, and No. 17-ranked Salisbury (10-1-3) battled to a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes with host North Carolina Wesleyan College (8-3-1). … Johns Hopkins got a first-half goal from junior Sean Coleman and the Blue Jays beat host Dickinson, 1-0. The Blue Jays improve to 8-2-3 overall (2-1-2 Centennial Conference), and the Red Devils slip to 7-3-2 (2-2-1). … Nineteenth-ranked host Muhlenberg (7-0-4, 2-0-3 Centennial Conference) defeated Washington, 5-0. The Shoremen dropped to 3-8-1 overall and 0-4-1 in the conference.
Women's soccer: St. Mary's moved into a three-way tie for first with Stevenson and Frostburg State in the Capital Athletic Conference standings as the Seahawks scored twice in one minute to notch a 2-0 victory over visiting York (4-8-1, 4-2). In the 76th minute, sophomore forward Dani Granholm put in a loose ball amid a scramble in front of the goal after a corner kick. The Seahawks (4-5-1, 4-1) struck again at 76:22 as sophomore forward Tori Eskay (Urbana) slipped a ball through to first-year midfielder Yvonne Latour (Quince Orchard). First-year goaltender Kelsey Wirtz (Hereford) recorded her second shutout of the season. … Stevenson senior Allison Humphries (John Carroll) scored the game's lone goal 2:04 into the first overtime to lead the Mustangs (8-5, 4-1 CAC) to their first win in 15 career meetings against host Salisbury (5-8, 3-2 CAC), 1-0. . … Host Muhlenberg (4-5-2, 3-1 Centennial Conference) topped visiting Washington, 4-0, scoring all four of its goals in the first half against the Shorewomen (4-5-1, 0-4).
Men's golf: Loyola turned in one of its best first rounds of the year to finish the first round of the Joe Agee Invitational in third place. Jon Ross stood in second overall after the first round of the two-round tournament, which will play its second round today. Loyola finished with an 11-over 295 at the par-71 tournament and trails host and current top team William & Mary by five strokes. The Greyhounds also sit just one stroke back of second-place Ohio Northern in the 14-team field.
Russell races to No. 1 spot in standings ahead of Boyce
One week after winning three races on Jim McKay Maryland Million day, including a score aboard Regal Solo in the Maryland Million Classic, Sheldon Russell moved into the top spot in the Laurel Park jockey standings. With two wins Saturday, the 23-year-old moved ahead of apprentice Forest Boyce, 18-16, after 17 days of the fall meeting.
More horse racing: From 1979 to 2003, Mario Pino was a mainstay at the major Maryland tracks winning 4,570 races at Pimlico, Laurel Park and Bowie during the 25-year period. On Saturday afternoon, the 49-year-old rode in the state for just the fourth time all year, finishing fourth aboard Settling for Gold in the fifth. "It felt good to be back in the room," said Pino, who has not been a regular rider in the state since the end of the 2009 winter meeting a year and a half ago. The Ellicott City resident alternated between Maryland and Delaware Park from 2004 to 2008 and spent the last 18 months at Presque Isle Downs and Philadelphia Park. "I plan on riding here during the fall and winter," added Pino, who became the 15th rider to win 6,000 races here on Nov. 7, 2007, and now has 6,291 trips to the winner's circle. "I missed a lot of sporting events while going back and forth the last few years and want to make it to as many games as possible."
—From Sun staff and news services